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 After 150 Years: The Latter-day Saints in Sesquicentennial Perspective edited by Thomas Alexander and Jessie Embry and any purchase of $25.00 or more will entitle you to one of the following free books:

Establishing Zion: The Mormon Church in the American West, 1847-1869 by Eugene E. Campbell (hb, orig. price $20.95)

A Gamble in the Desert: The Mormon Mission in Las Vegas (1855-1857) by Fred E. Woods (pb, orig. price $12.95)

As a Thief in the Night: The Mormon Quest for Deliverance by Dan Erickson (hb, orig. price $34.95)

Joseph Smith: The First Mormon by Donna Hill (pb, orig. price $16.95)

Lowell L. Bennion: Teacher – Counselor – Humanitarian by Mary Lythgoe Bradford (hb, orig. price $24.95)

On the Way to Somewhere Else: European Sojourners in the Mormon West, 1834-1930 edited by Michael W. Homer (pb, orig. price $24.95)

Quest for the Gold Plates: Thomas Stuart Ferguson’s Archaeological Search for the Book of Mormon by Stan Larson (pb, orig. price $24.95)

In addition, for any order of $250 or more (after discount) we will give you a set of A Mormon Bibliography. 1830-1930: Books, Pamphlets, Periodicals, and Broadsides Relating to the First Century of Mormonism by Chad Flake and Larry Draper (2 volume hb, orig. price $149.95.)

All sales or orders of $75.00 or more will qualify you to be entered into a drawing to receive a free copy of Route from Liverpool to Great Salt Lake Valley Illustrated with Steel Engravings and Wood Cuts From Sketches by Frederick Piercy edited by James Linforth. (Orig. price $300.00).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. The following list is rather extensive as we tried to include the majority of significant new books published in the past year. Following this list we have a number of overstock and remainder titles as well. 


  • oxford handbookThe Oxford Handbook of Mormonism ed. by Terryl Givens and Philip L. Barlow. Oxford University Press, 2015. Hardback. 680pp. Reg. $150.00, SALE $119.99. Scholarly interest in Mormon theology, history, texts, and practices–what makes up the field now known as Mormon studies–has reached unprecedented levels, making it one of the fastest-growing subfields in religious studies. In this volume, Terryl Givens and Philip Barlow, two leading scholars of Mormonism, have brought together 45 of the top experts in the field to construct a collection of essays that offers a comprehensive overview of scholarship on Mormons. The book begins with a section on Mormon history, perhaps the most well-developed area of Mormon studies. Chapters in this section deal with questions ranging from how Mormon history is studied in the university to the role women have played over time. Other sections examine revelation and scripture, church structure and practice, theology, society, and culture. The final two sections look at Mormonism in a larger context. The authors examine Mormon expansion across the globe–focusing on Mormonism in Latin America, the Pacific, Europe, and Asia–in addition to the interaction between Mormonism and other social systems, such as law, politics, and other faiths. Bringing together an impressive body of scholarship, this volume reveals the vast range of disciplines and subjects where Mormonism continues to play a significant role in the academic conversation. We will host both editors and possibly several contributors on Friday, November 13, if you want to preorder copies. Stay tuned for more details.
  • persist coverThe Persistence of Polygamy: Fundamentalist Mormon Polygamy from 1890 to the Present ed. by Newell G. Bringhurst and Craig L. Foster. John Whitmer Books, 2015. 631pp. Paperback—Reg. $44.95,SALE $35.99/Hardback—Reg. $59.95, SALE $47.99. In this third volume of The Persistence of Polygamy, Newell G. Bringhurst and Craig L. Foster have assembled seventeen original essays that explore the fascinating history of plural marriage among fundamentalist Mormons—an enduring practice of The Principle. Fundamentalist Mormon polygamy emerged from LDS Church President Wilford Woodruff’s 1890 Manifesto, which ostensibly rescinded the practice of plural marriage among Mormons. This volume explores Mormon fundamentalism from several perspectives. Among the topics considered is the history of mainstream Latter-day Saint polygamy in Mexico, John Taylor’s controversial 1886 revelation implying the irrevocability of polygamy, and the rise of fundamentalist Mormon polygamy in the early twentieth century. Other essays provide carefully crafted portraits of fundamentalist Mormon leaders such as Joseph White Musser, Rulon C. Allred, Rulon T. Jeffs, and Warren S. Jeffs. Also discussed is the 1980s schism between the FLDS church and Centennial Park Community, the 2008 Texas raid on the FLDS YFZ Ranch, and modern media stereotyping of Mormon polygamy. Three essays provide personal perspectives on present-day polygamy: a recollection of growing up within a fundamentalist Mormon community, a reading of D&C 132 from a fundamentalist perspective, and an examination of descendants of early Mormon polygamists who embraced fundamentalism. Other areas of research include the changing style of fundamentalist clothing and hair styles, fundamentalist attitudes and practices affecting African-Americans, and the plural wives of fundamentalist Mormon leaders. The volume concludes with a bibliographical evaluation of relevant literature. **LIMITED NUMBER OF COPIES SIGNED BY EDITORS AND MOST CONTRIBUTORS

    “This volume of The Persistence of Polygamy deploys seasoned historians and talented newcomers to unravel the inscrutabilities of modern day Mormon fundamentalism. Ranging from theology to personality, it provides both insider and scholarly views and will undoubtedly become to go-to volume on fundamentalist Mormonism.” –Martha S. Bradley-Evans, coeditor of Plural Wife: The Life Story of Mabel Finlayson Allred

  • just south of zionJust South of Zion: The Mormons in Mexico and Its Borderlands ed. by Jason H. Dormady and Jared M. Tamez. University of New Mexico Press, 2015. Hardback. 220pp. Reg. $55.00, SALE $43.99. Mormons first came to Mexico as soldiers during the Mexican-American War and later as missionaries, refugees, and settlers. Just South of Zion assembles new scholarship on the first century of Mormon history in Mexico, from 1847 to 1947. The essays cover topics such as polygamy, colonization, the role of women in Mormon local worship, indigenous intellectuals, Mormon transnational identity, and the role of violence and masculinity in Mormon identity. Representing a broad variety of scholarship from Mexican, US, and Mormon historical studies, the volume will be recognized as a useful survey of religious pluralism in Mexico. Unlike earlier books on the subject, it does not include religious testimony or confession, offering historians a chance to reconsider the significance of Mexico’s Mormon experience.

    “A comprehensive and solidly researched addition to our understanding of Mexico’s third-largest religious organization. A path-marking work that will set the field’s scholarly research agenda for years to come.” –Pamela Voekel, author of Alone Before God: The Religious Origins of Modernity in Mexico

  • catholic and mormonCatholic and Mormon: A Theological Conversation by Stephen H. Webb and Alonzo L. Gaskill. Oxford University Press, 2015. Hardback. 218pp. Reg. $27.95, SALE $22.50. What could Roman Catholicism and Mormonism possibly have to learn from each other? On the surface, they seem to diverge on nearly every point, from their liturgical forms to their understanding of history. With its ancient roots, Catholicism is a continuous tradition, committed to the conservation of the creeds, while Mormonism teaches that the landscape of Christian history is riddled with errors and apostasy and in need of radical revision and spiritual healing. Additionally, successful proselyting efforts by Mormons in formerly Catholic strongholds have increased opportunities for misunderstanding, polemic, and prejudice between the two faiths. However, as demonstrated in this unique and spirited dialogue between two theologians, one a convert to Catholicism and the other a convert to Mormonism, these two traditions are much closer to each other than many assume, including in their treatment of central doctrines such as authority, grace, Jesus, Mary, and revelation.

