Emma Hale Smith, An Elect Lady - First President of LDS Womens Relief Society.

Emma Hale Smith - An Elect Lady!

Inaugural President of the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo, Ill.
Inaugural President of the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo, Ill.

The Organizing of the Female Relief Society in Nauvoo, Under the Direction of Joseph Smith Jr., Prophet of God.

During what is often thought of as some of the happiest days, in the growth and development of the newly formed Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints - was the organization on March 17, 1842, of the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo, Ill.

At the first Relief Society meeting, Joseph Smith prophetically declared that, "the Church was never perfectly organized until the women were thus organized. He also taught that, "The Relief Society was organized "under the priesthood after the pattern of the priesthood". Not many realize the significance of these statements; for the prophet was declaring in essence - that the Women's Relief Society organization of the Church, was literally part of the restoration of all things in the latter days.

Meaning, that this was not some nice ladies benevolent auxiliary, of which the women of the Church could now amuse themselves socially, as other women of the day were engaged in. No. Joseph Smith was declaring - that the organization of the Female Relief Society for the women of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - was a vital part of his personal mission, which had to be accomplished during a specific time-period.

Joseph Smith Jr. - prophet of the restoration - was putting forth the imperative understanding of the place of Women- in the Lord's Kingdom here upon the earth, for the final days in preparation to His Second Coming.

The organization of the Mormon Women's Relief Society was in concurrence to the temple endowment, being fully revealed and put in order. Joseph was engaged during these years in Nauvoo, with his final work and finishing touches - to that which he had been held in reserve for Millenia, to accomplish.

Joseph Smith Jr. was and is - the Prophet of "the restoration of all things", for the dispensation of the fullness of times. Joseph had a work to do, and bringing a restoration about, that encompassed all things previously revealed of God, for the salvation of man. Joseph Smith, was to now - in this final dispensation prior to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ - complete that work of restoration, during his brief life.

The organizing of the women in the Mormon Church, in order - by restoring the Relief Society, - was a part of the Prophet, Joseph Smith's final important and, critical days in Nauvoo.

The Organization of The Female Relief Society of Nauvoo
The Organization of The Female Relief Society of Nauvoo

Red Brick Store of Nauvoo, Organization of the Relief Society

The Relief Society was organized on the upper level on March 17, 1842.
The Relief Society was organized on the upper level on March 17, 1842.

Understanding the Majesty of this Restoration-Revelation, Which Is - the LDS Women's Relief Society, Today!

Joseph Smith's beloved wife, Emma Hale Smith - had also been given promises through divine revelation, of her Elect Status amongst women - and this had yet to be fully understood by the Saints. As a part of this fulfillment, under the direction of her Prophet-husband, Emma Hale Smith, was called to serve as the inaugural President of the Female Relief Society, in Nauvoo.

It is my opinion, that the significance of the organizing of the LDS Women's Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints - is yet to be fully understood and recognized, in the proper context of the history of the LDS Church.

I also do not believe that as yet, either LDS members, be they women or men in general - have truly realized the Majesty of this great restoration-revelation to the Prophet Joseph Smith - and its impact to be - on the growth and moving forward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints.

I am not a Church historian, nor am I a biblical scholar. However, I have been studying this topic for a while now, and have been profoundly moved by what others have credibly written, which continues to go seemingly by the wayside - not understood by most.

Or so I had thought...

Just recently, in-fact - during the General Relief Society Broadcast, of the women of the Church, Julie Beck, current General President of the Relief Society; addressed this very topic. I began this article months ago. It has lain dormant, because so much of what I desired to relate in this article, seemed so out-of-date to many people.I am thrilled that Sister Beck, has in a sense - resurrected the truth of the organization of the LDS Women's Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints; in our Day!

Sister Julie Beck, taught these powerful truths to the women of The Relief Society...

"It is impossible to understand why we have an organization for women in the Church without having an understanding of the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Lord, knowing about the calamities that would come to pass in these latter days, spoke to His servant Joseph Smith Jr. “and gave him commandments; . . . "

“That faith . . . might increase in the earth;

“That [His] everlasting covenant might be established;

“That the fulness of [His] gospel might be proclaimed by the weak and the simple unto the ends of the world.”

