While publication of new books is a bit quieter than usual, we have quite a few tempting offers on the sale tables: Joseph Smith Papers, Significant Mormon Diaries, Smith-Pettit limited editions.

NEW BOOKS

  • first fifty yrs of rsThe First Fifty Years of Relief Society: Key Documents in Latter-day Saint Women’s History ed. by Jill Mulvay Derr, Carol Cornwall Madsen, Kate Holbrook & Matthew J. Grow. Church Historian’s Press, 2016. Hardcover. 767pp. Reg. $49.95, LIMITED TIME SALE PRICE $44.95. This collection of original documents explores the largely unknown nineteenth-century history of the Relief Society, the women’s organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Founded in 1842 in Nauvoo, Illinois, the Relief Society was initially led by Emma Smith, wife of president Joseph Smith. The substantial minutes of the organization’s proceedings from 1842 to 1844, published unabridged herein for the first time, document the women’s priorities, contributions, and teachings. The Nauvoo Relief Society Minute Book also contains six sermons Joseph Smith delivered to the society, the only recorded words he directed exclusively to the women of the church. The organization was suspended from 1845 until the mid-1850s, when attempts were made to organize the Relief Society on a congregational level in some areas of Utah Territory after the emigration of the Latter-day Saints to the American West. A more general and permanent reorganization began in 1867, under the leadership of Eliza R. Snow, and the Relief Society’s roles within the church structure and within women’s lives expanded over the succeeding decades. The example of the Nauvoo Relief Society Minute Book helped create a record-keeping sensibility among Latter-day Saint women, who conscientiously created thousands of official and private records during the nineteenth century. The seventy-eight key documents in this collection include minutes of meetings, sermons by both women and men, annual reports from local Relief Societies, newspaper articles and editorials, political petitions and speeches, poetry, letters, journal entries, and reminiscences. They were produced not only near church headquarters but in far-flung settlements in the Mountain West and in areas as remote as Hawai’i and England.**the editors will be here for a signing on March 9th—for more info, visit Evening-with-the-editors
  • worldwide churchThe Worldwide Church: Mormonism as a Global Religion ed. by Michael A. Goodman and Mauro Properzi. Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2016. Hardcover. 454pp. $31.99. From Samuel Smith’s first missionary efforts in 1830 to the more than 88,000 missionaries now serving worldwide, the Church continues the modern-day effort to fulfill the Lord s mandate: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations (Matthew 28:19). In the past thirty years, the international membership has grown from less than a quarter of total Church membership to over 55 percent. While US and Canadian growth came in at 61 percent over that thirty-year period, international growth reached a staggering 537 percent. As a result, the Church is becoming an increasingly international church. This volume is a compilation of scholarly papers presented at the BYU Church History Symposium entitled The Worldwide Church: The Global Reach of Mormonism. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, was the first keynote speaker. He emphasized the importance of learning our history. The second keynote speaker, Terryl Givens, highlighted the universal nature of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Seventeen other papers by notable historians, scholars, educators, and leaders are included.
  • storyThe Story of the Provo City Center Temple: Commemorative Edition by Susan Easton Black, Glenn Rawson, and Dennis Lyman. Covenant, 2015. Paperback. 42pp. $8.99. More than 143 years after its initial dedication, Provo’s prized jewel on the corner of Center Street and University Avenue erupted in a devastating fire. When the smoke finally cleared from the charred wreckage, plans were soon made to restore the historic building as a temple. Now, barely five years following the disaster, Latter-Day Saints the world over rejoice in the completion of the Church’s 150th operating temple. From author Susan Easton Black and History of the Saints creators Glenn Rawson and Dennis Lyman comes the journey from tabernacle to temple. Discover the compelling origin, tragic destruction, and miraculous reconstruction of the Provo City Center Temple.
  • end ofThe End of the World, Plan B by Charles Shirō Inouye. Greg Kofford Books, 2016. Paperback. 123pp. $13.95. Environmental decline, political gridlock, war and rumors of war, decadence, and immorality. The End of the World, Plan B traces the idea of the end, or destruction, of the world through a number of spiritual traditions. It shows that our present understanding of the “end game” has been distorted by a modern emphasis and demand on justice as the ultimate good. As an alternative to this self-destructive approach, Charles Shirō Inouye shows that in these traditions, justice is not the isolated end in itself that we ought to strive for; rather it is taught in tandem with its balancing companion: compassion. Plan B is a hopeful alternative to our fears about how things are going.
  • starHistory of Star Valley: Natural, Cultural, Economic by Orval C. Harrison. NP, 2015. Hardcover. 416pp. $30.00. Robert Stuart and his returning Astorians made the first substantiated appearance of white men in Star Valley. This occurred on September 15, 1812, and marks the beginning for this history. The initial chapter continues by documenting visits to Star Valley and environs by other fur traders and trappers such as James Bridger, Jedediah Smith, Osborne Russell, and Warren Angus Ferris. The Lander Trail was built through Star Valley in 1857 and 1858. However, immigrants to Star Valley found another route beginning in early June of 1879. It was then that eight wagons carrying twenty-seven Mormons from St. Charles, Idaho, entered Star Valley through Crow Creek Canyon and settled in Freedom-on the Idaho side. Auburn was settled later that summer by related families from Morgan, Utah. These families and others either endured life on the frontier or left for warmer climates. With some direction from LDS leaders, Afton emerged as the principal settlement in Star Valley. This role as a religious, educational, and economic center sometimes brought about resentment-particularly from those living in the Lower Valley. Life in Afton and each of the other communities has been reviewed in chapters 8 and 9. Further chapters examine natural resources exploration, forests, the rise and fall of the dairy industry, and transformation in land use, education, and the economy.

