At a time in her life when she was looking forward to being a full-time grandmother to her five, soon-to-be-sixth, grandchild, Louise Hawk of Buena Park, has been called to serve as the local President of the Relief Society organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
What began as a plan for a small sewing society in Nauvoo, Ill. in 1842, Relief Society has become one of the largest women’s organizations in the world.The purpose of Relief Society is to help women increase faith, strengthen families and provide relief to those in need.
Service is not new to Hawk, who served for a short time in a Relief Society presidency in another state.
She also served as the President of the Young Women’s organization twice, and in five presidencies with the Primary organization, which is for children ages 18-months to their 12th birthday. “My comfort zone is working with the children and youth,” she said. “However, I enjoy so much, the new view of how people in our congregation take such good care of each other and I feel so much joy when I serve; I’m looking forward to getting to know my sisters better. They’re all amazing women who are striving to live the gospel of Jesus Christ.” When asked what she would like to accomplish during her Presidency, Hawk said, “I like to keep things simple. Our focus will be on loving the Lord, loving ourselves and loving each other.”
One of the primary goals of the organization is to seek out opportunities to serve others. In September, the group gathered donations for infants 3-12-months old, which were donated to new mothers of Marine Corps families.
The group is currently gathering fleece for blankets, which will be cut and tied in November for the Homeless Transition Center being constructed in Buena Park.
Hawk will serve with two counselors, Melissa Schultz of Anaheim and Jordan Jenks of Buena Park. Hawk replaces outgoing president Jennie Newman, who served faithfully for more than seven years.
Approximately 150 women are members of the organization within the Buena Park congregation.
For Relief Society information, visit churchofjesuschrist.org./ReliefSociety
The article and photo above were submitted by Vickie Wagstaff.