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

by Sheri Dew, Virginia H. Pearce

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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."

About the Authors

Sheri Dew

Sheri Dew is a native of Ulysses, Kan­sas, and a graduate of Brigham Young University. She has written a number of 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. She served from 1997 to 2002 as second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency and is CEO of Deseret Book Company and executive vice president of Deseret Management Corporation.

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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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By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Every woman needs to read this book...

Isn't it interesting that as time changes the true values of womanhood and what we need to do to be happy doesn't change?

The Prophet's instruction to the women of the church in the early days still applies to the women of today!

Sheri Dew and Virginia H. Pearce add their insights of what these teachings mean to them and how it has affected their lives during different periods of time.

Wisdom and instructions from the Prophet Joseph Smith to the women of the church...kept for our day by Eliza R. Snow. This is truly a wonderful book to be cherished!

I also LOVE the old-fashion feel of the page edges.

Inspirational as to the importance of women in the church.
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I initially got this book to learn more about the organization of the Relief Society. As I read it I learned so much more. As I read the counsel and teachings of Sister Dew and Sister Pearce as well as the Prophet Joseph Smith my testimony increased and my understanding of my value in the work of the Savior expanded.

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By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

take the time to enjoy. i did and was amazed and touched by each phrase. i did make marks of items to notice for a quick review at another time when needed. oh how i would enjoy sitting down with sheri and virginia and talk with them about this book

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