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Great Mormon Women

Thanks again, MomR, for the tapes =)

I'm working on my conversion story for Prayer of Faith and working up an HCN post for fMh.

Great Mormon Women
By: Téa - March 30, 2006
When I’m going to be driving for more than an hour at a time, I like to listen to recorded books or radio dramas. A couple of years ago, we were gifted a set of The Living Scriptures audio cassettes by my husband’s parents. We have the Old Testament, New Testament and Golden Plates (Book of Mormon) dramatized scripture stories, and a set called Great Mormon Women. It has twelve double sided tapes, with scripts written by Orson Scott Card circa 1983. The titles are as follows:

Lucy Mack Smith (A)
Emma Hale of Harmony (B)
The Prophet’s Wife (A)
The President of Women (B)
Eliza R. Snow
Mary Fielding Smith
Louisa Pratt
Ellis Reynolds Shipp
The Two Zinas: Mother and Daughter
Aurelia Spencer Rogers: For the Children (A)
Minerva Teichert: Artist at Work (B)
Susan Young Gates (A)
Jesse Evans Smith (B)
Mary Frances Sturlaugson Eyer
Camilla Eyring Kimball
Paula Hawkins The “Battling Housewife” (A)
Paula Hawkins Senator for the American Family (B)
My son’s favorite is the Eliza R. Snow cassette, so we know that one the best =) As a fan of old time radio dramas I think I tend to cut them some slack in the production department. (I would love to have a collection of the radio dramas President Hinckley wrote when he was working with the Radio, Publicity, and Mission Literature Committee of the Church)

It’s great to have them, but in a way it reminds me of my discomfort with women’s history month (ending 3/31). Ideally, we would study and learn about both men and women throughout the year. Ideally, these Great Mormon Women would take their places in the Church History tapes. But it’s not an ideal world, and I have to be grateful for the efforts made here.

If you were compiling a list (similar to Lisa’s art collection search) what Great Mormon Women would you add? What life or Church events would you like to hear (or see) dramatized?

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We have this set as well and I love it.

Comment by Kimberly — March 30, 2006 @ 5:29 pm

Olene Walker is on the top of my list. She’s an educated, Mormon mother who became govenor of Utah. No matter your political party, you have to admire that.

Comment by sarah — March 30, 2006 @ 5:29 pm

Cool! Is this still available? Anyone know where to buy a set?

Oh, add Emmeline B. Wells — Exponent Editor/Relief Society President extraordinaire.

Comment by Deborah — March 30, 2006 @ 8:44 pm

Deborah, at the Living Scriptures website they offer the Great Mormon Women tapes for a mere $66.60.

Comment by Téa — March 30, 2006 @ 9:01 pm

Great Mormon Woman=Carol Lynn Pearson. Hands down. To me, she’s not as discussed as much as she used to be. Maybe its because in conservative circles (i.e., in church) she’s seen as an apostate, and in liberal circles, she’s not as, I don’t know, academic enough (maybe My Turn On Earth and similar works were seen as too conservative and not intellectually rigorous). But, from reading her books (of poetry, autobiography, etc.), I can see a little bit of her, her progression (spiritual and emotional), her self. I’d like to see a collection of modern-day Great Mormon Women (GMW) dramatized, maybe Carol Lynn Pearson, maybe some lesser-known tho’ no less heroic GMW (i.e., I can’t remember her name, but she was one of the first black RS presidents in the Chicago area, Catherine Stokes?)

Comment by janescott — March 31, 2006 @ 8:56 am

I’m not sure where to start, But I think many of the Prophet’s wives should be in order. I remember reading Camille and what a marvelous lady she was. As for the Men, I have Truman Madsen’s tapes on the prophets, they are really good. He is the person I would turn to for any tape on anyone, and I would love to see him do some on the Women of the church. I think they would be wonderful and full of great historical moments. He is one that defends Joseph and Emma, and their love for each other!

Comment by Tigersue — March 31, 2006 @ 2:26 pm

I love the Carol Lynn Pearson’s poem about the new born babe. It wonders just what he/she (I can’t remember which it was) would be able to tell us about our Heavenly Father and Mother if he/she could talk.

I also think the prophets wives stories would be very interesting.

Comment by MomR — March 31, 2006 @ 7:39 pm

The wives and mothers of the prophets.

I have read extensivly about the mothers of the prophets, each one of them,and I have found them simply facinating stories.

I agree with the Olene Walker comment. She is also a great humanitarian.

This was a good post.

Comment by Lisa M — April 2, 2006 @ 12:43 pm

Oh! I LOVE this set of tapes! I used to listen to one every night while going to sleep, and some of the lines have become classic quips between my sister and me. I loved Ellis Reymolds Shipp; her story was an inspiration for me to go to medical school. And Camilla Eyring Kimball… I was struck that they were so upfront about polygamy in the colonies with her story.

I think I would add Marjorie Pay Hinckley; she really did a lot of great works in her life. Sherry Dew would also be an interesting one. And maybe one on fmhLisa?

Comment by tiffany — April 3, 2006 @ 12:52 am

Replies: 3 Comments

on Friday, March 31st, Tanya said

You should put it on our We Seek After These Things Blog. I think it is a perfect fit!

on Saturday, April 1st, MomR said

You are very welcome. I'm glad to learn that you and your children are using them and enjoying them. They are being put to good use.

on Saturday, April 1st, MomR said

Be sure and let us know when you have the things for Prayer of Faith and HCN worked up.

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