Sarah Granger Kimball Home
LOCATION: Commerce Street off of Young Street
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Hiram Kimball bought this home in Commerce before the Latter-day Saints arrived.
It was in this home that the idea for the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo was born. Sarah Granger Kimball, wife of Hiram Kimball, was an affluent young married woman who opened her beautiful home for social and religious gatherings. She organized a Ladies Society to sew shirts for the men working on the temple. Eliza R. Snow was asked to write a constitution for the society, which she did. When it was shown to Joseph Smith, he said it was the best he had ever seen, but that the Lord had something better for the sisters of the Church.
On March 17, 1842, Joseph organized the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo under the direction of the priesthood. Today, the Relief Society has become the oldest and largest women’s organization in the world, and blesses the lives of women in many nations.
Sarah Kimball was a strong-minded woman who believed in the worth and dignity of all women. She served as a Relief Society President in Salt Lake City for forty years, and was the first president of the Utah Suffrage Association. Because of her contribution to the women of the Church, this home, one of the earliest existing structures in Nauvoo, was restored and dedicated on March 17, 1982, one hundred and forty years after the Relief Society was organized.
At the dedication, Barbara B. Smith, General President of the Relief Society said, “We hope women will understand that within their own homes, things can happen that can have great significance in the Church and in the world.”
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