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Relief Society and Revolution

The Mexican Revolution disrupted much of the Church activity in Mexico in the early 1900s, but some Relief Society sisters pressed on in their work through the years of turbulence. “All during the trying times of revolution, famine, and epidemics of disease that have devastated that country,” Mission president Rey L. Pratt wrote, “our sisters of the Relief Societies have been as ministering angels to those in want and in distress, both among those who are members of the Church, and those who are not.” He singled out Sister Petra Lopez, a Relief Society president who had died of typhus she caught while caring for others, as a hero and “martyr to her devotion to duty.”

Quoted in Susa Young Gates, “Relief Society Work in the Missions,” Relief Society Magazine, July 1918, 380