Excerpts from the Book

 


“The world’s greatest champion of woman and womanhood is Jesus the Christ.”

—James E. Talmage, in Daughters in My Kingdom, page 3


“The Church was never perfectly organized until the women were thus organized.”

—Joseph Smith, in Daughters in My Kingdom, page 7


“This organization is divinely made, divinely authorized, divinely instituted, divinely ordained of God.”

—Joseph F. Smith, in Daughters in My Kingdom, page 7


“As women participate in Relief Society, they serve as valiant disciples of Jesus Christ in the work of salvation.”

Daughters in My Kingdom, page 7


“The Relief Society was established by the spirit of inspiration, and has been guided by that spirit [ever since].”

—Joseph Fielding Smith, in Daughters in My Kingdom, page 13


“[Relief Society] should be a select society, separate from all the evils of the world, choice, virtuous, and holy.”

—Joseph Smith, in Daughters in My Kingdom, page 15


“If all the sisters will rally to the support of [Relief Society], it will accomplish a mighty work.”

—Lorenzo Snow, in Daughters in My Kingdom, page 19


“The [Relief] Society is not only to relieve the poor, but to save souls.”

—Joseph Smith, in Daughters in My Kingdom, page 24


 

Relief Society is “relief of poverty, relief of illness; relief of doubt, relief of ignorance—relief of all that hinders the joy and progress of woman.”

—John A. Widtsoe, in Daughters in My Kingdom, page 25


“Every sister … who has made covenants … has a divine mandate to help save souls [and] and to lead the women of the world.”

—M. Russell Ballard, in Daughters in My Kingdom, page 25


“We must cherish one another, watch over one another, comfort one another and gain instruction, that we may all sit down in heaven together.”

—Lucy Mack Smith, in Daughters in My Kingdom, page 25


“What comes next for willing hands to do?”

—Lucy Meserve Smith, in Daughters in My Kingdom, page 37


“Be useful in [your] sphere and [do] not be discouraged because of difficulties in the way, but trust in God and look to Him, and His marvelous blessings.”

—Lorenzo Snow, in Daughters in My Kingdom, page 43


“Let [us] seek for wisdom instead of power and [we] will have all the power [we] have wisdom to exercise.”

—Eliza R. Snow, in Daughters in My Kingdom, page 45


“I stress … the deep need each woman has to study the scriptures. We want our homes to be blessed with sister scriptorians.”

—Spencer W. Kimball, in Daughters in My Kingdom, page 50



Relief Society sisters will become a powerful influence for good as they “reflect righteousness and articulateness in their lives.”

—Spencer W. Kimball, in Daughters in My Kingdom, pages 50-51


“Don’t you see that our sphere is increasing? Our sphere of action will continually widen, and no woman in Zion need[s] to mourn because her sphere is too narrow.”

—Eliza R. Snow, in Daughters in My Kingdom, page 58


“It is for you to lead the world and to lead especially the women of the world. … You are the head, not the tail.”

—Joseph F. Smith, in Daughters in My Kingdom, page 66


“Our eternal happiness will be in proportion to the way that we devote ourselves to helping others.”

—George Albert Smith, in Daughters in My Kingdom, page 77


“This great circle of sisters will be a protection for each of you and for your families.”

—Boyd K. Packer, in Daughters in My Kingdom, page 81


“Make your influence felt.”

—George Albert Smith, in Daughters in My Kingdom, page 89


“We are part of a grand whole. We need each other to make our sisterhood complete.”

—Elaine L. Jack, in Daughters in My Kingdom, page 94


“Women of the Church are [to be] seen as distinct and different—in happy ways—from the women of the world.”

—Spencer W. Kimball, in Daughters in My Kingdom, page 95


“Relief Society should be organized, aligned, and mobilized to strengthen families and help our homes to be sacred sanctuaries from the world.”

—Julie B. Beck, in Daughters in My Kingdom, pages 96–97


“We are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth, with the mandate to serve and to lift His children.”

—Thomas S. Monson, in Daughters in My Kingdom, page 103


“We cannot always lift the burden of one who is troubled, but we can lift her so she can bear it well.”

—Elaine L. Jack, in Daughters in My Kingdom, page 119


“Men have no greater claim than women upon the blessings that issue from the Priesthood and accompany its possession.”

—John A. Widtsoe, in Daughters in My Kingdom, page 127


“There is power in this organization [of Relief Society] that has not yet been fully exercised … nor will it until both the sisters and the priesthood catch the vision of Relief Society.”

—Spencer W. Kimball, in Daughters in My Kingdom, page 142


“Let me say to you sisters that you do not hold a second place in our Father’s plan. … You are an absolutely essential part of that plan.”

—Gordon B. Hinckley, in Daughters in My Kingdom, page 143


“There is nothing in this world as personal, as nurturing, or as life changing as the influence of a righteous woman.”

—M. Russell Ballard, in Daughters in My Kingdom, page 156


“There is a great need to rally the women of the Church to stand with and for the Brethren in stemming the tide of evil that surrounds us.”

—Howard W. Hunter, in Daughters in My Kingdom, page 157


“The ability to qualify for, receive, and act on personal revelation is the single most important skill that can be acquired in this life.”

—Julie B. Beck, in Daughters in My Kingdom, page 158


“There are those who would define the family in such a nontraditional way that they would define it out of existence.”

—Spencer W. Kimball, in Daughters in My Kingdom, page 160


“To be a righteous woman is a glorious thing. … To be a righteous woman during the winding up scenes on this earth … is an especially noble calling.”

—Spencer W. Kimball, in Daughters in My Kingdom, page 165


“If you live up to your privilege, the angels cannot be restrained from being your associates. … If you will be pure, nothing can hinder.”

—Joseph Smith, in Daughters in My Kingdom, page 169