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EVENING WITH AN AUTHOR

A reminder that Jonathan Stapley will be here to speak about his new book The Power of Godliness: Mormon Liturgy and Cosmology (published by Oxford University Press) THIS WEDNESDAY, February 21. He will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will speak at 6:00 and will answer questions and sign books before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make it 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.

The Power of Godliness is a key work to understand Mormon conceptions of priesthood, authority, and gender. With in-depth research and never previously used documents, Jonathan A. Stapley explores the rituals of ordination, temple sealings, baby blessings, healing, and cunning-folk traditions. In doing so, he demonstrates that Mormon liturgy includes a much larger and more complex set of ritualized acts of worship than the specific rites of initiation, instruction, and sealing that take place within the temple walls.

By exploring Mormonism’s liturgy more broadly, The Power of Godliness shows both the nuances of Mormon belief and practice, and how the Mormon ordering of heaven and earth is not a mere philosophical or theological exercise. Stapley examines Mormonism’s liturgical history to reveal a complete religious world, incorporating women, men, and children all participating in the construction of the Mormon universe. This book opens new possibilities for understanding the lived experiences of women and men in the Mormon past and present, and investigates what work these rituals and ritualized acts actually performed in the communities that carried them out. By tracing the development of the rituals and the work they accomplish, The Power of Godliness sheds important new light on the Mormon universe, its complex priesthoods, authorities, and powers.

 

Jonathan Stapley is an award-winning historian and scientist. An active participant in the field of Mormon Studies, he is also the Chief Technology Officer for a bio-renewables company.

 

The Power of Godliness: Mormon Liturgy and Cosmology. Oxford University Press. 184pp. Hardback. $29.99

 

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EVENING WITH AN AUTHOR

We are excited to announce that Jonathan Stapley will be here to speak about his new book The Power of Godliness: Mormon Liturgy and Cosmology (published by Oxford University Press) on Wednesday, February 21. He will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will speak at 6:00 and will answer questions and sign books before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make it 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.

The Power of Godliness is a key work to understand Mormon conceptions of priesthood, authority, and gender. With in-depth research and never previously used documents, Jonathan A. Stapley explores the rituals of ordination, temple sealings, baby blessings, healing, and cunning-folk traditions. In doing so, he demonstrates that Mormon liturgy includes a much larger and more complex set of ritualized acts of worship than the specific rites of initiation, instruction, and sealing that take place within the temple walls.

By exploring Mormonism’s liturgy more broadly, The Power of Godliness shows both the nuances of Mormon belief and practice, and how the Mormon ordering of heaven and earth is not a mere philosophical or theological exercise. Stapley examines Mormonism’s liturgical history to reveal a complete religious world, incorporating women, men, and children all participating in the construction of the Mormon universe. This book opens new possibilities for understanding the lived experiences of women and men in the Mormon past and present, and investigates what work these rituals and ritualized acts actually performed in the communities that carried them out. By tracing the development of the rituals and the work they accomplish, The Power of Godliness sheds important new light on the Mormon universe, its complex priesthoods, authorities, and powers.

 

Jonathan Stapley is an award-winning historian and scientist. An active participant in the field of Mormon Studies, he is also the Chief Technology Officer for a bio-renewables company.

 

The Power of Godliness: Mormon Liturgy and Cosmology. Oxford University Press. 184pp. Hardback. $29.99

 

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EVENING WITH THE AUTHORS

 

 

We are excited to announce that James and Judith McConkie will be here to speak about their new book Whom Say Ye That I Am? Lessons from the Jesus of Nazareth (published by Greg Kofford Books), Wednesday, February 7. They will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will speak at 6:00 and will answer questions and sign books before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make it 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.

The story of Jesus is frequently limited to the telling of the babe of Bethlehem who would die on the cross and three days later triumphantly exit his tomb in resurrected glory. Frequently skimmed over or left aside is the story of the Jesus of Nazareth who confronted systemic injustice, angered those in power, risked his life for the oppressed and suffering, and worked to preach and establish the Kingdom of God—all of which would lead to his execution on Calvary.

In this insightful and moving volume, authors James and Judith McConkie turn to the latest scholarship on the historical and cultural background of Jesus to discover lessons on what we can learn from his exemplary life. Whether it be his intimate interactions with the sick, the poor, women, and the outcast, or his public confrontations with oppressive religious, political, and economic institutions, Jesus of Nazareth—the son of a carpenter, Messiah, and Son of God—exemplified the way, the truth, and the life that we must follow to bring about the Kingdom of Heaven.

 

James W. McConkie has JD from the S. J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. His practice has focused in the area of torts and civil rights for more than four decades. He has taught Church History and New Testament courses for BYU’s Division of Continuing Education for over 15 years with his wife Judith and is the author of Looking at the Doctrine and Covenants for the Very First Time and has published in BYU Studies. In 2017 he and his law partner Bradley Parker created the Refugee Justice League, a non-profit organization of attorneys and other professionals offering pro-bono help to refugees who have been discriminated against on the basis of their religion, ethnicity, or national origin.

Judith E. McConkie has an MFA in printmaking from BYU and a PhD in philosophy of art history and museum theory from the University of Utah. She was the Senior Educator at BYU’s Museum of Art and Curator of the Utah State Capital during its major renovation project from 2004–2010. During that time she authored With Anxious Care: The Restoration of the Utah State Capital. She continues to teach in BYU’s Division of Continuing Education with her husband James. She has published in Sunstone and Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought and has presented at Sunstone’s annual symposium. Her prints and watercolors have been exhibited nationally and in the Henry Moore Gallery in London, England.

 

Whom Say Ye That I Am? Lessons from the Jesus of Nazareth. Greg Kofford Books. 309pp. Paperback. $27.95

 

Also by James McConkie

Looking at the Doctrine and Covenants Again for the Very First Time: A Study Guide for Families, Organized by Location. Temple Hill Books, 2016. Paperback. $29.99

 

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EVENING WITH THE AUTHORS

We are very excited to announce that Richard Bushman will be here to celebrate the publication of To Be Learned is Good: Essays on Faith and Scholarship in Honor of Richard Lyman Bushman (published by the Neal A. Maxwell Institute), on Wednesday, January 17. Several of the editors/contributors will also be here to speak about their essays. They will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will speak at 6:00 and will answer questions and sign books before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make it 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.

