Relief Society Timeline

1829        

Book of Mormon is published

1830    

Church is organized in Fayette, New York

1830      

D&C 25 is revealed; Emma Smith is identified as “an elect lady” (v. 3)

1830-1844

Joseph Smith, first president of Church (membership – 6 to 26,146)

1831-1838 

Kirkland period

1831-1839 

Missouri period

1834  

Zion’s Camp

1835

First book of hymns is compiled by Emma Smith

1836   

Kirtland Temple is dedicated

1838

Cornerstone is laid for temple in Far West, Missouri

1840-1846

Nauvoo period

1842 

“The Female Relief Society of Nauvoo” is founded

1842-1844

Emma Hale Smith, first president of Relief Society

1843

Necessity Committee is organized (forerunner of visiting teaching)

1844 

Relief Society is disbanded

1844

Joseph and Hyrum Smith are martyred

1846 

Exodus from Nauvoo

1846-1848

Winter Quarters

1847 

First wagon company enters Salt Lake Valley

1850 

University of Desert (University of Utah) is established

1851 

Temporary organizations of the Relief Society

1852

Plural marriage is publicly announced

1855

Endowment House is dedicated

1856-1860

Handcart pioneer companies arrive in Salt Lake City

1866-1873 

Women’s organization is renamed Female Relief Society

1866-1880

Eliza R. Snow leads all women’s auxiliaries

1868

President Brigham Young urges for silk cultivation

1869 

Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth C. Stanton organize National Women’s Suffrage Association

1869

Retrenchment Society (forerunner of YWMIA) is organized

1870

Women in Utah receive vote

1872 

Women’s Exponent is published

1873-1892

Women’s organization is renamed Relief Society

1876

Relief Society begins sericulture and grain storage

1878

Primary is organized

1880-1887

Eliza R. Snow, second president of Relief Society

1880

Leadership is established for Relief Society, Young Women’s organization and primary

1882

Deseret Hospital is established

1887

Edmunds-Tucker Act is passed, disfranchising women

1888-1901

Zina D. H. Young, third president of Relief Society

1889

First Relief Society General Conference

1890

Manifesto is issued, ending plural marriage

1891

Relief Society joins National Council of Women

1892

Relief Society Jubilee

1892-1945

Women’s organization is renamed National Women’s Relief Society

1896

Utah is granted statehood; women regain vote

1901 

Construction on Relief Society building begins

1901-1910

Bathsheba W. Smith, fourth president of Relief Society

1902

Uniform course study begins in Relief Society

1910-1921

Emmeline B. Wells, fifth president of Relief Society

1910

Relief Society, YWMIA, and Primary are housed in Bishop’s Building

1914

Women’s Exponent is discontinued; Relief Society Magazine begins

1915

First “Circular of Instructions,” or Relief Society Handbook

1918

Wheat collected by Relief Society is turned over to the US government

1919 

Establishment of Relief Society social services

1920

Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution grants suffrage to women

1921-1928

Clarissa S. Williams, sixth president of Relief Society

1924

Maternity hospital is founded

1928-1939

Louise Y. Robison, seventh president of Relief Society

1931  

Relief Society colors of blue and gold established

1933

Singing Mothers Chorus is named

1937

Mormon Handicraft is established

1940-1945

Amy Brown Lyman, eight president of Relief Society

1942

Relief Society Centennial is curtailed by WWII; Relief Society presents campanile tower for Nauvoo Bell of Temple Square to the Church

1945-1974

Belle S. Spafford, ninth president of Relief Society; name of organization is again Relief Society

1956

Relief Society Building is dedicated

1970

Relief Society Magazine is discontinued

1971

All adult LDS women become members of the Relief Society

1974-1894

Barbara B. Smith, tenth president of Relief Society

1980

Consolidated meeting schedule begins

1980 

Sesquicentennial of Church

1982

Sarah M. Kimball home in Nauvoo is dedicated

1984

Barbara W. Winder, eleventh president of Relief Society

1984

Wives of international area presidencies serve as general board representatives for Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary

1987

Relief Society lessons are coordinated with study emphasis on scriptures

1988

Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary offices are housed in remodeled Relief Society Building

1988

Visiting Teaching is changed, to accommodate worldwide church

1992

Relief Society Sesquicentennial

1997-2002

Mary Ellen W. Smoot, eleventh president of Relief Society

2002-2007

Bonnie D. Parkin, twelfth president of Relief Society

2007-2012

Julie B. Beck, thirteenth president of Relief Society

2012

Linda K. Burton, fourteenth president of Relief Society

Last Modified: February 13, 2017