I want to wish all of you fabulous mothers out there a Happy Mother’s Day! What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than to talk about a great book about the divine nature of women.
You may remember last August when I wrote a review for The Beginning of Better Days. It was such a fabulous book that still, nearly a year after reading it, invites me to ponder the heavenly gift of being a woman, the role of the priesthood in my life, my partnership with my husband, and what it means to be of service to others.
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.”