Emma was the "Remarkable Lady of the Last Days", I sincerely believe. She is deserving of a crown in heaven standing next to her husband, one of the greatest prophets who ever lived.
Just the loss of all her children under such difficult situations was enough to break the hearts of most loving mothers and women. I lost one baby at 6 months of pregnancy and have never forgotten it; how did she ever survive all her losses with the turmoil and stresses of their lives? She truly is an elect lady, whom we should all admire. Polygamy was the least of her trials; I am sure she had the love of the Lord in her heart for the other women. Maybe they helped with the housework while she was going through all the other events!! Wouldn't that be a blessing?! Don't judge either her or the Prophet; none of us can.
Very well said, Jim. I have pondered all that Emma was called to endure and can only imagine how heartbreakingly difficult her life was, but to read what Lucy says of Emma, it seems she bore all of her hardships with grace. I feel that Emma and Lucy had a relationship very similar to that of Ruth and Naomi, so it does not seem logical that Emma would have left her beloved Lucy. These four women, and countless others in the ancient and modern history of Christ's church are my heros and I dream of being like them & meeting them all, someday:-)
Why no mention of polygamy as one of Emma's trials? I imagine that may have been the hardest of them all. We do her a great disservice when we pretend, by omission, that it didn't severely affect her.
I have long believed Emma to be a very elect lady. For those who unjustly condemn her for not going west it would be prudent to put themselves in her shoes. She was pregnant and not in the greatest of health. Her beloved mother in law was aged and not in the best of health. I don't think either one would have survived the trip. Sometimes we judge without knowing the true situation. Walk a mile in Emma's shoes and then see what happens. Put yourselves in the times when there were no creature comforts and see how many would or could endure. Emma is my hero. Read of her life after the rest of the saints left Nauvoo. She was still a lady elect.
What Emma endured most women could not have endured. Most men could not endure. Why was she called to suffer so much pain. Read her life story and despite her breaking away from the church, she was a remarkable lady. Hope I get to meet her someday.
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