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As the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints leads out in a global initiative for women and children, Relief Society General President Camille N. Johnson wants all members to know that those who serve their families, neighbors and community are part of the purpose of the Relief Society — bringing the love and relief of Jesus Christ to everyone around the world.

Global progress starts with prioritizing the well-being of women and children, President Johnson said. The Church has prioritized those needs through maternal and newborn care, child nutrition efforts, immunizations and education worldwide.

“When you bless a woman, you bless a family, a community, a nation. When you bless a child, you invest in the future,” President Johnson said on the Church News podcast.

Those who follow the Savior’s commandment to care for those in need are a part of this global effort when they seek to offer the Savior’s relief to those closest to them.

As listed on caring.ChurchofJesusChrist.org, the following are 25 ideas to help people begin thinking and praying about the kinds of things they can do in their own home, neighborhood or community to meet the needs of women and children.

  1. Support the literacy and education of women and children by identifying and combatting barriers in the community.
  2. Help children read aloud. Nothing improves children’s cognitive skills more than reading with adults who care about them.
  3. Find out what challenges in the community might be keeping new mothers from accessing prenatal care. Seek to address those challenges.
  4. Dance, jump, climb and play on the floor with children. Movement aids in developing children’s brains and strengthening their growing bodies.
  5. Plant a garden and share the produce with neighbors. Include children in taking care of the garden.
  6. Learn about preserving food so it can be eaten when out of season. Set aside non-perishable food, when possible, to build an emergency reserve.
  7. Learn what can be done to help families who are dependent upon food distribution in the community and assist in addressing that challenge.
  8. Work with local government to ensure the community’s access to clean water, air, and food sources are free from contaminants and impurities.
  9. Plan Relief Society activities that provide support and education related to the global initiative efforts, and counsel in Relief Society about ways to participate.
  10. Mentor a woman on the path to self-reliance.

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