Frequently Asked Questions about Relief Society Meetings


What is the outline for conducting Sunday meetings?

See Handbook 2, 9.4.1. Please note that taking time to spotlight a particular sister or to announce good news from the life of one or several of the sisters in the room is not part of the outline.

Can the secretary teach?

A Relief Society presidency consists of a president and two counselors (see Handbook 2, 9.2.2). A member of the ward Relief Society presidency teaches on the first Sunday (see Handbook 2, 9.4.1).

What sources can teachers use? Can they use sources not mentioned in the lesson, such as video clips found on or sources that are not found on

“The scriptures and the words of living prophets are your primary resources—read them before going to supplementary material. What scriptures help teach the principle? Was the principle addressed in a recent general conference talk? What questions could you ask that would help learners ponder and apply the principle? Are there any other resources that could help support the principle—stories, object lessons, pictures, videos, hymns, or children’s songs? Many such resources are suggested in Church curriculum materials, in Church magazines, or on” (Teaching in the Savior’s Way [2016], 17–18). For more information, see “Make a Plan” and “Teach the Doctrine,Teaching in the Savior’s Way, 17, 20.

Is it OK to use a lot of objects or food when presenting the lesson?

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf taught: “Sometimes we take the beautiful lily of God’s truth and gild it with layer upon layer of man-made good ideas. … We need to make a conscientious effort to devote our energy and time to the things that truly matter, while uplifting our fellowmen and building the kingdom of God” (“It Works Wonderfully!” Oct. 2015 general conference).

Should the Laurels stay for the Sunday lesson when the young women visit the Relief Society opening exercises?

“Many Relief Society leaders invite the young women to opening exercises once a month and the Laurels to a lesson occasionally.” For more information see “Progression into Relief Society,Ensign, Mar. 2016, 17.

Who decides what lesson should be given on the fourth Sunday?

See Handbook 2, 9.4.1.

What should we call additional meetings?

These meetings can be called Relief Society meetings, Relief Society service, Relief Society classes, Relief Society conferences, Relief Society workshops, and so on.

How often should we hold additional meetings?

See Handbook 2, 9.4.2.

How do we fund Relief Society meetings?

See Handbook 2, 13.2.8.