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Daughters in My Kingdom: The History and Work of Relief Society

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This book provides a historical view of the grand scope of the work of the Relief Society. Through historical accounts, personal experiences, scriptures, and words of latter-day prophets and Relief Society leaders, it teaches about the responsibilities and opportunities Latter-day Saint women are given in Heavenly Father’s plan of happiness.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published 2011 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
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Ingrid Lola
I was very excited to get this book and start reading it, because I think women in the LDS church desperately need resources like this book where they can look to examples of strong, inspiring women. I loved the chapters about the beginning of Relief Society and the chapter on Visiting Teaching, however I was disappointed with the later chapters on Women and the Priesthood and Women in the Home. In the Priesthood chapter, the authors try to make the case that Relief Society is equal to the Pries ...more
This is a wonderful book about the purpose and destiny of women. We are pretty amazing. We are lovely, feminine, powerful, faithful, motherly, and full of love and charity.

If you are interested in a little more detail of our great history, take a look at my blog about the history of the Relief Society
Oct 12, 2011 Alisha rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
I was VERY excited for this book to come out and I was plenty satisfied with the excellent publishing effort of the book. Reminding myself that this was not intended for academic study, I was pleased with the quality of research and writing within it. It is filled with spiritual and uplifting stories and is a wonderful and broad look at Relief Society through its history.

My problem was with the chapter on the priesthood. I am not a woman with a hang up about men having the priesthood. However, t
It took me a few chapters to start "feeling" this book, but by the end I was quite weepy reading it. What an amazing organization Relief Society is! I gained such a sense of pride in being a part of it and so much respect for all the women who have made it great. I had no idea the Relief Society sent women back east to medical school so they could come back to SLC and start a nursing school and a hospital. They were active in international and national women's organizations. They were at the for ...more
This book was a missed opportunity. When the anecdotes are actual excerpts from the women's own diaries, we find powerful and intelligent voices, but the historical narrative they are embedded within is very problematic for the way it flattens out controversial points, notably the Priesthood issues. The Joseph Smith Translation notes that the Priesthood is an Order "without father or mother", and this book does, in fact, have the quotes from Joseph Smith in which he desires women to be ordained ...more
I am not a great lover of history, so this book was a slow read for me, that I started in January. It was my new years goal to finish it, and I did! I love the artwork at the beginning of each of the chapters. It has wonderful inspirational stories and is a great teaching resource. My favorite chapter was the last one. I think the greatness of the RS can be summed up in a quote from a story of tragedy in the book, "It will be alright, the Mormon Women are here"
I decided to read this book cover to cover and really enjoyed it. It is beautifully presented. The artwork and graphics are lovely. The quotes on the sides of pages and front of chapters were chosen carefully and add to the information being presented. The history of Relief Society was presented within the context of gospel topics, I loved that. I especially loved the chapter on Visiting Teaching. It strengthened my testimony of the importance of that responsibility. The main thing I learned fro ...more
Inspired Kathy
We were given a copy of this book in Relief Society and I set a goal to read it. I probably wouldn't have stuck with it without that goal but I'm glad I did. Very inspirational.
Debra Combs
Some really inspiring stories about the women of the church
This book was distributed to women in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It can be downloaded for free here: or purchased for $3 through the LDS distribution center. It's a full-color, paperback book. I found it to be a quick read, I read it one day (a day when both of my children miraculously took long naps at the same time).

It is full of stories of LDS women throughout the history of the church and quotes about LDS women given by prophets
This is a must read for every Husband and father in the LDS Church! I know that may sound hard, especially since this book was written and designed for the women of the Church, but in reading it I have found myself left with a sense of awe and extremely grateful for a loving Father in Heaven and His plan for our families.
I learned some new things about what the Relief Society has done through the years and it made me proud.
This book covers the inherent strengths and talents all women have.
What a wonderful gift! Thank you to the General Relief Society Board of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for this book. I loved so much of it. I loved the physical feel and look of the book. The pages are so pretty. The art work in it was just as inspiring as the written word. I have many favorite quotes, but here are just a few:

Okay, so as I was thumbing through my beautiful book there are WAY too many quotes that I love to narrow it down. My absolute most favorite piece of art
Katherine Cowley
An inspiring (and inspired) book written specifically for Latter-day Saint (Mormon) women, Daughters in My Kingdom describes the "history and work" of the Relief Society. Organized by themes (for example, charity, visiting teaching, and "Guardians of the Hearth") this book reads rather chronologically, beginning from New Testament origins and moving to the 21st century.

