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Eliza Roxcy Snow
As a leader of women, Eliza Roxcy Snow’s influence was unparalleled. She was present at the organization of the Nauvoo Female Relief Society on March 17, 1842, and as its first secretary carefully preserved and transported the organization’s minutes across the plains to Utah. She instructed the women from these minutes when Brigham Young called her in 1867 to travel to individual wards and stakes to reestablish the society Churchwide. She led the Relief Society in enterprises such as grain storage, silk culture, medical training, home industry, and political activism. She chaired the governing board of Deseret Hospital and presided over women’s temple ordinance work in Salt Lake City and St. George. Proclaimed “Zion’s poetess” by the Prophet Joseph Smith, she left a legacy of nearly five hundred poems on historical, occasional, doctrinal, and sometimes personal themes. Eliza’s gift for versifying became apparent as a schoolgirl when she surprised her teachers by submitting her assignments in rhyme. Beginning in 1825 her poems appeared in more than a dozen different publications, including the Messenger and Advocate, The Wasp, Times and Seasons, Nauvoo Neighbor, Deseret News, Millennial Star, Juvenile Instructor, The Mormon, and Woman’s Exponent. Early work appeared under pen names such as Angerona, Narcissa, Tullia, and Ironica. Her first volume of poetry, Poems, Religious, Historical and Political, was published in 1856 with volume two following in 1877. A promise made in her patriarchal blessing that many songs that “were dictated by [her] pen” would be heard by future generations has seen fulfillment as Latter-day Saint hymnbooks from 1835 to the present have included her compositions. In a fitting tribute, the annual poetry contest sponsored by the Relief Society bears her name. [from Discoveries: Two Centuries of Poems from Mormon Women, 100]

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Also Known As Eliza R. Snow; Eliza Roxey Snow; Eliza R Snow
Birth Date 1804
Death Date 1887
Birth Place Becket, Berkshire County, Massachusetts
Spouse Plural wife of Joseph Smith on June 29, 1842. After his death, she married Brigham Young in 1849.
Career Teacher in a school for girls in Kirtland, Ohio and Nauvoo, Illinois.
Governess to the Prophet Joseph Smith's family.
Secretary of the first Relief Society organized in
Nauvoo in 1842
President of the Relief Society, 1866.
Director of the women's work in the Endowment House.
Assistend in organizing the Primary Association.
President of the board of directors of the Deseret Hospital Association in 1881.
Other Biographical Information Resided in the Lion House until her death.

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The Personal Writings of Eliza Roxcy Snow1995Diary / Journal Collection
Eliza R. Snow's Nauvoo Journal1975Diary / Journal
Again We Meet Around the Board1985Music Lyrics
Awake, Ye Saints of God, Awake!1985Music Lyrics
Behold the Great Redeemer Die1985Music Lyrics
Great Is the Lord1985Music Lyrics
How Great the Wisdom and the Love1985Music Lyrics
Though Deepening Trials1985Music Lyrics
The Time Is Far Spent1985Music Lyrics
Truth Reflects upon Our Senses1985Music Lyrics
In Our Lovely Deseret1969Music Lyrics
O My Father1895Music Lyrics
Poems--Religious, Historical, and Political, 2 Vol1983Poetry
To Mrs. V. Kimball1977Poetry
Be Not Discouraged1974Poetry
How Great the Wisdom and the Love1974Poetry
Invocation, or the Eternal Father and Mother1974Poetry
Mental Gas1974Poetry
My First View of a Western Prairie1974Poetry
My Own- My Country's Flag1941Poetry
The Transformation1941Poetry
Response to the Power of Song1884Poetry
On the Mount of Olives1880Poetry
Poems--Religious, Historical, and Political, 2 vols.1877Poetry

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