Poll: Using Tools for our Sisterhood
There are precious few LDS publications for women, about women, or by women – but right now, we have one: Daughters In My Kingdom (Daughters). The church published and distributed this book last fall for mainstream use – and because there was no defined way to utilized this publication, Exponent put together a short piece on Flannel Board in its Winter Issue outlining several ways that Daughters could be used in our wards and in our families.
My ward in Alexandria, VA has utilized this book in two of the ways suggested by Exponent.
1. We have started a Daughters Study Group that meets quarterly as one of the small group activities in Relief Society. This group gives women in our ward an opportunity to know the Relief Society history better and to be motivated by the strong, spiritual women in that history.
2. We had a lesson introducing Daughters to the Elders Quorum and High Priest Group during the 3rd hour on the Sunday in March recognizing the Anniversary of the Relief Society. I taught the lesson along with the RS President and it was a success. The men in our ward were interested in the history and engaged with many questions. I talked to them about establishing stronger heroine stories in their homes by using strong women for the scriptures and the history. I taught them about the evolving history of the Relief Society including mottos, goals, and achievements of the RS women throughout the years. And I discussed the need for a partnership between Relief Society and Priesthood Quorums.
I have talked to many sisters and friends about my experiences using Daughters – and I’d like to hear from Exponent readers. What are your experiences with this resource? Have you found it helpful in bringing women and women’s stories to the forefront of church talk and comments?