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"You may feel inclined, as I did, to underline those words when you read the Minutes, since we women find ourselves far too often discussing others with less than liberal feelings. Joseph teaches me, warns me, that this is something I am apt to do. Recognizing this, I am armed to make a choice to stop, to pray to be filled with charity and to enlarge my heart toward those whom I might have judged or criticized."
I actually found myself underlining many things throughout the whole book as I was reading it. I also was leaving myself little messages in the side about things that had touched me and that I wanted to remember.Read more ›
Pearce seems blissfully unaware of early church history. She condemns John C. Bennett for telling women God wanted them to sleep with him, yet seems unaware that Joseph Smith did the exact same thing. He went to women, including married women and teenagers, and informed them that God wanted them to marry him. He also kept his other wives a secret from Emma. Pearce condemns Bennett, yet admires Smith.
She also skims over the fact that it was common practice for women to bless each other, suggesting that it only happened in the temple. Historically, women blessed each other outside of the temple up through the early 20th century, until they were told to stop because the men of the church were supposed to step up. Male laziness was addressed by taking power away from women.Read more ›
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Excellent book. Informative and gave me a sense of just how inspired Joseph Smith was and how much he valued womenPublished 21 months ago by Dead Ann
I suppose I expected too much. Given his reputation, I thought I would be reveling in something satisfying with a great climax. Read morePublished 21 months ago by H. Williams
Great historical review of the dealings of a young church, a young prophet, and our all powerful Fod. Thanks for your testimony and for the gospel rolling forth to cover the earth.Published on July 14, 2014 by Ron Burgener
I have really enjoyed reading and learning about the role of women. We are special and different from men. That is the way it was meant to be.Published on January 30, 2014 by Amazon Customer
While I find the historical writings of early church leaders interesting, if you want to read them, do so somewhere else. Read morePublished on November 25, 2013 by DefyGravity
I love the notes by Eliza R Snow on the first Relief Society. The two commentaries by Sheri Dew and Virginia Pearce are awesome.Published on June 13, 2013 by L. Riddle