Annual Auxiliary Training: Relief Society

Part 1 of the training is a roundtable discussion with Elder Holland about principles that guide learning and teaching in the Savior’s way. View the roundtable discussion and consider how to apply these principles in your stake or ward training.



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As sisters work together in the Relief Society to improve learning and teaching in their lives, they can become instruments in the hands of the Lord by ministering to others in this great work.

Visiting teaching: What does it mean to minister in the Savior’s way?

In the life of a Latter-day Saint woman, Relief Society should be synonymous with charity, “the pure love of Christ” (Moroni 7:47). The privilege of ministering through visiting teaching is an opportunity to become like the Savior. As visiting teachers minister in the Savior’s way, they prepare themselves and others for the blessing of eternal life.

Select topics and resources from the outlines below to help sisters understand what it means to minister in the Savior’s way. In addition to conducting this training, please take time to view and ponder the training titled “Learning and Teaching in the Home and the Church.” It includes a discussion with Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Think about how the principles in the discussion can bless the sisters you serve.   

Visiting teaching is a pattern to help sisters follow the Savior’s example of ministering to others.

When Joseph Smith organized the Relief Society, he said, “You are now placed in a situation where you can act according to those sympathies which God has planted in [you].” He “taught principles that helped Relief Society sisters ‘relieve the poor’ and ‘save souls’” (in Daughters in My Kingdom: The History and Work of Relief Society [2011], 16, 17).

  • How has the Savior set an example of ministering to individuals?
  • In what kinds of places did the Savior minister during His mortal mission?
  • How can visiting teachers minister in the Savior’s way?
  • How can an understanding of ministering change the way Relief Society leaders organize visiting teaching? How might this understanding change the way visiting teachers report their service?


When we minister with charity, the pure love of Jesus Christ, we recognize needs and respond in loving ways.

Lucy Mack Smith said, “We must cherish one another, watch over one another, comfort one another and gain instruction, that we may all sit down in heaven together” (in Daughters in My Kingdom, 25).

  • What are some small and simple ways sisters can minister?
  • How can you render Christlike service to sisters of all ages?
  • How can understanding the Atonement help us minister with greater charity?


We demonstrate our love for the Lord as we keep our covenants and help others do the same.

Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve said, “Every sister in this Church who has made covenants with the Lord has a divine mandate to help save souls, to lead the women of the world, to strengthen the homes of Zion, and to build the kingdom of God” (in Daughters in My Kingdom, 25).

  • How does visiting teaching help sisters keep covenants?
  • How does ministering in the Savior’s way unify us?
  • How can we help new Relief Society sisters learn how to minister through visiting teaching?
  • How is visiting teaching a work of salvation?



  • What have you learned today?
  • What are you going to do as a result of what you have learned?

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