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What is the Relief Society?

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The Relief Society is the oldest and largest women's organization in the world. Relief Society was established in 1842 for women 18 years of age and older. Its purpose is to build faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes, and help those in need.

  • Relief Society is probably my favorite thing about the Mormon church. It is the one hour of church where it is just the ladies of the church. We get to be together, learn, share, laugh, sometimes cry together, bear our testimonies, sing, and be a strength for each other. Life isn't easy (and its not suppose to be) but it is so much more bearable and enjoyable when you know you have others to lean on and vise versa. I especially love hearing from the other ladies and the trials they are facing and how they are coping with them successfully and sometimes not so successfully; and it's comforting to know that hey others struggle too, I'm not the only one with this, and we can all keep moving forward together. Relief Society is the best support group one could ever wish for. And where ever in the world you go you know that there will always be Relief Society sisters there to love you. Show more

  • Relief Society is where the women of the church meet on Sundays and support each other and the other women of the ward and community. Show more

  • The Relief Society is the oldest women's organization in the world. It is for all women 18 years of age and older. The motto of Relief Society is "Charity Never Faileth". One of their goals is to serve others in need. They also help women strengthen their home and family, build their testimony and faith, and become a better wife and mother. Show more

  • The Relief Society is the oldest and largest women's organization in the world. Relief Society was established in 1842 for women 18 years of age and older. Its purpose is to build faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes, and help those in need. Show more

  • To me, Relief Society means friendship. It's an opportunity to know and love and learn from other women from so many different backgrounds and situations and ways of looking at life and yet they are truly my sisters! I can't tell you how many times I have been wrestling with an issue in my own life and there, during the course of our class or other conversation, comes the answer. I know that Heavenly Father so often works through others to answer our prayers, and to me Relief Society is a huge example of that. I'm grateful not only for those who reach out to me, but for the opportunies to reach out to others through Relief Society. It is an inspired program and a wonderful asset to my life! Show more

  • The RS organization is a place where women can gather to learn and teach each other various skills like cooking(we recently made salsa),sewing(made patriotic pillowcases for the local Wounded Warriors project), crafts for children(learned to make snowflakes for decorations for family home evening activity) and best of all we are able to socialize as women. Show more

  • The Relief Society is one of the largest women's organizations in the world. There is a RS set up in each ward and meet every Sunday and at various times throughout the month. It is a wonderful organization designed for women to support each other, their families, the church and the community. If you move to a new place and don't know a single person in the area, you'll always find friends in the RS. They will take you under their wing and help you in whatever you need. Show more

  • It sort of a funny name, but it's exactly what it sounds like--a society dedicated to providing relief. It is the group LDS women over the age of 18 belong to. It's a sisterhood devoted to giving emotional, spiritual, temporal, and physical relief from the sufferings and trials of this world. I enjoy Relief Society because it's almost like a group of automatic friends! Each Sunday (and often during the week as well), we come together to worship the Savior and get to know each other so we can better serve one another. Show more

  • The Relief Society is the organization in the Church where women come together to strengthen, serve, and teach each other. It's Motto is "Charity Never Faileth" which women of the Church live by to bring relief to the weary and down trodden. Women meet as a Relief Society each week to learn about the Gospel and grow closer to Jesus Christ. Women are asked to serve in many capacities within the Relief Society and give of their time and talents. There are also activities where women share skills and do service for those in their community as well as victims of disasters around the world. Show more

  • Established in 1842 for women 18 years old and older, the Relief Society is the oldest and largest women's organization in the world. The motto: “Charity never faileth.” President Julie B. Beck has taught us: “Relief Society should be organized, aligned, and mobilized to strengthen families and help our homes to be sacred sanctuaries from the world. I learned this years ago when I was newly married. My parents, who had been my neighbors, announced that they would be moving to another part of the world... This was before e-mail, fax machines, cell phones, and Web cameras, and mail delivery was notoriously slow. One day before she left, I sat weeping with her and asked, ‘Who will be my mother?’ Mother thought carefully, and with the Spirit and power of revelation which comes to women of this kind, she said to me, ‘If I never come back, if you never see me again, if I’m never able to teach you another thing, you tie yourself to Relief Society. Relief Society will be your Mother.’ Mother knew that if I were sick, the sisters would take care of me, and when I had my babies, they would help me. But my mother’s greatest hope was that the sisters in Relief Society would be powerful, spiritual leaders for me. I began from that time to learn abundantly from women of stature and faith.” (Daughters in My Kingdom, Pages 96-98.) I have learned that the women of the Relief Society build faith and personal righteousness and help those in need. They have strengthened my family and my home. Show more

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