From the back of the book: How important are women in the restored Church of Jesus Christ? We learn something about the answer to that question from a simple historical fact: In 1842, the Prophet Joseph Smith took time to attend several meetings of the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo and give personal instruction to the women there. He did this at a time of great personal turmoil, when persecutions were raging and his responsibilities were heavy. He did it at a time when society barely acknowledged women as having any kind of status at all. On six separate occasions, he taught the women personally about their privileges, their opportunities, their obligations, and the blessings the Lord had in store for them in His kingdom.
The Beginning of Better Days includes Joseph Smith's six timeless sermons to the women of Nauvoo, along with personal essays from Sheri Dew and Virginia H Pearce that help us better understand the sermons and their relevance for Latter-day Saint women today "We have attempted to share a little about our own processes of discovery regarding the sermons," write the authors. "This is what worked for us. What works for you may be similar-or it may be completely different. The important thing is to dig in."
I was really excited to read this one, my first thought was Sheri Dew, Joseph Smith and Virginia Pearce, that book is a must read! I was completely right! I really enjoyed the beginning essays by Virginia Pearce and Sheri Dew. I loved their insights into womanhood in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I loved how they talked about their lives and experiences they've had that have strengthened their testimonies. I loved their explanations of what Joseph Smith talked to the women about in Nauvoo and why he would have said the things he did, in their opinion. I also enjoyed being able to read exactly what Joseph Smith said to the women. It was like he was talking to me personally. I gained my own personal insight from this book and even wrote in it, something I almost never do. I loved this book, it would make an amazing gift for any mother!
I bought a copy of this book from Deseret Book, it's also available as an e-book and in stores.
Labels: Joseph Smith, LDS non-fiction, Sheri Dew, Virginia H Pearce