Remembering, recording: 4 women profiled in history lecture

Highlighting the lives of four Latter-day Saint women from different time periods in Church history, Christine Cox told a gathering at the Church History Library in Salt Lake City that there can be various ways of remembering and recording the hand of the Lord in one's life.

Their lives show that "we become angels for others when we are in tune with the Spirit," said Sister Cox, director of library services, as she delivered the second address in the Women's History Lecture Series at the library. The five-lecture series is held monthly through November.

Sister Cox gave profiles of writer Emmeline B. Wells, actress Maud May Babcock, photographer Ellen Johanna Larson Smith and painter Minerva Teichert. They each had trials, challenges and difficult times, she said, "but there are some messages for us."

Emmeline B. Wells

Emmeline Blanche Woodward was ridiculed at school after joining the Church, suffered the death of her first child and abandonment by her first husband, endured the hardships with the pioneers of expulsion from Nauvoo, Ill., and crossing the plains to Utah. She married Bishop Newell K. Whitney, who died soon after their arrival in Utah, and later married Daniel H. Wells. Notwithstanding her best efforts, some of her children fell away from the Church.

"Despite all of these hardships and discouragements, she made some amazing contributions," Sister Cox remarked. "She was a writer, an editor and a mother. She helped publish and became an editor of the Women's Exponent. She participated in Mormon politics, women's suffrage and advanced women's status in defending the Church before Congress and the president of the United States."

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