The Church History Library will host the Men and Women of Faith lecture: Eliza Maria Partridge Lyman: “There Is Sure to Come a Ray of Light” on Thursday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Assembly Hall.  The presenter will be Sherilyn Farnes. This event is free and open to the public.

This lecture will highlight faithful moments in Eliza Maria Partridge Lyman’s lifetime that exemplify enduring through challenges and finding solace in God. Farnes explains, “Eliza’s own friendship with Deity had been forged in the fire of experience. Hunger, fatigue, cold, sickness, the death of loved ones, mobs-each had come her way on multiple occasions.

At times, her hardships were overwhelming, as she admitted in 1880:

I often feel as if I had gone as far as I could, but there is sure to come a ray of light from some source and many times where I least expect it, and I cannot but acknowledge the hand of the Lord in my preservation. He leads me through deep waters, but it is all right, and I feel to put my trust in him.’


Even in the midst of her challenges, Eliza recognized the hand of the Lord, as evidenced in her personal writings.”

Sherilyn Farnes received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Brigham Young University. Her research focuses primarily on early Church history, with a special interest in the family of Edward and Lydia Partridge. She has written and presented on various members of the family and is currently preparing the papers of Edward Partridge for publication. She has taught Doctrine and Covenants at BYU and freshman writing at BYU and community colleges in Washington D.C. and Salt Lake City. She currently works as a historian at the Church History Library.

This event is part of the 2014 Men and Women of Faith lecture series sponsored by the Church History Library.  Lectures are held the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square, 50 North West Temple.  Validated parking is available at the Conference Center.  As you enter the Conference Center parking, inform the attendant that you are going to a lecture and ask for a token to use when you exit. 

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