Charity Never Faileth

Relief Society Motto

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“Just as the motto of Relief Society reminds us that ‘charity never faileth,’ we must believe that the love of Christ will never fail us. All that we do in Relief Society should reflect the love of our Savior and the love of our Heavenly Father. This great love should be the source of our motivation to serve others. It must be both our point of origin and our destination!”

Bonnie D. Parkin, Relief Society General President
Eternally Encircled in His Love,” October 2006 General Conference

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“Relief Society women do seek to learn wisdom, but we place learning charity first. Charity develops in us as we see ourselves moving in our lives from a ‘what’s in it for me’ kind of love to the love of family and friends and, blessedly, beyond that to an awareness of our Lord’s unconditional love for us that tells us of our divine kinship with one another and with him. Such love, or charity, does not spring whole and steady in most lives, but it can come as we learn and grow and reach for ways to know God’s love.”

Aileen H. Clyde, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Charity and Learning,” October 1994 General Conference

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“Today, as at Relief Society’s founding, women of the Church see charity as the salient way of developing our capacities to know God, not merely to know about God.”

Aileen H. Clyde, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Charity and Learning,” October 1994 General Conference

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“…progressing along the straight and narrow is characterized by making the Lord’s work our work, serving as He would. Such work is grounded in charity, a principle Relief Society sisters have embraced for many years, for ‘charity never faileth.’ Charity helps us maintain our footing when all around us are skidding about.”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Walk with Me,” April 1994 General Conference

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“For Relief Society, the charity of our motto is not an abstraction. It is a love beyond the emotion we might feel for or from others. It isn’t a ‘what’s in it for me?’ kind of love. Being friendly, generous, and respectful of others moves us along the way from self-concern, but the selflessness of the kind of love that Christ commanded us to learn is a high step indeed.”

Aileen H. Clyde, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Relief Society: Charity, the Guiding Principle,” October 1993 General Conference

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“I ask you to press forward with me in the quest for unparalleled levels of personal spirituality. Let us seek keener vision and stronger hearts. Let us make ‘Charity Never Faileth’ a motto of such personal significance that the whole world will be blessed by us, the daughters of God who are the sisters of Relief Society.”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Look Up and Press On,” April 1992 General Conference

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