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Finished the book today. I am LDS. Needless to say I have read a lot of Utah Mormon history and thought I knew a lot. This book made me understand that there is so so much more to learn. I loved the unbiased approached of this book and the rejection of myth or personal agenda. The avoiding of "halo effects." Just real, researched, scholarly history. Likely my favorite biographical book yet. I highly recommend this to all followers of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Our common roots are tremendous when viewed without bias.
The book could have had a bit more RLDS involved history for balance. I keep wondering. What real interaction, direction and contributions did she make to that organization. Was she seeking peace in the latter part of her life, avoiding teachings that lead to conflict and trial (testing), thus influencing the tenet of the RLDS "peace" creed?
Did she see herself as intellectually catagorical in her beliefs about celestial marriage--protective and beyond blind obedience in her eyes? Perhaps she saw a conflict between God and the "man" Joseph Smith--or better yet those who she accused of corrupting his teachings for personal pleasure thereby protecting the very lives and legacy of her family? How did her Methodist upbringing color her view of marriage. How did her mother's keeping guests for income influence her lifelong pursuit to do the same? A good book asks many questions.