Tuesday, July 12, 2011

One Final Gift and Giveaway

Thank you to everyone who participated in Emma Smith's birthday gift this week! I loved reading your testimonies and am so grateful you shared them. If you didn't get a chance to share yours on Emma's birthday find a chance to sometime before her next one!

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.

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
Hope that helps those of you who would like to know more about Emma!

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:
  1. Leave a comment letting me know something new that you learned about Emma Smith this week and why it was important to you;
  2. 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;
  3. 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.
The giveaway will close at midnight on Wednesday July 20th.

Best wishes!


  1. Though I always knew in my heart that Emma was (and still is) faithful, it was never made as plain to me by Shantel's posts. Thank you so much for doing this birthday celebration for Emma. It has been wonderful.

  2. I never really knew much about Emma's life after Joseph's death and I enjoyed learning more about who she was.

  3. I have loved hearing and reading about her steadfastness. She often gets overlooked and this was a wonderful thing to do for her!

  4. I had always heard comments questioning Emma's faithfulness but, when I saw the movie, Emma: My story the spirit confirmed what a wonderful and exemplary woman she was. Reading the posts this week has confirmed that again and made me realize that the restoration wouldn't have been able to be brought to pass w/o Emma's unfailing support of Joseph.

  5. I'd love to win the c.d.! It was wonderful learning more about Emma and her posterity through these posts. It was especially cool to read about how her great-great granddaughter found Joseph and Emma and the gospel.

  6. The CD is awesome! I've had it for a few years now and it's great!

  7. I have actually read a ton about Emma... but I really enjoyed reading more about her descendants and how they have come back to the church.

  8. I love this cd!!! Chris' MTC companion's family (the Trumans) were part of the cd, and his dad Dan Truman was in the band Diamond Rio, so of course we have the cd. :p Chris got a demo cd on his mission before the published one came out, hehe. We're fans! So many inspiring tracks! Good luck to whoever enters - it's a great prize!

    Heather, I love all that you are doing to honor Emma, women in the scriptures, Relief Society, motherhood and womanhood in general! I just want you to know that you are a true inspiration to me! :)