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).
Shipping: $5.00 for the first book (inquire for rates on additional books) via USPS–Priority/FedEx/UPS options available–inquire for details.
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