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Tell It All

Fanny Stenhouse

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Fanny relates the experiences of a 19th century missionary as she and her young husband proselytize throughout Europe in search of converts to the new Mormon faith. Her religious zeal is sorely tested upon receipt of news from America revealing that their religion has adopted the practice of polygamy as the means to exaltation. The couple is summoned to Utah only to find themselves firmly ensconced in Brigham Young's inner circle and called upon to practice plural marriage or risk a fall from family, friends, and faith.

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An agonizing read for anyone who can relate to the betrayals Fanny endures. This is Stenhouse's second book; the first is shorter but they both cover much the same ground in terms of autobiographical information, although this one generally gives more details (for example, in the first book I was co

An excruciating but essential read for all members of the LDS church. I hold great respect for this 19th century whistleblower who had the courage to leave an abusive institution.

This isn't the best book I ever read but I gave it five stars because it was something of a revelation to me. I have lived in Utah since 1980 and didn't know much about the early white settlers because I got all my history from Sunday School classes. Fanny seems pretty truthful to me. I do wonder if

Exactly as it is today in Mormonism!

Fanny has encapsulated over many chapters the exacting essence of the Latter Day faith,which I have investigated since 1976.After interviewing dozens of active,inactive and exMormons,my conclusions ring identical with hers when she wrote her book in 1873.
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The author is well able to tell her story. She is educated, level-headed, and impassioned. In spite of the fact that the events of the story have impacted her life horribly, she is able to tell of them with a clear and honest perspective. She makes a point of letting the reader know how and why she

One wife's experience with the 'benefits' of polygamy and 'celestial marriage'

This is an insightful and eye-opening account of one woman's experience as one of the first English Mormons and her unhappy experience with polygamy when she and her husband 'moved to Zion' (SLC) at the behest of the Mormo

I know I am supposed to be a man, but I cried my way through much of this book. Fanny hailed from my own native England where she married a Mormon missionary in favour of another man she was betrothed to. She tells of her adventures when called to serve a mission with her new husband and later of th

"Tell It All" is the heartbreaking autobiography of Fanny Stenhouse. Her story begins with her as a young woman returning home to England, after spending some time in France, to discover that her family had converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While investigating her family’

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