The Relief Society was never intended to be just a class for the women in the ward who did not have a calling elsewhere. Its intended purpose was much more exalted—bolder and nobler.
The Female Relief Society of Nauvoo was organized under the direction of the Prophet Joseph Smith. From March to August of 1842, he met with the sisters six times teaching them doctrine, and giving them counsel, , and purpose. They were to be, he said, “A select society separate from all the evils of the world, choice, virtuous, and holy,” whose purpose was to care for the poor and save souls.
Emma Smith, the Elect Lady, was chosen as their leader. In their organizational meeting, with her prophet-husband standing by, she declared, “We are going to do something extraordinary.”
And so it has come to pass. This History of the Saints documentary presentation takes you back to 1842 and the very beginnings of Relief Society, where the Prophet Joseph imparted the purpose, the vision, and the place of women in the Restoration—a place where “Charity Never Faileth.”
This documentary is hosted by Ruth Todd and features interviews with current and past Relief Society leaders and informed historians
This 2-disc set includes a bonus feature disc with excerpts of the original interviews
Runtime: Approximately 1 hour