First Primary and Relief Society Organizations
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Humble Beginnings of Primary and Relief Society Organization
 
Being a mother of a couple of toddlers who needed gospel teaching, Maxine Grimm initiated a Primary class in her home in the late 1950s with only her two children as members. She invited other children in the neighborhood to join them even though they were not members of the Church. That’s how Primary began in the Philippines.
 
Prior to her call as the first District Primary president in September of 1962, Maxine Grimm organized many Primary presentations, including an Easter program and a 4th of July parade. She weekly sent two cars to pick up children who were attending at the Taft Avenue Building (Manila-Sangley Branch), but within two months, too many Primary children were attending to be transported that they had to hold the Primary back in the Branch.
 
In 1964, Mission Primary President Virginia Quealy received a banner of recognition from the General Primary Board in acknowledgment of the growth of Primary attendance in the mission. 
 
At around the same time, Relief Society was also being organized. Again, Maxine Grimm played a significant role in those early years. She brought Relief Society magazines for the sisters to read; played with her pump organ in all the meetings she attended; and shared invaluable experience and enthusiasm in all their activities.
 
In 1961, Luzon District Relief Society was formally organized with Daphne Sharp as its first Relief Society president. They formed a choir that provided music during conferences and called themselves “The Singing Sisters.” Much like the sisters in our day, their favorite activities included cooking using various recipes; becoming self-reliant; and visiting teaching.