Emma Smith - My Story Movie

The Savior as He Instructed the Women of the Church, in His Day...

The Women of Christ have always had a divine commission, by the Lord Himself, to assist in the building of His Kingdom.
The Women of Christ have always had a divine commission, by the Lord Himself, to assist in the building of His Kingdom.

Just as the Savior invited Mary and Martha of New Testament times to participate in His work, women of this dispensation have an official commission to participate in the Lord’s work. From the earliest days of the Restoration, women were active in helping build up the Church by supporting missionary efforts, contributing to the construction of temples, and establishing communities where the Saints could worship together. The organization of Relief Society in 1842 mobilized the collective power of the women and their specific assignments to build the Lord’s kingdom, just as the organization of priesthood quorums gave men specific responsibilities.

Sister Beck continued, and said, that "To summarize, the purpose of Relief Society, as established by the Lord, is to organize, teach, and inspire His daughters to prepare them for the blessings of eternal life. I would like to say that again. The purpose of Relief Society, as established by the Lord, is to organize, teach, and inspire His daughters to prepare them for the blessings of eternal life."

The mission of the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is one that today - honors the rich history of which it was founded. Emma Hale Smith, in the very earliest days of the Relief Society, understood and saw the power of the women of the Church. Emma told the sisters, that they - as organized, were going "to do something extraordinary".

Joseph Smith Jr. - Organized the LDS Women Relief Society

The prophet taught the mission for the organization of the female Relief Society
The prophet taught the mission for the organization of the female Relief Society

Quotes About the Mission and Organization of the Relief Society

The Prophet, Joseph Smith Jr.

"[The Relief Society] is a charitable Society, and according to your natures; it is natural for females to have feelings of charity and benevolence. You are now placed in a situation in which you can act according to those sympathies which God has planted in your bosoms. If you live up to these principles, how great and glorious will be your reward in the celestial kingdom! If you live up to your privileges, the angels cannot be restrained from being your associates." (History of the Church 4:605)

"I now rejoice. I have lived until I have seen this burden, which has rested on my shoulders, rolled on to the shoulders of other men; now the keys of the kingdom are planted on the earth to be taken away no more for ever . . . You have to round up your shoulders to bear up the kingdom. No matter what becomes of me. I have desired to see that Temple built, but I shall not live to see it. You will; you are called upon to bear off this kingdom." (Journal of Discourses 13:164)

Willard Richards reported: “The [Female Relief Society] meeting was addressed by President Joseph Smith, to illustrate the object of the Society—that the Society of Sisters might provoke the brethren to good works in looking to the wants of the poor—searching after objects of charity, and in administering to their wants—to assist by correcting the morals and strengthening the virtues of the community.”

Eliza R. Snow reported: “As [the Prophet Joseph Smith] had this opportunity, he was going to instruct the ladies of this Society, and point out the way for them to conduct themselves, that they might act according to the will of God. …

“If you live up to these principles, how great and glorious will be your reward in the celestial kingdom! If you live up to your privileges, the angels cannot be restrained from being your associates. Females, if they are pure and innocent, can come in the presence of God; for what is more pleasing to God than innocence; you must be innocent, or you cannot come up before God: if we would come before God, we must keep ourselves pure, as He is pure.”

More recently, n regards to the Women's Relief Society Organization, President Spencer W. Kimball said this... “there is a power in this organization that has not yet been fully exercised to strengthen the homes of Zion and build the Kingdom of God—nor will it until both the sisters and the priesthood catch the vision of Relief Society.”

Emma Smith: A Mormon Woman of Faith - Joseph Smith

Charity Never Faileth

Motto of the Relief Society, since its early beginnings...
Motto of the Relief Society, since its early beginnings...

Emma Hale Smith - Her Heart

Of her daughter in-law, these are the words of Lucy Mack Smith, concerning Emma...

