Thursday, March 26, 2015

Relief Society Celebrates 173rd

The sisters of the B7 Relief Society gathered together on Thursday, March 26 for an evening of good fun, good food, and good friends in celebration of the 173rd Anniversary of this largest of women's organizations.  "Spring into Service" featured delicious sandwiches, salad and a chance to enjoy a slice of the centerpiece - a yummy white cake with buttercream icing.  After the food, the sisters exchanged gently used, handmade or regifted presents wrapped in paper and ribbon ... then selected a service request such as "teach me how to garden in St. George," "help me understand how to get names ready for the temple," or "help me with my computer."  It was another example of the great ingenuity and creativity of Relief Society sisters with a small budget.  Thanks to chairman Jill Jones, Suzie Long, decorations; Rachel Gray, dinner menu; Brandi Martinez, cake centerpieces; Emma Schaub, invitations and service cards; and to Sophia Ford who emceed the evening.

On March 17, 1842, women of unrelenting faith and zeal gathered together in the upper room of Joseph Smith's Red Brick Store in the first organization of the Relief Society.  Today, women of the Church, and all those who support them, celebrate the 173rd anniversary of that first meeting.  Since its inception, the Relief Society has become one of the largest women's organization in the world and has given countless hours of service and charity to those in need.  President Boyd K. Packer promised the women of the Relief Society:

Your every need shall be fulfilled, now and in the eternities; every neglect will be erased; every abuse will be corrected.  All of this can come to you, and come quickly, when you devote yourself to Relief Society.