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!
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.
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
"The First Fifty Years of Relief Society"
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
” 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
” (See D&C 25.) She was promised “a crown of