Quotes About the LDS (Mormon) Relief Society Program for Women

From Church Leaders and Members of the General Relief Society Presidency

The Relief Society Organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is an inspired program from Heavenly Father. The book, Daughters in My Kingdom is a powerful introduction to the history of the Relief Society program. No one can deny the program's divine authenticity after reading it.

A more recent book, The First Fifty Years of Relief Society chronicles what we know happened during the early days of the Church in the Relief Society.

The Relief Society will continue its mission both now and in the future. Enjoy these powerful quotes.

Daughters in My Kingdom

Daughters in My Kingdom
"Daughters in My Kingdom" is a new book focusing on the history and work of Relief Society. Photo courtesy of © 2011 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

In Daughters in My Kingdom it says:

The history of Relief Society is filled with examples of ordinary women who have accomplished extraordinary things as they have exercised faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. 

 

Linda K. Burton

Linda K. Burton Relief Society President
Linda K. Burton, Relief Society General President. Photo courtesy of © 2012 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

General Relief Society President Linda K. Burton  reminded us in her talk, The Power, Joy, and Love of Covenant Keeping that our fellowship and care for other sisters is crucial:

An invitation to bear one another’s burdens is an invitation to keep our covenants. Lucy Mack Smith’s counsel to the first Relief Society sisters is more relevant today than ever before: “We must cherish one another, watch over one another, comfort one another and gain instruction, that we may all sit down in heaven together.”7 This is covenant keeping and visiting teaching at its finest!

Silvia H. Allred: Every Woman Needs Relief Society

Silvia H. Allred Relief Society Leader
Sister Silvia H. Allred. Photo courtesy of © 2007 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

Sister Silvia H. Allred joined the Relief Society General Presidency in 2007. She served as a counselor to Julie B. Beck. The following quote comes from her address entitled, Every Woman Needs Relief Society in 2009.

The deepest desire of our presidency is to help each woman in the Church prepare to receive the blessings of the temple, to honor the covenants she makes, and to be engaged in the cause of Zion. The Relief Society inspires and teaches women to help them increase their faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families, and seek out and help those in need.

Julie B. Beck: What I Hope My Granddaughters Will Understand

Julie B. Beck Relief Society President
Julie B. Beck, general president of the Relief Society. Photo courtesy of © 2010 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

Julie B. Beck served as the Relief Society General President from 2007-2012. In an address entitled, What I Hope My Granddaughters (and Grandsons) Will Understand about Relief Society, she noted that Relief Society sisters from all over the world have experienced tremendous hardship and addressed it as sisters in the faith:

All of these difficulties have the potential to bleach the bones of faith and exhaust the strength of individuals and families.... In every ward and branch, there is a Relief Society with sisters who can seek and receive revelation and counsel with priesthood leaders to strengthen each other and work on solutions that are applicable in their own homes and communities.

I hope my granddaughters will understand that through Relief Society, their discipleship is extended and they can become engaged with others in the kind of impressive and heroic work the Savior has done.

Barbara Thompson: Now Let Us Rejoice

Barbar B. Thomson Relief Society Leader
Sister Barbara Thompson. Photo courtesy of © 2007 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

Sister Barbara Thompson served with Sister Allred, under President Beck. In a 2008 address, Now Let Us Rejoice she remarked, while quoting Prophet and President Joseph Smith:

Relief Society is not just a class on Sunday.... Joseph Smith advised the sisters to teach one another the gospel of Jesus Christ. He said, “The … Society is not only to relieve the poor, but to save souls.”9 He further said, “I now turn the key to you in the name of God, and this Society shall rejoice, and knowledge and intelligence shall flow down from this time.”10 .... We need to rescue “all that is finest down deep inside of [us]”20 so that as daughters of God we can do our part to build the kingdom of God. We will have help to do this. As Joseph declared, “If you live up to your privileges, the angels cannot be restrained from being your associates.”21

Bonnie D. Parkin: How Has Relief Society Blessed Your Life?

Bonnie D. Parkin Relief Society General President
Bonnie D. Parkin, Relief Society president from 2002 to 2007. Photo courtesy of © 2007 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

Sister Bonnie D. Parkin was a General President of the Relief Society. In her General Conference address entitled, How Has Relief Society Blessed Your Life? she talked about how it had blessed hers:

[W]omen are the the heart of the home.... My belonging to Relief Society has renewed, strengthened, and committed me to be a better wife and mother and daughter of God. My heart has been enlarged with gospel understanding and with love of the Savior and what He's done for me. So to you, dear sisters, I say: Come to Relief Society! It will fill your homes with love and charity; it will nurture and strengthen you and your families. Your home needs your righteous heart.

Thomas S. Monson: The Mighty Strength of the Relief Society

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President Thomas S. Monson, 16th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. © 2011 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

President and Prophet Thomas S. Monson remarked in his talk, The Mighty Strength of the Relief Society on just where the true strength of women really lies:

A thought has gone through my mind as I've prepared for this [talk]. I've expressed it this way: Remember the past; learn from it. Contemplate the future; prepare for it. Live in the present; serve in it. Therein is the mighty strength of the Relief Society of this Church.

Henry B. Eyring: The Enduring Legacy of Relief Society

Henry B. Eyring
President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency. © 2011 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

In his talk, The Enduring Legacy of Relief Society, Elder Henry B. Eyring reflected on the long history of the Relief Society in all lands as well as its remarkable cooperation among the sisters everywhere.

The history of the Relief Society is filled with accounts of such remarkable selfless service. In the terrible days of persecution and deprivation as the faithful moved from Ohio to Missouri to Illinois and then across the deserts going west, the sisters in their poverty and sorrows cared for others. You would weep as I did if I now read to you some of the accounts in your history. You would be touched by their generosity but even more by your recognition of the faith which lifted and sustained them.

They came from a great diversity of circumstances. All faced the universal trials and heartaches of life. Their determination born of faith to serve the Lord and others seemed to take them not around the storms of life but directly into them. Some were young and some old. They were from many lands and peoples, as you are today. But they were of one heart, one mind, and with one intention.

Boyd K. Packer: The Relief Society

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President Boyd K. Packer. Photo courtesy of © 2010 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

Always a fan of Relief Society, the late, Elder Boyd K. Packer addressed his love for the sisters and the organization when he said

It is my purpose to give unqualified endorsement to the Relief Society—to encourage all women to join in and attend, and priesthood leaders, at every level of administration, to act so that Relief Society will flourish.

The Relief Society was organized and named by prophets and apostles who acted under divine inspiration. It has an illustrious history. Always, it has dispensed encouragement and sustenance to those in need.

The tender hand of the sister gives a gentle touch of healing and encouragement which the hand of a man, however well intentioned, can never quite duplicate.

Dallin H. Oaks: The Relief Society and the Church

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Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Photo courtesy of © 2013 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks quoted several church leaders from our history during a marvelous talk about Relief Society:

In his first formal instruction to the newly founded organization, the Prophet said he was “deeply interested that [the Relief Society] might be built up to the Most High in an acceptable manner.” He taught that “when instructed we must obey that voice … that the blessings of heaven may rest down upon us—all must act in concert or nothing can be done—that the Society should move according to the ancient Priesthood.” (Minutes, 30 Mar. 1842, p. 22.)

Updated by Krista Cook.