“Emma Smith as an ‘Elect Lady’ and the Relief Society Rooted in Revelation and Power”

By Fiona Givens

In the first verse of his second letter, the apostle, John, addresses “the choice Kyria” and “her children.” 1 The Greek title, Kyria (Lady) is from the same root word as Kyrie—Lord—as in Christ, addressed in the expression:“Kyrie eleison” – Lord, have mercy (upon us). In all likelihood, therefore, the Lady is a title, expressing …

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