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Some years ago, a young woman read her great-grandmother's journal. Afterward she mused:
'I wish I could be close beside you tonight, Grandmother, and have you tell me first-hand of the things I am reading in your journal. You were a young bride when you left Nauvoo, full of love, life, and romance...Great-Grandmother, you are a heroic woman to me and others like you have and will forever inspire us of this later generation. I would not want to trade this age for yours, Grandmother, but I would barter for some of the peace and quiet of your day that I might tread more surely through the years. I have gained new strength and a faith that will help me to carry on because of those things you told me in your journal. If only I can know more surely my origin and destiny as a woman, I, too, might be heroic and inspiring to generations yet unborn.'
So begins Ivan J. Barrett's book, Heroic Mormon Women. Brother Barrett has gathered some of the most inspiring true stories ever told of heroic women in Church History. Some stories are of little-known Mormon women, such as black heroine, Jane Elizabeth Manning James. Other names you will easily recognize such as Lucy and Emma Smith. The author gives new insights into their lives and trials that will more surely establish each of these women worthy of your emulation.
This book has been written for all women who yearn for inner peace and seek strength to tread more surely through these difficult times.
About the Author
Ivan J. Barrett was an author, professor, and historian of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Barrett was born in Mendon, Utah. He received his bachelor’s degree from Utah State University and his masters degree from Brigham Young University. Barrett was a longtime employee of the Church Educational System filling many positions, including starting the first LDS Seminary in Nevada. Barrett was a religion professor at Brigham Young University for 40 years. Barrett served as a branch president, bishop, district president, stake president and patriarch. He was also president of the Northwestern States Mission from 1964 to 1966. Barrett and his wife, Minnie were the parents of five daughters. Barrett passed away in 1999.