SALE BOOKS

  • j2The Joseph Smith Papers, Journals, Vol. 2: December 1841-April 1843 ed. by Andrew H. Hedges, Alex D. Smith, Richard Lloyd Anderson. Church Historian’s Press, 2011. Hardcover. Reg. $54.95, SALE $19.99.
  • d1The Joseph Smith Papers: Documents, vol. 1: July 1828 – June 1831 ed. by Michael Hubbard MacKay, Gerrit Dirkmaat, William G. Hartley, Robert J. Woodford and Grant Underwood. Church Historian’s Press, 2013. Hardcover. Reg. $54.95, SALE $19.99.
  • d3The Joseph Smith Papers, Documents Vol. 3: February 1833-March 1834 ed. by Gerrit J. Dirkmaat, Brent M. Rogers, Grant Underwood, Robert J. Woodford, William G. Hartley. Church Historian’s Press, 2014. Hardcover. Reg. $54.95, SALE $19.99.
  • h2The Joseph Smith Papers: Histories, Volume 2 (Assigned Histories, 1831-47) ed. by Karen Lynn Davidson, David J. Whittaker & Richard L. Jensen. Church Historian’s Press, 2012. Hardcover. Reg. $54.95, SALE $19.99.
  • rt2The Joseph Smith Papers, Revelations & Translations, Volume 2: Published Revelations ed. by Robin Scott Jensen, Richard E. Turley, Jr. & Riley M. Lorimer. Church Historian’s Press, 2011. Hardcover. Reg. $69.95, SALE $19.99.
  • gqcThe Journals of George Q. Cannon: Hawaiian Mission, 1850-1854 ed. by Chad Orton. Deseret Book, 2014. Hardcover. Reg. $42.99, SALE $9.99.
  • howHow We Got the Doctrine and Covenants by Richard E. Turley, Jr. & William W. Slaughter. Deseret Book, 2012. Hardcover. Reg. $34.99, SALE $9.99.
  • jehovahJehovah and the World of the Old Testament: An Illustrated Reference for Latter-Day Saints by Richard Neitzel Holzapfel & Dana M. Pike & David Rolph Seely. Deseret Book, 2009. Hardcover, Reg. $45.95, SALE $9.99.
  • visionJoseph Smith’s First Vision: A Guide to the Historical Accounts by Steven C. Harper. Deseret Book, 2012. Hardcover. Reg. $21.99, SALE $8.99.
  • Women of Faith in the Latter Days, Volume Three: 1846-1870 ed. by Richard E.Turley, Jr & Brittany A. Chapman. Deseret Book, 2011. Hardcover. Reg. $29.99, SALE $9.99.
  • Women of Faith in the Latter Days, Volume Two: 1821-1845 ed. by Richard E.Turley, Jr & Brittany A. Chapman. Deseret Book, 2012. Hardcover. Reg. $34.99, SALE $9.99.
  • Verse By Verse: The Four Gospels/Acts Through Revelation. Deseret Book, 2006. Hardcover. Reg. $34.99, SALE $8.99/Reg. $29.99, SALE $6.99.

