I am so grateful for this timely and inspired book on the history of Relief Society. I have enjoyed reading sections of it and have gained a great deal of insight and understanding. I love reading the individual stories of the Relief Society sisters and their devotion to doing the Lord’s work. They are tremendous examples to me of courage, faith, compassion, and goodness. I particularly enjoyed the section titled “Guardians of the Hearth.” We live in a day when it is increasingly unpopular to be a mother in the home. This section offers strength and direction in defending our homes and children.
I was inspired by the example Joseph F. Smith gave about the influence of his mother. He stated, “Whenever temptations became most alluring and most tempting to me, the first thought that arose in my soul was this: Remember the love of your mother. Remember how she strove for your welfare. Remember how willing she was to sacrifice her life for your good. Remember what she taught you in your childhood...This feeling toward my mother became a defense, a barrier between me and temptation.”
I also loved the quote by Ezra Taft Benson. He stated, “Mothers in Zion, your God-given roles are so vital to your own exaltation and to the salvation and exaltation of your family. A child needs a mother more than all the things money can buy. Spending time with your children is the greatest gift of all.”
Thank you for this priceless treasure.