From the preface: “This volume reflects the vibrant exchanges from a memorable scholars’ colloquium in June 2016 in honor of friend and mentor Richard Lyman Bushman. . . . Richard’s scholarly work speaks for itself. His formidable list of publications appears as an appendix to this collection. In addition to honoring his intellectual contribution to his fields of study, however, this colloquium celebrated his contribution to his colleagues and students: his work as mentor and friend. This volume applauds in particular his attention and care for a generation of Latter-day Saint protégés. In characteristic fashion, when we sought his approval for a festschrift, he demurred, protesting he had been praised enough. Eventually, he agreed on the condition that the undertaking focus on the intersections between the life of the mind and the life of faith and that, not least, this be done from the point of view of LDS scholars.

What follows, then, are essays and introductions that embody Richard’s own priorities and passions. They are scholarly, rigorous, and faithful. They probe meaning and significance through reflection, experience, and comparison. They mingle voices from various perspectives across the spectrum of Christian and Jewish faith traditions and from those who practice no religion at all. In their twin commitments to academic and religious worlds, they reflect our vibrant and productive moment in LDS intellectual life that Richard himself helped to create and shape. In some ways, Richard’s influence pervades the work of contemporary LDS scholars but was established one seminar, one workshop, one student at a time. We are grateful recipients of his friendship and intellectual and spiritual gifts, and we hope the conference out of which this volume arises contributes to that legacy.”

Richard Lyman Bushman is Gouverneur Morris Professor of History Emeritus at Columbia University and author of Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling. He occupied the Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University in California from 2008 to 2011. Bushman has served as president of the Mormon History Association, chaired the advisory committee to the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History at Brigham Young University, and the board of directors of the Mormon Scholars Foundation. He is currently a member of the National Advisory Board for the Joseph Smith Papers project, having served as a general editor from the beginning of the project until 2013.

To Be Learned is Good: Essays on Faith and Scholarship in Honor of Richard Lyman Bushman (ed. by J. Spencer Fluhman, Kathleen Flake and Jed Woodworth). Neal A. Maxwell Institute. Hardcover. $24.95.


Other Titles by Richard Bushman

Joseph Smith and the Beginnings of Mormonism. University of Illinois Press, 1984. Paperback. $19.95

Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling. Vintage Books, 2007. Paperback. $19.95

On the Road with Joseph Smith. Greg Kofford Books, 2007. Paperback. $14.95

Believing History: Latter-day Saint Essays. Columbia University Press, 2007. Paperback–$34.00/Hardback–$100.00

Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press, 2008. Paperback. $11.95

Building the Kingdom: A History of Mormons in America (with Claudia Bushman). Oxford University Press, 2001. Paperback. $14.95

 

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Our good friend and loyal supporter, Doug Wright, recently had Curt on his weekly KSL program, “Everyday Lives, Every Day Values,” in celebration of our bookstore’s thirtieth anniversary. They discussed some of our history, highlights, the sale, and important new books published this year. Check out the interview here.

INVENTORY REDUCTION SALE

Our winter sale continues! To help defeat the post-Christmas blues, we are ramping up the discounts until the end of the year. 

–for orders up to $75 (after discounts, some exceptions apply): save 20% on new books and 30% on used books

–for orders from $75 to $150: save 25% on new books and 35% on used books

–for orders over $150: save 30% on new books and 40% on used books

–free shipping on any order over $75

–freebies:

  • Lowell L. Bennion: Teacher, Counselor, Humanitarian by Mary Lythgoe Bradford (Regular price of $24.95; free with any purchase)
  • How We Got the Book of Mormon by Richard E. Turley, Jr. and William W. Slaughter  (Regular price of $34.99; free with a purchase of $100 or more)
  • Painters of Utah’s Canyons and Deserts by Donna L. Poulton and Vern G. Swanson (Regular price of $75; free with a purchase of $250 or more) 

These are the biggest discounts we have ever offered. Celebrate our thirty years in business and take advantage of these great deals!

USED BOOKS—30% OFF

NEW BOOKS—20% OFF

WINTER SALE ENTIRE MONTH OF DECEMBER

 
It’s hard to believe that it’s been thirty years since I started Benchmark Books after a fourteen-year career at Deseret Book. We began in a small space in an office building on Rio Grande Street, outgrew that, and moved into our present location on Main Street in 1994. To celebrate our three decades of bookselling and to thank you for your business, we are offering some special deals in December. First, our new books will be discounted 20% and used books 30% (with some exceptions) and we are offering the following books at no charge based on purchase amount:
  • Lowell L. Bennion: Teacher, Counselor, Humanitarian by Mary Lythgoe Bradford (Regular price of $24.95; free with any purchase)
  • How We Got the Book of Mormon by Richard E. Turley, Jr. and William W. Slaughter  (Regular price of $34.99; free with a purchase of $100 or more)
  • Painters of Utah’s Canyons and Deserts by Donna L. Poulton and Vern G. Swanson (Regular price of $75; free with a purchase of $250 or more) 

For our mail order customers, the same offers apply and, in addition, we are offering free freight for orders of $100 or more.

Also, be sure to watch your email for other special offers during the month of December.

By the way, after thirty years we thought it would be good to finally have a logo which have proudly displayed at the bottom of the page. We hope you like it as much as we do.

Our heartfelt thanks to you, our loyal customers, who have made it possible for us to be in business for thirty years and our wishes for a wonderful holiday season.

Curt Bench
Owner
To conserve space, we have omitted pictures and descriptions of most books. To see past emails with descriptions and photos, please clink on the links below:

NEW BOOKS

 

Quinn, D. Michael. The Mormon Hierarchy: Wealth & Corporate Power. Signature Books, 2017. 597pp. Hardcover. Reg. $49.99, SALE $39.99. Early in the twentieth century, it was possible for Latter-day Saints to have lifelong associations with businesses managed by their leaders or owned and controlled by the church itself. For example, one could purchase engagement rings from Daynes Jewelry, honeymoon at the Hotel Utah, and venture off on the Union Pacific Railroad, all partially owned and run by church apostles. Families could buy clothes at Knight Woolen Mills. The husband might work at Big Indian Copper or Bullion-Beck, Gold Chain, or Iron King mining companies. The wife could shop at Utah Cereal Food and buy sugar supplied by Amalgamated or U and I Sugar, beef from Nevada Land and Livestock, and vegetables from the Growers Market. They might take their groceries home in parcels from Utah Bag Co. They probably read the Deseret News at home under a lamp plugged into a Utah Power and Light circuit. They could take out a loan from Zion’s Co-operative and insurance from Utah Home and Fire. The apostles had a long history of community involvement in financial enterprises to the benefit of the general membership and their own economic advantage. This volume is the result of the author’s years of research into LDS financial dominance from 1830 to 2010. *signed copies still available*

Grow, Matthew J. and R. Eric Smith, eds. The Council of Fifty: What the Records Reveal about Mormon History. RSC/Deseret Book, 2017. Hardback. 201pp. Reg. $21.99, SALE $17.99. Three months before his death, Joseph Smith established the Council of Fifty; a confidential group that he believed would protect the Latter-day Saints in their political rights and one day serve as the government of the kingdom of God. The Council of Fifty operated under the leadership of Joseph Smith and then Brigham Young. The council’s minutes had never been available until they were published by the Joseph Smith Papers in September 2016. This book is a compilation of essays that will give an initial appraisal of how the council’s minutes enhance our understanding of Mormon history during the critical era of the last months of Smith’s life to the trek west. Some fifteen leading Mormon scholars—including Richard Bushman, Richard Bennett, Paul Reeve, and Patrick Mason—narrate and analyze the contributions of the records of the council to key questions.

