Eliza Roxcy Snow is a well known Mormon woman, but here are twelve stories you may not know. She lived a life filled with faith, achievements and greatness, a life of true womanhood and true discipleship— the kind of life that stirs something of the divine within us and encourages us to rise to what we can and ought to be.
Here are 12 traits Eliza had that we would all do well to develop!
1. Choose Greatness
As a young girl Eliza discovered her poetic talent and occasionally submitted school assignments in rhyme.
After procuring fame at age 22 with the publication of her article “The Fall of Missolonghi,” recounting the Greek-Turkish battle, several newspapers commissioned Eliza to write a requiem honoring former presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
This fame filled Eliza’s autograph book with the signatures of Queen Victoria, Charles Dickens, Lord Alfred Tennyson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Susan B. Anthony, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Victor Hugo, and Abraham Lincoln.
Application Idea: In the talents with which God has blessed you, choose to be great.
2. Sacrifice and Build the Kingdom
The call to Zion sounded in Eliza’s heart and two years after her baptism she joined the Saints in Kirtland, leaving the luxuries of her parents’ home and her budding writing career.