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We are excited to announce that Laura Harris Hales, editor of the recently released A Reason for Faith: Navigating LDS Doctrine and Church History (published by the Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book)—as well as several of the contributors–will be here on Wednesday, May 11 to speak about and sign copies of the book. They will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will speak at 6:00 and will answer questions and sign books before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make it that night but, if not, we can mail a signed copy or hold one here at the store for pick-up. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.

A Reason for Faith was written to do just as the title implies, provide reasons for faith by offering faithful answers to sincere questions. Before the Internet, historical and doctrinal questions not addressed in LDS Church curriculum were mostly found in the scholarly articles of academic journals. This is no longer the case. These topics are now widely debated and discussed online and in other forums. And when members of the LDS Church come across information that is unfamiliar, they may feel surprise, fear, betrayal, or even anger. Laura Harris Hales has assembled a group of respected LDS scholars to offer help in A Reason for Faith: Navigating LDS Doctrine and Church History. Together these authors have spent an average of 25 years researching these topics. Their depth of knowledge and faith enables them to share reliable details, perspective, and context to both LDS doctrine and Church history. The information in these essays can begin an exciting process of discovery for readers as they learn from a source they can trust. Each chapter is engaging and thought-provoking, providing an invaluable resource for both the merely curious and the seriously concerned.

Chapters include “Joseph Smith and Money Digging” (Richard Bushman), “The Restoration of the Priesthoods” (Ron Barney), “The Kinderhook Plates” (Don Bradley & Mark Ashurst-McGee), “The Practice of Polygamy” (Brian and Laura Hales), “Freemasonry and the Latter-day Saint Temple Endowment” (Steven Harper), “Race, the Priesthood, and Temples” (Paul Reeve) and “Latter-day Saint Women in the Twenty-First Century” (Neylan McBaine).

Laura Harris Hales is a freelance copyeditor, author, and mother of five avid truth seekers. She received a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in professional writing from New England College. She has also worked as both a paralegal and as an adjunct professor of English.

 

A Reason for Faith: Navigating LDS Doctrine and Church History, ed. by Laura Harris Hales.  Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2016. Hardback. 249pp. $24.99

 

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As publishers start to break out of the winter doldrums, the flow of new books turns back on. In addition to great new books, we also have some great additions to the sale tables lately. Check out the temptations!

NEW BOOKS

  • mormon jesusThe Mormon Jesus: A Biography by John G. Turner. The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2016. Hardback. 368pp. $29.95. To follow up on his award-winning biography Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet, John Turner has turned his attention to the Mormon concept of Jesus. Beginning with the dramatic depiction of Christ in the Hill Cumorah Pageant, he addresses the way that Mormon doctrine proclaims the divinity of Jesus Christ and interacts with historical Christian beliefs about the same. Further visions and revelations over the succeeding years expanded these beliefs in what Turner calls a “revolution of existing Christian metaphysics.” This expansion carried with it some muddying of the waters. Throughout the 19th Century, a process of evolution took place resulting in a fairly monolithic belief early in the next century that Jehovah was to be identified with Jesus Christ. However, along the way, detours occurred—the most notable of these being the equation of Adam with God, a belief most significantly proclaimed by Brigham Young (and still strongly held by fundamentalist Mormons today). In addition to analyzing more formal expositions of the nature of Christ, The Mormon Jesus also attempts to track shifts and patterns through culture. An extensive discussion of the history of Mormon artistic representations of Christ is a particularly interesting and helpful section. As was the case with Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet, readers of The Mormon Jesus: A Biography will find a incisive and temperate treatment of topics from an astute analyst of American religious history. Signed copies available.

    The Mormon Jesus is much more than a treatise on Christology. It is a lively cultural history of how Mormons have thought of Christ from the Book of Mormon to the Hill Cumorah Pageant. Scriptural translations, visions and revelations, temple ceremonies, songs, Sunday school lessons, paintings, sculpture, and poetry all figure in the story of Mormonism’s distinctive Jesus.” —Richard Lyman Bushman, author of Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling

  • civil warThe Civil War Years in Utah: The Kingdom of God and the Territory That Did Not Fight by John Gary Maxwell. University of Oklahoma Press, 2016. Hardback. 488pp. $29.95. In 1832 Joseph Smith, Jr., the Mormons’ first prophet, foretold of a great war beginning in South Carolina. In the combatants’ mutual destruction, God’s purposes would be served, and Mormon men would rise to form a geographical, political, and theocratic “Kingdom of God” to encompass the earth. Three decades later, when Smith’s prophecy failed with the end of the American Civil War, the United States left torn but intact, the Mormons’ perspective on the conflict—and their inactivity in it—required palliative revision. In The Civil War Years in Utah, the first full account of the events that occurred in Utah Territory during that war, John Gary Maxwell contradicts the patriotic mythology of Mormon leaders’ version of this dark chapter in Utah history. While the Civil War spread death, tragedy, and sorrow across the continent, Utah Territory remained virtually untouched. Although the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—and its faithful—proudly praise the service of an 1862 Mormon cavalry company during the Civil War, Maxwell’s research exposes the relatively inconsequential contribution of these Nauvoo Legion soldiers.

“John Gary Maxwell’s deep research into the Civil War in Utah casts new light on forgotten history, revealing how Abraham Lincoln skillfully ended what an old cowboy ballad called ‘the glorious days when Brigham was our only Lord and King’—and brought Utah into a renewed American nation.”—Will Bagley, coauthor of The Mormon Rebellion: America’s First Civil War, 1857–1858

  • History of text of bomThe History of the Text of the Book of Mormon, Grammatical Variation (Parts 1-2) by Royal Skousen with the collaboration of Stanford Carmack. FARMS/BYU Studies, 2016. Hardback. 1281pp (continuously paginated). $99.99 (two parts). These latest publications in The Book of Mormon Critical Text Project analyze every basic type of editorial change or grammatical variation in the Book of Mormon, beginning with the handwritten manuscripts and considering every major printed edition. Each of the sixty-eight grammatical sections in these books describes the usage in the original text and shows how it has been altered, either consciously or accidentally, over time. Each section also compares Book of Mormon usage with biblical usage. Sections discuss elements such as “come to pass” and Hebraisms. Four more parts are forthcoming, dealing with the original language and spelling as well as transmission of the text. For earlier publications in the series, see the sale books below.
  • Sacred_SpaceSacred Space: Exploring the Birthplace of Mormonism by Michael Hubbard MacKay. Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2016. Hardback. 129pp. $14.99. Many Church members may not realize that the birthplace of Mormonism is not just a cut-and-dried bit of historical trivia. In fact, the place where the Church was established was rarely mentioned by the early Saints, and initial Church publications referring to the organizational meeting mistakenly claimed it happened in Manchester, New York. The authors of the book Inventing Mormonism challenged traditional Latter-day Saint history by pointing out inconsistencies concerning the Church’s birthplace. Sacred Space sorts through the complicated history of where the Church was established. Building on Dr. MacKay’s work for The Joseph Smith Papers, this volume examines what the existing historical documents really tell us. This book reestablishes the significance of Fayette as the true birthplace of Mormonism and illuminates what the sacredness of a place means for modern-day members.
  • Fearless_in_the_Cause.f1Fearless in the Cause: Remarkable Stories from Women in Church History by Brittany Chapman Nash and Richard E. Turley Jr. Deseret Book, 2016. Hardback. 141pp. $19.99. When Laura Clark Phelps’s husband was unjustly arrested and held in a Richmond, Missouri, jail, she launched a daring (and successful) escape attempt to free him. Janetta Ann McBride was just sixteen years old when she braved chest-deep water and dangerous chunks of ice to push her starving mother and siblings across the North Platte River in a handcart. Rosa Friedlander Logie survived a shipwreck on her journey to Zion and spent two months with her husband and baby on a remote South Pacific island. Fearless in the Cause features inspiring stories from the lives of eighteen women from Church history. Some have names that are recognizable; many others remain largely unknown. All of their contributions to early Latter-day Saint history offer incredible examples of strength and courage. This volume of stories contains highlights from the first three volumes of Women of Faith in the Latter Days.
  • sound of gravelThe Sound of Gravel: A Memoir by Ruth Wariner. Flatiron Books, 2016. Hardback. 342pp. $27.99. Ruth Wariner was the thirty-ninth of her father’s forty-two children. Growing up on a farm in rural Mexico, where authorities turn a blind eye to the practices of her community, Ruth lives in a ramshackle house without indoor plumbing or electricity. At church, preachers teach that God will punish the wicked by destroying the world and that women can only ascend to Heaven by entering into polygamous marriages and giving birth to as many children as possible. After Ruth’s father (Joel LeBaron)–the man who had been the founding prophet of the colony–is brutally murdered by his brother Ervil in a bid for church power, her mother remarries, becoming the second wife of another faithful congregant. In need of government assistance and supplemental income, Ruth and her siblings are carted back and forth between Mexico and the United States, where Ruth’s mother collects welfare and her stepfather works a variety of odd jobs. Ruth comes to love the time she spends in the States, realizing that perhaps the community into which she was born is not the right one for her. As she begins to doubt her family’s beliefs and question her mother’s choices, she struggles to balance her fierce love for her siblings with her determination to forge a better life for herself.

“What chance does a girl have in a world where men believe that they (and they alone) are destined to be gods? This is the question Ruth Wariner bravely asks as she brings us into the hardscrabble Mormon polygamous communities of remote northern Mexico. Like a Dorothy Allison of the American West, Wariner shows us the humanity and tenacity in the people she comes from while making no apology for wanting something better for herself. Wariner has given us an unforgettable portrait of an enduring and deeply misunderstood segment of American society and a deeply moving account of her own determined pathway out.” — Joanna Brooks, author of The Book of Mormon Girl: A Memoir of an American Faith

  • saving aleSaving Alex: When I Was Fifteen I Told My Mormon Parents I Was Gay, and That’s When My Nightmare Began by Alex Cooper with Joanna Brooks. HarperOne, 2016. Hardback. 248pp. $24.99. When Alex Cooper was fifteen years old, life was pretty ordinary in her sleepy suburban town and nice Mormon family. At church and at home, Alex was taught that God had a plan for everyone. But something was gnawing at her that made her feel different. These feelings exploded when she met Yvette, a girl who made Alex feel alive in a new way, and with whom Alex would quickly fall in love. Alex knew she was holding a secret that could shatter her family, her church community, and her life. Yet when this secret couldn’t be hidden any longer, she told her parents that she was gay, and the nightmare began. She was driven from her home in Southern California to Utah, where, against her will, her parents handed her over to fellow Mormons who promised to save Alex from her homosexuality. For eight harrowing months, Alex was held captive in an unlicensed “residential treatment program” modeled on the many “therapeutic” boot camps scattered across Utah. Alex was physically and verbally abused, and many days she was forced to stand facing a wall wearing a heavy backpack full of rocks. Her captors used faith to punish and terrorize her. With the help of a dedicated legal team in Salt Lake City, Alex eventually escaped and made legal history in Utah by winning the right to live under the law’s protection as an openly gay teenager.

