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Belle S. Spafford

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  • Normal School at the University of Utah
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On this day in 1948, Belle ...
www.moorhouseacademy.org, 10 Nov 2013 [cached]
On this day in 1948, Belle Spafford (who later became General Relief Society President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) began her service as Vice President of the National Council of Women.
Belle Spafford led the ...
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Belle Spafford led the Relief Society from 1945 to 1974.
Belle S. Spafford: Serving ...
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Belle S. Spafford: Serving the Relief Society for 50 Years Meridian Magazine - Belle S. Spafford: Serving the Relief Society for 50 Years - Meridian Magazine - LDS, Mormon and Latter-day Saint News and Views
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Belle S. Spafford: Serving the Relief Society for 50 Years
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Belle S. Spafford: Serving the Relief Society for 50 Years
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A few readers may remember when Belle S. Spafford served as Relief Society general president. But likely, many do not know much about this remarkable woman. She is noted in Daughters in My Kingdom: The History and Work of Relief Society for her clear understanding of visiting teaching's purpose as well as the "healing mission" of Relief Society. She strived to help sisters to become righteous women and mothers. Serving as general president from 1945 to 1974 (for twenty-nine and a half years to be exact), the longest term of any Relief Society president, Belle Smith Spafford was a tremendous influence not only on the sisters of the Church, but also on the women of the world.
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The three decades that Belle Smith Spafford served as Relief Society general president saw sweeping changes in the world and in the status of women. She was a constant and steady guide through this tumultuous era, both in the Church and in the national and international world of women. During her administration, the Relief Society grew from a largely English-speaking organization of 100,000 members to a worldwide organization of nearly a million sisters in 65 countries. As a young woman, however, Belle had to be converted to Relief Society herself.
Belle was born on October 8, 1895, the seventh and last child of Hester Sims and John Gibson Smith.
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"Mother never allowed us to feel that we were without a father," Belle said.
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Belle recalled another important lesson her mother taught her. One of Belle's childhood friends was the daughter of the president of a neighboring stake. One night when Belle joined the family for dinner, the conversation focused on some of the General Authorities. Family members told amusing, but uncomplimentary, stories. When Belle repeated the stories to her mother, Hester exclaimed, "Oh, don't we feel sorry for those children, that their parents would allow them to tell stories like that about the General Authorities?
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Belle and her brothers and sisters took music lessons, served missions, and earned college degrees.
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The three decades of Belle Spafford's administration were years of unprecedented change in the world and in the lives of women. A few months before to her release, she said in an interview:
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President Spencer W. Kimball, the sixth prophet under whom Belle served, announced her release at the Relief Society conference in October 1974.
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After her release, Belle continued to serve as an advisor for several major enterprises of the Church. She also remained active in the National Council of Women and the American Regional Council of the International Council of Women. When she retired from her positions with the NCW, the council designated a "Belle S. Spafford Day" in honor of "her capable, influential, and gracious leadership. The council also endowed a fellowship at New York University.
Belle had often said of people, "There are no strangers, only friends we have yet to meet. After her death in 1982, many women came to visit her family, each saying that Belle was her best friend. They echoed the sentiments of a nonmember friend, who once wrote to her: "Many claim you in your church and in your family, but my dear Belle, you belong to the world."[24] At her funeral Elder Boyd K. Packer said, "When all of the tomorrows have passed, Belle S. Spafford will stand as one of the greatest women of this dispensation."[25]
Belle Smith Spafford, once converted to Relief Society, immeasurably influenced its course for more than half a century. She led women, in both the Church and national and international society, through an era of tremendous change. A dynamic leader, she was understanding and tactful, but forthright on principles and issues. A woman, a sister, a friend, and a church leader, she truly belonged to the world.