 

Givens, Fiona and Terryl Givens. The Christ Who Heals: How God Restored the Truth that Saves Us. Deseret Book Company, 2017. 158pp. Hardcover. Reg. $19.99, SALE $15.99. In a world increasingly prone to doubt, a foundation in Christ is the only sure basis of a durable discipleship. And for Latter-day Saints, the Jesus Christ revealed through the Prophet Joseph Smith is, in some very significant ways, a different kind of Christ than the Jesus of modern Christianity. The Christ of the restored gospel collaborated with Heavenly Parents for our salvation even before the foundation of the world, “does not anything” save it be for our benefit (2 Nephi 26:24), and is determined to patiently guide and nurture every one of God’s children into an eternal heavenly family. Most significantly, this Christ does not rescue us from a condition of original sin or depravity. Rather, He is primarily a healer of the wounds incident to a long-planned sojourn, one intended to immerse us in the trials, pains, and soul-stretching of this mortal schoolroom. He is not only the most remarkable being in the history of religious thought; He is, in fact, The Christ Who Heals. *signed by Terryl Givens*

Givens, Terryl L. Feeding the Flock: The Foundations of Mormon Practice–Sacraments, Authority, Gifts, Worship. Oxford University Press, 2017. 416pp. Reg. $34.95, SALE $27.99Feeding the Flock, the second volume of Terryl L. Givens’s landmark study of the foundations of Mormon thought and practice, traces the essential contours of Mormon practice as it developed from Joseph Smith to the present. Despite the stigmatizing fascination with its social innovations (polygamy, communalism), its stark supernaturalism (angels, gold plates, and seer stones), and its most esoteric aspects (a New World Garden of Eden, sacred undergarments), as well as its long-standing outlier status among American Protestants, Givens reminds us that Mormonism remains the most enduring–and thriving–product of the nineteenth-century’s religious upheavals and innovations. Because Mormonism is founded on a radically unconventional cosmology, based on unusual doctrines of human nature, deity, and soteriology, a history of its development cannot use conventional theological categories. Givens has structured these volumes in a way that recognizes the implicit logic of Mormon thought. The first book, Wrestling the Angel, centered on the theoretical foundations of Mormon thought and doctrine regarding God, humans, and salvation. Feeding the Flock considers Mormon practice, the authority of the institution of the church and its priesthood, forms of worship, and the function and nature of spiritual gifts in the church’s history, revealing that Mormonism is still a tradition very much in the process of formation. *signed copies still available*

Turley, Richard E., Jr., Janiece Johnson and LaJean Carruth (eds.). Mountain Meadows Massacre: Collected Legal Papers (2 vols.). University of Oklahoma Press, 2017. 1056 pp. Hardback. Reg. $130.00/set, SALE $103.99. The editors of this two-volume collection combed public and private manuscript collections across the United States to reconstruct the complex legal proceedings that occurred in the massacre’s aftermath. The documents they unearthed, transcribed and presented here, cover a nearly forty-year history of investigation and prosecution—from the first reports of the massacre in 1857 to the dismissal of the last indictment against a perpetrator in 1896. Volume 1 tells the first half of the story: the records of the investigations into the massacre and transcriptions of all nine indictments, eight of which never resulted in a trial conviction. Volume 2 details the legal proceedings against the one man indicted to go to trial, John D. Lee. Lee’s trials led to his confession and conviction, and ultimately to his execution on the massacre site in 1877, all documented in Volume 2. *limited number of signed sets available*

Allred, Joel M. Mormonism Under the Microscope, “Master, the Tempest is Raging!” Volume 1. Mountain Press, 2017. 592pp.  Hardcover. Reg. $49.99, SALE $39.99

Jeffs, Rachel. Breaking Free: How I Escaped Polygamy, the FLDS Cult, and My Father, Warren Jeffs. Harper, 2017. Hardcover. Reg. $27.99, SALE $22.50

Benson, RoseAnn. Alexander Campbell and Joseph Smith: 19th Century Restorationists. BYU Press/ACU Press, 2017. Paperback. Reg. $24.99, SALE $19.99

Chou, Po Nien (Felipe) and Petra Mei Wah Sin Chou. Voice of the Saints in Taiwan. Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2017. Hardcover. Reg. $31.99, SALE $24.99

Alder, Douglas D. Dixie Saints: Laborers in the Field. Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2017. 373pp. Paperback. Reg. $21.99, SALE $16.99

Hoskisson, Paul Y. and Daniel C. Peterson (eds.). “To Seek the Law of the Lord”: Essays in Honor of Jack Welch. The Interpreter Foundation, 2017. 543pp. Paperback. Reg. $24.95, SALE $19.99

Jergensen, Sandra Clark and Shelah Mastny Miner (eds.). Seasons of Change: Stories of Transition from the Writers of Segullah. Peculiar Pages, 2017. 252pp. Paperback. Reg. $19.99, SALE $15.99

Miller, Adam S., ed. Fleeing the Garden: Reading Genesis 2-3. Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2017. 120pp. Paperback. Reg $15.95, SALE $12.99

Miller, Adam S. (ed.). A Dream, a Rock, and a Pillar of Fire: Reading 1 Nephi 1. Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2017. 140pp. Paperback. Reg $15.95, SALE $12.99

Gee, John. An Introduction to the Book of Abraham. RSC/Deseret Book, 2017. 197pp. Hardcover. Reg. $19.99, SALE $15.99

Largey, Dennis L., gen. ed. Pearl of Great Price Reference Companion. Deseret Book Company, 2017. 315pp. Hardcover. Reg. $34.99, SALE $27.99

Prete, Roy and Carma T. Prete (eds.). Canadian Mormons: History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Canada. Religious Studies Center, 2017. 684pp. Foreword by Ardeth G. Kapp. Hardcover.  Reg. $39.99, SALE $31.99