“Alex Cooper fought a fierce battle for dignity, identity and family. Her courage led the State of Utah to recognize the fundamental human rights of gay teenagers. An inspiring story of a queer youth discovering her courage and raising her voice. In so doing, she liberates us all.” — Troy Williams, Executive Director, Equality Utah

  • temples new millTemples of the New Millennium: Facts, Stories, and Miracles from the First 150 Temples by Chad Hawkins. Deseret Book, 2016. Hardback. 314pp. $32.99. Commemorating the landmark occasion of the dedication of the 150th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Temples of the New Millennium brings together little-known facts and compelling true stories of the faith and miracles behind 150 latter-day houses of the Lord. In telling the story of each temple through the words and experiences of those who built it, this beautiful keepsake volume will give your family an even greater appreciation for the marvelous work that the Lord is directing on both sides of the veil. Each temple is a labor of love, faith, and sacrifice. Find out why President Gordon B. Hinckley proclaimed this ”the greatest era of temple building ever witnessed” as you come to know and love each house of the Lord better than ever before with Temples of the New Millennium.
  • James_E._Talmage_The_Story_Behind_Jesus_the_Christ_COVERJames E Talmage: The Story Behind Jesus the Christ (DVD). Covenant Communications, 2016. Approx. 35 mins. DVD. $14.99. Contains interviews with Brigham Young University history professors, James Harris—(editor of The Essential James E. Talmage) and Elder Talmage’s great-granddaughter as well as dramatized excerpts from Elder Talmage’s own journal.
  • In_Their_Own_WordsIn Their Own Words: Inspiring Stories from the Lives of the Prophets by Susan Easton Black and Mary Jane Woodger. Covenant Communications, 2016. Paperback. 272pp. $16.99. In Their Own Words contains inspirational, humorous, and heart-wrenching stories about the lives of prophets told in their own words. These stories, taken by conference addresses, journal entries and letters reveal the personal side of these leaders told as only they could.
  • out of edenOut of Eden: The Surprising Consequences of Polygamy by David Barash. Oxford University Press, 2016. Hardback. 230pp. $29.95. Esteemed writer and evolutionary biologist David P. Barash tackles this uncomfortable finding: that humans are actually biologically and anthropologically inclined toward polygamy. Drawing on decades of research, Barash presents a remarkable array of scientific evidence from evolutionary biology and cross-cultural studies that guide the reader through the hidden impacts of polygamy on such crucial behavior as violence, parenting, sexual preferences, adultery and efforts at monogamy itself, along with mind-bending speculation about the possible role of our polygamous predisposition when it comes to human genius, homosexuality and even monotheism. Includes several brief mentions of Mormons.
  • polygamy questThe Polygamy Question ed. by, Janet Bennion and Lisa Fishbayne Joffe. Paperback. 288pp. $34.95. The practice of polygamy occupies a unique place in North American history and has had a profound effect on its legal and social development. The Polygamy Question explores the ways in which indigenous and immigrant polygamy have shaped the lives of individuals, communities, and the broader societies that have engaged with it. The book also considers how polygamy challenges our traditional notions of gender and marriage and how it might be effectively regulated to comport with contemporary notions of justice. The contributors to this volume—scholars of law, anthropology, sociology, political science, economics, and religious studies—disentangle diverse forms of polygamy and polyamory practiced among a range of religious and national backgrounds including Mormon and Muslim. They chart the harms and benefits these models have on practicing women, children, and men, whether they are independent families or members of coherent religious groups. Contributors also address the complexities of evaluating this form of marriage and the ethical and legal issues surrounding regulation of the practice, including the pros and cons of legalization. Back in stock shortly.
  • PostponingHeaven-Front-684x1024Postponing Heaven: The Three Nephites, The Bodhisattva, and the Mahdi by Jad Hatem. Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2015. Paperback. 100pp. $15.95. First book in the new series—Groundwork: Studies in Theory and Scripture. Christianity, like other world religions, acknowledges the existence of multiple human messianic figures. In this comparative work, philosopher Jad Hatem examines the Book of Mormon’s Three Nephites, Buddhism’s Bodhisattva, and Islam’s Mahdi—all distinctive messianic figures who postpone Heaven, sacrificially prolonging their lives for the benefit of humankind. Jonathon Penny’s translation of the French original includes two additional papers in which Jad Hatem deals with various aspects of Latter-day Saint belief. It also includes an interview between Hatem and Latter-day Saint philosopher James E. Faulconer.

“Jad Hatem has a detailed knowledge of Mormon doctrine—from the Book of Mormon to the Pearl of Great Price to Bruce R. McConkie and Orson Scott Card. Beyond this, he brings in-depth knowledge of Islam and Buddhism. Remarkable. Postponing Heaven’s purpose is not to be motivational or even to necessarily promote belief in any of these teachings, which is not to say those who see the connections won’t be inspired by what they learn. This is definitely a high-octane read.” —Charles Inouye, author of The End of the World, Plan B

SALE BOOKS

  • Royal Skousen sets—save big on these landmark studies!originalThe Original Manuscript of the Book of Mormon & The Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon (3 vols.). FARMS, 2001. Hardback. Reg. $150.00, SALE $54.99.Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon, parts 1-6. FARMS, 2004-09. Hardback. Reg. $300.00, SALE $164.99.
  • mormon imageThe Mormon Image in the American Mind: Fifty Years of Public Perception by J. B. Haws. Oxford University Press, 2013. Reg. $31.95, SALE $4.99. What do Americans really think about Mormons, and why? Through a survey of Mormon encounters with the media, including such personalities and events as the Osmonds, the Olympics, the Tabernacle Choir, Evangelical Christians, the Equal Rights Amendment, Mark Hofmann, and even Miss America, J.B. Haws reveals the dramatic transformation of the American public’s understanding of Mormons in the past half-century.
  • iosepaRemembering Iosepa: History, Place, and Religion in the American West by Matthew Kester. Oxford University Press, 2013. Reg. $56.00, SALE $4.99. 203 pp. Remembering Iosepa connects the story of a unique community with the earliest Native Hawaiian migrants to western North America and the vibrant and growing community of Pacific Islanders in the Great Basin today. It traces the origins and growth of the community in the tumultuous years of colonial expansion into the Hawaiian islands, as well as its relationship to white Mormons, the church leadership, and the Hawaiian government. In the broadest sense, Mathew Kester seeks to explain the meeting of Mormons and Hawaiians in the American West and to examine the creative adaptations and misunderstandings that grew out of that encounter.
  • Photography-History_coverPhotography: The Definitive Visual History by Tom Ang. DK Publishing, 2014. Hardcover. Reg. $50, SALE $12.99. Written by world-renowned photographer, writer, and broadcaster Tom Ang, Photography lavishly celebrates the most iconic photographs and photographers of the past 200 years. Tracing the history of photography from its origins in the 1800s to the digital age, this is the only book of its kind to give a comprehensive account of the people, the photographs, and the technologies that have shaped the history of photography.
  • zealotZealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan. Random House, 2013. Hardback. Reg. $27.00, SALE $7.99. From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth.
  • wrightThe Wright Brothers by David McCullough. Simon & Schuster, 2015. Book club ed. Reg. $30.00, SALE 9.99. Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright.
  • how jesusHow Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee by Bart D. Ehrman. HarperOne, 2014. Remainder mark. Reg. $27.99, SALE $7.99. In a book that took eight years to research and write, leading Bible scholar Bart D. Ehrman explores how an apocalyptic prophet from the backwaters of rural Galilee crucified for crimes against the state came to be thought of as equal with the one God Almighty Creator of all things.
  • jesus beforeJesus Before The Gospels: How the Earliest Christians Remembered, Changed, and Invented Their Stories of the Savior by Bart D. Ehrman. HarperOne, 2016. Hardback. Reg. $27.99, SALE $22.99. Throughout much of human history, our most important stories were passed down orally—including the stories about Jesus before they became written down in the Gospels. In his latest work, Bart D. Ehrman investigates the role oral history has played in the New Testament—how the telling of these stories not only spread Jesus’ message but helped shape it.
  • trainTrain: The Definitive Visual History. DK Publishing, 2014. Hardback. Reg. $40.00, SALE $12.99. Featuring amazing images of trains, virtual tours of engines, and profiles of key innovators, designers, and engineers, Train: The Definitive Visual History traces the history of the railroad and the role of trains, from the first steam engines to today’s high speed bullet trains.

Also, remember we still have volumes from the Joseph Smith Papers as well as the Significant Mormon Diaries Series as well as all available Smith-Pettit limited editions on the sale tables as well!

We are excited to announce that John G. Turner, author of The Mormon Jesus: A Biography (published by the Belknap Press of Harvard University Press), will be here THIS WEDNESDAY, April 6 to speak about and sign copies of his book. He will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will speak at 6:00 and will answer questions and sign books before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make it that night but, if not, we can mail a signed copy or hold one here at the store for pick-up. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.

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We are excited to announce that John G. Turner, author of The Mormon Jesus: A Biography (published by the Belknap Press of Harvard University Press), will be here on Wednesday, April 6 to speak about and sign copies of his book. He will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will speak at 6:00 and will answer questions and sign books before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make it that night but, if not, we can mail a signed copy or hold one here at the store for pick-up. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.

To follow up on his award-winning biography Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet, John Turner has turned his attention to the Mormon concept of Jesus. Beginning with the dramatic depiction of Christ in the Hill Cumorah Pageant, he addresses the way that Mormon doctrine proclaims the divinity of Jesus Christ and interacts with historical Christian beliefs about the same. Further visions and revelations over the succeeding years expanded these beliefs in what Turner calls a “revolution of existing Christian metaphysics.”

This expansion carried with it some muddying of the waters. Throughout the 19th Century, a process of evolution took place resulting in a fairly monolithic belief early in the next century that Jehovah was to be identified with Jesus Christ. However, along the way, detours occurred—the most notable of these being the equation of Adam with God, a belief most significantly proclaimed by Brigham Young (and still strongly held by fundamentalist Mormons today).

