Nauvoo Relief Society Minute Book

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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the idle speech of our enemies— we design to act in the name  of the Lord— to relieve the wants of the distressed, and do all  the good we can.—
arose and said that she felt to concur  with the , with regard to the word Benevolent, that  many Societies with which it had been associated, were corrupt,—  that the popular Institutions of the day should not be our guide — that as daughters of , we should set an example for  all the world, rather than confine ourselves to the course  which had been heretofore pursued— one objection to the  word Relief is, that the idea associated with it is that of  some great calamity— that we intend appropriating on some  extraordinary occasions instead of meeting the common  occurrences—
Prest. remark’d— we are going  to do something extraordinary— when a boat is stuck  on the rapids with a multitude of Mormons on board  we shall consider that a loud call for relief— we expect  extraordinary occasions and pressing calls—
arose and said— I shall have to concede  the point— your arguments are so potent I cannot stand  before them— I shall have to give way—
Prest. J. S. said I also shall have to concede the point,  all I shall have to give to the poor, I shall give to this  
mov’d, that this Society be  call’d The Nauvoo Female Relief Society— second. by  Counsellor Cleveland—
offer’d an amendment by way  of transposition of words, instead of The Nauvoo Female  Relief Society, it shall be call’d — Seconded by Prest. J. Smith and carried— [p. 12]
the idle speech of our enemies— we design to act in the name of the Lord— to relieve the wants of the distressed, and do all the good we can.—
arose and said that she felt to concur with the , with regard to the word Benevolent, that many Societies with which it had been associated, were corrupt,— that the popular Institutions of the day should not be our guide— that as daughters of , we should set an example for all the world, rather than confine ourselves to the course which had been heretofore pursued— one objection to the word Relief is, that the idea associated with it is that of some great calamity— that we intend appropriating on some extraordinary occasions instead of meeting the common occurrences—
Prest. remark’d— we are going to do something extraordinary— when a boat is stuck on the rapids with a multitude of Mormons on board we shall consider that a loud call for relief— we expect extraordinary occasions and pressing calls—
arose and said— I shall have to concede the point— your arguments are so potent I cannot stand before them— I shall have to give way—
Prest. J. S. said I also shall have to concede the point, all I shall have to give to the poor, I shall give to this
mov’d, that this Society be call’d The Nauvoo Female Relief Society— second. by Counsellor Cleveland—
offer’d an amendment by way of transposition of words, instead of The Nauvoo Female Relief Society, it shall be call’d — Seconded by Prest. J. Smith and carried— [p. 12]
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