Jane & Emma DVD Blog Tour


Sister Jane Manning, a free black woman and convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, returns to Nauvoo to find that Joseph Smith, her prophet and friend, has been assassinated. Jane spends a ceaseless night with his widow, Emma Smith, sitting watch over the body of the Prophet, as a whirlwind of memory, loss, and confusion leaves them wondering how either one of them will be able to move forward. Through the long night, Jane wonders if the Prophet's promise to extend the blessings of eternity to her has died along with him. Join these two remarkable women of faith on an imagined night that reveals the essence of their complex, raw, and ultimately beautiful friendship.

Bonus Features

  • Child of God music video featuring the Bonner Family
  • "I Am She, She Is Me" poem written and performed by Zandra Vranes
  • Behind the Scenes featurette

Visit the Deseret Book blog to learn more about the story behind Jane and Emma!

Praise for Jane and Emma

"A beautiful and powerful experience. No sugar coating; just honest, vital storytelling." 
—Karl Hale (Facebook Review)

"A powerful message that encourages me to become more steadfast in my faith and principles. Jane is my hero!!"
—Elise Bjorkman Plummer (Facebook Review)

"This is a tender, moving story of two brave women. The film lifts them out of the history books and into our hearts!"
—Isabel Storey (Facebook Review)


In Emilee's opinion:

Jane & Emma was a story about two remarkable women who defended and protected the body of Joseph Smith through a night. It was interesting that the film makers chose one night (which was hard to see at times) and some flash backs to depict the story of these incredible women. I've never heard of Jane Manning so it was fun to learn more about her story and what she conquered. Be sure to wait till the end to learn what happened to her.

I believe Emma needed Jane during those dark times in her life. How will they both move forward? I loved that they encouraged each other and became closer because of their trials. I also loved when Emma said, "It takes faith to get out of a predicament and sometimes I don't have enough." How did she not have enough faith? She was an amazing woman. I admire her for everything that she went through and definitely look up to her. I also loved her message of striving to be kind to each other.

Another moment I loved was when Joseph Smith defended Jane. He said that we are all children of God and there shouldn't be any judgments made on the color of our skin. There were real struggles and Jane was one brave woman.

Overall, Jane and Emma would be a great film to watch together on Sunday. I wouldn't recommend watching it with young children for it is a little dark in some parts. But, it gave me much to think about. It was well made and the actors were excellent. And the music was beautiful. Well done.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog and offer an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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