Making the transition from fun, spunky Young Women’s to Relief Society is easy for some and well, not so easy for others. Can I make a confession? I was the later. After graduating from high school I postponed going to relief society for the rest of the summer and I attended mutual until I was told that I shouldn’t— I wasn’t ready to be one of the “older” ladies.
Looking back I can’t help but laugh. Turns out Relief Society is pretty great. There are women from so many different backgrounds, ages and situations who have so much to offer. Once I started going I began to really care about others. I learned about Christ-like service. A few years into my R.S. attendance I realized the YW’s program was all about ME and MY spiritual development, (example: PERSONAL Progress), and R.S. was all about others. R.S. was taking what I learned and who I had become in YW’s and putting me to work. It wasn’t about me anymore.
My tips for transitioning into Relief Society are pretty much the opposite of what I did:
- Go to Relief Society the Sunday after you graduate. Just take the Band-Aid off and go. The sooner you transition the easier.
- Get involved. You don’t need to say the prayer or even sit in front—but find someone, (preferably not your age), and get to know her. If your mom attends use it as a way to bond before you move out, start working or go to school. If your mom doesn’t attend get to know other amazing women in your ward. Go make friends in the singles ward! Embrace this change.
- Do your visiting teaching. I know it seems like it’s only for your mom. Guess what—it isn’t. Visiting Teaching, while it isn’t always easy, will bless your life. How? Try it and you will see.
Lastly, don’t let the transition between YW’s and R.S. keep you from going to church. So much greatness is in store in this next step. Have faith.
Sister Marjorie Hinckley said it best, “Oh, how we need each other. Those of us who are old need you who are young. And, hopefully, you who are young need some of us who are old. It is a sociological fact that women need women. We need deep and satisfying and loyal friendships with each other.”
How have you made the transition from Young Women’s into Relief Society a little easier?