- Understanding the history of Relief Society strengthens the foundational identity and worth of faithful women.
- We study our history to learn who we are.
- The history of Relief Society elevates and validates the standing of women and demonstrates how they work in companionship with faithful priesthood leaders.
- We study our history to learn what we are to do.
- We study our history because it unites faithful women.
- We study our history because it helps us change.
The minutes are preceded by two essays, one by Virginia Hinckley Pearce, the other by Sheri L. Dew. Both share their journeys of searching for answers to questions they have had, questions that every faithful woman has had at one point or another in their life. The same questions that are answered as we study the history of Relief Society as Sister Beck pointed out: Who am I? What am I to do and accomplish? What is my role in the work of the Lord? What is my connection to the priesthood? To the temple? How can I unit with my sisters in moving this work forward and building faith in others?
Sister Pearce's essay is quite personal and personable. She shares the thought processes she has going through everyday life experiences and how epiphanies come in the most common of places. This is similar to my own experiences. Sister Pearce studies the history of Nauvoo in 1842 to better understand the context of the sermons given. The insight this gives is invaluable.
Though quite different in nature, Sister Dew's essay is also powerful. She gets straight to the point asking 'hard' questions and how she has gone about finding the answers in her study using mostly scriptures and temple worship. She also sprinkles in a few personal experiences.
What the essays in this book show more than anything else, I think, is it is okay to have and ask questions. Asking, seeking, knocking with sincerity will yield results, especially when you go to original sources, look at the context and history behind them, study and search the scriptures, attend the temple, all the while continually going to the Source of all knowledge for answers to those questions. The process of personal revelation is enforced yet again.
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