    “Two scholars, each deeply committed to his tradition, but holding a common faith in Jesus Christ, set out to explore the similarities and differences between their respective traditions. The hard question of authority and the surprising commonality of sacramental life are highlighted, as are other issues like grace, Mary, revelation, matter, and heaven. This is an important example for all who want to engage respectfully with their religiously diverse neighbors.” –Roger R. Keller, author of Light and Truth: A Latter-day Saint Guide to World Religions

  • JSP-RevTrans-V3-Part-1_CoverThe Joseph Smith Papers, Revelations and Translations, Vol. 3, Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon (2 parts) ed. by Royal Skousen and Robin Jensen. The Church Historian’s Press, 2015. Hardback. 539/437pp. Reg. $89.99/ SALE $71.99 EACH PART . From early April to late June 1829, Joseph Smith dictated the majority of the text of the Book of Mormon. With the aid of “interpreters” he found buried with the plates and a seer stone already in his possession, Joseph Smith dictated the text to Oliver Cowdery and several other scribes. Four high-quality photographs of this seerstone are included—the first to ever be released. After the original manuscript was completed and Joseph Smith had secured the services of a printer, Smith directed that a second copy, now known as the printer’s manuscript, be created. This would allow the original manuscript to be kept safe while the second copy was taken to the print shop. The printer’s manuscript was consulted again by Joseph Smith and others when the second edition of the Book of Mormon was printed in 1837 in Kirtland, Ohio. The manuscript was eventually obtained by the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (now Community of Christ), headquartered in Independence, Missouri, and it is reproduced in color with their generous permission. The carefully preserved manuscript is virtually complete—only three lines of text are missing. *signed by the editors*
  • religion of a different colorReligion of a Different Color: Race and the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness by W. Paul Reeve. Oxford University Press, 2015. Hardback. 352pp. Reg. $34.95, SALE $27.99. The Protestant white majority in the nineteenth century was convinced that Mormonism represented a racial-not merely religious-departure from the mainstream and they spent considerable effort attempting to deny Mormon whiteness. Being white equaled access to political, social, and economic power, all aspects of citizenship in which outsiders sought to limit or prevent Mormon participation. At least a part of those efforts came through persistent attacks on the collective Mormon body, ways in which outsiders suggested that Mormons were physically different, racially more similar to marginalized groups than they were white. Medical doctors went so far as to suggest that Mormon polygamy was spawning a new race. Mormons responded with aspirations toward whiteness. It was a back and forth struggle between what outsiders imagined and what Mormons believed. Mormons ultimately emerged triumphant, but not unscathed. At least a portion of the cost of their struggle came at the expense of their own black converts. Mormon leaders moved away from universalistic ideals toward segregated priesthood and temples, policies firmly in place by the early twentieth century.

    “In this revealing study, Paul Reeve puts the subject of Mormon racialization in a new light. Mormons racialized others, to be sure, but were in turn racialized themselves. In the nineteenth century critics denigrated Mormons by seeing them as racially a between-people, near-Black, friendly to Indians, and likely allies of the yellow hordes. The church’s compensating rush to whiteness, unfortunately, went too far. Now Mormons are seen as too white, obscuring their innate inclination to universalism. No one has told this excruciating story so well as Reeve.”  –Richard Bushman, author of Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling

  • from darkness unto lightFrom Darkness unto Light: Joseph Smith’s Translation and Publication of the Book of Mormon by Michael Hubbard Mackay and Gerrit Dirkmaat. Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2015. Hardback. 256pp. Reg. $24.99, SALE $19.99. This book provides a detailed description of the process by which Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon. Drawing from firsthand accounts of Joseph himself and the scribes who served with him, From Darkness unto Light explores the difficulties encountered in bringing forth this book of inspired scripture. Recent insights and discoveries from the Joseph Smith Papers project have provided a fuller, richer understanding of the translation and publication of the Book of Mormon. This book helps readers understand that the coming forth of the Book of Mormon was a miracle. Faith and belief are necessary ingredients for one to come to know that Joseph Smith performed the work of a seer in bringing the sacred words of the Book of Mormon from darkness unto light.

  • History-of-Joseph-Smith-V1-227x300History of Joseph Smith and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: A Source- and Text-Critical Edition, 8 vols. ed. by Dan Vogel. Smith-Pettit Foundation, forthcoming Dec 2015. Hardback. $1,000 (no discount). Limited to 200 sets. A decade in the making, this new eight-volume revision of the original History of the Church provides an unprecedented view of the narrative begun in 1838 under Joseph Smith’s supervision. At Smith’s death in mid-1844, church scribes Willard Richards and George A. Smith completed the project under the review of Brigham Young. Published serially in Illinois from 1842 to 1846 in the church’s Times and Seasons, then in Utah in the Deseret News from 1851 to 1857, the history was subsequently revised and published as six volumes by assistant church historian B. H. Roberts from 1902 to 1912. While he improved the text, researchers have long recognized the need for an edition based on professional historical and editing standards. Vogel’s aim was two-fold: to identify the sources upon which the history was based and to trace textual development from the original handwritten manuscripts to their final form as edited by B.H. Roberts. The base text used comes from the first printed version in the Times and Seasons and, later, Deseret News. He has painstakingly identified the scribes’ handwriting, the chronology of composition, the publication schedule, and later changes. Vogel has also prepared transcripts of the scribes’ rough drafts, revisions, memoranda, and interviews, as well as of previously unpublished sources. Taken together, this material will allow historians to authoritatively answer persistent questions that have vexed this officially recognized history.

    This is a once-in-a-generation set and will likely sell out the day it is released (the set is scheduled to be released in December)—with only 200 sets being printed, they will be immediately collectible. If you would like to reserve a set, please notify us immediately. We have display copies of finished volumes in the store if you would like to explore this important set.

  • Missionary's Story[3]A Missionary’s Story: The Letters and Journals of Adolf Haag, Mormon Missionary to Switzerland and Palestine, 1892 ed. by Larry W. Draper and Kent P. Jackson. Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2015. Hardback. 309pp. Reg. $27.99, SALE $21.99. Adolf Haag was a missionary to Switzerland and Palestine in 1892. A Missionary’s Story contains the journals he kept during his mission and all the known letters he sent home. They record his missionary activities and the challenges he faced leaving behind his Utah home and his wife and two young children. Adolf would never return to them. During his travel from Switzerland to Palestine, he contracted typhus, and he soon died from the terrible disease. He now lies in a small cemetery in Haifa, Israel, far from his American home. Adolf Haag’s grave is a place of remembrance for Latter-day Saint visitors to the Holy Land. His journals and letters are a testament of the willingness of a young man to accept a call from God.
  • EmmettEmmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement by Devery S. Anderson. University Press of Mississippi, 2015. Hardback. 552pp. Reg. $45.00, SALE $35.99. This first truly comprehensive account tells the story of Emmett Till, the fourteen-year-old African American boy from Chicago brutally lynched in 1955 for a harmless flirtation at a country store in the Mississippi Delta. His death and the acquittal of his killers by an all-white jury set off a firestorm of protests that reverberated all over the world and spurred on the civil rights movement. Like no other event in modern history, the death of Emmett Till provoked people all over the United States to seek social change. This book will stand as the definitive work on Emmett Till for years to come. Incorporating much new information, the book demonstrates how the Emmett Till murder exemplifies the Jim Crow South at its nadir. The author accessed a wealth of new evidence. Anderson (author of several books on Mormon history) has made a dozen trips to Mississippi and Chicago to conduct research and interview witnesses and reporters who covered the trial. In Emmett Till Anderson corrects the historical record and presents this critical saga in its entirety. **limited number of signed copies available

    “No one knows more about this brutal murder and its contested legacy than Devery Anderson. In his long-anticipated and meticulously researched study, he has delivered, as we all expected, the definitive account of this case. Anderson has read every source, tracked every lead, assessed every claim, and weighed every piece of evidence in his passionate quest to know the truth. This is the Emmett Till book that historians have been waiting for, and it is the book that Emmett Till’s legacy deserves.” –Christopher Metress, associate provost for academics, Samford University; editor ofThe Lynching of Emmett Till: A Documentary Narrative

  • moroniMoroni and the Swastika: Mormons in Nazi Germany by David Conley Nelson. University of Oklahoma Press, 2015. Hardback. 416pp. Reg. $29.95,SALE $23.99. While Adolf Hitler’s National Socialist government was persecuting Jews and Jehovah’s Witnesses and driving forty-two small German religious sects underground, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continued to practice unhindered. How some fourteen thousand Mormons not only survived but thrived in Nazi Germany is a story little known, rarely told, and occasionally rewritten within the confines of the Church’s history—for good reason, as we see in David Conley Nelson’sMoroni and the Swastika. A page-turning historical narrative, this book is the first full account of how Mormons avoided Nazi persecution through skilled collaboration with Hitler’s regime, and then eschewed postwar shame by constructing an alternative history of wartime suffering and resistance. Recovering this inconvenient past, Moroni and the Swastika restores a complex and difficult chapter to the history of Nazi Germany and the Mormon Church in the twentieth century—and offers new insight into the construction of historical truth.

