Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Try it Tuesday & Review {The Beginning of Better Days & Giveaway}

Did you miss me? I took a week off to visit with family. But, I'm back! Today, I have the opportunity of sharing a wonderful LDS book called, 
The Beginning of Better Days
 with personal insights from Sheri Dew and Virginia H. Pearce. 
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."

About the Authors:

Sheri Dew is a native of Ulysses, Kansas, and a graduate of Brigham Young University. She has authored several books, including the biographies of two presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Presidents Gordon B. Hinckley and Ezra Taft Benson. Her most recent books are God Wants a Powerful People and Saying It Like It Is. Sheri was named the president and CEO of Deseret Book Company in March 2002. She also serves as a member of both the BYU Marriott School of Management’s National Advisory Council and the President’s Leadership Council for BYU-Hawaii. In March 2003 the White House appointed her as a member of the U.S. Delegation to the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls at the United Nations.

Virginia Hinckley Pearce is the author of the bestselling book A Heart Like His: Making Space for God’s Love in Your Life, and has edited and coauthored several additional books, including Glimpses into the Life and Heart of Marjorie Pay Hinckley. She has served as a counselor in the Young Women general presidency and on the general Primary board of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She and her husband, the late James R. Pearce, have six children and twenty-six grandchildren.


In my opinion:
I definitely enjoyed reading The Beginning of Better days especially since I'm a huge fan of Sheri Dew. I loved reading her stories of how she overcame her trials. She had a difficult time and realized she may never marry and have a family. One story Sheri Dew shared was about becoming a Relief Society president in a family ward. She often went to the temple and knelt in prayer for ways to relate to the women in that ward. Through her diligence, she was able to overcome and endure to the end. Through my eyes, she became a strong, professional and faithful woman. I definitely look up to her and I'm sure some of us can relate to her experiences as well. This book helped me see that we all have trials that we need to overcome. Although we have different experiences, we must heed to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
This book also included some sermons from Joseph Smith. I often wondered what it would have been like to be in Relief Society when it began. I sort of got a perspective through reading some of Joseph Smith's instructions to the women of the Relief Society. This book definitely helped me see how important women are in the restored church of Jesus Christ. I definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting to gain a stronger testimony of Relief Society.
One of my lucky readers will receive a copy of The Beginning of Better Days.
{This is a rafflecopter giveaway so please be patient}
The giveaway is open till June 4th. Good luck! 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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