by Pam Gauch
Women of the Woodbridge, Virginia Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints celebrated the 175th year of their women’s organization, the Relief Society, on February 25, 2017, at their annual Relief Society Women’s Conference. Relief Society is the largest women’s organization in the world, spanning six continents and many countries.
This year’s conference theme, The Lord is My Strength and My Song, honored women of the past who depended on Jesus Christ for strength to endure their hardships. Although our women of today face different hardships, we all can turn to the Lord for our strength. As an introduction to our conference, we re-enacted a portion of the Monument to Women Memorial Garden in Nauvoo, Illinois. Live women posed as statues representing virtue, prayer, learning, compassion, talents, teaching with love and fulfillment. The speakers reinforced the timelessness of women and the opportunity we all have to draw strength from the Savior to leave our own legacy of leadership, spirituality and the strength to meet whatever situations life has to offer.