Relief Society Magazine

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The Relief Society Magazine
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Relief Society Magazine cover 1917
FounderSusa Young Gates
Year founded1915
Final issue
December 1970 (1970-12)
Vol 57 No 12
CompanyThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
CountryUnited States

Relief Society Magazine, including the Relief Society Bulletin of 1914,[1] was the official publication of the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1915 to 1970. It succeeded the earlier, and privately owned, Woman's Exponent, which was begun in 1872. The magazine was an important publishing outlet for Utah women, and was run by women editors. The founding editor, Susa Young Gates, edited the magazine from 1915 to 1922.

The December 1970 issue of the Relief Society Magazine was its last. The LDS Church discontinued the magazine as part of the implementation of the Priesthood Correlation Program. Thus, the magazine, and several others within the church, was replaced by the Ensign.[2]


Associate Editors[edit]


Statistics come from "A History of the Relief Society Magazine."[3]

Year Subscribers
1930 26,509
1931 24,956
1932 20,012
1933 24,157
1935 35,899
1937 41,721
1941 55,500
1943 57,000
1945 73,000
1947 83,000
1967 260,000

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The guides and bulletins of 1914, although not officially part of the magazine, were bound as the first volume. See "About the Relief Society Magazine Index".
  2. ^ Sharp, Marianne Clark, "Editorial: Facing Forward", Relief Society Magazine, December 1970, pp. 894-95.
  3. ^ Mann, Patricia Ann (August 1971), A History of the Relief Society Magazine, 1914-1970, Master's thesis, Provo, Utah: Department of Communications, Brigham Young University


External links[edit]

This BYU Library holds one of the largest collections of the magazine.

  • An index to poetry and prose in the Relief Society Magazine is available through the Mormon Literature and Creative Arts Database of Brigham Young University.