With Mother's Day approaching, it seems like a great time to introduce a new book called The Beginning of Better Days, published by Deseret Book. It's a collection of notes taken by Eliza R. Snow, from talks by Joseph Smith to women, with personal insights from Sheri Dew and Virginia H. Pearce.
I have not yet read it, but I am looking forward to it!
Here is a video with some women who HAVE read the book- they share a bit about their experience reading and sharing the book with others through a book club, and their thoughts about the book:
Product Description from DeseretBook.com:
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."
I look forward to checking the book out soon!
Disclosure: I am not being paid for this post. Deseret Book will provide a copy of the book to me in exchange for sharing it on my blog.