Testimony: Charity Never Faileth

by Heather Hanks 
When I received the book Daughters in My Kingdom I was really excited to have the chance to read and learn more about the history of the Relief Society. There were so many great things in the book that made me proud to be a member of the Relief Society in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. What amazing women there have been that have left their legacy of the Relief Society.

My favorite section of the book is about visiting teaching. As I have had the opportunity to serve as visiting teaching coordinator, I have received a greater testimony of the importance of serving those around me. It saddens me when a sister thinks that they don’t have to go visiting teaching because they think the sister is fine and that the message is not important.

I loved the quote by Sister Sarah Kimball: “It is the duty of teachers to visit their [assigned sisters] once a month, to inquire after the prosperity and happiness of the members. It is their duty to speak words of wisdom, of consolation and peace. Visiting teachers were not only to gather means but to teach and expound the principles of the gospel.” There have been sisters and companions that I have gotten to know and have become dear friends of mine because of the visiting teaching program.

Charity Never Faileth. What a profound statement. Over the years it’s amazing to know that this saying still sits true today for all of us sisters. I am very blessed to be a part of this special organization of the Church. I love being in the Relief Society. I learn so much and am so grateful for the blessings and friendships I have made through this program. I am grateful for a loving Heavenly Father who helped the Prophet Joseph and Emma Smith to be able to start this organization for the women of the Church and the world.

I know that this church is true; I know that the book Daughters in My Kingdom was inspired and led by the Spirit. I am grateful for my Savior Jesus Christ and all He does for me daily and that He knows me and knows what I need help with. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.