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5 November 1874


Salt Lake City Thirteenth Ward Relief Society; Thirteenth Ward Meetinghouse, Salt Lake City, Utah Territory

Large meetinghouse with a group of people entering, Salt Lake City Thirteenth Ward, circa 1890

Salt Lake City Thirteenth Ward meetinghouse, circa 1890.

[. . .] Prayer by Sister Eliza R. Snow.

[. . .] [p. 203]

Sister Eliza R Snow addressed the Sisters, upon the necessity of showing themselves fully women of God, having been baptised and covenanted to be fully His, and attend to all the requirements of the Gospel relinquishing all other things, and giving ourselves up to His Will To be Saints, we must be devoted to the Kingdom of God and care for the Souls of men. Spoke of the duties of Teachers, reporting what had been said as Teachers, which she thought was of far higher moment than the donations. She did not think it well to ask for donations, for if the hearts of the people were as warm as they ought to be, they would not require asking. Spoke of the counsel she gave certain Sisters who were visiting round where she happened to be, recommending them to speak words of comfort and encouragement and Such as would tend to edify and build up, and not merely call for the sake of a donation, She did not approve of being Silent on these things

In attending to our duties we can do much good

A woman of God is considered as a Counciller to her Husband and to help him out in the duties required of him in the Kingdom of God, said it was necessary to overcome the evil in our own natures, to make us fit for Councillors. In overcoming we gain power, and will make us rich in eternity. She asked. How would you know that your Will was subject to the Will of God, if you never knew the principle of Polygamy? The United Order she next touched upon, She felt it was the duty of a woman if she saw anything with regard to a principle to suggest it She next referred to the duty of a Mother, who had to form the character of her child, and did do it, either for good or evil. It is for her to implant the principle of Truth and Honesty To make a God or Goddess for eternity or a Prophet or a Prophetess [p. 204]

Presuming the Husband to be a Man of God it is the duty of the wife to be one with him. The undue anxiety about earthly things as [has?] its effect upon the children. [. . .] [p. 205]

Source Note

Thirteenth Ward, Ensign Stake, Relief Society Minutes and Records (1868–1906), vol. 1 (1868–1898), pp. 203–205, CHL (LR 6133 14); Elizabeth H. Goddard, Secretary.