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Women of the Church Honored in March 

Women of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints embrace many of the challenges envisioned by the United Nations’ theme for the March 8 International Women’s Day,  “Empowering Women — Empowering Humanity: Picture It.” Exercising choice, getting an education and celebrating the potential of women everywhere are a few of the challenges and opportunities highlighted by International Women’s Day. They also are much of the focus of the Church’s Relief Society.

The Relief Society – to which all Mormon Women belong – is one of the oldest and largest women’s service organizations in the world. It is a vehicle for service around the globe, with a membership of 5.5 million women in more than 170 countries — a membership that is increasing by thousands each year. 

Relief Society classes and meetings are held on Sundays and at other times for Latter-day Saint women to learn and discuss doctrine, increase spirituality, learn helpful skills that strengthen families and homes and help others.

Woman of the Christiansborg Stake in Ghana (a stake is a group of congregations) celebrated the birthday of the Relief Society, founded on March 17, 1842. The celebration included inspirational speeches, role playing activities, group discussions and time to visit and have fun together. Similar activities were held this month in congregations throughout Ghana. 

President Thomas S. Monson, worldwide leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, stated, “I have felt to provide each member of Relief Society throughout the world three goals to meet: (1) gain knowledge through study; (2) make home a heaven; and (3) find joy in service” (“The Mighty Strength of the Relief Society,” October 1997 General Conference).


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