    “With his comprehensive consultation of Mormon sources and astute use of recent German scholarship, David C. Nelson gives an unparalleled view of the remarkable way the LDS Church prospered in Nazi Germany while many other religious minorities suffered.” —D. Michael Quinn, author of Early Mormonism and the Magic World View

  • william b smithWilliam B. Smith: In the Shadow of a Prophet by Kyle Walker. Greg Kofford Books, 2015. 653pp. Paperback—Reg. $39.95, SALE $31.99/Hardback—Reg. $69.95, SALE $55.99.  Younger brother of Joseph Smith, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and Church Patriarch for a time, William Smith had tumultuous yet devoted relationships with Joseph, his fellow members of the Twelve, and the LDS and RLDS (Community of Christ) churches. Walker’s imposing biography examines not only William’s complex life in detail, but also sheds additional light on the family dynamics of Joseph and Lucy Mack Smith, as well as the turbulent intersections between the LDS and RLDS churches.William B. Smith: In the Shadow of a Prophet is a vital contribution to Mormon history in both the LDS and RLDS traditions.

    “Bullseye! Kyle Walker’s biography of Joseph Smith Jr.’s lesser known younger brother William is right on target. It weaves a narrative that is searching, balanced, and comprehensive. Walker puts this former Mormon apostle solidly within a Smith family setting, and he hits the mark for anyone interested in Joseph Smith and his family. Walker’s biography will become essential reading on leadership dynamics within Mormonism after Joseph Smith’s death.” — Mark Staker, author of Hearken, O Ye People: The Historical Setting of Joseph Smith’s Ohio Revelations

  • prophet and theThe Prophet and the Reformer: The Letters of Brigham Young & Thomas L. Kane ed. by Matthew J. Grow and Ronald W. Walker. Oxford University Press, 2015. Hardback. 545pp. Reg. $39.95, SALE $31.99. Brigham Young first met Thomas L. Kane on the plains of western Iowa in 1846. Young came to rely on Kane, 21 years his junior, as his most trusted outside adviser, making Kane the most important non-Mormon in the history of the Church. In return, no one influenced the direction of Kane’s life more than Young. The letters exchanged by the two offer crucial insights into Young’s personal life and views as well as his actions as a political and religious leader. The Prophet and the Reformer offers a complete reproduction of the surviving letters between the Mormon prophet and the Philadelphia reformer. The correspondence reveals the strategies of the Latter-day Saints in relating to American culture and government during these crucial years when the “Mormon Question” was a major political, cultural, and legal issue. The letters also shed important light on the largely forgotten “Utah War” of 1857-58, triggered when President James Buchanan dispatched a military expedition to ensure federal supremacy in Utah and replace Young with a non-Mormon governor.

    “Two intriguing characters, Brigham Young and Thomas Kane, in their own words; Mormons under pressure from the United States army; the Church struggling for survival in a hostile environment while the nation goes to war with itself. They are all here in this expertly edited collection of letters and compelling narrative of two critical decades in Mormon history.”  –Richard Bushman, author of Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling

  • Building ZionBuilding Zion: The Material World of Mormon Settlement by Thomas Carter. University of Minnesota Press, 2015. Paperback. 330pp. Reg. $37.50, SALE $29.99. Building Zion is, in essence, the biography of the cultural landscape of western LDS settlements. Through the physical forms Zion assumed, it tells the life story of a set of Mormon communities—how they were conceived and constructed and inhabited—and what this material manifestation of Zion reveals about what it meant to be a Mormon in the nineteenth century. Focusing on a network of small towns in Utah, Thomas Carter explores the key elements of the Mormon cultural landscape: town planning, residences (including polygamous houses), stores and other nonreligious buildings, meetinghouses, and temples. Zion, we see, is an evolving entity, reflecting the church’s shift from group-oriented millenarian goals to more individualized endeavors centered on personal salvation and exaltation.

    Building Zion surpasses all earlier studies of the Mormon cultural landscape. Through his astute readings of the buildings and towns of Utah’s Sanpete Valley, Thomas Carter offers a persuasive new interpretation of the Latter-Day Saints’ formative years. This book is required reading to understand how the built environment contributes to historical understanding.” —Dell Upton, UCLA

  • eighthEighth Witness: The Biography of John Whitmer by Ronald E. Romig. John Whitmer Books, 2014 [2015]. Hardback. 701pp. Reg. $49.99, SALE $39.99. His name has been affixed to “The Testimony of Eight Witnesses” that has been printed in millions of copies of the Book of Mormon since 1830. The John Whitmer Historical Association is named in his memory. Yet many know little more than his name and the idea that he never recanted his faith in the Book of Mormon. The better informed likewise know that John Whitmer became wary of Joseph Smith and Mormonism, turned his back on what had been a sublime adventure, and thus became a cautionary tale to the faithful. But there is so much more to his story. In Eighth Witness: The Biography of John Whitmer, Ronald E. Romig assembles a more complete picture of the life and influence of this founding father of Mormonism. Exhaustively researched, this full-life biography is complemented by 25 appendices with information on John Whitmer’s history of early Mormonism, correspondence and the Book of Mormon character documents.

  • mormon tabernacle choirThe Mormon Tabernacle Choir: A Biography by Michael Hicks. University of Illinois Press, 2015. Hardback. 210 pp. Reg. $29.95, SALE $23.99. Drawing on decades of work observing and researching the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Michael Hicks examines the personalities, decisions, and controversies that shaped “America’s choir.” Here is the miraculous story behind the Tabernacle’s world-famous acoustics, the anti-Mormonism that greeted early tours, the clashes with Church leaders over repertoire and presentation, the radio-driven boom in popularity, the competing visions of rival conductors, and the Choir’s aspiration to be accepted within classical music even as Mormons sought acceptance within American culture at large. Everything from Billboard hits to TV appearances to White House performances paved the way for Mormonism’s crossover triumph. Yet, as Hicks shows, such success raised fundamental concerns regarding the Choir’s mission, functions, and image. *SIGNED*

    “This fascinating, honest account should find many eager readers among the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s millions of fans. Michael Hicks combines the accuracy of a fine historian with the sensitivity of a judicious music critic.”  –Daniel Walker Howe, Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815–1848

  • Mendon Saints set[2]The Mendon Saints—Their Lives and Legacy: Volume 4 by Stephen Schwendiman. Eborn Books, 2015. Hardback. 863pp. Reg. $49.99, SALE $39.99. The last of a four-volume series. Each volume explores not only the history of the church in Mendon but follows the lives of every family member who was living in Mendon at the time the branch was active. From this small town of Mendon came prophets, apostles, missionaries, stake presidents, bishops, and Relief Society workers. They helped establish the Church in New York, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois and Utah. Their influence was remarkable and is reflected in the biographical histories that compose this work. This volume focuses on the John Morton family, the William Bostwick Stilson family (including Feramorz Little) and, significantly, the Brigham Young family. Volumes 1-3 are also available at the price above. 