In addition to analyzing more formal expositions of the nature of Christ, The Mormon Jesus also attempts to track shifts and patterns through culture. An extensive discussion of the history of Mormon artistic representations of Christ is a particularly interesting and helpful section. As was the case with Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet, readers of The Mormon Jesus: A Biography will find a incisive and temperate treatment of topics from an astute analyst of American religious history.

The Mormon Jesus is much more than a treatise on Christology. It is a lively cultural history of how Mormons have thought of Christ from the Book of Mormon to the Hill Cumorah Pageant. Scriptural translations, visions and revelations, temple ceremonies, songs, Sunday school lessons, paintings, sculpture, and poetry all figure in the story of Mormonism’s distinctive Jesus.”

—Richard Lyman Bushman, author of Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling

John Turner holds a Ph.D. in American History from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters of Divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. In 2012, he published Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet, the result of several years of archival work in Salt Lake City and other Utah repositories. During the 2013-2014 academic year, Prof. Turner was a visiting scholar at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies, where he taught a course on Mormonism and worked on a book about the place of Jesus Christ within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He blogs for Religion in American History and The Anxious Bench, and has written for popular outlets such as the Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times.

 

The Mormon Jesus: A Biography. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2016. Hardback. 368pp. $29.95

 

Also by John Turner:

Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2012. Paperback–$19.95/Hardback–$35.00

 

Shipping: $4.50 for the first book, $1 for each additional (USPS)–Priority/FedEx/UPS options available–inquire for details.

Utah residents–add 7.05% sales tax

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Reminder that Jill Mulvay Derr, Carol Cornwall Madsen, Kate Holbrook and Matthew J. Grow will be here THIS WEDNESDAY, March 9th, to discuss their new book, The First Fifty Years of Relief Society: Key Documents in Latter-day Saint Women’s History (published by The Church Historian’s Press). They will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.—speaking at 6:00—and will answer questions and sign books before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make that night but, if not, we can mail signed copies or hold them here at the store for pick-up. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.

While publication of new books is a bit quieter than usual, we have quite a few tempting offers on the sale tables: Joseph Smith Papers, Significant Mormon Diaries, Smith-Pettit limited editions.

NEW BOOKS

  • first fifty yrs of rsThe First Fifty Years of Relief Society: Key Documents in Latter-day Saint Women’s History ed. by Jill Mulvay Derr, Carol Cornwall Madsen, Kate Holbrook & Matthew J. Grow. Church Historian’s Press, 2016. Hardcover. 767pp. Reg. $49.95, LIMITED TIME SALE PRICE $44.95. This collection of original documents explores the largely unknown nineteenth-century history of the Relief Society, the women’s organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Founded in 1842 in Nauvoo, Illinois, the Relief Society was initially led by Emma Smith, wife of president Joseph Smith. The substantial minutes of the organization’s proceedings from 1842 to 1844, published unabridged herein for the first time, document the women’s priorities, contributions, and teachings. The Nauvoo Relief Society Minute Book also contains six sermons Joseph Smith delivered to the society, the only recorded words he directed exclusively to the women of the church. The organization was suspended from 1845 until the mid-1850s, when attempts were made to organize the Relief Society on a congregational level in some areas of Utah Territory after the emigration of the Latter-day Saints to the American West. A more general and permanent reorganization began in 1867, under the leadership of Eliza R. Snow, and the Relief Society’s roles within the church structure and within women’s lives expanded over the succeeding decades. The example of the Nauvoo Relief Society Minute Book helped create a record-keeping sensibility among Latter-day Saint women, who conscientiously created thousands of official and private records during the nineteenth century. The seventy-eight key documents in this collection include minutes of meetings, sermons by both women and men, annual reports from local Relief Societies, newspaper articles and editorials, political petitions and speeches, poetry, letters, journal entries, and reminiscences. They were produced not only near church headquarters but in far-flung settlements in the Mountain West and in areas as remote as Hawai’i and England.**the editors will be here for a signing on March 9th—for more info, visit Evening-with-the-editors
  • worldwide churchThe Worldwide Church: Mormonism as a Global Religion ed. by Michael A. Goodman and Mauro Properzi. Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2016. Hardcover. 454pp. $31.99. From Samuel Smith’s first missionary efforts in 1830 to the more than 88,000 missionaries now serving worldwide, the Church continues the modern-day effort to fulfill the Lord s mandate: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations (Matthew 28:19). In the past thirty years, the international membership has grown from less than a quarter of total Church membership to over 55 percent. While US and Canadian growth came in at 61 percent over that thirty-year period, international growth reached a staggering 537 percent. As a result, the Church is becoming an increasingly international church. This volume is a compilation of scholarly papers presented at the BYU Church History Symposium entitled The Worldwide Church: The Global Reach of Mormonism. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, was the first keynote speaker. He emphasized the importance of learning our history. The second keynote speaker, Terryl Givens, highlighted the universal nature of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Seventeen other papers by notable historians, scholars, educators, and leaders are included.
  • storyThe Story of the Provo City Center Temple: Commemorative Edition by Susan Easton Black, Glenn Rawson, and Dennis Lyman. Covenant, 2015. Paperback. 42pp. $8.99. More than 143 years after its initial dedication, Provo’s prized jewel on the corner of Center Street and University Avenue erupted in a devastating fire. When the smoke finally cleared from the charred wreckage, plans were soon made to restore the historic building as a temple. Now, barely five years following the disaster, Latter-Day Saints the world over rejoice in the completion of the Church’s 150th operating temple. From author Susan Easton Black and History of the Saints creators Glenn Rawson and Dennis Lyman comes the journey from tabernacle to temple. Discover the compelling origin, tragic destruction, and miraculous reconstruction of the Provo City Center Temple.
  • end ofThe End of the World, Plan B by Charles Shirō Inouye. Greg Kofford Books, 2016. Paperback. 123pp. $13.95. Environmental decline, political gridlock, war and rumors of war, decadence, and immorality. The End of the World, Plan B traces the idea of the end, or destruction, of the world through a number of spiritual traditions. It shows that our present understanding of the “end game” has been distorted by a modern emphasis and demand on justice as the ultimate good. As an alternative to this self-destructive approach, Charles Shirō Inouye shows that in these traditions, justice is not the isolated end in itself that we ought to strive for; rather it is taught in tandem with its balancing companion: compassion. Plan B is a hopeful alternative to our fears about how things are going.
  • starHistory of Star Valley: Natural, Cultural, Economic by Orval C. Harrison. NP, 2015. Hardcover. 416pp. $30.00. Robert Stuart and his returning Astorians made the first substantiated appearance of white men in Star Valley. This occurred on September 15, 1812, and marks the beginning for this history. The initial chapter continues by documenting visits to Star Valley and environs by other fur traders and trappers such as James Bridger, Jedediah Smith, Osborne Russell, and Warren Angus Ferris. The Lander Trail was built through Star Valley in 1857 and 1858. However, immigrants to Star Valley found another route beginning in early June of 1879. It was then that eight wagons carrying twenty-seven Mormons from St. Charles, Idaho, entered Star Valley through Crow Creek Canyon and settled in Freedom-on the Idaho side. Auburn was settled later that summer by related families from Morgan, Utah. These families and others either endured life on the frontier or left for warmer climates. With some direction from LDS leaders, Afton emerged as the principal settlement in Star Valley. This role as a religious, educational, and economic center sometimes brought about resentment-particularly from those living in the Lower Valley. Life in Afton and each of the other communities has been reviewed in chapters 8 and 9. Further chapters examine natural resources exploration, forests, the rise and fall of the dairy industry, and transformation in land use, education, and the economy.

SALE BOOKS

  • j2The Joseph Smith Papers, Journals, Vol. 2: December 1841-April 1843 ed. by Andrew H. Hedges, Alex D. Smith, Richard Lloyd Anderson. Church Historian’s Press, 2011. Hardcover. Reg. $54.95, SALE $19.99.
  • d1The Joseph Smith Papers: Documents, vol. 1: July 1828 – June 1831 ed. by Michael Hubbard MacKay, Gerrit Dirkmaat, William G. Hartley, Robert J. Woodford and Grant Underwood. Church Historian’s Press, 2013. Hardcover. Reg. $54.95, SALE $19.99.
  • d3The Joseph Smith Papers, Documents Vol. 3: February 1833-March 1834 ed. by Gerrit J. Dirkmaat, Brent M. Rogers, Grant Underwood, Robert J. Woodford, William G. Hartley. Church Historian’s Press, 2014. Hardcover. Reg. $54.95, SALE $19.99.
  • h2The Joseph Smith Papers: Histories, Volume 2 (Assigned Histories, 1831-47) ed. by Karen Lynn Davidson, David J. Whittaker & Richard L. Jensen. Church Historian’s Press, 2012. Hardcover. Reg. $54.95, SALE $19.99.
  • rt2The Joseph Smith Papers, Revelations & Translations, Volume 2: Published Revelations ed. by Robin Scott Jensen, Richard E. Turley, Jr. & Riley M. Lorimer. Church Historian’s Press, 2011. Hardcover. Reg. $69.95, SALE $19.99.
  • gqcThe Journals of George Q. Cannon: Hawaiian Mission, 1850-1854 ed. by Chad Orton. Deseret Book, 2014. Hardcover. Reg. $42.99, SALE $9.99.
  • howHow We Got the Doctrine and Covenants by Richard E. Turley, Jr. & William W. Slaughter. Deseret Book, 2012. Hardcover. Reg. $34.99, SALE $9.99.
  • jehovahJehovah and the World of the Old Testament: An Illustrated Reference for Latter-Day Saints by Richard Neitzel Holzapfel & Dana M. Pike & David Rolph Seely. Deseret Book, 2009. Hardcover, Reg. $45.95, SALE $9.99.
  • visionJoseph Smith’s First Vision: A Guide to the Historical Accounts by Steven C. Harper. Deseret Book, 2012. Hardcover. Reg. $21.99, SALE $8.99.
  • Women of Faith in the Latter Days, Volume Three: 1846-1870 ed. by Richard E.Turley, Jr & Brittany A. Chapman. Deseret Book, 2011. Hardcover. Reg. $29.99, SALE $9.99.
  • Women of Faith in the Latter Days, Volume Two: 1821-1845 ed. by Richard E.Turley, Jr & Brittany A. Chapman. Deseret Book, 2012. Hardcover. Reg. $34.99, SALE $9.99.
  • Verse By Verse: The Four Gospels/Acts Through Revelation. Deseret Book, 2006. Hardcover. Reg. $34.99, SALE $8.99/Reg. $29.99, SALE $6.99.

