Chapter 13 Teachings of presidents of the church: Lorenzo Snow
"The mission of the Relief Society is to succor the distressed, to minister to the sick and feeble, to feed the poor, to clothe the naked, and to bless all the sons and daughters of God." (From the manual)
The Relief Society is simply an extension of a woman's calling as a mother. Women are called to be mothers whether they have children or not and even if their children are grown and have moved in.
Without the Relief Society it would be much harder for the priesthood in general and their husbands specifically to fulfill their callings.
The focus of the world is in things that distract women from their calling and what will make them happy. It teaches them that they can't be fulfilled in the things that the Lord has revealed will give them joy.
Doctrine and Covenants 112 lesson 26
15 Exalt not yourselves; rebel not against my servant Joseph; for verily I say unto you, I am with him, and my hand shall be over him; and the keys which I have given unto him, and also to youward, shall not be taken from him till I come.
One of the speakers talked about the book A Wrinkle in Time.
She also talked about an episode of the Twilight Zone where everyone was going in for surgery to be made the same type of "beautiful" as everyone else.
6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
26 And they who keep their first estate shall be added upon; and they who keep not their first estate shall not have glory in the same kingdom with those who keep their first estate; and they who keep their second estate shall have glory added upon their heads for ever and ever.
27 And the Lord said: Whom shall I send? And one answered like unto the Son of Man: Here am I, send me. And another answered and said: Here am I, send me. And the Lord said: I will send the first.
28 And the second was angry, and kept not his first estate; and, at that day, many followed after him.
“Exercising agency in a setting that sometimes includes opposition and hardship is what makes life more than a simple multiple-choice test. God is interested in what we are becoming as a result of our choices. He is not satisfied if our exercise of moral agency is simply a robotic effort at keeping some rules. Our Savior wants us to become something, not just do some things.5 He is endeavoring to make us independently strong—more able to act for ourselves than perhaps those of any prior generation. We must be righteous, even when He withdraws His Spirit, or, as President Brigham Young said, even “in the dark.”6” (Elder D Todd Christofferson, Moral Agency, Ensign June 2009)
A testimony is something you have to work for.
9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
“As you walk toward the hope of God’s light, you will discover the compassion, love, and goodness of a loving Heavenly Father..." (President Dieter F Uchtdorf, The Hope of God's Light, April 2013 General Conference)