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Quantity 6, existence Writings of Frontier girls sequence, ed. Maureen Ursenbach Beecher Mormon tradition has produced in the course of its background an strange variety of traditionally beneficial own writings. Few such diaries, journals, and memoirs released have supplied as wealthy and good rounded a window into their authors' lives and worlds because the diary of Helen Mar Kimball Whitney. since it presents an extraordinary account of the commonly skilled events and difficulties confronted by means of widows, her list has relevance a ways past Mormon historical past although. As Helen Kimball were a polygamous spouse of Mormon founder Joseph Smith. She therefore married Horace Whitney. Her young ones incorporated the famous Mormon writer, spiritual authority, and flesh presser Orson F. Whitney. She herself used to be a number one girl in her church and society and a author identified particularly for her security of plural marriage. Upon Horace's dying, she begun preserving a diary. In it, she recorded her monetary, actual, and mental struggles to fulfill the demanding situations of widowhood. Her writing used to be introspective and revelatory. She additionally commented at the altering society round her, as Salt Lake urban within the final a long time of the 19th century underwent swift transformation, modernizing and establishing up from its pioneer beginnings. She remained a well-connected member of an elite crew of best Latter-day Saint girls, and well known Utah and Mormon historic figures seem usually in her day-by-day entries. primarily, even though, her diary is an strange list of problems confronted in lots of occasions and locations via ladies, of all periods, whose husbands died and left them with out enough capacity to hold at the kinds of lives to which they'd been accustomed.

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In another, Helen watches as her house is built somehow by magic, without workers (February 22, 1888). Many of Helen’s dreams moralize and the interpretation is given within the dream. She recorded one such remarkable nightmare on August 29, 1887: “I had a terible dream Wednesday night about myself—My hair was filled with some kind of insects similar to musquetoes, raising my hair an inch or ^two, &^ the feelings I had were most appalling. ” In a sexually moralistic dream, Helen is in Brigham Young’s bedroom, and he describes a woman standing nearby as a woman of low repute (January 27, 1888).

54 Helen and her friends valued dreams in a similar way. She not only recorded her own but also significant dreams that her children, brothers, and friends told her. Her brother Sol often started a conversation by describing one of his recent dreams. Helen and Sol’s father, Heber C. Kimball, had always been interested in dreams and visions. ” Dreams in which the “beloved dead” returned and visited her were perhaps the most common type that Helen recorded. They are explicitly relevant Introduction 25 to her life as a widow when Horace is the visitor, as on December 27, 1893, when she has a poignant vision of him returning with Charley as a little boy.

Separated from HCK Mar. 1852. 26. Ruth L. Pierce (Cazier), 1818–after 1861? (Feb. 3, 1846). Separated from HCK soon after marriage. 27. Laura Pitkin, 1790–1866 (Feb. 3, 1846). 28. Ruth Amelia Reese, 1817–1902 (Feb. 3, 1846); 3 children, none lived to maturity. 29. Sarah Scott (Smith? Kimball), 1817–1878 (Feb. 3, 1846, time only). 30. Sarah Stiles (Kimball Barney), 1793–1899 (Feb. 3, 1846). 31. Presendia Huntington (Buell Smith Kimball), 1810–1892 (Feb. 4, 1846, time only); 2 children, including Joseph Smith, 1851–1936.

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