Attention: This site does not support the current version of your web browser. To get the best possible experience using our website we recommend that you upgrade to a newer version or install another browser

Skip main navigation

9 Relief Society Fun Facts

What happened on March 17, 1842?

It’s the day Sarah Granger Kimball and Margaret Cook’s idea of a sewing committee to help the temple workers turned into a society that was organized after the pattern of the priesthood.

What hospital had the first all women board of directors?

The Deseret Hospital. It also had physicians that were primarily female, and helped train nurses and midwives to provide medical care to local communities.

What newspaper was owned and run by women?

Woman’s Exponent provided a voice for the sisters—it was a place where they could defend and find support for their beliefs through poems, stories, essays and news articles.

What can a penny accomplish?

In Nauvoo, Relief Society members contributed a penny a week for nails, glass and other items to build the temple. Eventually the $2,000 collected helped save the temple when taxes were due.

What is the significance of wheat in Relief society history?

Wheat stored by the Relief Society, at Brigham Young’s request, provided emergency food to those affected by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and World War I victims.

How was the Relief Society motto chosen?

“Charity Never Faileth” was established in 1913 to help the Relief Society maintain its focus on its founding principles and the charge given by Joseph Smith.

Where did early ward Relief Societies meet?

Many ward Relief Societies raised money and built Relief Society Halls as a place to meet for business, cultural activities and worship.

What object has been a staple in Relief Society service?

During World War I the talents of the Relief Society sisters came in handy as quilts were made and distributed to the families of those fighting in the war.

Who were the “Singing Mothers”?

Wards and branches worldwide organized “Singing Mothers,” bringing comfort and unity to those struggling to find relief during the Great Depression and WWII. Some groups sang with one another over the radio.

Did you enjoy this page? Please share your experience

Have questions? Contact FamilySearch

Change Language


Feedback was sent.

Can't send feedback. Retry in 5 seconds.