"Twenty Years Ago Today" : David O. McKay's Heart Petals Revisited
During President David O. McKay's marriage to Emma Ray Riggs, he often wrote poems and notes to his wife, which he called "heart petals." Emma valued and appreciated her husband's efforts; she saved each one of these precious letters. These letters have been published for the first time in a collection called "Heart Petals: The Personal Correspondence of David O. McKay to Emma Ray Riggs." They reveal President McKay's early insecurities, his growth and maturing development, and the later remarkable devotion he had to Emma and their joint efforts in raising a family and serving in the Church. The letters begin in 1897 and conclude in 1932. These "heart petals" provide touching insight as President McKay shares his deepest feelings, trials, and joys.