A Summer with Great-Aunt Rose

by Salvador Alvarez, Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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When eleven-year-old Eva is sent to stay with her great-aunt Rose for the summer, she can think of a thousand reasons why she does not want to be there. But as the summer progresses, she discovers that Great-Aunt Rose had learned some things about life that have made her the happiest person Eva has ever known.

The story of Eva's discovery is contained in President Dieter F. Uchtdorf's insightful parable originally delivered at the October 2015 general women's session of general conference. With charming full-color illustrations by fine artist Salvador Alvarez (the creator of Joy in the Journey, the pioneer-girl painting referred to by President Uchtdorf), this modern-day parable will teach and uplift women of all ages and life situations.

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PublishedDeseret Book 2016
Size6 x 7.5

About the Authors

Salvador Alvarez

Salvador Alvarez has been an artist his whole life. As a young man he studied under Sebastian Capella in oil painting and drawing, and Stanahous Sowinski in watercolor. Later he was awarded a full scholarship to the master's program at the New York Academy of Art. He is currently working on the "Joy in the Journey" pioneer collection.

Visit the artist and view more of his painting at www.SalvadorAlvarez.com

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Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf was called as Second Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on February 3, 2008, and served in that position until January 2018. He was sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in October 2004. He has served as a General Authority since April 1994.

Prior to his calling as a General Authority, Elder Uchtdorf was the senior vice president of flight operations and chief pilot of Lufthansa German Airlines.

Elder Uchtdorf was born in 1940 in what is now the Czech Republic. He grew up in Zwickau, Germany, where his family joined the Church in 1947. He and his wife, Harriet Reich Uchtdorf, are the parents of two children and have six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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By , Submitted on 2017-02-15

This beautifully told story comes from a conference talk, but the book is so cute and I believe it has extra little details- or maybe I just didn't catch them all in conference. It has beautiful illustrations (including the painting mentioned in the story. This book is not made for children but I read it to my kids (all under 5) in three settings. It was too long to hold their attention span so we broke it up a bit. They enjoyed it. I would recommend for 12 year-old children and up. Teens and adults would probably get the most out of it. I would recommend this book to others, it was excellent!

A beautiful gift book version of a wonderful story.
By , Submitted on 2016-08-01

While this talk can be found for free on the lds.org website, Deseret Book has done a beautiful job turning the story into a beautiful gift book. The inclusion of the painting that is mentioned in the story is a particularly nice touch. The rest of the illustrations in the book are by the same artist as the painting (see cover) and are beautifully done. The illustrations and decorations make this a truly gorgeous book. But of course the story told within is what makes the book so powerful. This is a book that I will read over and over again as I remind myself of the multiple meanings contained in President Uchtdorf's beautiful parable.

Eva is sent to visit her Great-Aunt Rose while her mother recovers from surgery. Eva is not excited to go and worries a great deal about her mother. Once things with her mother settle down a bit, Eva starts to notice things about her Great-Aunt Rose that puzzle her a bit. Gospel principles are shared between Eva and Rose once Eva works up the nerve to ask her the questions that have puzzled her.

This is a wonderful gift book for those who enjoy a more permanent reminder of the wonderful things this parable has to share.

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