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4 November 1882


Sandy Relief Society; Sandy, Utah Territory

[. . .] Sister E. R. Snow Smith, Sister M. I. [Mary Isabella Hales] Horne & Sister E. [Emmeline] B. Wells.

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Sister Snow said she felt pleased to organize the Relief Society in this Ward said she hoped we would be one with the Bishop and the holy priesthood, and desired the Sisters to take charge of the poor and needy so none would suffer. said we had now got the head, but the head was nothing without the body. she hoped when the Sisters became members they would act as members and be a help to the priesthood to be active, always up and a doing and be as a live body. all who wish to become members please to come forward and give their names. [p. 85]

[. . .] [p. 86] [. . .]

Sister Snow Smith said we would have to cultivate ourselves in speaking for the power of darkness would hold us back. said the first time Sister Horne, stood up to speak she only spoke a few words, but with cultvating herself she can speak for hours. told the Sisters to be kind to their families and to pay their tithing, said they could make the rest go further than if they had not paid it. Said our enemies would like to take our rights from us. Spoke of plural marriage, told the Sisters not to speak against this order, for our Salvation depended upon it. told us, to draw near unto the Lord and be faithful.

[. . .] [p. 87]

Source Note

Sandy Ward, Jordan Stake, Relief Society Minutes and Records (1880–1920), vol. 1 (1880–1887), pp. 85–87, CHL (LR 8036 14); Mary Ellen Love Neff, Secretary.

See also “Home Affairs,” Woman’s Exponent 11, no. 12 (15 Nov. 1882): 94.1