Patty Session's 1847 Mormon Trail diary has been widely quoted
and excerpted, but her complete diaries chronicling the first
decades of Mormon settlement at Salt Lake City have never before
been published. They provide a detailed record of early Mormon
community life from Illinois to Utah through the eyes of
Mormondom's most famous midwife. They also recount her important
role in women's social networks and her contributions to community
health and Utah's economy, to pioneer education and horticulture.
Patty Sessions assisted at the births of hundreds of early Mormons
and first-generation Utahns, meticulously recording the events.
Shed had an active role in the founding of the Relief Society and
health organizations. She spoke in tongues and administered
spiritually as well as medically to the ill. Her diaries are a rich
resource for early Mormon and Utah history.
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