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The Beginning of Better Days: Divine Instruction to Women from the Prophet Joseph Smith by [Dew, Sheri, Virginia H. Pearce]
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About the Author

Sheri Dew is a native of Ulysses, Kansas, and a graduate of Brigham Young University. She has authored several books, including the biographies of two presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Presidents Gordon B. Hinckley and Ezra Taft Benson. Her most recent books are God Wants a Powerful People and Saying It Like It Is. Sheri was named the president and CEO of Deseret Book Company in March 2002. She also serves as a member of both the BYU Marriott School of Managements National Advisory Council and the Presidents Leadership Council for BYU-Hawaii. In March 2003 the White House appointed her as a member of the U.S. Delegation to the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls at the United Nations. Virginia Hinckley Pearce is the author of the bestselling book A Heart Like His: Making Space for Gods Love in Your Life, and has edited and coauthored several additional books, including Glimpses into the Life and Heart of Marjorie Pay Hinckley. She has served as a counselor in the Young Women general presidency and on the general Primary board of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She and her husband, the late James R. Pearce, have six children and twenty-six grandchildren.

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  • File Size: 511 KB
  • Print Length: 134 pages
  • Publisher: Deseret Book (September 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008RCMLUU
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Format: Hardcover
If you have ever wanted to read doctrine specifically just for us, as women, then you need to read The Beginning of Better Days: Divine Instructions to Women from the Prophet Joseph Smith. For many years we have heard references from these teachings, but now we have access to all of the words that the Prophet Joseph gave to the women of the church in 1842. The book starts with two essays, one from Virginia H. Pearce and the other from Sheri Dew. Sister Pearce's essay is full of many of her life's experiences and feels very personal. Sister Dew's talk reads more like a class where we are given many specific details about The Prophet Joseph and what he taught the women of the church. At the end of the book we finally find the six lectures given to the women. These lectures are in the form of notes that were taken by Sister Eliza R. Snow. I love how on these pages there are four empty lines on each page, where you the reader, can take your own notes. I loved the advice given by Sister Pearce, she said:

"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.
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I love this book. I have purchased 3 copies as gifts, I've got one hardback for myself and I have it on my Kindle. It is a great reference and the authors perspectives (both of them) are wonderful. It is a must read for every LDS woman and a wonderful insight into the history of the Relief Society for anyone interested in the beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
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Virginia H. Pearce and Sheri Dew really covered how Joseph Smith loved and Cared about the Sisters of the church. I loved how Joseph wanted the women of the church to have a voice and be heard when it came to the concerns of the church. I loved how Both Virginia and Sheri shared their own experiences in being in the presidency of the Relief Society. This book really is about sisterhood, helping and loving others. I love how at the end of the book it talks about how the Relief Society was started and why it's called Relief Society. I feel that everyone should read this book.
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While I find the historical writings of early church leaders interesting, if you want to read them, do so somewhere else. Both Dew and Pearce say multiple times that their words don't matter as much as Smith's, and that they feel unworthy to interpret them. I find it sad that these women have such a lack of confidence in themselves and their opinions, and this lack of confidence seems to have prevented them from studying as deeply as they could have before writing. Instead of focusing on context, they seem more interested in proving the modern church true by attempting to show a continuity between the early and modern church that does not exist. The temple ordinances they talk about were very different when they were first constructed than they are now. The role of women and their use of priesthood has also changed. Instead of tracking these changes, Dew and Pearce act as though they do not exist.

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.
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This was the perfect follow-up to reading Daughters in My Kingdom as well as a biography on Eliza R. Snow. I was eager to read Joseph's sermons to the early Relief Society, so I skipped to the back and read the Minutes first. I was surprised that I wasn't overly impressed by much. It's hard to read someone else's notes on what a speaker said and glean a lot from it at first. I felt like I didn't understand most of the context. Then I went back and read the two essays at the beginning and am now more eager to study more about the priesthood in relation to women and in particular myself (as suggested by Sheri Dew). I enjoyed Virginia Pearce's comments, especially the note that doing dishes and laundry is part of the eternal plan if we think of it as creating a house of order. But I definitely got the most out of Sheri Dew's essay. She presented many questions for pondering. It definitely helped me better understand Joseph's sermons. I will be re-reading and studying this book. It has left many impressions upon my heart, most especially thoughts on the temple
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