“I have never seen a woman in my life, who would endure every species of fatigue and hardship, from month to month, and from year to year, with that unflinching courage, zeal, and patience, which she has ever done; for I know that which she has had to endure—she has been tossed upon the ocean of uncertainty—she has breasted the storms of persecution, and buffeted the rage of men and devils, which would have borne down almost any other woman.” (History of the Prophet Joseph Smith by His Mother, Lucy Mack Smith)

These are the words of someone who really knew Emma Smith, in contrast to the words and speculation of so many who claim that they did, and do not - even today. Who should we give credibility? I choose the mother of a Prophet of God!

Emma Smith said of her husband Joseph Smith, that "she preferred him to all others". I love this tribute to the young Joseph Smith Jr. Emma and Joseph loved one another deeply. There was much conflict between them when it came to the doctrine of plural marriage, nevertheless - they still loved and respected on another.

Joseph and Emma Smith - An Eternal Bond

Joseph Smith Jr., Prophet of God

During Joseph Smith's life, the practice of plural marriage was not made public, although he and some others were called to participate. Joseph Smith himself, did not acknowledge his plural marriages to anyone outside of the closest of his associates. Most likely, the ones that were also called to practice polygamy, only.

During this time, there were those that opposed Joseph Smith's leadership, who had been very close to him. The practice of plural marriage was then taken, and corrupted by these men, that were once close to Joseph Smith.

The convincing of innocent women that they were to become the "spiritual" wives to these few apostate men, when found out - enraged Emma Smith. The accusations against her husband, as one so degenerate as these others was really more than Emma could take. Emma Smith, although she despised plural marriage, knew her husband - and Joseph was a good and upright man, doing only what the Lord commanded.

During Emma Smith's time as President of the Relief Society, she began to outwardly oppose this "spiritual wifery" which was being perpetuated by these few apostates of the Church. All the while, Joseph her husband, was denying his own practice of plural marriage.

The practice of plural marriage was not made an official practice until after the death of Joseph Smith. This was done under the direction of Brigham Young, succeeding President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saint. During Joseph Smith's life, there are a few accounts - where it is felt that Joseph wanted to institute the practice, but the Saints were not ready; and would not accept the doctrine as yet.

Personal Musings about Emma Hale Smith, and the Organization of the Relief Society for the Women of the Church...

I have often wondered, if one of the reasons Emma Smith denied the doctrine of plural marriage, and Joseph Smith's practice of it - was because of some type of loyalty to Joseph? The Prophet, Joseph Smith, never admitted at any time publicly, to the practice of it during his own life. Perhaps she felt that Joseph would have wanted it that way? Nonetheless, Emma's future actions separated her and the remainder of Joseph Smith's family, from the body of the Mormon Church and the Saints altogether.

After the death of Joseph Smith, Emma was even more adamant against polygamy and plural marriage. She began to almost crusade against the practice; and even during official meetings of the Relief Society in Nauvoo. Unfortunately, this began to cause divisiveness within the ranks. Ultimately, Brigham Young disbanded the organization of the Relief Society - temporarily.

The Female Relief Society of Nauvoo, had its history - and the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, after the same pattern - would not be fully organized again, for nearly twenty years. This would take place under still, the Presidency of Brigham Young, with the help of Eliza R. Snow - who had been a participant in the originall organization of the Relief Society.

Nevertheless, a pattern had been revealed for the women of the Church... The LDS women continued to act in unison in many ways ,as the Relief Society had been organized; although not officially.

Joseph Smith Jr. had laid the groundwork and understanding of woman in the LDS Church. Because of this understanding of the day - it was understood that women played a vital role in the perfecting of the saints.

This pattern, of the importance a woman and man as equals before the Lord, and necessary for each others Salvation - was not to be ignored over these years before the reorganization of the Relief Society as we know it today, in the LDS Church.

Just as the quorums of the priesthood are to prepare men to make and keep sacred covenants, so too -- was the organizing of a parallel program, which would bring the women unto Christ, through these very same covenants. When Joseph made his statement regarding the perfection of the restoration regarding the organizing of the Female Relief Society - temple covenants were at the very heart of the work of this society.

The capstone ordinance of the Eternal Marriage Sealing - is the "work" of sealing families for time and all eternity.

