EVENING WITH AN AUTHOR

We are very excited to announce that D. Michael Quinn, author of the highly-anticipated Mormon Hierarchy: Wealth & Corporate Power (published by Signature Books), will be here Wednesday, October 25 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 (we anticipate a large crowd so arriving early is highly recommended) 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.

Early in the twentieth century, it was possible for Latter-day Saints to have lifelong associations with businesses managed by their leaders or owned and controlled by the church itself. For example, one could purchase engagement rings from Daynes Jewelry, honeymoon at the Hotel Utah, and venture off on the Union Pacific Railroad, all partially owned and run by church apostles.

Families could buy clothes at Knight Woolen Mills. The husband might work at Big Indian Copper or Bullion-Beck, Gold Chain, or Iron King mining companies. The wife could shop at Utah Cereal Food and buy sugar supplied by Amalgamated or U and I Sugar, beef from Nevada Land and Livestock, and vegetables from the Growers Market. They might take their groceries home in parcels from Utah Bag Co. They probably read the Deseret News at home under a lamp plugged into a Utah Power and Light circuit. They could take out a loan from Zion’s Co-operative and insurance from Utah Home and Fire.

The apostles had a long history of community involvement in financial enterprises to the benefit of the general membership and their own economic advantage. This volume is the result of the author’s years of research into LDS financial dominance from 1830 to 2010.

D. Michael Quinn was an award-winning professor at BYU and is now an independent historian. He is the author of several seminal books and articles that have received awards from the American Historical Association, John Whitmer Historical Association, and Mormon History Association.

 

The Mormon Hierarchy: Wealth & Corporate Power. Signature Books. 597pp. Hardback. $49.95

 

Other titles by the author

The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power. Signature Books, 1994. Hardback. $39.95

The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power. Signature Books, 1997. Hardback. $44.95

Early Mormonism and the Magic World View (2nd ed.). Signature Books, 1998. Paperback. $28.95

Elder Statesman: A Biography of J. Reuben Clark. Signature Books, 2002. Hardback. $49.95

Same-sex Dynamics Among Nineteenth-Century Americans: A Mormon Example. University of Illinois, 1996. Paperback. $39.00.

 

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Reminder that Mark Ashurst-McGee, David W. Grua, Elizabeth A. Kuehn, Alexander L. Baugh, and Brenden W. Rensink, editors of The Joseph Smith Papers: Documents, Volume 6: February 1838–August 1839, will be here THIS WEDNESDAY, October 4, to speak about and sign copies of their book. They will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.—speaking at 6:00 p.m.—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.

 

As a teaser, we include some interesting things learned in an interview with three of the editors (Mark Ashurst-McGee, Elizabeth Kuehn and David Grua) that we attended last week. Questions and answers are slightly paraphrased from notes taken during the interview. Enjoy!

 

Mark Ashurst-McGee: This volume has 4 parts—the first two are about Far West/Adam-ondi-Ahman/DeWitt, the third is Joseph Smith under arrest and the fourth is the period following the escape from Missouri and the rebuilding process in Iowa/Illinois. I was mainly responsible for the first two sections, David for the third and Elizabeth for the fourth.

Q—This volume includes content from Wilford Woodruff’s “Book of Revelations.” What do we know about its creation and usage? How does it differ from journal entries?

Elizabeth Kuehn: Woodruff gets it from his brother, Asahel, and then starts using it in the summer of 1839 when Joseph Smith is preparing the 12 to leave for a mission in England. The Church History Library got parts of his collection from different branches of the family over the years. The provenance for this particular item is given in the source note in this volume [see p. 575]. Where the same discourse is reported in his journal, the “Book of Revelations” entry is more expansive. He also uses his cursive hand than his more familiar block printing. One discourse starts as grouped thoughts and then he strikes it out and expands it into a full entry.

Q—How does one determine what is most contemporary among Woodruff’s various sources?

Elizabeth: We do line ups to compare two texts line by line and word by word. The first entries are revelations dealing with the Twelve—these are key things to take to England relating to his responsibilities. Willard Richards’ “Pocket Companion” copies from the “Book of Revelations.” Some of the Twelve also have personal copies of things like this, not necessarily kept in a notebook.

Q—How did this item come to the attention of the Joseph Smith Papers team?

Mark: We heard about it five years ago when it came over from the First Presidency vault.

Elizabeth: However, it came into our document lineup later—Robin Jensen asked if we were going to use it as a source partway through the writing process for this volume.

Q—What can you tell us about the “Letter to the Citizens of Jackson County?” [see p. 282]

David Grua: Joseph Smith and others are arrested in August 1838 and then transported in November 1838 to Independence. Their fate is uncertain, they have heard rumors and think maybe if we are nice, butter up residents, maybe we can sway public opinion. The letter is published in a newspaper and we don’t have the original. It was published several miles away which makes us think maybe it was published as a broadside.

Q–Does this letter line up with Dean Jessee’s article “‘Walls, Grates and Screeking Iron Doors’: The Prison Experience of Mormon Leaders in Missouri, 1838-1839?” [published in New Views of Mormon History: Essays in Honor of Leonard J. Arrington]

David: In a letter Joseph wrote to Emma, he mentions how surprised they were at how nice residents were. Some have wondered if he was being sarcastic—however, Parley P. Pratt writes to his wife with same message so probably not.

Mark—When you look at the documents for this period, there are some things that tweak the general narrative.

Q—During this period, vigilante violence becomes state-sponsored. What triggers the shift? What documents illuminate this? How might this volume help as course correction to curriculum, for example?

David: At the end of part 2 going into part 3 of this volume, there is very little extant here. No journal, no correspondence, but we know from other sources that there were some letters mobilizing troops that don’t survive. When they go to Daviess County and sack Millport and Gallatin, some say that Joseph Smith sends a letter to Rigdon announcing their victory. Albert P. Rockwood keeps a contemporary journal that describes a “Northern Campaign.” John Smith also has a journal for 22 October noting that “all the enemy has been driven from the county.” These types of sources conform to the John Corrill and Reed Peck narratives. There are hints in the Liberty Jail letters—for example, the 16 December 1838 letter has two versions, both of which seem to make their way out of jail and are copied. In one version, Joseph Smith calls the Mormon raids “just retaliation.” We struggled with terminology in this volume—Stephen LeSueur [in 1838 Mormon War in Missouri] calls anti-Mormons vigilantes and Mormons troops. We finally decided we had to recognize both sides are acting as vigilantes. Civil authority has broken down and both sides have no other recourse in order to achieve their goals.

Mark: Is this is a war or a battle? We saw this as a chance to step back and be objective. There were four killed at Crooked River—this isn’t exactly the Battle of the Bulge. We decided to simply call it a skirmish.

David: One version of this Liberty Jail letter is copied into Joseph Smith’s Scriptory Book. However, this particular copy [displayed at the interview] is in the hand of Zina D. Huntington. She copies it early on—this serves as an interesting example of a woman acting as copyist. There are no other examples of her copying things—this seems to be her personal copy of this letter. Here is another partial copy of the letter—interestingly, this is in Phebe Woodruff’s hand though we don’t have a sense for when or why it was created. At some point, an unidentified hand adds at the top “Given by Jesus through Joseph Smith” (though there is a good-sized space at the top of the page as though someone may have wanted to add a header”). Others are copying it whole or parts of it—Joseph tells Emma he wants people to copy and circulate these. There are several letters from the jail to Emma—he apparently sees it as his responsibility to write to Emma in his own hand.

Liberty Jail letter in Zina Huntington hand

Q—What about the Danites?

David: Luman Shurtliff, for example, describes the Danites as a “good organization.” In this connection, we spent some time looking at the Fourth of July discourse which, due to space concerns, is an online appendix to the book.

Mark: A revelation from the late Jackson County period outlines how Mormons were to forgive their enemies three times [D&C 98:39-44]. Rigdon is paraphrasing from Section 98 in the Fourth of July sermon—Mormons feel like they are now scripturally justified in going after their enemies. Vengeance in this period—in my reading—is tied to justice unlike the modern separation of law/justice and personal vengeance. There were very weak judicial institutions that gave way quickly to vigilante means. Mormons had found out at DeWitt that the state would no longer protect them.

