Relief Society for Every Woman

Reading: “Every Woman Needs Relief Society,” Silvia H. Allred, First Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency, General Relief Society Meeting, October 2009

Sister Allred would like every woman to benefit from Relief Society.  In her talk she encourages every woman to seek out what benefits she could gain from Relief Society. She also assures us that as we come together as righteous sisters, our example will bring many other righteous women into the church. She quoted President Kimball as saying,

Much of the major growth that is coming to the Church in the last days will come because many of the good women of the world . . . will be drawn to the Church in large numbers. This will happen to the degree that the women of the Church reflect righteousness and articulateness in their lives and to the degree that the women of the Church are seen as distinct and different—in happy ways—from the women of the world.Among the real heroines in the world who will come into the Church are women who are more concerned with being righteous than with being selfish. These real heroines have true humility, which places a higher value on integrity than on visibility. . . .

Thus it will be that female exemplars of the Church will be a significant force in both the numerical and the spiritual growth of the Church in the last days.

As a member of the Relief Society, I can think of many ways the gospel helps me to stand out from the world.  It shows in the things we do together as a family, the things I do on my own, my attitudes about the role of women, and so on.  Going to Relief Society helps me find others who share some of those same priorities, and be stronger as a whole.

Recently I met a woman in our ward who works very hard and seems to be a confident and self-driven person, but who expressed to me that she doesn’t like to go to Relief Society.  There have been times when I also did not enjoy going to Relief Society, so I feel sympathy with her. Yet, this talk has helped me to want to reach out to that sister and other sisters who have, for whatever reason, decided Relief Society is not for them and help them to feel welcome and to find the benefits of Relief Society.

What benefits have you gained from participating in Relief Society? How can you help reach out to other women and bring them back into Relief Society?

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