Women of Faith Volume Three – Review

I received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review.  The opinions stated are 100% my own.

Welcome to my Women of Faith Volume Three review post.


Product Description

This groundbreaking series tells the stories of women in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints whose lives of faith and dedication deserve emulation. Each chapter recounts a woman’s trials, triumphs, and testimony, often in her own words.

Volume 3 features women born between 1846 and 1870 and includes well-known women and other publicly unknown. Their lifespans range from the era of the Mormon pioneers to the beginnings of the space age. Al these women knew pioneer life firsthand. Many also experienced the gradual transition to modern life and the expansion of the Church to far-flung parts of the globe.

Here you will encounter such diverse women as Martha Hughes Cannon, the first female state senator in the United States; Tsune Ishida Nachie, and early Japanese convert and dedicated missionary; Ellis Reynolds Shipp, a medical doctor in early Utah; Mere Mete Whaanga, a leading Maori who migrated to Utah; general Relief Society presidents Sarah Louisa Yates Robison and Clarissa Smith Williams; and Cohn Shoshonitz Zundel, a Shoshone women who lived nearly fifty years as a widow.

The faith these women exhibited as they rejoiced in blessings and dealt with struggles provides a model for us in facing our own challenges as we strive to build lives of faith today.

Additional biographies of Latter-day Saint women of faith born between 1846 and 1870 are available in the eBook edition of this volume.

Product Details

  • Size:  6″ x 9″
  • Pages:  496
  • Publisher:  Deseret Book 2014

About the Authors

RICHARD E. TURLEY, JR., Assistant Church Historian and Recorder for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is the chairman of the editorial board for The Joseph Smith Papers series. He is the author or co-author of several books, including How We Got the Book of Mormon, with William W. Slaughter; Massacre at Mountain Meadows, with Ronald W. Walker and Glen M. Leonard; and Stories from the Life of Joseph Smith, with Lael Littke. In addition, he is the coeditor of the series Women of Faith in the Latter Days, with Brittany A. Chapman. He and his wife, Shirley, live in Taylorsville, Utah.

Brittany A. Chapman is a historian in the Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


I learned so much from this book. Absolutely fascinating information on LDS women from the years 1846-1870. All about their backgrounds and what they did to help perfect the Saints.  What truly struck me was their great diversity.  So many different personalities and strengths, yet all strong in their faith no matter what their struggles were.

And the photos…such wonderful photos.  Portraits of each sister with additional photos of family, or photos from the era.

One of my favoirites in the book – Tsune Ishida Nachie, who became the housekeeper to President Alma O. Taylor when he became the president of the Japanese Mission in 1905.  President Taylor found in Nachie a cook, housekeeper, but a after her conversion, she became a mother to many many missionaries.  She went on to become a missionary in her own right,  and was the first native Japanese temple worker.  All who sat at her table, loved her cooking.

She took her duties seriously and often went above and beyond, to care for the elders that she came to love so dearly. She served in her position for 18 years.  As she got older (she was 49 when she began working for the mission), her increased age and desire to attend the temple was noted by her beloved missionaries.  So, in 1922 the elders contacted former missionaries, who Nachie had cared for, and they collected enough donations to pay for transportation to Laie, Hawii, along with enough money for her retirement. 

I highly recommend this book and I look forward to reading the previous volumes.

I received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review.  The opinions stated are 100% my own.



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