  • conversationsConversations with Mormon Historians ed. by  Alexander L. Baugh and Reid L. Neilson. Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2015. Hardback. 576pp. Reg. $34.99, SALE $27.99. The interviews in this volume tell the stories of remarkable men and women who have made careers out of researching, writing, and teaching about the past. Friends and colleagues conducted these conversations over a decade, and all were subsequently published in Mormon Historical Studies or Religious Educator. Now they are brought together as a single book of personal essays. As we review and reflect on the personal lives and remarkable careers featured in this volume, we sense that many of these historians feel they were prepared or given a definite sense of mission and professional calling that stretches well back in time.
  • mapmakersThe Mapmakers of New Zion: A Cartographic History of Mormonism by Richard Francaviglia. University of Utah Press, 2015. Hardback. 272pp. Reg. $34.95, SALE $27.99. From their earliest days on the American frontier through their growth into a worldwide church, the spatially expansive Mormons made maps to help them create idealized communities, migrate to and colonize large parts of the American West, visualize the stories in their sacred texts, and spread their message internationally through a well-organized missionary system. This book identifies many Mormon mapmakers who played an important but heretofore unsung role in charting the course of Latter-day Saint history. For Mormons, maps had and continue to have both practical and spiritual significance. In addition to using maps to help build their new Zion and to explore the Intermountain West, Latter-day Saint mapmakers used them to depict locations and events described in the Book of Mormon. Featuring over one hundred historical maps reproduced in full color—many never before published—The Mapmakers of New Zion sheds new light on Mormonism and takes readers on a fascinating journey through maps as both historical documents and touchstones of faith.

    The Mapmakers of New Zion is a brilliant history of Mormons and Mormon thought, viewed through the unique lens of cartography. Written in an engaging style, Mapmakers documents the minutiae of history and geography and offers an ongoing meditation on Mormon cosmology and Latter-day Saint views on space and time. A stimulating and enlightening book.” —Todd Compton, author of A Frontier Life: Jacob Hamblin, Explorer and Indian Missionary

  • 1860An 1860 English-Hopi Vocabulary Written in the Deseret Alphabet by Kenneth R. Beesley and Dirk Elzinga. University of Utah Press, 2015. Paperback. 176pp. Reg. $19.95, SALE $15.99. In 1859 Brigham Young sent two Mormon missionaries to live among the Hopi, “reduce their dialect to a written language,” and then teach it to the Hopi so that they would be able to read the Book of Mormon in their own tongue. Young also instructed the men to teach the Hopi the Deseret alphabet, a phonemic system that he was promoting in place of the traditional Latin alphabet. While the Deseret alphabet faded out of use in just over twenty years, the manuscript penned by one of the missionaries has remained in existence. For decades it sat unidentified in the archives of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints—a mystery document having no title, author, or date. But authors Beesley and Elzinga have now traced the manuscript’s origin to those missionaries of 1859 and decoded its Hopi-English vocabulary written in the short-lived Deseret alphabet. The resulting book offers a fascinating mix of linguistics, Mormon history, and Native American studies. The volume reproduces all 486 vocabulary entries of the original manuscript, presenting the Deseret and the modern English and Hopi translations. It explains the history of the Deseret alphabet as well as that of the Mormon missions to the Hopi, while fleshing out the background of the two missionaries, Marion Jackson Shelton, who wrote the manuscript, and his companion, Thales Hastings Haskell. The book will be of interest to linguists, historians, ethnographers, and others who are curious about the unique combination of topics this work connects.

    “This is a truly exciting mystery story. It is clearly written and easy to follow. While the book is technical when it has to be, the lay reader can still profit from its multifarious plot lines.”
    —Mauricio J. Mixco, Emeritus Professor of linguistics, University of Utah

  • ConfessionsConfessions of a Revisionist Historian: David L. Bigler on the Mormons and the West ed. by Will Bagley. University of Utah Tanner Trust Fund, 2015. Hardback. 286pp. Reg. $29.95, SALE $23.99. Number 16 in the Utah, the Mormons, and the West. With an appreciation by Polly Aird. For much of his career, David Bigler and his critics used the term “revisionist historian” as an epithet. But after decades wading through what Wallace Stegner called the “morass” of early Mormonism’s “enormous, repetitious, contradictory, and embattled’ history, he concluded, “If ever there was a revisionist historian, I’m it. And if ever a chapter of our nation’s history needed revising, it is this one.”Confessions of a Revisionist Historian covers the issues and events Bigler considers central to understanding Utah’s colorful history: Millennialism, the march of the Mormon Battalion, the California Gold Rush, the Mormon Kingdom of God, Brigham Young’s Indian policy and the Fort Limhi mission to Oregon Territory, the 1856 Reformation and the origins of the Utah War of 1857, and the conflict’s most controversial acts of violence, the Mountain Meadows Massacre and the Aiken party murders. His analysis incorporates sketches and close studies of overlooked but significant personalities such as Garland Hurt, Nephi Johnson, Benjamin Franklin Cummings, Lewis W. Shurtliff, Benjamin Franklin Ficklin, and John Hawley, plus celebrated and colorful “Danites” such as Bill Hickman and Porter Rockwell, and tributes to friends and colleagues Harold “Hal” Schindler and Jerald and Sandra Tanner.

     “In every way, David L. Bigler has set a high standard for historians of the American West.”—Will Bagley

  • Nauvoo Press Books[1]Nauvoo Press reprints

    This press reprints many important early LDS scripture editions and periodicals.  All are hardback with dust jackets.

    Book of Mormon, 1830. Reg. $41.95, SALE $33.99
    Book of Mormon, 1837. Reg. $41.95, SALE $33.99
    Book of Mormon, 1840. Reg. $41.95, SALE $33.99
    Book of Mormon, 1841. Reg. $41.95, SALE $33.99
    Book of Mormon, 1879. Reg. $41.95, SALE $33.99
    Doctrine and Covenants, 1844. Reg. $41.95, SALE $33.99
    Pearl of Great Price, 1851. Reg. $24.95, SALE $19.99
    The Latter-Day Saints Messenger and Advocate. Reg. $51.95, SALE $41.99
    The Evening and Morning Star. Reg. $34.95, SALE $27.99
    Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, 2 vols. Reg. $119.99, SALE $95.99
    Elders Journal. Reg. $24.95, SALE $19.99
    Gospel Reflector. Reg. $34.95, SALE $27.99

  • Most Glorious of All: The Restoration and Revelation of Baptism for the Dead by R. Lane Wright. The Nauvoo Press, 2015. 204pp. Paperback—Reg. $19.99, SALE $15.99/hardback—Reg. $37.99, SALE $29.99. Some of the questions addressed in the book:
    What specifically did Elijah restore?
    What is the “welding link” Joseph spoke of?
    When was it actually revealed to Joseph?
    Who was Seymour Brunson, and why was Joseph preaching at his funeral?
    How did Baptism for the Dead help the Saints on their journey west?
  • Testament in Stone: Symbols of the Nauvoo Temple and Their Meaning by R. Lane Wright.The Nauvoo Press, 2015. Paperback.  102pp. Reg. $12.95, SALE $9.99. Foreword by Susan Easton Black. From the introduction: “Understanding the symbols of the current Nauvoo Temple is in many cases discovering an ancient language.  In some cases as old as creation… the foundational work of the Savior.  In others, the concepts are those used in His ancient tutelage of Abraham or the words of His mortal ministry. And in some cases, they are as recent as the revelations received by Joseph Smith, Brigham Young and the other early Saints who constructed the original Nauvoo Temple. Temple symbols, like most methods used by the Lord to communicate with us (parables, types, shadows, etc.) reveal their meaning in layers.  There is rarely just one meaning to be gleaned from any symbol, or collection of symbols.  Learning the language of the symbols allows us to personally gain the insight into these additional layers of meaning.”

  • peculiarA Peculiar People by Joseph Fielding Smith (Lynn Pulsipher, comp.). Eborn Books, 2015. Hardback. 160pp. Reg. $24.95, SALE $19.99. In the early 1930s Joseph Fielding Smith wrote a series of articles entitled A PECULIAR PEOPLE. The series ran for 59 weeks in the Church News. Now, for the first time, the articles are all compiled together and available in hardcover. Smith discussed a different topic each week and how that particular concept made the Mormons a peculiar people.