David: Sidney warns people in this discourse—in the name of Christ based on the language of D&C 98—then they feel like they are justified. The pattern of settlements outside of Caldwell earlier in June is important background to this sermon. Mormons print the sermon and distribute it as “public notice” (which is very unusual for this period) and then send it to a non-Mormon newspaper and ask them to print it.

Mark: There is a Joseph Smith sermon but we don’t have a text—he’s basically just affirming Rigdon.

David: We also have Joseph Smith as editor of the Elders’ Journal encouraging Mormons to get their own copy.

Q—How did you approach sexual violence during this period? Women’s sources don’t mention it, for example.

David: Joseph Smith mentions it in vague terms: “violated.” Rockwood’s journal reports rapes and it shows up in newspapers. We contacted Andrea Radke-Moss to make sure we were on the same page. We also made it a point to make sure it’s being discussed. On a similar note, we also mention two instances of women dying (one in childbirth, one in old age)—things that often tend to get overlooked.

Mark: As documentary editors, we try to look at everything and produce a balanced viewpoint in annotation.

Q—What can you tell us about the “Bill of Damages?” [see p. 492]

David: In March 1839, Joseph Smith writes to the church from Liberty Jail—a portion of which becomes 123—and instructs them to create a document with their losses in order to seek redress. Then, in the May conference, Mormons are asked to write affidavits. When Joseph goes to Quincy, he finally has some time to sit down and write the bill. With several options before them, they decide that going to Congress is best choice. A cache of affidavits and this bill go to Congress and are actually before them for a short time and then are returned to the Mormons.

Mark: Joseph Smith isn’t a numbers guy so his bill reads more like scripture or sacred history.

Q—Does Fanny Alger play a role in this volume? 

Mark: It is well known that she and Joseph have a relationship which is most likely a marriage (even from hostile sources). She does come up indirectly several times—for example, this volume starts as Joseph Smith has left Kirtland. Rumors about Alger pop up several times—the Oliver Cowdery membership trial being a key instance.

The editors mentioned that financial documents—covered by Elizabeth—yielded some of the most interesting new research in this volume.

Elizabeth: Interestingly, the Kirtland Safety Society doesn’t play a part in these documents though it bears on them somewhat. Debts from land purchases and, particularly, litigation are what are looming during this period. Oliver Granger is functioning as an ad hoc agent before he receives an official commission to resolve the debts. He deals with these matters personally and then later presents it to Joseph Smith. Kirtland Temple debts also loom over the Nauvoo era though there is a letter from one creditor that praises Granger for paying debts.

Mark: This was an era in which culture of honor prevailed. Joseph Smith would have seen it as a matter of personal integrity to pay debts and they did so successfully in many cases.

List 2

Later this fall, we will be celebrating thirty years in business and are making plans for some special events. Be watching your emails. In the meantime, we present List 2 of some scarce, if not rare, Mormon collectible works. We plan to issue lists on a regular basis with an occasional full-blown catalog thrown in. Our store is brimming with a variety of Mormon books (new, in-print, out-of-print, used, and rare), documents, and other collectibles. This list contains a mere sampling of our large and often fascinating inventory. We hope you find something of interest in this list. Please let us know if there are any LDS titles, in-print or not, that you’re looking for. Our stock is the most extensive ever and we are usually able to find requested books, often without a long wait. We thank you for your loyal patronage and look forward to hearing from you soon.
 
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1.  Anderson, Richard Lloyd and Scott H. Faulring (eds.). Witness of the Second Elder, The Documentary History of Oliver Cowdery, 4 vols. FARMS: 1999. Preliminary draft. Dated 3 Feb 99 at foot of each page. Velobound. Fine.  Inscription by Faulring inside front cover: “These 4 volumes are the last pre-publication drafts of the ‘Cowdery Papers.’ More than likely the general editors will recommend a reduction of the size of the collection=we will resist these efforts but may have to give in to ‘reason.’ This effort has consummed [sic] over 70 years of our research lives but we believe Oliver Cowdery would be pleased with our efforts. . . . P.S. There are only 4 sets of this draft.” This massive undertaking—preceding the Joseph Smith Papers by a decade—sought to collect all Oliver Cowdery materials into one place. The documents were presented with minimal annotation in chronological order. In addition to the four volumes, an additional document (written up by Erin Jennings in 2012) is laid in. Also, a folder containing slides from a presentation to the Religious Studies Center regarding publication (one slide notes that 10% of the documents still needed to be transcribed) and outlining the contents, status and needs for the project is included—the folder also contains a tentative contents list (with different title for the project) and an index to an unknown draft of the compilation. Given that only four sets of this draft were produced, this is quite a rarity.

$1000 SOLD

2.  Bautista, M[argarito]. “…Wilt Thou Restore The Kingdom….” To Israel? Colonial Industrial Mexicana, 1952. 224 pp. Paperback.Yellow wrappers. Moisture staining to front and rear covers and on last 12 pages of text. Near VG. Born in 1878 in Mexico and baptized in 1901, Bautista moved to Utah in the midst of the exodus from the Mormon colonies due to the revolution. He returned to Mexico for a time in the 1920s but came back to Utah where he began writing his first book—a history of Mexico that would rival the Book of Mormon in importance in some Mexican Mormon circles. Returning to Mexico, he became involved with a nationalist Mormon movement—the Third Convention—that led to his excommunication in 1937. His growing interest in polygamy and the law of consecration spurred him to leave the movement and found Colonia Industrial. The group, eventually called El Reino de Dios en su Plenitud (The Kingdom of God in its Fulness) and still in existence, would have ties to the LeBaron brothers early on and, later, the AUB. Drawing on his fluency in English, Bautista writes at length here of the necessity of polygamy and consecration—his unique blend of nationalism and fundamentalism are present on each page. Extremely rare.

$75 SOLD

3.  Briney, Drew. Understanding Adam God Teachings: A Comprehensive Resource of Adam-God Materials. NP, 2005. 658 pp. Hardcover. As new. Statements by Brigham Young and other 19th Century leaders regarding the nature of Adam and his status as a god have been characterized as everything from theory to doctrine and even heresy. One thing is certain—there was much said and written about this topic. There have previous attempts to compile these statements into one place before but none have been so comprehensive. The material has been collected into topics to make it more useful. Tripled in value since going out of print five years ago.

$150

4.  Cheney, Thomas E. The Golden Legacy: A Folk History of J. Golden Kimball. Brigham Young University Press, 1973. First edition. 155pp. Hardback. Dust jacket is soiled especially along rear panel and spine, the dust jacket also has a few small tears. This copy seems to have been in a library but has all library stickers or markings removed from inside the front and rear covers with minor damage to the endsheets and pastedowns. Near VG. Given Kimball’s controversial personality, it is only fitting that this collection of tales about him underwent a checkered publication. The first edition, published by BYU Press, included several stories about a shared incontinence problem (due to prostate troubles) plaguing Kimball and Heber J. Grant. This raised some eyebrows and copies were recalled. In some cases, the title page was removed and the BYU Press logo on both dust jacket and book were obliterated. Unaltered copies (with title page intact and nothing done to the BYU Press logo) in this kind of shape are truly modern rarities. A revised edition, with two offending stories removed and a new story added, was published a year later by Peregrine Smith. A collectible with an entertaining backstory!

$900

5.  Chism, Shane J. A Selection of Early Mormon Hymnbooks, 1832-1872: Hymnbooks and Broadsides From the First 40 Years of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Shane J. Chism (Lulu Press), 2011. 361 pp. Hardback/dust jacket. Limited to 200 copies. As new. Drawing on Peter Crawley’s Descriptive Bibliography, bibliographies of schismatic groups and early periodicals, Chism has amassed the most complete bibliography of early Mormon hymnals available. Each of the 94 entries includes full bibliographic detail, publication and content details, references to other bibliographies as well as a survey of institutional holdings. Dozens of photographs show title pages and selected hymns and a comprehensive table of the hymns shows the appearance of each composition in 28 important hymnals. Out of print for several years, this is quickly becoming a collectible.

$80 SOLD

6.  Hatch, Ernestine. Academia Juarez A.C., 1901-1976. Academia Juarez, 1977. 134 pp. Hardcover. VG+. The Juarez Stake Academy was an enclave of Utah culture set in Mexican surroundings. This history, written by the daughter of one of the first graduating class from the academy, includes numerous pictures of teams and organizations as well as the school yell:

Bif, Baf Bean! White and Green!