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A few readers may remember when Belle S. Spafford served as Relief Society general president. But likely, many do not know much about this remarkable woman. She is noted in Daughters in My Kingdom: The History and Work of Relief Society for her clear understanding of visiting teaching's purpose as well as the "healing mission" of Relief Society. She strived to help sisters to become righteous women and mothers. Serving as general president from 1945 to 1974 (for twenty-nine and a half years to be exact), the longest term of any Relief Society president, Belle Smith Spafford was a tremendous influence not only on the sisters of the Church, but also on the women of the world.
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The three decades that Belle Smith Spafford served as Relief Society general president saw sweeping changes in the world and in the status of women. She was a constant and steady guide through this tumultuous era, both in the Church and in the national and international world of women. During her administration, the Relief Society grew from a largely English-speaking organization of 100,000 members to a worldwide organization of nearly a million sisters in 65 countries. As a young woman, however, Belle had to be converted to Relief Society herself.
Belle was born on October 8, 1895, the seventh and last child of Hester Sims and John Gibson Smith.
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"Mother never allowed us to feel that we were without a father," Belle said.
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Belle recalled another important lesson her mother taught her. One of Belle's childhood friends was the daughter of the president of a neighboring stake. One night when Belle joined the family for dinner, the conversation focused on some of the General Authorities. Family members told amusing, but uncomplimentary, stories. When Belle repeated the stories to her mother, Hester exclaimed, "Oh, don't we feel sorry for those children, that their parents would allow them to tell stories like that about the General Authorities?
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Belle and her brothers and sisters took music lessons, served missions, and earned college degrees.
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The three decades of Belle Spafford's administration were years of unprecedented change in the world and in the lives of women. A few months before to her release, she said in an interview:
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President Spencer W. Kimball, the sixth prophet under whom Belle served, announced her release at the Relief Society conference in October 1974.
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After her release, Belle continued to serve as an advisor for several major enterprises of the Church. She also remained active in the National Council of Women and the American Regional Council of the International Council of Women. When she retired from her positions with the NCW, the council designated a "Belle S. Spafford Day" in honor of "her capable, influential, and gracious leadership. The council also endowed a fellowship at New York University.
Belle had often said of people, "There are no strangers, only friends we have yet to meet. After her death in 1982, many women came to visit her family, each saying that Belle was her best friend. They echoed the sentiments of a nonmember friend, who once wrote to her: "Many claim you in your church and in your family, but my dear Belle, you belong to the world."[24] At her funeral Elder Boyd K. Packer said, "When all of the tomorrows have passed, Belle S. Spafford will stand as one of the greatest women of this dispensation."[25]
Belle Smith Spafford, once converted to Relief Society, immeasurably influenced its course for more than half a century. She led women, in both the Church and national and international society, through an era of tremendous change. A dynamic leader, she was understanding and tactful, but forthright on principles and issues. A woman, a sister, a friend, and a church leader, she truly belonged to the world.
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A few readers may remember when Belle S. Spafford served as Relief Society general president. But likely, many do not know much about this remarkable woman. She is noted in Daughters in My Kingdom: The History and Work of Relief Society for her clear understanding of visiting teaching's purpose as well as the "healing mission" of Relief Society. She strived to help sisters to become righteous women and mothers. Serving as general president from 1945 to 1974 (for twen
Belle S. Spafford - Mormonism, The Mormon Church, Beliefs, & Religion - MormonWiki
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Belle S. Spafford
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Belle Smith Spafford was the ninth General President of the Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving from 1945-1974. Belle worked during the administrations of six presidents of the church and was the most traveled Relief Society general president to date. During her time as president, the Relief Society grew from an organization of 100,000 members, largely in the western United States, to nearly 1 million members in 65 countries.
Belle's thirty-year tenure makes her the longest serving Relief Society general president.
Belle S. Spafford, ninth president of the Relief Society of the Mormon Church
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5Stories from the Life of Belle Spafford
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Belle was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to John Gibson Smith and Hester Sims Smith on 8 October 1895, the youngest of their seven children.
