A few days ago I received an email from our Relief Society president (Relief Society is the women's organization in my church). We had Ward Conference today and in preparation for a lesson she asked me to share my feelings about Relief Society. (Due to time I wasn't able to share my thoughts but I wanted to record them) I have been thinking about it since Wednesday. To be honest I had no idea what I would say until about 4 o'clock this morning. I've been a member of Relief Society since I was 18 years old so I've had a few years of experience. Some of the years I've been a member I haven't attended RS meetings since I've had Primary callings, but I'm still grateful to call myself a member. In those years I've been blessed immensely by the RS program.
As I was thinking about what I would say I was reminded of many instances where the RS program has impacted me. Even though I have experiences where I've served and been served I still couldn't think of what I would say. I couldn't just get up there and say that RS has blessed my life because I've had dinners brought to me on many occasions, I've been visited by my visiting teachers, I've listened to lessons, I've made friends.
Then this morning as I was feeding Little Sister at 4 am it came to me. Relief Society has filled me. Every time I am given the opportunity to serve or be served I have been filled with the love of women. Every time I am able to attend a Relief Society meeting I am filled with the Spirit and want to be a better mother, wife and woman. Each time I visit teach the sisters I have been assigned to or been visit taught I am filled with the sisterhood and friendship that happens only on a one on one basis. Over the years Relief Society has filled me to overflowing with blessings of friendship, love, and service.
I can only be grateful to a loving Heavenly Father for providing an organization for women to strengthen each other, lift each other up and love each other. That is what Relief Society means to me.
What are your feelings about Relief Society?