This is the 13th Chapter of the book, Teaching of presidents of the Church; Lorenzo snow. You might be suprised to hear that there is absolutely nothing I disagree with in this chapter. The work of the Relief Society is commendable. It truly is the embodiment of these verses.
Titus 2:3-5 3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.
If your wondering what the relief society is then here are a few details…
The purpose of Relief Society as established by the Lord is to prepare women for the blessings of eternal life by helping them:
- 1. Increase their faith and personal righteousness.
- 2. Strengthen their families and homes.
- 3. Serve the Lord and His children.
Sisters meet for Relief Society meetings during the week, they have the opportunity to learn and accomplish the charitable and practical responsibilities of the Relief Society. This is where they learn and practice skills that will help them increase their faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes, and provide service to those in need. These meetings are meant to be instrumental in teaching the skills and responsibilities of womanhood and motherhood in the Lord’s plan.
It is here that women learn and apply principles of provident living and spiritual and temporal self-reliance, and they also increase in sisterhood and unity as they teach one another and serve together. Relief Society: A Sacred Work JULIE B. BECK Relief Society General President
If such an organisation existed within my church i would happily be a part of it, the relief Society is something to be appreciated about the LDSChurch.
There are many things to appreciate about the LDS church such as Family home evening, daily prayers with the family, and separate wards ( In America,) for young adults or in England separate groups, to help them find a Husband or wife. Also the vast amount of social activities held within the church, so that a church member can happily busy themselves with church and church activities, without needing to seek these things in the secular world. These social events are also used as evangelistic opportunities to invite people along. Anyone entering one of these events at their local LDS chapel is welcomed in by a truly loving people, their hospitality is exceptional. All of these things along with the LDS belief system work together to create a very strong culture within Mormonism.
Women are often stay at home Mothers, although they’re encouraged to seek eduaction and many attend University. They tend to marry young and settle down to have large families. It is very much expected that you should marry another Mormon, which in England can leave their choices very limited. Typically Mormons are very polite and they dress smart. They work hard, and they work hard to serve God.
The LDSChurch operates like a well oiled machine, what you see in one church, you will see in another. As a Member the LDSChurch you know what to expect and you know what is expected of you. This Culture of Mormonism, can be very attractive. There is a sense of security to be gained from being part of such an organized religion. One thing it lacks though is to offer genuine security. It offers the kind of hope that is no hope at all, a hope that says ‘one day’, ‘may be’, ‘if you try hard enough’.
The great amount of expectations put on the backs of it’s members weigh them down. I know as a Christian, seeking to obey God every day in every part of my life, at times you can feel weighed down by your own sinfulness and by your seeming inability to obey.
Gospel Principles manual says:
“The time to fulfill the requirements for exaltation is now” (Gospel Principles, 1997, p. 303).
Past Mormon Apostle Bruce Mcconkie said
“To the saints his everlasting counsel is: Obey, obey, obey; keep the commandments; earn the attributes of godliness-and then, and then only, cometh salvation!” (Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary 3:124).
But I as a born again believer in Christ can know that God loves me, that He accepts me, that no matter what I do or do not achieve in seeking to obey Him, He will receive me into His presence eternally. I can truly Know this because it does not depend on anything that I do. I am not here to live the perfect life, because God knows that its to hard for me to do. Jesus did it for me completely. Jesus does not just ‘Make up the rest.’ but he paid the price in full and offers eternal life as a free gift to those who would accept it
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (KJV)
Here is a great video that illustrates this
Thanis for reading and as always I welcome your comments