The Beginning of Better Days: Divine Instruction to Women from the Prophet Joseph Smith

by Sheri L. Dew, Virginia H. Pearce

The Beginning of Better Days: Divine Instruction to Women from the Prophet Joseph Smith
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How important are women in the restored church of Jesus Christ? We learn something about the answer to the question from a simple historic 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," writes 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."

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The Beginning of Better Days
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I immensely enjoyed this book. Not only was the instruction from the Prophet Joseph beautiful, the words from Sheri Dew and Virginia Pearce were amazing. I took many notes while reading. The thing I learned the most was, to be more charitable.

A Must-Read
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This book moved me to tears. It is beautifully thought-provoking in the way doctrines are presented not only by the prophet, Joseph Smith, but by two modern-day women and early Relief Society sisters who show us the power women have to influence and propel forward, the work of God. I will pour over this book again and again. I highly, highly recommend it!!

I can promise you, if you read this book, you will feel so differently about yourself as a woman.
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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.

I can promise you, if you read this book, you will feel so differently about yourself as a woman. You'll realize how important our work is, as women, in these final days.

I had ancestors that were women in Nauvoo at this time. I have read their histories, and know of their great sacrifices they made for the gospel and their families. This book, and the words of The Prophet Joseph Smith, gives me the courage and inspiration to follow in their footsteps.

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About the Authors

Sheri L. Dew

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 Management’s National Advisory Council and the President’s 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.

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Virginia H. Pearce

Virginia Hinckley Pearce is the author of the bestselling book A Heart Like His: Making Space for God's 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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