Herein lies the understanding, appreciation and power of the Women's Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

tDMg

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Emma Hale Smith 1804-1879

Inaugural President of the Female Relief Society in Nauvoo, Illinois 1842.
Inaugural President of the Female Relief Society in Nauvoo, Illinois 1842.

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erinannie 7 years ago from Salt Lake City, UT

Very well done!


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LdsNana-AskMormon 7 years ago from Southern California Author

erinannie -

Coming from you.... that means a lot:-)

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In The Doghouse 7 years ago from California

Nana,

As a member of the LDS Relief Society, I do know that it is an inspired organization. I realize that the organization of the restored church was not complete until this defining moment. I love Julie Beck's succinct definition of the purpose of the organization of Relief Society as one to "organize, teach, and inspire His daughters to prepare them for the blessings of eternal life." I know this is true. Great information about Emma Hale Smith as well. She is an elect lady and her reward is sure.


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Onusonus 7 years ago from washington

People say that the church oppresses women, and yet we have one of the first organized women's groups in America.


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LdsNana-AskMormon 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Doghouse -

I too have enjoyed many years as a member of the Relief Society. I have also enjoyed studying the history of its organization. Truly, this was some of the greatest work, of the prophet Joseph Smith. From the time of my being a young mother, to now a grandmother - the Relief Society has been such a blessing to my family.

I also, love Emma Smith. It has required some very deep contemplation, as to how to interpret her decisions, after the death of Joseph? I have come to have deep compassion, for this faithful and "Elect Lady".

tDMg

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Intelitary Milligence 7 years ago

these women had balls

they did their part

gender roles didn't prevent Brigham Young from teaching his daughters to hunt and build tree houses

what we call feminism was invented by a bunch of men

the church owes a lot to these women


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LdsNana-AskMormon 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Onusonus -

That is so true. When those outside of the Church, come to realize just how much empowerment the ladies of Relief Society actually have -old ideas quickly fall away....

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In The Doghouse 7 years ago from California

Nana,

I too have contemplated at length the choices that Emma made at the death of her beloved husband Joseph. As you pointed out before, we will never know completely the full story, as we do not have a first person account, but we must learn to be non-judgmental of her actions. Her actions will be judged by He who is given the authority to do so, and we do not have that option, don't you agree?


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LdsNana-AskMormon 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Doghouse -

I don't know if you have had a chance to see the movie, Emma Smith - My Story, but it was beautifully done.  Many who have had similar concerns about Emma walking away from the Church, after the prophet's death - have had their hearts softened after seeing this movie.  It is a wonderful account of her life with Joseph, and the many hardships that she had to endure.

I can never judge her harshly, not with everything she went through, and endured faithfully.

tDMg

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In The Doghouse 7 years ago from California

Nana,

I have not had an opportunity to view the film yet, but am looking forward to doing so soon. She indeed did go through many hardships and trials, that is part of the refining process that made her the "elect lady" she is.

Julie Beck's comments at the General Relief Society meeting were so inspiring and beautifully stated, as quoted from Section 1 of the Doctrine and Covenants. These thoughts have been prevalent since the restoration of the gospel itself. Why do you feel that many women do not see the importance of Relief Society today?


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LdsNana-AskMormon 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Intelitary Milligence (love the name:-)

That's one way to put it! Certainly the early women of the Relief Society, were very courageous women. They, like many LDS women today - had to stand up for truth, in the face of much opposition. Their testimonies of the Gospel were stellar.

I can't help but think of our current circumstances, with the issue of same-sex marriage, which is staring down everything that LDS women, in particular - hold dear. I know so many amazing women in the Church, that are right now - leading out in this cause to defend traditional marriage, and the family - as God has ordained it.

Thank you, for your enthusiastic comment about LDS women:-)

tDMg

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LdsNana-AskMormon 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Doghouse -

I certainly cannot speak for LDS women in general, however - I do think that there is a great lack of understanding, of "why" the Relief Society was organized; and its mission today. 

As you stated, and I also have referred to...  I think Julie Beck did a wonderful job in educating the sisters in the Church, of how our mission as women, comes directly through divine revelation; as part of the restoration of the Church.

