Organizational Structure of Relief Society

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“We study our history to learn what we are to do. Through our history we learn how to prepare for the blessings of eternal life. The Relief Society as an organization has always had the responsibility to organize the energies of the sisters in the wards and branches of Zion. Through Relief Society meetings, the ministry of visiting teachers, and their combined service, daughters of God are taught, watched over, and inspired in their responsibility in the Lord’s work and kingdom. Ward and branch Relief Society presidents are set apart to direct that work.”

Julie B. Beck, Relief Society General President
Daughters in My Kingdom: the History and Work of Relief Society,” October 2010 General Conference

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“We [Relief Society] operate in the manner of the priesthood—which means that we seek, receive, and act on revelation; make decisions in councils; and concern ourselves with caring for individuals one by one. Ours is the priesthood purpose to prepare ourselves for the blessings of eternal life by making and keeping covenants. Therefore, like our brethren who hold the priesthood, ours is a work of salvation, service, and becoming a holy people.”

Julie B. Beck, Relief Society General President
Relief Society: A Sacred Work,” October 2009 General Conference

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“Just as the Savior invited Mary and Martha of New Testament times to participate in His work, women of this dispensation have an official commission to participate in the Lord’s work. From the earliest days of the Restoration, women were active in helping build up the Church by supporting missionary efforts, contributing to the construction of temples, and establishing communities where the Saints could worship together. The organization of Relief Society in 1842 mobilized the collective power of the women and their specific assignments to build the Lord’s kingdom.”

Julie B. Beck, Relief Society General President
Fulfilling the Purpose of Relief Society,” October 2008 General Conference

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“Within Relief Society are programs designed to help us as women to find meaning and purpose in life for ourselves and for our families.”

Virginia U. Jensen, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Come to Relief Society,” October 1998 General Conference

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“The emphasis on education given in the Relief Society program is designed to help a woman make a place in her life for learning, for learning as much as she can, and for developing her gifts and talents. What she learns will expand her influence for good as she then teaches and blesses others.”

Shirley W. Thomas, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
The Doctrines of the Kingdom,” October 1980 General Conference

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“A fundamental reason for organizing the Relief Society was so that the sisters could act together to extend the work of the bishop in caring for the Saints and thus help build the kingdom of God on earth.”

Barbara B. Smith. Relief Society General President
The Relief Society Role in Priesthood Councils” October 1979 General Conference

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“To fulfill our welfare stewardship, the Relief Society works with the priesthood at every level in the Church. The general presidency of the Relief Society works with the Presiding Bishopric; a called stake Relief Society president works with the area and region priesthood Welfare Services leaders; the stake Relief Society presidency works with the stake presidency; and the ward Relief Society presidency works with the ward bishopric.”

Barbara B. Smith, Relief Society General President
Relief Society’s Role in Welfare Services,” October 1975 General Conference

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