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The Relief Society is a philanthropic and educational women’s organization and an official auxiliary organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Founded in 1842 in Nauvoo, Illinois, USA, the Relief Society today claims more than 5.2 million members in over 170 countries and territories, and is one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the world.
The motto of the Relief Society, which is found in Moroni 7:46 as well as 1 Corinthians 13:8, is “Charity never faileth”.
The official purpose of Relief Society is to “assist priesthood leaders in carrying out the mission of the Church by helping sisters [women] and families come unto Christ.”
The official objectives of the Relief Society are to:
Build faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and teach the doctrines of the kingdom of God;
emphasize the divine worth of each sister;
exercise charity and nurture those in need;
strengthen and protect families;
serve and support each sister; and
help sisters become full participants in the blessings of the priesthood.