Older sisters are to be respected in the ecclesia as “mothers” and as such are to “teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed”. It is this spirit that motivated Sister Roberts to write the article above. Older sisters may be interested to read her opening comments to the articles wherein she explains her purpose and motivation to write as she has.

My Dear Sisters and Young Friends, if circumstances had admitted of it, I should have liked very much to have visited you each one separately—to have had a serious talk with you. I have not the time at my disposal to do this, nor the strength, if I had the time, for it would be a very considerable undertaking now to visit all of even the younger sisters. We have become such a numerous people. It is perhaps because we are so numerous, that it is difficult for us all to know each other, and still more difficult to pass much time in each other’s society, so as to really benefit and influence each other. I have often felt very sorry for my young sisters when I have thought of their responsibility, and of the great importance of their realizing while young, the great—the unspeakably great—matters to which they stand related in the gospel. I have often felt very sorry when I have looked round upon so many young faces, that I have not been able to carry out the purpose I formed at the beginning of this year—to gather them, or as many of them as could come, together once a week, that we might talk over the matters and duties pertaining to our hope, and exercise ourselves in the contemplation of these most weighty matters in such a way as to practically influence and assist the young sisters in carrying out the principles and precepts of the truth. The idea would have been to find out by our readings and studies, the essentials and necessities pertaining thereto, in the hope of being thereby helped in the work of preparing ourselves for presentation to the Lord at his coming. Not having been able to do this, I thought it might be of some little service if I could now, at the close of the year, put down a few of the thoughts which frequently occur to me, and, through Brother Roberts, give you the benefit of them in a more public way than it would otherwise be possible for me to do.