Significant Mormon Diaries (all published by Signature Books, hardcover) – This series is now entirely out of print. Some volumes have been out of print for many years for which we have waiting lists as indicated below. If you’d like to try and complete a set please let us know.

Significant Mormon Diaries set[1]

In the World: The Diaries of Reed Smoot – Harvard S. Heath, ed. 1997. Limited to 500 copies. Reg. $100, SALE $79.99

Mormon Democrat: The Religious and Political Memoirs of James Henry Moyle – Gene Sessions, ed. 2000. Limited to 350 copies. Reg. $85, SALE $69.99

History’s Apprentice: The Diaries of B. H. Roberts – John Sillito, ed. 2004. Limited to 500 copies. Reg. $100, SALE $79.99

Candid Insights of a Mormon Apostle: The Diaries of Abraham H. Cannon, 1889-1895 ­– Edward Leo Lyman, ed. 2010. Limited to 500 copies. Reg. $125, SALE $99.99

Cowboy Apostle: The Diaries of Anthony W. Ivins, 1875-1932 – Elizabeth Oberdick Anderson, ed. 2013. Limited to 500 copies. Reg. $125, SALE $99.99

other volumes in the series

#1        American Prophet’s Record: The Diaries of Joseph Smith – Scott Faulring, ed. (1987), waiting list, approx. $600 when available

#2        On the Potter’s Wheel: The Diaries of Heber C. Kimball – Stanley B. Kimball, ed. (1987), waiting list, approx. $750 or more when available

#3        Letters from Exile: The Correspondence of Martha Hughes Cannon and Angus M. Cannon, 1886-1888 – Constance L. Lieber & John Sillito, eds. (1989), used copy available–$115 (name in marker inside front cover)

#4        Church, State, and Politics: The Diaries of John Henry Smith – Jean Bickmore White, ed. (1990), new copy available–$350 (still in tissue paper)

#5        Intimate Chronicle: The Diaries of William Clayton – George D. Smith, ed. (1991), used copy available–$700

#6        A Ministry of Meetings: The Apostolic Diaries of Rudger Clawson – Stan Larson, ed. (1993), used copy available–$325

#10     Danish Apostle: The Diaries o Anthon H. Lund – John P. Hatch, ed. (2006), sold out

#11      In the President’s Office: The Diaries of L. John Nuttall, 1879-1892 – Jedediah S. Rogers, ed. (2007), limited number of new copies available–$150

Smith-Pettit Foundation limited editions (all oversize hardback)

  • joseph-smith-egyptian-768x1000The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri: A Complete Edition by Robert K. Ritner. 2011. Limited to 501 copies of which 26 are lettered leather editions. 2011. 283pp. Reg. $79.95, SALE $59.99
  • LaterPatriarchalBlessingsLater Patriarchal Blessings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints comp. by H. Michael Marquardt. 2012. Limited to 501 copies of which 26 are lettered leather copies. Reg. $90, SALE $69.99
  • significant-textual-changes-753x1024Significant Textual Changes in the Book of Mormon: The First Printed Edition Compared to the Manuscripts and to the Subsequent Major LDS English Printed Editions ed. by John S. Dinger. 2013. Limited to 501 copies of which 26 are lettered leather copies. Reg. $60, SALE $44.99
  • bomThe Parallel Book of Mormon: The 1830, 1837, and 1840 Editions. Intro. by Curt Bench. 2008. Reg. $75, SALE $59.99.
  • dandcThe Parallel Doctrine and Covenants: The 1832-1833, 1833, and 1835 Editions of Joseph Smith’s Revelations. Intro. by Curt Bench. 2009. Reg. $49.95, SALE $24.99.

EVENING WITH THE EDITORS

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We are very excited to announce that Jill Mulvay Derr, Carol Cornwall Madsen, Kate Holbrook and Matthew J. Grow will be here on Wednesday, March 9th, to discuss their new book, The First Fifty Years of Relief Society: Key Documents in Latter-day Saint Women’s History (published by The Church Historian’s Press). They will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.—speaking at 6:00—and will answer questions and sign books before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make that night but, if not, we can mail signed copies or hold them here at the store for pick-up. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.

This collection of original documents explores the largely unknown nineteenth-century history of the Relief Society, the women’s organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Founded in 1842 in Nauvoo, Illinois, the Relief Society was initially led by Emma Smith, wife of president Joseph Smith. The substantial minutes of the organization’s proceedings from 1842 to 1844, published unabridged herein for the first time, document the women’s priorities, contributions, and teachings. The Nauvoo Relief Society Minute Book also contains six sermons Joseph Smith delivered to the society, the only recorded words he directed exclusively to the women of the church.

The organization was suspended from 1845 until the mid-1850s, when attempts were made to organize the Relief Society on a congregational level in some areas of Utah Territory after the emigration of the Latter-day Saints to the American West. A more general and permanent reorganization began in 1867, under the leadership of Eliza R. Snow, and the Relief Society’s roles within the church structure and within women’s lives expanded over the succeeding decades.

The example of the Nauvoo Relief Society Minute Book helped create a record-keeping sensibility among Latter-day Saint women, who conscientiously created thousands of official and private records during the nineteenth century. The seventy-eight key documents in this collection include minutes of meetings, sermons by both women and men, annual reports from local Relief Societies, newspaper articles and editorials, political petitions and speeches, poetry, letters, journal entries, and reminiscences. They were produced not only near church headquarters but in far-flung settlements in the Mountain West and in areas as remote as Hawai’i and England.

These records from the first fifty years of Relief Society give insight not only into the spiritual and ecclesiastical dimensions of Latter-day Saint women’s lives but also into their political, temporal, and social pursuits. Relief Society women cared for their families and the poor. They manufactured and sold goods, worked as midwives and doctors, gave healing blessings, appointed and set apart Relief Society officers, stored grain, built assembly halls, fought for woman suffrage, founded a hospital, defended the practice of plural marriage, and started the church organizations for children and young women.

Prominent in the documents are the towering figures of Mormon women’s history from this period—Emma Smith, Eliza R. Snow, Sarah M. Kimball, Mary Isabella Horne, Emmeline B. Wells, Zina D. H. Young, and many others. In addition, some two thousand lesser-known Latter-day Saints appear in these records. Each document has been meticulously transcribed and is placed in historical context with an introduction and annotation. The first non-Joseph Smith Papers publication of the Church Historian’s Press, The First Fifty Years of Relief Society: Key Documents in Latter-day Saint Women’s History is a wonderful signal of things to come.

“This remarkable collection is not only a landmark in Mormon historical editing—it is a signal contribution to religious studies, women’s history, and the economic and social history of the American west. In my view it is the most important work to emerge from the Mormon press in the last fifty years. With quiet authority and without special pleading it offers an accessible foundation for assessing the position of Latter-day Saint women in the nineteenth century and today.”
—Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Harvard University

 

Jill Mulvay Derr is a retired senior research historian for the Church History Department, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Carol Cornwall Madsen is a professor emerita of history at Brigham Young University.

Kate Holbrook is a specialist in women’s history for the Church History Department.

Matthew J. Grow is the director of publications for the Church History Department.

 

The First Fifty Years of Relief Society: Key Documents in Latter-day Saint Women’s History. The Church Historian’s Press, 2016. Hardback. 767pp. $49.95

 

Other books by Jill Mulvay Derr

Eliza: The Life and Faith of Eliza R. Snow. Deseret Book, 2013. Hardback. $27.99. Limited amount of copies signed by co-author Karen Lynn Davidson.

Sarah M. Kimball. Signature Books. Pamphlet. $2.95

Women of Covenant: The Story of Relief Society. Deseret Book, 2000. Limited amount of slightly used paperback and hardback copies ranging from $12.99-$15.99—inquire for details.

Women’s Voices: An Untold History of the Latter-day Saints, 1830-1900. Deseret Book, 2000. Paperback. $16.95

Other titles by Carol Cornwall Madsen

An Advocate for Women: The Public Life of Emmeline B. Wells, 1870-1920. BYU Press & Deseret Book, 2006. Hardback. Reg. $29.95, SALE $19.99 (limited quantities)

Journey to Zion: Voices from the Mormon Trail. Deseret Book, 1997. Hardback. $29.95

Other Titles by Matthew J. Grow

From the Outside Looking In: Essays on Mormon History, Theology, and Culture. Oxford University Press, 2015. Paperback. $35.00

Liberty to the Downtrodden: Thomas L. Kane, Romantic Reformer. Yale University Press, 2009. Reg. $40.00, SALE $24.99

Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism. Oxford University Press, 2011. Hardback. Reg. $34.95, SALE $24.99

The Prophet and the Reformer: The Letters of Brigham Young & Thomas L. Kane. Oxford University Press, 2015. Hardback. $39.95. Limited quantities also signed by co-editor Ronald W. Walker

 

Shipping: Media mail (w/ tracking): $6.00 for the first book (inquire for rates on additional books). Priority, FedEx, UPS options available—inquire for details.

Utah residents: add 7.05% sales tax.

LIMITED EDITIONS SALE

All titles from the Signature Books’ Significant Mormon Diaries Series as well as all limited titles published by the Smith-Pettit Foundation, are now officially out of print. We are offering sale prices on some of these important works for a short time. In the past, these books have universally increased in value as they become hard to find. For example, several volumes in the Significant Mormon Diaries Series now sell for $700 or more, while some of the Smith-Pettit titles now sell for nearly $300. These books, in addition to being fantastic sources of information, are beautifully designed and very eye-catching on a shelf. Take advantage of these incredible resources now while they are still available!

