News Release

Hundreds Join Women for Peace Walkathon

Women play a pivotal role in the upbringing of a healthy society

Close to one thousdand people from Malaysia assembled at 6:30 a.m. near Taman Jaya Park on Saturday June 13, 2015. They came together as participants in a walkathon organized by the Women's Wing of The Pure Life Society. Women from all walks of life brought their husbands, their children, their family and their friends  to celebrate the power of women around the world.

Local female members of the Relief Society the women's organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, recruited over 500 participants for the Saturday morning fund raising event entitled "Women for Peace". Sources say the Relief Society is "one of the oldest and largest women's organizations in the world", hosting over 6 million members in 170 countries across the world.

The scriptural declaration “Charity Never Faileth” became the motto of Relief Society because it embraces these teachings and the charge a modern day Prophet had given the Relief Society sisters to “relieve the poor” and to “save souls.” These foundational principles have been embraced by Relief Society sisters throughout the world, for such is the nature of the work of Relief Society.

The mission of Relief Society includes increasing personal faith and righteousness, strengthening homes and families and seeking out and helping those in need. Today, the Relief Society creates a sisterhood for women in the Church and opportunities for rendering service to all members of the congregation, as well as to the global community. The Relief Society women pair together to visit other sisters and families in the congregation to offer service and support as well as to ensure that their temporal and spiritual needs are being met. Local Relief Society presidencies in congregations throughout the world work to help those who have special needs because of old age, physical or emotional illness, emergencies, births, deaths, disability, loneliness and other challenges. They also work to help foster self-reliance, literacy and other needed skills for individuals.

Boyd K. Packer, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and a senior Church leader said, "This great circle of sisters will be a protection for each of you and for your families. The Relief Society might be likened to a refuge—the place of safety and protection—the sanctuary of ancient times. You will be safe within it. It encircles each sister like a protecting wall."

Mother Mangalam, the Life President of The Pure Life Society, which provides a refuge for children, and others seeking spiritual development, said in her opening prayer for Saturdays event, " We beseech Thy blessings on the female entity. The entity which plays it's beautiful part in life; as a Daughter, as a Wife, as a Mother and ending her journey on earth as the Grand Dame of the Family. Oh Lord of mercy and love, grant us our humble request to have Thee as our guide."

Indeed, as one watched beautiful women of all ages, races, and religious backgrounds walking the streets near Taman Jaya Park, it was clear they all were striving to have God as their guide as they joined one another as "Women for Peace".


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