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4 Zinas: A Story of Mothers and Daughters on the Mormon Frontier
Zina Baker Huntington converted to Mormonism in New York. Her daughter, Zina Diantha, became known in Ohio for her spiritual gifts and later as a plural wife of Brigham Young. Her daughter, Zina Presendia Card, helped found Cardston, Alberta. And her daughter, "little Zina", grew up to marry future church apostle Hugh B. Brown. All four Zinas were influential advocates of ...more
Hardcover, 550 pages
Published November 9th 2000 by Signature Books
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I loved watching the way women's roles within the Mormon church have transformed over the years by learning about these four generations of Mormon women. The Zinas were there for so many major events in early Mormon history - its origins in upstate New York, the fall of the Kirtland Bank, the eviction from Far West, life in Nauvoo, polygamy with Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, settling Utah, the suffrage movement, creating polygamous settlements outside the US during the Edmunds legislation, and ...more
This told me a lot about my heritage (being a descendant of the Zinas) and helped me to understand what they went through and how difficult it was for them living polygamy, crossing the plains, giving birth along the way and then starting over with nothing when they got to Salt Lake City. It pulled a lot of information from their own diaries and the diaries of their siblings and parents and was written by a cousin and an aunt. The primary writer is not LDS and therefore did not have the perspect ...more
This book took me a while to get in to--it's not narrative and therefore less enjoyable to read, but I found myself fascinated to see in one book how 4 generations of women of my faith were influenced by their progenitors and found their own faith. How their lives developed as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints matured.
This book is a piece of David's family history. These are his relatives on his mom's side. I honestly couldn't read about the first 3 Zinas because reading about polygamy makes me sick to my stomach. The first Zina was married to Joseph Smith and to Brigham Young so reading the church history part is interesting. I mostly read about the 4th Zina, Hugh B. Brown's wife. I really enjoyed this. It mentions people and homes that David and I have known and visited. Zina and Hugh are VERY inspirational ...more
This book can get a little confusing to read if you're just trying to pick it up casually, since of course there are four different Zinas that you are following and it can be a little hard to keep them straight. However, it is interesting to view church history through the eyes of these specific women. You see how things such as polygamy impacted them personally and how they reacted to the trials in their lives. What impressed me most was the networks of female support that they developed and th ...more