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Young Women Transition into Relief Society

By June 5, 2007

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Earlier this year the First Presidency of the LDS Church sent out a letter to local leaders about "Helping Young Women with the Transition into Womanhood." The letter focused on having a joint opening exercises for both the Young Women and Relief Society every month and on the back there were seven suggestions.

But as individuals what have we done to help our Young Women feel comfortable as they join us in Relief Society? Sister Bonnie D. Parkin, Previous General Relief Society President, said:
"Improving transition is a two-way street, with both Young Women and Relief Society leaders working together. When I met with President Hinckley at the time of my call, he gave me an impassioned mandate. 'The older sisters in Relief Society must move out of their comfort zones,' he said. 'They must reach out to these younger sisters, making them feel comfortable. They need to help them learn to love Relief Society.' Having the Lord's prophet give you such a mandate would certainly cement your commitment, wouldn't it? Do you realize, sisters, that as the Relief Society general president, I represent all of us as women? Thus, when the prophet gives me direction, he is also giving it to you" ("Embracing Sisterhood: Helping Young Women Successfully Transition into Relief Society.")
Our new sisters are graduating from high school and are now joining us. As sisters in the Relief Society we can reach out to these new Young Women and help them feel welcome, comfortable, and loved! Please share your ideas (of how we can help our new sisters) in the comments!
June 13, 2007 at 3:56 pm
(1) Janet K. Cook says:

One thing is to make them visiting teachers right away. Pair them up with a reliable, self-starter who will help them see the benefit of visiting regularly and getting to know their sisters. I don’t know why the girls in YW aren’t junior companions like the boys are. That would give them a good start. If the mother is active, they could go with their mom for a while or with some other lady they know well–maybe one of their former YW leaders. Also, talk to the bishop/branch pres. about a calling in RS or SS on Sunday rather than Primary , so they can get to know some sisters in RS before they get shuttled off to some other responsibility.

June 16, 2007 at 4:10 pm
(2) lds says:

Thanks Janet for your ideas! Anyone else have some ideas? Please share them with us.

June 24, 2007 at 2:18 am
(3) Carly Taylor says:

Young men go to priesthood with the older men every Sunday, yet the Young Women are never with the Relief Society. That’s why my stake has made it a rule that every Fast Sunday, the Young Women have Opening Exercises with the Relief Society. We even say the Young Women’s theme when we meet, and it really bonds all of us together.

May 24, 2009 at 11:34 pm
(4) Julie M says:

We are going to begin a mentoring program with the Relief Society and the Laurels. Two or three Laurels will meet with a RS sister and learn a skill. We hope to forge bonds of friendship and learn skills too. They will do this once quarterly for their Tuesday night activity. Hopefully when next years girls go to Relief Society, they will know the sisters better

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