Church News: Question of the week

What former Relief Society general president was once head of social welfare for the Church?

(Answer on page 13)

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(From page 2)

Amy Brown Lyman, Relief Society general president from 1940-1944, was named the first director of the Church's social welfare department in January 1919 by President Joseph F. Smith. During her tenure, which continued until 1934, Sister Lyman created a training program for prospective caseworkers. Stake delegates from throughout the Church took this course, then taught similar classes in their local communities. A total of 4,155 women were trained. Many provided vital assistance to local officials who found themselves confronted with federal relief responsibilities in the midst of the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Source: Elect Ladies by Janet Peterson and LaRene Gaunt, pg. 136-141.

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