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Sweet Counsel and Seas of Tribulation: The Religious Life of the Women in Kirtland
March 11, 2019
Article of the Week
Sweet Counsel and Seas of Tribulation: The Religious Life of the Women in Kirtland
Author Linda K. Newell, Author Valeen T. Avery,

This daily feature is the introduction to a full article by Linda K. Newell and Valeen T. Avery that was published in our newest issue, 20:2. To read the full text of this article, follow the link below.

Today’s article is featured for Women’s History Month.

The Mormons fused their church leadership, developed their strong sense of community, and organized their unique ecclesiastical structure while they lived in Kirtland, Ohio, from 1831 to 1838. The women worked beside the men as they struggled with preparation for Zion's Camp, built the temple, and experimented unsteadily with securing financial stability. At the same time as the temporal building of the community progressed, both the men and the women sought expression for their religious fervor. Motivated by spiritual force, many of the women sacrificed to get to Kirtland, and many of them experienced unusual spiritual phenomena while there. The combination of sacrifice and continued religious exhilaration provided faithful women with the determination ot remain with the Saints when the Kirtland era came to an end.