Sunday, August 16, 2009

Lesson Recap: Relief Society - Divine Organization of Women

Taught by Sandy Fultz
We must cherish one another,
watch over one another,
comfort one another and gain instruction,
that we may all sit down in heaven together.
~Lucy Mack Smith
When Joseph Smith first organized the Relief Society, March 17, 1842, he said, "I will organize the women under the priesthood after the pattern of the priesthood. … The Church was never perfectly organized until the women were thus organized."

Since those early days of the Relief Society, the women of the Church have remained a tremendous force for good.

The Relief Society, organized under the priesthood and after its pattern, is an essential part of the Church.

In what ways have you and your family been blessed through the efforts of Relief Society sisters? We can all think of a time of need where RS sisters were there with food and words of kindness, or of a time when visiting teachers made the difference in our day or week or lives.

The Relief Society encourages women to practice holiness and to instruct one another.

“The Ladies’ Relief Society is not only to relieve the poor, but to save souls.”

How can we save souls? Do you catch yourself thinking what do I get out of Relief Society, when we should be saying to ourselves what do I contribute? How can I make a difference today in a sister's life?

“You must put down iniquity, and by your good examples, stimulate the Elders to good works.”

How can we encourage our brethren to good works? What does it mean to us to have their support in what we do?

Eliza R. Snow reported: “As [the Prophet Joseph Smith] had this opportunity, he was going to instruct the ladies of this Society, and point out the way for them to conduct themselves, that they might act according to the will of God. …

“If you live up to these principles, how great and glorious will be your reward in the celestial kingdom! If you live up to your privileges, the angels cannot be restrained from being your associates. Females, if they are pure and innocent, can come in the presence of God; for what is more pleasing to God than innocence; you must be innocent, or you cannot come up before God: if we would come before God, we must keep ourselves pure, as He is pure.”

The Relief Society encourages women to follow the example of the Savior in showing mercy and avoiding strife.

Eliza R. Snow reported the following words of the Prophet: "...Said he had two things to recommend to the members of this society, to put a double watch over the tongue: no organized body can exist without this at all. … The object is to make those not so good reform and return to the path of virtue that they may be numbered with the good. …

“… Search yourselves—the tongue is an unruly member—hold your tongues about things of no moment—a little tale will set the world on fire.

Yes, sisters let's hold our tongues, cherish one another, comfort and teach one another.

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