Minute Book offers look into early days of Relief Society

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  • pat1 Taylorsville, UT
    March 8, 2011 9:01 a.m.

    The Church History museum frequently has copies of some pages of the minute book on display.

    It is interesting that Joseph Smith wanted the women of the church to be fully organized and under the arm of the priesthood. During the 1830s and 1840s churches throughout the country had women's organizations organized to do good and to help the poor. To be under the direction of the priesthood marked a difference in the Relief Society.

    The Relief Society didn't operate at first in the SL valley for a number of reasons--among them the hardships involed in creating a community here, but Eliza R. Snow, with her minute book, under the direction of Brigham Young, was able to reorganize it once again. She was a remarkable woman.