Wednesday, March 15, 2017

TOP STORY >> Mormon women mark 175 years of relief group

March 17 marks the 175th anniversary of the organization of the Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the world with six million members in more than 170 nations.

“The Relief Society was organized on the principle of service when some women in Nauvoo, Ill., in 1842, noted that many of the people in that area were destitute. Those 20 concerned women were formally organized into a relief society. By working towards their common goal of service, they were able to alleviate the clothing, food, and shelter needs of their community members,” according to an announcement from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Jacksonville.

“Relief Society sisters have been giving help to distressed people all over the world with clothing, food, fuel, education, and friendship; and their motto ‘Charity never faileth’ continues to be the principle, which Relief Society sisters strive for,” it said.

Women of the church’s Cabot ward will mark the anniversary at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 25 at the church at 6110 T.P. White Drive in Jacksonville. This event will include soup, salad, dessert, and then a broadcast from Salt Lake City, Utah. All women and girls ages 8 and older from the community are invited.

For more information, call Sister Alice Kellar at 817-584-7673.