Eliza Roxcy Snow is one of the best known LDS woman pioneers. She's known as Zion's Poetess because of her beautiful poetry. One of the most amazing things about her is that she was well educated in a time when women really weren't educated, it was just something that was important to her and to her parents for her to be educated. That allowed her to work as a teacher first in Kirtland, later in Nauvoo and Salt Lake City. This allowed her to be a surrogate mother to many children when she was unable to have children of her own. I'm sure it was a great comfort to her in her childless years to be able to be around and influencing so many youngsters. I have always had a special place in my heart for Eliza, but never more so than after our trip to Nauvoo last summer. Eliza was depicted in the pageant that the LDS Church puts on in Nauvoo very prominently. I love that she's one of the main characters. The young lady who played her last year was just amazing too! She brought me a whole new appreciation of this wonderful woman, as did reading this book about her!
Labels: Jill Mulvay Derr, Karen Lynn Davidson, LDS non-fiction