Reading this book really made me feel like I am privileged to be part of this society for women. I loved the quotes from Relief
This is a WONDERFUL book! It tells the history of Relief Society--God's organization for women in His Church, where they learn and serve as His disciples to increase faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes, and seek out and give relief to those in need. I am so grateful for this organization and its mission and vision to serve and bless and love being a part of it. I know this is God's plan for His daughters. I feel humbled, empowered, loved, trusted, responsible and grat ...more
When the publication of this volume was announced at the General Relief Society Meeting in September I was anxious to read it, hoping to learn lots of new things about this organization that I have always loved. I have to admit I was somewhat disappointed - not so much in the quality of the book, but in the obvious intent of it. I was hoping for something more academic, but I realize now that what the church has produced has a higher purpose than educating me about the detailed history of Relief ...more
This book is about the history and purpose of the Relief Society, a society of woman within the LDS church. I admit, I was worried it would be a little dry and that is why I have put off reading it for so long. I decided to just plow through it and I am so glad I did. This book is amazing. It reminded me of my place in the world and instilled a new desire to have and show greater charity. The history of the relief society surprised me as well. I had no idea of the many accomplishments of the Rel ...more
This was a very inspiring book. I read the book to give a 10-minute presentation at our Ward's Relief Society birthday dinner. The overwhelming theme, which I based my presentation on, is that as daughters of God, we can become women of faith and we can do hard things!! The women quoted and discussed in the book have overcome overwhelming personal challenges with faith and trust in our Heavenly Father. And they have selflessly reached out to aid those around them who are suffering, thus lifting ...more
I just finished reading this and it was nice to get an overview of how the Relief Society has progressed throughout the years since the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was restored on the earth. I definitely learned some new things about RS that I wasn't aware of i.e. that RS used to collect money for the church's welfare, that the RS Presidency used to belong to a nationwide organization as well, etc. It was good to read about the stability also of the program and that it has never ...more
I'm inspired to become a much better visiting teacher and to get to know my sisters on a much deeper and more intimate level. I'm determined to lighten their loads, ease their burdens, and brighten their lives. I know they must need those things because I am always in need of those things from a caring, loving person, no matter how great someone may think my life might be. Therefore, if I'm feeling that way, others MUST be in need as well. Most of us just don't want to walk around with a sign on ...more
This is a wonderful history of the Relief Society with ten chapters that teach the importance of the role of women. There are many touching stories of women who have served, taught, and sacrificed. This book inspires me to do more and be better. I am so thankful that I belong to this wonderful women's organization! I am so thankful for all the Relief Society sisters who have nurtured me in eight states and one foreign country where I've lived as well as the sweethearts I've met when visiting oth ...more
I feel embarrassed to admit that I haven't read this until now. I enjoyed the beginning chapters immensely, especially the chapter on visiting teaching; I had goosebumps all over and called my visiting teaching sisters as soon as I put it down.

I'm excited to have this book as a reference and I appreciated all the women's voices that were used. Most definitely I'll be using it in the future to prepare talks and lessons

However, the chapters on women and the Priesthood and guarding the hearth, wer
I LOVED this book! When Julie Beck was first called as the General Relief Society president and put an emphasis on learning the history of the RS, I have to admit - I thought it was kind of dumb. This book changed my mind on that. Not only was it interesting, informative, and well-put-together, but I felt like it gave me a way better understanding of the scope of the RS and what a privelege it is to belong to such a powerful society of women. Highly recommended! I will treasure this.
Great history of relief society, I love that I can study this, one chapter at a time, use it as a manual or read it like a book.
This book reminded me that when you put God first, you have enough to do all that is required of you. "By seeking to perform every duty you will find that your capacity will increase, and you will be astonished at what you can accomplish." It truly is a privilege to be a part of this extraordinary group of worldwide women that from it's inception in 1842 has done its upmost to change the world, and lived by it's motto "Charity Never Faileth"
I was so excited when it was announced that this history of the Relief Society would be produced, and was even more pleased when I was handed this lovely little volume by my Relief Society president. It is a feast for the eyes as well as the heart--I loved the personal examples and stories throughout. My only wish would be that there might be MORE of it! But I'm very pleased to have this little book on my bookshelf.
I'm really glad that the Relief Society decided that this book should be written. It is an uplifting and fast read. There was some history that I did know, but a lot of stuff was new to me. I mostly enjoyed the incredible stories about women from all over the world. I felt that a lot of the coverage was very surface, and would like to find other resources to learn more.
A combination of chronological history and principle-centered chapters, Daughters in My Kingdom is a fantastic resource for women of our time. Getting both the overall history and individual stories or gospel topics, one can clearly see many ways in which the Lord has worked in the lives of women in the last dispensation.
This book is excellent and will be a treasure for the LDS women worldwide. I especially loved chapters 5 & 9. This will be a great reference. The book lifts you up and strengthens your gratitude for the early women of the church and even the older women in the Relief Society today.
This book not only taught me about who I am, but who I have always been. I am an important part of a worldwide sisterhood and I want to live up to my privilege. By small and simple things, great things can come to pass. I know it can do the same for you!
Meh, too boring. Read the first few chapters of Women and the Priesthood by Sheri Dew. Goes over a lot of what the Relief Society was recognized for and awesome at doing, while being much more interesting and brief.
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