Women of the Church

Women of Relief Society

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“As sisters we make up more than half of the Lord’s storehouse to help Heavenly Father’s children. His storehouse is not composed just of goods but also of time, talents, skills, and our divine nature. Sister Rosemary M. Wixom has taught, ‘The divine nature within us ignites our desire to reach out to others and prompts us to act.’ ”

Linda K. Burton, Relief Society General President

I Was a Stranger,”April 2016 General Conference

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“The Lord’s Church needs Spirit-directed women who use their unique gifts to nurture, to speak up, and to defend gospel truth. Our inspiration and intuition are necessary parts of building the kingdom of God, which really means doing our part to bring salvation to God’s children.”

Neill F. Marriott, Second Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency
What Shall We Do?”April 2016 General Conference

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“I love the women of the Church, young and old. I have seen your strength. I have seen your faith. You have something to give and are willing to give it. You do this without fanfare or publicity, drawing attention to the God we worship, not yourselves, and with no thought of what you will receive. That’s what disciples do!”

Linda K. Burton, Relief Society General President
Wanted: Hands and Hearts to Hasten the Work,” April 2014 General Conference

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“The history of Relief Society is a Spirit-filled story of strong, faithful, purposeful women.”

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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“There is a great need to rally the women of the Church to move the work forward. We invite you to minister with your powerful influence for good in strengthening our families, our church, and our communities. You are a much­ needed force for love, truth, and righteousness in this world. We need you to nurture families, friends, and neighbors. It is through you that God’s perfect love for each and all of His children is made manifest.”

Silvia H. Allred, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Every Women Needs Relief Society,” 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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“From this pulpit in 1870, Eliza R. Snow asked thousands of women a question that I’d like to repeat today: ‘Do you know of any place on the face of the earth, where [a] woman has more liberty, and where she enjoys such high and glorious privileges as she does here, as a Latter-day Saint?’ I bear witness that the women of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints do enjoy grand and glorious privileges.”
 
Bonnie D. Parkin, Relief Society General President

Gratitude: A Path to Happiness,” April 2007 General Conference

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“If I could have one thing happen for every woman in this Church, it would be that they would feel the love of the Lord in their lives.”

Bonnie D. Parkin, Relief Society General President
Feel the Love of the Lord,” April 2002 General Conference

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“There is no group of women anywhere whom the Lord is relying on more than us—women who can hear, and who will heed, the voice of the Lord. The Lord loves the women of this Church! And He is counting on the women of this Church, all over the world, to make the difference that only we can make.”

Sheri L. Dew, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
We Are Not Alone,” October 1998 General Conference

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“The first objective of Relief Society is to build faith in Jesus Christ and to teach one another the doctrines of the kingdom of God. Through Relief Society lessons, activities, and shared experiences, you can gain a testimony or you can strengthen the testimony you already have. When it comes right down to it, that may be the single most important thing we do in Relief Society, for the spiritual strength and secure testimonies of the women of the Church are absolutely vital—to themselves, to their families, to their branches and wards, and to the world itself.”

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

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“Our strength as Relief Society sisters in the gospel is most visible and most critical at home. Women are the heart of the home. Whatever your circumstance, you are the heart of your home. I call on you to sanctify your home, to make strengthening and nurturing your family your first priority.”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Relief Society: A Balm in Gilead,” October 1995 General Conference

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“We sisters are good at using our hearts and our hands in the Lord’s work. But we must also use our minds. More than one hundred years ago, Relief Society President Emmeline B. Wells said, ‘I believe in women, especially thinking women’. So do I.”

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

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“All around the Church are wonderful women who exert great influence. Sisters, we have much to share: our spiritual strength, our sense of purpose, our commitment to the gospel, our blessings as a result of the holy priesthood.”

Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society General President
Ponder the Path of Thy Feet,” October 1993 General Conference

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“For all of [the women in the Church], there are no simple answers except, as for all sisters, to do the best they can every day—to look up; to learn; to evaluate resources within themselves, their families, their communities; to pray with faith; to search the scriptures; to find ways to be of service; to keep their own lives clean and pure, their relationships true; to forgive those who have caused the hurt.

“Even as this is so, however, may every sister feel the warmth of friendship from her sisters in the Church and priesthood support from home teachers and bishops who care. May she be included, welcomed, given opportunities to serve.”

Joy F. Evans, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Overcoming Challenges along Life’s Way,” October 1987 General Conference

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“Emma was called ‘an elect lady.’ That is, to use another line of scripture, she was a ‘chosen vessel of the Lord.’ (See Moro. 7:31.) Each of you is an elect lady. You have come out of the world as partakers of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. You have made your election, and if you are living worthy of it, the Lord will honor you in it and magnify you.”
 
Gordon B. Hinckley, Second Counselor, First Presidency
If Thou Art Faithful,” October 1984 General Conference
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“Emma was to be ordained under the hand of Joseph ‘to expound scriptures, and to exhort the church, according as it shall be given thee by my Spirit.’ (D&C 25:7.)

 
“She was to be a teacher. She was to be a teacher of righteousness and truth. For the Lord said concerning this calling to her, ‘thou shalt receive the Holy Ghost, and thy time shall be given to writing, and to learning much.’ (D&C 25:8.)
 
“She was to study the gospel. She also was to study the things of the world in which she lived. That was made clear in subsequent revelations applicable to all of us. She was to devote her time ‘to learning much.’ She was to write, giving expression to her thoughts…
 
“In the language of the revelation, she was to ‘expound scriptures, and to exhort the Church, according as it shall be given thee by my Spirit.’
 
“What a remarkable charge to her and to all of the women of this Church. There must be learning, there must be preparation, there must be organization of thought, there must be an expounding of the scripture, there must be an exhortation to good works as directed by the Holy Spirit.”
 
Gordon B. Hinckley, Second Counselor, First Presidency
If Thou Art Faithful,” October 1984 General Conference
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“The women of the Church have an important work to do. That work requires great strength of character, faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and a pure heart that will be a light unto the world and a bulwark of righteousness against the darkness that covers the earth with contention and evil.”

Barbara B. Smith, Relief Society General President
Warmed by the Fires of Their Lives,” April 1984 General Conference

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“The Women in this Church need to be prepared—personally prepared—first, to stem the tide of error inundating the world, threatening families, short-circuiting the power of individuals. Second, though we have great men to lead us, we need to know for ourselves what is error and what is truth so that we can make valid value judgments. So much depends on this.”

Elaine A. Cannon, Young Women General President
Our Mighty Errand,” October 1979 General Conference

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“As women in this Church family, we have been instructed to ‘stretch out our hands to the poor and the needy,’ to ‘look to the ways of our households’; for through such involvement, both the helped and the helper grow.”

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

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