On Saturday, 29 September 2012, the Relief Society organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will convene for its annual general meeting. This organization, which includes all Mormon women over the age of 18, constitutes one of the largest and longest-running women’s organizations in the world. The Relief Society was founded in 1842 in Nauvoo, Illinois, with 20 members and now includes nearly six million women in over 170 countries and territories.[i]
The general Relief Society meeting is an opportunity for leaders (including the Relief Society presidency and a member of the First Presidency) to share doctrinal messages of instruction and inspiration directly with the women of the Church. The newly appointed Relief Society presidency is composed of Sister Linda K. Burton, Sister Carole M. Stephens and Sister Linda S. Reeves. Their service began in April of 2012.
The meeting, which precedes the Church’s biannual general conference (held the first weekend of April and October), will be broadcast in live streaming in 16 different languages.