Toronto, James A., Eric R. Dursteler and Michael W. Homer. Mormons in the Piazza: History of the Latter-day Saints in Italy. Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2017. 597pp. Hardcover.  Reg. $34.99, SALE $27.99

Welch, John W. & Erick B. Carlson (eds.). Opening the Heavens: Accounts of Divine Manifestations, 1820-1844 (2nd ed.). BYU Studies/Deseret Book Company, 2017. 516 pp. Paperback. Reg. $21.95, SALE $17.99

Schade, Aaron P., Brian M. Hauglid and Kerry Muhlestein, eds. Prophets & Prophecies of the Old Testament (46th Sperry Symposium). Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2017. 273pp. Hardcover. Reg. $24.99, SALE $19.99

Turley, Richard E., Jr & Brittany Chapman Nash. Women of Faith in the Latter Days, Volume Four, 1871-1900. Deseret Book Company, 2017. 364pp. Hardcover. Reg. $34.99, SALE $27.99

Carter, Stephen, ed. Moth & Rust: Mormon Encounters with Death. Signature Books, 2017. 257pp. Paperback. Reg. $23.95, SALE $18.99

Allen, James. Still the Right Place: Utah’s Second Half-Century of Statehood, 1945-1995. Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, 2017. 661 pp. Hardcover. Reg. $37.95, SALE $30.50

Palmer, Grant H. Restoring Christ: Leaving Mormon Jesus for Jesus of the Gospels. Grant H. Palmer, 2017. Paperback. 258pp. Reg. $23.95, SALE $21.50

Van Dyke, Blair G and Loyd Isao Ericson (eds.). Perspectives on Mormon Theology: Apologetics. Greg Kofford Books, 2017. 279pp. Paperback. Reg. $25.95, SALE $20.99

Horne, Dennis B. I Know He Lives: How 13 Special Witnesses Came to Know Jesus Christ. Cedar Fort Inc., 2017. Hardback. 293pp. Reg. $22.99, SALE $17.99

Draper, Richard D. and Michael D. Rhodes. Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians (BYU New Testament Commentary). BYU Studies, 2017. 908pp. Hardcover. Reg. $29.99, SALE $23.99

Peterson, Leslie Olpin. The Forgotten Wives of Joseph Smith. By the author: 2017. Paperback. Reg. $20.00, SALE $15.99

Peterson, Leslie Olpin. Not Your Average Church Lady (2018 Calendar). Salt Lake City: 2017. Spiral bound. Reg. $20.00, SALE $15.99

Peterson, Leslie Olpin. The Forgotten Wives of Joseph Smith (Poster). Reg. $20.00, SALE $15.99

Larsen, Clark. Assassination of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Secret Service Agent’s Perspective. J. Jack Publishing House, 2017. Hardback. 299pp. Reg. $24.95, SALE $19.99

Mueller, Max Perry. Race and the Making of the Mormon People. University of North Carolina Press, 2017. 333pp. Paperback. Reg. $32.50, SALE $25.99

Alford, Kenneth L. Utah and the American Civil War: The Written Record. University of Oklahoma Press, 2017. Hardback. 864pp. Reg. $60.00, SALE $47.99

Packer, Rand H. and Cameron J. Packer. Willard Bean: Photographs. Groombridge House, 2016. Hardcover. 150pp. Reg. $21.99, SALE $17.99

LeBaron, Anna. The Polygamist’s Daughter: A Memoir. Tyndale Momentum, 2017. Hardback. 306pp. Reg. $15.95, SALE $12.99

Wees, Dan. The Handwritten Book of Mormon: Uncorrected – Coalesced Original and Printer’s Manuscripts. By the author: 2017. Hardback. 738pp. Reg. $79.99, SALE $63.99

Wees, Dan. Book of Mormon Comparative: 1828-1830 Original & Printer’s Manuscripts and 2013-2017 Editions. By the author: 2017. Hardback. Reg. $79.99, SALE $63.99

Rosenvall, Lynn A. and David L. Rosenvall. A New Approach to Studying the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Olive Leaf Foundation, 2017. Paperback. 720pp. Reg. $14.99, SALE $11.99

Book of Mormon (1830 replica). Grandin Artisans, 2017. Leather. Reg. $29.99, SALE $23.99

Rogers, Thomas F. Crises in Faith, vol. 3 (The Plays of Thomas F. Rogers). Leicester Bay Books, 2016. Paperback. 266pp. Reg. $19.99, SALE $15.99

Hammer, David (comp.). The Pamphlets of Orson Pratt: The Complete Collection. Eborn Books, 2017. 722pp. Reg. $29.99, SALE $23.99

Galieti, Nick, ed. D&C 4 – A Lifetime of Study in Discipleship. Eborn Books, 2017. 278pp. Hardback. Reg. $24.95, SALE $19.99

Anderson, J. Seth. LGBT Salt Lake. Arcadia Publishing, 2017. 95pp. Paperback. Reg. $22.99, SALE $17.99

John, Jeremiah and Joseph M. Spencer, eds. Embracing the Law: Reading Doctrine and Covenants 42. Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2017. 140pp. Paperback. Reg. $15.95, SALE $12.99

Johnston, Charlotte Cannon with Mary B. Johnston. Living the Principle: My Progenitors and Polygamy. Create Space, 2016. 287pp. Paperback. Reg. $19.99, SALE $15.99

Hales, Scott. The Garden of Enid: Adventures of A Weird Mormon Girl – Part 1. Greg Kofford Books, 2016. Paperback. Reg. $22.95, SALE $18.50

Hales, Scott. The Garden of Enid: Adventures of A Weird Mormon Girl – Part 2. Greg Kofford Books, 2017. 169pp. Paperback. Reg. $22.99, SALE $17.99

Griffiths, Casey Paul; Susan Easton Black, Mary Jane Woodger. What You Don’t Know About the 100 Most Important Events in Church History. Deseret Book Company, 2017. 320pp. Paperback. Reg. $22.99, SALE $17.99

Skousen, Royal. Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon, 2nd ed. (6 vols.). BYU Studies, 2017. Hardback. Reg. $299.99, SALE $239.99

Schwendiman, Jeremy C. Uncle of the Prophet: The Life and Achievements of John Smith. Eborn Books, 2016. 369pp.  Hardcover.  Reg. $39.99, SALE $31.99

Gospel Tangents—podcast transcripts

Bennett, Rick. Dr. Ugo Perego Discusses Mormon DNA. Gospel Tangents, 2017. Paperback. 93pp. Reg. $19.99, SALE $15.99

