Mormon Women: Yesterday and Today

Mormon women are incredible because they realize the potential they have as literal daughters of God. They recognize their strengths and their purpose in life and serve to the best of their abilities. They are not viewed as less than men in any way, but serve in a complementary way with their husbands to raise their children in righteousness and to build the kingdom of God up around them.

Mormon DaughtersinMyKingdomThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is commonly referred to by the media and those of other faiths as the “Mormon Church” but this is a misnomer because members do not in any way worship Mormon. Rather, Jesus Christ is the center and foundation of the Church. The nickname comes from the Latter-day Saint book of scripture the Book of Mormon, which is a second testament that Jesus is the Christ.

Church leadership realizes that women can strengthen other women. This is a fundamental purpose for the Relief Society, one of the largest women’s organizations in the world. The Relief Society was organized by Joseph Smith under the direction of God on March 17, 1842, in Nauvoo, Illinois. Since its organization, strong women have served one another, their families, their church congregations, and their communities. Immeasurable service is given every year by millions of women around the world both in and outside of their congregations. Women frequently put together hygiene kits, school bags, baby blankets, and myriad other helpful things to send to people around the world who are victims of poverty, war, and natural disasters. Aid is given to those who need it without reference to their race or religious affiliation.

In 2012, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a book that contains the history and work of the incredible Relief Society organization. The book will be used in occasional Sunday School classes, but it is really intended for women to study on their own to gain strength from the amazing women who have gone before them.

Relief Society General President Julie Beck said of this book and its influence on Mormon women:

We study our history because it helps us change. Ultimately, the value of history is not so much in its dates, times, and places. It is valuable because it teaches us the principles, purposes, and patterns we are to follow, it helps us know who we are and what we are to do, and it unites us in strengthening the homes of Zion and building the kingdom of God on the earth. Relief Society, when it operates in an inspired way, can replace fear, doubt, and selfishness with faith, hope, and charity. As we move the Lord’s work forward, the history of Relief Society will continue to be written by faithful sisters throughout the world. The Lord is strengthening Relief Society in the living present and preparing a glorious future for His daughters (“Daughters in My Kingdom: The History and Work of Relief Society,” Julie Beck, Ensign, November 2010.

This is truly a marvelous book, which will show women today what other women have learned through experience. They can learn the things which have and have not worked for others and establish patterns for themselves.

Additional Resources:

Daughters in My Kingdom online

Learn More about Mormon People

More about Mormon Women

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