By Alison Satterwhite
What is holiness? In ancient as well as modern times, the word ‘holy’ has implied moral character or being set apart for a sacred purpose. If we are to reach our highest potential as women, holiness must certainly be our aim. In fact, it is more than a lofty ambition; it is our birthright and duty as daughters of God. Each of us possess divine potential in our capabilities to influence, inspire, help, and motivate those within our sphere.
In 1842 Eliza R. Snow taught, “Paul the Apostle anciently spoke of holy women. It is the duty of each one of us to be a holy woman. We shall have elevated aims, if we are holy women. We shall feel that we are called to perform important duties. No one is exempt from them. There is no sister so isolated, and her sphere so narrow but what she can do a great deal towards establishing the Kingdom of God upon the earth.”
I am grateful to belong to the worldwide Relief Society, the largest women’s organization in the world. The Relief Society was formed in 1842 under the direction of a loving Heavenly Father through the prophet Joseph Smith. He taught that the Relief Society was organized for “the relief of the poor, the destitute, the widow and the orphan, and for the exercise of all benevolent purposes.” In addition, he taught that the Relief Society was “not only to relieve the poor, but to save souls,” and “to look after their spiritual welfare and salvation…”
True to the motto, “Charity never faileth,” the modern-day Relief Society’s continued mission is to strengthen families, seek out and help those in need, prepare for the blessings of eternal life, increase faith and personal righteousness and unify us a daughters of God. Truly, its mission is to establish the Kingdom of God on Earth. With Christ as the exemplar, the collective power of these women to lift and save –just one soul at a time– is extraordinary.
Relief Society empowers women by bringing clarity and purpose to their lives while giving real-life opportunities to practice the principle of charity. Personally, it has given me the tools and confidence to meet real challenges in every day life while being given opportunities to serve and lift others. Over time, I have come to understand my relevance, divine potential and the eternal purpose for my family. I am also grateful to have been on the receiving end of these women’s kindness and open arms.
Simply put: “We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things,we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things”, (13th article of faith).
Indeed, the Relief Society can assist in shaping our character as we become holy women, elevated in our aims, thus fulfilling our divine destinies. If you would like to learn more about the Relief Society and how you can become a part of it, please fill out and submit the form under the “About” section of this blog or click the emblem below.