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Reminder of our event for Natural Born Seer: Joseph Smith, American Prophet, 1805-1830 (published by the Smith-Pettit Foundation, distributed by Signature Books) THIS WEDNESDAY. The author, Richard S. Van Wagoner, unfortunately passed away unexpectedly in 2010. Luckily, he had finished his manuscript as well as two rounds of editing so the book needed only “minimal work” to prepare it for publication. In his stead, we will hear from Gary Bergera, managing director at the Smith-Pettit Foundation, who prepared the book for publication. 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 (if desired) before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make it that night but, if not, we can mail a copy or hold one here at the store for pick-up.

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Reminder of two events this week:

Michael Hubbard MacKay and Nicholas J. Frederick, authors of Joseph Smith’s Seer Stones (published by the Religious Studies Center in cooperation with Deseret Book), will be here on Wednesday, November 30, to discuss 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. RSVP here.

Thomas W. Simpson, author of American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, 1876-1940 (published by the University of North Carolina Press)—will be here for a lunchtime signing on Friday, Dec. 2 (our apologies for mixing up dates/times in the previous e-mail). He will be here from 11 AM to 1 PM to sign copies of his book and chat. Light refreshments will be served.

EVENING WITH AN EDITOR

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We are pleased to announce an event for Natural Born Seer: Joseph Smith, American Prophet, 1805-1830 (published by the Smith-Pettit Foundation, distributed by Signature Books) on Wednesday, December 7. The author, Richard S. Van Wagoner, unfortunately passed away unexpectedly in 2010. Luckily, he had finished his manuscript as well as two rounds of editing so the book needed only “minimal work” to prepare it for publication. In his stead, we will hear from Gary Bergera, managing director at the Smith-Pettit Foundation, who prepared the book for publication. 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 (if desired) before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make it that night but, if not, we can mail a copy or hold one here at the store for pick-up. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.

As prize-winning historian Richard S. Van Wagoner narrates the first twenty-five years of Smith’s life, the young seer struggled with his family through a series of roller-­coaster hardships, eventually securing work as a scryer of lost treasure and money digger. In the wake of successive failures, including run-ins with the law, Smith’s glass-­looking activities gave way to more religiously oriented pursuits, especially after a heavenly messenger showed him the location of buried golden plates containing a pre-Columbian story of the Americas and charged him with the record’s decipherment and publication.

Smith also learned, following another extraordinary vision, that his sins had been remitted, that humanity was in a state of apostasy, and that Jesus would soon return to the earth. After eloping with Emma Hale, much to her skeptical father’s chagrin, the couple settled down to complete work on what would appear for sale in early 1830 as the Book of Mormon. By this time, Smith had begun to shoulder more fully the prophet’s mantle, issuing proclamations in God’s own voice, and on April 6, 1830, organized the Church of Christ, known today as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“I treat the early years of the Mormon prophet as I would approach an archaeological dig,” Van Wagoner explains. “The deepest levels, those deposited first and least contaminated by subsequent accumulates, are of primary interest in my pursuit of the historical Joseph. Mindful of the prophet’s controversial reputation, I try to remain sensitive to the impact that some of the more problematic elements of his behavior may have on believers. But truth is often best evidenced in the detail.”

This is the second installment to be released in a three-volume biography of Joseph Smith. The first volume—Glorious in Persecution: Joseph Smith, American Prophet, 1839-1844 (written by Martha Bradley-Evans)—was published earlier this year. The final volume, dealing with the Ohio/Missouri period, is currently being written by Dan Vogel.

 

Natural Born Seer: Joseph Smith, American Prophet, 1805-1830 by Richard S. Van Wagoner.  Smith-Pettit Foundation (distributed by Signature Books), 2016. 589pp. Hardback. $34.95

 

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EVENING WITH THE AUTHORS

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We are excited to announce that Michael Hubbard MacKay and Nicholas J. Frederick, authors of Joseph Smith’s Seer Stones (published by the Religious Studies Center in cooperation with Deseret Book), will be here on Wednesday, November 30, to discuss 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.

When the Church released photos of the brown seer stone that was owned and used by Joseph Smith, the news ignited a firestorm of curiosity and controversy. People wanted more information and wondered why they hadn’t been aware of the stone’s existence.

This book discusses the origins of Joseph Smith’s seer stones and explores how Joseph used them throughout his life in a way that goes beyond translating the Book of Mormon. It also traces the provenance of his stones once they left his possession.

The authors examine how the Book of Mormon itself provides a storyline about the history of seer stones and how this helped Joseph Smith learn about his own prophetic gifts. Finally, this book explores how Joseph Smith took his own experiences and created a theology of seer stones that became closely linked with his unique doctrines of exaltation.

“The LDS community needs this book. It is a model of how responsible and faithful scholarship should be written.”
—Ben Park

Michael Hubbard MacKay received an engineering degree from the US Air Force and a master of arts degree from the University of York in England. His doctorate of philosophy degree was also awarded by the University of York. He is now an assistant professor in the department of Church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University.

Nicholas J. Frederick received his BA in classics and his MA in comparative studies. He received his PhD in the history of Christianity, with an emphasis in Mormon studies from Claremont University. As a professor at BYU, he enjoys teaching courses on the Book of Mormon and the New Testament, particularly the writings of Paul and the Book of Revelation.

 

Joseph Smith’s Seer Stones by Michael Hubbard MacKay and Nicholas J. Frederick. Religious Studies Center in cooperation with Deseret Book, 2016. 243pp. Hardback. $24.99

 

Other Titles by MacKay:

From Darkness unto Light: Joseph Smith’s Translation and Publication of the Book of Mormon. Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2015. Hardback. $24.99

Joseph Smith Papers Volumes to Which MacKay Contributed

The Joseph Smith Papers: Documents, vol. 1: July 1828 – June 1831. The Church Historian’s Press, 2013. Hardback. $54.95

The Joseph Smith Papers, Documents Vol. 3: February 1833-March 1834. The Church Historian’s Press, 2014. Hardback. $54.95

**if you aren’t a subscriber to the Joseph Smith Papers series, sign up now and save 10% on each volume!

Other Title by Frederick:

The Bible, Mormon Scripture, and the Rhetoric of Allusivity (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press Mormon Studies Series). Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2016. Hardback. $75.00 **this title is a special order only—please let us know as soon as possible if you want to order a copy**

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EVENING WITH AN AUTHOR

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Reminder that William MacKinnon, author of the long-awaited At Sword’s Point, Part 2: A Documentary History of the Utah War, 1858–1859–Kingdom in the West, vol. 11 (published by Arthur H. Clark), will be here THIS WEDNESDAY, November 9 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. Series editor Will Bagley will also be in attendance and can sign books if desired. 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 Utah War—an unprecedented armed confrontation between Mormon-controlled Utah Territory and the U.S. government—was the most extensive American military action between the U.S.-Mexican and Civil Wars. Drawing on author-editor William P. MacKinnon’s half-century of research and a wealth of carefully selected new material, At Sword’s Point presents the first full history of the conflict through the voices of participants—leaders, soldiers, and civilians from both sides. MacKinnon’s lively narrative, continued in this second volume, links and explains these firsthand accounts to produce the most detailed, in-depth, and balanced view of the war to date.

At Sword’s Point, Part 2 carries the story of the Utah War from the end of 1857 to the conclusion of hostilities in June 1858, when Brigham Young was replaced as territorial governor and almost one-third of the U.S. Army occupied Utah. Through the testimony of Mormon and federal leaders, combatants, emissaries, and onlookers, this second volume describes the war’s final months and uneasy resolution. President James Buchanan and his secretary of war, John B. Floyd, worked to break a political-military stalemate in Utah, while Mormon leaders prepared defensive and aggressive countermeasures ranging from an attack on Forts Bridger and Laramie to the “Sebastopol Strategy” of evacuating and torching Salt Lake City and sending 30,000 Mormon refugees on a mass exodus and fighting retreat toward Mexican Sonora. Thomas L. Kane, self-appointed intermediary and Philadelphia humanitarian, sought a peaceful conclusion to the conflict, which ended with the arrival in Utah of President Buchanan’s two official peace commissioners, the president’s blanket pardon for Utah’s population, and the army’s peaceful march into the Salt Lake Valley.

“This monumental work reflects a half-century of far-reaching research by the acknowledged expert on the Utah War. William P. MacKinnon’s wealth of knowledge is exhibited in the relevant choice of documents and lively commentary provided in Parts 1 and 2. Highly recommended.”
—Richard E. Turley Jr., coauthor of Massacre at Mountain Meadows

William P. MacKinnon is an independent historian who lives in Santa Barbara, California. A widely recognized authority on Utah’s violent territorial period and the U.S. Army’s western campaigns, he is the author of numerous journal articles and the author-editor of At Sword’s Point, Part 1: A Documentary History of the Utah War to 1858.
 
At Sword’s Point, Part 2: A Documentary History of the Utah War, 1858–1859 (Kingdom in the West, vol. 11). Arthur H. Clark, 2016. 704pp. Hardback. $45.00 (**subscribers–save 20%)


Other Volumes in the Kingdom in the West Series:

1. The Pioneer Camp of the Saints: The 1846 and 1847 Mormon Trail Journals of Thomas Bullock, ed. by Will Bagley. 1997. (Best Documentary, MHA) $39.50

2. Forgotten Kingdom: The Mormon Theocracy in the American West, 1847–1896, ed. by David L. Bigler. 1998. (Best Book, 1998, Westerners International) $39.50

3. Scoundrel’s Tale: The Samuel Brannan Papers, ed. by Bagley. 1999. Out of print

4. Army of Israel: Mormon Battalion Narratives, ed. by Bigler and Bagley. 2000. (Best Documentary, MHA, Utah Military History Award, USHS) $39.50

5. Defending Zion: George Q. Cannon and the Mormon California Newspaper Wars of 1856–1857, ed. by Roger Ekins. 2002. (Best Documentary, MHA) $42.50

6. Fort Limhi: The Mormon Adventure in Oregon Territory, 1855–1858, ed. by Bigler. 2003. $39.50

7. Gold Rush Saints: California Mormons and the Great Rush for Riches, ed. by Kenneth N. Owens. 2004. $39.50

8. On the Way to Somewhere Else: European Sojourners in the Mormon West, 1834–1930, ed. by Michael W. Homer. 2006. Out of print, paperback copies available–reg. $24.95, SALE $4.99

9. Doing the Works of Abraham: A Documentary History of Mormon Polygamy, ed. by B. Carmon Hardy. 2007. Out of print

10-11. At Sword’s Point: A Documentary History of the Utah War of 1857–1858, ed. by William P. MacKinnon. 2008. $45.00. 

