Faith, Hope and Charity: Inspiration from the Lives of General Relief Society Presidents
Since the day in 1842 when the Prophet Joseph Smith “turned the key” in behalf of the
women of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, signaling the organization of the
Relief Society, fifteen women have served as general presidents of the organization.
From Emma Hale Smith, the first Relief Society president, to Bonnie D. Parkin, who from
2002 to 2007 led more than five million Relief Society sisters in 165 nations across the earth,
Faith, Hope, and Charity tells the stories of the Relief Society presidents of the LDS Church.
These are stories of courage, faith, service, and compassion — stories that provide a greater
understanding of the Lord's work and of those who lead out in performing it.
persecutions of the Church in Nauvoo, the problems of establishing new homes and communities
in the west, the crises associated with plural marriage, the poverty of the depression of
the 1930s, two world wars, and confusion over the changing status of women in recent years,
these elect ladies have each applied their particular talents and insights to unite the sisters of a
Faith, Hope, and Charity is an inspiring look at some who have had leading roles in helping tomake a difference for women, the Church, and the world.
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