Dear Relief Society leaders:
Thank you for all you do to bless the lives of our beloved sisters and their families. How we love you! As a Relief Society General Presidency, we encourage you to always remember the purpose of Relief Society. We invite you to consider the importance of additional meetings in helping prepare women for the blessings of eternal life.
It is our hope that you will consider the needs of your sisters, counsel together with your priesthood leaders, and plan meaningful experiences to address their needs.
We invite you to consider this important topic in your next meeting.
We love and pray for you as you help our beloved sisters prepare for the blessings of eternal life.
The Relief Society General Presidency
2017 Training Resources
Additional Relief Society Meetings
Relief Society is “the gospel in action in the lives of our remarkable women.” —Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
Relief Society helps prepare women for the blessings of eternal life as they:
- Increase faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and His Atonement;
- Strengthen individuals, families, and homes through ordinances and covenants; and
- Work in unity to help those in need.
Why Do We Have Additional Relief Society Meetings?
- Additional meetings give us an opportunity to accomplish the purpose of Relief Society.
- During these meetings sisters participate in meaningful experiences to personally grow and progress both temporally and spiritually.
- Additional Relief Society meetings also provide sisters opportunities to reach out and bless the lives of others.
“As women participate in Relief Society, they serve as valiant disciples of Jesus Christ in the work of salvation” (Daughters in My Kingdom: The History and Work of Relief Society , 7).
Joseph Smith taught that the Relief Society was “not only to relieve the poor, but to save souls.” Our prophet today has also asked us to be involved in rescuing souls.
- Read how sisters in Nauvoo worked together to build the kingdom in both temporal and spiritual ways (see Daughters in My Kingdom, chapter 2 and chapter 3).
- How can we use their examples in planning our additional Relief Society meetings to accomplish this work?
What Should Be Considered When Planning Additional Relief Society Meetings?
- Seek to understand the needs of your sisters through fasting, prayer, and visiting with them.
- As a presidency, counsel together and seek the approval of your bishop to determine the best use, time, and frequency of these meetings to address the sisters’ needs (see Handbook 2: Administering the Church , 9.4.2).
- Study the purpose of Relief Society.
- Ask the question, “What can be planned that will help sisters review, practice, and apply the doctrine and principles they learn on Sunday?”
- Determine if the activity will teach, uplift, motivate, strengthen, and inspire your sisters.
For more information on additional Relief Society meetings and also Sunday Relief Society meetings, go to Relief Society Meetings.