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We are pleased to announce that Samuel M. Brown, author of First Principles and Ordinances:  The Fourth Article of Faith in Light of the Temple (published by the Neal A. Maxwell Institute) will be here on Wednesday, November 19th to sign and discuss his book. He 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 a signed copy or hold one here at the store for pick-up. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.

Familiarity can lead to a kind of blindness in life and in religion. The first principles and ordinances of the Latter-day Saint gospel are particularly at risk for misunderstanding through such familiar neglect. Author Samuel M. Brown presents a fresh focus on how our relationships with God and other people can transform our understanding of the gospel basics of faith, repentance, baptism, and the gift of the Holy Ghost. By weaving a tapestry of personal stories, scripture, LDS history, and perspectives of other religious traditions, Brown’s theological explorations highlight continuity between the gospel’s first principles and ordinances and the highest ordinances of LDS temple worship. You’ll never read the Fourth Article of Faith the same way again.

 “The combination of Brown’s discipline, depth, and devotion result in a book that is at once both intellectually stimulating and spiritually inspiring. One thing is for sure: After reading this work, a Latter-day Saint will never see the fourth article of faith in the same way.”

Robert L. Millet, Professor Emeritus of Ancient Scripture Brigham Young University

“A must-read—particularly for those seeking a provocative and trenchant reexamination of the first four (and subsequent) principles of the Mormon faith.”

Fiona Givens, co-author of The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life

Samuel M. Brown is Assistant Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Medical Ethics and Humanities at the University of Utah and an intensive care physician in the Shock Trauma ICU at Intermountain Medical Center. His award-winning book In Heaven as It Is on Earth: Joseph Smith and the Early Mormon Conquest of Death was published by Oxford University Press in 2012. He is also translator of Aleksandr Men’s Son of Man (Oakwood Publications, 1998).


First Principles and Ordinances:  The Fourth Article of Faith in Light of the Temple. Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2014. 176pp. Paperback. $16.95.

Also by Samuel BrownIn Heaven as It Is on Earth: Joseph Smith and the Early Mormon Conquest of Death. Oxford University Press, 2012. 392pp. Hardback. Reg. $34.95, SALE $9.99.


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