To help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Relief Society, the Relief Society general presidency and board greeted women community leaders, General Authorities, general officers and board members of the Church, and others at a sesquicentennial reception March 17.
The reception, held 150 years to the date after the Relief Society was organized in Nauvoo, Ill., included a buffet dinner and tour of the Relief Society exhibit at the Museum of Church History and Art, titled "Come, Let Us Rejoice: A Sesquicentennial Celebration of Relief Society."Almost 300 guests attended the event including Colleen Bangerter, who was accompanied by her husband, Utah Gov. Norm Bangerter. Also among those attending were: Joyce Muhlestein, president of state PTA; Karen Huntsman, Utah Board of Regents; Kathryn Brooks, director of Women's Resource Center at University of Utah; Bonita Wyse, dean of Family Life at Utah State University; Marilyn Arnold, dean of Graduate Studies at BYU; Rita Inoway, director of the Volunteer Center, Community Services Council; and the Rev. Janet Swift, Trinity African Methodist Church.
"The focus of our 150th celebration has been community service, and so we are happy to join with many of you who give such service in this area," said Elaine L. Jack, Relief Society general president, in welcoming guests to the reception.
"You all know, perhaps, that our motto is `Charity Never Faileth' and we really believe that motto. We want to work with you in doing what we can to improve the community."
The buffet dinner, which highlighted the international membership of Relief Society, included four tables decorated in the decor and featuring the food of four different nationalities. An Oriental table featured foods such as egg rolls, a Polynesian table included fresh fruits, a Spanish table featured enchiladas, and a European table included bread and cheeses from Europe.
A fifth table was decorated in African motif. Photos of Relief Society sisters from each nationality were also displayed on each table.
As part of the evening's entertainment, Laurel Warr and Janine Lindsey sang a duet, "Let These Hands," and the BYU Harp Ensemble, which included 12 harpists who alternated on eight harps, performed throughout the evening.