12. Innocent Blood: Essential Narratives of the Mountain Meadows Massacre, ed. by Bagley and Bigler. 2008.  $45.00

13. Playing with Shadows: Voices of Dissent in the Mormon West, ed. by Polly Aird, Jeffrey Nichols, and Will Bagley.  2011.  $45.00

14. Dale Morgan on the Mormons: Collected Works, Part 1, 1939-1951, ed. by Richard L. Saunders. 2012. $45.00

15. Dale Morgan on the Mormons: Collected Works, Part  2, 1949-1970, ed. by Richard L. Saunders. 2013. $45.00

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Utah residents–add 7.05% sales tax

EVENING WITH AN AUTHOR

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We are excited to announce that William MacKinnon, author of the long-awaited At Sword’s Point, Part 2: A Documentary History of the Utah War, 1858–1859–Kingdom in the West, vol. 11 (published by Arthur H. Clark), will be here on Wednesday, November 9 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. Series editor Will Bagley will also be in attendance and can sign books if desired. 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 Utah War—an unprecedented armed confrontation between Mormon-controlled Utah Territory and the U.S. government—was the most extensive American military action between the U.S.-Mexican and Civil Wars. Drawing on author-editor William P. MacKinnon’s half-century of research and a wealth of carefully selected new material, At Sword’s Point presents the first full history of the conflict through the voices of participants—leaders, soldiers, and civilians from both sides. MacKinnon’s lively narrative, continued in this second volume, links and explains these firsthand accounts to produce the most detailed, in-depth, and balanced view of the war to date.

At Sword’s Point, Part 2 carries the story of the Utah War from the end of 1857 to the conclusion of hostilities in June 1858, when Brigham Young was replaced as territorial governor and almost one-third of the U.S. Army occupied Utah. Through the testimony of Mormon and federal leaders, combatants, emissaries, and onlookers, this second volume describes the war’s final months and uneasy resolution. President James Buchanan and his secretary of war, John B. Floyd, worked to break a political-military stalemate in Utah, while Mormon leaders prepared defensive and aggressive countermeasures ranging from an attack on Forts Bridger and Laramie to the “Sebastopol Strategy” of evacuating and torching Salt Lake City and sending 30,000 Mormon refugees on a mass exodus and fighting retreat toward Mexican Sonora. Thomas L. Kane, self-appointed intermediary and Philadelphia humanitarian, sought a peaceful conclusion to the conflict, which ended with the arrival in Utah of President Buchanan’s two official peace commissioners, the president’s blanket pardon for Utah’s population, and the army’s peaceful march into the Salt Lake Valley.

“This monumental work reflects a half-century of far-reaching research by the acknowledged expert on the Utah War. William P. MacKinnon’s wealth of knowledge is exhibited in the relevant choice of documents and lively commentary provided in Parts 1 and 2. Highly recommended.”
—Richard E. Turley Jr., coauthor of Massacre at Mountain Meadows

William P. MacKinnon is an independent historian who lives in Santa Barbara, California. A widely recognized authority on Utah’s violent territorial period and the U.S. Army’s western campaigns, he is the author of numerous journal articles and the author-editor of At Sword’s Point, Part 1: A Documentary History of the Utah War to 1858.
 
At Sword’s Point, Part 2: A Documentary History of the Utah War, 1858–1859 (Kingdom in the West, vol. 11). Arthur H. Clark, 2016. 704pp. Hardback. $45.00 (**subscribers–save 20%)


Other Volumes in the Kingdom in the West Series:

1. The Pioneer Camp of the Saints: The 1846 and 1847 Mormon Trail Journals of Thomas Bullock, ed. by Will Bagley. 1997. (Best Documentary, MHA) $39.50

2. Forgotten Kingdom: The Mormon Theocracy in the American West, 1847–1896, ed. by David L. Bigler. 1998. (Best Book, 1998, Westerners International) $39.50

3. Scoundrel’s Tale: The Samuel Brannan Papers, ed. by Bagley. 1999. Out of print

4. Army of Israel: Mormon Battalion Narratives, ed. by Bigler and Bagley. 2000. (Best Documentary, MHA, Utah Military History Award, USHS) $39.50

5. Defending Zion: George Q. Cannon and the Mormon California Newspaper Wars of 1856–1857, ed. by Roger Ekins. 2002. (Best Documentary, MHA) $42.50

6. Fort Limhi: The Mormon Adventure in Oregon Territory, 1855–1858, ed. by Bigler. 2003. $39.50

7. Gold Rush Saints: California Mormons and the Great Rush for Riches, ed. by Kenneth N. Owens. 2004. $39.50

8. On the Way to Somewhere Else: European Sojourners in the Mormon West, 1834–1930, ed. by Michael W. Homer. 2006. Out of print, paperback copies available–reg. $24.95, SALE $4.99

9. Doing the Works of Abraham: A Documentary History of Mormon Polygamy, ed. by B. Carmon Hardy. 2007. Out of print

10-11. At Sword’s Point: A Documentary History of the Utah War of 1857–1858, ed. by William P. MacKinnon. 2008. $45.00. 

12. Innocent Blood: Essential Narratives of the Mountain Meadows Massacre, ed. by Bagley and Bigler. 2008.  $45.00

13. Playing with Shadows: Voices of Dissent in the Mormon West, ed. by Polly Aird, Jeffrey Nichols, and Will Bagley.  2011.  $45.00

14. Dale Morgan on the Mormons: Collected Works, Part 1, 1939-1951, ed. by Richard L. Saunders. 2012. $45.00

15. Dale Morgan on the Mormons: Collected Works, Part  2, 1949-1970, ed. by Richard L. Saunders. 2013. $45.00

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SPEND YOUR LUNCH BREAK WITH AN AUTHOR

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We are pleased to announce that Ashley Mae Hoiland, author of One Hundred Birds Taught Me to Fly: The Art of Seeking God (published by the Neal A. Maxwell Institute)—will be here for a lunchtime signing on Friday, Nov. 4. She will be here from 11 AM to 1 PM to sign copies of her book and chat. We hope you will be able to make it but, if not, we can mail a signed copy to you or hold it for pick-up here at the store. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.

One Hundred Birds Taught Me to Fly is for restless souls who desire to know God more deeply. Ashley Mae Hoiland bids us follow her down the hallowed and well-trodden path between the heart and mind, where glimpses of godliness are discovered in rainstorms, bus rides, temples, and mountains. As a Latter-day Saint, Hoiland explores the complexities of faith in everyday life where laughter and creativity matter as much as faith, hope, and charity.

“Through her exquisite poetry and prose, Ashley Mae Hoiland offers what she aptly terms the sacred writ of my life. Her intensely personal stories capture the experiences of daughter, sister, wife, mother, missionary, friend, and stranger all framed within her thoughtful explorations of belief and being. This spiritual autobiography is richly textured with honesty, compassion, and reverence. There is no trite homily here, but rather an abundance of finely turned phrases to ponder. The spare words make their own music while simple line drawings accentuate the poet s artistry. Hoiland s reflections are very female and very Mormon, but she sounds a universal ring in her struggle to find God and embrace all God s children in a world that both is and is not perfect. There is wonder here, and wholeness and holiness, that carries the reader into his or her own soul.”

–Jill Mulvay Derr, Coeditor of Eliza R. Snow: The Complete Poetry

Ashley Mae Hoiland received a bachelor of fine arts degree in studio arts and a master of fine arts degree in poetry from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. She teaches art in low-income elementary schools in California and has written and illustrated several children’s books. She is founder of We Brave Women—an initiative to educate youth about important historic and contemporary women.

One Hundred Birds Taught Me to Fly: The Art of Seeking God. Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2016. Paperback. 212pp. $12.95.

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EVENING WITH THE EDITOR

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Reminder of our event for Thirteenth Apostle: The Diaries of Amasa M. Lyman 1832-1877 (published by Signature Books) THIS WEDNESDAY, October 12. The editor, Scott Partridge, unfortunately passed away during the editing process—in his stead, we will hear from John Hatch, editor at Signature Books who worked on the book, and David Busath, president of the Amasa Mason Lyman Educational and Historical Society. 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 (if desired) before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make it that night but, if not, we can mail a copy or hold one here at the store for pick-up. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.

Originally from New Hampshire, Amasa Mason Lyman converted to Mormonism over the objection of his family at age nineteen. Compelled to leave home with a total of eleven dollars in his pocket, he ventured some 700 miles east to Ohio, where Joseph Smith told him to return east and serve a mission despite his unfamiliarity with the church’s doctrines and procedures. Ten years later Lyman temporarily replaced Orson Pratt in the Quorum of Twelve Apostles. This made him a kind of fifth wheel (thirteenth apostle) when Pratt was reinstated. Lyman would nevertheless regain his position in the quorum two years later and serve faithfully until his expulsion in 1867 for denying the divinity of Jesus. He then gravitated toward the anti-Brighamite spiritualist movement in Utah. Tracing the arc of this transformation from firm believer to prominent heretic, Lyman’s diaries are a window into the thinking of pioneer Mormons and the ideological issues that sometimes divided them. This is the first in an anticipated multi-volume collection of historic diaries that will comprise the Signature Legacy Series.

“In these engrossing diaries, we see Amasa Mason Lyman in the Quorum of the Anointed, as co-founder of San Bernardino, and as president of the British Mission, among other far-flung assignments. In the 1860s he chose to associate with dissidents who emphasized Smith’s axiom to ‘teach them correct principles and [let them] govern themselves’ over Brigham Young’s authoritarian rule. All of this is detailed in Lyman’s engaging trademark style.”
—Edward Leo Lyman, author of Amasa Mason Lyman: Mormon Apostle and Apostate

Thirteenth Apostle: The Diaries of Amasa M. Lyman 1832-1877 ed. by Scott Partridge. Signature Books, 2016. Hardback, 1050pp. Reg. $60.00, SALE $47.99 (during October as part of our fall sale).

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EVENING WITH THE EDITOR

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We are pleased to announce an event for Thirteenth Apostle: The Diaries of Amasa M. Lyman 1832-1877 (published by Signature Books) on Wednesday, October 12. The editor, Scott Partridge, unfortunately passed away during the editing process—in his stead, we will hear from John Hatch, editor at Signature Books who worked on the book, and David Busath, president of the Amasa Mason Lyman Educational and Historical Society. 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 (if desired) before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make it that night but, if not, we can mail a copy or hold one here at the store for pick-up. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.

Originally from New Hampshire, Amasa Mason Lyman converted to Mormonism over the objection of his family at age nineteen. Compelled to leave home with a total of eleven dollars in his pocket, he ventured some 700 miles east to Ohio, where Joseph Smith told him to return east and serve a mission despite his unfamiliarity with the church’s doctrines and procedures. Ten years later Lyman temporarily replaced Orson Pratt in the Quorum of Twelve Apostles. This made him a kind of fifth wheel (thirteenth apostle) when Pratt was reinstated. Lyman would nevertheless regain his position in the quorum two years later and serve faithfully until his expulsion in 1867 for denying the divinity of Jesus. He then gravitated toward the anti-Brighamite spiritualist movement in Utah. Tracing the arc of this transformation from firm believer to prominent heretic, Lyman’s diaries are a window into the thinking of pioneer Mormons and the ideological issues that sometimes divided them. This is the first in an anticipated multi-volume collection of historic diaries that will comprise the Signature Legacy Series.