Bravest colors ever seen!

Bif, Baf, Bay! J. S. A.!

Stands for character Roo! Rah! Ray!

ACADEMY ! ! !

Each president of the academy receives a short biographical sketch which also traces the development of the academy. First copy of this we have seen.

$65

7.  Hatch, Nelle Spilsbury [Revised by Madelyn Hatch Knudsen]. Colonia Juarez: An Intimate Account of A Mormon Village. Madelyn Hatch Knudsen, 2012. Revised edition. 216 pp. Oversize green cloth with title embossed on front cover and spine. VG+. Changes to the text in this revised edition include an expansion of the chapter dealing with Pancho Villa, along with the addition of an epilogue containing a brief update of the history of Colonia Juarez since 1954, including a number of pictures. Accents have been added where appropriate and notes have been placed at the end of chapters. Captions to photographs are underneath each photo instead of appearing on a separate page. Some of the original photos are not included because the originals were unavailable for scanning. Not listed in Worldcat (only one known institutional listing)—this is the only copy we have seen.

$150

8.  Hatch, Nelle Spilsbury & B. Carmon Hardy (comp. & ed.). Stalwarts South of the Border. Ernestine Hatch, 1985. 808 pp.  Hardcover. VG+.  This extensive collection of short biographical sketches tells the stories of hardy Mormons who populated the Mexican colonies.  The accounts, ranging anywhere from one to five pages, are usually written by descendants and constitute a fantastic resource for family history as well as scholarly research into the colonies. The project began in 1964 when the dedication of the auditorium/gymnasium in Colonia Juarez sparked Hatch to compile the history of her beloved land. Her father, after serving time in the Arizona Territorial Penitentiary for polygamy, moved to the colonies to escape further prosecution. Declining health on the part of Hatch resulted in historian Carmon Hardy (who passed last year) completing the book for publication. Increasing rarity has made this a modern collectible.

$250

another copy. Pencil check marks throughout. $200

9.  Jarvis, Zora Smith. Ancestry, Biography and Family of George A. Smith. Brigham Young University Press, 1962. 332, 91a, 30b, 36 pp. Minor rubbing and soiling to covers and foredge; note in pen inside front cover. Hardcover. VG. George A. Smith—father and grandfather of future leaders—was a key figure in Mormon history. An early apostle and First Presidency counselor, he was involved in many key events. The author felt the biography—comprising more than half of the book—was a way to honor her grandfather who died before she was born. The last section of the book lists his descendants—though he had seven wives, George A. had only twelve children. One of the most difficult family histories to find—we have sold only one other copy in fifteen years.

$425 SOLD

10.  LeBaron, Ross W. Behold, I Say Unto You: The Redemption of Zion Must Needs Come by Power:… The Church of the First-Born, [1963?]. [2] 32 [2] pp. Yellow printed wrappers. Rubber stamp of P.O. Box 1462 Salt Lake City, Utah on the rear wrapper. Nearly half of the pages are uncut along the top edge. Pamphlet. Condition: Very good. While most fundamentalist Mormons trace their claims for authority to an 1886 event involving John Taylor, the LeBaron groups are unique in instead positing that Benjamin F. Johnson—thought by them to be a “spiritual” son of Joseph Smith—conferred priesthood authority on his grandson Alma Dayer LeBaron. This mantle was claimed by several of his sons at different times, including the author of this pamphlet. Initially a colleague of sibling Joel in the Church of the Firstborn of the Fulness of Times, Ross quickly formed his own organization, titled simply The Church of the First-Born. Overshadowed by his more newsworthy brothers (Ervil would kill Joel as well as numerous others before dying in prison), Ross continued his own course—when he died in 1996, several (including author and compiler Fred Collier) saw themselves as his successor. Group publications are very scarce.

$50 SOLD

11.  McConkie, Bruce R. [Translated by Iris Lloyd de Spannaus, edited by Graciela Herrera de Gonzalez & Mario Casco]. Doctrina Mormona (Mormon Doctrine, Spanish). Bookcraft, 1993. 788 pp. Corners bumped and rubbed; minor staining to foredge. Hardcover. Near VG. This was the second of three foreign language editions of McConkie’s influential albeit controversial compilation to be published (the others being German—in four volumes—and Japanese). Interestingly, Spannaus—a pioneering convert to Mormonism in Argentina—was a descendant of Welsh settlers in Patagonia. Printed in a small quantity—copies that do turn up are often “well-loved.”

$125

12.  [McGavin, E. Cecil] Cooper, Kishkuman. The Sex Life of Brigham Young. Vantage Press, 1963. First edition. 379 pp. Hardback. Touch up paint or marker on spine edges; blacked out name inside back cover; title page removed. Near VG. Popular author E. Cecil McGavin departed from his normal fare with this provocatively-titled novel. He penned the work under a pseudonym but—apparently inadvertently—neglected to remove his name from the copyright notice on the verso of the title page (removed here, as is often the case). Family stories suggest that the author’s wife was so disgusted with the project (and title!) that she made him burn most of the copies. A true modern rarity—this is our first copy in more than fifteen years. This is reflected in an old price–$1950—penciled inside the front cover.

$350 SOLD

13.  [Merrill, Marriner W.] Merrill, Melvin Clarence (ed.). Utah Pioneer and Apostle: Marriner Wood Merrill and His Family. NP: Melvin Clarence Merrill, 1937. First edition. 527 pp. Hardback. Name in ink twice inside front cover. VG. Merrill was appointed an apostle in 1889 in turbulent times. Albert Carrington had been excommunicated, John Taylor had died on the underground and longtime stalwart Erastus Snow had also died. He had previously been a pillar of the church in Cache Valley: bishop in Richmond, twice a counselor in the stake presidency and first president of the Logan Temple (a responsibility he held until his death). He was one of the staunchest advocates for plural marriage: he married eight wives (the last in 1901—ceremony performed by Matthias F. Cowley), encouraged others and likely performed several himself. As such, he was a much-desired witness in the Smoot Hearings—Merrill declined to appear, claiming ill health (he would indeed die during the hearings). Most notable among the contents is a 200-page section with excerpts from his diaries (now closed to research) such as this:

I was called to Salt Lake City to day by Telegram from Prest Woodruff. Met with First Presidency and Apostles. A number of questions were formulated by the Church Attorneys F S Richards & W H Dixon relative to the Manifesto and for ever abandoning the Practice of Plural Marriage

$200

14.  Reay, David and Vonda. Selected Manifestations. David Reay, 1985. First edition. 413 pp. Hardcover/dust jacket. VG+. Husband and wife David and Vonda Reay compiled this “unofficial collection of temple dedicatory prayers, revelations, visions, dreams, doctrinal expositions, and other inspired declarations” with the goal of it standing as a “harmonious companion to those Standard Reference Works.” Concern over copyright issues (due mainly to the inclusion of dedicatory prayers) and references to Mother in Heaven—the book is dedicated to her—resulted in most of the copies being pulled. A typed letter to historian and master bibliographer Peter Crawley signed by David and Vonda Reay laid in. One of the most notable modern collectibles.

$700

another copy. Minor creasing and closed tears to front panel of dust jacket. $600

15.  Rhoades, Gale R. and Kerry Ross Boren. Footprints in the Wilderness: A History of the the Lost Rhoades Mines. Dream Garden Press, 1980. Revised expanded edition. 416pp. Hardcover/dust jacket. NF. Utah and Mormon history is rich in lore of fabulous lost Spanish mines—none more fabulous than the tales of the Rhoades mines from the early territorial period. The authors, cousins and descendants of Thomas Rhoades, collect the accounts—both historic and from their own experiences—and also provide maps to the alleged caches. This greatly expanded second edition is difficult to find, particularly in this condition.