Bennett, Rick. Shannon Flynn: Inside Look at Mark Hofmann. Gospel Tangents, 2017. Paperback. 80pp. Reg. $19.99, SALE $15.99

Bennett, Rick. Bombs in Salt Lake: The Complete Interview with Curt Bench on the Hofmann Bombings. Gospel Tangents, 2017. Paperback. 63pp. Reg. $19.99, SALE $15.99

Bennett, Rick. Brian Hales Discusses Mormon Polygamy. Gospel Tangents, 2017. Paperback. 76pp. Reg. $19.99, SALE $15.99

Bennett, Rick. Dr. Reeve: The Entire Interview Ninety Minute Discussion of the LDS Temple Priesthood Ban on Black Members. Gospel Tangents, 2017. Paperback. Reg. $19.99, SALE $15.99

Bennett, Rick. The Evolution of LDS Temple Worship: Dr. Richard Bennett–The Complete Interview. Gospel Tangents, 2017. Paperback. 54pp. Reg. $19.99, SALE $15.99

Bennett, Rick. Jim Vun Cannon: The Complete Interview First Presidency Discusses the Remnant Church. Gospel Tangents, 2017. Paperback. 68pp.  Reg. $19.99, SALE $15.99

 

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Utah customers: add 7.05% sales tax

As 2017 draws to a close, publishers are getting in their last offerings for the year. In addition to these new books, make sure to check out the selection of used markdowns below also.

