This year leaders in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (or the nicknamed “Mormon Church”) have released a beautiful book called Daughters in My Kingdom: The History and Work of Relief Society. I am very excited for this book and the light that I know it will bring into my life. It is a compilation of the history of a wonderful society which is now one of the largest societies for women in the world.
Daughters in My Kingdom tells the stories of faithful, humble women who made significant sacrifices to help build up the kingdom of God on the earth. Some women did this quietly in their homes, congregations, and communities. Other women made a much more global impact by supporting such things as the women’s suffrage movement. The wonderful thing about this book is that is reminds us as women that however we impact the world around us, we are equally important and valued in the eyes of our Father in Heaven. We all have divine potential as His daughters and we each have a purpose to fulfill.
Relief Society General President Julie Beck said of part of the purpose of this book:
There is a worldwide hunger among good women to know their identity, value, and importance. Studying and applying the history of Relief Society gives definition and expression to who we are as disciples and followers of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Our faithfulness and service are signs of our conversion and commitment to remember and follow Him . . .
The history of Relief Society teaches us that our Heavenly Father knows His daughters. He loves them, He has given them specific responsibilities, and He has spoken to and guided them during their mortal missions. Additionally, the history of Relief Society elevates and validates the standing of women and demonstrates how they work in companionship with faithful priesthood leaders.(“Daughters in My Kingdom: The History and Work of Relief Society,” Julie Beck, Ensign, November 2010).
By studying this book, Mormon women will be reminded of their value and will be shown patterns they can follow from the women who have gone before them. Learning from the past is an essential skill each of us must learn. I am very grateful to have this book today.