“In these engrossing diaries, we see Amasa Mason Lyman in the Quorum of the Anointed, as co-founder of San Bernardino, and as president of the British Mission, among other far-flung assignments. In the 1860s he chose to associate with dissidents who emphasized Smith’s axiom to ‘teach them correct principles and [let them] govern themselves’ over Brigham Young’s authoritarian rule. All of this is detailed in Lyman’s engaging trademark style.”
—Edward Leo Lyman, author of Amasa Mason Lyman: Mormon Apostle and Apostate

Thirteenth Apostle: The Diaries of Amasa M. Lyman 1832-1877 ed. by Scott Partridge. Signature Books, 2016. Hardback, 1050pp. Reg. $60.00, SALE $47.99 (during October as part of our fall sale).

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Utah residents–add 7.05% sales tax

USED BOOKS—25% OFF
NEW BOOKS—20% OFF
FALL SALE ENTIRE MONTH OF OCTOBER

It’s that time of year again—for our annual Fall Sale. Most of our new books are discounted 20% and used books are 25% off. (Some exceptions apply such as special orders and requests, sale books, short discount titles, and some rare books.) We are also offering free shipping on orders of $100 or more after discounts are taken. (Note: U.S. orders only.)

And if the big discounts weren’t enough, any purchase you make will entitle you to a free copy of Lowell L. Bennion: TeacherCounselorHumanitarian by Mary Lythgoe Bradford and any purchase of $25.00 or more will entitle you to one of the following free books:

  • Dale Morgan on Early Mormonism: Correspondence & A New History edited by John Phillip Walker (hb, orig. price $20.95)
  • Dreams, Myths, & Reality: Utah and the American West (The Critchlow Lectures at Weber State University) edited by William Thomas Allison and Susan J. Matt (pb, orig. price $29.95)
  • How Can I Help? Final Selections by the Legendary Writer, Teacher, and Humanitarian by Lowell Bennion (hb, orig. price $13.95)
  • Joseph Smith by Robert V. Remini (hb, orig. price $19.95)
  • The New Mormon History: Revisionist Essays on the Past edited by D. Michael Quinn (pb, orig. price $18.95).

In addition, for any order of $250 or more (after discount) we will give you a copy of Mahonri Young: His Life and Art by Thomas E. Toone (hb, orig. price $75.00) and for any order of $500 or more (after discount) we will give you a copy of The Parallel Book of Mormon: The 1830, 1837, and 1840 Editions, Introduction by Curt Bench (hb, orig. price $75.00.)

This is a great opportunity to buy your new, used, and out-of-print LDS books at reduced prices. Remember, we also have a large selection of sale and remainder books reduced as much as 80% from their original published prices. Please check out our website, www.benchmarkbooks.com, to review recent posts on new books or browse through the shop.

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NEW BOOKS

The Joseph Smith Papers: Administrative Records: Council of Fifty, Minutes, March 1844-January 1846 by Matthew J. Grow, Ronald K. Esplin, Mark Ashurst-McGee, Gerrit J. Dirkmaat and Jeffrey D. Mahas. The  Church Historian’s Press, 2016. 788pp. Hardback. Reg. $59.95, SALE $47.99. Historians with the Joseph Smith Papers Project have made available for the first time ever the complete minutes created in Nauvoo, Illinois, of an organization called the Council of Fifty. Joseph Smith, founder and first president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, formed this council in March 1844. The Nauvoo-era record contains minutes of meetings held under the direction of Joseph Smith and later Brigham Young, through January 1846, immediately before the mass Mormon migration out of Illinois. The minutes have never previously been published or available to researchers. Members of the council saw its formation as the beginning of the literal kingdom of God on earth; accordingly, much of the discussion under Joseph Smith’s chairmanship centered on ideal government. One of the council’s purposes was to investigate possible settlements outside of what then constituted the United States. Ultimately, the council played a significant role in planning the church’s migration to the American West. The Council of Fifty also helped manage Joseph Smith’s campaign for president of the United States in 1844 and helped provide for the government of Nauvoo after the city’s charter was repealed. **SIGNED BY ALL FIVE VOLUME EDITORS**

“The publication of the Council of Fifty minutes as the first volume of the Administrative Records series in the Joseph Smith Papers can only be described as a triumph. The new volume is sure to be celebrated for its annotation and editing, another excellent addition to the papers project. But the minutes are also a triumph of the new transparency policy of the Church History Department. Over the years, the council minutes attained almost legendary status, as a trove of dark secrets sequestered in the recesses of the First Presidency’s vault. Now the minutes are to be published for all to examine.”
— Richard L. Bushman

Thirteenth Apostle: The Diaries of Amasa M. Lyman 1832-1877 ed. by Scott Partridge. Signature Books, 2016. Hardback, 1050pp. Reg. $60.00, SALE $47.99.Originally from New Hampshire,  Amasa Mason Lyman converted to Mormonism over the objection of his family at age nineteen. Compelled to leave home with a total of eleven dollars in his pocket, he ventured some 700 miles east to Ohio, where Joseph Smith told him to return east and serve a mission despite his unfamiliarity with the church’s doctrines and procedures. Ten years later Lyman temporarily replaced Orson Pratt in the Quorum of Twelve Apostles. This made him a kind of fifth wheel (thirteenth apostle) when Pratt was reinstated. Lyman would nevertheless regain his position in the quorum two years later and serve faithfully until his expulsion in 1867 for denying the divinity of Jesus. He then gravitated toward the anti-Brighamite spiritualist movement in Utah. Tracing the arc of this transformation from firm believer to prominent heretic, Lyman’s diaries are a window into the thinking of pioneer Mormons and the ideological issues that sometimes divided them. This is the first in an anticipated multi-volume collection of historic diaries that will comprise the Signature Legacy Series.

“In these engrossing diaries, we see Amasa Mason Lyman in the Quorum of the Anointed, as co-founder of San Bernardino, and as president of the British Mission, among other far-flung assignments. In the 1860s he chose to associate with dissidents who emphasized Smith’s axiom to ‘teach them correct principles and [let them] govern themselves’ over Brigham Young’s authoritarian rule. All of this is detailed in Lyman’s engaging trademark style.”
—Edward Leo Lyman, author of Amasa Mason Lyman: Mormon Apostle and Apostate

Leonard Arrington and the Writing of Mormon History by Gregory Prince. University of Utah Press, 2016. Hardback. 540pp. Reg. $39.99, SALE $31.99. Leonard Arrington, author of Great Basin Kingdom, a book many saw as the most important history of Mormonism, became the principal driver of a dramatic turn towards scholarly truth in the study of Mormon history. His approach gained a temporary foothold in the governing bureaucracy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when he became its church historian. That productive period of professional scholarship from inside the LDS Church ended with a controversial closing of the History Division, which had brought too much candor for some church leaders. Arrington and his colleagues had lit a spark, though, that would continue to energize Mormon historiography. The many scholars whom he mentored, encouraged, supported, and collaborated with helped maintain the growth of a newly enriched field of research and publication, bringing the historical record that had always been an essential aspect of Mormon identity into wide examination and discourse. Gregory Prince follows his well-regarded biography of LDS President David O. McKay with the story of another key figure in the modern history of Mormonism. Leonard Arrington, a gregarious and generous history entrepreneur, used his success to advance the careers of many others and played a key role in the intellectual development of Mormonism by broadening Mormons’ understanding of themselves. Employing Arrington’s massive personal record and dozens of interviews with his associates, Prince provides the most complete account yet of the remarkable successes and failures of this longtime face of Mormon history. 

“This biography breaks your heart a little, stiffens your spine a lot, and makes you fall in love with a man who may be his generation’s best human being.”
—Lavina Fielding Anderson, editor of Lucy’s Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith’s Family Memoir

Glorious in Persecution: Joseph Smith, American Prophet, 1839-1844 Glorious in Persecution: Joseph Smith, American Prophet, 1839-1844 by Martha Bradley-Evans. Smith-Pettit Foundation, 2016. Hardback. 702pp. Reg. $39.99, SALE $31.99. Escaping imprisonment in Missouri in 1839, the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith quickly settled with family and followers on the Illinois banks of the Mississippi River. Under Smith’s direction, the small village of Commerce soon mushroomed into the boomtown of Nauvoo, home to 12,000 and more members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In Nauvoo, Smith created a proto-utopian society built upon continuing revelation; established a civil government that blurred the lines among executive, legislative, and legal branches; introduced doctrines that promised glimpses of heaven on earth; centralized secular and spiritual authority in fiercely loyal groups of men and women; insulated himself against legal harassment through creative interpretations of Nauvoo’s founding charter; embarked upon a daring run at the U.S. presidency; and pursued a vendetta against dissidents that lead eventually to his violent death in 1844. The common thread running through the final years of Smith’s tumultuous life, according to prize-winning historian and biographer, Martha Bradley-Evans, is his story of prophethood and persecution. Smith’s repeated battles with the forces of evil–past controversies transformed into mythic narratives of triumphant as well as present skirmishes with courts, politicians, and apostates–informed Smith’s construction of self and chronicle of innocent suffering. First volume to be released in a three-part biography of Joseph Smith. **signed copies still available**

“It will be an immensely helpful resource for those digging into the exciting Nauvoo period, and a very exciting reminder of the potential for using theoretical tools.”
—Ben Park

The Joseph Smith Papers, Documents, Volume 4: April 1834 – September 1835 ed. by Matthew C. Godfrey, Brenden W. Rensink, Alex D. Smith, Max H. Parkin, Alexander L. Baugh. Church Historian’s Press, 2016. 668pp. Reg. $54.95, SALE $43.99. Accomplishing the “redemption of Zion” was Joseph Smith’s primary concern for much of 1834 and 1835. After the Latter-day Saints had been forcibly removed from their lands in Jackson County, Missouri—the place where they believed God had commanded them to build the city of Zion—Joseph Smith led numerous efforts to reclaim those lands and restore the Saints to their homes. Covering April 1834 through September 1835, the ninety-three documents featured in this fourth volume of the Documents series of The Joseph Smith Papers shed light on Joseph Smith’s attempts to redeem Zion and reveal his maturation as a leader and prophet for a growing church facing nearly constant challenges. The types of documents included in this volume range from minutes and administrative documents to personal letters and revelations. Particularly prominent are a number of recorded blessings. These documents reveal the growing importance that Joseph Smith placed on giving blessings that provided personalized instructions and promises to various individuals, including veterans of the Camp of Israel and new church leaders. **signed copies still available**

Joseph Smith’s Seer Stones by Michael Hubbard MacKay and Nicholas J. Frederick. Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2016. 243pp. Hardback. Reg. $24.99, SALE $19.99. When the Church released photos of the brown seer stone that was owned and used by Joseph Smith, the news ignited a firestorm of curiosity and controversy. People wanted more information and wondered why they hadn’t been aware of the stone’s existence. This book discusses the origins of Joseph Smith’s seer stones and explores how Joseph used them throughout his life in a way that goes beyond translating the Book of Mormon. It also traces the provenance of his stones once they left his possessions. The authors examine how the Book of Mormon itself provides a storyline about the history of seer stones and how this helped Joseph Smith learn about his own prophetic gifts.