  • Mormonism-Unvailed2-213x300Mormonism Unvailed by Eber D. Howe (with critical comments by Dan Vogel). Signature Books, 2015. Hardback. 472pp. Reg. $37.95, SALE $29.99. Howe’s famous exposé was the first of its kind, with information woven together from previous news articles and some thirty affidavits he and others collected. He lived and worked in Painesville, Ohio, where, in 1829, he had published about Joseph Smith’s discovery of a “golden bible.” Smith’s decision to relocate in nearby Kirtland sparked Howe’s attention. Of even more concern was that Howe’s wife and other family members had joined the Mormon faith. Howe immediately began investigating the new Church and formed a coalition of like-minded reporters and detractors. By 1834, Howe had collected a large body of investigative material, including affidavits from Smith’s former neighbors in New York and from Smith’s father-in-law in Pennsylvania. Howe learned about Smith’s early interest in pirate gold and use of a seer stone in treasure seeking and heard theories from Smith’s friends, followers, and family members about the Book of Mormon’s origin. Indulging in literary criticism, Howe joked that Smith, “evidently a man of learning,” was a student of “barrenness of style and expression.” Despite its critical tone, Howe’s exposé is valued by historians for its primary source material and account of the growth of Mormonism in northeastern Ohio.

    “Eber D. Howe’s Mormonism Unvailed was the single most influential critical book on Joseph Smith in the nineteenth century. Howe was the primary source for scores of writers who followed him. No one is better prepared than Dan Vogel to put this work into its historical context. His preface and notes illuminate the debate about Joseph Smith’s character that has raged since before the church was organized.”  —Richard Lyman Bushman

  • Hales_Understanding_cover_front_1024x1024Joseph Smith’s Polygamy: Toward a Better Understanding by Brian C. and Laura H. Hales. Greg Kofford Books, 2015. Paperback. 232pp. Reg. $19.95,SALE $15.99. In this short volume, Brian C. Hales (author of the 3-volumeJoseph Smith’s Polygamy) 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.

    “Few matters of LDS history have proven to be as faith-sensitive as Joseph Smith’s plural marriages. While a number of efforts have been made in recent years to shed light on this challenging phenomenon, nothing has brought greater clarity, enlightenment, and, particularly for believing Saints, spiritual reassurance, than has the work of researcher Brian Hales. He and his wife Laura have now rendered a monumental service to Mormons and interested observers by bringing clarity and better understanding to this topic. I for one am grateful for the context, perspective, and both straightforward and faithful answers provided for so many of the questions surrounding Nauvoo polygamy. It is a book that will be read and discussed for years to come.” — Robert L. Millet, Professor Emeritus of Religious Education, Brigham Young University

  • ina_coolbrithIna Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of California’s First Poet Laureate by Aleta George. Shifting Plates Press, 2015. 335 pp. Paperback—Reg. $19.95,SALE $15.99/Hardback (limited ed.)—Reg. $40.00, SALE $31.99. Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of California’s First Poet Laureate traces the life of a pioneer poet, Oakland’s first public librarian, and the most popular literary ambassador in the early American West. In post-Gold Rush San Francisco, she was known as the pearl of her tribe, a tribe that included Bret Harte, Mark Twain, and John Muir. Jack London and Isadora Duncan considered her their literary godmother, and John Greenleaf Whittier knew more of her poems by heart than she did his. Regardless of the acclaim from others, Coolbrith faced a series of challenges throughout her life that tested her devotion to her art. In the end, she put her full faith in poetry and her story reveals the saving grace of creativity in a woman’s life. George’s well researched book follows the struggles and triumphs of Coolbrith from her birth in 1841 as a niece of Mormon founder Joseph Smith to her death in 1928 as California’s most beloved poet.

  • perspectivesPerspectives on Mormon Theology: Scriptural Theology ed. by Joseph Spencer and James E. Faulconer. Greg Kofford Books, 2015. 226pp. Paperback—Reg. $24.95, SALE $19.99/hardback—Reg. $59.95, SALE $47.99. The essays making up this collection reflect attentiveness to both ways of understanding the phrase “theology of scripture.” Each essay takes up the relatively un-self-conscious work of reading a scriptural text but then—at some point or another—asks the self-conscious question of exactly what she or he is doing in the work of reading scripture. We have thus attempted in this book (1) to create a dialogue concerning what scripture is for Latter-day Saints, and (2) to focus that dialogue on concrete examples of Latter-day Saints reading actual scripture texts. Contributors include Claudia L. Bushman, Adam S. Miller and Eric D. Huntsman.

  • graceGrace is Not God’s Backup Plan: An Urgent Paraphrase of Paul’s Letter to the Romans by Adam S. Miller. Create Space, 2015. Paperback. 82pp. Reg. $8.99, SALE $6.99. What follows is not a translation in the ordinary sense of the word. It’s more like a paraphrase. Rather than worry over the letter of the text, the goal has been to illuminate the large scale patterns that structure it. The King James Version, for instance, renders Paul’s letter with uncanny beauty but is opaque as an argument. Modern translations tend to have the same problem. Their overriding concern is with the letter of the text, not with its logic. As a result, Paul’s forest is always getting sacrificed for the sake of his trees. But Paul’s work is too important, his good news too urgent, to leave so much of him locked in the first century. We need our renderings to do more than mimic the original, we need them to bleed and breathe. This work argues that the deep logic of Romans comes into sharp focus around a single premise: Paul’s claim that grace is not God’s backup plan. Paul never quite puts it like this, but he implies it at every turn.

  • Psalms_of_Nauvoo_FrontPsalms of Nauvoo: Early Mormon Poetry by Hal Robert Boyd and Susan Easton Black. Religious Studies Center, 2015. Hardback. 328pp. Reg. $21.99, SALE $17.99. In the mid-nineteenth century, in the growing city of Nauvoo, Illinois, poets found ample opportunity for publication in theTimes and Seasons, the Wasp, and the Nauvoo Neighbor. Others penned poetry in personal correspondence and diaries. Both groups wrote of revelations, restored scriptures, prophecies, temples, and their testimonies of Jesus Christ. Psalms of Nauvoo is a narrative collection of these poems. The volume opens with the Mormon exodus from Missouri and ends with the Saints’ farewell to Nauvoo as they faced an uncertain future in the American West. This compilation offers a glimpse into the culture, life circumstances, religious heritage, and espoused doctrines of those early Latter-day Saints, allowing readers to catch “the swift thought of God,” as Brigham Young put it.

  • Eye_of_Faith_FRONTAn Eye of Faith: Essays in Honor of Richard O. Cowan ed. by Kenneth L. Alford and Richard E. Bennett. Religious Studies Center, 2015. Hardback. 417pp. Reg. $29.99, SALE $23.99. An Eye of Faith contains nineteen new, thought-provoking essays covering topics that have been the focus of one respected LDS scholar’s life work. Richard O. Cowan, the longest-serving member of the BYU Church History Department, has devoted his study and writing to subjects such as ancient and modern temples, revelation, serving others and sharing the gospel, and Church history. Now, established Church scholars offer their own insights and learning on the topics so dear to one of their mentors and essential to Church members. The book includes chapters from many notable writers, including Susan Easton Black, Richard E. Bennett, Kent P. Jackson, S. Kent Brown, Richard D. Draper, Alexander L. Baugh, Craig James Ostler, Brent L. Top, and others.

  • Testimony of LukeThe Testimony of Luke by S. Kent Brown. BYU Studies, 2015. Hardback. 1213pp.  Reg. $29.99, SALE $23.99. Inaugural volume of the BYU New Testament Commentary series. The most distinguishing element of this line-by-line and word-by-word commentary is the introduction of distinctive Latter-day Saint scriptures to cast light on various passages in Luke’s Gospel—the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. It is not surprising, therefore, that the commentary features elements of Luke’s gospel that interest Latter-day Saints, although it focuses primarily on topics that arise in the text. For example, the gap in Luke’s record concerning the Savior’s activities in the world of departed spirits while his body lies in the tomb is of particular interest to Latter-day Saints because an important set of doctrines arises from his activity there.

    About the series: “A team of Latter-day Saint scholars has joined forces to produce a multi-volume commentary on the New Testament with a new rendition of the Greek texts of the New Testament books [in parallel columns with the KJV]. Planned to take several years to complete, this multi-volume series will combine the best of ancient linguistic and historical scholarship with Latter-day Saint doctrinal perspectives. The BYU New Testament Commentary will make extensive use of research in Greek, Latin, Aramaic, Coptic, and other languages, but the final product will be accessible to a general readership.”

