The Work and Purpose of Relief Society
Relief Society helps prepare women for the blessings of eternal life 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.
Increase Faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and His Atonement
President Russell M. Nelson
“As you prayerfully study [the Book of Mormon], I promise that the heavens will open for you. The Lord will bless you with increased inspiration and revelation. As you read, I would encourage you to mark each verse that speaks of or refers to the Savior. Then, be intentional about talking of Christ, rejoicing in Christ, and preaching of Christ with your families and friends. You and they will be drawn closer to the Savior through this process.”
“Sisters’ Participation in the Gathering of Israel,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2018, 69–70
President Dallin H. Oaks
“As a servant of the Lord, I say to you young women, our world needs your goodness and love. Be kind to one another. Jesus taught us to love one another and to treat others as we want to be treated. As we strive to be kind, we draw closer to Him and His loving influence.”
“Parents and Children,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2018, 67
Strengthen Individuals, Families, and Homes through Ordinances and Covenants
President Henry B. Eyring
“Whatever your personal circumstance, you are part—a key part—of the family of God and of your own family, whether in the future, in this world, or in the spirit world. Your trust from God is to nurture as many of His and your family members as you can with your love and your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. . . .
“You will each find ways to contribute to the outpouring of truth upon your families in the Lord’s restored Church. Each of you will pray, study, and ponder to know what your unique contribution will be. But this I know: each of you, equally yoked with sons of God, will be a major part of a miracle of gospel learning and living that will hasten the gathering of Israel and will prepare God’s family for the glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
“Women and Gospel Learning in the Home,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2018, 59–60
President Russell M. Nelson
"So, what is required for a family to be exalted forever? We qualify for that privilege by making covenants with God, keeping those covenants, and receiving essential ordinances.
“This has been true since the beginning of time. Adam and Eve, Noah and his wife, Abraham and Sarah, Lehi and Sariah, and all other devoted disciples of Jesus Christ—since the world was created—have made the same covenants with God. They have received the same ordinances that we as members of the Lord’s restored Church today have made: those covenants that we receive at baptism and in the temple.
“The Savior invites all to follow Him into the waters of baptism and, in time, to make additional covenants with God in the temple and receive and be faithful to those further essential ordinances. All these are required if we want to be exalted with our families and with God forever."
“Come, Follow Me,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2019, 89–90
Work in Unity to Help Those in Need
Sister Joy D. Jones
“Sisters, I testify that when Jesus Christ, through the power of His Atonement, works on us and in us, He begins to work through us to bless others. We serve them, but we do so by loving and serving Him.”
“For Him,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2018, 52
Sister Reyna I. Aburto
“Miracles happen when the children of God work together guided by the Spirit to reach out to others in need. . . .
“As we work in unity, our purpose should be to look for and do the Lord’s will; our incentive should be the love we feel for God and for our neighbor; and our greatest desire should be to ‘labor diligently,’ so we can prepare the way for the glorious return of our Savior.”
“With One Accord,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2018, 79–80