“The LDS community needs this book. It is a model of how responsible and faithful scholarship should be written.”
—Ben Park

The Ghost of Eternal Polygamy: Haunting the Hearts and Heaven of Mormon Women and Men. Pivot Point Books, 2016. Paperback. 226pp. Reg. $19.95, SALE $15.99.“The soft statements by leaders today that the Lord’s standard for marriage is monogamy unless he directs otherwise are no match for what has been writ large and in granite in our history, our discourse, and our psyches for nearly two centuries,” the author writes. “The electrifying, secret whispers of the Prophet Joseph and the loud sermons of Brigham Young still echo through chapels, temples, homes, and hearts, assuring the Saints that we are not yet finished with polygamy.” This, the author claims, leads large numbers of loyal members—especially women—to fear heaven, to withhold love in marriages, to doubt their own worth, to lose faith in God, and often to leave the church. In researching this book Ms. Pearson reached out to Mormons and former Mormons via social media in March 2014, asking for their feelings on eternal polygamy and the unequal sealing policies that reflect it. On the first day, more than 2400 people took the survey, and within four weeks the number of respondents exceeded 8000. The results, along with Pearson’s own personal narrative and dramatic glimpses into history, weave a story that has never before been told.

“Rarely in the history of Mormonism has a literary work become a proximate cause of a shift in the way the institutional church views itself, interprets its past or charts its future, with Juanita Brooks’s Mountain Meadows Massacreand Lester Bush’s “Mormonism’s Negro Doctrine: An Historical Overview” being on the very short list. The Ghost of Eternal Polygamy has the potential of joining that list. Blending her personal passion and insights with the voices of the respondents to her massive survey, Carol Lynn Pearson has hit a home run in her quest to illuminate both the damage that Mormonism’s de facto practice of polygamy continues to inflict, and the route to a better, more humane place.”  
—Dr. Gregory A. Prince, author of David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism, and Leonard Arrington and the Writing of Mormon History

Hosea Stout: Lawman, Legislator, Mormon Defender by Stephen L. Prince. Utah State University Press, 2016. 368pp. Reg. $29.99, SALE $23.99. Hosea Stout witnessed and influenced many of the major civil and political events over fifty years of LDS history, but until the publication of his diaries, he was a relatively obscure figure to historians. Hosea Stout: Lawman, Legislator, Mormon Defender is the first-ever biography of this devoted follower who played a significant role in Mormon and Utah history. But Stout’s history also had its troubled moments. Known as a violent man and aggressive enforcer, he was often at the center of controversy during his days on the police force and was accused of having a connection with deaths in Nauvoo and Utah. Ultimately, however, none of these allegations ever found traction, and the leaders of the LDS community, especially Brigham Young, saw to it that Stout was promoted to roles of increasing responsibility throughout his life. When he died in 1889, Hosea Stout left a complicated legacy of service to his state, his church, and the members of his faith community.

Out of Obscurity: Mormonism since 1945 ed. by Patrick Q. Mason and John G. Turner. Oxford University Press, 2016. 347pp. Paperback–Reg. $35.00, SALE $27.99/Hardback–Reg. $99.00, SALE $84.99. In the years since 1945, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has grown rapidly in terms of both numbers and public prominence. Mormonism is no longer merely a home-grown American religion, confined to the Intermountain West; instead, it has captured the attention of political pundits, Broadway audiences, and prospective converts around the world. While most scholarship on Mormonism concerns its colorful but now well-known early history, the essays in this collection assess recent developments, such as the LDS Church’s international growth and acculturation; its intersection with conservative politics in recent decades; its stances on same-sex marriage and the role of women; and its ongoing struggle to interpret its own tumultuous history. The scholars draw on a wide variety of Mormon voices as well as those of outsiders, from Latter-day Saints in Hyderabad, India, to “Mormon Mommy blogs,” to evangelical “countercult” ministries.

“To observers who see Mormonism either as a remnant of the frontier American West or a captive of contemporary capitalism, this volume demonstrates the diverse ways in which the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has encountered and adapted to a globalized and diverse world. This book stands as the definitive exploration of Mormonism since World War II, charting a course for studies of this dynamic faith well into the 21st century.”
—Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp, Archer Alexander Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, Washington University in St. Louis 

The Journey of a People: The Era of Worldwide Community, 1946 to 2015 by Mark A. Scherer. Community of Christ Seminary Press, 2016. 685pp. Hardback. Reg. $34.95, SALE $27.99. This 685-page book recounts the church its journey from 1946-2015. It focuses on the church’s evolution from Latter Day Saint identity to worldwide community. The third and final volume in this popular series by Mark A. Scherer draws on the research and writing of history scholars while giving readers explanations, stories, and anecdotes. In addition pictures, maps, and illustrations add another dimension to understanding this period of history.

“Mark Scherer provides a lively history of the church’s transition from an overwhelmingly Midwestern American denomination to an international communion with a third of its members living in other nations. Within the narrative arc of his eminently readable volume, Scherer shifts his foci back and forth from an account of prophets and apostles leading a church to the stories of ordinary members of a worldwide prophetic people. He has conducted original, groundbreaking research for this final book in his trilogy and offers a work that will appeal to both scholars and church members alike.”
—David J. Howlett, author of Kirtland Temple: The Biography of a Shared Mormon Sacred Space 

In Pursuit of Peace: Community of Christ’s Journey by Andrew Bolton, John Hamer, David Howlett, Lachlan Mackay and Barbara Walden. Herald House, 2016. Reg. $12.99, SALE $10.50. The vision of Zion, the peaceable kingdom, was at the heart of the 19th-century movement that gave birth to Community of Christ. As the journey continues in the 21st century, the church remains committed to Christ’s mission of peace for the world. Andrew Bolton, John Hamer, David Howlett, Lachlan Mackay, and Barbara Walden combine to bring readers a scintillating and insightful look at how the church has remained true to its mission while navigating through different eras.

Apocalypse: Reading Revelation 21-22 ed. by Julie M. Smith. Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2016. 114pp. Paperback. Reg. $15.95, SALE $12.99. From the Proceedings of the Mormon Theology Seminar series. The Book of Revelation has perplexed and fascinated readers for centuries. In particular, its final two chapters—which contain the only extended description of heaven in the canon—beg for close examination and careful consideration. In this collection of essays, six scholars theologically examine Revelation 21–22. With approaches ranging from textual criticism to intertextual readings to conceptual analysis, this book sheds new light on a most enigmatic text. Contributors include Eric Huntsman and Adam Miller.

“The Book of Revelation is a rich text, both in its beauty and message, as well as its strangeness and opacity. Readers of this volume will find themselves richly rewarded, sitting around the table, as it were, with six engaging and impassioned thinkers who (with the blended care of scholarship, thought, and discipleship) uncover possibilities of interpretation, connection, and insight. Reading the final two chapters of Revelation along with them will increase your capacity to understand and experience the meanings and symbols of these chapters.”
—Keith Lane, Associate Professor of Religion, Brigham Young University Hawaii

Mormonism for Beginners by Stephen Carter, illustrated by Jett Atwood. For Beginners, 2016. Paperback. 176pp. Reg. $15.95, SALE $12.99Mormonism For Beginners is a balanced, richly engaging introduction to the history, tenets, practices, traditions, and yes, debates and controversies of this uniquely American Protestant movement. Designed for the uninitiated or younger members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this book presents the history of the movement from Joseph Smith to the 21st century along with the key doctrines of the faith in the context of everyday life, as well as the essential scriptures. Not least of Carter and Atwood’s accomplishments is addressing such headline-grabbing issues as polygamy, same-sex marriage, and the role of women in the LDS church in dispassionate, even-handed terms.

Cosmos, Earth, and Man (Science and Mormonism Series 1) ed. by David H. Bailey, Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, John S. Lewis, Gregory L. Smith, and Michael R Stark. Eborn Books and the Interpreter Foundation, 2016. Hardback. 540pp. Reg. $59.99, SALE $47.99. Science and Mormonism have nearly always been on very friendly terms, with Church members sharing the deep conviction that, as expressed by former scientist and apostle Elder James E. Talmage, “within the gospel of Jesus Christ there is room and place for every truth thus far learned by man, or yet to be made known.” Subsequent Presidents and General Authorities of the Church have advanced similar views about the ultimate compatibility of religious and scientific truths and, with notably few exceptions, have maintained markedly positive attitudes toward both the methods and conclusions of mainstream science and the advance of modern technology. The First Interpreter Science and Mormonism Symposium was held on 9 November 2013 with a focus on the topics of Cosmos, Earth, and Man. In this volume of expanded proceedings from this event, readers will enjoy concise and colorful summaries of the state-of-the-art in research relating to these topics and will gain a deeper appreciation of the unique contributions of LDS doctrine to the ongoing conversation.

The Temple Ancient and Restored: Proceedings of the Second Interpreter Matthew B. Brown Memorial Conference “The Temple On Mount Zion” 25 October 2014 (Temple on Mount Zion Series 3) ed. by Stephen D. Ricks, and Donald W. Parry. Eborn Books and the Interpreter Foundation, 2016. Reg. $24.95, SALE $19.99. This is the third volume of the Temple on Mount Zion series published by The Interpreter Foundation and Eborn Books. The purpose of the series is to increase understanding and appreciation of temple rituals and doctrines, and to encourage participation in the redeeming work of family history and temple worship. Includes “What Did Joseph Smith Know about Modern Temple Ordinances by 1836?” by Jeffrey Bradshaw. Contributors also include Daniel L. Belnap, Carli J. Andersen, David M. Calabro, Stephen O. Smoot and Quentin Barney, David J. Larsen, Matthew L. Bowen, John W. Welch, John S. Thompson, Shon D. Hopkin, and Daniel C. Petersen.

Weaving Golden Threads: Early Christianity and its Restoration by Diane Wirth. Eborn Books, 2015. 234pp. Paperback. Reg. $19.95, SALE $15.99. This book analyzes doctrines taught by early Christianity, the restoration by God through Joseph Smith of these same principles, and uniquely, some religious teachings of pre-Hispanic America (Mesoamerica), where many LDS archaeologists theorize was the locale of the Book of Mormon account. The author also discusses the relationship of the various intertwining threads comprising the gospel of Jesus Christ.

When the Lights Came On: Joseph Smith and the Return of Heavenly Manifestations by Trevan Hatch. Cedar Fort, 2016. 210pp. Paperback. Reg. $14.99, SALE $11.99. This book is the result of many years of researching and gathering accounts from articles, biographies, books, and journals relating to the Restoration of Christ’s Church. Readers will find hundreds of statements and accounts from Joseph Smith, his fellow Saints, and non-Mormons who claimed to have experienced miraculous events, or who claimed to have seen beyond the veil in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. These accounts are defining experiences in the lives of these individuals, as well as in Latter-day Saint history. The purpose of this book is twofold: (1) to retell the story of the Restoration while highlighting significant events, accounts, and facts that are often overlooked, and (2) to illustrate that the Restoration was a process that developed within a culture that was divinely prepared (for example, visions, manifestations, and spiritual gifts were not new to people living in this “restoration” culture).

