Relief Society Newsletter

Syracuse South Stake, April 2016

Dear Sisters,

We hope you and your families are doing well and that you all enjoyed the wonderful messages and spirit from the General Women’s Conference. Please know that you are in our hearts and in our prayers as you do so much to serve the sisters and families in your wards! We would love to go on visits with you or help in any way, please let us know!

It is that time of year to start thinking about the Young Women in your ward who will be graduating from high school soon and coming into Relief Society. Section 9.7.1 in Handbook 2 has some wonderful ideas on ways you can help with this transition.

Calendar Items

  • Stake Institute Classes: Fridays at the Stake Center, 9:30-11:00
  • Stake Relief Society Auxiliary Training: April 28, 7:00 p.m. at the Stake Center
  • BYU Women’s Conference: April 28-29. Registration now online through April 24
  • Stake Emergency Preparedness Goal: Have 72 hour kits for your family by July 31, 2016; (document below in Google Docs)

“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.” (Handbook 2:9.1.1)

Heavenly Father Needs Us...

Sisters, Our Heavenly Father needs each of us to do our part to build His kingdom here on earth. Our own personal righteousness is essential to having the gift of the Holy Ghost who will show us what our Father would have us do.

Sister Julie B. Beck said, “[Our] pursuit of personal righteousness [is] a daily effort to become more like the Savior through repentance, scripture study, prayer, obedience to commandments, and through seeking after everything “virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy.” (“Fulfilling the Purpose of Relief Society” October 2008 General Conference) I would add my testimony that as we regularly attend and worship in the temple as well, our faith and personal righteousness will increase.

Many years ago, President Spencer W. Kimball prophesied about how the righteousness of women would impact the church. He said, “Much of the major growth that is coming to the Church in the last days will come because many of the good women of the world…will be drawn to the Church in large numbers. This will happen to the degree that the women of the Church reflect righteousness and articulateness in their lives and to the degree that the women of the Church are seen as distinct and different-in happy ways-from the women of the world.” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball, 222-23)

Love, Sister Melanie Ogden

1st Counselor, Stake Relief Society Presidency