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In Sacred Loneliness:The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith Part 5: A pair of sisters and Relief Society Leadership

by heather
For those wondering why the wives of Joseph Smith are relevant, besides the fact that Mormon history is really fascinating, go back and read the first part of Part 1.  The more I read about the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the more I feel that if I and was involved in early meetings it would feel very different than the church that I grew up in, so different to feel completely foreign. Speaking in tongues and prophesying was a regular part of church meetings. People Read more [...]

In Sacred Loneliness Part 4: Polyandry, Miracles, an Apostle’s Wife & a Sacred Commitment

by heather
For those wondering why the wives of Joseph Smith are relevant, besides the fact that Mormon history is really fascinating, go back and read the first part of Part 1. In researching about polygamy, it really seems to me, that for those that practiced polygamy it was a great sanctifying thing they did to show their obedience. It was similar to how modern Mormons feel about the Word of Wisdom. It was something that they did that showed their commitment to God, it was something that set them apart Read more [...]

In Sacred Loneliness Part 3: A Levirate Marriage, and A Mother and Daughter

by heather
For those wondering why the wives of Joseph Smith are relevant, besides the fact that Mormon history is really fascinating, go back and read the first part of Part 1. When I was growing up as a youth in the LDS Church I remember someone asking if Joseph Smith practiced polygamy. We were told that no, he didn't really practice it. There were several women who wanted to be sealed to him after he died. It was just like Catholic nuns believe they are married to Jesus, but the only woman that was actually Read more [...]

In Sacred Loneliness Part 2- The Huntington Sisters: Polyandry, the Priesthood, Relief Soceity and Women’s Suffrage

by heather
For those wondering why the wives of Joseph Smith are relevant, besides the fact that Mormon history is really fascinating, go back and read the first part of Part 1. Many people ask the questions 'Why would anyone want to practice polygamy?' "Why would someone who was already in a stable marriage want to practice polyandry?' 'Why would a Victorian-age woman consent to such an unconventional relationship?' Really, when I think of the standards of Victorian-age, unconventional marriage relations Read more [...]

Book Review: In Sacred Loneliness Part 1- The First Three Plural Wives of Joseph Smith

by heather
This book review doesn't fall in with the general scope of what I talk about in my blog (food storage, health and motherhood) but I'm aware that there are people who read my blog only because of this post where I discussed my husband leaving the LDS Church. In the past six months I have spent a lot of time researching, particularly about Joseph Smith's polygamy because that was one of my husband's big issues. There is a lot that is said on the internet about the topic. Some of it is true and some Read more [...]

Book Review: From Housewife to Heretic: One Woman’s Spiritual Awakening and Her Excommunication from the Mormon Church

by heather
A couple months ago, during the drama surrounding Elaine Dalton and her comment that women should not lobby for their rights, I read someone mention Sonia Johnson and her excommunication for being a feminist and her support of ERA. This really surprised me, the LDS Church doesn't excommunicate people for thinking differently, or for political activity, especially not for trying to help women to be treated fairly. That's what I thought and I was wrong. There have been more Mormon women who were excommunicated Read more [...]

Book Review: Queen of Common Cents: Over 1001 Tips & Facts To Save Time and Money

by heather
Queen of Common Cents: Over 1001 Tips and Facts to Save Time and Money by Michelle Snow RN, MSPH, MSHR, PhD When I saw this book I noticed that the author is a registered nurse and has a Master's degree in Public Health, plus several other letters after her name and thought 'She's a nurse, she's probably really know what she is talking about." I felt like I identified with her. We're both LDS moms, we're both nurses and we're both trying to help people save time and money. So I bought it. As Read more [...]

Ideas for Making Reading Fun for Your Kids

by heather
Last week my child's preschool had a parent meeting on reading to your kids. They had some great ideas that I thought were worth sharing. We all know that reading to our kids is of vital importance, but sometimes it helps to have new suggestions to make it fun. 10 Read Aloud Commandments (From Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever by Mem Fox) Spend at least ten wildly happy minutes every single day reading aloud. Read at least three stories a Read more [...]

Book Review: Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook

by heather
Last fall my husband decided that he wanted to take vegetarianism a step further and become a vegan. (That means no eggs or dairy in addition to no meat.) I really tried to be supportive, and bought a book that he had recommended to him, but the recipes it had generally called for ingredients that I couldn't find and many ingredients that I wasn't allowed to eat anyway (because my baby had terrible reflux, and one of these days I'll get around to writing about that debacle). So after a couple months Read more [...]

Book Review: How to Hug a Porcupine: Dealing With Toxic and Difficult to Love Personalities

by heather
There's a fair amount of dysfunction in the family that I was raised in. (But then who doesn't have some degree of dysfunction in their families?) After talking with a friend who grew up in a similar circumstance, she recommended that I read How to Hug a Porcupine: Dealing With Toxic and Difficult to Love Personalities by John L. Lund. It was a great book and very much worth the time it took to read it. I even think that I will read it again. I recommend it to everyone. Now you may say 'My family Read more [...]

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