That was today's Relief Society lesson, which I got to teach. I mentioned some things that I found online that happened the same day the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo (original name of the organization) was founded: March 17, 1842. I read part of the first section, and the headers of the rest of the lesson. I had printed out the objectives of the Relief Society, and we went over those:
- Build faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and teach the doctrines of the kingdom (see 2 Nephi 31:20-21; Omni 1:26).
- Emphasize the divine worth of each sister (see D&C 25:2-3, 15-16; Moses 6:9).
- Exercise charity and nurture those in need (See Mosiah 4:26; Moroni 7:46-48).
- Strengthen and protect families (see Mosiah 4:14-15; D&C 130:2).
- Serve and support each sister (see 1 Corinthians 12:13-27).
- Help sisters become full participants in the blessings of the priesthood (see D&C 66:2; 84:35-39; Moses 5:1).
I took a picture of the board afterwards, and I'll post it here later if I can get it from the camera to the computer. (This computer doesn't communicate with all its ports very well.) I got several compliments on the lesson.
What I didn't include: At LDS.org, there is a page about the history of the Relief Society. There is a video that can be viewed in three different formats. It's called "Live Up to Your Privileges" and it has four sisters portraying sisters who were involved in the early days of the Relief Society. It's a really nice video. I didn't use it in my class because I don't want to use videos as a crutch. (Plus it's nearly 9 1/2 minutes long.)
Now I'm home and I'm going to shut down the Relief Society sister in me and get a little relief in the form of my Sunday afternoon nap. I've got plans for later, but need rest and some relief for my poor knees. I messed up my right knee about 2 weeks ago, and it's not improving on its own. (I should have taken the advice from our lesson today and asked for a priesthood blessing ... oh well, there's always Wednesday.)