PEGGI KITE Special at the Tribune
Each generation is filled with charitable and faithful women, eager to nurture and help whoever is in need and wherever possible. In 1842, adopting the motto “Charity never fails” (I Corinthians 13: 8), the women of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints organized this spirit of service into a women’s organization known today. now under the name of Relief Society. Over the course of its nearly 180-year history, Relief Society has grown from 20 chartered individuals to a diverse organization of over seven million members in over 188 countries and territories, making it one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the world.
Although it is a global organization, the needs of families and individuals are met on a personal level by local congregations chaired by local presidents. In the Great Lake Norman-Gastonia area, there are 11 congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, all under an organizational umbrella known as the Gastonia Stake. This Mother’s Day, we would like to share a little more about the work of Relief Society and the feelings of the local women who preside in congregations in the area.
As president of the Gastonia Stake Relief Society, Jennifer Lawrence, a Mooresville resident, former business administrator and active mother of five, provides training, guidance and support to the 11 Relief Society presidents and their families. members in various ways. One example is the organization of the annual stake women’s conference, where speakers cover a wide range of topics from life skills to the principles of self-esteem, faith, and hope. This year’s keynote speaker, Jodi Orvill Brown, spoke about personal tragedy and struggle and the importance of seeking proof of God’s hand through life’s little blessings and miracles. (see https://youtu.be/v-bcWQ_owxk).