|The New General Relief Society Presidency|
Nothing could be farther from the truth.
The Lord's Kingdom has an orderly system of government, which includes lots of outstanding women! While we are not ordained to the priesthood, we serve in leadership positions of all kinds and as missionaries and teachers. Women also routinely preach from the pulpit and lead congregational prayers in worship services.
Let me tell you, the women of the church are a mighty wonderful - and formidable - group of strong, good women!
This coming Saturday, September 29th, at 6:00 p.m. mountain daylight time (or 5 p.m. here in California), Relief Society sisters worldwide will be gathered together to view the satellite broadcast of the general Relief Society meeting.
This is a large group. The Relief Society, founded in 1842 is the world's oldest and largest women's organization. Today it includes more than 5.5 million women ages 18 and older in over 170 countries!
The meeting on Saturday will be our first real opportunity to hear from our new General Relief Society Presidency, consisting of General President Linda S. Burton, and her counselors Carole M. Stephens and Linda S. Reeves. The general Relief Society presidency was reorganized in the spring of 2012.
While I will miss the old presidency, particularly Barbara Thompson (my favorite!) I'm looking forward to hearing from the new presidency.
Here they are so you can recognize them in the broadcast:
|President Linda K. Burton|
|Sister Carole M. Stephens, First Counselor|
|Sister Linda S. Reeves, Second Counselor|
I think I'm tired just writing down all these women's accomplishments!
Live streaming of this broadcast will be available at broadcasts.lds.org in 16 languages (ASL, Cantonese, Cebuano, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Samoan, Spanish Tagalog, and Tongan.
Archives of the broadcast will also be available in those same languages at the same site within 24 hours. Live video and audio will also be available in English and Spanish at mormonchannel.org
In the Whittier area, the live broadcast will be shown this coming Saturday in the Whittier Stake Center Chapel starting at 5:00 p.m. A Spanish translation will be available. Following the broadcast, a free dinner will be served in the cultural hall. (This has historically been something yummy!)
This is always a worthwhile and uplifting meeting for those who attend, and a precursor to October General Conference, which is being held the following weekend.
I can't wait. I'll be there!