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On March 17, 1842, Joseph Smith, Jr., organized a society for the women of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Prior to this time the women of the LDS Church were organized into a sewing society making and mending clothes for the men working on building the Nauvoo, Illinois Temple. Smith declared that the Lord had a greater purpose for these women and from his direction a society based upon the principles of relief to the needy was formed.
The Members of the sewing group elected Joseph's wife, Emma Smith, as president of the new relief society and as time progressed the society evolved into a large organization of women following a scriptural motto "Charity Never Faileth." Building on principles of self-sufficiency, spiritual development of the individual, and "compassionate service" to the less fortunate the Female Relief Society has become the primary focus for women's service within the LDS Church.
As Mormon settlers made their way to the Salt Lake Valley they brought with them their beliefs and organizations. The Relief Society established itself as an instrument in aiding new converts immigrating from the various parts of the world. As the Mormon population grew, settlements spread throughout the Great Basin region. In Pleasant View, Utah, as in other areas, the founding of a relief society helped local men, women, and children in their individual needs.
As a branch of the North Ogden Ward, the (Pleasant View) Hot Springs District Branch Relief Society was organized on January 18, 1876, with Mary J. Maycock as first President. In 1882 the Pleasant View Ward was established with Edward W. Wade as Bishop and Mary J. Maycock continuing as Relief Society President. The Pleasant View Relief Society collection contains material spanning the period from the tenure of President Maycock to President Sarah L. T. Call (1952). Over the years the Pleasant View Ward experienced a number of Stake organizational changes due to increased growth throughout the region. The Ward belonged first to the Weber Stake, and then to the Ogden Stake, the Ben Lomond Stake, the Ben Lomond West Stake, and as of June, 2000, the Pleasant View Utah Stake.
The Pleasant View, Utah LDS Relief Society Records consist of annual reports, membership and financial reports, minutes and treasures books, incidental reports, correspondence, LDS church history articles, and miscellaneous material covering the years 1902 to 1952. The collection documents the history of the Pleasant View Ward Relief Society in the Weber and Ogden Stakes of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
A variety of information concerning the affairs of the Pleasant View Relief Society is contained in the annual reports ( i.e. enrollment, attendance, number of meetings, status of members, monies and time extended to aid members, visiting teaching, and other related topics).
Use of the Collection
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No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.
Restrictions on Use :
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.
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Preferred Citation :
Pleasant View, Utah, LDS Relief Society Records USU_COLL MSS 266,
Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.
Following Citations:USU_COLL MSS 266,
Processing Note :
Processed in June of 2000
Acquisition Information :
The records contained in this collection were discovered in the attic of John Cragun’s parents’ home in Pleasant View, Utah, and donated to USU Special Collections on March 12, 1999.
Related Materials :
For more information concerning the Pleasant View Ward Relief Society see Earl Budge Cragun's book, A Type Study of Community Backgrounds for Education of Pleasant View, Weber County, Utah (979.27 P71-C v. 1). For in-depth information on the LDS Relief Society refer to Women of the Covenant: The Story of the Relief Society, written by Jill Derr, Janath Cannon, and Maureen Beecher (289.35 D448).