Alma and Amulek
We’re all familiar with the story of Alma meeting Amulek and the situation surrounding the event in the Book of Mormon. Some may say it’s miraculous, but to be honest, it was a heaven sponsored event. In other words, it was meant to be. The question, I suppose, could be asked, is it possible for this story to be replicated in this dispensation. Well, with God all things are possible, and yes, it did happen again, but in what country?
A) Like Alma and Amulek in the area of southern Mexico (at least as we best can tell)
C) The Soviet Union (at least what used to be the Soviet Union and is now currently Russia)
D) United States
To understand the next fact, you must know that the Relief Society had been disbanded in Nauvoo in March of 1844. It wasn’t until 1867 that the Relief Society was again formally reorganized. DB
By the summer of 1854, the Thirteenth Ward ladies also had their own gatherings. Earlier in the year, some Salt Lake City women had organized themselves into a Relief Society to aid the territory’s impoverished Indians. Brigham Young quickly took hold of the idea, whose origins lay with an 1842 Nauvoo society of the same name, urging the sisters to meet in their local wards to assist not only the Indians but the Mormon poor as well.
Thirteenth Ward Indian Relief Society Minutes, 1854-57, LDS Archives; Richard L. Jensen, “Forgotten Relief Societies, 1844-1867,” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 16 (Spring 1983): 105-25
2. (C) The Relief Society of the Church of Christ
Names of the Relief Society throughout its existence:
March 17, 1842 (at the time of its organization)—The Female Relief Society.
1892—The National Woman’s Relief Society
1942—The Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
William Edwin Berrett, The Restored Church (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1973), 366.
3. (C) The Deseret Hospital
It was the Relief Society that founded the Deseret Hospital in 1882.
Kenneth and Audrey Godfrey, Jill Mulvay Derr, Woman’s Voices: An Untold History of The Latter-day Saints 1830-1900 (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1982), 18.
4. (A) By vote
The Female Relief Society of Nauvoo, as they voted to call themselves, admitted new members individually by vote.
Jill Mulvay Derr, et al. Women of the Covenant: The Story of Relief Society (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1992).
5. (C) Prepare the dead for burial
At the end of the nineteenth and early in the twentieth century, women were frequently called and set apart to prepare the dead of burial.
Mary Wheeler Chadwick, Biographical Sketch, 6, ed. Thersa C. Lowder, in Jeanette S. Greenwell, comp., Abraham and Mary Wheeler Chadwick (N.P., n.d.), 367.