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Belle graduated from the Normal School (teacher education) at the University of Utah. She later studied at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where she also worked as a special instructor in remedial work for disabled children. Following her 1921 marriage to Willis Earl Spafford, recently returned from service in World War I, Belle continued working at BYU for some time.
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This experience gave her a great sympathy for the less fortunate, and Belle used her talents to direct social service programs for the Relief Society in Utah, Arizona, and Nevada. Among the services Belle oversaw were programs for unwed mothers, adoptive services, care for neglected children, and youth guidance services. Belle also participated in the Church's Native American foster care program.
Belle and Earl had two children, Mary and Earl, Jr.
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After moving to Salt Lake City in 1935, Belle was named a member of the General Relief Society Board. Not long afterwards, she became editor of The Relief Society Magazine. She served as counselor to President Amy Brown Lyman from 1942-1945, and upon Amy's release in 1945, Belle was called as General President of the Relief Society.
Belle retired from the Relief Society General Presidency in 1974 and died February 2, 1982, at age 86.
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Belle Spafford expanded and professionalized the delivery of social services by the Relief Society in cooperation with the Church Welfare Program. Social service programs were later moved to other departments, including LDS Family Services, during her tenure. Belle asked the 100,000 Relief Society members to each donate five dollars in order to begin construction of the new Relief Society Building in 1945. After Relief Society donations surpassed the $500,000 dollar goal in a single year, matching funds were contributed by the Church, and a building lot was selected east of the Salt Lake Temple. Construction began in 1953, and the building was dedicated on 3 October 1956. The building now houses the offices of the Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary organizations. When Belle was called as president, women paid annual dues to be part of the Relief Society. Beginning in 1971, all Mormon women age 18 and older were considered members, and Relief Society operating funds were received from ward budgets. Prior to this time, one of the duties of Visiting Teachers was the collection of dues. Now, they were directed to provide service instead of gather money. For years, each Church auxiliary had published its own magazine. The Relief Society Magazine, of which Belle was editor for many years, was replaced by the Ensign in 1971. This change was especially difficult for Belle, but she observed, "Adjustment is painful in changing an old pattern into a new one, but we must make the new patterns fit."
Personal Motto
"If a thing is worth doing, I want to put all I've got into it."
Stories from the Life of Belle Spafford Belle once asked her grandmother, Isabella M. Sims, if she'd give Belle her gold watch when she died. Her grandmother answered, "I'll give you something else that I brought all the way from Scotland that will serve you in the eternities-I'll leave you my testimony of the gospel" (Janet Peterson and Connie Lewis, "Making a Difference for Women: Belle S. Spafford," Ensign, Mar. 2006, 44).
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In 1926, Belle was surprised when her bishop called her to be a counselor in the ward Relief Society presidency and responded, "That organization is for my mother, not for me." Belle asked for release after three weeks of service and again after an automobile accident, but her Bishop, after prayerful consideration, refused her request. Belle agreed to do her best. She observed, "we needed to enroll more young women and have programs a little more meaningful. We needed to do something on the homemaking day besides quilting.... So I worked toward these goals along with my president and the other counselor" (Janet Peterson and Connie Lewis, "Making a Difference for Women: Belle S. Spafford," Ensign, Mar. 2006, 44).
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Elder Boyd K. Packer related the following story about Belle Spafford: In April of 1945 Belle Smith Spafford became the president of the Relief Society. Only a week or two after she had been sustained, a letter came from the National Council of Women, announcing their annual meeting to be held in New York City. Sister Spafford had attended those meetings before, and in view of her previous experience, she and her counselors carefully considered the invitation for several weeks.
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Belle S. Spafford received a number of recognitions and achievements during her lifetime.
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Janet Peterson and Connie Lewis, "Making a Difference for Women: Belle S. Spafford," Ensign, Mar. 2006, 44
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Belle Spafford: Biographical Sketch, lds.org
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Belle S. Spafford (1945-1974)
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The association continued, and Relief Society General President Belle S. Spafford served as president of the National Council of Women from 1968-1970.
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