We are excited to announce that Brian and Laura Hales, authors of Joseph Smith’s Polygamy: Toward a Better Understanding (published by Greg Kofford Books) will be here on Wednesday, April 22nd to sign and discuss their book. They will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., speaking at 6:00, and will answer questions and sign books before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make that night but, if not, we can mail a signed copy or hold one here at the store for pick-up. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.
In the last several years a wealth of information has been published on Joseph Smith’s practice of polygamy. For some who were already well aware of this aspect of early Mormon history, the availability of new research and discovered documents has been a wellspring of further insight and knowledge into this topic. For others who are learning of Joseph’s marriages to other women for the first time, these books and online publications (including the LDS Church’s recent Gospel Topics essays on the subject) can be both an information overload and a challenge to one’s faith.
In this short volume, Brian C. Hales (author of the 3-volume Joseph Smith’s Polygamy set) and Laura H. Hales wade through the murky waters of history to help bring some clarity to this episode of Mormonism’s past, examining both the theological explanations of the practice and the accounts of those who experienced it firsthand. As this episode of Mormon history involved more than just Joseph and his first wife Emma, this volume also includes short biographies of the 36 women who were married to the Prophet but whose stories of faith, struggle, and courage have been largely forgotten and ignored over time. While we may never fully understand the details and reasons surrounding this practice, Brian and Laura Hales provide readers with an accessible, forthright, and faithful look into this challenging topic so that we can at least come toward a better understanding.
Laura Harris Hales is a freelance copy editor, author, and educator. She received a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in Professional Writing from New England College. She has worked as both a paralegal and as an adjunct professor of English. After marrying in 2013, she found herself immersed in the study of LDS Church history. With her husband, she maintains JosephSmithsPolygamy.org.
Brian C. Hales is a board-certified anesthesiologist in Layton, Utah, and graduated from Utah State University. He is the award-winning author of six books on Mormon polygamy. Along with his wife, Laura, he maintains JosephSmithsPolygamy.org. Brian’s entire database of polygamy-related documents may be accessed at MormonPolygamyDocuments.org.
Joseph Smith’s Polygamy: Toward a Better Understanding. Greg Kofford Books, 2015. Paperback. 223pp. $19.99.
Also by Brian Hales:
Joseph Smith’s Polygamy: History and Theology, 3 vols. Greg Kofford Books, 2013. Hardback. Reg. $100.85. SALE $89.99.
Modern Polygamy and Mormon Fundamentalism: The Generations after the Manifesto. Greg Kofford Books, 2011. Paperback. $31.95
Mormon Fundamentalism – Setting the Record Straight. Millennial Press, 2008. Paperback. $9.95
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