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4 Zinas: A Story of Mothers and Daughters on the Mormon Frontier

by Martha Sonntag Bradley, Mary Brown Firmage Woodward (Author)

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Interesting stories about four generations of women on the Mormon frontier, from western New York state, to Missouri and Illinois, to Utah Territory, to western Canada, to the front stages of the modern Mormon Church. This isn't a history of major events and powerful figures, although these women all played on the public stage of Mormon leadership in some way. This is really the story of real women on the frontier and in the home. It is about how they raised children, kept homes, lived and believed. Without real people's stories history is distorted for the sensational. ( )
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Mother, daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter—it was an impressive line of prominent women, all named Zina. One converted to Mormonism in New York in 1835. The next married Joseph Smith and Brigham Young successively and served as the church's general Relief Society president. The third assisted her husband, Charles Ora Card, in founding Cardston, Alberta. The fourth married future church apostle Hugh B. Brown.
Collectively this extended family had a significant impact on a large region of the American West. Individually each helped shape her particular era. Zina Young and Zina Card worked tirelessly for woman's suffrage. In addition, they encouraged women to study nursing and to become involved in industry, while also promoting drama and literature. And they inspired women through speeches and through their expressions of spirituality, including speaking in tongues. It was due in part to their efforts that many Mormon women came to feel good about themselves; in the process, the territory became not only habitable but bearable.
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