'Is There No Blessing for Me?' : The Relentless Jane Manning James
Association for Mormon Letters Annual
Jane Manning James's life is compared to the lives of three of her friends: Patty Sessions, Zina Young, and Eliza Lyman. Although they shared similar experiences, the three white women gained prominence and wealth during their lives, while Jane died in poverty and relative obscurity. During her life, Jane was relentless in her pursuit of temple blessings. She wrote five petitions to three presidents - John Taylor, Wilford Woodruff, and Lorenzo Snow - to request her endowment. Instead, she was given permission to perform baptisms for the dead and she was sealed to Joseph and Emma as a servant. In 1999, the Genesis group dedicated a monument to Jane at her grave site. The monument is a bronze sculpture of Jane offering her two pounds of flour to Eliza Lyman.