 

Significant Mormon Diaries

(all are hardback)

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  • In the World: The Diaries of Reed Smoot – Harvard S. Heath, ed. (1997). Limited to 500 copies. Reg. $100, SALE $79.99. No one was more surprised than Reed Smoot when he was called to the LDS apostleship at age thirty-eight. He had not held a previous church office of significance. Yet, as the son of one of Utah’s wealthiest men and the husband of a ranking church leader’s daughter, he was destined for prominence of some kind. His role would come to be that of an ambassador for the church in Washington, D.C., rather than a strictly spiritual counselor. When he was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1902, and during the ensuing hearings to challenge a Mormon’s right to hold office, Smoot was ineffective in swaying public opinion. But over the next thirty years as he increasingly socialized with corporate leaders and heads of state; in consulting with other senators, and they with him; and in spending long hours at the White House—even vacationing with two U.S. presidents—he emerged as one of the country’s most influential men. In his diaries, Smoot discloses something about every aspect of his life, whether personal or professional. He tells what went on behind closed doors in church and government circles, and he outlines the toll his government service took on his family. His candor and breadth make In the World an essential resource for U.S. and Mormon history.“Excellent editorial work and insightful introductory essay by Harvard S. Heath have resulted in a volume that will prove especially useful to historians of American religion. Interwoven in Smoot’s daily notes about his active political and business life one finds Smoot’s involvement in Mormon activities, ceremonies, and official meetings. Although clearly “in the world,” as Heath aptly titled this volume, Smoot never abandoned his devotion to Mormonism by excising it from his regular routine. Scholars seeking a fuller understanding of the practice of religion in the modern era will benefit from these diary entries, which demonstrate the intersection of family obligation, religious conviction, public service, and politics.”

    –Susan Curtis, Church History

  • Mormon Democrat: The Religious and Political Memoirs of James Henry Moyle – Gene Sessions, ed. (2000). Limited to 350 copies. Reg. $85, SALE $69.99. James Henry Moyle was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under U.S. president Woodrow Wilson, Commissioner of Customs under President Theodore Roosevelt, and special assistant to treasury secretary Henry Morgenthau. He was also president of the LDS Eastern States Mission. By his own count, he had two religions, Mormonism and the Democratic Party, and he alternately praised and criticized both. As one who was intimately acquainted with every major religious and political figure in Utah and elsewhere over six decades—and as the father of a future LDS apostle—he mustered surprisingly profound and entertaining insights in his memoirs. Part of his prominence was due to his aristocratic flair. Apostle Matthew Cowley admitted that he “always had to take another look when [he] passed Brother James H. Moyle on the street.” Nor was this large-framed, gray-haired statesman one to mince words. It is the raw edge to his comments that makes his autobiography so memorable. This former political kingpin’s life is also recounted in LDS church president Gordon B. Hinckley’s James Henry Moyle: The Story of a Distinguished American and Honored Churchman, who, by his own account, refers to Moyle as a colorful, highly opinionated, uncensored voice, who has a unique value.“Whatever their perspective, serious students of Mormon history or Utah politics will find much of interest in this occasionally repetitive memoir, and the fifty-three-page ‘Biographical Appendix,” which provides valuable material on virtually every figure prominently mentioned in the text, is a bonus prize. It is good to have Sessions’s book and Moyle’s life more easily available.”

    –F. Alan Coombs, Utah Historical Quarterly

  • History’s Apprentice: The Diaries of B. H. Roberts – John Sillito, ed. (2004). Limited to 500 copies. Reg. $100, SALE $79.99. On a drab Monday in 1882, B. H. Roberts, then laboring on a mission in Tennessee, confided to his journal: “I am twenty-five years old today: perhaps one-half of my life has passed away—and what have I done? But little of anything, either of good or evil; my misdeeds are like my talents—on the small order. I have made attempts to accomplish something in various directions, but ‘miserable failure’ is written across the face of each of them.” Roberts then detailed the shortcomings in his career, marriage, and church work. The irony for modern readers is what we know of his future accomplishments. In the half century left to him, he would play a preeminent role in the LDS church as a writer, historian, theologian, and politician. These diaries cover a period, 1880-1898, in which Roberts was active in Utah as a young church leader. They are his apprenticeship years when he developed the skills that would characterize the rest of his career. Besides illuminating the character of the man himself, they also add much to our knowledge of this pivotal time in history.“Sillito has made a remarkable scholarly contribution for which he should be complimented in the highest possible terms. This is an enormously impressive work—especially the diaries themselves—exhibiting all the hopes, dreams, fears and feelings of a great man as he lived a difficult but productive life. Anyone with any level of interest in Mormon history will devour its contents—and learn a great deal in the process.”

    –Dennis Lythgoe, Deseret News

  • Danish Apostle: The Diaries of Anthon H. Lund – John P. Hatch, ed. (2006). Limited to 500 copies. Reg. $100, SALE $79.99. By the time Anthon Lund was born in Denmark in 1844, Søren Kierkegaard was already producing his ideas on existentialism and Hans Christian Andersen had just penned the tales that would make him world-famous. In this environment, Anthon—who was raised by his father and grandmother after his mother’s death—became a voracious reader by the age of six. Lund converted to Mormonism, immigrated to the United States, and became an apostle and later counselor to the LDS church president—also Salt Lake temple president and Church Historian. His diaries cover the tensions between Apostle Moses Thatcher and his colleagues; the rejection by the U.S. House of Representatives of Utah’s Congressman, B. H. Roberts; the stormy hearings over whether to seat LDS apostle Reed Smoot in the U.S. Senate; and publication of History of the Church. Lund’s accounts of the inner workings of the church hierarchy are at times formal but otherwise chatty, the latter quality making him a favorite diarist among historians.“John P. Hatch, Signature Books, and the Smith-Pettit Foundation are to be commended for this work. Short of reading Anthon Lund’s unabridged diaries in the LDS Archives, anyone studying the end of pioneer Utah and the beginnings of modern Mormonism should read Danish Apostle.”

    –Richard Ouellette, Journal of Mormon History

  • Candid Insights of a Mormon Apostle: The Diaries of Abraham H. Cannon, 1889-1895 ­– Edward Leo Lyman, ed. (2010). Limited to 500 copies. Reg. $125, SALE $99.99. The Abraham H. Cannon diaries read like few others from the late nineteenth century. While many of Cannon’s colleagues were functionally literate, he had elegant handwriting, a beautiful way of expressing himself, and an eye for historically important details. Because of his position as an apostle in the LDS Church, his diaries are not only mannered but substantively important. Even mundane entries such as donating $20 for “a plan of erecting a monument in this city to Brigham Young” and his attendance at meetings of the Bullion-Beck Mine are interesting. But his overview of the great issues such as the 1890 Manifesto ending polygamy and discussions (including prayer-circle narratives) at the lavish Gardo House, the temporary headquarters of the LDS Church in the 1880s-90s, are unrivaled. Cannon died tragically when he was on his way to becoming one of the wealthiest men in Utah and—because he was ordained an apostle at age thirty—perhaps even LDS president. He was noted for his unequivocal commitment to Mormonism. When arraigned before a judge who asked if three women were his wives, Cannon answered defiantly, “Yes they are, thank God!” for which he was sentenced to six months in prison. He later married a woman who had been his brother’s fiancée. After his brother died, his family and Church convinced him to take the girl as a wife, apparently in California. Unfortunately he swam in the ocean during their trip and contracted an ear infection, from which he never recovered.“The diaries themselves are simply extraordinary. They are well deserving of inclusion in Signature Books’ Significant Diary Series. They rival and often surpass Wilford Woodruff’s diary in detailing the interaction and discussions of the LDS Church’s governing quorums… . Whereas Lyman has mostly been interested in political and economic matters, the pages are saturated with details of Latter-day Saint liturgy, belief, and practice as well as general territorial life… . I don’t hesitate to consider the Cannon diaries essential reading in Mormon history.”

    –Jonathan Stapley, Dialogue

  • Cowboy Apostle: The Diaries of Anthony W. Ivins, 1875-1932 – Elizabeth Oberdick Anderson, ed. (2013). Limited to 500 copies. Reg. $125, SALE $99.99. Anthony W. Ivins (1852-1934) migrated to St. George, Utah, at age nine where he later became an influential civic and ecclesiastical leader. He married Elizabeth A. Snow, daughter of Apostle Erastus F. Snow. Ivins was a first cousin of Heber J. Grant, and served as his counselor while Grant was LDS president. Ivins filled several Mormon missions to Mexico and presided as the Juarez, Mexico stake president where he performed post-manifesto marriages. He was appointed by the U.S. government as an Indian agent, and was warmly acquainted with Porfirio Diaz, president of Mexico. Involved in politics in St. George, Ivins held aspirations of running as a Democrat for governor of Utah. In 1907, he was ordained an apostle and later advanced to the First Presidency. Tone, as he called himself, was an accomplished horseman who worked with, and invested in, livestock. He was a game-hunting cowboy who became a statesman for both his country and his expanding religious community. Though in his correspondence Ivins expressed paramount concern for members of his family, he rarely mentions them in his journals. Rather, his diaries chronicle his business and religious observations including meetings with the Quorum of the Twelve and others. He records meetings of the apostles where decisions were made to remove from office Church leaders who had entered into polygamy after 1904, and details the Church’s dealings with the Mexican government to safeguard the Mormon colonists. There are also discussions where doctrinal principles were clarified. For example, in 1912, Ivins reported that President Joseph F. Smith addressed Brigham Young’s Adam God teachings and affirmed that it was “not a doctrine of the Church.” Appendices include Ivins “Record Book of Marriage” and an essay by Ivins’ son, H. Grant Ivins, titled “Polygamy in Mexico as Practiced by the Mormon Church, 1895-1905.”

