Sister Linda K. Burton, General President of the Relief Society for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, announced on social media today that the organization had updated the wording for its official purpose. She wrote:
When we were newly called as the Relief Society General Presidency, we sought the Lord earnestly to know what essential things He would have us focus on to continue moving His work forward. We were impressed that He would first have us help His beloved daughters understand the doctrine of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, that their faith and righteousness might increase. Second, we considered the critical need to strengthen families and homes and felt that the Lord would have us encourage His beloved daughters to cheerfully cleave to their covenants. When covenants are kept, families are strengthened. Finally, we felt He would have us work in unity with the other auxiliaries and with our priesthood leaders, striving to seek out and help those in need to progress along the path. Focusing on these things helps prepare us for the blessings of eternal life.
Recently, we have updated the Relief Society purpose wording to reflect the additional insights the Lord blessed us with.
The new purpose of the Relief Society is below. We’ve made the major changes bold.
“Relief Society helps prepare women for the blessings of eternal life (see Moses 1:39) as they increase faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and His Atonement; strengthen individuals, families, and homes through ordinances and covenants; and work in unity to help those in need.”
The new wording emphasizes faith in Jesus Christ and discusses both individuality and unity. The original wording states: “Relief Society prepares women for the blessings of eternal life by helping them increase their faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes, and help those in need.”
Sister Burton finished her post by saying:
We hope you will study and focus on the purpose of Relief Society and come to understand the divine identity and eternal work and purpose that each sister in Relief Society has. How does understanding this purpose bring hope and meaning into your daily life and actions?
You can answer her question by commenting on the original post, found here.
The Relief Society organization is the largest women’s organization in the world and was founded on March 17, 1842. This year, the Relief Society celebrates its 175th birthday. Many special products and gifts have been curated to help sisters honor their past and celebrate the future. You can see an entire collection here.