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A chart of showing the presidents of the Relief Society from its founding to the present.
It’s been 175 years since Eliza R. Snow recorded the reverent proceedings of the organization of the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Nauvoo, Illinois. Throughout those 175 years, the Relief Society has been strengthened by millions of sisters who showed their faith, grit, spirit and love through their inspired service in the Lord’s work.
The “Daughters in My Kingdom” handbook reports that at the meeting, Emma Smith, who would be chosen as the first Relief Society president, told the sisters, “We are going to do something extraordinary.”
The women who have served the Lord through this organization have indeed done something extraordinary, and the 175th anniversary calls for a recollection of some of the inspired words, works and wonders of this incredible society.
In celebration, here are some of our favorite articles Deseret News and LDS Church News have published about Relief Society in recent years.
175 years of Relief Society: general presidency reflects on past and future of organization
175 years of Relief Society: Women worldwide share experiences
New book shows LDS women leading 'At The Pulpit'
LDS Church releases update to Relief Society Purposes
Relief Society general presidency: What women should know about the updated purposes
10 accomplishments of the Relief Society
Match the Relief Society presidents to their legacy
Women of faith through the centuries
Relief Society: Women of destiny
Minute Book offers look into early days of Relief Society
Sarah Kimball: One of the early Relief Society sisters
Relief Society's responsibility with welfare
General Women's Session: Test your knowledge of the Relief Society, Young Women and Primary organizations
The legacy of home and visiting teaching
Women of character: Looking back at the lives of the general Relief Society presidents of the church
United in the gospel — Singing in the General Women's Session choir
Members across the globe respond to 'I Was a Stranger' relief effort
'These are all my sisters' — LDS women share unity during BYU Women's Conference
Early Relief Society women felt a connection with the priesthood, speaker says
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Church-Service Missionaries: 'If Ye Have Desires to Serve God Ye Are Called to the Work'
Sister Linda S. Reeves: The importance of keeping promises
Sister Linda K. Burton writes about emotional and mental welfare: 'Keep an eternal perspective'
Sister Julie B. Beck speaks at Church History Symposium about the spiritual legacy of Relief Society
Sister Linda S. Reeves: 'Be a tutor'
Women leaders visit Caribbean: 'These are faithful, wonderful, loving people'
Sister Carole M. Stephens: 'A call from the Lord'
Sister Burton encourages members to find ways to reach out this Christmas season