The Purpose of Relief Society

January 2017

The Visiting Teaching message this month (and the focus for the entire year) is “The Purpose of Relief Society.” The Relief Society is the largest organization for women in the entire world. Carole M. Stephens (First Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency) said Relief Society “is a temporal and spiritual work” and “That is what the women did in the Savior’s day, and that is what we continue to do” because Relief Society sisters help people. The Relief Society’s motto is “Charity Never Faileth”and I see the motto’s truth as women never-endingly show their love.

Linda K. Burton (Relief Society General President) said the Purpose of Relief Society is to “prepare women for the blessings of eternal life” and that we engage in our “vital part in the work” [of salvation] through faith, family, and relief. I love that the Relief Society not only helps people in their every day lives but also helps people spiritually. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the cares of the world but knowing that God helps us in our lives in both big and little ways gives us an anchor. Somehow it’s comforting to know that God is with us and that we don’t go through life alone. It’s nice to get that reminder from Relief Society.

A great thing about Relief Society is being a part of fellow sisters no matter where we are in the world. If we lived in the most remote part of the world and The Church was also there, surely sisters would fellowship us and two sisters would be assigned to visit us every month; what a blessing it is to be loved and not forgotten.

I love that even if a sister serves children in Primary or serves girls in Young Women she’s still a member of Relief Society. Just because she’s somewhere other than with Relief Society sisters doesn’t mean she’s out of the organization, once she’s in she’s in. The church wasn’t officially organized until the women were also organized. Women do vital work in helping everyone and it’s a great blessing to be part of Relief Society.

Click here to read the visiting teaching message this month.