  • Remember: Sacred Truths We Must Never Forget by Alonzo Gaskill.  Cedar Fort, 2015. Hardback. 176pp. Reg. $18.99, SALE $14.99. Life has a way of making us forget the timeless truths of eternity, especially when we get caught up in the tasks of today. Join popular author, speaker, and scholar Alonzo Gaskill in this enlightening examination of the most oft-forgotten doctrines that lead to eternal life. Inspiring and informative, this is a must-read book for all.

  • The Book of Mormon (1830 replica). Stratford Books, 2015. Leather. Reg. $38.95, SALE $30.99. A leatherbound, Smyth-sewn replica of the 1830 Book of Mormon. The publisher highlights 50 features that, in their estimation, make this the most accurate replica available. These features include: leather covers, sewn binding, authentic construction features, authentic spine design, authentic artwork of title on the spine, accurate paper, accurately reproduced signatures and authentic content.

  • FreshFresh Courage Take: New Directions by Mormon Women ed. by Jamie Zvirzdin. Signature Books, 2015. Hardback. 182pp. Reg. $22.95, SALE $18.99. The twelve essays in this anthology provide a refreshing array of female perspectives, personalities, and circumstances. Along with an introduction by Jamie Zvirzdin, the essays invite readers to recognize and own their personal struggles, gifts, faults, and desires and to accept where they stand on the spectrum of humanity. Fresh Courage Take demonstrates that the road to heaven is not a conveyor belt powered by a checklist of religious obligations, cooked casseroles, and a collection of children. If anything, it is a complex network of interchanges and decisions … including long, often solitary paths. The authors span a wide range of views and situations in life: politically conservative to progressive, single to married with many children, highly educated to working-class, stay-at-home moms to the professionally successful, of European or African heritage, religiously orthodox to heterodox. In short, they define, from their diversity, what being a Mormon woman means and what type of path they feel they must take to be true to themselves and their beliefs.

    Fresh Courage Take serves up a nourishing dish from the hands of skilled Mormon women—a stew with good conservative meat, liberal spices, and a rich variety of experiences, choices, and insights from across the garden of this great sisterhood. Comfort food. With occasional bite. Thanks, Sisters!” —Carol Lynn Pearson, author of Beginnings and Beyond; Goodbye, I Love You; Mother Wove the Morning; and other bestsellers

  • VoicesVoices for Equality: Ordain Women and Resurgent Mormon Feminismed. by Gordon Shepherd, Lavina Fielding Anderson and Gary Shepherd. Greg Kofford Books, 2015. Paperback. 457pp. Reg. $32.95, SALE $26.99. The inexorable movement toward gender equality in the modern world has taken root in the consciousness of many Latter-day Saints and has publicly emerged as a major concern for the LDS Church. Spearheaded by a new generation of internet-savvy feminists, equality issues in Mormonism attained high public visibility in 2013 through online profiles posted by the Ordain Women organization and its plea to Church authorities to pray about an expanded role for LDS women. The June 2014 excommunication of OW co-founder Kate Kelly generated increased international media attention. This volume is the first book to provide a comprehensive examination of these issues and is based on chapters written by both scholars and activists. Its twenty-five authors explore in detail theological debates about gender and priesthood authority, the historical and cultural context of these debates, and the current role played by lay activists seeking to stimulate change in the Church.

    “Timely, incisive, important—this book teaches us that our sometimes very personal struggles with gender and equality in Mormonism have profound and far-reaching significance. In these pages, some of Mormonism’s finest researchers and thinkers bring a richness of historical and scholarly perspective and a powerful new survey of tens of thousands of Mormon people to bear on headline-making issues like women’s ordination, sister missionaries, church discipline, the internet and faith, and change in the LDS church. They offer us a rare and precious opportunity to grasp the full significance of this moment. This book is a much needed mirror for our time.” — Joanna Brooks, co-editor of Mormon Feminism: Essential Writings and author of The Book of Mormon Girl: A Memoir of an American Faith

  • TraditionsTraditions of the Fathers: The Book of Mormon as History by Brant A. Gardner. Greg Kofford Books, 2015. Paperback. 476pp. Reg. $34.95,SALE $27.99. In this book Brant Gardner looks around and behind the religious purposes of the book and teases out how those thousand years of Book of Mormon history correspond to those same years in the geographic and cultural context where they most plausibly took place. Gardner works through the Book of Mormon chronologically, examining how events in the Book of Mormon reflect the greater historical and cultural developments happening around them at the same time. Gardner asks and answers questions against particular historical backdrops. Why does Nephi appear to be so Christian so long before Christ, and why does his particular time period in Jerusalem help answer that question? Why do Nephi apostate groups from different times appear to adopt the same religion? Why does the Book of Mormon end around A.D. 400? Why not earlier or later? The answers are developed by looking at the Book of Mormon as history in the context of what has become known of Mesoamerican history. Along the way, Gardner also looks at the problem of anachronisms, DNA, and some popular “proofs” of the Book of Mormon that need to be abandoned.

    “In the study of historical texts, context is king. Traditions of the Fathers masterfully contextualizes the diverse peoples of the Book of Mormon as they move, merge, and multiply across the Mesoamerican landscape. More than a simple lens, Gardner’s multidisciplinary approach provides readers with illuminating, prismatic views of the Book of Mormon.” — Mark Alan Wright, Assistant Professor of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University and Associate Editor of the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies

  • Preserving the Restoration by Denver Snuffer. Mill Creek Press, 2015. Paperback. 554pp. Reg. $24.99, SALE $21.25(15% discount). This book is a reference work on the restoration through Joseph Smith. In addition to incorporating material from the author’s ten lectures, additional chapters have been added and the content has been refocused for readers beyond the Mormon corridor. Many who are interested in the restoration will benefit from this book. Whether LDS, Community of Christ, FLDS, UAB, or someone who just wants to know more about the beginning and objective of Joseph Smith’s work, this book helps explain what Snuffer feels was its original direction, as well as map out a way to continue to the final destiny of Mormonism. Mormonism is a revolutionary religion intended to reshape the world. The author argues that Mormonism has been treated as an asset to be exploited and has been used for financial, social and political gain for some very few. This book discusses the earliest roots of Mormonism relying extensively on early Mormon documents, diaries, journals, contemporary correspondence and contemporary news sources to trace back to the beginning of the Mormon faith. It examines the social, legal and political influences that have reshaped key doctrines in Mormonism.

  • Salt Lake School of the Prophets: Minute Book, 1883 (reprint) comp. by Merle H. Graffam. Pioneer Publishing, 2015. Paperback. 110pp. Reg. $10.00, SALE $7.99.  In the early 1880s, John Taylor revived several dormant groups and practices from earlier times—one of these was the School of the Prophets. The attendees, composed mainly of leaders in the Salt Lake area, discussed various doctrinal subjects and, just as often, reminisced about the early days. Taylor invited people who had attended the original school in Kirtland to discuss their experiences—some, like those of Zebedee Coltrin’s, are fascinating to read.

  • Quincy: A Rescue Never to be Forgotten (DVD) produced by Dennis C. Lyman and Glenn Rawson. History of the Saints, 2015. 64min. Reg. $19.99, SALE $17.99 (10% discount). The 64-minute video details the exodus of Mormons from Missouri during the winter of 1838-1839 and the humanitarian manner in which the Mormons were received by the people of Quincy. Portions of the film were recorded in Quincy and nearby locations, and local historians were interviewed in order to understand the perspective of the residents who provided the assistance. The John Wood Mansion furnished a backdrop for portions of the film, and the Historical Society provided a variety of documents and other artifacts used to help illustrate the documentary.

  • The New Testament Made Harder: Scripture Study Questions by James E. Faulconer. Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2015. Paperback. 518pp. Reg. $21.95, SALE $17.99. Unlike most scripture commentaries with their useful chapter synopses, timelines, and definitions, The New Testament Made Harder consists almost entirely of challenging questions. Faulconer is a professor of philosophy and a life-long student of the scriptures. He knows that the questions we bring to the text determine the answers we can discover, and can spark even more discoveries as the scriptures begin to question us. That’s how this book makes reading “harder”—by priming your pondering pump with insightful study questions.

