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The heritage of Relief Society is not just about women who lived in the past; it is also about women all over the world today who make and keep covenants. As you study and ponder, refer to Daughters in My Kingdom: The History and Work of Relief Society again and again.
As a daughter of God you will continue to add to the history of Relief Society through your words and actions. As you discover examples and teachings that are especially meaningful to you, you may want to record them. Inspired by what you learn, you can receive spiritual guidance.
With steadfast and immovable faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, you will continue to play vital roles in building the kingdom of God on the earth.
Applying the Principles of Daughters in My Kingdom
Examples and Stories of Increasing Faith and Personal Righteousness
- Daughters in My Kingdom, page 4: “Mary and Martha became active participants in the Lord’s mortal ministry. Later in the New Testament, we read Martha’s strong testimony of the Savior’s divinity. In a conversation with Jesus, she said, ‘I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.’”
- Daughters in My Kingdom, pages 130–31: “In late October 1838, Amanda and her husband, Warren, with their children and other members of the Church, were on the way to Far West, Missouri. They stopped at a mill to make some repairs on their wagon. While they were there, a mob attacked Latter-day Saints who were working at the mill, killing 17 men and boys and wounding 15. Amanda, who had hidden during the attack, returned to find Warren and their son Sardius among the dead. Another son, Alma, was severely wounded.” Read the full account of how Amanda Smith received revelation in a desperate time of need.
- Daughters in My Kingdom, page 30: Sarah Rich, who received a call from Brigham Young to work in the Nauvoo Temple, later said: “ ‘Many were the blessings we had received in the house of the Lord, which has caused us joy and comfort in the midst of all our sorrows and enabled us to have faith in God, knowing He would guide us and sustain us in the unknown journey that lay before us. For if it had not been for the faith and knowledge that was bestowed upon us in that temple by the influence and help of the Spirit of the Lord, our journey would have been like one taking a leap in the dark.’”
Examples and Stories of Strengthening Families and Homes
- Daughters in My Kingdom, page 135: “Our first parents, Adam and Eve, set an example of an interdependent and unified relationship when they taught their children. … ‘She and Adam both prayed; they both blessed the name of the Lord; they both taught their children; they both received revelation; and the Lord commanded both of them to worship and serve him in the name of Jesus Christ forever.’”
- Daughters in My Kingdom, pages 163–64: “A single sister with physical disabilities lived on the 80th floor of a high-rise in Hong Kong. She lived alone and was the only member of the Church in her family, but she created a home that was a haven where she and visitors could feel the influence of the Spirit. On a little shelf, she kept her scriptures, her Relief Society manuals, and her hymnbook. She sought out her ancestors and traveled to the temple to perform ordinances for them.”
Examples and Stories of Seeking Out and Helping Those in Need
- Daughters in My Kingdom, page 25: “When Sarah M. Kimball and Margaret Cook decided to begin a sewing society, they wanted to help prepare a temple for the people. Under the inspiration and guidance of a prophet and other priesthood leaders, they and their sisters ultimately helped prepare a people for the temple.”
- Daughters in My Kingdom, page 15: “Sisters in Nauvoo clamored to join the Relief Society. They were excited to give temporal and spiritual aid in an organized, authorized way. They also recognized the unparalleled opportunity to be taught by a prophet in preparation for higher spiritual knowledge and the blessings of the temple. They loved being unified with one another and with their priesthood brethren in these great causes.”
- Daughters in My Kingdom, pages 177–78: “When Lynne was in her late teens, she and her mother learned that her stepfather had been seriously injured in a distant city. They quickly got on an airplane to visit him, but he died before they could reach him. …‘As my mother and I, exhausted and heartsick, walked down the steps from the plane, [a] man and woman standing on the airstrip walked over and put their arms around us. It was the branch president and the Relief Society president. … Those days were confusing as we struggled to deal with the fact that [my stepfather] was dead. … But there was always a sister there, … to help … deal with all that had to be done. Through it all, I developed such a sense of gratitude that I couldn’t imagine how I could repay those dear sisters.’” Read more to learn what Lynne did to try and repay those sisters.
Questions to consider:
- What can you do to be a devoted disciple of the Savior as the women in the New Testament were? (See chapter 1.)
- What do you learn from the examples of early Relief Society sisters about strengthening families and homes? (See chapter 5.)
- How have covenants sustained you during difficult times? (See chapter 3.)
- What faith-building experiences have you had as you have served others or as others have served you? (See chapter 7.)
- How does the Holy Ghost guide you in your visiting teaching? (See pages 45–46.)
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