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On the 182nd anniversary of the organization of the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, women all over the world gathered to hear messages from Church President Russell M. Nelson and the Relief Society general presidency, and to bear testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Relief Society — one of the world’s oldest and largest service organizations — was organized on March 17, 1842, during construction of the Nauvoo temple and in anticipation of the ordinances and covenants to be offered there, explained Relief Society General President Camille N. Johnson.

“Now, in this season of unprecedented temple building, the objective of the Relief Society remains the same: to prepare a people temporally and spiritually for the blessings of the house of the Lord,” President Johnson said in her opening remarks.

All Relief Society sisters who enter into a covenant relationship with God can have access to those blessings — including His priesthood power.

“No worldly organization can articulate a comparable, divinely appointed platform to that of the Relief Society,” she said.

President Nelson’s gratitude, invitation and blessings for women

In his remarks, President Nelson said he is deeply grateful to the sisters of Relief Society. He said so much of the good the Church accomplishes — and so much of the good that happens in the world — takes place because of women.

He thanked women for their devotion to the Lord and their efforts to ennoble others.

“I marvel at your faith and sensitivity to things of the Spirit. I am inspired by your diligence, dynamic leadership, and your ability to see a need and meet it. … The entire mission of the Lord’s Church is strengthened by you.”

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