Women of Faith in the Latter Days: Volume 3: 1846-1870

by Richard E. Turley, Jr., Brittany Chapman Nash

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Women of faith volume 3

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This groundbreaking series tells the stories of women in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints whose lives of faith and dedication deserve emulation. Each chapter recounts a woman's trials, triumphs, and testimony, often in her own words.

Volume 3 features women born between 1846 and 1870 and includes well-known women and other publicly unknown. Their lifespans range from the era of the Mormon pioneers to the beginnings of the space age. Al these women knew pioneer life firsthand. Many also experienced the gradual transition to modern life and the expansion of the Church to far-flung parts of the globe.

Here you will encounter such diverse women as Martha Hughes Cannon, the first female state senator in the United States; Tsune Ishida Nachie, and early Japanese convert and dedicated missionary; Ellis Reynolds Shipp, a medical doctor in early Utah; Mere Mete Whaanga, a leading Maori who migrated to Utah; general Relief Society presidents Sarah Louisa Yates Robison and Clarissa Smith Williams; and Cohn Shoshonitz Zundel, a Shoshone women who lived nearly fifty years as a widow.

The faith these women exhibited as they rejoiced in blessings and dealt with struggles provides a model for us in facing our own challenges as we strive to build lives of faith today.

Additional biographies of Latter-day Saint women of faith born between 1846 and 1870 are available in the eBook edition of this volume.

About the Authors

Richard E. Turley, Jr.

Richard E. Turley, Jr., Assistant Church Historian and Recorder for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is a member of the editorial board of the Church Historian's Press, which publishes The Joseph Smith Papers and other highly-acclaimed works of Church history. He is the author or co-author of several books, including How We Got the Book of Mormon and How We Got the Doctrine and Covenants, with William W. Slaughter; Massacre at Mountain Meadows, with Ronald W. Walker and Glen M. Leonard; Stories from the Life of Joseph Smith, with Lael Littke; and Victims: The LDS Church and the Mark Hofmann Case. In addition, he is the coeditor of the series Women of Faith in the Latter Days, with Brittany A. Chapman, and general editor of the print volumes of The Journals of George Q. Cannon. He and his wife, Shirley, live in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Brittany Chapman Nash

Brittany Chapman Nash is a historian in the Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her background is focused on women during the Victorian era.

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Inspired by our Sisters
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

The women of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have an impressive legacy. I have always known there were many great women in our history. Bits of their stories have been woven into the lessons I have both taught and been taught over the years but I have never found more extensive biographies except for a few well-known women. I have long wished that more of their stories were published.

And now, with Deseret Book’s Women of Faith in the Latter Days series, my wish has been granted many times over. I was recently offered the opportunity to review the third volume in what will be a seven-volume series. This book contains 23 biographies of strong and valiant Latter-day Saint women born between 1846 and 1870.

In perusing the table of contents (to see who was featured in the book as each woman has her own chapter), I found a few names I recognized and started my journey through women’s LDS history there. Yes, I do confess to bouncing around and not reading them in any particular order—and with this book, that works just fine.

The lives of these women are inspiring to me. To see all they accomplished, how they overcame tragedy and trials—and how they kept their faith and magnified their lives and their callings humbles me and makes me proud to call them sister. Their stories also remind me that I can—and must—do better and be better.

And their accomplishments range far beyond missionary service and church callings. An early doctor, our country’s first female state senator, teachers, writers, mothers, pioneers all—in both the literal and more philosophical sense.

Though these 23 women came from varied backgrounds and experiences, the common thread s of faith, endurance and purpose are woven through all their stories. I am so happy to see that more of the stories of our sisters are being preserved and shared. This series should happily find a place in the library of any scholar of LDS history—and of American women’s history.

Great examples of women!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This is an interesting time period because these women were born during the Mormon pioneer handcart trek to Utah. So they were born in Utah, crossed the plains as small children, or came to Utah when they were older which includes by train. We are familiar with many stories of the women who crossed the plains, but these are their children as well as others who joined the church.

These women also lived through the turn of the century. So much changed in America during that time! These women not only lived pioneer lives in the newly established Utah territory, but also participated in women's suffrage movements, women's councils, lived through world wars, and modernized women lifestyles.

I also really like that the stories about the different women are written by different people so each is it's own story and different things in each woman's life are highlighted. These women are great examples to all of us! They accomplished so much, but were also faithful LDS women and many had families that they were also devoted to.

By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I really enjoyed reading this book, even more than I expected. Not only was it inspiring in showing how the highlighted women overcame challenges in their lives, but that despite the difference in their circumstances and mine, the same gospel principals apply equally well. I was surprised at how much I had in common with some of these ladies. A really fabulous read not only in terms of a look at the historical aspects but also the faith-filled aspects of these women's lives as well.

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