Alma Richards: Olympian by Larry R. Gerlach. University of Utah Press, 2016. 291pp. Hardback. Reg. $34.95, SALE $27.99. Alma Richards, as an unsung high school student, surprisingly set an Olympic record for the high jump in the 1912 Stockholm Olympics. He was the only native Utahn and member of the LDS church to win an Olympic gold medal in the twentieth century. After a stellar collegiate track career that saw him lead Cornell to three national championships, Richards reigned for two decades as America’s most accomplished multiple-event track and field athlete, winning national titles in five different events. Despite his prominence in the history of American sports, this is the first treatment of his athletic career and personal life. More than a century has passed since Alma Richards won an Olympic gold medal, yet this story about man and sport — the drive to excel, victory as validation of hard work, the quest for public recognition and, ultimately, the achievement of self-identity and self-satisfaction — still resonates today.

“Gerlach seeks to separate fact from fiction, and myth from reality, to discover a gifted athlete whose story we thought we knew but didn’t. Richards’s life—which is full of triumphs and tragedies, successes and failure—provides any interested reader with an important lens to view a number of topics.” 
—John Sillito, editor of History’s Apprentice: The Diaries of B. H. Roberts 1880 – 1898

Tiny Zion: Harvest Hills, An Intentional Zionic Community by Bryan Monte. Institute for Christian Cultural Heritage, 2015. 288pp. Paperback. Reg. $23.99, SALE $18.99.  Based on 24 interviews, 53 surveys, 70 photos and seven years of observation and research, Tiny Zion defines the religious mythology and cultural history of Harvest Hills, an intentional, Reorganized Latter Day Saint community, from 1970 to 2013. Tiny Zion, through its anthropological, historical and sociological perspectives, proposes Harvest Hills as a microcosm of the RLDS church (now called Community of Christ) reflecting the parallel conflicts and challenges faced during that period including the liberalization of beliefs, schism, scandals and the dissolution of Zionic enterprises. Tiny Zion records Harvest Hills’ changing culture and rituals in the light of the remaining founders—and pioneering residents—original hopes and dreams and the community’s current, decreased level of attachment. It analyzes Harvest Hills’ communitarian successes and its failures as the larger, RLDS church changed its community-building philosophy from over a century of gathering to Zion (Iowa or Missouri) to a lower investment, stay-where-you-are-and-promote-good, “leaven” strategy in the last decades of the 20th century and the first decades of the 21st century. Moreover, the decline of Harvest Hills’ religiously-motived, core membership statistically parallels the decline of the RLDS/CofC church in North America. Finally, Tiny Zion is analyzed and compared with two, previous, RLDS communities. 

When Mormons Doubt: A Way to Save Relationships and Seek a Quality Life by Jon Ogden. np, 2016. 168pp. Paperback. Reg. $9.99, SALE $7.99. What do you do when your religious beliefs differ from your spouse, parent, child, sibling, or friend? For many Mormons, these differences can be heartbreaking. This book explores how truth, beauty, and goodness can save our relationships even when we disagree with those we love. This book is for:

1) Mormons who want to better understand a family member or friend who doubts,
2) Unorthodox or former Mormons who are looking for ways to talk about their transition with believing family members and friends,
3) People who are experiencing a Mormon faith crisis and wondering where to turn.

The Prospect of Ready Access: Annals of the Apostles, 1835-1951 (CD). Privately published, 2015. CD. Reg. $75.00, SALE $60.00. 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—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. 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)

The Mormon Church & Blacks: A Documentary History ed. by Matthew L. Harris and Newell G. Bringhurst. University of Illinois Press, 2015. Paperback–Reg. $25.00, SALE $19.99/hardback–Reg. $85.00, SALE $67.99. 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. 

“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

Planted: Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt by Patrick Q. Mason. Neal A. Maxwell Institute/Deseret Book, 2015. Reg. $15.99, SALE $12.99. 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. 

“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

A Faded Legacy: Amy Brown Lyman and Mormon Women’s Activism, 1872-1959 by Dave Hall. University of Utah Press, 2015. Reg. $34.95, SALE $27.99. 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

The 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. Reg. $57.95, SALE $46.99. 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. Reg. $29.99, SALE $23.99. 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 Race, Religion, and Sport Collide: Black Athletes at BYU and Beyond by Darron T. Smith. Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. 217pp. Hardback. Reg.  $65.00, SALE $52.99When 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. Special order only.

“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 Doctrine: Mormons & Evangelicals in Conversation ed. by Richard J. Mouw and Robert J. Millet. IVP Academic, 2015. 256pp. Paperback. Reg. $19.99, SALE $11.99. 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, author of Wrestling the Angel: The Foundations of Mormon Thought

Evolving Faith: Wanderings of a Mormon Biologist by Steven L. Peck. Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2015. 206pp. Paperback. Reg. $19.95, SALE $11.99. 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

Approaching 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. Reg. $31.99, SALE $25.99. 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.

A Kingdom Transformed: Early Mormonism and the Modern LDS Church (second ed.) by Gary and Gordon Shepherd. University of Utah, 2016. 406pp. Paperback. $35.00 (no discount). 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 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.Reg. $29.99, SALE $23.99. 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.

The 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. Reg. $39.95, SALE $31.99. 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 Outside Looking In: Essays on Mormon History, Theology, and Culture ed. by Reid L. Neilson & Matthew J. Grow. Oxford University Press, 2015. Reg. $35.00, SALE $29.99. 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 Lincoln in Illinois: Lincoln in Mormon Country by Bryon C. Andreasen. Southern Illinois University Press. 2015. 115 pp. Paperback. Reg. $19.95, SALE $15.99. 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 Countryrelates 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 H. Miller, Behind the Drive: 99 Inspiring Stories from the Life of an American Entrepreneur comp. by Bryan Miller. Shadow Mountain, 2015. 432pp. Hardback. Reg. $25.99, SALE $20.99. 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 (including 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.

Seventeen Sisters Tell Their Story ed. by Barbara Miller and Virginia Webb. Scrivener Books, 2015. 232pp. Paperback. Reg. $15.99, SALE $12.99. 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.

A History of Mormon Landmarks in Utah: Monuments of Faith by Andy Weeks. The History Press, 2015. 175pp. Paperback. Reg. $21.99, SALE $17.99. 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 and American Politics ed. by Randall Balmer & Jana Riess. Columbia University Press, 2015. 244pp. Paperback–Reg. $30.00, SALE $23.99/hardback–Reg. $90.00,SALE $71.99. 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 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. Reg. $27.99, SALE $22.99. 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 Two Temples by Richard O. Cowan and Justin Bray. Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2015. Hardback. Reg. $29.99, SALE $23.99. 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.

The Book of Mormon Study Guide: Start to Finish. Thomas Valletta, gen. ed. Deseret Book, 2015. 921pp. Paperback. Reg. $29.99, SALE $23.99The 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 to order a copy)–no discount on this series**

The Bible, Mormon Scripture, and the Rhetoric of Allusivity(Fairleigh Dickinson University Press Mormon Studies Series) by Nicholas J. Frederick. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2016. Hardback. 224pp. $75.00. One of the most pertinent questions facing students of Mormon Studies is gaining further understanding of the function the Bible played in the composition of Joseph Smith’s primary compositions, the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants. With a few notable exceptions, such as Philip Barlow’s Mormons and the Bible and Grant Hardy’s Understanding the Book of Mormon, full-length monographs devoted to this topic have been lacking. This manuscript attempts to remedy this through a close analysis of how Mormon scripture, specifically the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants, integrates the writings of New Testament into its own text. This manuscript takes up the argument that through the rhetoric of allusivity (the allusion to one text by another) Joseph Smith was able to bestow upon his works an authority they would have lacked without the incorporation of biblical language. In order to provide a thorough analysis focused on how Smith incorporated the biblical text into his own texts, this work will limit itself only to those passages in Mormon scripture that allude to the Prologue of John’s gospel (John 1:1-18). The choice of the Prologue of John is due to its frequent appearance throughout Smith’s corpus as well as its recognizable language. This study further argues that the manner in which Smith incorporates the Johannine Prologue is by no means uniform but actually quite creative, taking (at least) four different forms: Echo, Allusion, Expansion, and Inversion. The methodology used in this work is based primarily upon recent developments in intertextual studies of the Bible, an analytical method that has proved to be quite effective in studying later author’s use of earlier texts.

Mormonism and the Emotions: An Analysis of LDS Scriptural Texts by Mauro Properzi. 284pp.$85.00Mormonism 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.

A Man Without Doubt by Denver Snuffer. np, 2016. Paperback. 186pp.  Reg. $19.99, SALE $15.99. The book first explains the frustrations and disappointments Joseph encountered in trying to convey to others the higher priesthood. In response to the failure, Joseph set out to address the lack of faith. Lectures on Faith were given in the School of the Prophets, then canonized in the Doctrine and Covenants to address the crisis of faith early Mormons experienced when the higher priesthood did not work as expected. The second crisis began in 1837 and lasted through 1838. The collapse of the Kirtland Safety Society, the many members angry at Joseph, his flight to Missouri to escape the Mormons who intended to kill him, and the troubles in Missouri leading up to the Mormon War are explained as background. When John Whitmer, the historian of the church, left with the history, Joseph began a new composition in 1838 to replace the one Whitmer took. The background is prelude to the Joseph Smith History, and explains why Joseph wrote many of the comments in his history. The third crisis was when Joseph was taken prisoner in the Mormon War. For six months in 1838-1839 he was confined in Missouri while Mormons were scattered from the state under threat of extermination. The background explains the circumstances in which Joseph wrote the letter from Liberty Jail. After introducing the events leading to the three Joseph Smith compositions, the reader is allowed to read Joseph’s response to the crises. Everyone is allowed to form their own opinion of Joseph by considering how he reacted.

Lying for the Lord: The Paul H. Dunn Stories by Lynn Kenneth Packer. Lynn Kenneth Packer, 2016. Paperback. 382pp. Reg. $22.95, SALE$18.99.  Paul H. Dunn’s meteoric rise in the leadership ranks of the church was propelled by stories he told about his World War II combat experiences and professional baseball career. Stories like the one about his Army buddy dying in his arms during the invasion of Okinawa, or how he won the first game he pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals at the outset of a five-year pro career. However, according to the author, the stories Dunn told were not born out of his actual experiences, but out of his vivid imagination. They were, he writes, complete fabrications that were repeated over and over, from the pulpit, in books, and on audiocassettes. Dunn’s self-generated stardom placed him in the circle of Mormondom’s rich and famous. He hobnobbed with the likes of the singing Osmonds and authored their official biography. In the sports world he associated with pro quarterbacks Steve Young and Danny White, NBA player and team president Danny Ainge, and with baseball stars such as Wally Joyner, Vernon Law, and Dale Murphy. Dunn did not end his self-promotion with the sales of books and tapes. He also lent his name to help promote what turned out to be failing, even fraudulent business ventures run by a variety of Mormon con artists. This is the story behind the debunking of Paul Dunn’s stories and efforts by Dunn and certain leaders to minimize the effects of his mendacity.