NEW BOOKS

  • Quinn, D. Michael. The Mormon Hierarchy: Wealth & Corporate Power. Signature Books, 2017. 597pp. Hardcover. $49.99. Early in the twentieth century, it was possible for Latter-day Saints to have lifelong associations with businesses managed by their leaders or owned and controlled by the church itself. For example, one could purchase engagement rings from Daynes Jewelry, honeymoon at the Hotel Utah, and venture off on the Union Pacific Railroad, all partially owned and run by church apostles. Families could buy clothes at Knight Woolen Mills. The husband might work at Big Indian Copper or Bullion-Beck, Gold Chain, or Iron King mining companies. The wife could shop at Utah Cereal Food and buy sugar supplied by Amalgamated or U and I Sugar, beef from Nevada Land and Livestock, and vegetables from the Growers Market. They might take their groceries home in parcels from Utah Bag Co. They probably read the Deseret News at home under a lamp plugged into a Utah Power and Light circuit. They could take out a loan from Zion’s Co-operative and insurance from Utah Home and Fire. The apostles had a long history of community involvement in financial enterprises to the benefit of the general membership and their own economic advantage. This volume is the result of the author’s years of research into LDS financial dominance from 1830 to 2010. *signed copies still available*
  • Givens, Fiona and Terryl Givens. The Christ Who Heals: How God Restored the Truth that Saves Us. Deseret Book Company, 2017. 158pp. Hardcover. $19.99. In a world increasingly prone to doubt, a foundation in Christ is the only sure basis of a durable discipleship. And for Latter-day Saints, the Jesus Christ revealed through the Prophet Joseph Smith is, in some very significant ways, a different kind of Christ than the Jesus of modern Christianity. The Christ of the restored gospel collaborated with Heavenly Parents for our salvation even before the foundation of the world, “does not anything” save it be for our benefit (2 Nephi 26:24), and is determined to patiently guide and nurture every one of God’s children into an eternal heavenly family. Most significantly, this Christ does not rescue us from a condition of original sin or depravity. Rather, He is primarily a healer of the wounds incident to a long-planned sojourn, one intended to immerse us in the trials, pains, and soul-stretching of this mortal schoolroom. He is not only the most remarkable being in the history of religious thought; He is, in fact, The Christ Who Heals. *signed by Terryl Givens*
  • Gee, John. An Introduction to the Book of Abraham. RSC/Deseret Book, 2017. 197pp. Hardcover. $19.99. From the publisher: “When the Book of Abraham was first published to the world in 1842, it was published as ‘a translation of some ancient records that have fallen into [Joseph Smith’s] hands from the catacombs of Egypt, purporting to be the writings of Abraham while he was in Egypt, called “The Book of Abraham, Written by his Own Hand, upon Papyrus.”’ The resultant record was thus connected with the papyri once owned by Joseph Smith, though which papyrus of the four or five in his possession was never specified. Those papyri would likely interest only a few specialists except that they are bound up in a religious controversy. This controversy covers a number of interrelated issues, and an even greater number of theories have been put forward about these issues. Given the amount of information available, the various theories, and the variety of fields of study the subject requires, misunderstandings and misinformation often prevail. Introduction to the Book of Abraham makes reliable information accessible to the general reader.”
  • Largey, Dennis L., gen. ed. Pearl of Great Price Reference Companion. Deseret Book Company, 2017. 315pp. Hardcover. $34.99. Compiled in 1851 by President Franklin D. Richards in Liverpool, England, and canonized in 1880, the Pearl of Great Price occupies a unique place in the Latter-day Saint canon of scripture. The Pearl of Great Price Reference Companion is an encyclopedic dictionary that explores the depth and breadth of that precious book. This volume addresses nearly 400 topics on the Pearl of Great Price: people, places, words, phrases, doctrine, themes, historical background, and much more—all conveniently collected here. In addition, it contains maps, illustrations, outlines, and photographs to enhance your study of the Pearl of Great Price. Contributors include Alexander L. Baugh, Richard E. Bennett, Gerrit J. Dirkmaat, Steven C. Harper, J.B. Haws, Robert L. Millet, and Robert J. Woodford.
  • Prete, Roy and Carma T. Prete (eds.). Canadian Mormons: History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Canada. Religious Studies Center, 2017. 684pp. Foreword by Ardeth G. Kapp. Hardcover.  $39.99. This book gives a panoramic view of the rise and progress of the Church in Canada. It has all the elements of a great saga, including that of early faithful missionaries preaching in eastern Canada without “purse or scrip” in the 1830s and 1840s, and the exodus of early Canadian converts who joined with the main body of the Church in Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois, and then trekked across the Great Plains to Utah in the Rocky Mountains. It tells of Mormon pioneers from Utah arriving in southern Alberta after 1887, having made a second grand trek to escape their persecutors, this time north rather than west, and details the settlement of Mormons in Alberta. It is the story of an ongoing missionary effort from late nineteenth century, throughout the twentieth, and into the twenty-first with a vast number of missionaries and the sustained effort of thousands of lay leaders and members laboring relentlessly to build up a Church that now consists of nearly 200,000 members.
  • Schade, Aaron P., Brian M. Hauglid and Kerry Muhlestein, eds. Prophets & Prophecies of the Old Testament (46th Sperry Symposium). Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2017. 273pp. Hardcover. $24.99.  A passion for the Old Testament does not always come easily. This collection of essays from today’s foremost Old Testament scholars can help spark that passion in you. Speakers from the 46th annual BYU Sidney B. Sperry Symposium explain Old Testament prophecies in their original linguistic, historical, and theological contexts, helping us more fully grasp the Old Testament and its relevance to us. Chapters include topics such as Isaiah 7 and the fulfillment of prophecy in Matthew 1-2, the use of the Old Testament in the New Testament and Doctrine and Covenants, as well as the influence Old Testament prophets and prophecies had on the development of the Restoration.
  • Turley, Richard E., Jr & Brittany Chapman Nash. Women of Faith in the Latter Days, Volume Four, 1871-1900. Deseret Book Company, 2017. 364pp. Hardcover. $34.99. This fourth volume features women born between 1872 and 1900 whose stories explore a comparatively untapped era in Mormon history. This generation of Latter-day Saint women experienced firsthand the challenges of the Mexican Revolution, World War I, and World War II. They also witnessed the unprecedented global expansion of the Church and the first young women to serve as proselytizing missionaries. You will become reacquainted not only with such well-known figures as general Relief Society president Belle S. Spafford and Camilla Eyring Kimball, wife of President Spencer W. Kimball, but will also meet Kasimira Viktoria Cwiklinski Wurscher, who led the Relief Society in communist East Germany for more than twenty years; Edith Papworth Weenig Tanner, a British spy during World War I; and Maria Guadalupe Monroy Mera, who endured deep persecution, including the martyrdom of her brother, for her family’s acceptance of the restored gospel in Mexico.
  • Carter, Stephen, ed. Moth & Rust: Mormon Encounters with Death. Signature Books, 2017. 257pp. Paperback. $23.95. In Mormonism we are sometimes seemingly casual about death: it’s a veil or a mission call to the spirit world. But our actual encounters with the reality of death inevitably change us in ways that are difficult to articulate. In this collection, Mormon writers wrestle with mortality and its aftermath. A family sings a hesitant rendition of Happy Birthday to a grief-stricken mother who buried who toddler just a few hours earlier; an agnostic son decides he’s Mormon enough to arrange a funeral for his believing father. Some essays use death as a means to understand faith. One author imagines a world where Heavenly Mother visits her children in the form of their female ancestors, appearing to her descendants in times of grief or pain. Others address practicalities: how do you protect your children from death while still allowing them to experience the world; how do you get through one more nausea-ridden day of cancer treatment? Still others delve into death’s questions: does the overwhelming suffering that occurs in the animal kingdom have a function in the “plan of happiness”? Sometimes humorous, sometimes heartbreaking, always thought-provoking, these personal essays, poems, and stories may never be heard at a Mormon funeral. But they probably should be.
  • Chou, Po Nien (Felipe) and Petra Mei Wah Sin Chou. Voice of the Saints in Taiwan. Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2017. Hardcover. $31.99. In 2016, the Church in Taiwan commemorated its sixtieth anniversary of the arrival of the first Mormon missionaries. This book vividly recounts the contribution of American missionaries among the people in Taiwan and the sacrifice of early Chinese pioneers to help establish the restored gospel of Jesus Christ among their own people. It shares not only a comprehensive overview but also rich, personal stories of faith and devotion, encompassing the sixty-year history of the remarkable growth and development of the Church in Taiwan.
  • Alder, Douglas D. Dixie Saints: Laborers in the Field. Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2017. 373pp. Paperback. $21.99. Dixie Saints tells the stories of the common folk who lived in Utah’s “Dixie”: the farmers and ranchers, the fruit peddlers, the road builders, the timber cutters and lumber makers, the freighters, the midwives, the mothers and child nurturers, the teachers, the choir singers and band players—those whose names are on genealogy charts but seldom in the history books. These people weren’t considered pioneers, because they were of the second generation in the area, but they worked hard and helped to lay a foundation for thriving communities. This book consists of interviews conducted with people born between 1880 and 1910 who grew up in southwestern Utah, the Arizona Strip, and the Muddy River region in Nevada. The excerpts are divided into seven topical chapters: family life/childhood/teenage years, school, work, health and sickness, Mormon colonists in Mexico, interactions with Native Americans, and service. In his introductory essay, the author offers 15 overarching observations based upon the interviews. These furnish a valuable collective portrait of life on the fringes of Mormon society early in the twentieth century—a time period that has been largely overlooked in the social history of Mormonism.
  • Hoskisson, Paul Y. and Daniel C. Peterson (eds.). “To Seek the Law of the Lord”: Essays in Honor of Jack Welch. The Interpreter Foundation, 2017. 543pp. Paperback. $24.95. From the editors: “This volume presents a collection of essays dedicated to the life and work of a great scholar, John W. Welch, a polymath who is known to his many friends as “Jack.” It honors a man who has contributed prodigiously—as author, editor, and organizer—to a growing body of rigorous, faithful Mormon scholarship. Volumes such as this, which celebrate the life and career of an esteemed colleague, are typically described with the German term “festschrift,” a word that denotes not only festive celebration but esteem, respect, and gratitude for contributions that deserve to be honored. We deliberately use the word “honor” in the subtitle of this book, intending to express precisely those sentiments. Those who have watched and worked with Jack over many years of extraordinarily rich productivity have sometimes wondered whether he ever sleeps. All have benefited enormously from his work and remarkable insights.”
  • Jergensen, Sandra Clark and Shelah Mastny Miner (eds.). Seasons of Change: Stories of Transition from the Writers of Segullah. Peculiar Pages, 2017. 252pp. Paperback. $19.99 From the foreword: “Words are new again. For over a decade, Segullah has been sharing women’s stories in our journal, blog and publications. Our first two anthologies, The Mother in Me and Dance with Them, focused on narratives of motherhood. While those stories are profound, we wish to recognize a broader scope of experience in our third offering. There are so many ways we learn, share and are reshaped through a spectrum of transitions. We crave the catharsis of writing through the change. We write trying to understand the cycles of life and embrace our reshaped selves. Joining the Church or re-examining our faith; falling in love or sharing a marriage bed for many years; sending children out on their own or taking estranged parents back into our lives; illness, divorce and new careers—all of these changes (and more) force us to examine, regroup and adapt.”

