Church News: Question of the week

Although Relief Society, organized in Nauvoo, Ill., in 1842, ceased to exist as an official Church auxiliary from 1844 to 1866, a form of the organization functioned in Utah to serve the needy. What was this organization and who did it serve?

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A variation of Relief Society was organized in Utah in February 1854 when 16 women responded to an exhortation by Brigham Young to form a society to make clothing for Indian women and children. This "Indian Relief Society" met until June, when the prophet encouraged such organizations in individual wards. Many remained organized to assist the poor within their wards and to help destitute handcart companies.

Relief Society was officially reorganized in 1866 by President Young.

Source: Deseret News 1995-96 Church Almanac, p. 93.

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