    The MADE HARDER books will give readers a feel for how scripture actually suggests questions about itself. More importantly, Faulconer reminds us that scripture also engages us, calls to us, and not merely the other way around. When we read scripture through questioning we make ourselves available for scripture to question us in return.” —Jacob T. Baker, editor of Mormonism at the Crossroads of Philosophy and Theology

  • Mormon Rivals: The Romneys, The Huntsmans and the Pursuit of Power by Matt Canham and  Thomas Burr. Salt Lake Tribune, 2015. Paperback. 384pp. Reg. $16.99, SALE $14.99. Distant relatives whose ties extend back to the founding of the LDS church, Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman Jr. became political allies as governors. Before that, their fathers were chummy. Mitt’s sister and Jon’s mom were college roommates. So when Romney was preparing his first presidential run, he assumed he had Huntsman in his corner. He was wrong. Their split in 2006 created a bitter rivalry that led to a contentious 2012 presidential showdown. This book by Salt Lake Tribune reporters Matt Canham and Thomas Burr tells the story of these dynamic and dynastic families, who have found themselves driven together by chance, business, politics and piety. It starts with the rise of George Romney and Jon Huntsman Sr., men who escaped poverty to become wealthy and influential. Their sons responded to their powerful fathers in different ways, but they ultimately ended up in the same places — vying to run the 2002 Winter Olympics, campaigning for governor and then for the White House. While both Romney and Huntsman have fallen short of the ultimate political prize, their successes on the national stage have become a turning point for the LDS Church, which yearns for broader acceptance from the American people. As their fathers expected much from them, Romney and Huntsman expect much for their children and that means we may not have seen the last clash between the Mormon version of the Hatfields and the McCoys.

  • Mr. Mustard Plaster and Other Mormon Essays by Mary Lythgoe Bradford. Greg Kofford Books, 2015. Paperback. 185 pp. Reg. $20.95, SALE $16.99. This new collection, Mr. Mustard Plaster and Other Mormon Essays, conveniently provides under one cover a picaresque memoir of Bradford’s impressive cultural contributions—from her graduate days, during the late century, at the University of Utah where she received her Master’s degree in English literature; through her becoming the first “Sister” to have editedDialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought; to her later-life career as poet and author of the collectionPurple: Poems by Mary Lythgoe Bradford. The essays, organized in five sections, follow her eventful life in roughly chronological order. SIGNED.

    “For nearly half a century Mary Bradford has perfected the personal essay, that most under-appreciated of literary genres. In revelation after revelation, she has used her life as a prism through which she has looked inward and outward, illuminating the world from the perspective Thoreau referred to ironically as ‘the narrowness of my experience.’ From such ‘narrowness’ Bradford has expanded our vision through the unique perspective of her poetic, feminine, and Mormon voice—a voice of grace, beauty, and deep meaning.” — Robert A. Rees, author of The Cost of Discipleship: The Dimensions of a Mature Mormon Faith

  • The Temple Concept by Martin J. Palmer. Eborn Books, 2015. Hardback. 299pp. Reg. $24.95, SALE $19.99. A temple is more than a building; it is the premier expression of sacred space. This book illuminates the concepts of sacred space and its ancillary doctrines, which form the foundation of the temple concept. Sacred space defines the nature of the holiness there. These principles are reflected in ritual & architecture. Sacred space is distinguished from profane. As the wilderness is the image of the profane, the temple is the essence of sacred space. The temple is a model of the cosmos & is cosmic in nature. It’s a place of revelation. It’s the source of all blessings. It is the symbolic center of the earth & a meeting place between worlds. Construction is akin to creation itself. Creation brought about order in the cosmos and overcame chaos; building the temple brings order to earth. Temple ritual includes the creation story which re-creates sacred time anew.

  • Even Unto Bloodshed: An LDS Perspective on War by Duane Boyce. Greg Kofford Books, 2015. Paperback. 312pp. Reg. $29.95, SALE $23.99. When carefully examined, both secular and scriptural arguments for pacifism ultimately fail. Once such pacifist arguments are considered, rebutted, and respectfully set aside, it is possible to construct a sound framework for a scriptural view of war, at least in general terms. Such a framework is not pacifist, but it is anything but aggressive, and includes the quality of heart—not to mention, the wisdom—expected of all disciples of Christ, whatever their task or circumstance. It was not an anomaly when the Lord instructed the Nephites to defend their families “even unto bloodshed;” comprehensively understood, the statement expresses a genuine, profound, and conceptually rich scriptural principle.

    “The question of how (or whether) participation in war can be reconciled with Christian ethics has occupied the minds of such great thinkers as Augustine, Aquinas, and Grotius. Latter-day Saints, however, have given little systematic attention to the matter thus far. But it’s time. This book brilliantly opens a long overdue conversation. Carefully and systematically weighing all of the relevant scriptural texts as well as applicable statements of modern prophets, it will be indispensable for all future Mormon discussions of the subject.” — Daniel C. Peterson, professor of Islamic studies and Arabic at Brigham Young University

  • The Assassination of Joseph Smith: Innocent Blood on the Banner of Liberty by Ryan C. Jenkins. Cedar Fort, 2015. Paperback. 356pp. Reg. $22.99, SALE $18.99. Even the Prophet’s most vehement critics—then and now—can at least agree on one thing: Joseph Smith was murdered in cold blood. This account begins in October 1838; Joseph is thirty-two years old and has less than six years to live. This fast-paced, driving narrative provides a factual account leading to the murder and is sure to capture the attention of Latter-day Saints and those not of the faith.

  • Witnesses of Christ: Prophets and Apostles of Our Dispensation by Jerry H. Houck. Cedar Fort, 2015. Paperback. 384pp. Reg. $22.99, SALE $18.99. Discover the men beneath the mantle. This comprehensive book features biographical portraits of all 82 modern-day Apostles. With little-known stories and all the facts, you can get to know these devoted men as you never have before. Perfect as a reference for seminary, Sunday School, family home evening, and personal scripture study, this book brings Church history to life.

  • Immigrants in the Far West: Historical Identities and Experiences ed. by Jessie L. Embry and Brian Q. Cannon. University of Utah Press, 2015. Paperback. 485pp. Reg. $32.99, SALE $29.99 (10% discount). This collection showcases the cutting-edge research and innovative approaches that a new generation of scholars is bringing to the study of immigration in the American West. Often overlooked in general studies of immigration, the western United States has been and remains an important destination. The unique combination of ethnicities and races in the West, combined with political and economic peculiarities, has given the region an immigration narrative that departs significantly from those of the East and Midwest. This volume explores facets of this narrative with case studies that reveal how immigration in the American West has influenced the region’s development culturally, economically, socially, and politically. Contributors illuminate factors that have galvanized immigration and the ways that agency, cultural resources, institutions, and societal attitudes have shaped immigrant experiences. The book’s interdisciplinary framework will make it of broad interest.

  • Schooling the Prophet: How the Book of Mormon Influenced Joseph Smith and the Early Restoration by Gerald E. Smith. Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2015. Paperback. 304pp. Reg. $19.95, SALE $15.99. Joseph Smith wasn’t merely the Book of Mormon’s prophetic translator—he was also a student of the sacred record. Schooling the Prophet offers evidence that the Latter-day Saint prophet was quietly influenced by one of the most important sources of religious thought and sacred protocol that he knew—the Book of Mormon—on issues such as the nature of God, priesthood, and the temple.

    “Gerald Smith asks a pertinent question: How did the Book of Mormon influence Joseph Smith’s restoration? He has thought long and hard about the issue and gives us here the results of his investigations. His answer: From temple culture and the priesthood to the doctrine of God and baptism, the Book of Mormon profoundly shaped the doctrines and practices of the restored church.”  –Richard L. Bushman, Gouverneur Morris Professor Emeritus of History, Columbia University, and author of  Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling

  • Relational Grace: The Reciprocal and Binding Covenant of Charis by Brent J. Schmidt. BYU Studies, 2015. Paperback. 221pp. Reg. $21.95, SALE $17.99. Charis (grace) is the word New Testament authors, especially Paul, sometimes used to explain Christ’s gift to people. But what is the nature of the gift? Since the fifth century, a number of Christian scholars have taught that grace is something bestowed by God freely, with little or nothing required in return. This book sets out to show that “free grace” is not what Paul and others intended.

