To finish off Emma Smith's birthday celebration I have two final gifts but this time they are for you!
First, I had quite a few people ask for good sources of information about Emma Smith and her life. The only biography that I had read on Emma was "Mormon Enigma" by Linda King Newell but when I asked Shantel Gardner about it this is what she sent me back:
I do not like Mormon Enigma, it is good for geographical location and dates, but it has an obvious RLDS slant, and both Emma and Brigham Young are grossly misquoted. I also don't like how Emma is portrayed after Joseph dies and some facts about her poisoning Joseph are wrong.Hope that helps those of you who would like to know more about Emma!
Some good books on Emma I'd are:
"Emma and Joseph: Their Divine Mission" by Gracia Jones
"The Emma Smith We Know" by Darcy Kennedy
"Emma Smith: An Elect Lady" by Susan Easton Black
"Judge Me Dear Reader: Emma Smith Tells her Own Story" by Erwin W. Wirkus,
or "Reflections of Emma: Joseph Smith's Wife" by Buddy Younggreen
Second, I contacted the Nashville Tribute Band who wrote the song "Emma" that was featured in the video tribute I posted this week. It is one of my all-time favorite songs and I asked if they might be willing to give away a copy of their CD "Joseph: A Nashville Tribute to the Prophet" on which the "Emma" song is featured. They said yes!
This CD is really one of my all-time favorites. If you were to look at my iTunes you'd see that is they are the most played tracks. Not only is there the beautiful song about Emma, but there is also one about Hyrum (Joseph's older brother) and songs for every major event in Joseph's life. Oh, and don't worry, even though it says "Nashville" on the cover they aren't twangy or country-ish. Just beautiful and if you haven't heard them you can get a sneak peek here.
If you'd like to win a copy of Joseph: A Nashville Tribute to the Prophet you can enter the giveaway by doing one or all of the following things:
- Leave a comment letting me know something new that you learned about Emma Smith this week and why it was important to you;
- Mention this giveaway and link back to this post on either Facebook, Twitter, or on your own blog and leave me a comment letting me know you did;
- If you participated in Emma's birthday gift and bore testimony of the Book of Mormon on your blog, Facebook or somewhere else let me know and you can have an entry.