We are pleased to announce that Chad M. Orton (volume editor) and Richard E. Turley, Jr. (general editor) will be here to discuss the recently-published Journals of George Q. Cannon: Hawaiian Mission, 1850-1854 (published by Deseret Book) on Wednesday, Aug 20th. 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.

Fifteen years ago, the first volume of one of the most important journals in Mormon history was published: The Journals of George Q. Cannon, Volume 1. To California in ’49. Now, the story of Cannon’s life continues with his Hawaiian mission journals covering 1850 to 1854.

George Q. Cannon was a key figure in one of the great Latter-day Saint missionary stories of the nineteenth century. Beginning in 1850, he went with a few others to preach the gospel in Hawai’i, part of an effort to carry the good news “unto every nation” (Revelation14:6). Because these missionaries had to find their own way to the islands, and because they were essentially destitute, they faced seemingly insurmountable obstacles just to reach their destination. Once there, they grappled with new and unexpected difficulties as strangers in a strange land. Living conditions were often primitive, few natives spoke English, and ministers of other branches of Christianity offered significant opposition to the missionaries’ message.

Although their path frequently seemed dark, the Lord lighted the way, and these missionaries to Hawai’i—and others who later joined them—found a people prepared to receive their message. Initial progress was slow and discouraging, but by the time Cannon left the islands for his home in Utah, after having served nearly four years, thousands had joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His journals covering this period are thoroughly annotated, providing context for the events, places and people. A helpful introduction by Richard Turley gives an overview of the journals and the long process to transcribe and publish them.

CHAD M. ORTON is a Church history specialist with the Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His previous publications include Joseph Smith’s America: His Life and Times and 40 Ways to Look at Brigham Young: A New Approach to a Remarkable Man.

RICHARD E. TURLEY, JR., Assistant Church Historian and Recorder for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is the chairman of the editorial board for The Joseph Smith Papers series. He is the author or co-author of several books, including How We Got the Book of Mormon, with William W. Slaughter and Massacre at Mountain Meadows, with Ronald W. Walker and Glen M. Leonard. In addition, he is the coeditor of the series Women of Faith in the Latter Days, with Brittany A. Chapman.


The Journals of George Q. Cannon: Hawaiian Mission, 1850-1854 ed. by Chad M. Orton (Richard E. Turley, Jr.,  general ed.). Deseret Book, 2014. 832pp. Hardback. $42.99.

also available (limited quantity): Journals of George Q. Cannon, Volume 1. To California in ’49 ed. by Michael N. Landon. Deseret Book, 1999. Hardback. $29.99


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