Eliza R. Snow: More than a Poetess

by | Mar. 12, 2014

Mormons We Know

She was known as “Zion’s Poetess,” but there is more to Eliza Roxcy Snow than her poetry.

She did write more than 500 poems, including words to 10 hymns in the current LDS hymnbook like “O My Father,” “In Our Lovely Deseret” and “How Great the Wisdom and the Love.”

She kept the minutes of the Female Relief Society, which was organized on March 17, 1842, in Nauvoo, Ill. After the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had moved to the Salt Lake Valley, she was asked by President Brigham Young in 1868 to help re-organize the Relief Society, and she traveled from ward to ward doing that. She also helped organize the Young Women and Primary organizations.

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