Monday, January 15, 2007

Meg's Book - Chapter 24 - The Virgin

Trivia - The Veggietales version of the story of David and Bathsheba is great. It's called "King George and the Ducky." I highly recommend it.


jl said...

I converted to the LDS church just over 8 years ago. I was informed that the church no longer believed in polygamy. About a year after my baptism, I was told that men would/could possibly have multiple wives in the next life. I almost left the church. I prayed about it. I prayed a lot. I decided that I know the gospel to be true and I know the Lord will not give me more than I can handle. I came to understand that, like many other principles, I did not have to fully understand if I had faith. That I could carry on and, when I needed a revelation or instruction, I would be blessed with the understanding and wisdom in the Lord's time. So here I am curious as can be to have this principle explained so well with real people (our Prophet, Joseph Smith Jr.), and real events. Thank you for sharing this story of your ancestors. Maybe I will be a little closer to accepting this principle if I am ever asked to beyond the veil.

Thank you for sending me the other chapter I requested. Reading your book keeps me on the edge of my seat. I can hardly wait to read more. I think I found a small typo in chapter 24:
"For now, change into that beautiful gown Emma insists on laying out for you on you {your} wedding nights and get some sleep."

I have another comment from the chapter including the marriage of Jonathan and Elvira: Porter came in from the cold the morning after. Someone else wrote that more explanation of what he was doing would be nice. I concur. That scene seemed a bit choppy. I had no idea who he was or what he was doing and assumed I would learn more about this person in later chapters. Now that Porter Rockwell is mentioned again, I understand who he is - a guard. However, these chapters are not close and I would probably have to find the marriage chapter to verify. Just my thoughts.

daughterofheaven said...

I'm so glad you didn't leave the church! I think that is why God wants me to write this book. So that it could be understood. And so it could be understood why it ended (and that it has, no kidding, ended).

My husband reviewed Chapter 24 last night, and at the part where Joseph talks about "Children will sing songs about it" he commented that, for all that early members of the church thought polygamy was required, there are no songs about polygamy. Actually, there are, but we don't sing them anymore. And the one I am thinking of was a folk song, not a hymn. It explained that this one engineer worked for a certain rail line. And the other rail line offered him a lot of money to switch. But the engineer wouldn't, because his wives were all on the rail line he currently worked for. I'll have to dig out the song book I have that in.

ktb said...

I think that was a really good chapter. The feelings are there, and from my view, are honorable. That brought together every piece that has either been crawling or flying off in directions that did not seem appropriate. Nicely done!

daughterofheaven said...

Do I have them come together or do I not... In this most recent revision I do decide to have them come together (but without the verses from the Song of Solomon).

What was 'lost' was the explicit discussion of Joseph feeling he has robbed Jonathan, citing the story Nathan told King David of the poor man's lamb.

las said...

Wowie! You have really pondered that revelation deeply, and come out beautifully on the other end. I esp. enjoyed the blessing.

Now that you’ve discovered that Elvira’s having panic attacks, I think you need to go back and write some in. Also those sorts of feelings on her wedding night.

By having her fall asleep at the end, you effectively show how peaceful and calm she feels, in contrast to her previous state. But she’s already had two naps today, when she wasn’t feeling calm or peaceful, and I think it would be equally effective if she lay in the warm darkness, treasuring the memory of the blessing and his kiss and marveling that she felt no fear at all…the beginning of the healing. Or something. Seems like she’d also be more comfortable in her jammies…, and maybe now she gives herself permission to wear that pure white wedding garment. Yeesh! Make me stop! Here, have your story back!

Apropos of a previous chapter, I didn’t think it was quite fair that Emma’s grief at her miscarriage was covered exquisitely (“keening,” etc.), but Eliza simply had hers and soldiered on. Elivra, at least, should note the discrepancy, having attended both miscarriages—and maybe also note the signs of similar grief in Eliza, more expertly covered up.

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