My Dear Sister

Letters between Joseph F. Smith and His Sister Martha Ann Smith Harris

Edited by Richard Neitzel Holzapfel and David M. Whitchurch

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Winner of the Harvey B. and Susan Easton Black Outstanding Publication Award (Gospel Scholarship in Church History and Doctrine). Seven decades of correspondence help demonstrate the tremendous devotion between Joseph F. and Martha Ann, the orphaned children of Hyrum and Mary Fielding Smith, as they share their innermost feelings, joys, heartaches, determinations, and family happenings. The letters range from 1854, when Joseph F. was a fifteen-year-old missionary in Hawaii, to 1916, when he was President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is a masterful collection of letters, history, and biography—all rolled into one. The editors have left no stone unturned, scouring archives and personal collections, creating decade introductions, and sharing historical context to breathe life into their stories. A biographical register helps readers to sort out people and time periods. This book contains transcripts of all the associated letters and is richly complemented by images of people and events representing the lives of Joseph F. and Martha Ann.