Sunday School teachers may feel some sadness that men's histories dominate the story of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "The Witness of Women" restores balance to the force! This book offers inspiring and important firsthand accounts by Mormon women. These accounts, briefly introduced with pithy and insightful historical context, supplement Sunday School lessons and might well be used in family night. Topics range from eyewitness accounts of the Restoration of the gospel to the sacrifices of time and talents needed to build the Kirtland Temple, as well as the miraculous sightings of angels during the dedication ceremony. Students of Mormon history and teachers of the restored gospel would do well to obtain, annotate, and share these insightful stories.
This is one of the best books I have read this year. Through short quotes and stories, the editors provide more rounded pictures of the early women of the LDS Church. We see their strengths and their struggles.
The excellent topical arranging of the material makes this a great resource for use in church lessons or talks.
Some of the themes of the stories include tthe search for a New Testament-like church, having visions and speaking in tongues, the acceptance of trials, and why they would sacrifice so much to gather to Zion.
Each story is unique, forcing the reader to abandon and prior caricatures of pioneer Saints.
To hear from the authors, check out an interview I did with them on the LDS Perspectives Podcast at http://www.ldsperspectives.com/2016/12/28/women-voices-mormon/.
The Witness of Women is an easy and inspiring read as well as an incredible resource to use in your personal scripture study and lesson preparation as you read and study about nineteenth century women's testimonies and experiences as they chose to act on the promptings of the Spirit in their daily lives. As you read, you will be filled with a sisterly kinship as well as gratitude for the legacy they have left to us to enjoy in the twenty-first century. The author's have made an significant contribution in bringing Voice, Visibility, and Value to LDS Women. I promise it's a must read!