Friday, March 17, 2017 (Post 1 of 2) – Commemoration of the organization of the Relief Society
Today in Nauvoo, as well as around the world, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints commemorated the formation of the original “Female Relief Society” in 1842. Here in Nauvoo, the Sisters of the mission were able to do an authentic “Re-enactment” of those event 175 years ago today. Not a commemoration, but an actual “Re-enactment” in the very same “Red Brick Store” on the second floor where the actual event took place so long ago.
The re-enactment started at the horse drawn wagon depot by the visitor’s center and all of the sisters dressed in their 1840’s attire, rode the wagons to the Red Brick Store. Inside Joseph Smith’s Red Brick Store the Elders and Sisters of the mission portrayed the Prophet Joseph and Emma Smith, John Taylor, Willard Richards, Sarah Granger Kimball, Eliza R. Snow and many others.
The re-enactment was (as close as possible) word for word accurate. This was made possible by the research of the church history department, written testimonies and journal entries of the actual people in attendance on that day 175 years ago. It was a privilege for me to be there and enjoy the re-enactment that signaled the start of the oldest and largest women’s organization in world.