The Witness of Women

by Jennifer Reeder, Janiece Johnson

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Latter-day Saint women actively participated in the Restoration, and their voices and testimonies need to be included in Church history. The Witness of Women helps accomplish that. Teachers, parents, gospel scholars, and every member seeking a connection with the women of our past will relish discovering the vital role that women played in the Restoration.

Through short, first-person experiences and testimonies helpfully organized by topic, readers will now be ale to learn directly from women who witnessed and participated in the Restoration. As you read their words, you'll be able to:

  • Draw on their witness of the Book of Mormon and experiences with the Prophet Joseph Smith to strengthen your own conviction.
  • Learn to handle adversity by seeing how they coped with severe trials.
  • Gain greater understanding from their insights about Jesus Christ, revelation, priesthood, the temple, education, and other timeless topics.
  • Share women's experiences and testimonies in lessons, talks, and at home.

We know that women were there every step of the way from Palmyra to the Salt Lake Valley and beyond. Now you can come to personally know those women through their own inspiring words.

About the Authors

Jennifer Reeder

Jennifer Reeder is the nineteenth-century women’s history specialist at the Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She holds a PhD in American history from George Mason University.

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Janiece Johnson

Janiece Johnson is a transplanted Bay Area, California, native who loves history, design, art, good food, and traveling. She has master's degrees in American religious history and theology from Brigham Young University and Vanderbilt's Divinity School, respectively. After working as a historian in the LDS Church History Department for several years, she returned to school to complete doctoral work at the University of Leicester in England. Janiece has published work in women's and religious history—specializing in Mormon history and the Mountain Meadows Massacre. She is the general editor of the Mountain Meadows Massacre Legal Papers (University of Oklahoma Press, 2017). she is currently a visiting professor in religious education at Brigham Young University-Idaho.

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Bringing Gender Balance to Mormon History
By , Submitted on 2017-05-27

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.

You won't want to put it down
By , Submitted on 2017-02-08

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

The perfect resource to enhance your personal study
By , Submitted on 2017-01-09

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!

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