Miller, Adam S., ed. Fleeing the Garden: Reading Genesis 2-3. Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2017. 120pp. Paperback. $15.95. The papers collected in this book are the product of a Mormon Theology Seminar dedicated to generating close, theologically informed readings of the second and third chapters of Genesis. Though participants in the seminar employed a wide variety of methodological approaches, the results clearly show a common core of understanding won through months of close collaborative effort. Essays explore the nature of appetite, the role of community, the necessity of ecology, and the persistence of paradox in one of the Bible s most human stories.

Miller, Adam S. (ed.). A Dream, a Rock, and a Pillar of Fire: Reading 1 Nephi 1. Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2017. 140pp. Paperback. $15.95.  The first chapter of 1 Nephi may be the most read in all of Mormon scripture. But beyond its veneer of familiarity, its substance remains shadowed by a host of contextual and theological questions. The papers collected in this volume offer theological readings that draw on careful examinations of 1 Nephi 1’s structure and literary details to explore questions about Lehi’s world, the nature of revelation, the problem of suffering, and the promised Messiah.

Gospel Tangents—podcast transcripts

Bennett, Rick. Bombs in Salt Lake: The Complete Interview with Curt Bench on the Hofmann Bombings. Gospel Tangents, 2017. Paperback. 63pp. $19.99

Bennett, Rick. Brian Hales Discusses Mormon Polygamy. Gospel Tangents, 2017. Paperback. 76pp. $19.99

Bennett, Rick. Dr. Reeve: The Entire Interview Ninety Minute Discussion of the LDS Temple Priesthood Ban on Black Members. Gospel Tangents, 2017. Paperback. $19.99

Bennett, Rick. The Evolution of LDS Temple Worship: Dr. Richard Bennett–The Complete Interview. Gospel Tangents, 2017. Paperback. 54pp. $19.99

Bennett, Rick. Jim Vun Cannon: The Complete Interview First Presidency Discusses the Remnant Church. Gospel Tangents, 2017. Paperback. 68pp.  $19.99

SALE BOOKS

  • McCullough, David. The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For. Simon & Schuster, 2017. Hardcover. Reg $25.00, SALE $9.99. Over the course of his distinguished career, David McCullough has spoken before Congress, the White House, colleges and universities, historical societies, and other esteemed institutions. Now, at a time of self-reflection in America following a bitter election campaign that has left the country divided, McCullough has collected some of his most important speeches in a brief volume designed to identify important principles and characteristics that are particularly American. The American Spirit reminds us of core American values to which we all subscribe, regardless of which region we live in, which political party we identify with, or our ethnic background. This is a book about America for all Americans that reminds us who we are and helps to guide us as we find our way forward.
  • Koehler, Lora. The Little Snowplow. Candlewick Press, 2015. Hardcover. Reg. $15.99, SALE $6.99. Autographed by author. On the Mighty Mountain Road Crew, the trucks come in one size: BIG. That is, until the little snowplow joins the crew. None of the other trucks think that the little snowplow can handle the big storms, but he knows that he can do it—and just to be sure, he trains hard, pushing loads of gravel, pulling blocks of concrete, and doing plow lifts to get ready. But when a blizzard arrives, will the little snowplow’s training be enough to clear the streets and handle unexpected trouble? Taking its place beside classics such as The Little Engine That Could and Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, this tale of a plucky little plow will find a clear path to readers’ hearts. Author is children’s librarian in Salt Lake County Library system; illustrator lives in Provo.
  • Fowler, James W. Stages of Faith: The Psychology of Human Development and the Quest for Meaning. HarperOne, 1995. Paperback. Reg $16.99, SALE $7.99. Building on the contributions of such key thinkers as Piaget, Erikson, and Kohlberg, Fowler draws on a wide range of scholarship, literature, and firsthand research to present expertly and engagingly the six stages that emerge in working out the meaning of our lives–from the intuitive, imitative faith of childhood through conventional and then more independent faith to the universalizing, self-transcending faith of full maturity. Stages of Faith helps us to understand our own pilgrimage of faith, the passages of our own quest for meaning and value.
  • Steers, Edward, Jr. Hoax: Hitler’s Diaries, Lincoln’s Assassins and Other Famous Forgeries. University Press of Kentucky, 2013. Hardcover. Reg $24.95, SALE $9.99. Napoleon famously observed that “history is a set of lies agreed upon,” and Edward Steers Jr. investigates six of the most amazing frauds ever to gain wide acceptance in this engrossing book. Hoax examines the legitimacy of the Shroud of Turin, perhaps the most hotly debated relic in all of Christianity, and the fossils purported to confirm humanity’s “missing link,” the Piltdown Man. Steers also discusses two remarkable forgeries, the Hitler diaries and the “Oath of a Freeman” (forged by Mark Hofmann) as well as famous conspiracy theories alleging that Franklin D. Roosevelt had prior knowledge of the planned attack on Pearl Harbor and that the details of Lincoln’s assassination are recorded in missing pages from John Wilkes Booth’s journal.
  • Painters of the Wasatch Mountains by Robert S. Olpin, et al. Gibbs Smith, 2005. Hardback. Reg. $75.00, SALE $19.99. A distinct painting development with regard to the American West’s Wasatch Range emerged in the nineteenth century and persists even today. These “painters of the Wasatch” have set many precedents through their artistic interpretations of this mountain subject matter. Painters of the Wasatch Mountains presents for the first time a survey of the gamut of painters who formed and have carried forward an expression of nature’s mighty gift to both visitors and residents of Utah.
  • Painters of Utah’s Canyons and Deserts by Vern Swanson and Donna Poulton. Gibbs Smith, 2009. Hardback. Reg. $75.00, SALE $19.99. Vividly illustrated and exhaustively researched and documented, Painters of Utah’s Canyons and Deserts weaves a sweeping tapestry of artists’ attempts to capture the majesty, rare beauty, and raw danger of Utah’s frontier West. A comprehensive history of artists who painted Southern Utah.

