To supplement the instruction in Sunday meetings, Relief Society sisters may participate in additional meetings (see Handbook 2, 9.4.2). In planning these meetings, Relief Society leaders give special attention to topics that the bishop has asked them to address to help meet local needs.
Daughters in My Kingdom is one of the approved resources to help you as you plan additional Relief Society meetings. Use the history book as you consider and counsel together about how to teach the approved topics listed in Handbook 2, 9.4.2.
Purpose of Additional Relief Society Meetings
- Relief Society prepares women for the blessings of eternal life (see Handbook 2, 9.1.1).
- They learn and practice skills that will help them increase their faith and personal righteousness, strengthen their families and make their homes centers of spiritual strength, and help those in need (see Handbook 2, 9.4.2).
- They learn and apply principles of provident living and spiritual and temporal self-reliance (see Handbook 2, 9.4.2).
- They increase in sisterhood and unity as they teach one another and serve together (see Handbook 2, 9.4.2).
How should we plan Relief Society meetings held during the week?
The Relief Society president provides spiritual leadership for the women in her ward. Under the bishop’s direction she oversees the planning of all Relief Society meetings. She may assign a counselor or a Relief Society meeting coordinator to organize and conduct any of the Relief Society meetings during the week. Meetings should align with the purposes of Relief Society.
- First ask, “What do the sisters need to help them increase in faith and personal righteousness, strengthen family and home, and provide relief to others?” Then ask, “What can we do to meet these needs?”
- Counsel with your bishop or branch president about these matters. Learn of needs from visiting teachers’ reports and from discussions in welfare meetings and ward council. Bring wisdom from your observations as a presidency.
Learn more from the new Leadership Training Library video on how to plan “Additional Relief Society Meetings.”
What are the priorities as you plan for Relief Society meetings?
Leaders give special attention to topics that the bishop has asked them to address to help meet local needs and then give priority in their planning to these areas: (see Handbook 2, 9.4.2)
- Marriage and family
- Self-reliance and provident living
- Compassionate service
- Temple and family history
- Sharing the gospel
How often should additional Relief Society meetings be held?
As a general guideline, hold additional meetings at intervals that meet the needs of the sisters in your ward. Do so in counsel with your bishop or branch president and through the guidance of the Spirit. Meetings should generally be held monthly. However, a Relief Society presidency may determine that the meetings can be held more often or less frequently. Efforts should be made to meet at least quarterly. (See Handbook 2, 9.4.2.)
- The purposes of Relief Society.
- The needs of the sisters in your ward or branch.
- The time commitments of sisters.
- Family circumstances.
- Travel distance and cost.
- Financial cost to the ward.
- Other local circumstances.