$150

16.  Roberts, B.H. Drafts 1, 2, & 3 of The Truth, The Way, The Life: An Elementary Treatise on Theology, 3 vols. BYU Studies, 1994. First edition. 987 pp., 643 pp., 846 pp. Hardcover. Foreword by John W. Welch. Beginning in the early 1920s, B. H. Roberts began work on what colleague George Albert Smith felt would be the “the most comprehensive treatise of the Gospel that has yet been published.” In 1927, following his stint as president of the Eastern States Mission, Roberts dictated a first draft to his secretary. He gradually worked over the manuscript until submitting it to a reading committee of the Twelve with the intent of publishing the treatise, likely as a manual. The committee took issue with some doctrinal, most notably the concept of “pre-Adamites.” Roberts, unwilling to make any substantive changes, eventually sought to publish it on his own but died before completing the task. Despite attempts in the 1970s to publish his magnum opus, the manuscript (held at the Church History Library [all three drafts] and the Marriott Library [Draft 3 only]) remained unpublished until rival editions were issued in 1994, both using Draft 3. This facsimile edition reproduces the complete version of all three of Roberts’ drafts. Thought to be less than 100 sets produced—tripled in value since going out of print.

$450 SOLD

17.  Seixas, J. Manual Hebrew Grammar for the Use of Beginners. Gould and Newman, 1834. 2nd ed., enl. and rev. 119pp. Hardcover. Light brown boards over brown spine. Chipping to spine, reinforcing tape at foot/crown of spine. Label on front cover partially obscured. Name and note in pencil on endsheet. Water staining at top/bottom of pages at beginning and end of book. Minor toning to pages. Ink streaks on four pages. Hinges tight. VG. In the fall of 1835, Joseph Smith attempted to hire Daniel Peixotto as a instructor in Hebrew. When he was not able to come, Joshua Seixas, a Jewish Christian, was hired to teach, replacing temporary instructor Joseph Smith himself. Interest in the classes outpaced supply of grammars (including some that Seixas provided) and Bibles—they ended up printing a supplement with extracts from this full grammar. Copies rarely come up for sale in the Mormon market.

$2000

18.  Seixas, J. Manual Hebrew Grammar for the Use of Beginners (facsimile ed.). Sunstone Foundation, 1981. 119pp. Hardcover. NF. Beginning in January 1836, a class of students in Kirtland studied Hebrew under Joshua Seixas, a Sephardic Jew. As a textbook, they used his grammar (published in 1834). One example of how the seven-week class would impact Mormonism can be seen on p. 50—following Seixas’ pronunciation, the verb נאוו (from Isa. 52:7—“how beautiful…”) is transliterated nau-voo. Included in this well-made facsimile edition (created from a copy at the Marriott Library, University of Utah) is Louis C. Zucker’s essay “Joseph Smith as a Student of Hebrew,” originally published in Dialogue.

$90

19.  [Smith, Joseph F.] Marden, Orison Swett and George Haywood Devitt (eds.). The Consolidated Library, 15 volume set. Bureau of National Literature and Art, 1907. 15 volumes. 3/4 red leather over green cloth boards and decorative marbled endsheets. VG. Volume 15 bears the following inscription in the hand of President Joseph F. Smith: “Joseph F. Smith Compliments of Edward Wilson Washington D. C. 15 Volumes, Rec’d June 20, 1908.” This extensive encyclopedia featured contributors such as Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt and Andrew Carnegie in its thousands of pages. While Pres. Smith was no doubt pleased to receive the set, he would likely not have enjoyed the description of Mormons therein—“the practice of polygamy is one of the distinguishing features of the organization”—the set being published the same year the Smoot hearings concluded. A fine addition to a collector’s library.

$500 SOLD

20.  Smith, Joseph Fielding (comp.). Life of Joseph F. Smith: Sixth President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, 1938. First edition. 490 pp. Small chip at bottom of rear panel of dust jacket; minor darkening to dust jacket along spine; bookplate inside front cover. Hardcover/dust jacket. VG+. Joseph Fielding Smith was a busy man in 1938. In addition to publishing the classic Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith (advertised on the back of the dust jacket), he also compiled this history of his father. In many places, the biography functions more as a documentary history as he quotes liberally from Joseph F.’s journals and correspondence. This would have been a fairly expensive book during the Depression—the retail price in 1938 ($2.50) would be approximately $43 today. Scarce in dust jacket for this era, particularly this nice.

 

$150

another copy. Several small pieces of dust jacket missing along top edge which also has several creases; minor soiling to covers, few pages with marking. $120

21.  Taylor, Samuel W. & Raymond W. Taylor. John Taylor Papers: Records of the Last Utah Pioneer, 2 vols. Redwood City, CA: Taylor Trust, 1985. 363, 553pp. Hardcover/dust jacket. Short inscription inside vol. 1. Brothers Sam and Raymond Taylor (sons of John W. Taylor and grandsons of John Taylor) collaborated on this documentary history of the third president of the church. Raymond (a self-confessed “two-fingered typist”) unfortunately passed away in 1972, leaving Sam to finish the project. Their brief commentary is interspersed with sections from contemporary periodicals, sermons, correspondence and even Taylor’s journals. Virtually the only source for John Taylor’s correspondence and journals (now restricted access).

$300

another set. Vol. 2 – no dust jacket. $290

22.  [Young, Brigham] Watson, Elden Jay. Manuscript History of Brigham Young (1801-44). Salt Lake City: Elden Jay Watson, 1968. First printing. 274 pp. Hardback. Minor soiling to covers; Scattered underlining and marking on the first 70 pages of text with a few pages with heavy notes and marking. Near VG. Limited edition of 500 copies. Hardcover. Like with Joseph Smith, efforts were made to compile a history of Brigham Young’s life. Using his journals and an autobiographical sketch written by Young, a serialized narrative was published in the i, vols. 25-26. Intriguingly, the compiler notes that Earl Olson informed him that several entries were omitted from the serialization (Watson did not attempt to locate them for publication herein). This narrative, following Young’s history of his early years, covers from 1839 to August 8, 1844, with the momentous meeting in Nauvoo in which Young publicly defended his claim as successor to Joseph Smith (the history beginning the next day, August 9, was also serialized and published as vol. 7 of History of the Church). Reflecting the technology of the day, the extensive index was created “through the use of the University of Utah computer.” Only our second copy in ten years.

$300

23.  [Young, Brigham] Watson, Elden J. Manuscript History of Brigham Young, 1846-47. Salt Lake City: Elden J. Watson, 1971. 672 pp. Cloth. Limited to 500 copies. Name inside front cover. VG. This volume picks up where B. H. Roberts left off with the History of Brigham Young in compiling vol. 7 of History of the Church. Compiler Elden Watson notes that he had it bound to match later printings of that set in size and color. The compilation takes the history down through July 31, 1847. Also includes an extensive 60-page index. Due to its limited printing, it has been very difficult to find over the years.

$250

EVENING WITH THE EDITORS

We are pleased to announce that Mark Ashurst-McGee, David W. Grua, Elizabeth Kuehn, Alexander L. Baugh, and Brenden W. Rensink, editors of The Joseph Smith Papers: Documents, Volume 6: February 1838–August 1839, will be here on Wednesday, October 4, to speak about and sign copies of their book. They will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.—speaking at 6:00 p.m.—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.

The sixth volume of the Documents series contains personal letters, revelations, discourses, minutes, legal documents, and financial documents, among other documents. The documents in the volume trace the establishment of Far West, Missouri, as the center place of Zion; the spread of Mormon settlements in northwestern Missouri; Joseph Smith’s incarceration in Clay County, Missouri; the Saints’ expulsion from the state; and initial efforts to establish church settlements in Illinois and in Iowa Territory. The documents highlight Smith’s continued efforts to remove dissension from the church, establish a city of Zion, protect the Saints from anti-Mormons, and prepare the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for a mission to Europe.

Mark Ashurst-McGee is a senior research and review editor for the Joseph Smith Papers and a specialist in document analysis and documentary editing methodology. He holds a PhD in history from Arizona State University and has trained at the Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents. He coedited volume one of the Journals series of The Joseph Smith Papers and volume one of the Histories series.

David W. Grua holds a PhD in American history from Texas Christian University and a BA and an MA in American history from Brigham Young University. He has published scholarly articles on Mormon and Native American history in the Western Historical Quarterly, the Journal of Mormon History, Federal History, and other peer reviewed journals and edited volumes. Before joining the Papers, he worked as a historian for the Church History Museum. As a student at BYU, he was a research assistant for the Papers, where he contributed to the first and second volumes of the Journals series.

Elizabeth Kuehn earned a BA with honors in history and a classical language certificate from Arizona State University, and an MA in European and women’s history from Purdue University. She is currently a PhD candidate in early modern European history at the University of California, Irvine. Before joining the project, she was an instructor in the history department and religious studies program at the University of California, Irvine. In 2016, she completed training at the Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents in New Orleans.