Baring Witness: 36 Mormon Women Talk Candidly About Love, Sex, and Marriage ed. by Holly Welker. University of Illinois Press, 2016. 320pp. Paperback–Reg. $19.95, SALE $15.99/Hardback–Reg. $95.00, SALE $75.99 (special order—please let us know if you would like to order a hardback). In Baring Witness, Welker and thirty-six Mormon women write about devotion and love and luck, about the wonder of discovery, and about the journeys, both thorny and magical, to humor, grace, and contentment. They speak to a diversity of life experiences: what happens when one partner rejects Church teachings; marrying outside one’s faith; the pain of divorce and widowhood; the horrors of spousal abuse; the hard journey from visions of an idealized marriage to the everyday truth; sexuality within Mormon marriage; how the pressure to find a husband shapes young women’s actions and sense of self; and the ways Mormon belief and culture can influence second marriages and same-sex unions. The result is an unflinching look at the earthly realities of an institution central to Mormon life.

“Illuminating and heartfelt, frequently moving and sometimes hilarious, these essays explore moments of failure and fulfillment, laying bare the all too often unspoken confinements, complications and comforts of love, sex, and marriage.”
—Carys Bray, author of A Song for Issy Bradley 

The Truman G. Madsen Story: A Life of Study and Faith by Barnard N. Madsen. Deseret Book, 2016. Hardback. 548pp. Reg. $34.99, SALE $27.99. This intimate biography by his son, Barnard N. Madsen, tells of the inner life, private choices, and personal struggles that set Truman Madsen on the course of his life’s journey. from the death of his mother when he was just a young child to his own battle with the cancer that ended his life, from his work as a missionary to his years of teaching at Brigham Young University to his service at the BYU Jerusalem Center, Truman’s formative years as well as his distinguished career all come to life in these pages—often in his own words. Drawing from Truman’s extensive journals, numerous writings, and the papers he chose to preserve for his posterity, this is a candid portrayal, as the author writes, of “the man himself … of his decisions and indecisions, sorrows and joys, regrets and aspirations, reverses and accomplishments, and, above all, his constant striving to achieve a balance between his intellectual and spiritual life.”

Nothing New Under the Sun: A Blunt Paraphrase of Ecclesiastes by Adam S. Miller. np, 2016. Paperback. 64pp. Reg. $8.99, SALE $7.50. “You won’t like this book. Ecclesiastes is gloomy, skeptical, and irreverent. It is caustic and drolly splenetic. It is unapologetically human. It refuses to abet our hunger for clean narratives and happy endings. It is a hopeless book. Insisting on life’s futility, the world’s capriciousness, and God’s inscrutability, it deliberately cultivates despair. It sees such bone-deep hopelessness as the only cure for what ails us. Ecclesiastes is a hard book full of hard sayings. It is an anvil against which our hearts must be hammered. No wonder we avoid it. But the cost of avoidance is high. As Paul insists, in order to become Christian, we must first learn to be hopeless. Hopelessness is the door to Zion. Hopelessness is crucial to a consecrated life. Before we can find hope in Christ, we must give up hope in everything else.” In Nothing New Under the Sun, Adam S. Miller provides a sharp, contemporary paraphrase of Ecclesiastes, continuing to work in the same vein as the popular Grace is Not God’s Backup Plan: An Urgent Paraphrase of Paul’s Letter to the Romans.

Future Mormon: Essays in Mormon Theology by Adam S. Miller. Greg Kofford Books, 2016. Paperback. 134pp. Reg. $18.95, SALE $14.99. From the introduction: “I have three children, a girl and two boys. Our worlds overlap but, already, these worlds are not the same. Their worlds, the worlds that they will grow to fill, are already taking leave of mine. Their futures are already wedged into our present. This is both heartening and frightening. So much of our world deserves to be left. So much of it deserves to be scrapped and recycled. But, too, this scares me. I worry that a lot of what has mattered most to me in this world—Mormonism in particular—may be largely unintelligible to them in theirs. This problem isn’t new, but it is perpetually urgent. Every generation must start again. Every generation must work out their own salvation. Every generation must live its own lives and think its own thoughts and receive its own revelations. And, if Mormonism continues to matter, it will be because they, rather than leaving, were willing to be Mormon all over again. Like our grandparents, like our parents, and like us, they will have to rethink the whole tradition, from top to bottom, right from the beginning, and make it their own in order to embody Christ anew in this passing world. To the degree that we can help, our job is to model that work in love and then offer them the tools, the raw materials, and the room to do it themselves.”

“Adam Miller sets his spirit and intellect loose on the important task of helping clear away debris and suggesting some possible new framings for Mormonism that might appeal to coming generations.”
—Dan Wotherspoon, Mormon Matters Podcast

Let Your Hearts and Minds Expand: Reflections on Faith, Reason, Charity, and Beauty by Thomas F. Rogers. Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2016. Paperback. 349pp. Reg. $21.95, SALE $17.99. Thomas F. Rogers has lived his Latter-day Saint faith all over the world. The experiences he relates from far-flung places, mingled with thirty-one years as a BYU professor of Russian, offer remarkable insight into the hard work always involved when we practice charity, “the pure love of Christ” (Moroni 7:47). Let Your Hearts and Minds Expand is his spiritually and intellectually stimulating collection of essays, articles, letters, poetry, and art exploring the dimensions of faith, reason, charity, and beauty. Rogers is a defender of the faith, but his book moves us well beyond typical apologetics. His Mormonism serves as the bedrock for discussions on the life of the mind, the value of literature, and the challenges of religious orthodoxy. A common thread is the journey of those who have become disenchanted with their faith. Souls who, according to Rogers, have often been gifted, even brilliant. Having asked all the right questions, they’ve somehow found themselves on the outside, uncertain if they want to come back. Rogers speaks to them—and to that part in each of us—calling for reasonable, faithful, even joyful, reunion.

Who reads this compelling collection will commune with one of Mormonism’s great minds, one nourished by other great minds, both past and present, in and out of the Latter-day Saint church. Tom Rogers is a modern Renaissance man—a consummate scholar, teacher, and Christian philosopher equally at home in the works of Euripides and Freud. He is also Mormonism’s best-known playwright, a poet, and a humble, prayerful servant who built his mind and heart on a ‘bedrock of experience’—a lifetime of service to his church, his community, and his family.
—Mary Bradford, author of Lowell L. Bennion: TeacherCounselorHumanitarian

The Latter Days: A Memoir by Judith Freeman. Pantheon Books, 2016. Hardback. 336pp. Reg. $28.95, SALE $22.99. An arresting, lyrical memoir about the path the author took—sometimes unwittingly—out of her Mormon upbringing and through a thicket of profound difficulties to become a writer. At twenty-two, Judith Freeman was working in the Mormon church–owned department store in the Utah town where she’d grown up. In the process of divorcing the man she had married at seventeen, she was living in her parents’ house with her four-year-old son, who had already endured two heart surgeries. She had abandoned Mormonism, the faith into which she had been born, and she was having an affair with her son’s surgeon, a married man with three children of his own. It was at this fraught moment that she decided to become a writer. In this moving memoir, Freeman explores the circumstances and choices that informed her course, and those that allowed her to find a way forward. Writing with remarkable candor and insight, she gives us an illuminating, singular portrait of resilience and forgiveness, of memory and hindsight, and of the ways in which we come to identify our truest selves.

“I don’t know that there has been a more effective mapping of the subterranean emotional landscapes of day-to-day American religious life than The Latter Days….[Freeman’s] searching frankness allows [her] both to talk honestly about choices [she’s] made that others might judge, but it also entitles [her] to find beneath the surface piety of the Mormons around [her] during [her] childhood an astounding range of human motivation. This strikes me as enormously important given how Mormons have been caricatured—I think of the Book of Mormon musical, for example—as being extraordinarily flat…. So often, especially when it comes to the lives of Mormon women, I feel that there is no one but us to witness ourselves—and no one to hear us. [Freeman] hears us.”
Joanna Brooks

A Historian in Zion: The Autobiography of Andrew Jenson, Assistant Church Historian, revised/enhanced edition ed. by Reid L. Neilson and R. Mark Melville. Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2016. Hardback. 716pp. Reg. $39.99, SALE $31.99The Autobiography of Andrew Jenson, first published in 1938 by the Deseret News Press in Salt Lake City, Utah, tells the personal story of a Danish Mormon convert who eventually served as Assistant Church Historian of the LDS Church for over forty years. The author mined his voluminous personal journals and assembled Church records to tell the story of the Restoration of the gospel since the 1850s when he arrived in Utah as a European immigrant. Through his synthesized research, writing, and reflections, readers come away with deeper appreciation for the men and women whose lives constitute Mormon history. Jenson told their stories together with his life experiences, creating an important window into the Mormon past. Includes an extensive biographical sketch of Jenson and a bibliography of his published works. The original text has been lightly edited to correct errors and standardize spelling in some cases.

Women and Mormonism: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives ed. by Kate Holbrook and Matthew Bowman. University of Utah Press, 2016. Paperback. 354pp. Reg. $34.95, SALE $27.99. How have women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints experienced and expressed their agency? From personal and intimate relationships with husbands and family, to the female sphere of the Relief Society, to the sometimes empowering and sometimes fraught relationship with the church’s male priestly leadership, this volume explores the diverse ways many different Mormon women—from the African American Jane Manning James to European Mormon women today—have understood the relationship between their faith and their personal agency. This engaging and seminal volume employs vivid primary documents, candid surveys, and illuminating oral histories to explore the perspectives of Latter-day Saint women. Contributors include lay members and prominent scholars in multiple disciplines, including both LDS and non-LDS viewpoints.

“Without question, this is the strongest collection of essays and articles on the historical place of Mormon women in many years, if not ever.”
—Andrea G. Radke-Moss, author of Bright Epoch: Women and Coeducation in the American West

Directions for Mormon Studies in the Twenty-First Century by Patrick Q. Mason. University of Utah Press, 2016. Paperback. 295pp. Reg. $32.99, SALE  $29.99. A new era in Mormon studies is emerging from an academy more attuned to the significance of religion, the increased public prominence of Mormons and Mormonism, and an increasing number of scholars applying ever-more sophisticated methods to the study of Mormonism.  Directions for Mormon Studies in the Twenty-First Century captures this fruitful time by bringing together some of the most influential voices across the generations of Mormon studies. Neither a survey of the field nor a mere recapitulation of dominant themes, this volume charts areas for exploration and modes of inquiry that reflect the maturation of the field and help set the agenda for the next generation of Mormon studies scholarship.

“The essays are well written, thoughtful, and represent the best and most forward thinking work in Mormon studies. The authors offer up specific Mormon case studies, but from interpretive positions that make the material interesting and relevant to scholars in other fields.”
—Susanna Morrill, author of White Roses on the Floor of Heaven: Mormon Women’s Popular Theology, 1880–1920

Reluctant Polygamist: Joseph Smith, Jr. by Meg Stout. Millennial Star, 2016. Paperback. 366pp. Reg. $14.95, SALE $11.99. Mormon founder Joseph Smith was shot by a mob in 1844 while in the custody of the State of Illinois. Many agree his violent death was linked to reports that he had secretly married several women. The history of polygamy haunts believers even today. Joseph’s successor, Brigham Young, taught that plural marriage was critical to salvation, though only a minority of Mormon men ever had more than one wife. Joseph’s wife, Emma, would maintain on her death bed that she’d been Joseph’s only wife. Brigham’s followers and Emma’s descendants would each honor Joseph’s memory, while embracing entirely divergent versions of Joseph’s history. Reluctant Polygamist examines the difficult birth of the Mormon belief that all mankind can be united with their loved ones in eternity. Stout explores the intrigue that fundamentally divided those wishing to embrace the Restored Gospel for which Joseph had given his life.

