Relief Society Presidency and Secretary


 


As a member of a Relief Society presidency, how can you accomplish the purposes of Relief Society?


Relief Society President

What are the responsibilities of the Relief Society president?

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9.2.2

  • She serves as a member of the ward council.
  • She meets regularly with the bishop to report on and discuss Relief Society and welfare matters.
  • At the bishop’s request, she visits homes of members to evaluate welfare needs and suggest ways to respond to them (see 9.6.1). In the absence of the Relief Society president, the bishop may assign a counselor in the Relief Society presidency to respond to an urgent need.
  • She submits recommendations to the bishopric for sisters to be called to serve as leaders and teachers and to fulfill other callings in the Relief Society. In making these recommendations, she follows the guidelines in 19.1.1 and 19.1.2.
  • She coordinates ward Relief Society welfare efforts during emergencies.
  • She teaches other Relief Society leaders and teachers their duties, using this handbook as a resource.
  • She oversees the records, reports, budget, and finances of the ward Relief Society. The Relief Society secretary helps with this responsibility.

Prayerfully consider all your responsibilities, and listen to the Spirit for ways you can best serve all the sisters in your ward.


What resources can help you understand the responsibilities of the Relief Society president?


As spiritual leaders, what are the responsibilities of the Relief Society presidency to strengthen sisters and their families?

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9.2.2 They organize and oversee visiting teaching.

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9.6 They oversee compassionate service in the ward (see chapter 6).

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5.5 They oversee efforts to improve gospel learning and teaching in the Relief Society.

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9.4.1 They plan and conduct Relief Society meetings.

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9.3.2 They hold Relief Society presidency meetings.

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9.2.2 As needed, they visit Relief Society sisters.

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9.10.2 The Relief Society presidency teaches sisters to be well groomed and modest in their attire.

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9.7.1 The Relief Society presidency works with the Young Women presidency … to help young women successfully make the transition to Relief Society.

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9.7.2 The Relief Society presidency has a responsibility to look after young single adult sisters (see 16.3.3 and 16.3.4).

Discuss with your presidency how you can best minister to the needs of “the one.”


How does the Relief Society presidency help with the work of salvation?

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5 Each priesthood or auxiliary leader assists in furthering the work of salvation in his or her organization.

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5.1.2 
Member missionary work is most effective when ward council members are fully engaged in the missionary effort.

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5.2 New Church members need the support and friendship of Church leaders, home teachers, visiting teachers, and other members.

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5.2.4 As directed by the bishopric, priesthood and auxiliary leaders provide opportunities that help new members mature spiritually and remain active in the Church.

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5.3 Ward priesthood and auxiliary leaders strive continually to help less-active members return to Church activity.

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5.4 Priesthood and auxiliary leaders teach ward members about basic responsibilities in temple and family history work.

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5.5 Priesthood and auxiliary leaders encourage effective teaching in their organizations. They remember that Church members attend meetings seeking the power, peace, and inspiration provided by the word of God.

Teaching about the work of salvation is best modeled in our daily living. Discuss together how you can raise the awareness and motivate the sisters in your ward to participate daily.


What resources can help improve gospel teaching in Relief Society?


What meetings does the Relief Society presidency attend?

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9.2.2 The Relief Society president meets regularly with the bishop to report on and discuss Relief Society and welfare matters.

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9.3.1 The Relief Society president serves as a member of the ward council (see chapter 4).

As needed, the bishop may invite the Relief Society president to attend some ward priesthood executive committee meetings to discuss confidential welfare matters and to coordinate home teaching and visiting teaching assignments.

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9.3.2 The Relief Society presidency holds a presidency meeting regularly.

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9.3.3 Stake Relief Society leadership meeting is generally held once a year. … Ward Relief Society presidencies and secretaries attend.

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9.4.1 Sunday Relief Society Meetings
Relief Society leaders use this meeting to teach the doctrines of the gospel and help sisters become actively engaged in the work of Relief Society.

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9.4.2 Additional Relief Society Meetings
The Relief Society president oversees all Relief Society meeting. … At least one member of the Relief Society presidency should be in attendance at every meeting.

Counsel with your presidency about ways you can further the work of salvation in the meetings you plan and attend.


What other resources will be helpful to me in my calling in the Relief Society presidency?


Relief Society Secretary

What are the responsibilities of the secretary? 

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9.2.3 She consults with the Relief Society president to prepare agendas for presidency meetings. She attends these meetings, takes notes, and keeps track of assignments.

  • Each month, she compiles a visiting teaching report.
  • She ensures that the Relief Society presidency is aware of young women who will be entering Relief Society.
  • She assists the Relief Society presidency in preparing an annual budget.

Ask yourself as the secretary how you can best support the Relief Society presidency, ease their many responsibilities, and counsel with them about their needs.


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