Clipper Staff Writer
CENTERVILLE — Centerville resident Ann Allred finds the General Relief Society meeting of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint uplifting.
“It’s a real shot in the arm,” she said.
Whether she attends at the Conference Center or at the Centerville North Stake Center, “it reminds me of what I’m all about,” Allred said. It takes her away from her daily frantic activities and focuses her on what she can do.
The General Relief Society meeting is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. in the Conference Center, but most women who participate in it will do so via satellite broadcast at area stake centers.
Allred has attended the meeting in the Conference Center, but she also enjoys attending at the stake center.
“One of the things I like about going to the stake center is that we participate in a service project, then share a simple dinner before we go into the chapel for the meeting,” Allred said.
“It also gives me time to rub shoulders with women I don’t get to see very often,” Allred said.
“Sister Burton (Relief Society general president Linda K. Burton) is emphasizing service this year,” Allred said. “That’s what the Relief Society is all about, to give service.”
Allred served as her ward’s relief society president several years ago.
During that time, the women had a service project monthly, including visiting a women’s shelter and making quilts for hospital patients.
Saturday, Allred is looking forward to hearing from a member of the First Presidency of the church.
“Their message is always uplifting and reminds us if what we can do. I really look forward to that,” she said.
All women 18 years of age and older are encouraged to view the broadcast. Area LDS wards each received a limited number of tickets, but women are encouraged to invite friends and neighbors to the broadcast at their stake centers.
Archives of the broadcast will be available within 24 hours and live video and audio will be available in English and Spanish at mormonchannel.org. Live video will also be available in English, Spanish and Portugese on the Mormon Channel’s YouTube platform.
The Priesthood session of the conference, set for Oct. 5, will be broadcast on TV for the first time this year, the church announced.