Smith-Pettit Foundation limited editions

(all are oversize hardback)

  • joseph-smith-egyptian-768x1000The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri: A Complete Edition by Robert K. Ritner.( 2011). Limited to 501 copies of which 26 are lettered leather editions. 283pp. Reg. $79.95, SALE $63.99. This book marks the publication of the first full translation of the so-called Joseph Smith Egyptian papyri translated into English. These papyri comprise “The Breathing Permit of Hor,” “The Book of the Dead of Ta-Sherit-Min,” “The Book of the Dead Chapter 125 of Nefer-ir-nebu,” “The Book of the Dead of Amenhotep,” and “The Hypocephalus of Sheshonq,” as well as some loose fragments and patches. The papyri were acquired by members of the LDS Church in the 1830s in Kirtland, Ohio, and rediscovered in the mid-1960s in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. They served as the basis for Joseph Smith’s “Book of Abraham,” published in Nauvoo, Illinois, in 1842 and later canonized. As Robert K. Ritner, Professor of Egyptology at the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, explains: “The translation and publication of the Smith papyri must be accessible not merely to Egyptologists but to non-specialists within and outside of the LDS religious community for whom the Book of Abraham was produced.” Dr. Ritner provides not only his own original translations but gives variant translations by other researchers to demonstrate better the “evolving process” of decipherment. He also includes specialized transliterations and his own informed commentary on the accuracy of past readings. The present volume includes insightful introductory essays by noted scholars Christopher Woods, Associate Professor of Sumerology, University of Chicago (“The Practice of Egyptian Religion at ‘Ur of the Chaldees’”), Marc Coenen, Egyptian Studies Ph. D., University of Leuven, Belgium  (“The Ownership and Dating of Certain Joseph Smith Papyri”), and H. Michael Marquardt, author of The Revelations of Joseph Smith: Text and Commentary (“Joseph Smith’s Egyptian Papers: A History”). It contains twenty-eight photographic plates, including color images of the primary papyri (with corrected alignment for Papyrus Joseph Smith 2) and other relevant items.
  • LaterPatriarchalBlessingsLater Patriarchal Blessings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints comp. by H. Michael Marquardt. (2012). Limited to 501 copies of which 26 are lettered leather copies.  Reg. $90, SALE $71.99. This work, a companion to Early Patriarchal Blessings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, contains over 800 blessings performed between the years 1835-1995 by the presiding patriarchs of the LDS Church and others; Uncle John Smith (brother of Joseph Smith Sr.), John Smith (son of Hyrum Smith), Hyrum G. Smith (great-grandson of Hyrum Smith), Joseph Fielding Smith (great-grandson of Hyrum Smith), and Eldred G. Smith (great-great-grandson of Hyrum Smith), organized chronologically according to patriarch. Patriarchal blessings given to Latter-day Saints provide an abundance of promises and constitute a guide for living. Although patriarchal blessings are considered sacred to their recipients, they can also offer historians as well as theologians a view into the doctrinal beliefs and eternal goals shared by the church at specific times and places. Because the blessings span a century and a half, one can see trends develop over time. Although Mormonism offers many unique practices and rituals, patriarchal blessings stand out among them because of their personal nature and the autonomy given to the patriarchs in voicing doctrines and aspirations.
  • significant-textual-changes-753x1024Significant Textual Changes in the Book of Mormon: The First Printed Edition Compared to the Manuscripts and to the Subsequent Major LDS English Printed Editions ed. by John S. Dinger. (2013). 454pp Limited to 501 copies of which 26 are lettered leather copies. Reg. $60, SALE $47.99. The Book of Mormon is the scripture embraced by followers of Joseph Smith in his 1830s Latter-day Saint movement. Despite the faith of believers that the Book of Mormon is “the most correct of any book,” ever since Smith first dictated the text to scribes, there have been significant modifications with each printing. Here, presented for the first time, is an easy-to-use, single volume correlating all the major changes to English language editions of the Book of Mormon. It includes the original manuscript, printer’s manuscript, and fifteen editions from 1830 to 1981. The base text is from an original 1830 edition, and bold lettering signals the altered text. Footnotes track changes over time, with details from the variant texts. Often these changes simply clarify minor issues of spelling, adding or deleting conjunctions or completing fragmented sentences. But at several important points, the changes transform the meaning of Joseph Smith’s canon. A major character in the book describes the symbolism of a dream he has and refers to “the Lamb of God” (Jesus) as “the Eternal Father,” a generic Trinitarian belief that Mormons now reject. The text was subsequently changed to read “the Lamb of the Son of the Eternal Father,” which reflected the shift in belief among Mormons at the time, as they came to regard Deity as three separate beings with exalted human bodies. Other changes affect basic understandings of theology, race, and identity, which morph through printings and are tracked here in a clean, straightforward approach.

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Reminder that Emily W. Jensen and Tracy McKay-Lamb, editors of the new compilation “A Book of Mormons: Latter-day Saints on a Modern-Day Zion” (published by White Cloud Press), will be here TOMORROW Tuesday, Jan 19th, to discuss the book. They will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.—speaking at 6:00—and will answer questions and sign books before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make it that night but, if not, we can mail signed copies or hold them here at the store for pick-up.

As the dust settles from the holidays, we’ve compiled a list of books that have been published recently. Check out the offerings and see what needs to be added to your collection for 2016!

