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Nauvoo Relief Society in Action

A letter from Ellen Douglas gives us a glimpse into the work of the Relief Society in 1844 Nauvoo:
“The woman . . . would have me make an application to the female Relief Society for some clothing which I needed for myself and family. I refused to do so, but she said I needed something and that I had been so long sick and if I would not do it myself, she would do it for me. . . . Ann came over in a few days, and they brought the wagon and fetched me such a present as I never received before from no place in the world.”

Ellen Douglas letter to family, Apr. 14, 1844, Church History Library, Salt Lake City