Significant Mormon Diaries (all published by Signature Books, hardcover) – This series is now entirely out of print. Some volumes have been out of print for many years for which we have waiting lists as indicated below. If you’d like to try and complete a set please let us know.

Significant Mormon Diaries set[1]

In the World: The Diaries of Reed Smoot – Harvard S. Heath, ed. 1997. Limited to 500 copies. Reg. $100, SALE $79.99

Mormon Democrat: The Religious and Political Memoirs of James Henry Moyle – Gene Sessions, ed. 2000. Limited to 350 copies. Reg. $85, SALE $69.99

History’s Apprentice: The Diaries of B. H. Roberts – John Sillito, ed. 2004. Limited to 500 copies. Reg. $100, SALE $79.99

Candid Insights of a Mormon Apostle: The Diaries of Abraham H. Cannon, 1889-1895 ­– Edward Leo Lyman, ed. 2010. Limited to 500 copies. Reg. $125, SALE $99.99

Cowboy Apostle: The Diaries of Anthony W. Ivins, 1875-1932 – Elizabeth Oberdick Anderson, ed. 2013. Limited to 500 copies. Reg. $125, SALE $99.99

other volumes in the series

#1        American Prophet’s Record: The Diaries of Joseph Smith – Scott Faulring, ed. (1987), waiting list, approx. $600 when available

#2        On the Potter’s Wheel: The Diaries of Heber C. Kimball – Stanley B. Kimball, ed. (1987), waiting list, approx. $750 or more when available

#3        Letters from Exile: The Correspondence of Martha Hughes Cannon and Angus M. Cannon, 1886-1888 – Constance L. Lieber & John Sillito, eds. (1989), used copy available–$115 (name in marker inside front cover)

#4        Church, State, and Politics: The Diaries of John Henry Smith – Jean Bickmore White, ed. (1990), new copy available–$350 (still in tissue paper)

#5        Intimate Chronicle: The Diaries of William Clayton – George D. Smith, ed. (1991), used copy available–$700

#6        A Ministry of Meetings: The Apostolic Diaries of Rudger Clawson – Stan Larson, ed. (1993), used copy available–$325

#10     Danish Apostle: The Diaries o Anthon H. Lund – John P. Hatch, ed. (2006), sold out

#11      In the President’s Office: The Diaries of L. John Nuttall, 1879-1892 – Jedediah S. Rogers, ed. (2007), limited number of new copies available–$150

Smith-Pettit Foundation limited editions (all oversize hardback)

  • joseph-smith-egyptian-768x1000The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri: A Complete Edition by Robert K. Ritner. 2011. Limited to 501 copies of which 26 are lettered leather editions. 2011. 283pp. Reg. $79.95, SALE $59.99
  • LaterPatriarchalBlessingsLater Patriarchal Blessings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints comp. by H. Michael Marquardt. 2012. Limited to 501 copies of which 26 are lettered leather copies. Reg. $90, SALE $69.99
  • significant-textual-changes-753x1024Significant Textual Changes in the Book of Mormon: The First Printed Edition Compared to the Manuscripts and to the Subsequent Major LDS English Printed Editions ed. by John S. Dinger. 2013. Limited to 501 copies of which 26 are lettered leather copies. Reg. $60, SALE $44.99
  • bomThe Parallel Book of Mormon: The 1830, 1837, and 1840 Editions. Intro. by Curt Bench. 2008. Reg. $75, SALE $59.99.
  • dandcThe Parallel Doctrine and Covenants: The 1832-1833, 1833, and 1835 Editions of Joseph Smith’s Revelations. Intro. by Curt Bench. 2009. Reg. $49.95, SALE $24.99.

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