This week we had the ward (congregation) Relief Society birthday dinner. It was a lot of fun!
The Relief Society organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was founded on March 17, 1842 by the Prophet Joseph Smith. The purpose of Relief Society is to prepare women for the blessings of eternal life. That is accomplished as sisters (women in the Church) increase faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes as they make and keep sacred covenants, and offer relief to those in need, working in unity with priesthood holders.
It was a delightful evening. Dinner was a waffle bar – with freshly made waffles and a large variety of toppings to choose from. Personally I love to have breakfast for dinner. There were assorted fresh fruits like strawberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, and bananas, yogurt, as well as chocolate chips, powdered sugar, butter, maple syrup, jams, whipped cream, sausage, and bacon. It was delicious!
After dinner the fun really started. We played “speed getting-to-know-you” where half the sisters sat in one row and the other half in a second row facing the first row. Our leader had come up with 10 questions per person in the first row, and every person had different questions! I believe she had about 200 different questions prepared to help us get to know each other a little better.
Row two had a minute and a half with each person in row one to pick a question between 1 and 10, hear that question, talk about it, and have that sister tell about herself in response to the same question. We then moved over to the seat on our left and visited with the next sister. So each of us talked with half the sisters there.
A sample of some of the questions are:
- Would you rather eat your favorite meal for every meal for the rest of your life, or never for the rest of your life?
- Do you like flying in an airplane, and why?
- What was your favorite book when you were growing up?
- What would you like to do before you die?
It was great discussing things that you’d never think to ask in normal conversation, and quite interesting to see some of the tangents the answers lead to, like:
- All the food in Germany was wonderful!
- I want to serve another mission for the Church before I die.
- Why I dislike flying.
- Records we listened to in our youth.
I suggested to a couple people that they ought to pass this activity on to our Young Men/Young Women program. I think they’d have a blast with it!
It was such a nice evening. I got to know several more people than I’d met before, and you find the greatest women in the Church. They have real issues with health, family, jobs, and other things, but they stand fast for the truth, know that Heavenly Father loves them, and strive to help, love, and support each other and the world around them. They make you feel good when you are with them, and I am always smiling as I leave their presence because it is such an encouraging and joyful experience! 🙂