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'All I have to give to the poor I will give to this society.'

Adjacent to the Historic Nauvoo Visitors’ Center is the Monument to Women Memorial Garden. Brick walkways, flowers, shrubs, and trees blend into a simple pattern consistent with the mood of Nauvoo’s historic restoration.

Sponsor of the two-acre memorial is the women’s Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. One of the oldest and most active women’s organizations in the world, the Relief Society was formed on March 17, 1842, in Nauvoo. Starting with eighteen women, the society has now expanded around the world.

'Woman' is the central statue of the Garden

In an age of heightened interest in the role of women, the Nauvoo garden of sculptures is dedicated to women of the past, present, and future. The statues, which were dedicated in 1978, identify some of the significant dimensions of a woman’s life.

The memorial consists of a heroic central sculpture of a woman, enhanced by twelve life-sized figures expressing the widely varied nature of women’s vital roles in society. The display may well be the largest commissioned display of sculpture in the world dedicated to women.

The circular flow of the pathways is symbolic of the Latter-day Saint view of the encompassing, never-ending reality of life on earth and in the hereafter. Each statue is given a title and an inscription:

 Joseph and Emma Smith


“…All I have to give to the poor I shall give to this Society.”
Minutes of the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo—March 17, 1842
Florence Peterson Hansen, Sculptor

Woman

“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies….Strength and honor are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.”
Proverbs 31:10
Dennis Smith, Sculptor

Woman in Prayer

“Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good.”
Alma 17:37
Dennis Smith, Sculptor

Woman Learning

“…Yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith.”
D & C 88:110
Dennis Smith, Sculptor

Compassionate Woman

“She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.”
Proverbs 31:20
Dennis Smith, Sculptor

Woman and Her Talents

“…If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report, or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.”
Thirteen Article of Faith
Dennis Smith, Sculptor

Courtship for Eternity

“…neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man in the Lord.”
1 Corinthians 11:11
Dennis Smith, Sculptor

In the Family Circle

“And they shall also teach their children to pray, and walk uprightly before the Lord.”
D & C 68:28
Dennis Smith, Sculptor

In Her Mother’s Footsteps

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Proverbs 22:6
Dennis Smith, Sculptor

Joyful Moment

“Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord…”
Psalm 127:3
Dennis Smith, Sculptor

Preparing Her Son

“My son, keep they father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother.”
Proverbs 6:20
Dennis Smith, Sculptor

Teaching with Love

“…Seek ye earnestly the best gifts, always remembering for what they are given.”
D & C 46:8
Florence Peterson Hansen, Sculptor

Fulfillment

“Her children rise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.”
Proverbs 31:28
Dennis Smith, Sculptor

 

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