Stevenson: the memory of Mary #LDSConf

We remember young Mary Elizabeth Rollins for grabbing scattered pages of the Book of Commandments and running into the fields. As Elder Stevenson shared, there is much more to remember than this admittedly memorable act. She left for Zion where she became a regular interpreter of glossolalia. Her mother, ever faithful, anointed and healed her in Nauvoo, and angels ministered to her in her greatest moment of anxiety (when Joseph Smith proposed to her). She eventually wended her way West, but not immediately with Brigham Young. It was Young who confessed to her that “he would give anything to have seen what I had.”

If Mary is someone you would like to remember, here (PDF) are some excerpts from her autobiography. She was a great human being.


  1. Thanks, J.

  2. Thanks to the link for further reading. I loved many things about that story, especially the use of her journal. We need to discover and elevate more voices of women and children from our history.

  3. I recently had the opportunity to visit her grave in Minersville. It was neat to hear about her conversion in conference.

  4. Nice, J. You read more from Mary here too.

  5. Honest mistake says:

    Forgive me for initially thinking that the “Mary” of your title was the mother of the incarnate God. How foolish of me to think she might be discussed at GC. Me. Rollins is far more consequential.

  6. She lived to be 95, and died in 1913, the last of Joseph Smith’s widows to do so. It legitimately blows my mind that a woman who was married to Smith died the year before World War I broke out.

  7. It blows my mind our last polygamist prophet died the year World War II ended.