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In celebration of this weekend's General Women's Meeting of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we have compiled this quiz of 11 questions to test your knowledge of the Relief Society, Young Women and Primary organizations of the church.

Sources: Daughters of My Kingdom; LDS.org, Deseretnews.com.

Question 1
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The Relief Society is the oldest and largest women’s organization in the world. In what year was it officially organized?

a. 1840

b. 1841

c. 1842

d. 1843

Answer
"Organization of the Relief Society" LDS.org

c. 1842

According to "Daughters of My Kingdom," the "Female Relief Society of Nauvoo" was organized on the upper floor of the Red Brick Store on March 17, 1842, for women 18 and older. There were 20 sisters present. Emma Smith was selected as president. She named Sarah M. Cleveland and Elizabeth Ann Whitney as her counselors. Within a year the membership had grown to more than 1,100 members.

Question 2
"Emma Smith," by Robert Barrett, Daughters of My Kingdom, LDS.org

Many know that Emma Smith, wife of the Prophet Joseph Smith, was the first general president of the LDS Church’s Relief Society. Who was the second president?

a. Zina D. H. Young

b. Eliza R. Snow

c. Bathsheba W. Smith

d. Emmeline B. Wells

Answer
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b. Eliza R. Snow

According to LDS.org, the Primary and the Young Women’s Mutual Improvement Association were organized during Eliza's presidency (1868-1887). The women harvested grain, opened stores and produced silk. They sent women to medical school to become doctors, nurses and midwives. Upon their return, these women shared their knowledge and experience with others. Eliza also served as Deseret Hospital’s first president.

Question 3
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Who was the longest serving general Relief Society president?

a. Emmeline B. Wells

b. Louise Y. Robison

c. Belle S. Spafford

d. Barbara B. Smith

Answer
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c. Belle S. Spafford

Sister Spafford (middle) served from 1945-1974, a span of 29 years and under the leadership of six prophets. During that time Relief Society sisters worked together to raise and donate more than $500,000 to construct the Relief Society Building in Salt Lake City, Utah, which was dedicated in 1956.

When the Relief Society received its own budget in 1970, the sisters began to focus on compassionate service and visiting teaching.

Question 4
"Come Let Us Rejoice," by Walter Rane. Daughters of My Kingdom, LDS.org

What is the motto of the Relief Society?

a. Strengthen Home and Family

b. Lengthen Your Stride

c. Daughters of My Kingdom

d. Charity Never Faileth

Answer
Daughters of My Kingdom, LDS.org

d. Charity Never Faileth

Sister Emmeline B. Wells was called to serve as the fifth Relief Society general president in 1910. Wells and her counselors, Clarissa S. Williams and Julina L. Smith, established this motto in 1913 as a constant reminder of the organization’s founding principles and inspired origins, according to LDS.org.

Question 5
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True or False: The visiting teaching program started a little more than a year after the Relief Society was organized in 1843.

Answer
"Pioneer Women," by Julie Rogers, Daughters of My Kingdom, LDS.org

It's true.

In 1843, the Latter-day Saints in Nauvoo were divided into four wards. That summer, Relief Society leaders appointed a visiting committee of four sisters for each ward. Their job involved assessing needs and collecting donations.

Families donated money, food and clothing. These items were then given to the treasurer of the Relief Society to provide aid and relief for the needy.

This practice continued well into the 20th century. In addition to collecting donations, the committees assessed the needs in the homes they visited and reported their observations to leaders, who organized efforts to help.

Question 6
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This prominent woman converted to the church in England, traveled by ox team to Salt Lake City in 1867, gave birth to 12 children (10 lived to adulthood), was active in women’s suffrage and other civic causes, met Susan B. Anthony, wrote the lyrics to the hymn “Carry On,” served in the general presidency of the Young Ladies’ Mutual Improvement Association for nearly 40 years and lived to be 104 years old. Who was she?

a. Zina D.H. Young

b. Ruth May Fox

c. Amy B. Lyman

d. Bertha Stone Reeder

Answer
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b. Ruth May Fox

Fox was a member of the general board of the Young Ladies' Mutual Improvement Association for nearly 40 years, including president from 1929-1937.

During those four decades, Fox witnessed several highlights. The first young women camp was held (1912), the Beehive program was organized (1915), road shows were written and performed (1920), the Improvement Era (later named the New Era) publication emerged (1929), 12- and 13-year-olds joined Young Women (1934), and the first churchwide dance festival was held (1936).

Question 7
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In the October 2012 general conference, this former Young Women leader offered this slogan for a T-shirt: "I'm a Mormon. I know it. I live it. I love it." Who was she?

a. Elaine S. Dalton

b. Mary Nielsen Cook

c. Ann Monson Dibb

Answer
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c. Ann Monson Dibb

Sister Dibb, the daughter of President Thomas S. Monson, served as second counselor in the Young Women general presidency from 2008-2013.

Question 8
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The first Young Women satellite broadcast was held in 1985. The Young Women values, theme, motto and logo were introduced in 1987. A new Personal Progress program was launched in 1989. Who was the Young Women general president during this time?

a. Margaret Dyreng Nadauld

b. Janette Callister Hales

c. Ardeth Greene Kapp

Answer
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c. Ardeth Greene Kapp

Sister Kapp served as Young Women general president from 1984-1992.

Question 9
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True or False: The primary organization was officially established in the late 1870s when a mother of 12 felt strongly that something ought to be done about a group of rowdy boys in her northern Utah neighborhood. Later, when it was decided that singing would be part of the new primary, girls were invited to participate in order to make the singing sound better.

Answer
LDS.org

It's all true!

According to LDS.org, Aurelia Spencer Rogers was the mother of 12 who was concerned about the rowdy boys. She discussed her concerns with Eliza R. Snow, then the general Relief Society president, and with the approval of President John Taylor, "Sister Rogers began planning for the first meeting of the Primary Association," according to LDS.org.

When Rogers and other leaders decided that singing would be an important part of Primary, it became necessary to involve the young girls to "make it sound as well as it should," according to LDS.org.

The first Primary was held in 1878 in Farmington.

Question 10
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Which general Primary president served as editor of “The Children’s Friend” and commissioned artist Arnold Friberg to create his now famous series of Book of Mormon paintings in the 1950s?

a. May Green Hinckley

b. Aurelia Spencer Rogers

c. LaVern Watts Parmely

d. Adele Cannon Howells

Answer
LDS.org

d. Adele Cannon Howells

Question 11
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In November 2013, the LDS Church’s First Presidency announced that starting in 2014, a semiannual general women’s meeting would replace the general Relief Society and general Young Women meetings. In which year did the tradition of having those two meetings start?

a. 1984

b. 1990

c. 1993

d. 1994

Answer
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c. 1993

It's interesting to note that from 1984 to 1993, a general meeting was held for both women and young women.