WOMEN from the Montrose branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints took a step back in time when they celebrated 169 years of the ‘Relief Society’.
Relief Society is the name of the organisation which the church children belong to.
The 20 women in attendance enjoyed an interesting and moving evening as they re-enacted the very first meeting held in Nauvoo, Illinois on March 17, 1842.
The Relief Society was formally organised under the direction of Joseph Smith, the then president of the church. He said: “The church was never fully organised until the women were thus organised.”
Today’s Relief Society president said: “Our history teaches that the same principles that existed in the early church are our foundational principles today.”
The motto of the Relief Society is ‘Charity never Faileth’ and the purpose is to increase faith and personal righteousness, strengthen family and homes and seek out and help those in need.
Today there are around six million members of the Relief Society in over 170 countries around the world.