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All you that desire to live to the requirement of the Eternal God join the Society, for your own cultivation, to elevate to prepare you to become queens and priestesses, to prepare you to become suitable companions to your husbands, to become as anciently, holy women of God; to influence society, to elevate it, to give it a tone. If you want to be happy, come to your meetings. (28 June 1875

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Eliza R. Snow, second general president of the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was a prolific speaker and the most influential Latter-day Saint woman of her time. She taught religious doctrine, emphasized practical principles, shared her political opinions, and conveyed love and encouragement for church members in nearly twelve hundred discourses given from 1840 to 1887 in western Illinois and throughout Utah and Idaho territories. Snow’s discourses are being published on this website in regular batches. Once all of her discourses are published here, a print volume of selected discourses will follow.

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