Emma and Joseph
The great-great-granddaughter of Joseph and Emma Smith, Gracia Jones was taught as a young girl not to discuss her relationship to the founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Years later, when as a young woman she joined the LDS Church, she was intrigued by what she heard of her ancestors, particularly Emma, who was somehow viewed as not quite Joseph's equal. Emma and Joseph: Their Divine Mission is a careful, sensitive history describing the powerful sustaining relationship that Emma and Joseph shared and their tremendous mutual loyalty throughout the seventeen years of their marriage. Author Gracia Jones writes: “There is no doubt that Emma put her whole soul into the effort of helping to lay the foundation of the kingdom of God. Her faith in the truthfulness of [Joseph's] mission caused Emma to turn her back on parents, social position, security and all things a girl holds dear, to share a beggar's life with her prophet husband, whose entire energy was directed toward fulfilling God's commandment to take the message of the Restoration to the whole world.”
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