Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington : Eliza R. Snow Smith's Visit to Southern Utah, 1880-81
Honoring Juanita Brooks : A Compilation of 30 Annual Presentations from the Juanita Brooks Lecture Series, 1984-2014
St. George, UT
Dixie State University
Known among Latter-day Saints during the 1830s and 1840s as a poet and writer of hymn texts, Eliza Snow, in the 1850s and 1860s, officiated in women's sacred ordinances in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City and became known as "priestess." Through the 1870s and 1880s, she stepped outside the Holy House to labor in local wards with women, young women and children and serve not only as Relief Society prsident, but "President of the Latter-day Saint Women's Organizations," and "the recognized leader of the women of the Latter-day Saints." She was a shepherd who knew her flock of women and children and they knew her. For nearly twenty years, like an intinierant preacher, she wisited them unceasingly. Her five-month sojourn in souther Utah during the winter of 1880-81 is an illuminating example of her movable ministry and pastoral outreach.