Relief Society Leaders Emphasize Daughters in My Kingdom in Auxiliary Training Meetings
By Marianne Holman, Church News staff writer, and Sarah Jane Weaver, Church News assistant editor
“You lead a great work!” Julie B. Beck, Relief Society general president, told Relief Society leaders during an auxiliary training session in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, earlier this week. “This is the Lord’s work. ... We have a responsibility of great importance.”
Speaking in the Tabernacle, Sister Beck addressed many topics, including the purposes of Relief Society, the important role women play in their families, teaching (especially the “new” sisters of the Church), working in committees, and leadership principles.
Stick with the basics, Sister Beck said. “It is a simple work, and then the Lord brings the ideas into focus. If we figure out what we need to do, He will help us get from revelation to implementation. We will receive revelation all along the way.”
It is through seeking that revelation that sisters are able to go to their knees, receive revelation, and feel a closeness to the Lord, Sister Beck said.
In all of their teaching, the presidency and Relief Society general board members focused on looking for answers in Handbook 2: Administering the Church as well as in Daughters in My Kingdom: The History and Work of Relief Society.
Silvia H. Allred, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, focused her remarks on teaching the doctrines of the gospel.
“How do we ensure teaching in Relief Society is effective and done by the Spirit?” she asked. “We prepare, we teach from the doctrine and approved materials, and we teach gospel truths by the Spirit—the Spirit of truth.”
Barbara Thompson, second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, spoke of the great sisterhood throughout the world who are rallying to strengthen homes and families as they work together to accomplish much good. She compared their work to that of Captain Moroni in the Book of Mormon, who rallied his people to defend families and gospel principles.