This Sunday, as everyone knows, was Mother’s Day. The whole day was wonderful, and during every minute of church, the Spirit was there so strongly. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we believe in the divine nature of men and women. During church, it really hit me that women really do have special characteristics and qualities that help them be good mothers, loyal servants of Christ, and devoted friends, to name just a few.
I love women, and I love being a woman. Womanhood should be celebrated and embraced. We are all so special and unique, and have been given special God-given gifts individually, and collectively, as women.
In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, there is an organization called the Relief Society, of which I, and all women in my church, ages 18 and up, belong. It is actually the oldest and largest women’s organization in the world, being organized in 1842.
If you would to read the beautiful Relief Society declaration, please click here.
Each Sunday, during the third hour of church, the women of the Relief Society meet together and are spiritually fed. We are taught and participate in lessons that help us strengthen our faith in Jesus Christ, and find ways to strengthen our homes and families. We also meet about once a month to have an activity where we learn new skills and bond with each other as sisters.
Not only do the Relief Society sisters meet together often, but we also strive to continuously help each other. In our church, we are very service-oriented. In each congregation, there are a couple sisters who communicate with women who currently have specific needs, and then coordinate with the rest of us to help them. It could be anything from a visit, to babysitting, to a meal.
Most of we women in the Relief Society are also assigned specific other women to keep in contact with, teach spiritual lessons to, serve, and befriend. By doing this, what we call visiting teaching, we are making sure that all women in our congregation, and whole church, feel loved, cared for, and spiritually nourished outside of church.
This Sunday during our Relief Society meeting, we actually discussed how to be better visiting teachers. It’s not about checking off that you made contact with someone each month. It’s so much more than that. It is about friendship, service, and Christ-like love. Many women in our congregation spoke of specific experiences where they felt so loved by their visiting teachers. It has invigorated my desire to show more love and help to all the women I currently visit teach, and to those I will in the future.
I feel so blessed to be a part of such a large and long-lasting organization, whose purpose is to help ourselves and others be the best women, sisters, mothers, wives, and daughters of God we can be.
We of the Relief Society hold our hands out to each woman in the world to be a part of us. All you have to do is come, and there will be women there to call you their sister. The Lord smiles down on those who love Him – and those who love Him, love their fellow man… and woman.
If you are interested in learning more about my church and the Relief Society program, you can input your address here to find a congregation location and time. I promise you will be welcomed with open arms.