NEW BOOKS

  • The Prospect of Ready Access: Annals of the Apostles, 1835-1951 (CD). Privately published, 2015. CD. $75.00. 3321pp (in 4 PDF files). This collection of primary sources presents diary excerpts, correspondence and, significantly, meeting minutes involving the First Presidency and Quorum of the 12 (covering—with a few exceptions giving context—the period from 1835 to 1961 [the J. Reuben Clark diaries are the main source for 1951-61]) that are crucial in analyzing the complex and fascinating course of Mormon history. Taken from a variety of places—Journal History, Selected Collections from the Archives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, papers amassed by various scholars (such as Leonard Arrington and Michael Quinn)—these records portray a growing church, the interplay of strong personalities among LDS authorities and trial-and-error policy decisions. 3321pp. 4 PDF files. Previously published in very limited hardback runs (retailed at $1300)—these electronic versions correct some typographical errors and include some additional material. Includes:–The Nauvoo Diaries of William Clayton, 1842-1846, Abridged (marked to indicate what material what is unique to this edition and not contained in An Intimate Chronicle)
    The Diaries of Heber J. Grant, 1880-1945 Abridged
    The Diaries of J. Reuben Clark, 1933-1961, Abridged (with two appendices)
    Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: 1835-1951 (with eight appendices—three not included in the hardback version—providing excerpts from the record of the 70s and Salt Lake Stake disciplinary proceedings against proto-fundamentalists among other materials)
  • mormon church and blacksThe Mormon Church & Blacks: A Documentary History ed. by Matthew L. Harris and Newell G. Bringhurst. University of Illinois Press, 2015. Paperback–$25.00/hardback–$85.00. 217pp. The Mormon Church and Blacks presents thirty official or authoritative Church statements on the status of African Americans in the Mormon Church. Matthew L. Harris and Newell G. Bringhurst comment on the individual documents, analyzing how they reflected uniquely Mormon characteristics and contextualizing each within the larger scope of the history of race and religion in the United States. Their analyses consider how lifting the ban shifted the status of African Americans within Mormonism, including the fact that African Americans, once denied access to certain temple rituals considered essential for Mormon salvation, could finally be considered full-fledged Latter-day Saints in both this world and the next. Throughout, Harris and Bringhurst offer an informed view of behind-the-scenes Church politicking (particularly interesting details emerge in the notes) before and after the ban. The result is an essential resource for experts and laymen alike on a much-misunderstood aspect of Mormon history and belief. **We still have a few copies signed by both authors.“This volume represents a long overdue documentary history of Mormonism and black priesthood denial that includes the essential primary sources on the subject. The strength here is in the twentieth and twenty-first century chapters, previously underexplored eras in the changing status of blackness within Mormonism.”–W. Paul Reeve, author of Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness
  • PlantedPlanted: Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt by Patrick Q. Mason. Neal A. Maxwell Institute/Deseret Book, 2015. $15.99. Paperback. From the Living Faith Book series. For all its beneficial advances, our secular age has also weakened some people’s ties to religious belief and affiliation. Latter-day Saints have not been immune to this trend. In recent years, many faithful Church members have encountered challenging aspects of Church history, belief, or practice. Feeling isolated, alienated, or misled, some struggle to stay. Some simply leave. Many search for a reliable and faithful place to work through their questions. Planted: Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt offers such a place. This book gives people who struggle with questions—and people who love those who struggle—practical ways to stay planted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Rather than attempting to answer every possible question or doubt, Planted presents an empathetic, practical, and candid dialog about the relationship of doubt and faith. **Signed“Every Latter-day Saint knows someone who grapples with faith, is dismayed at facts or rumors concerning the church’s history and policies, or feels bereft of a comfortable place in Mormon culture. Such people may chafe at the stigma of doubt, persuaded that no one understands their concerns. Patrick Mason shows he does understand. His book offers a safe space where legitimate questions are honored and where provisional answers will engage many an open mind and heart. Mental integrity and spiritual sanity, in a Mormon context, may look something like this.”—Philip Barlow, Leonard J. Arrington Professor of Mormon History and Culture at Utah State University and coeditor of the Oxford Handbook of Mormonism
  • fadedA Faded Legacy: Amy Brown Lyman and Mormon Women’s Activism, 1872-1959 by Dave Hall. University of Utah Press, 2015. $34.95. 300pp. Hardback. Amy Brown Lyman was a leader once admired for her dynamic personality, her inspiring public addresses, and for her remarkable vision of what Mormon women in the Relief Society could achieve. Yet today her name is barely known. This volume introduces her to a new generation, showing how the accomplishments of Lyman and her peers benefitted subsequent generations. Dave Hall examines the roots and trajectory of Mormon women’s activism. Lyman entered public life at a time when the practice of polygamy was ending and Mormonism was assimilating mainstream trends. The book recounts her involvement in the Relief Society, the Mormon women’s charity group that she led for many years and sought to transform into a force for social welfare. Lyman’s later life, after she resigned from the Relief Society amidst personal tragedy, offers insight into the reasons Mormon women abandoned an activist heritage for a more conservative role that is again evolving.“The book is particularly valuable in its exploration of the tensions between the Mormon experience and the American tendency of requiring women to strike a balance between home and the wider world.”
    —John Sillito, coeditor of Mormon Mavericks: Essays on Dissenters
  • JSP_Journals_V3_marketingThe Joseph Smith Papers, Journals, Vol. 3: May 1843-June 1844 ed. by Andrew Hedges, Alex D. Smith and Brent M. Rogers. The Church Historian’s Press, 2015. $57.95 (remember—save 10% on this and future volumes by becoming a subscriber to the series!). 641 pp. Hardback. Covering May 1843 through June 1844, this volume features the conclusion of Joseph Smith’s second Nauvoo journal, kept by scribe Willard Richards. During these months, Joseph Smith was often preoccupied with legal and political matters, particularly in his role as mayor of Nauvoo, Illinois, and chief justice of Nauvoo’s municipal court. Because of continued political struggles and conflict with their neighbors, Smith and his advisers contemplated relocating the church to Oregon or the Republic of Texas. The Council of Fifty, also known as “the Kingdom of God,” was formed in part to lead this effort. Joseph Smith gave more than sixty public addresses during this time, many of which are documented in this volume. The discourses covered topics such as salvation, resurrection, baptism for the dead, priesthood ordinances, a multitiered heaven, and humanity’s potential to become like God. Controversial teachings, the practice of plural marriage, Joseph Smith’s growing political power, and other factors led to loud criticism of Smith and other church leaders, by both disaffected church members and prominent opponents in surrounding communities. Contemporary records such as William Clayton’s journal and the Council of Fifty minutes are employed to provide contextual background for these events. Because of Richards’s idiosyncratic handwriting, many passages of this journal have been misread and misunderstood in the past. To provide the most accurate reading possible, experts in Richards’s handwriting have meticulously transcribed Smith’s journal according to the highest standards of documentary editing. This volume includes as appendixes two additional sources that shed light on the final two weeks of Joseph Smith’s life: an excerpt from Willard Richards’s journal for 23–27 June and an account of Smith’s 10–22 June activities made by William Clayton. Includes a comprehensive index for the Journals series. **Signed by all three volume editors!
  • Wilford C. Wood: A Collector for Joseph Smith by A. James Faulkner. NST Enterprises, 2015. $29.99. 130pp. Paperback. Wilford C. Wood first developed his love for Church history during a mission—a love that would influence the course of his future life. His fur business provided him with a good income and gave him the opportunity to travel by automobile throughout the country, generally visiting historic sites connected with the Church. Fortunately, Wood felt the need to preserve the things of the past, both the places where significant events in the early Church had occurred and the documents that told the story of the Restoration. Some of his major purchases included eight out of the ten plots of ground that constituted the original temple block in Nauvoo, Illinois; the Liberty Jail in Missouri; property at the Aaronic Priesthood restoration site in Harmony, Pennsylvania; property at Adam-ondi-Ahman in Missouri; the John Johnson farm in Hiram, Ohio; the Newel K. Whitney store in Kirtland, Ohio; and the John Taylor home and print-shop in Nauvoo. This biography gives behind-the-scenes details gathered from family members and gives insight into his later years.
  • when raceWhen Race, Religion, and Sport Collide: Black Athletes at BYU and Beyond by Darron T. Smith. Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. 217pp. Hardback. $65.00. When Race, Religion, and Sport Collide tells the story of Brandon Davies’ dismissal from Brigham Young University’s NCAA playoff basketball team to illustrate the thorny intersection of religion, race, and sport at BYU and beyond. Author Darron T. Smith analyzes the athletes dismissed through BYU’s honor code violations and suggests that they are disproportionately African American, which has troubling implications. He ties these dismissals to the complicated history of negative views towards African Americans in the LDS faith. These honor code dismissals elucidate the challenges facing black athletes at predominantly white institutions. Weaving together the history of the black athlete in America and the experience of blackness in Mormon theology, When Race, Religion, and Sport Collide offers a timely and powerful analysis of the challenges facing African American athletes in the NCAA today. Limited quantities.“Using the athletic department at Brigham Young University as a case study, Darron Smith explores the complicated and shifting intersections between sport, race, and religion in contemporary American society. With an eye on the historical evolution of the relationship between race and the lucrative world of sports, Smith exposes the ways that black bodies are commodified and racialized for white consumption. Mix a sometimes inconsistently applied honor code with religious justifications for historically excluding black bodies from full participation in Mormon priesthood and temples, and the setting is ripe for a complex set of dynamics to haunt the experiences of black athletes at BYU.”  –W. Paul Reeve, University of Utah; author of Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Struggle for Whiteness
  • talking doctrineTalking Doctrine: Mormons & Evangelicals in Conversation ed. by Richard J. Mouw and Robert J. Millet. IVP Academic, 2015. 256pp. Paperback. $19.99. Over the past two centuries relations between Mormons and evangelicals could at best be described as guarded and suspicious and at worst as antagonistic and hostile. In recent years, however, evangelicals and Mormons have frequently found themselves united against certain influences in society: militant atheism, growing secularism, ethical relativism and frontal attacks on marriage, the family and religious liberty. With this background, a group of nine Mormon and ten evangelical scholars undertook a remarkable journey over a period of fifteen years to discuss differences and investigate possible common ground. The essays in this book reflect thoughtful, respectful and nuanced engagements on some of the most controversial topics that have inflamed passions in the past. Evangelical contributors include Craig Blomberg, Christopher Hall, Gerald McDermott–among the Mormon participants are Spencer Fluhman, J.B. Haws and Grant Underwood.“Richard Mouw and Robert Millet have compiled an outstanding collection of essays that place Jesus’ core message at the center of interfaith dialogue: true disciples interact in love and mutual respect. These pioneers of the evangelical-Mormon conversation have much to teach us all by their words and examples alike.”—Terryl Givens, Bostwick Professor of English, University of Richmond, author of Wrestling the Angel: The Foundations of Mormon Thought
  • evolvingEvolving Faith: Wanderings of a Mormon Biologist by Steven L. Peck. Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2015. 206pp. Paperback. $19.95. Believers and scientists have long wrestled over the relationship between science and faith. Acclaimed Latter-day Saint author and scientist Steven L. Peck demonstrates that both are indispensable tools we can use to navigate God’s strange and beautiful creation. Evolving Faith: Wanderings of a Mormon Biologist is a collection of technical, personal, whimsical essays about Mormon theology, evolution, human consciousness, the environment, sacred spaces, and more. With the mind of a scientist, the soul of a believer, and the heart of a wanderer, Peck provides companionship for women and men engaged in the unceasing quest for further light and knowledge.“Wrap up in one Latter-day Saint someone with professional-level training and publications in physics, philosophy, theology, mathematics, ecology, and evolutionary biology–not to mention fictional writing–and you’ve got Steven L. Peck. No other LDS author has possessed the broad vision Peck uses to explore basic dimensions in the debates about science and religion. Beyond any others, Peck outlines insightful philosophical and theological paths toward a productive synthesis. His writing is engaging, his thinking incisive, and his suggestions provocative. This book of collected essays is a ground-breaking resource for serious students of LDS theology in relation to the rapidly-expanding advances of modern science.”—Duane E. Jeffery, Emeritus of Professor Biology, Brigham Young University
  • approachingApproaching Antiquity: Joseph Smith and the Ancient World ed. by Lincoln H. Blumell, Matthew J. Grey and Andrew H. Hedges. Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2015. 526pp. Hardback. $31.99. A collection of essays by prominent LDS scholars—including Richard Bushman and David Holland—Approaching Antiquity discusses the interest in the ancient world shared by Joseph Smith and the early Latter-day Saints. Topics include Joseph Smith’s fascination with the ancient Americas, his interaction with the Bible, his study of Hebrew and Greek, his reading of Jewish and Christian apocryphal writings, and his work with the Book of Abraham in the context of 19th-century Egyptology. Together, these essays demonstrate that Joseph Smith’s interests in antiquity played an important role in his prophetic development as he sought to recover ancient scripture, restore the ancient Church, and bring the Latter-day Saints into fellowship with the sacred past.
  • kingdom transformedA Kingdom Transformed: Early Mormonism and the Modern LDS Church (second ed.) by Gary and Gordon Shepherd. University of Utah, 2016. 406pp. Paperback. $35.00. To survive in an often disapproving society, the LDS Church has made adaptive changes in belief, practice, and organization over time. Gordon and Gary Shepherd elucidate these changes through statistical analyses of the rhetoric found in proceedings of the church’s semiannual General Conference. The first edition of A Kingdom Transformed covered the years 1830 to 1979. This new edition revises that work and adds to it by examining the subsequent thirty years of conference talks, revealing what new trends have emerged. Every chapter has been rewritten and updated with theoretical and empirical support from contemporary sources and a new conceptual framework for interpreting findings. Early twentieth-century LDS leaders mainstreamed church doctrines, but by the mid-twentieth century, church authorities began emphasizing a more conservative theology that coincided with an increasingly conservative political orientation. This new edition adds such current issues as the roles of women in the church and of international growth versus member retention.“A valuable addition, both substantively and methodologically, to the study of the transformations that have occurred in institutional Mormonism across time . . . It will be an interesting read.”
    —Armand L. Mauss, author of Shifting Borders and a Tattered Passport: Intellectual Journeys of a Mormon Academic
  • let us reasonLet Us Reason Together: Essays in Honor of the Life’s Work of Robert L. Millet ed. by J. Spencer Fluhman and Brent L. Top. Religious Studies Center/Neal A. Maxwell Institute/Deseret Book, 2015. 414pp. Hardback. $29.99. A single volume cannot accurately measure the influence of a beloved colleague, but this one nevertheless stands as modest evidence of Robert L. Millet’s prodigious impact over a career that spanned nearly four decades. His retirement provided an opportunity to gather some of those who count him as a mentor, colleague, and friend. They offer this collection of essays as a monument to his remarkable career as an administrator, teacher, and writer. That these pieces range across topics, disciplines, and even religious traditions seems especially appropriate given Millet’s own broad reach. Contributors include Richard Bennett, Craig Blomberg, Richard Mouw and J.B. Haws.
  • great medicine 2The Great Medicine Road, Part 2: Narratives of the Oregon, California, and Mormon Trails, 1840–1848 ed. by Michael L. Tate with the assistance of Will Bagley and Richard L. Rieck.. Arthur H. Clark Company, 2015. 339pp. Hardback. $39.95. During the early weeks of 1848, as U.S. congressmen debated the territorial status of California, a Swiss immigrant and an itinerant millwright forever altered the future state’s fate. Building a sawmill for Johann August Sutter, James Wilson Marshall struck gold. The rest may be history, but much of the story of what happened in the following year is told not in history books but in the letters, diaries, journals, and other written recollections of those whom the California gold rush drew west. In this second installment in the projected four-part collection The Great Medicine Road: Narratives of the Oregon, California, and Mormon Trails, the hardy souls who made the arduous trip tell their stories in their own words. Seven individuals’ tales bring to life a long-ago year that enriched some, impoverished others, and forever changed the face of North America.
  • from the outsideFrom the Outside Looking In: Essays on Mormon History, Theology, and Culture ed. by Reid L. Neilson & Matthew J. Grow. Oxford University Press, 2015. $35.00. 414 pp. Paperback.  This book contains fifteen essays, each first presented as the annual Tanner Lecture at the conference of the Mormon History Association by a leading scholar. Renowned in their own specialties but relatively new to the study of Mormon history at the time of their lectures, these scholars place Mormon history within the currents of American religious history–for example, by placing Joseph Smith and other Latter-day Saints in conversation with Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nat Turner, fellow millenarians, and freethinkers. Other essays explore the creation of Mormon identities, demonstrating how Mormons created a unique sense of themselves as a distinct people. Historians of the American West examine Mormon connections with American imperialism, the Civil War, and the wider cultural landscape. Finally the essayists look at continuing Latter-day Saint growth around the world, within the context of the study of global religions. Examining Mormon history from an outsider’s perspective, the essays presented in this volume ask intriguing questions, share fresh insights and perspectives, analyze familiar sources in unexpected ways, and situate research on the Mormon past within broader scholarly debates.“This anthology of recent Tanner Lectures represents cutting edge scholarship about the Mormon experience in America and worldwide. All of the authors are distinguished scholars who write from outside the tradition. Their perspective combines the analytic tools of the observer with the empathetic sensibilities of the believer. Taken together, they provide a plethora of insights about the growth, identity, and position of the largest and perhaps most important of the homegrown American religious movements.” –Grant Wacker, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Christian History, Duke Divinity School
  • looking for lincolnLooking for Lincoln in Illinois: Lincoln in Mormon Country by Bryon C. Andreasen. Southern Illinois University Press. 2015. 115 pp. Paperback.  $19.95. Although they inhabited different political, social, and cultural arenas, Abraham Lincoln and the pioneer generation of Latter-day Saints, or Mormons, shared the same nineteenth-century world. Bryon C. Andreasen’s Looking for Lincoln in Illinois: Lincoln and Mormon Country relates more than thirty fascinating and surprising stories that show how the lives of Lincoln and the Mormons intersected. This richly illustrated and carefully researched book expands on some of the storyboards found on the Looking for Lincoln Story Trail, from the Mormon capital of Nauvoo to the state capital of Springfield. Created by the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition, this trail consists of wayside exhibits posted in sites of significance to Lincoln’s life and career across fifty-two communities in Illinois. The book’s keyed maps, historic photos, and descriptions of battles, Mormon expeditions, and events at inns, federal buildings, and even Lincoln’s first Illinois log cabin connect the stories to their physical locations. Exploring the intriguing question of whether Lincoln and Mormon founder Joseph Smith ever met, the book reveals that they traveled the same routes and likely stayed at the same inns.“Drawing on a lifetime of research, Andreasen describes the historical intersections between America’s most beloved president and its most controversial prophet. The vignettes of the people and places that shaped Lincoln’s life and influenced the development of Mormonism are as carefully researched and nuanced as they are engaging and enlightening.”— Alex D. Smith, historian, Joseph Smith Papers
  • larry millerLarry H. Miller, Behind the Drive: 99 Inspiring Stories from the Life of an American Entrepreneur comp. by Bryan Miller. Shadow Mountain, 2015. 432pp. Hardback. $25.99. In Driven: An Autobiography, business mogul Larry H. Miller shared his painful and joyful lessons about the many facets of his life and legacy and candidly spoke about the people and circumstances that influenced him. In Larry H. Miller: Behind the Drive, the tables are turned as we hear firsthand from both famous and obscure people whose lives were influenced, inspired, and even transformed by the compassion, generosity, and leadership of Larry. Nearly 100 individuals (include our own Curt Bench) share personal stories about the man who they came to know and love as a philanthropist, a Good Samaritan, an angel in disguise. Quite frankly, Larry H. Miller simply loved helping people. It didn’t matter who they were. It didn’t matter what he was doing at the time. When Larry heard the call for help, he unassumingly went about to make things better. The marvel of Miller isn’t what he did to shape a community or touch a life, it’s how he did it one person at a time.
  • seventeenSeventeen Sisters Tell Their Story ed. by Barbara Miller and Virginia Webb. Scrivener Books, 2015. 232pp. Paperback. $15.99. This series of seventeen stories focuses on the Barlow family, a family that epitomized the fundamentalist Mormon polygamous lifestyle in the early to mid-20th Century. It was led by Albert Barlow, a father of thirty-four children and a husband to three women for over fifty years. The seventeen living daughters of Albert’s family each take a chapter to share their perspective on living in this large, often chaotic family.
  • history mormon landmarksA History of Mormon Landmarks in Utah: Monuments of Faith by Andy Weeks. The History Press, 2015. 175pp. Paperback. $21.99. The home state of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a land of rugged mountains, deep canyon lands and majestic rivers. Utah and Mormon history are entwined, as so many early followers of the faith settled the region beginning in 1847. They preserved their values and heritage in the numerous temples, forts, tabernacles and cemeteries that serve as historic sacred monuments for the modern church. Author and LDS member Andy Weeks explores the history behind the landmarks that exalt the rich, deeply rooted history of Mormonism in the Beehive State.
  • mormonism american politicsMormonism and American Politics ed. by Randall Balmer & Jana Riess. Columbia University Press, 2015. 244pp. Paperback–$30.00/hardback–$90.00. In this collection, prominent scholars of Mormonism, including Claudia L. Bushman, Richard Lyman Bushman, Jan Shipps, and Philip L. Barlow, follow the religion’s quest for legitimacy in the United States and its intersection with American politics. From Brigham Young’s skirmishes with the federal government over polygamy to the Mormon involvement in California’s Proposition 8, contributors combine sociology, political science, race and gender studies, and popular culture to track Mormonism’s rapid integration into American life. The book takes a broad view of the religion’s history, considering its treatment of women and African Americans and its portrayal in popular culture and the media. With essays from both Mormon and non-Mormon scholars, this anthology tells a big-picture story of a small sect that became a major player in American politics.“The authors of these essays give genuine insight into Mormonism’s political present without neglecting the significance of its past. A smart, accessible collection, it is a very good read for the academic and general public. Especially for the classroom, the volume offers an opportunity to discuss America’s engagement with religion on such important themes as race, gender, majoritarian politics, religious liberty and its informal, but no less important, public counterpoint, toleration.” — Kathleen Flake, University of Virginia
  • Far_Away_WestFar Away In the West: Reflections on the Mormon Pioneer Trail ed. by Scott C. Esplin, Richard E. Bennett, Susan Easton Black, and Craig K. Manscill. Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2015. Hardback. $27.99. The story of the Mormon exodus from Nauvoo to a new mountain home “far away in the west” still stirs the imagination of writers, artists, historians, and musicians. Letters, diaries and other manuscript sources continue to be discovered that recount this stirring chapter in Mormon history. An entire believing people came to trust that they would find their place to worship without fear of persecution if they followed their God. This book is divided into three sections: the Mormons’ forced departure from their Nauvoo homes in 1846–47; the Mormons’ experiences along their journey to the Rocky Mountains; and what the Mormon Trail has come to mean in recent times.
  • provo's twoProvo’s Two Temples by Richard O. Cowan and Justin Bray. Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2015. Hardback. $29.99. Provo, Utah is the home of two LDS temples, each with a distinctive story. This volume includes a comprehensive account of each of these two temples, which have very different histories. One temple was built from the ground up and dedicated in 1972. The other is like a phoenix, born again of the ashes of a building destroyed by fire. This book includes richly illustrated pictures and text that traces the unique construction, history, and many other details that help tell the stories of each of Provo’s two temples.
  • book mormon study guideThe Book of Mormon Study Guide: Start to Finish. Thomas Valletta, gen. ed. Deseret Book, 2015. 921pp. Paperback. $29.99. The Book of Mormon Study Guide: Start to Finish is a comprehensive, question-and-answer commentary that draws from thousands of the very best insights on the scriptures, including those from General Authorities, Church magazines and manuals, the most respected scholarly commentaries, scripture reference books, and other publications. This comprehensive volume brings the most unique, most compelling, and most insightful comments on the Book of Mormon together into one place to help you get more out of your personal scripture study. As we ask inspired questions and seek a deeper understanding of the scriptures, we invite personal revelation to help us in our challenging and ever-changing journey of life.