Alexander L. Baugh, professor of LDS church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University, received a BS from Utah State University and holds MA and PhD degrees from BYU. His career has included work as an instructor and director for the LDS Church Educational System. He is the author or editor of five books on early Mormon history. The recipient of awards from the Mormon History Association for his scholarly works, he is completing a book manuscript on the Hawn’s Mill massacre that occurred in northern Missouri in 1838.

Brenden W. Rensink is an Assistant Professor of History, Assistant Director of the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University, and general editor of Intermountain Histories. Before joining the faculty at BYU he earned a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, was visiting faculty at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and a historian and editor for the Joseph Smith Papers.

 

The Joseph Smith Papers: Documents, Volume 6: February 1838–August 1839. Church Historian’s Press. 800pp. Hardback. $54.95 (remember, subscribers to the series save 10% on each volume.

Previous Joseph Smith Papers Volumes

  1. Journals, Vol. 1 (1832-1839), $49.95 (2008)
  2. Revelations & Translations: Manuscript Revelation Books – Facsimile Ed., Reg. $99.95, SALE $79.99 (signed by volume and series editors!) (2009)

Includes full-color scans for every page in the two revelation books as well as color-coded transcriptions on the facing page.

  1. Revelations & Translations. Manuscript Revelation Books – Vol. 1, $79.95 (2011)

This volume is simply a different version of #2. This edition does not include all the full-color scans of the original manuscripts (there are a few examples, though) but does include the transcriptions. In addition, this version is the regular size (like #1 and #4). Thus, this is not technically a new volume but a smaller, condensed version of an already published volume.

  1. Revelations & Translations, Vol. 2: Published Revelations, Reg. $69.95, SALE $19.99 (2011)
  2. Journals, Vol. 2 (1841-1843), $54.95 (2011)
  3. Histories, Vol. 1: Joseph Smith Histories (1832-1844), $54.95 (2012)
  4. Histories, Vol. 2: Assigned Histories (1831-1847), $54.95 (2012)
  5. Documents, Vol. 1: July 1828 – June 1831, $54.95 (2013)
  6. Documents, Vol. 2: July 1831 – January 1833, $54.95 (2013)
  7. Documents, Vol. 3: February 1833-March 1834, $54.95 (2014)
  8. Revelations & Translations, Vol. 3: The Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon (2 parts), $89.99/ea (2015)
  9. Journals, Vol. 3—May 1843-June 1844, $57.95 (2015)
  10. Documents, Vol. 4 – April 1834 – September 1835, $54.95 (2016)
  11. Administrative Records, Council of Fifty, Minutes, March 1844-January 1846, $59.95 (2016)
  12. Documents, Volume 5: October 1835-January 1838, $54.95 (2017)

 

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EVENING WITH THE AUTHORS

 

We are excited that editors Matthew Grow and Eric Smith as well as contributors Richard Bennett, Jedediah Rogers, Matthew Godfrey, Spencer McBride, Christopher Blythe and Jeffrey Mahas will be here Wednesday, September to speak about and sign copies of their new book, The Council of Fifty: What the Records Reveal about Mormon History (published by the Religious Studies Center and Deseret 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.

Three months before his death, Joseph Smith established the Council of Fifty; a confidential group that he believed would protect the Latter-day Saints in their political rights and one day serve as the government of the kingdom of God. The Council of Fifty operated under the leadership of Joseph Smith and then Brigham Young. The council’s minutes had never been available until they were published by the Joseph Smith Papers in September 2016. This book is a compilation of essays that will give an initial appraisal of how the council’s minutes enhance our understanding of Mormon history during the critical era of the last months of Smith’s life to the trek west. Some fifteen leading Mormon scholars—including Richard Bushman, Richard Bennett, Paul Reeve, and Patrick Mason—narrate and analyze the contributions of the records of the council to key questions.

The essays included are:

  1. Richard Bushman, “The Separatist Impulse in the Nauvoo Council of Fifty”
  2. Richard E. Turley Jr., “Injustices Leading to the Creation of the Council of Fifty”
  3. Spencer W. McBride, “The Council of Fifty and Joseph Smith’s Presidential Ambitions”
  4. Patrick Mason, “God and the People Reconsidered: Further Reflections on Theodemocracy in Early Mormonism”
  5. Benjamin E. Park, “The Council of Fifty and the Perils of Democratic Governance”
  6. Nathan B. Oman, “’We the People of the Kingdom of God’: Constitution Writing in the Council of Fifty”
  7. Gerrit J. Dirkmaat, “Lost Teachings of Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, and Other Church Leaders”
  8. R. Eric Smith, “Insights into Mormon Record-Keeping Practices from the Council of Fifty Minutes”
  9. Matthew J. Grow and Marilyn Bradford, “’To Carry Out Joseph’s Measures Is Sweeter to Me Than Honey’: Brigham Young and the Council of Fifty”
  10. Jeffrey D. Mahas, “American Indians and the Nauvoo-Era Council of Fifty”
  11. Matthew C. Godfrey, “A Monument of the Saints’ Industry: The Nauvoo House and the Council of Fifty, 1845–46 141”
  12. Christopher James Blythe, “With Full Authority to Build Up the Kingdom of God on Earth”: Lyman Wight on the Council of Fifty 151
  13. Richard E. Bennett, “’We Are a Kingdom to Ourselves’: The Council of Fifty Minutes and the Mormon Exodus West”
  14. Jedediah S. Rogers, “The Council of Fifty in Western History”
  15. W. Paul Reeve, “The Council of Fifty and the Search for Religious Liberty”

 

“An excellent and up-to-date study of the Council of Fifty, a must-read for anyone interested in Mormon and American history.”

–Andrew H. Hedges, Associate Professor of Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University, and Coeditor of Journals 2 and Journals 3 of The Joseph Smith Papers

Matthew J. Grow is Director of Publications at the Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a general editor of the Joseph Smith Papers.

Eric Smith is the editorial manager for the Publications Division, Church History Department. In that role, he edits print and web publications for the Church Historian’s Press, including publications of the Joseph Smith Papers.

 

The Council of Fifty: What the Records Reveal about Mormon History. Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2017. Hardback. 206pp. $21.99.

 

Other titles by Matthew J. Grow

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

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

Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism. Oxford University Press, 2011. Hardback. $36.95

The Prophet and the Reformer: The Letters of Brigham Young & Thomas L. Kane. Oxford University Press, 2015. Reg. $39.99, SALE $9.99

Other titles by Matthew J. Grow and Jeffrey D. Mahas

The Joseph Smith Papers: Administrative Records, Council of Fifty, Minutes, March 1844-January 1846. Church Historian’s Press, 2016. Hardback. $59.95

Other titles by Richard Bennett

An Eye of Faith: Essays in Honor of Richard O. Cowan. Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2015. $29.99

Far Away In the West: Reflections on the Mormon Pioneer Trail. Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2015. Hardback. $27.99

Mormons at the Missouri: Winter Quarters, 1846-1852. University of Oklahoma Press, 1987. Paperback.  Various used paperback and hardback copies, $12-$35

The Nauvoo Legion in Illinois: A History of the Mormon Militia 1841-1846. Arthur H. Clark Company, 2010. Hardback. $39.99

School of the Prophet: Joseph Smith Learns the First Principles, 1820-1830. Deseret Book Company, 2010. Reg. $21.99, SALE $3.99

We’ll Find the Place: The Mormon Exodus, 1846-1848. University of Oklahoma Press, 2009. Paperback. $21.95

Other titles by Jedediah Rogers

The Council of Fifty: A Documentary History. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2014. Hardback. $49.95

Other titles by Matthew Godfrey

The Joseph Smith Papers: Documents, vols. 2, 3, 4. The Church Historian’s Press. Hardback. $54.95/ea

 

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EVENING WITH AN AUTHOR

We are excited to announce that James B. Allen, author of Still The Right Place: Utah’s Second Half-Century of Statehood, 1945-1995 (published by The Charles Redd Center for Western Studies), will be here Wednesday, August 23 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.

