The book Daughters in My Kingdom: The History and Work of Relief Society has been prepared under the direction of the First Presidency of the Church. It provides a historical view of the grand scope of the work of the Relief Society. Through historical accounts, personal experiences, scriptures, and words of Latter-day prophets and Relief Society leaders, the book teaches about the responsibilities and opportunities Latter-day Saint women are given in Heavenly Father’s plan of happiness. 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. The book will help everyone who reads it find inspiration from the past and feel peace as they face the future.
President Spencer W. Kimball, the twelfth President of the Church, said, “We know that women who have deep appreciation for the past will be concerned about shaping a righteous future” (“Privileges and Responsibilities of Sisters,” October 1978 general conference).
The teachings, stories, and examples in the book can guide sisters in establishing priorities and practices in their lives that will help them accomplish the purpose of Relief Society, which is to prepare women for the blessings of eternal life by helping them increase faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes, and seek out and help those in need. It is an additional personal and family resource to support women and strengthen them in their responsibilities at home, in their communities, in Relief Society, and in other Church settings. It is organized by topics such as family, sisterhood, and charity. The book is a record of the spiritual legacy and the divine roles and discipleship of women in the Church beginning in ancient times.
As sisters learn from the history of Relief Society, they may discover examples, expressions, and principles that are especially meaningful to them. Inspired by these discoveries and by the teachings of ancient and Latter-day prophets, they can seek, receive, and act on personal revelation. Church members of all ages may use the book as a reference in lessons, talks, and council meetings.
An Internet landing page entitled “Daughters in My Kingdom: The History and Work of Relief Society” is available to help sisters discover the faith-promoting principles, patterns, and practices contained in the history and to help them gain a greater understanding of their roles and responsibilities as disciples of Jesus Christ. You can reach the page by clicking the link above or by typing DaughtersInMyKingdom.lds.org in your Internet browser.
The history of Relief Society is recorded in words and numbers, but the heritage is passed heart to heart.
Much of what we accomplish in the Church is due to the selfless service of women.
Studying the history of Relief Society gives definition and expression to who we are as disciples and followers of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Ours is a work of salvation, service, and becoming a holy people.
Relief Society was established by the Lord to organize, teach, and inspire His daughters to prepare for the blessings of eternal life.
We must stand strong and immovable in faith, strong and immovable in family, and strong and immovable in relief.