Church History


    Shoshone Relief Society Sisters, 1918

    Almost all the members of one Shoshone band joined the Church in 1873, just as they transitioned from a nomadic lifestyle to one based on farming. 45 years later, Eliza Hall reported on the activities of the Shoshone Relief Society in Washakie, Utah. They “have done a great deal of temple work for their ancestors in the Logan temple,” she wrote. She also noted their success in canning and fruit-drying projects, their singing talents, and their commitment to the gospel. “They take great pleasure in testimony bearing,” she concluded, “and the older sisters tell of their past experiences.”

    Quoted in Susa Young Gates, “Relief Society Work in the Missions,” Relief Society Magazine, July 1918, 388