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22 August 1882


Farmers Relief Society; Fortieth District Schoolhouse, Salt Lake City, Utah Territory

[. . .] on the stand were Sister Eliza R Snow M. I [Mary Isabella Hales] Horne E. [Elmina S.] Taylor and several other sisters [p. 10] being present. [. . .] [p. 11] [. . .] [p. 12] [. . .]

Sister E. R. Snow Smith made some remarks congratulatory to the Sisters of the ward for their faithfulness and perseverance urged them to seek the things that pertained to the kingdom of God. Said she pitied them living so far apart and trying to fulfill their social duties & to each other, spoke of home duties and work— of the organization of the Relief Society – the beautiful organization that helps us to do our work lightly and with a cheerful heart— it helps one to be come spiritual to secure to herself an eternal in crease— she alluded to the remarks often made by mothers when their children die— what would heaven be without little children. why what is this eternal increase if it is not little children, if it is not propagation, increase in the eternal worlds, let us overcome let us put from us every thing that is evil in our nature, and we shall come of[f] victorious, Zion shall arise and shine, but she has got to go through tight places first— but let us take courage and go froward [forward]. we have nothing to fear only to be faithful and humble, Sisters dont ask God to humble you, for if you do and he should answer your prayers you would regret it— but humble yourselves, may the Lord bless you aall each and every one and help you to obtain that power of mind that will lift you [p. 13] above the laws of life and give you the peace that passeth understanding and the spirit of God to help you.

[. . .] [p. 14]

Source Note

Farmers Ward, Grant Stake, Relief Society Minutes and Records (1881–1973), vol. 1 (1881–1895), pp. 10–14, CHL (LR 5381 14); Mary A. Mousley, Secretary.

See also “Home Affairs,” Woman’s Exponent 11, no. 7 (1 Sept. 1882): 53.