Handbook 2 states that in the Relief Society meeting on the first Sunday of the month, a member of the ward Relief Society presidency teaches. She “uses the scriptures, the teachings of latter-day prophets, and approved Church materials” (9.4.1). Daughters in My Kingdom is one of the approved resources for Relief Society meetings.
As shown in the brief examples below, all these subjects are taught in Daughters in My Kingdom.
Women’s Roles and Responsibilities in the Gospel
“The world's greatest champion of woman and womanhood is Jesus the Christ” (James E. Talmage).
Just as the women in the ancient Church were needed and valued, so are the women today. How can you help sisters understand their value in the Lord's kingdom?
“The New Testament includes accounts of women, named and unnamed, who exercised faith in Jesus Christ, learned and lived His teachings, and testified of His ministry, miracles, and majesty. These women became exemplary disciples and important witnesses in the work of salvation.”
What scriptural examples can you use to help sisters understand their roles and responsibilities in the gospel? (For some ideas, see pages 3–6.)
“Latter-day prophets have spoken of the blessings that come to the Church and to families when faithful priesthood brethren and faithful Relief Society sisters work together.” (See statements by latter-day prophets on pages 142–43.)
In what ways can you teach the sisters about their divine, complementary role with men who hold the priesthood in accomplishing the Lord's work?
Strengthening Marriages and Families
“Mothers in Zion, your God-given roles are so vital. … A child needs a mother more than all the things money can buy. Spending time with your children is the greatest gift of all” (Ezra Taft Benson).
How can you teach sisters about their vital role in rearing children?
“We call upon parents to devote their best efforts to the teaching and rearing of their children in gospel principles. … The home is the basis of a righteous life” (First Presidency, 1999).
What kind of discussion can you lead to help sisters devote their best efforts to teach and rear children in gospel principles?
Refer to Elder Oaks's boyhood example of his widowed mother.
How can you focus on the blessings of covenants as a source of strength for all sisters?
“When Jesus Christ was on the earth…He showed us how to minister…His was a ministry to individuals, one by one.”
What principles can you discuss that will help sisters follow the Savior's example as they strive to minister?
“President Joseph F. Smith … told of a time when he saw Relief Society sisters extend unselfish, Christlike love to a family” (see pages 106–7 for the complete account).
What experiences can you share to help sisters learn how to minister to each other?
“Throughout the journey, as [pioneer women] suffered trials of illness and death, they prayed in faith for each other and comforted each other. 'The love of God flowed from heart to heart.' ” (Refer to pages 32–37.)
As a leader, what experiences can you share and discuss about the blessings of service?
“ 'Charity Never Faileth.' These three words embraced the charge that the Prophet Joseph Smith had given the Relief Society sisters.” (See also pages 45, 70, and 171.)
How can you invite the sisters to more fully live the Relief Society motto, “Charity Never Faileth”?
Missionary Work, Convert Retention, Activation
“President Kimball testified that Relief Society sisters will become a powerful influence for good upon the 'good women of the world' as they 'reflect righteousness and articulateness in their lives.' ” (See also pages 91–95.)
How can you help sisters become more articulate in sharing the gospel?
Spiritual and Temporal Welfare
“The Savior taught Mary and Martha that women could also participate spiritually in His work. He invited them to become His disciples and partake of salvation, 'that good part' that would never be taken from them.”
How can you help sisters focus on spiritual priorities—the temple, scriptures, and prayer?
“I stress … the deep need each woman has to study the scriptures. We want our homes to be blessed with sister scriptorians” (Spencer W. Kimball).
How can you lead your sisters to improve their study and knowledge of the scriptures?
“The aim of the Church is to help the people to help themselves. Work is to be re-enthroned as the ruling principle of the lives of our Church membership” (Heber J. Grant).
How can you teach the principles of becoming self-reliant listed on page 51 in Daughters in My Kingdom?
Temple and Family History Work
“Every sister in this Church who has made covenants with the Lord has a divine mandate to help save souls, to lead the women of the world, to strengthen the homes of Zion, and to build the kingdom of God” (M. Russell Ballard).
How can you help sisters participate in the work of saving souls?
“The strength, power, and blessings of temple covenants would sustain the Latter-day Saints during their journey.” (Refer to Sarah Rich's testimony of temple blessings, on page 30.)
How can you and the sisters better understand and recognize the blessings of making and keeping temple covenants?
The History and Purposes of Relief Society
“Sisters in [the] Church … have been taught to live up to their divine potential by fulfilling God's purposes for them.”
What scriptures or examples can you share to help inspire sisters to fulfill God's purposes for them?
“Joseph Smith taught principles that helped Relief Society sisters 'relieve the poor' and 'save souls'—foundational principles upon which the society was built … to increase faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes, and seek out and help those in need.”
How can you teach the sisters to understand and live the purposes of Relief Society?
“Relief Society sisters … have demonstrated their sure understanding that while 'all things must fail … charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever.' ”
“Charity Never Faileth” has long been the Relief Society motto. What principles can be taught to lead sisters and their families to be filled with the pure love of Christ?
“Because Lynne saw these sisters serve, she was determined to do the same when she became a Relief Society sister.” (Refer to the full story on pages 177–78.)
What examples can inspire a discussion on the privileges and sacred responsibilities we have in doing the Lord's work?