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Encouragement to the Relief Society from Eliza R. Snow

[From her 1886 letter to be to the women of the Salt Lake Stake Relief Society at their quarterly conference:] May you, my Sisters, in this Conference, realize a copious refreshing from the presence of God. May the spirit of instruction, consolation, love, and union rest on those present—every heart be cheered, and each soul resolve anew to draw closer to God, and lean firmly on Him, that you may see beyond the dark cloud that rises before us, and rejoice in prospect of the blessing that comes after the tribulation. May the Holy Ghost, the Comforter be your constant companion, and you be enabled to acknowledge the hand of God in all things. What He will not overrule for the good of the Saints, He will avert. (Document 4.16)

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This collection of original documents explores the fascinating and largely unknown history of the Relief Society in the nineteenth century. The story begins with the founding of the Nauvoo Female Relief Society in 1842, and the complete and unabridged minutes of that organization are reproduced for the first time in print.

The large majority of the print volume covers the even lesser-known period after the Relief Society was reestablished in territorial Utah and began to spread to areas as remote as Hawaii and England. 

This website features the entire contents of The First Fifty Years of Relief Society, including all the documents, the editorial matter, and the photographs. The website also includes videos, a chronology, and two thousand brief biographies (fully sourced) of individuals who appear in the documents.

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