Book Review: The Beginning of Better Days by Sheri Dew & Virginia Pearce

Title: The Beginning of Better Days: Divine Instruction to Women from the Prophet Joseph Smith

Author: Sheri Dew and Virginia Pearce

Series: none

Publisher: Deseret Book

Released: September 1, 2012

Book Summary:

How important are women in the restored church of Jesus Christ? We learn something about the answer to the question from a simple historic fact: In 1842, the Prophet Joseph Smith took time to attend several meetings of the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo and give personal instruction to the women there. He did this at a time of great personal turmoil, when persecutions were raging and his responsibilities were heavy. He did it at a time when society barely acknowledged women as having any kind of status at all. On six separate occasions, he taught the women personally about their privileges, their opportunities, their obligations, and the blessings the Lord had in store for them in His kingdom.
The Beginning of Better Days includes Joseph Smith’s six timeless sermons to the women of Nauvoo, along with personal essays from Sheri Dew and Virginia H. Pearce that help us better understand the sermons and their relevance for Latter-day Saint women today. “We have attempted to share a little about our own processes of discovery regarding the sermons,” writes the authors. “This is what worked for us. What works for you may be similar—or it may be completely different. The important thing is to dig in.”


My mom gave this book to me for Mothers Day this year. It really couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I was feeling stuck in the midst of motherhood and not sure who I was personally anymore. Sister Dew and Sister Pearce’s words of encouragement and thoughts on what our Prophet taught the early church women, really helped me get through that struggling time.
After reading their thoughts, and getting into Joseph Smith’s actual teachings I felt spiritually uplifted as well. Even though times were different at the beginning of the church, most of the teachings can easily be fit to our life in more modern days as well.  One thing I truly appreciated was that even at the beginning of the LDS church women were treated as equals and just as important as the men.



Rating: 5 stars – I loved it!


Content: Clean


Source: Present from my parents


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  1. I’ve been feeling a little that way too, so I’ll have to get a copy of this. Thanks for your review!