Unity in Relief Society

These quotes are separated from Unity in Sisterhood so that Young Women and Activity Days leaders can easily find quotes that can also be used in their lessons. If you are using these for a Relief Society lesson, please check out that category, too!

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“President Hinckley’s beloved wife, Marjorie Pay Hinckley, put it so well when she said: “We are all in this together. We need each other. Oh, how we need each other. Those of us who are old need you who are young. And, hopefully, you who are young need some of us who are old. It is a sociological fact that women need women. We need deep and satisfying and loyal friendships with each other. These friendships are a necessary source of sustenance. We need to renew our faith every day. We need to lock arms and help build the kingdom so that it will roll forth and fill the whole earth.””
 
James E. Faust, Second Counselor, First Presidency
Instruments in the Hands of God,” April 2005 General Conference

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“I testify that connections forged among covenant women in Relief Society can indeed enlighten, enliven, and enrich the journey of life because we can help each other learn how to put the Lord first in our hearts and in our lives.”

Anne C. Pingree, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Walking towards the Light of His Love,” October 2004 General Conference

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“I worry that some of you feel you don’t fit in Relief Society, that you don’t belong! Whether you feel too young or too old, too rich or too poor, too intelligent or too undereducated, none of us is too different to belong! If I could have my heart’s desire, it would be that every one of you feel like you fit, like you belong. I testify that you do fit, that you do belong to Relief Society—the Good Shepherd’s fold for women.”

Bonnie D. Parkin, Relief Society General President
Belonging is Our Sacred Birthright,” October 2004 General Conference

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“Belonging is our sacred birthright. How I’d like to bundle you in my arms and go to Relief Society with you. How I would like to know your hearts and have you know mine. Bring your hearts, your charitable hearts, to Relief Society. Bring your talents, your gifts, your individuality so that we can be one.”

Bonnie D. Parkin, Relief Society General President
Belonging is Our Sacred Birthright,” October 2004 General Conference

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“It’s so important that we include every sister. Let’s not forget the women who are serving in Primary or Young Women. They need the care of faithful visiting teachers, and they need well-planned and accessible home, family, and personal enrichment meetings. There are also many in our circle who are growing older—like me! You sisters my age or older, please let yourselves be ‘recycled.’ The Lord needs your service, and we need you.”

Kathleen H. Hughes, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
In Covenant with Him,” October 2003 General Conference

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“Sisters, we keep our covenants when we share our life’s wisdom to encourage another, when we visit teach with genuine compassion, when we help a younger sister know that her fresh perspective will bless us in Relief Society. We can do that!”

Bonnie D. Parkin, Relief Society General President
With Holiness of Heart,” October 2002 General Conference

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“Sisters, the time has come to unleash the power of righteous happiness that exists among women of God. The time has come for us to be anxiously engaged in the work of saving souls. The time has come for the sisters of Relief Society to stand with and for the prophet in helping build the kingdom. The time has come for us each to stand tall and to stand together.”

Sheri L. Dew, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Stand Tall and Stand Together,” October 2000 General Conference

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“Everyone is welcome in Relief Society. There is no one kind of acceptable Latter-day Saint woman. It matters not where you come from, what your weaknesses are, what you look like—you belong here! The Lord loves you—each of you, collectively and individually. We are not ordinary women. We are women of the covenant, women who have recognized the truth, accepted the gospel of Jesus Christ, and made covenants with the Lord to follow Him and do His will. And He needs us—each one of us—to do our part in bringing to pass His great latter-day work among the children of men. We need Relief Society, and Relief Society needs us.”

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

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“Everywhere I have traveled, whether it was Finland; Idaho; Brazil; Washington, D.C.; or Russia, I have witnessed the gospel of Jesus Christ in action and the radiant light of the gospel in the countenances of courageous and faithful sisters. The Spirit has borne witness to me that we each have been born ‘for such a time as this’ (Esth. 4:14).

“To each of you, no matter your nationality, race, social status, or individual talents, whether you are married, single, or widowed, whether you were born into the Church or are a new convert and the only member of your family, I say, ‘Welcome home!’ The Relief Society is your home, and you are an integral part of a worldwide sisterhood with a divine mission.”

Mary Ellen Smoot, Relief Society General President
For Such a Time As This,” October 1997 General Conference

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“…The gospel teaches us that each individual is a precious and cherished child of Heavenly Parents. We are literally all spiritual sisters. Each Relief Society should be a gathering of sisters who cherish each other, not choosing some to keep and throwing some back. All of us are worth keeping.”

Chieko N. Okazaki, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
A Living Network,” October 1995 General Conference

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“As Relief Society sisters, we exemplify brightness and hope, spirituality and compassion. We are women of many cultures, ages, and experiences, united together to build testimonies and exercise the charity for which we are known.”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Seek, and Ye Shall Find,” October 1994 General Conference

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“Relief Society is a modern forum where sisters learn spiritual truths together. We can learn in an accepting atmosphere of trust and friendship. In Relief Society we stretch our minds and we fill up our reservoir of faith.”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Seek, and Ye Shall Find,” October 1994 General Conference

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“As Relief Society sisters, we exemplify brightness and hope, spirituality and compassion. We are women of many cultures, ages, and experiences, united together to build testimonies and exercise the charity for which we are known.”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Seek, and Ye Shall Find,” October 1994 General Conference

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“Relief Society is 150 years old. But today, we feel new and vibrant. We are full of expectations for our sisters everywhere, from the Philippines to Japan, England to New Zealand, and Paris to St. Petersburg. Our individual lives, our circumstances, and our challenges are as diverse as the countries and cultures we come from. Yet our commitment is the same. Today, we can all rejoice in being women in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We are united in devotion to our Father in Heaven and in our desire to touch the lives of others. We serve as partners with our brethren in building the kingdom of God. We are women who have become a mighty force for good in a world that needs our understanding and our spirituality.”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Charity Never Faileth,” April 1992 General Conference

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“They [the sisters of Relief Society across the world] form a mosaic of many lives with differing circumstances, with individual talents, and with gifts wonderfully varied. The details of each life are so numerous that we begin to see in them the great diversity among us, and with it great strength and enrichment. And from varied experiences comes one great unifying truth, echoing and re-echoing: ‘I know God lives and loves me. His teaching make me strong and sustain my soul.’ ”

Barbara B. Smith, Relief Society General President
Hearts So Similar,” April 1982 General Conference

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“My mother died three weeks before my first child was born. How I longed for her. My Relief Society sisters have been my mother. I have felt the Lord’s arms encircled about me through sacred sisterhood, through enlightenment and training received in Relief Society.”
 
Mary F. Foulger, Relief Society General Board member
Motherhood and the Family,” October 1980 General Conference
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