I also feel, that because the Church is locally led by men,  and that they have not completely understood the mission of the Relief Society organization themselves - it has not been well instructed upon.  This is not to infer that our General Leaders do not understand.  Certainly, I would not be so presumptuous as to infer such a thing.

Like so many principles and truths of the Gospel, we all come to greater understanding, line upon line.  I feel that timing, is often everything.  Sister Beck urged the women of the Church to do more and to be better.  As more women in the Church, come to understand this diving commission, that comes to them as members of the Relief Society - I believe we will see a stronger movement for good...

I'm not sure if I answered your question completely.  What are your thoughts on this?

tDMg

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jmmoore321 7 years ago from Utah

As usual you have provided a vast wealth of information. I am continuously impressed by the work you produce. And always on such inspiring topics.


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pjdscott 7 years ago from Durham, UK

I believe that you can tell a lot about a religion by the way it treats women, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints should be very proud (if pride is allowed!) of this movement. A fascinating article.


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wannabwestern 7 years ago from The Land of Tractors

What a lovely tribute, LDSNana. The Relief Society is a powerful force for good within the LDS church, and the service the Relief Society renders to the women of the church and to the communities where they reside offers a significant source of societal good. I don't know how anyone who knows the Relief Society could have anything negative to say about this organization. I am continually impressed that the Relief Society can offer such strength to its members in changing modern times and from country to country. I see the R.S. as an example of the adage "The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world."


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In The Doghouse 7 years ago from California

Nana,

Your points are well taken, sometimes local leaders do not have the same vision as the General leaders, and need further instruction to understand this principle of importance.

I feel that sometimes the women of the church themselves limit the amount of progress of women in the church. Understanding the important role of women in the gospel is essential and that is why IMHO it is continually taught by our general leaders.

The women who were involved in the Relief Society during Emma Smith's time and closely thereafter definitely rocked! They were activists who were not afraid to become involved in a cause, even if it was unpopular by many. They were among the first to petition for the right of women to vote, as you have also written about. They were active in community service and made personal sacrifices for the benefit of others...I think that in our society today we may tend to focus a bit much on our "selfish" desires and own personal interests. The Relief Society was intended to be just that, a service organization to provide relief in all areas.

As we, as woman of the church, come to understand this more fully, IMHO I believe that the power for good will increase at greater levels.

Perhaps there are many more who share this view, and are not speaking out enough, what do you think?


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LdsNana-AskMormon 7 years ago from Southern California Author

jmmoore -

Thank you. I am impressed with what you are doing in the area of home food storage, and teaching many how to be prepared. That is so awesome. You, are a great example of an intelligent young LDS women, who is following living prophets:-)

tDMg

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LdsNana-AskMormon 7 years ago from Southern California Author

pjdscott -

I could not agree with you more. The LDS women are considered equal to the LDS men, in the Church. Equality, is a very important factor between men and women, before God.

I am so thankful to belong to a Church, where the women are held in such high esteem. I always find it interesting though, that many outside of the LDS Church, and who are aware of "priesthood" within our Church - are very confused with how this functions....

The organization of the Relief Society, is a parallel establishment within the Church - in order to accomplish the very same work of the Church. So, men and women within the LDS Church, have equal but different roles to the same end... which is, the eternal family.

tDMg

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LdsNana-AskMormon 7 years ago from Southern California Author

wannabwestern -

Yes, the service that is rendered through the medium of the Relief Society, is most likely unparalleled by any other women's association, in the world. For this, it would most definitely be hard to be critical in any way.

As much as the organization of the Relief Society is excellent in taking care of the physical needs of its members, and those in their various communities, there is even a greater work that these good sisters engage it...

LDS women, are a powerful force for giving spiritual relief to all those whom they come in contact with. As LDS women, we understand our role to help meet the physical needs of those around us, but we do an even greater work - as we lift up the souls of those near us, as we teach the principles of the Gospel.

I believe that the sisters of the Relief Society, are a beacon of light in the world today... through the many examples of Christ-like living which they emulate.

tDMg

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LdsNana-AskMormon 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Doghouse,

I too, believe that is was a clear understanding of the mission of Relief Society, that gave the early sisters of the Church, the courage to go out and stand up for what was right, in their day.  We are blessed to be recipients of such a wonderful legacy...