Reluctant Polygamist asks the reader to accept the complexity and ambiguity of LDS plural marriage, rather than going for a simplistic explanation. I think that’s a real service.” 
— Gregory A. Prince, author of David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism

Moroni’s America: The North American Setting for the Book of Mormon by Jonathan Neville. Digital Legend, 2016. Paperback. 367pp. Reg. $22.95, SALE $18.99. “Where did the Book of Mormon take place?” Millions of people have asked that question, both believers and nonbelievers. The answer surprises many people, it is almost too self-evident—yet it fits the scriptures, the geology, the geography, the time frames and the archaeology. Even better, it is 100% consistent with everything Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery said on the topic. Moroni’s America goes through the Book of Mormon, chapter-by-chapter and verse-by-verse, to explain and illustrate the passages that describe geography. The book answers questions such as Where is Zarahemla? Where did Lehi land? Where is Cumorah?  Moroni’s America arrives in a day when there are dozens of theories about Book of Mormon geography, all unsatisfactory for one reason or another. Theories range from Chile to Canada and everywhere in between. (Some have even claimed that the setting is in Malaysia or Eritrea or nowhere at all.) Most readers are familiar with the theory of a Mesoamerican setting, but that concept was based on a mistake in Church history (see The Lost City of Zarahemla). Worse, the Mesoamerican setting requires that the Hill Cumorah—where the Nephites and the Jaredites fought to their destruction—be in Mesoamerica, not New York. Yet Oliver Cowdery said the New York setting was a fact (see Letter VII: Oliver Cowdery’s Message to the World about the Hill Cumorah), and Joseph Smith endorsed Oliver’s claim. Joseph also called Ohio, Indiana and Illinois the plains of the Nephites. It’s time for the Mesoamerican theory to be discarded. The Book of Mormon belongs where it actually took place—in Moroni’s America.

Letter VII: Oliver Cowdery’s Message to the World About the Hill Cumorah by Jonathan Neville. Digital Legend, 2016. Paperback. 106pp. Reg. $9.99, SALE $7.99. Oliver Cowdery was uniquely qualified to write about the Book of Mormon. In 1835, he wrote a letter describing the Hill Cumorah, in New York, as the scene of the final battles of the Nephites and Lamanites. Letter VII is Oliver’s answer to those who are uncertain about the location of Cumorah. Oliver’s letter—Letter VII— is one of the critical documents in early Church history. It was published several times while Joseph Smith was alive. Joseph even had his scribes copy it into his personal journal as part of his life history. It was accepted by every early LDS writer and leader. Reading and understanding Letter VII is a faith-affirming experience for those who accept the Book of Mormon as modern-day scripture and as “the most correct of any book.”

Brought to Light by Jonathan Neville. Digital Legend, 2016. Paperback. 365pp. Reg. $19.99,SALE $15.99. This book is a follow-up to The Lost City of ZarahemlaLost City uncovers a conspiracy from 1842 in Nauvoo, Illinois, that used anonymous articles in the Times and Seasons to promote a Mesoamerican archaeology for the Book of Mormon. Joseph knew nothing about it until after the paper was published. He put an end to it, but the damage was done. Even today, 173 years later, many Mormon scholars are unaware of the conspiracy and continue to promote the false idea that Joseph Smith taught the Mesoamerican setting for the Book of Mormon. This book offers abundant new evidence about Benjamin Winchester and his work at the Times and Seasons that has never been published before.

Conspiracy at Carthage: The Plot to Murder Joseph Smith by Mark Goodmansen. Cedar Fort, 2016. Paperback. 343pp. Reg. $19.99, SALE $15.99. Discover new and shocking information about Joseph Smith’s murder, linking to what he called “the corrupt conspiracy.” If you think you know the story of the Prophet’s death, you need to read this thoroughly researched book and learn:

—How historical figures such as William Clark, Robert E. Lee, Abraham Lincoln, and Francis Scott Key are intimately involved
—Why the Saints were really forced out of Missouri, Iowa, and Illinois
—What could have been, considering the Prophet’s vision of the magnitude of Zion

Salvation and Solvency: The Socio-Economic Policies of Early Mormonism by Robert Christian Kahlert. De Gruyter, 2016. Hardback. 452pp. Reg. $140.00, SALE $119.99. This monograph tracks the development of the socio-economic stance of early Mormonism, an American Millenarian Restorationist movement, through the first fourteen years of the church’s existence, from its incorporation in the spring of 1830 in New York, through Ohio and Missouri and Illinois, up to the lynching of its prophet Joseph Smith Jr in the summer of 1844. Mormonism used a new revelation, the Book of Mormon, and a new apostolically inspired church organization to connect American antiquities to covenant-theological salvation history. The innovative religious strategy was coupled with a conservative socio-economic stance that was supportive of technological innovation. This analysis of the early Mormon church uses case studies focused on socio-economic problems, such as wealth distribution, the financing of publication projects, land trade and banking, and caring for the poor. In order to correct for the agentive overtones of standard Mormon historiography, both in its supportive and in its detractive stance, the explanatory models of social time from Fernand Braudel’s classic work on the Mediterranean are transferred to and applied in the nineteenth-century American context. **special order—please let us know if you would like us to order a copy for you.

Singing and Dancing to the Book of Mormon: Critical Essays on the Broadway Musical ed. by Marc Edward Shaw and Holly Welker. Rowman & Littlefield, 2016. Hardback. 192pp. $75.00 (no discount). One of the most successful shows in Broadway history, The Book of Mormon broke box office records when it debuted in 2011 and received nine Tony awards, including Best Musical. A collaboration between Trey Parker and Matt Stone (creators of the show South Park) and Robert Lopez (Avenue Q), the show was a critical success, cited for both its religious irreverence and sendup of musical traditions. In Singing and Dancing to The Book of Mormon: Critical Essays on the Broadway Musical, Marc Edward Shaw and Holly Welker have assembled a collection that examines this cultural phenomenon from a variety of perspectives. Contributors to this volume address such questions as: 

—What made the musical such a remarkable success?
—In what ways does the show utilize established musical theatre traditions and comic tropes, but still create something new?
—What religious and cultural buttons does the work push?
—What artistic and social boundaries—and the transgressions thereof—give the work its edge?

Another focus in this volume is the official and unofficial Mormon reactions to the musical. 

The 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, SALE $39.99. 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. 

“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

The Worldwide Church: Mormonism as a Global Religion ed. by Michael A. Goodman and Mauro Properzi. Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2016. Hardcover. 454pp. Reg. $31.99, SALE $25.99. 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.

The Story of the Provo City Center Temple: Commemorative Edition by Susan Easton Black, Glenn Rawson, and Dennis Lyman. Covenant, 2015. Paperback. 42pp. Reg. $8.99, SALE $7.50. 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.

The End of the World, Plan B by Charles Shirō Inouye. Greg Kofford Books, 2016. Paperback. 123pp. Reg. $13.95, SALE $10.99. 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.

“Mormonism needs Inouye’s voice. We need, in general, voices that are a bit less Ayn Rand and a bit more Siddhartha Gautama. Inouye reminds us that justice is not enough and that obedience is not the currency of salvation. He urges us to recognize the limits of the law, to see that, severed from a willingness to compassionately suffer with the world’s imperfection and evanescence, our righteous hunger for balancing life’s books will destroy us all.”
— Adam S. Miller, author of Letters to a Young Mormon

History of Star Valley: Natural, Cultural, Economic by Orval C. Harrison. NP, 2015. Hardcover. 416pp. Reg. $30.00, SALE $23.99. 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.

The Mormon Jesus: A Biography by John G. Turner. The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2016. Hardback. 368pp. Reg. $29.95, SALE $23.99. 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

The 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. Reg. $29.95, SALE $23.99. 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

The 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). Reg. $99.99, SALE $79.99 (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 Space: Exploring the Birthplace of Mormonism by Michael Hubbard MacKay. Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2016. Hardback. 129pp. Reg. $14.99, SALE $11.99. 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: Remarkable Stories from Women in Church History by Brittany Chapman Nash and Richard E. Turley Jr. Deseret Book, 2016. Hardback. 141pp. Reg. $19.99, SALE $15.99. 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.

Saving 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. Reg. $24.99, SALE $19.99. 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 of the New Millennium: Facts, Stories, and Miracles from the First 150 Temples by Chad Hawkins. Deseret Book, 2016. Hardback. 314pp. Reg. $32.99, SALE $26.99. 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 (DVD). Covenant Communications, 2016. Approx. 35 mins. DVD. Reg. $14.99, SALE $11.99. 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 Words: Inspiring Stories from the Lives of the Prophets by Susan Easton Black and Mary Jane Woodger. Covenant Communications, 2016. Paperback. 272pp. Reg. $16.99, SALE $13.99In 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 Eden: The Surprising Consequences of Polygamy by David Barash. Oxford University Press, 2016. Hardback. 230pp. Reg. $29.95, SALE $23.99. 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.

The Polygamy Question ed. by Janet Bennion and Lisa Fishbayne Joffe. Paperback. 288pp. $34.95 (no discount). 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. 

“A new, multi-disciplinary, and eminently sane discussion of the practice of `plural marriage'”
— Anthropology Review Database

Postponing Heaven: The Three Nephites, The Bodhisattva, and the Mahdi by Jad Hatem. Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2015. Paperback. 100pp. Reg. $15.95, SALE $12.99. 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

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)

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.”

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

SMITH-PETTIT FOUNDATION LIMITED EDITIONS

(all are oversize hardback)

The 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.

Significant 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. 

THE JOSEPH SMITH PAPERS

The 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. This volume covers the Nauvoo, Illinois, period from December 1841 to April 30, 1843. Two major documents are featured in this volume:
(1) The journal portion of the Book of the Law of the Lord, which served as a combination journal and temple record book. It includes journal entries on revelations received during this time period, letters written and received, and temple donations.
(2) The first two of four small books titled President Joseph Smith’s Journal, kept by Willard Richards during the last years of Joseph Smith’s life (the final two books are published in the third and final volume of the Journals series).

“The value of this volume lies in the journals themselves, the annotations, and the remaining scholarly apparatus. All reflect the resources and talent that the Church History Department continues to devote to this venture. . . . The chronology, outstanding maps, biographical directory, complex charts of church officers, and bibliography will all also be of great use to anyone active in Mormon Studies.”
–John Turner, Religion in American History

The 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. The volume includes works by two men, John Whitmer and John Corrill, who both distanced themselves from the church before finishing their histories. The book also includes two histories published in Latter-day Saint newspapers, William W. Phelps’s “Rise and Progress of the Church of Christ,” and the Times and Seasons series “A History, of the Persecution, of the Church of Jesus Christ, of Latter Day Saints, in Missouri.”

