Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith

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University of Illinois Press, 1994 - Biography & Autobiography - 394 pages
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Mormon Enigma is the bestselling biography of Emma Hale Smith, wife of the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith. It was Joseph Smith who announced that an angel of the Lord had commanded him to introduce a 'new order of marriage.' And it was Emma Hale Smith who confronted the practice of polygamy head on. As the authors note in their introduction, ''Early leaders in Utah castigated Emma from their pulpits for opposing Brigham Young and the practice of polygamy, and for lending support to the Reorganization. As these attitudes filtered down through the years, Emma was virtually written out of official Utah histories. In this biography, we have attempted to reconstruct the full story of this remarkable and much misunderstood woman's experiences.''
 

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I actually bought this book for my brother as a gift but he read it and said it was absolutely fantastic and a great way to explain Emma Hale Smiths life to investigators of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints. It shipped quickly and he was very happy with it! Read full review

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Contents

List of Illustrations
ix
Preface to the Second Edition
xi
Introduction
xix
Emma and Joseph 18251827
1
The Elect Lady 18271830
24
Gathering in Ohio 18301834
37
Seas of Tribulation 18341838
53
Strife in Missouri 18381839
69
The Lady and the Lion Fall 1844
199
Inherit the Legacy October 1844October 1845
210
The Sun Casts a Shadow Winter 18451846
221
War in Nauvoo FebruaryDecember 1846
231
The Major 18461849
242
Change in Nauvoo 18501860
255
Emmas Sons Lewiss Son 18601870
268
Josephites and Brighamites 18701877
281

Sanctuary in a Swamp 18391841
80
A New Order of Marriage 18411842
95
In Search of Iniquity SpringSummer 1842
106
Aid to the Fugitive JuneSeptember 1842
119
More Wives and a Revelation September 1842July 1843
130
The Poisoning JuneDecember 1843
157
Voice of Innocence JanuaryJune 1844
169
A Final Farewell June 1228 1844
183
The Last Testimony 18761879
296
Epilogue
305
Abbreviations in Notes
310
Notes
312
Selected Bibliography
369
Index
387
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