Tomorrow night is the annual General Relief Society Meeting, where women of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints worldwide gather to hear instruction and inspiration from the leaders of the Relief Society, as well as a member of the First Presidency.
There are several options for accessing the meeting.
– The live broadcast will be available by satellite transmission at many local Mormon meetinghouses. Contact local LDS leaders or members for more information. Some LDS women are getting together before the meeting for service projects.
– You can watch the General Relief Society meeting live here, or listen to it live here. The live audio broadcast will also be available at the Mormon Channel. Standby tickets are sometimes available the day of the meeting at the Conference Center.
– Audio and video archives will be available within 24 hours. Text transcripts will be available by Tuesday, September 27th. The meeting will be available in over 70 languages.
Read more information about how to listen or watch the meeting and about various broadcast options.
You can see highlights from last year’s General Relief Society meeting here.
Read more about the General Relief Society Presidency: Sister Julie B. Beck, Sister Silvia H. Allred, and Sister Barbara Thompson.
All the gushing about the love and charity and fellowship is all well and good for the RS General Presidency, who are admired by all, but what about those of us in stakes where if you’re not a multi-generation member AND a lifelong resident of the stake, you’re utterly shunned as an intruding outsider?
I’m sorry for the experiences you are having. I know it doesn’t help much to say that this isn’t the way it’s supposed to be, but IT’S NOT.
I hope that as you listen to the ideal, even as it’s painful, that you can hear in those ideals what God wants for us as members — for you, as His daughter. Maybe for now, He’s going to have to make up the difference for you, and maybe through that you can come to know Him better in your loneliness. But maybe you can hold onto the reality that He wants us to feel loved and cared for.
The challenge is that we are all human and make mistakes, and there are sometimes traditions and approaches that don’t fulfill the full purposes of the Church, and that can be really hard. I’m sorry where you are that it’s hard. I can tell you that it’s not like that everywhere — I’ve lived in many places and have had great experiences — not perfect, but great. I say that not to rub it in, but to illustrate that it’s not just the RS presidency that experiences these things.
The other thing I would say is try to BE that kind of person to show love and charity. The Spirit can bless your life as you do.
Know that you have sisters here who care. It’s, of course, not the same as ‘real life’ people reaching out, but you are part of a worldwide sisterhood.
And you matter to God.
Again, I’m sorry this is one of your trials right now, but I know that as we hold onto faith, God is there to help us through our hard times.