As we, as LDS women today, stand side-by-side with those who guide the work of the Church today; we carry with us a true beacon for all the world to follow.  As LDS women today, come to more fully understand this partner-role (and men) we will ALL have a greater power to do what we came here to do...

I'm curious as to what your personal thoughts are, about the role of the prophet, Joseph Smith - in the organization of the Relief Society?

tDMg

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Laura 7 years ago

LDS Nana,

This article is so well written. I hope you are posting it around wherever you can.

Thanks,

Laura


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LdsNana-AskMormon 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Laura -

Thank you so much.  I am hoping that my readers will share this article, about Emma Smith, and the organization of the Relief Society, with their friends.  As well, I hope that members of the Church will post the link on their own blogs. 

It is a joy to talk about the importance of the Relief Society,  to both LDS men and women today.

I really appreciate your vote of confidence, in the information provided here - about the women of Relief Society, and their very distinct errand...

tDMg

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Uninvited Writer 7 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

This is very well written. I'd never heard of her before, it was very informative. Thanks :)


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LdsNana-AskMormon 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Univited Writer -

It is for "that" very reason, that I wrote this article about Emma Smith. She was quite a lady, and a wonderful example to many LDS women. I'm so happy that you took the time to read this. Thank you:-)

tDMg

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Claudia Goldstein 7 years ago

LDS Nana,

I liked your article, you have a wonderful gift of writing & this story is very helpful in describing life of Emma Hale Smith.

Thanks,


Mormon Soprano 7 years ago

Nana, A great post. I was also incredibly moved by Sister Beck's inspired talk this Conference and look forward to re-reading and studying it. The history of the LDS Relief Society is fascinating in and of itself and worthy of several hubs - as one has already pointed out, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints taught feminism and womens rights at the highest level clear from the 1800s. Indeed, the church holds women in the highest of honors, and we believe that the man cannot be exalted without the woman. The right for women to vote in the USA was powerfully lobbied by the LDS Relief Society. It is my understanding that Utah was the first state to be granted the woman's vote, due to this powerful society of women. It is truly a very powerful organization! The higher power and meaning and purpose of the society is what Sister Beck is urging all of us to explore, learn and reach for.

I look forward to seeing the movie about Emma. I have not had the opportunity yet. I have always felt that she underwent a devestating emotional breakdown after Joseph was killed. She had been pushed to her utter limits of suffering. When I read the details of what she had to endure it breaks my heart to pieces. I have always felt extreme love and compassion for her. She was an elect lady, with a holy mission on earth. Her blessings in heaven will not be with-held. We owe her a tremendous debt of gratitude. One of the marvleous things that Emma did was to research, gather, compiled and publish the first hymnbook for the church. She did this very prayerfully and often commissioned works she felt inspired needed to be included. The original book is on display at the Salt Lake Church History museum currently and is a beautiful little marvel. Her talents and leadership were unsurpassed.


think about it 7 years ago

Great and helpful stuff. It's nice to know the breakout role played by LDS women in setting the stage for all women in the churches


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LdsNana-AskMormon 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Mormon Soprano -

Right you are! There could be many Hubs written on Emma Smith. This is my third...

Thank you for your lovely comments about Emma. I'm glad you brought up the fact, that Emma Smith was called to compile the very first hymn book, for the Church. Truly Emma set the tone, for all music in the Church, that would follow.

I believe that it was Emma's strong example of a woman willing to stand up for her beliefs, that ultimately led to much of the progress for women in the Church. Emma understood hers, and other women's elect status.

tDMg

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ta ta ta 7 years ago

Why just "Emma"; what happen with the "others" tha were part of the LDS Womens RS --there are not important? What's the story? no offense! but how important were "the other" members? what was their names, how many? how long?


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LdsNana-AskMormon 7 years ago from Southern California Author

ta ta ta -

Absolutely there were many other valiant LDS women in the early Church Relief Society. However, this particular Hub, focuses on Emma Smith, who was the FIRST Relief Society President:-)

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AndyBaker 7 years ago from UK

Good stuff - you've clearly put a ton of effort into this.

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