Fairleigh Dickinson University Press Mormon Studies Series

The series editors note that “the objective of this interdisciplinary series is to encourage fresh lines of inquiry and analysis that will shed light not only on established subjects of research such as Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, and the Mormon role in the settlement of the American West, but also on a variety of lesser known topics.” All books are published by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (2015) and are hardback. **These titles are special order only—please let us know if you would like a copy.**

  • Mormonism and the Emotions: An Analysis of LDS Scriptural Texts by Mauro Properzi. 284pp. $85.00. Mormonism and the Emotions: An Analysis of LDS Scriptural Texts is an introductory Latter-day Saint (LDS) theology of emotion that is both canonically based and scientifically informed. It highlights three widely accepted characteristics of emotion that emerge from scientific perspectives—namely, the necessity of cognition for its emergence, the personal responsibility attached to its manifestations, and its instrumentality in facilitating various processes of human development and experience. In analyzing the basic theological structure of Mormonism and its unique canonical texts the objective is to determine the extent to which LDS theology is compatible with this three-fold definition of emotion. At this basic level of explanation, the conclusion is that science and Mormon theology undoubtedly share a common perspective. The textual investigation focuses on unique Mormon scriptures and on their descriptions of six common emotions: hope, fear, joy, sorrow, love, and hate.
  • Irenaeus, Joseph Smith, and God-Making Heresy by Adam J. Powell. 276pp. $85.00 Irenaeus, Joseph Smith, and God-Making Heresy seeks both to demonstrate the salience of “heresy” as a tool for analyzing instances of religious conflict far beyond the borders of traditional historical theology and to illuminate the apparent affinity for deification exhibited by some persecuted religious movements. To these ends, the book argues for a sociologically-informed redefinition of heresy as religiously-motivated opposition and applies the resulting concept to the historical cases of second-century Christians and nineteenth-century Mormons. Ultimately, Irenaeus, Joseph Smith, and God-Making Heresy is a careful application of the comparative method to two new religious movements, highlighting the social processes at work in their early doctrinal developments.
  • Chicano While Mormon: Activism, War, and Keeping the Faith by Ignacio M. García. 260pp. $75.00. This is a memoir of the early years of a well-known Chicano scholar whose work and activism were motivated by his Mormon faith. The narrative follows him as an immigrant boy in San Antonio, Texas, who finds religion, goes to segregated schools, participates in the first major school boycott of the modern era in Texas, goes to Viet Nam where he heads an emergency room in the Mekong Delta, and then to college where he becomes involved in the Chicano Movement. Throughout this time he juggles, struggles, and comes to terms with the religious principles that provide him the foundation for his civil rights activism and form the core of his moral compass and spiritual beliefs. In the process he pushes back against those religious traditions and customs that he sees as contrary to the most profound aspects of being a Mormon Christian. This memoir is about activism and religion on the ground and reflects the militancy of people of color whose faith drives them to engage in social action that defies simple political terminology.

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