> Julie Beck
expects rising generation to be a blessing to the church.
LDS General Relief Society President Julie B. Beck understands the power of the past to transform the future.
Witness Beck's crowning achievement in the five years since she
took the helm of Mormonism's global women's organization.
It is not an innovative, jazzy new program or politically progressive language on women's issues.
(Rick Egan | Tribune file photo) Julie B. Beck, General Relief Society president, conducts the General Relief Society meeting at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City Sept. 26, 2009
(Rick Egan | Tribune file photo) LDS General Relief Society President Julie B. Beck
Stephen Holt | Special to the Tribune "The purpose of Relief Society is to prepare daughters of God for the blessings of eternal life," stated Julie Beck, Relief Society general president, during the General Relief Society meeting held in 2010 in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City.
, president of the general Relief Society
, looks at the minute book kept by the first Relief Society
150 years ago. Courtsesy of the LDS Church
It was Beck
, working with church historians and leaders, who pushed the project to completion.
And, in recent speeches, she
has reiterated the belief that, although only men hold the faith's priesthood, both sexes have access to that priesthood's spiritual powers.
"What the Lord envisioned regarding [male priesthood] quorums and [female] Relief Societies
has not yet been fully utilized," Beck
said at a Brigham Young University devotional in January.
Uncommon childhood > Beck
, one of Grant and Geraldine Bangerter's 11 children, spent five years of her youth in Såo Paulo, Brazil, where her father was an LDS mission president.