Still the Right Place deals with the last half of Utah’s first century of statehood. Each of its seven chapters covers the administration of one of the state’s governors, beginning at the end of World War II while Herbert B. Maw was governor and ending in 1995 during Mike Leavitt’s first term. Each chapter covers a variety of topics, including politics, economic development, education, law and order, the environment, health and medicine, and the way Utah responded to and was influenced by national events. Change is discussed against the background of the transformations taking place on the larger American stage. 

Much of the state’s economic well-being following World War II depended on employment provided by defense, federal government, and large firms with headquarters outside the state. During the next half-century, however, employment patterns changed: Manufacturing became more diverse, tourism became steadily more significant, Utah became home base for a number of major employers, and service-oriented industries boomed. Beginning in the 1970s, high-tech manufacturing became a kind of “Cinderella” industry for the state, and some Utah firms became world leaders.

As American attitudes toward the role of women changed, so did the attitudes of many Utahns. By the end of the century, women made up nearly 44 percent of the total workforce. Even though the Utah legislature rejected the Equal Rights Amendment, opportunities for women in the professions, and the general acceptance of gender equality, were as far along in Utah as in most other places.

In addition, the book includes three significant and extensive appendices. One considers Utah’s ethnic minorities and the quest for a more pluralistic society, another discusses Utah and the arts during this half-century, and the third deals with the state’s numerous religions.

“As Utahns of a certain age read Still the Right Place, they will experience a sense of nostalgia. Many of us lived through these years of extractive industries, heavy debt to the federal government, and emergence of high-tech and service firms. This and much more is found in Allen’s thoroughly-researched and well-written history of Utah during the last years of the twentieth century. Obtain a copy of Allen’s book, curl up in your favorite chair, and either relive these years or, if you are too young to remember, learn the fascinating stories of Utah’s recent past.”

—Thomas G. Alexander, author of Mormonism in Transition

James Allen began his professional career in the LDS Church Education System in 1954. He was a seminary teacher, seminary coordinator, Institute teacher, and Institute. In 1963 he became a member of the Church History faculty at Brigham Young University, and the following year he joined the History department. In 1972 he was appointed Assistant Church Historian, working with newly-appointed Church Historian, Leonard J. Arrington. For the next seven years, James spent half his time in that capacity and the other half at BYU. He returned full-time to BYU in 1979 and served as chairman of the History department from 1981 to 1987, when he was appointed to the Redd chair. He held this appointment until his retirement in 1992. Throughout his career, Professor Allen has authored, co-authored, and co-edited fourteen books and monographs, around ninety articles, mostly related to LDS Church History, and numerous book reviews

 

Still The Right Place: Utah’s Second Half-Century of Statehood, 1945-1995. The Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, 2017. Hardback. 672pp. $37.95.

 

Other titles by James Allen

Men With a Mission, 1837-1841: The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the British Isles. Deseret Book, 1992. Paperback. $23.99

Mormon History. University of Illinois Press, 2001. Paperback. $31.95

Studies in Mormon History, 1830-1997: An Indexed Bibliography. University of Illinois Press, 2000. Hardback. $103.00.

 

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EVENING WITH THE AUTHOR

A reminder that Carol Cornwall Madsen, author of Emmeline B. Wells: An Intimate History (published by the University of Utah Press), will be here TOMORROW, Wednesday, July 19 to speak about and sign copies of her book. She 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.

Emmeline B. Wells was the most noted Utah Mormon woman of her time. Lauded nationally for her energetic support of the women’s rights movement of the nineteenth century, she was a self-made woman who channeled her lifelong sense of destiny into ambitious altruism. Her public acclaim and activism belied the introspective, self-appraising, and emotional persona she expressed in the pages of her forty-seven extant diaries. Yet she wrote, “I have risen triumphant,” after reconciling herself to the heartaches of plural marriage, and she pursued a self-directed life in earnest.

This new biography tells the story of the private Emmeline. The unusual circumstances of her marriages, the complicated lives of her five daughters, losses and disappointments interspersed with bright moments and achievements, all engendered the idea that her life was a romance, with all the mysterious, tragic, and sentimental elements of that genre. Her responses to that perception made it so. This volume, drawing heavily on Emmeline Wells’s own words, tells the complicated story of a woman of ambition, strength, tenderness, and faith.

“Carol Madsen, having previously dealt with Emmeline Wells’ public life, now ably explores her interior landscape, tracing the contrast between her public triumph and her private pain, from her ‘wild and fanciful’ youth to her unexpected humiliations. Wells’ excellent record-keeping habit enables the rich detail of her story. This extended and sympathetic inner biography of the best known Mormon woman of her time is told largely in her own words, linked by Madsen’s steady and judicious narrative.”
—Claudia L. Bushman, author of Contemporary Mormonism

Carol Cornwall Madsen is professor emeritus of history at Brigham Young University, a past president of the Mormon History Association, and former vice-chair of the Board of Utah State History. She is an award-winning author and her books include The First Fifty Years of Relief Society: Key Documents in Latter-day Saint Women’s History and A Woman’s Advocate, The Public Life of Emmeline B. Wells, 1870–1920, which won three best book awards.

 

Emmeline B. Wells: An Intimate History. University of Utah Press, 2017. 548pp. Hardback. $49.95

 

Other titles by Carol Cornwall Madsen

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

A Woman’s Advocate, The Public Life of Emmeline B. Wells, 1870–1920. BYU Press & Deseret Book, 2006. Hardback. $29.95

Journey to Zion: Voices from the Mormon Trail. Deseret Book, 2007. Hardback. Reg. $25.95, SALE $9.99 (used copies–limited quantity)

 

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A reminder that Terryl Givens will be here next Wednesday (July 12) to speak about Feeding the Flock: The Foundations of Mormon Thought: Church and Praxis. He was interviewed this week by KSL’s Doug Wright for his program “Everyday Lives, Everyday Values.”  It will air on Sunday, July 9 at 9 AM MST on KSL Radio (1160 AM/102.7 FM along the Wasatch Front).  To listen live, visit here–it will also be available as a podcast here.

Terryl was interviewed this week by KSL’s Doug Wright for his program “Everyday Lives, Everyday Values.”  It will air on Sunday, July 9 at 9 AM MST on KSL Radio (1160 AM/102.7 FM along the Wasatch Front).  To listen live, visit here–it will also be available as a podcast here.

EVENING WITH THE AUTHOR

We are excited to announce that Carol Cornwall Madsen, author of Emmeline B. Wells: An Intimate History (published by the University of Utah Press), will be here Wednesday, July 19 to speak about and sign copies of her book. She 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.

Emmeline B. Wells was the most noted Utah Mormon woman of her time. Lauded nationally for her energetic support of the women’s rights movement of the nineteenth century, she was a self-made woman who channeled her lifelong sense of destiny into ambitious altruism. Her public acclaim and activism belied the introspective, self-appraising, and emotional persona she expressed in the pages of her forty-seven extant diaries. Yet she wrote, “I have risen triumphant,” after reconciling herself to the heartaches of plural marriage, and she pursued a self-directed life in earnest.

This new biography tells the story of the private Emmeline. The unusual circumstances of her marriages, the complicated lives of her five daughters, losses and disappointments interspersed with bright moments and achievements, all engendered the idea that her life was a romance, with all the mysterious, tragic, and sentimental elements of that genre. Her responses to that perception made it so. This volume, drawing heavily on Emmeline Wells’s own words, tells the complicated story of a woman of ambition, strength, tenderness, and faith.

“Carol Madsen, having previously dealt with Emmeline Wells’ public life, now ably explores her interior landscape, tracing the contrast between her public triumph and her private pain, from her ‘wild and fanciful’ youth to her unexpected humiliations. Wells’ excellent record-keeping habit enables the rich detail of her story. This extended and sympathetic inner biography of the best known Mormon woman of her time is told largely in her own words, linked by Madsen’s steady and judicious narrative.”
—Claudia L. Bushman, author of Contemporary Mormonism

Carol Cornwall Madsen is professor emeritus of history at Brigham Young University, a past president of the Mormon History Association, and former vice-chair of the Board of Utah State History. She is an award-winning author and her books include The First Fifty Years of Relief Society: Key Documents in Latter-day Saint Women’s History and A Woman’s Advocate, The Public Life of Emmeline B. Wells, 1870–1920, which won three best book awards.