“The opportunity in these volumes to understand Smith and his earliest adherents on their own terms, in their own words, and in their own times is unprecedented and will be of great benefit not only to rank-and-file members of the LDS Church . . . but also to scholars of Mormonism and historians of American religion.” 
–Kenneth P. Minkema, Journal of American History 

The 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. The volume features high-quality photographs of each page of the Book of Commandments (1833), the first edition of the Doctrine and Covenants (1835), and seven additional texts added to the second edition of the Doctrine and Covenants (1844). The volume also includes transcripts of twenty-six revelation texts published in the church newspaper The Evening and the Morning Star and its later, reprinted version,  Evening and Morning Star. The book also includes a proposed reconstruction of what likely would have been included in the final thirty-two pages of the Book of Commandments and selected photographs of a copy of the Book of Commandments marked up to prepare revelations for publication in the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants.

“In Revelations and Translations, Volume 2: Published Revelations, the Joseph Smith Papers editors have not only maintained their very high standard of documentary excellence, but they have transformed the scholarly approach to Joseph Smith’s revelation. The revelation texts and other materials presented in this volume are a pillar that still stands, supporting the lived religion of millions.”
–Jonathan Stapley, By Common Consent

 BOOK OF MORMON CRITICAL TEXT PROJECT
 

The 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.

A Descriptive Bibliography of the Mormon Church, Vol. 3, 1853-1857 by Peter Crawley. Religious Studies Center, 2012. Hardback. Reg. $54.95, SALE $29.99. This volume continues the bibliography begun in volume 1 and 2 of the same title. It covers the period 1853-57. The scope of the bibliography remains those books produced by Mormons in support of the Church, where the term book means any printed piece with one or more pages having text bearing on some Church issue. Excluded are individual newspaper or magazine articles, maps, prints, bank notes, and ephemeral pieces such as printed forms or elders’ licenses.

Nauvoo Marriages Proxy Sealings, 1843-1846 by Lyndon W. Cook. Grandin Book Company, 2004. Hardback. Reg. $125.00, SALE $39.95. This exhaustively researched compilation documents nearly 250 proxy sealings performed in Nauvoo between 1843 and 1846. Cook provides copious annotation–vital data, subsequent marriages/sealings and historical context for the events. Unnumbered copies from a limited edition of 500 copies.

A Tentative Inquiry into the Office of Seventy, 1835-1845 by Lyndon W. Cook. Lyndon W. Cook (Grandin Book Company), 2010. Hardback. Reg. $50.00, SALE $19.99. 1 of 400 copies. Cook’s essay examines the rise and fall and rise again of the seventy 1835-1845. He argues that Joseph Smith’s introduction of the office unintentionally created (or at least contributed to) a crisis within the power structure of the church. But importantly his provocative discussion of the seventy is a vehicle for examining authority and priesthood (1830-1845) in a larger context.  He claims that the offices of apostle and seventy had to do with itinerant ministry and, at first, were not offices of the order of Melchizedek. The only way the twelve and the seventy could have presiding authority was to be made high priests. The powerful high priests who occupied the president’s high council pressured Smith, in April 1837, to strip the seventy of their presiding authority.

F.G. Williams & Co. Rare Books, Manuscripts & Ephemera. The Mormon Experience: 1830-1930, 2008 Catalogue. [Lyndon Cook]. F.G. Williams & Co., 2008. Oversize paperback. Reg. $100.00, SALE $9.99. Perhaps the most impressive catalog focusing on Mormon items ever produced. This beautiful catalog features numerous full-color photos of rare and interesting books, pamphlets and photographs. Extensive annotation accompanies the entries.

Reaching the Nations: International Church Growth Almanac: 2014 Edition (Vol. 1: The Americas, Oceania & Europe/Vol. 2: Asia & Africa) by Davd G. Stewart, Jr. and and Matthew Martinich. The Cumorah Foundation, 2013. Oversize paperback. Reg. $53.99/ea–SALE $32.99/ea. Reaching the Nations contains detailed country and regional profiles with overview of history, economy, politics, culture, and religion, along with research and analysis of growth, opportunities and challenges of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the world. A particularly valuable reference since the yearly Church Almanac is no longer being produced.

The Journals of George Q. Cannon: Hawaiian Mission, 1850-1854 ed. by Chad Orton. Deseret Book, 2014. Hardcover. Reg. $42.99, SALE $9.99. During the early days, the Hawaiian mission seemed to regularly alternate between ill-fated and inspired. The Journals of George Q. Cannon: Hawaiian Mission, 1850-1854 contains Elder Cannon’s insights and experiences during this unique time in Mormon history. And through his words, we can see Cannon beginning to develop the traits that would later characterize him as a key leader. 

Jehovah 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. This companion volume to the bestselling Jesus Christ and the World of the New Testament is the perfect guide to Old Testament culture, language, history, and teachings. Richly illustrated with hundreds of images, including original artwork, artifacts, maps, and timelines, the book presents an indepth look at life in the ancient world and provides much needed context to the biblical text.

Remembering 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. 

“By focusing on the intersection of religion and race, Kester gives us a balanced and critical account showing how the history of the American West is also a Hawaiian history of eastward expansion and settlement. The result is a complex, contentious, and contradictory historical landscape that challenges the way we see the American West and Hawai’i.”
–Hokulani K. Aikau, author of A Chosen People, a Promised Land

The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir by Ruth Wariner. Flatiron Books, 2015. Hardback. Reg. $27.95, SALE $9.99.  After Ruth’s father (Joel LeBaron)—the man who had been the founding prophet of the colony—is brutally murdered by his brother 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. 

“This well-written book is hard to put down and hard to forget.” 
―Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Revelations of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Historical and Biographical Commentary on the Doctrine and Covenants by Lyndon W. Cook. Deseret Book, 1985. Paperback. Reg. $19.95, SALE $9.99. Richly documented with early newspaper accounts, letters, and diary entries, this volume gives the student of the D&C insight into the events and people associated with the revelations. Going section by section, the book provides valuable information on the setting of the revelations, relationships between unpublished revelations and those presently canonized.

Eliza: The Life and Faith of Eliza R. Snow by Karen Lynn Davidson and Jill Mulvay Derr. Deseret Book, 2013. Hardback. Reg. $27.99, SALE $9.99. This intimate look at Eliza seeks to reveal a more private side of this extraordinary woman who was a plural wife of two prophets and the sister of another. Interspersed with photographs, artifacts, and poetry, this inspiring biography gives us a unique glimpse into the fascinating life story of Eliza R. Snow. 

Photography: 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.

You’ve Got to Read this Book! 55 People Tell the Story of the Book that Changed their Life by Jack Canfield and Gay Hendricks. HarperCollins, 2006. Hardback. Reg. $24.95, SALE $7.99. There’s nothing better than a book you can’t put down—or better yet, a book you’ll never forget. This book puts the power of transformational reading into your hands. Jack Canfield, co-creator of the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, and self-actualization pioneer Gay Hendricks have invited notable people to share personal stories of books that changed their lives.

Beggars, Cheats, and Forgers: A History of Frauds Through the Ages by David Thomas. MJF Books, 2014. Hardback. Reg. $15.99, SALE $7.99. David Thomas has delved into the archives to uncover unusual tales, from Tudor identity theft to the Spanish Prisoner letter scam of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This book provides a fresh take on criminal history and the roots of forgery (including several sections on Mark Hofmann), identity theft, email scams and pyramid schemes still employed by criminals today.

Greatest Photographs of the American West: Capturing 125 Years of Majesty, Spirit, and Adventure. National Geographic, 2012. Paperback. Reg. $30.00, SALE $12.99. National Geographic brings together award-winning photographers to capture this outsized land of majestic dimensions and emotive power. Unparalled images—some iconic, some rarely or never-before-seen—speak to the powerful forces of nature and culture at work in the West and showcase the region as never before. Companion to an exhibition opening in 10 states that began in 2012.

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson. Crown, 2015. Hardback. Reg. $28.00, SALE $9.99. It is a story that many of us think we know but don’t, and Erik Larson tells it thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era. Full of glamour and suspense,  New York Timesbestseller Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters, from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to President Woodrow Wilson.

“Larson is one of the modern masters of popular narrative nonfiction…a resourceful reporter and a subtle stylist who understands the tricky art of Edward Scissorhands-ing narrative strands into a pleasing story…An entertaining book about a great subject, and it will do much to make this seismic event resonate for new generations of readers.”
The New York Times Book Review

The 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.

“A story of timeless importance, told with uncommon empathy and fluency. . . . A story, well told, about what might be the most astonishing feat mankind has ever accomplished. . . . The Wright Brothers soars.”
– Daniel Okrent, The New York Times Book Review

How 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.

“In this lively and provocative book, Ehrman gives a nuanced and wide-ranging discussion of early Christian Christology. Tracing the developing understanding of Jesus, Ehrman shows his skills as an interpreter of both biblical and nonbiblical texts. This is an important, accessible work by a scholar of the first rank.”
–Michael Coogan, Harvard Divinity School lecturer and editor of The New Oxford Annotated Bible 

The Historical David: The Real Life of an Invented Hero by Joel Baden. HarperCollins, 2013. Hardback. Reg. $26.99, SALE $4.99. Joel Baden, a leading expert on the Old Testament, offers a controversial look at the history of King David, the founder of the nation of Israel whose bloodline leads to Jesus, challenging prevailing popular beliefs about his legend in The Historical David. Baden makes clear that the biblical account of David is an attempt to shape the events of his life politically and theologically.

“[Baden] succeeds positively, powerfully, and persuasively in locating Israel’s once and future king as an actual historical figure. The multiple layers of fact and fiction, history and theology are cleanly and clearly distinguished but without either modern apologetics or contemporary polemics.”
–John Dominic Crossan, author of The Historical Jesus

Convictions: How I Learned what Matters Most by Marcus J. Borg. HarperCollins, 2014. Hardback. Reg. $25.99, SALE $9.99. On the occasion of his 70th birthday, the renowned Marcus J. Borg shared his “convictions” about Christianity and America, contending that they are both at their best when they focus on hope and transformation, and shares his thoughts on how American Christians can return to what matters most.

“He writes honestly and clearly, defining as he goes, always educating. He does not shy from laying out controversies among contemporary Christians [but] he closes with wonder.”
Publishers Weekly

Painters of the Wasatch Mountains by Robert S. Olpin, et al. Gibbs Smith, 2005. Hardback. Reg. $75.00, SALE $19.99. A distinct painting development with regard to the American West’s Wasatch Range emerged in the nineteenth century and persists even today. These “painters of the Wasatch” have set many precedents through their artistic interpretations of this mountain subject matter. Painters of the Wasatch Mountains presents for the first time a survey of the gamut of painters who formed and have carried forward an expression of nature’s mighty gift to both visitors and residents of Utah. 

Painters of Utah’s Canyons and Deserts by Vern Swanson and Donna Poulton. Gibbs Smith, 2009. Hardback. Reg. $75.00, SALE $19.99. Vividly illustrated and exhaustively researched and documented, Painters of Utah’s Canyons and Deserts weaves a sweeping tapestry of artists’ attempts to capture the majesty, rare beauty, and raw danger of Utah’s frontier West. A comprehensive history of artists who painted Southern Utah.

 

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