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Women’s Service, a Strength to the Church: The View from 1962

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 07, 2014

This extract comes from a Relief Society lesson written by Ariel S. Ballif (an elder).

The activity of the women in the Church program is a manifestation of dedication to a great cause. This is demonstrated by a situation in the mission field where three wonderful Maori ladies, old in years, but vigorous in the love of the gospel, held a little branch together for many years until the Priesthood holders were regenerated. These faithful sisters did everything but the ordinances, and they guided the young Aaronic Priesthood members in the care and administration of the sacrament.

Many times the women of the wards and stakes have provided the activity necessary to the success of Priesthood projects. Through the efforts of the women in the home, the men are constantly built up and encouraged. They care for the children, assist their men in projects and programs, and provide leadership for the auxiliary organizations.

The blessings in store for the women of the church are limited only by the efforts they put forth to build the kingdom. Every effort they put forth in gaining knowledge, in exercising faith, and in performance of duty is a step toward perfect, and every step toward perfection adds blessings. The Lord is mindful of those who serve him. “… I, the Lord, am merciful and gracious unto those who … serve me in righteousness and in truth unto the end. Great shall be their reward and eternal shall be their glory” (D&C 76:4-6).



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  1. A 61-year-old former New Zealand missionary when this piece was published. One of the old lions of the BYU faculty and of Provo society, Bro. Ballif was among other things the father of Jae Ballif, a physicist and Academic Vice President and Provost of BYU during the Holland years.

    Comment by Mark B. — March 7, 2014 @ 9:37 am

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