 

Emmeline B. Wells: An Intimate History. University of Utah Press, 2017. 548pp. Hardback. $49.95

 

Other titles by Carol Cornwall Madsen

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

A Woman’s Advocate, The Public Life of Emmeline B. Wells, 1870–1920. BYU Press & Deseret Book, 2006. Hardback. $29.95

Journey to Zion: Voices from the Mormon Trail. Deseret Book, 2007. Hardback. Reg. $25.95, SALE $9.99 (used copies–limited quantity)

 

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EVENING WITH THE AUTHOR

We are very excited to announce that Terryl Givens, author of Feeding the Flock: The Foundations of Mormon Thought: Church and Praxis (published by Oxford University Press), will be here Wednesday, July 12 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.

Feeding the Flock, the second volume of Terryl L. Givens’s landmark study of the foundations of Mormon thought and practice, traces the essential contours of Mormon practice as it developed from Joseph Smith to the present. Despite the stigmatizing fascination with its social innovations (polygamy, communalism), its stark supernaturalism (angels, gold plates, and seer stones), and its most esoteric aspects (a New World Garden of Eden, sacred undergarments), as well as its long-standing outlier status among American Protestants, Givens reminds us that Mormonism remains the most enduring–and thriving–product of the nineteenth-century’s religious upheavals and innovations. Because Mormonism is founded on a radically unconventional cosmology, based on unusual doctrines of human nature, deity, and soteriology, a history of its development cannot use conventional theological categories. Givens has structured these volumes in a way that recognizes the implicit logic of Mormon thought. The first book, Wrestling the Angel, centered on the theoretical foundations of Mormon thought and doctrine regarding God, humans, and salvation. Feeding the Flock considers Mormon practice, the authority of the institution of the church and its priesthood, forms of worship, and the function and nature of spiritual gifts in the church’s history, revealing that Mormonism is still a tradition very much in the process of formation.

“Givens is to be commended not only for producing the first major systematic overview of Mormon theology, but also for taking a historically informed, comparative approach that both Latter-day Saints and scholars of religion will find highly illuminating.”

–Ann Taves, author of Revelatory Events: Three Case Studies of the Emergence of New Spiritual Paths

Terryl L. Givens did graduate work at Cornell University in intellectual history and at UNC Chapel Hill, where he received his PhD in comparative literature. He holds the Jabez A. Bostwick Chair of English and is Professor of Literature and Religion at the University of Richmond, where he teaches courses in nineteenth-century studies and the Bible’s influence on Western literature. His writing has been praised by the New York Times as “provocative reading.”

 

Feeding the Flock: The Foundations of Mormon Thought: Church and Praxis. Oxford University Press, 2017. 416pp. Hardback. $34.95

 

Other titles by Terryl Givens

The Crucible of Doubt: Reflections on the Quest for Faith by Terryl and Fiona Givens. Deseret Book, 2014. 168pp. Hardback. $19.99.

The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life. Deseret Book, 2012. 148pp. Hardback. $19.99

Wrestling the Angel: The Foundations of Mormon Thought: Cosmos, God, Humanity by Terryl Givens.  Oxford University Press, 2014. 424pp. Hardback. $36.95

The Oxford Handbook of Mormonism (with Philip Barlow). Oxford University Press, 2015. Hardback. $150.00

Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism (with Matthew Grow). Oxford University Press, 2011. 499pp. Hardback. $36.95

The Columbia Sourcebook of Mormons in the United States (with Reid Neilson). Columbia University Press, 2014. 455pp. Hardback. $80.00

Joseph Smith Jr.: Reappraisals after Two Centuries. Oxford University Press, 2008. 284pp. Paperback. Reg. $26.95, SALE $6.99

By the Hand of Mormon: The American Scripture that Launched a New World Religion. Oxford University Press, 2003. 320pp. Paperback. $19.95

The Book of Mormon: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press, 2009. 140pp. Paperback. $11.95

When Souls Had Wings: Pre-Mortal Existence in Western Thought. Oxford University Press, 2009. 388pp. Paperback. $28.95

The Viper on the Hearth: Mormons, Myths, and the Construction of Heresy (updated ed.). Oxford University Press, 2013. 228pp. Paperback. $28.95

People of Paradox: A History of Mormon Culture. Oxford University Press, 2007. Paperback–$28.95/Hardback–$33.95

 

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After a fairly slow start to the year for new books, we now have more frequent newcomers. Make sure to check out our forthcoming page (www.benchmarkbooks.com/forthcoming-books) to see what’s just around the bend.

NEW BOOKS

Givens, Terryl L. Feeding the Flock: The Foundations of Mormon Practice–Sacraments, Authority, Gifts, Worship. Oxford University Press, 2017. 416pp. $34.95. Feeding the Flock, the second volume of Terryl L. Givens’s landmark study of the foundations of Mormon thought and practice, traces the essential contours of Mormon practice as it developed from Joseph Smith to the present. Despite the stigmatizing fascination with its social innovations (polygamy, communalism), its stark supernaturalism (angels, gold plates, and seer stones), and its most esoteric aspects (a New World Garden of Eden, sacred undergarments), as well as its long-standing outlier status among American Protestants, Givens reminds us that Mormonism remains the most enduring–and thriving–product of the nineteenth-century’s religious upheavals and innovations. Because Mormonism is founded on a radically unconventional cosmology, based on unusual doctrines of human nature, deity, and soteriology, a history of its development cannot use conventional theological categories. Givens has structured these volumes in a way that recognizes the implicit logic of Mormon thought. The first book, Wrestling the Angel, centered on the theoretical foundations of Mormon thought and doctrine regarding God, humans, and salvation. Feeding the Flock considers Mormon practice, the authority of the institution of the church and its priesthood, forms of worship, and the function and nature of spiritual gifts in the church’s history, revealing that Mormonism is still a tradition very much in the process of formation.

“Givens is to be commended not only for producing the first major systematic overview of Mormon theology, but also for taking a historically informed, comparative approach that both Latter-day Saints and scholars of religion will find highly illuminating.”

–Ann Taves, author of Revelatory Events: Three Case Studies of the Emergence of New Spiritual Paths

Turley, Richard E., Jr., Janiece Johnson and LaJean Carruth (eds.). Mountain Meadows Massacre: Collected Legal Papers (2 vols.). University of Oklahoma Press, 2017. 1056 pp. Hardback. $130.00/set. The editors of this two-volume collection combed public and private manuscript collections across the United States to reconstruct the complex legal proceedings that occurred in the massacre’s aftermath. The documents they unearthed, transcribed and presented here, cover a nearly forty-year history of investigation and prosecution—from the first reports of the massacre in 1857 to the dismissal of the last indictment against a perpetrator in 1896. Volume 1 tells the first half of the story: the records of the investigations into the massacre and transcriptions of all nine indictments, eight of which never resulted in a trial conviction. Volume 2 details the legal proceedings against the one man indicted to go to trial, John D. Lee. Lee’s trials led to his confession and conviction, and ultimately to his execution on the massacre site in 1877, all documented in Volume 2. **reminder—the editors will be here on June 14 for a sigining**

“Richard E. Turley, Janiece L. Johnson, and LaJean Purcell Carruth have done a great service in offering the Mountain Meadows Massacre papers to the general public. The editors present the documents with an even hand, and the introductions carefully analyze each source.”

—Thomas G. Alexander, author of Brigham Young, The Quorum of the Twelve, and the Latter-day Saint Investigation of the Mountain Meadows Massacre

Anderson, J. Seth. LGBT Salt Lake. Arcadia Publishing, 2017. 95pp. Paperback. $22.99. Salt Lake City, located along Utah’s majestic Wasatch Mountains, has historically been a cradle of peculiar people. Before Western culture developed terms for lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) identities, diverse communities who recognized their differences from mainstream America made Salt Lake their home. By the early 1970s, a discernible “gay community” had emerged in Salt Lake City, laying the groundwork for future activism and institutions. In the 1970s, publications like Gayzette, the Salt Lick, and the Open Door documented the nascent movement. In the 1980s, amidst devastation from the HIV/AIDS epidemic, marginalized communities valiantly worked to fight the disease and support each other. By the 1990s, LGBT Utahns had gained traction legally and politically with the formation of the first gay straight alliance at East High School and the election of the first openly gay person to the Utah legislature in 1998. The transgender community became more visible in the new century, and by 2008, Utah began to play a prominent role in the battle over marriage equality.

