I am fascinated by the history or the LDS Church and find myself picking up LDS History Books any time I’m in a bookstore that has them. I especially love the books with big beautiful photos, paintings or drawing. Even if you aren’t a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, it is a very interesting topic.
Candice and I were each given the opportunity to review a couple of LDS History books and today, we are sharing them with you. We were provided these books in exchange for our reviews and there are affiliate links in the post.
Voices from the past have and will always captivate me. The stories of the Mormon pioneers as they trekked from Nauvoo, Illinois to the Salt Lake valley are no exception. With trials and triumphs the long walk for many created a tapestry of stories that entertain and teach so many lessons and will touch your soul. Saint’s At Devil’s Gate documents these incredible journeys through impeccable art from the trail and excerpts from the journals and accounts of those brave saints who traveled in faith.
It’s a glimpse into what perhaps inspired the thoughts and emotions of the pioneers as they were fully immersed in nature. Both beautiful and harsh landscapes are depicted and as you read through the book you will find joys and sorrows of those voices of the past. Not just a coffee table book, you will want to read it cover to cover and enjoy the stories as much as the stunning pictures. This will be a book that you will find yourself referencing in conversations and in Sunday school. It’s a grown-up picture book that makes you want to engage in more study of the Mormon trail and the incredible people who walked that path.
AT THE PULPIT: 100 Years of Discourses by Latter Day Saint Women
Did you know that it is actually pretty recent history for ‘allowing’ women to speak or hold any office in any church? There is actual Biblical support for women not speaking in church or holding office. Seriously. I read it one time and was totally surprised.
1 Corinthians 14: 34-35 (KJV)
34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.
35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.
I’m sure there is something or someone between when that was written and now that says otherwise, so don’t think I am writing a post on women’s oppression or rights. I am not. I tell you this to tell you about At the Pulpit, edited by Jennifer Reeder and Kate Holbrook and available today!
This particular LDS History book spans 185 years of discourses given by Latter Day Saint Women. The LDS church permitted public speaking and holding of offices by women before other churches, so there are a lot of wonderful talks dating all the way back to 1831, which was given by Lucy Mack Smith, Joseph Smith’s mother. I’m sure there were others prior to this, but this is the first one related in this particular book.
This book is very interesting to me because it starts out with a history of the women of the church and as you read through the talks, you can see the changes and the constants over time. I can’t imagine the work that went into compiling this book. It is one I’m sure I will use over and over again. If you want a great reference book from so many of the women throughout LDS History, At the Pulpit is the book for you.
If you are interested in learning more in depth history of the Saints of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints please visit: lds.org.