"WOMEN OF FAITH IN THE LATTER DAYS: Volume 2, 1821-1845," edited by Richard E. Turley Jr. and Brittany A. Chapman, Deseret Book, $34.99, 491 pages (nf)
A series of books honoring women of faith and dedication in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has now released its second volume.
The second volume of "Women of Faith in the Latter Days" features women born between 1821 and 1845. Their stories, often told in the women's own words, describe their trials, triumphs and testimonies.
Each biography was submitted by a contributor and edited by Richard E. Turley Jr. and Brittany A. Chapman of the LDS Church History Department.
"We express our undying gratitude to the women who are the subject of these chapters and whose lives are a monument to their faith and sacrifice," the editors wrote in the book's preface.
Because these women lived during a period when Latter-day Saint leaders encouraged Saints to gather in Utah, these stories include accounts of the trek to the Rocky Mountains and the settlement of new communities in the West.
The book includes such well-known figures as women's rights advocate Emmeline B. Wells and Relief Society General President Zina D.H. Young, but also a convert of African descent who walked from New York to Nauvoo, a London seamstress who survived the events that befell the ill-fated Martin Handcart Company, a Norwegian native determined to support her family amidst famine, and an Australian Saint shipwrecked en route to Zion.
"The stories are rich and incredible," Chapman said.
"We have had women of faith throughout the history of the church, not just the first generation," Turley said. "This second volume, which is as strong or possibly stronger than the first volume, confirms that fact."
Because there were almost twice as many submissions as the book could fit, additional chapters have been posted online at deseretbook.com.
Subsequent volumes will follow at about one-year intervals, and each will cover a 25-year time span: Volume 3 from 1846-1870, Volume 4 from 1871-1895, Volume 5 from 1896-1920, Volume 6 from 1921-1945 and Volume 7 from 1946 to 1970.
The deadline for Volume 4 submissions is June 1. To make a submission, visit www.ldswomenoffaith.org.
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