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The Relief Society, under the direction of priesthood leaders, has significant responsibilities in welfare, including the following:

Teach welfare principles and help sisters apply them.2. Encourage sisters to be self-reliant by teaching them personal and family preparedness and provident living.

Under the direction of the bishop, give temporary assistance. This involves identifying the poor and needy, responding appropriately, and providing help during emergencies. . . .

Relief Society Handbook, p. 3

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