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Eliza Snow documents published

Post by DarkJedi » 17 Jul 2020, 05:12

I saw this earlier this week in church news and didn't want it to go unnoticed. Discourses of Eliza R. Snow have been published online by the church. Here's the release news article:
https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.or ... hed-online

I think this is important because she did much more than write some hymns. She was a very important early leader and not only in RS. From the article:
Eliza R. Snow, second general president of the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was a prolific speaker and the most influential Latter-day Saint woman of her time. She taught religious doctrine, emphasized practical principles, shared her political opinions, and conveyed love and encouragement for church members in nearly twelve hundred discourses given from 1840 to 1887 in western Illinois and throughout Utah and Idaho territories. Her discourses, captured by scores of secretaries, clerks, and editors in hundreds of record books and newspaper articles, are gathered and published together here for the first time. As an active participant in the church’s formative period, secretary of the original Relief Society, and a plural wife and close associate of both Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, Snow spoke with authority on church doctrine and history. Church members relied on her words for instruction and inspiration. Today her words are much more than quaint relics: they open a wide window into the life and personality of an important American religious figure and into a half century of Latter-day Saint history and culture. They also provide insight into key church doctrine.
Here is a link to the discourses themselves:

https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/e ... w?lang=eng
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Post by Roy » 19 Jul 2020, 08:51

Wonderful! Thank you for sharing!
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Re: Eliza Snow documents published

Post by Minyan Man » 19 Jul 2020, 09:11

Wouldn't it be interesting to have her teaching used in the PH lesson.
Similar to "Teachings of Presidents of the Church" series.

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Post by Curt Sunshine » 23 Jul 2020, 18:58

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Post by SamBee » 16 Oct 2020, 06:06

Eliza Snow is easily one of the most underrated people in LDS history. I'd rather study her, warts and all, than Boyd K. Packer.
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