The tighter threads in fabric are woven together, the stronger the fabric becomes. So it is with women in the Church, said Nicole Erickson, a Church employee and designer of the new book, Daughters in My Kingdom: the History and Work of Relief Society.
"As we work together we are stronger," she said.
That idea is one of the things that influenced the design of the new book, she added.
"A lot of thought and detail went into the book," added Sister Erickson, who worked for nine months on the project.
"We wanted this book to be something that was special and unique for the sisters and something that helped them realize how special and unique they are," she said.
To accomplish this, several design elements were implemented, including:
The corners of the book are rounded.
There is a lot of color in the book.
The book is the same height as the international scriptures.
The book stays open when it is laid flat, making it easier to read.
A fabric/texture design element is featured on each chapter heading page because, in the book, Relief Society is likened to a "fabric of lace spread across the continents" (Daughters in My Kingdom, p. 99).
"Fabric is something that is international," said Sister Erickson. "No matter where you are you wear some kind of clothing or you have some textiles in your home."
She said working on the project changed the way she views herself. "I always knew I was a daughter of Heavenly Father, but I didn't really realize what that meant," she said. "I know now after working on this book that He will take care of me no matter what."
She also sees other women differently now. "I see them as strong daughters of God with great power and potential to do great things on this earth."
Relief Society, she said, "is a group of women who are organized or come together wherever they may be to help those around them, to help themselves better understand the gospel and to better themselves so they can help their families and their communities."