Hammer, David (comp.). The Pamphlets of Orson Pratt: The Complete Collection. Eborn Books, 2017. 722pp. $24.99. The Complete Collection of Elder Orson Pratt’s pamphlets. All together in one thick 700+ page volume, with an Index. Each pamphlet is complete and unabridged, and has the original page numbers in brackets. Contains the following pamphlets: An Interesting Account of Several Remarkable Visions, The 1945 and 1946 Prophetic Almanacs, Divine Authority, or the Question, “Was Joseph Smith Sent of God?”, The Kingdom of God, Reply to a Pamphlet Entitled “Remarks on Mormonism”, Absurdities of Immaterialism, New Jerusalem, Divine Authenticity of the Book of Mormon, Great First Cause, The Equality and Oneness of the Saints, True Faith, True Repentance, Water Baptism, The Holy Spirit, Spiritual Gifts, Necessity for Miracles, Universal Apostasy, or the Seventeen Centuries of Darkness, Latter-day Kingdom, or the Preparations for the Second Advent, Celestial Marriage, The Bible and Polygamy—Does the Bible Sanction Polygamy?, How to Live Acceptably.

D&C 4 – A Lifetime of Study in Discipleship. Eborn Books, 2017. 278pp. Hardback. $24.95. Section 4 of the Doctrine and Covenants is a remarkable revelation that imparts a great deal of wisdom and divine light with tremendous economy. While traditionally viewed as a revelation on missionary service, the principles seated deep within the text and sub-texts of section 4 have application to all aspects of Christ-centered service. The collected voices presented in this book have deep-seated desires to see the work of the Lord move forward. Regarding this small 7-verse section of the Doctrine and Covenants President Joseph F. Smith stated that it “contains sufficient counsel and instruction for a lifetime of study…It is as broad, as high and as deep as eternity.” Royalties on the sale of these books will be donated to the General Missionary Fund of the Church.

 

John, Jeremiah and Joseph M. Spencer, eds. Embracing the Law: Reading Doctrine and Covenants 42. Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2017. 140pp. Paperback. $15.95. According to Joseph Smith, Doctrine and Covenants 42 “embraces the law of the church.” In this collection of essays, six scholars probe the significance of this revelation, especially the significance of its status as “law.” In what ways is D&C 42—especially the law of consecration—binding for Latter-day Saints today? These wide-ranging essays argue that the law remains in force, but in many different ways.

“In these conference proceedings stands the hope of a new kind of Mormon theology, one that brings women and men, academics and independents, philosophers and students of literature into the conversation about the meanings of faith and scripture. These essays are united by their firm commitment to the power of scripture and the possibility that holy writ may be rather more than it first appears.” –Samuel M. Brown, author of In Heaven as It Is on Earth

Restoration Scriptures

The Restoration Scriptures—as described in the official announcement—“are divided into three volumes that have been produced through a unified effort by two independent bodies of volunteers, separately driven to approach the scriptures anew. Initially the members of these two groups felt individually inspired to revisit the scriptures in an effort to prune away some of the uninspired alterations of man so that they might have a more correct version of scripture for their study. Over time, these individuals were led to one another, combining and harmonizing their efforts. What began as two wholly separate groups, each forming at the same time, both unknown to one another, resulted in separate projects that were completed at the same time, and what was learned from their independent efforts identified issues that needed to be addressed. . . . less than 2 weeks after discovering each other, these two groups held a meeting, facilitated by Denver Snuffer, and determined to unify their efforts, each bringing to the table differing components for a greater outcome than either project possessed alone. On the first day of the new year, the two became one as work began, preparing what would become this Restoration Edition of the scriptures.” The Old and New Testament incorporate the JST changes, the Book of Mormon draws on the 1840 edition (the last to be published under Joseph Smith’s supervision) and the Doctrine and Covenants/Pearls of Great Price revises some existing content and adds new material (including some revelations to Denver Snuffer). All versification has been removed and chapter numbering has also been revised.

Old Testament: Restoration Edition. Chris Hamill, 2017. 819pp. Paperback. $21.95

New Testament/Book of Mormon: Restoration Edition. Chris Hamill, 2017. 657pp. Paperback. $23.99

Doctrine & Covenants/Pearls of Great Price: Restoration Edition. Chris Hamill, 2017. 355pp. Paperback. $13.99

Mormon History Association Award Winners

The following books received awards at the recent Mormon History Association conference. We have all these award-winners available—come see what all the buzz is about!

limited quantities on some titles

Best Book: Simpson, Thomas W. American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, 1876-1940. University of North Carolina Press. Paperback, $29.95/Hardback, $85.00 (special order)

Best Biography: Prince, Stephen L. Hosea Stout: Lawman, Legislator, Mormon Defender. Utah State University Press. Paperback, $19.95 (arriving Wed)/Hardback, $29.95 (technically out of print, limited quantities remain)

Best Book International Mormonism:  Takagi,  Shinji. The Trek East: Mormonism Meets Japan, 1901-1968. Greg Kofford Books. Paperback, $39.95/Hardback, $69.95

Best Memoir / Personal History: Bate, Kerry William. The Women: A Family Story. University of Utah Press. Hardback. $39.95

Best Article: Hendrix-Komoto, Amanda. “Mahana, You Naked! Modesty, Sexuality, and Race in the Mormon Pacific.” In Out of Obscurity: Mormonism Since 1945. Oxford University Press. Paperback, $35.00/Hardback, $99.00 (special order)

Article of Excellence:  Turley Jr. Richard E. and Jeffrey G. Cannon. “A Faithful Band: Moses Mahlangu and the First Soweto Saints.” BYU Studies Quarterly 55, no. 1. Paperback. $9.95

Best International Article:  Rutherford, Taunalyn. “The Internationalization of Mormonism: Indications from India.” In Out of Obscurity: Mormonism since 1945. Oxford University Press. Paperback, $35.00/Hardback, $99.00 (special order)

Best Women’s History Article: Newell, Quincy. “What Jane James Saw.” In Directions for Mormon Studies in the Twenty-First Century. University of Utah Press. Paperback. $32.99

SALE BOOKS

Lyman, Albert R. [Ed. by Melvin A. Lyman]. Francis Marion Lyman, 1840-1916, Apostle 1880-1916. Melvin A. Lyman, 1958. Hardback. As new condition. Reg. $60.00, SALE $9.99.  Francis Marion Lyman was born in Walnut Grove Township, McDonough County, Illinois, in January 1840, the son of Amasa Mason Lyman. His parents, after escaping from mobs persecuting the Mormons in Missouri, were staying there with friends. The family later lived in Nauvoo, Illinois, and migrated to Utah with the Mormon pioneers in 1848. He was called as an apostle in 1880. At the time of his death in 1916, he was serving as president of the Council of the Twelve of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This biography—written by a nephew—quotes from Lyman’s journals, now restricted.

 

Bush, Lester E. Health and Medicine Among the Latter-day Saints: Science, Sense, and Scripture. New York: Crossroad Publishing Company, 1993. Hardback. Reg. $24.95, SALE $9.99. One of a dozen in a series which “explores the ways in which major religions relate to the questions of human well-being.”  Some of the other volumes have treated health and medicine in the context of the Lutheran, Catholic, Christian Science, Hindu, and Islamic faiths. Aimed mainly at professional care givers, the books also give lay people a new view of their religious traditions by analyzing a crucial aspect of their belief and practice. Each volume is organized around ten themes, including death, suffering, healing, madness, sexuality, morality, and dignity, although Bush has packaged the themes in a unique way to present the Mormon case with clarity.

Gibbons, Francis M. George Albert Smith: Kind and Caring Christian, Prophet of God. Deseret Book Company, 1990. Hardback. As new condition. Reg. $15.00, SALE $7.99. In George Albert Smith; Kind and Caring Christian, Prophet of God, author Francis M. Gibbons presents a thorough and penetrating portrait of this great leader. He brings to life George Albert Smith’s childhood in the heart of Salt Lake City; his service in the Southern States Mission; his work as president of the European Mission and as an Apostle; his struggles with poor health; his love of family and friends; his Christian service to countless people from all walks of life; his love of historical trails and commemorative markers and monuments; and his compassionate ministry to all the world as president of the Church.

 

 

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