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'I'll be perfectly safe'

In Holland during World War II the district Relief Society president, Gertrude Zippro, "walked with God" in the darkness many nights to love and serve her sisters. Her story, like so many found in Daughters in My Kingdom, is instructive to women today. Sister Zippro's son John wrote some of his mother's story as she visited each branch within the mission regularly to provide temporal relief and spiritual sustenance. He said: "It became necessary for my mother to have identification in order for her to safely visit the various branches of the Relief Societies. ... Curfew was imposed and many guard or sentries were posted on major thoroughfares. If you had no business in a particular area, you were stopped and searched, and many times your possessions were taken from you - such as bicycles. It became increasingly dangerous to be out at night as the occupation continued for five years, and many women were molested or raped. ... Can you imagine my mother braving those circumstances and going out at night on her bike many times, to visit another branch? No matter how she felt or what the circumstances, she would take care of her obligation. What a great woman and leader she was! There is no doubt in my mind now that she was hand-picked by the Lord to be the Relief Society president at that time.

"One night as she was returning home by train the shooting started. The train stopped immediately and the people jumped out, including Mother. She crouched at the side of the tracks, making herself as small as possible, lying there in the cold, wet and muddy ditch, with bullets striking all around. One can imagine her fright. I wonder if she even thought about what she [had] told us - 'Do not worry. I'll be perfectly safe.'

"She must have had complete trust in the Lord to go time after time under those conditions, not knowing what problems she would encounter ... to keep the work of Relief Society moving along" (Daughters in My Kingdom</ i>, pp. 76-77).