  • Mission Possible: A Guide to Mental Health for LDS Missionaries and Their Mission Presidents, Parents, Bishops and Therapists by L. Marlene Payne. Self published, 2015. Paperback. Reg. $11.99, SALE $9.59.  Dr. Payne provides a guide to mental health for missionaries, their families, church leaders and therapists. Through anonymous case studies and personal interviews with mission presidents and return missionaries, she addresses the most common psychiatric disorders, their definition, course, and treatment.

  • A Global Testimony: Sixty Different Countries One Powerful Message compiled and edited by Katarina Jambresic. Published by the author, 2014. Paperback. 450 pp. Reg. $24.95, SALE $19.99. This book is a compilation of inspiring and faith-promoting stories from all over the world, representing more than 60 countries and territories, written in first person by converts to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

  • The Lehi Key by Kelly Child. Published by author, 2015. Paperback. 252 pp. Reg. $24.95, SALE $20.99. The Lehi Key will take you on a personable exploration and a comparative contemplation of the common ground of medieval Christianity, masonic symbolism, pagan tradition, Mormonism, Hermetic Qabalah, Egyptian mythos and the works of the great thinkers, scientists and mystics of the Age of Enlightenment.

  • Men of Character: Profiles of 100 Prominent LDS Men Lloyd Newell, Susan Easton Black and Mary Jane Woodger. Covenant Communications, 2015. Hardback. 339 pp. Reg. $21.99, SALE $17.99.

  • Visions of Freedom: Wilford Woodruff and the Signers of the Declaration of Independence by Michael De Groote and Ronald L. Fox. Covenant Communications, 2015. Paperback. 271 pp. Reg. $19.99, SALE $15.99

  • Colorful Characters in Mormon History by Kathryn Jenkins Gordon. Covenant Communications, 2015. Paperback. 264 pp. Reg. $15.99, SALE $12.99

  • Legends, Lore & True Tales in Mormon Country edited by Monte Bona. The History Press, 2015. Paperback. 144 pp. Reg. $21.99, SALE $17.99

  • The Oakland Temple: Portal to Eternity by Richard O. Cowan and Richard G. Larsen. Religious Studies Center, 2014. Hardback. 277 pp. Reg. $29.95, SALE $23.95.


We have included a few pictures of the titles on our sale tables in lieu of descriptions.

Power from on High: The Development of Mormon Priesthood by Gregory Prince. Signature Books, 1995. Hardback. Reg. $24.95, SALE $12.99.

In Heaven as It Is on Earth: Joseph Smith and the Early Mormon Conquest of Death by Samuel Morris. Oxford University Press, 2012 [2011]. Hardback. Reg. $34.95, SALE $9.99.

Mormon Gold: Mormons in the California Gold Rush Contributing to the Development of California and the Monetary Solvency of Early Utah by J. Kenneth Davies and Lorin K. Hansen. Granite Mountain Publishing, 2011. Reg. $49.95, SALE $29.99.

American Crucifixion: The Murder of Joseph Smith and the Fate of the Mormon Church by Alex Beam. Public Affairs, 2014. Reg. $26.99, SALE $9.99.

The Joseph Smith Papers, Journals, Vol. 2: December 1841-April 1843 ed. by Andrew H. Hedges, Alex D. Smith and Richard Lloyd Anderson. Church Historian’s Press, 2011. Hardback. Reg. $54.95, SALE $17.99.

Joseph Smith Papers, Revelations & Translations, Volume 2: Published Revelations ed. by Robin Scott Jensen, Richard E. Turley, Jr. & Riley M. Lorimer. The Church Historian’s Press, 2011. Hardback. Reg. $69.95,SALE $19.99.

The Parallel Doctrine and Covenants: The 1832-1833, 1833, and 1835 Editions of Joseph Smith’s Revelations with introduction by Curt A. Bench. Smith-Pettit Foundation, 2009. Hardback. Reg. $50.00,SALE $24.99.

Early Mormon Documents, vols. 2-5 ed. by Dan Vogel. Signature Books. Hardback. Reg. $44.95, SALE $22.99/ea.

Classics in Mormon Thought Series (all hardback, published by Signature Books)

The Essential James E. Talmage ed. by James P. Harris. Reg. $29.95, SALE $14.99.

The Essential B. H. Roberts ed. by Brigham D. Madsen. Reg. $29.95, SALE $14.99.

The Essential Brigham Young  with foreword by Eugene Campbell. Reg. $22.95, SALE $14.99

The Essential Parley P. Pratt with foreword by Peter Crawley. Reg. $29.95, SALE $14.99.

The Essential Orson Pratt with foreword by David Whittaker. Reg. $34.95, SALE $14.99.           

The Essential Joseph Smith with foreword by Marvin Hill.  Reg. $22.95, SALE $14.99.

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Line Upon Line: Essays on Mormon Doctrine ed. by Gary James Bergera. Signature Books, 1989. Reg. $14.95, SALE $7.99.

The New Mormon History: Revisionist Essays on the Past ed. by D. Michael Quinn. Signature Books, 1992. Reg. $18.95, SALE $7.99

The Backslider: 20th Anniversary Edition by Levi S. Peterson. Signature Books, 2007. Hardback. Reg. $31.95, SALE $8.99.

Being Different: Stories of Utah’s Minorities. Favorite Readings from the Utah Historical Quarterly ed. by Stanford J. Layton. Signature Books, 2001. Paperback. Reg. $21.99, SALE $4.99.

Dreams, Myths & Reality: Utah and the American West (The Critchlow Lectures at Weber State University) ed. by William Thomas Allison and Susan J. Matt. Signature Books, 2008. Paperback. Reg. $29.95, SALE $4.99.

God and Country: Politics in Utah ed. by Jeffrey Sells. Signature Books, 2005. Reg. $34.95, SALE $7.99.

Evil Among Us: The Texas Mormon Missionary Murders by Ken Driggs. Signature Books, 2000. Paperback. Reg. $19.95, SALE $3.99.

A Little Lower than the Angels (Signature Mormon Classics) by Virginia Sorensen. Signature Books, 1997. Paperback. Reg. $14.95, SALE $4.99.

Where Nothing Is Long Ago: Memories of a Mormon Childhood (Signature Mormon Classics) by Virginia Sorensen. Signature Books, 1998. Paperback. Reg. $14.95, SALE $4.99.

Evening and the Morning (Signature Mormon Classics) by Virginia Sorensen. Signature Books, 1999. Paperback. Reg. $14.95, SALE $4.99.

New Historical Atlas of Religion in America comp. by Edwin Scott Gaustad and Philip L. Barlow with special assistance of Richard W. Dishno. Oxford University Press, 2001. Oversize hardback. Reg. $205.00, SALE $49.99.

Joseph Smith and the Latter-Day Saints, vol. 1 by Richard Lloyd Dewey. Stratford Books, 2014. Hardback. Reg. $43.99, SALE $29.99.

Father of a Prophet: Andrew Kimball by Edward L. Kimball. BYU Studies, 2011. Paperback. Reg $19.95,SALE $10.99.

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An Advocate for Women: The Public Life of Emmeline B. Wells, 1870-1920 by Carol Cornwall Madsen. BYU Press & Deseret Book, 2006. Hardback.  Reg $29.95, SALE $19.99.

Mountain Meadows Massacre: The Andrew Jenson and David H. Morris Collection ed. by Richard E. Turley, Jr. and Ronald W. Walker. Brigham Young University Press (BYU Studies), 2009. Reg $44.95, SALE $26.99.

Conversions: Two Family Stories from the Reformation and Modern America by Craig Harline. Yale University Press, 2011. Reg. $25.00, SALE $4.99.

Mormon Historical Studies, various issues. Mormon Historic Sites Foundation. Reg. $15.00, SALE $1.99(issues available: 11:2, 14:1), SALE $2.99 (issues available: 4:2, 5:2, 6:1, 7:1/2, 8:1/2, 9:2, 10:2, 11:1, 12:1, 12:2, 13:1-2, 14:2, 15:1).

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