We are pleased to announce that Dennis B. Horne, author of the recently-published biography The Life of Orson F. Whitney: Historian, Poet, Apostle (published by Cedar Fort), will be here for an event on Wednesday, July 9th. He will sign books and chat at 5:30 and then speak to us at 6:00.  Afterwards, he will be available to sign and answer questions.  We hope you will be able to make it to this interesting event but, if not, we can mail a signed copy (of this or any of his other titles—see below) or hold one here at the store for pick-up. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.

A man of miracles. A master of language. A bishop, historian, poet, and prophet. Orson F. Whitney was one of the most influential speakers and writers in early Mormonism, receiving commendations from men like Lorenzo Snow, James E. Talmage, and Joseph F. Smith. Throughout his life, Whitney was continually working on massive literary projects, usually through the medium of poetry, his favorite form. He was hailed as a “Milton-esque” caliber writer by some of his contemporaries, due to efforts like his masterwork poem Elias: An Epic for the Ages.On the historical side, Whitney was responsible for compiling the massive four-volume set History of Utah.

One could safely say that Orson F. Whitney led a complicated life. An entrenched belief in reincarnation brought him into conflict with general authorities early in his life.  He even came to believe that one of his associates that held these “theosophical” beliefs was destined to lead the church. In addition, Whitney was involved in several (occasionally very deep) friendships with women even after the second manifesto of 1904. But through struggle and humility, he managed to overcome his obstacles—tersely renouncing his belief in reincarnation—and serve faithfully until the end as an apostle.

Though unquestionably one of the leading figures in Mormonism in his day, Whitney is largely unknown to current readers.  Horne has resurrected the chaotic and fascinating life of this poet, thinker and apostle in this full-life biography.  The first several chapters are based on unpublished autobiographical sketches—the later years of Whitney’s life are reconstructed using his voluminous diaries (unfortunately censored by Whitney himself later in life) which provide intriguing details into the mind of this dedicated albeit quixotic figure.

Dennis B. Horne attended both Brigham Young and Weber State Universities, earning a bachelor’s degree in communications. He worked for a number of years in television broadcasting and then accepted a position with the Materials Management Department of the LDS Church, where he works as a technical writer.


The Life of Orson F. Whitney: Historian, Poet, Apostle. Cedar Fort, 2014. 529pp. Hardback.  $39.99


Other Dennis Horne Titles:

Latter Leaves in the Life of Lorenzo Snow. Cedar Fort, 2012. 588pp. Hardback. $29.99

Faith to Heal and to Be Healed. Cedar Fort, 2009. 199pp. Paperback. $15.99

Bruce R. McConkie: Highlights from His Life and Teachings (2nd ed. w/ epilogue). Eborn, 2010. 502pp. Hardback. $34.95

Determining Doctrine: A Reference Guide for Evaluating Doctrinal Truth. Eborn, 2005. 420pp. Hardback. $19.95


Shipping: Media mail (w/ tracking): $4.50 for the first book (inquire for rates on additional books). Priority, FedEx, UPS options available—inquire for details. Utah residents: add 7.05% sales tax.

Here’s a link to videos of previous author events at our store: https://www.benchmarkbooks.com/events/


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