The Church Historian's Press book 'The First Fifty Years of Relief Society' receives several honors

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  • Seagull Suz Sandy, UT
    Nov. 14, 2017 8:12 a.m.

    I love this book and the insights into the lives of and contributions to the world by Mormon women. Wouldn't it be marvelous if one day this book would be included in our Sunday School course of study!

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Nov. 13, 2017 12:57 p.m.

    I think temple ordinances precede this dispensation so it's not really accurate, if that be so, to attribute any part of temple ordinances to Joseph Smith. At any rate it is God who directs through a prophet.

    The books sounds an interesting and important work. What probably goes beyond the scope and purpose of this book, I imagine, is the potential for good and ill of women everywhere. I would like to hear an objective account of the influence, not only of Emma Smith but also Eliza Snow, and of Martin Harris's wife and others whose influence may either help or hinder. I think that may be useful to both understanding and personal development. I know it kicks the trend a bit but we have been asked to defy the consensus. Much has been said by latter-day prophets about people of each gender, their strengths and weaknesses.

  • Jerrod Guddat Rexburg, ID
    Nov. 13, 2017 11:06 a.m.

    I love this primary source book and all of the painstaking work that went in to its production. And I sincerely love my wife who purchased it for me for my birthday! This is a must-have work for anyone serious about LDS Church history. I routinely reference it in discussions about women's issues in Church history. :-)

  • ssev Maple Grove, MN
    Nov. 13, 2017 7:57 a.m.

    "The First Fifty Years of Relief Society"… ‘demonstrates the power of transparency and the church's commitment to transparency," co-editor Matthew Grow, director of publications for the Church History Department, said . …’ [T]he book depicts the lives of early Mormon women. …”

    The Prophet Joseph Smith did many things to support the power and authority of women.

    In the LDS Temple Endowment, Joseph had both women and men clothed in the robes of the Holy Priesthood. He intended that the all-female Relief Society would be a forum that institutionalized female equality with men.

    He ordained his wife Emma in “the office of thy calling” to be the prophet’s scribe and was “ordained under his hand to expound scriptures, and to exhort the church, according as it shall be given thee by my Spirit. For he shall lay his hands upon thee … And it shall be given thee, also, to make a selection of sacred hymns, as it shall be given thee, which is pleasing unto me, to be had in my church. …” (See D&C 25.) She was promised “a crown of righteousness . …”