 

Recent Markdowns (USED, generally in good condition)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pratt, Orson. Orson Pratt’s Works. Parker Pratt Robison. Paperback. Reg. $15, SALE $6.99

Schindler, Harold. Orrin Porter Rockwell: Man of God, Son of Thunder. Hardcover. University of Utah Press. Reg. $35, SALE $14.99

Flake, Lawrence R. George Q. Cannon: His Missionary Years. Deseret Book Company. Hardcover. Reg. $15, SALE $4.99

Newquist, Jerreld L., comp. Gospel Truth, Volume 1. Discourses and Writings of President George Q. Cannon. Zion’s Book Store. Hardcover. Reg. $15, SALE $7.99

Benson, Ezra Taft . A Witness and A Warning: A Modern-day Prophet Testifies of the Book of Mormon. Deseret Book Company. Hardcover. Reg. $10, SALE $2.99

Winn, Kenneth H. Exiles in a Land of Liberty Mormons in America, 1830-1846. University of North Carolina Press. Hardcover. Reg. $40, SALE $12.99/Paperback. Reg. $20, SALE $7.99

Jessee, Dean C. Papers of Joseph Smith, Vols. 1 & 2. Deseret Book. Hardcover. Reg. $25, SALE $9.99/ea

Smith, Joseph Fielding. The Way to Perfection. Deseret Book. Hardcover. Reg. $15, SALE $4.99

Petersen, Mark E. Sons of Mosiah. Deseret Book. Hardcover. Reg. $10, SALE $3.99

Dew, Sheri L. Ezra Taft Benson: A Biography. Deseret Book. Hardcover. Reg. $15, SALE $4.99

McConkie, Bruce R. The Promised Messiah: The First Coming of Christ. Deseret Book. Hardcover. Reg. $25, SALE $5.99

Eborn, Bret A. Comprehensive Bibliography of Mormon Literature, Including Some Review Information and Price History. Eborn Books. Hardcover. Reg. $25.00, $17.99

Brown, Matthew B. All Things Restored: Confirming the Authenticity of LDS Beliefs. Covenant Communications. Hardcover. Reg. $50.00, SALE $9.99/Paperback. Reg. $15, SALE $6.99

Thompson, Beverly . The Faith of Phebe: A Novel-Ography of a Mormon Woman, Phebe Draper Palmer Brown. Granite Publishing and Distribution. Hardcover. Reg. $20, SALE $9.99

McKiernan, F. Mark. The Voice of One Crying in the Wilderness: Sidney Rigdon, Religious Reformer, 1793-1876. Coronado Press. Paperback. Reg. $20, SALE $6.99

Smart, William B. & Donna T. Smart. Over the Rim: The Parley P. Pratt Exploring Expedition to Southern Utah, 1849-50. Utah State University Press. Hardcover.  Reg. $50, SALE $19.99

Nibley, Hugh B. [comp. and ed. by Gary P. Gillum]. Of All Things! A Nibley Quote Book. Deseret Book Company & FARMS.  Reg. $18, SALE $4.99

Holzapfel, Richard Neitzel & William W. Slaughter. Prophets of the Latter Days. Deseret Book. Hardcover. Reg. $22, SALE $9.99

[Cumming, Elizabeth] Ed. with introduction and notes by Ray R. Canning and Beverly Beeton. The Genteel Gentile, Letters of Elizabeth Cumming, 1857-1858. Tanner Trust Fund.  Number eight of the series: Utah, The Mormons, and the West. Hardcover. Reg. $35, SALE $14.99

Allen, Joseph L. Exploring the Lands of the Book of Mormon. S.A. Publishers, 1989. Paperback. Reg. $20, SALE $5.99

Cooper, Rex Eugene. Promises Made to the Fathers: Mormon Covenant Organization. University of Utah Press. Publications in Mormon Studies, vol. 5. Hardcover. Reg. $10, SALE $6.99

Roberts, B. H. The Seventy’s Course in Theology. Vol. 1 Outline History of the Seventy and a Survey of the Books of Holy Scripture. Deseret Book. Hardcover. Reg. $30, SALE $5.99

Anderson, Richard Lloyd. Understanding Paul. Deseret Book. Hardcover. Reg. $20, SALE $4.99/Paperback. Reg. $10, SALE $3.99

Card, Orson Scott. A Storyteller in Zion: Essays and Speeches by Orson Scott Card. Bookcraft. Hardcover. Reg. $30, SALE $5.99

Roberts, B.H. Outlines of Ecclesiastical History. Deseret Book Company. Classics in Mormon Literature Edition.  Hardcover. Reg. $15, SALE $7.99

Black, Susan Easton (ed.). Expressions of Faith: Testimonies of Latter-day Saint Scholars. Deseret Book. Reg. $18, SALE $3.99

Allen, James B. Trials of Discipleship: The Story of William Clayton, A Mormon. University of Illinois Press. Hardcover. Reg. $35, SALE $12.99

Horne, Dennis B. An Apostle’s Record. The Journals of Abraham H. Cannon. Gnolaum Books. Hardcover. Reg. $35.00, SALE $14.99

Dennis, Ronald D. Zion’s Trumpet: 1849 Welsh Mormon Periodical. Deseret Book. Hardcover. Reg. $21, SALE $4.99

Ellsworth, S. George and Kathleen C. Perrin. Seasons of Faith and Courage: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in French Polynesia, A Sesquicentennial History, 1843-1993. Yves R. Perrin. Hardcover. Reg. $30, SALE $12.99

Proctor, Scot Facer. Witness of the Light: A Photographic Journey in the Footsteps of the American Prophet. Deseret Book. Hardcover. Reg $60, SALE $8.99

Kane, Thomas L. Twelve Mormon Homes Visited in Succession on a Journey through Utah to Arizona. L. K. Taylor Publishing. Hardcover. Reg. $20, SALE $5.99

Piercy, Frederick Hawkins.(Fawn M. Brodie, ed.). Route from Liverpool to Great Salt Lake. Harvard University Press. Hardcover. Reg. $45, SALE $12.99

DeLafosse, Peter H. , ed. Trailing the Pioneers: A Guide to Utah’s Emigrant Trails, 1829-1869. Utah State University Press. Paperback. Reg. $15, SALE $3.99

Bryson, Conrey. Winter Quarters. Deseret Book. Hardcover. Reg. $40, SALE $9.99

Burton, Rulon T. We Believe: Doctrines and Principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Tabernacle Books. Hardcover. Reg. $40, SALE $14.99

Hamilton, Mark. Salt Lake Temple: A Monument to a People. University Services Corporation. Hardcover.  Reg. $40, SALE $14.99

Stott, Clifford L. Search for Sanctuary: Brigham Young and the White Mountain Expedition. University of Utah Press. Hardcover. Reg. $45, SALE $9.99

Monson, Thomas S. A Prophet’s Voice: Messages from Thomas S. Monson. Deseret Book. Hardcover. Reg. $16, SALE $6.99

Swinton, Heidi S. To the Rescue: The Biography of Thomas S. Monson. Deseret Book. Hardcover.  Reg. $21, SALE $7.99

Why I Believe. Bookcraft. Hardcover.  Reg. $18, SALE $3.99

Jackson, Ronald Vern. The Seer, Joseph Smith. His Education from the Most High. Hawkes Publishing. Hardcover. Reg. $30, SALE $6.99

McConkie, Mark L. (comp.). Wit & Wisdom from the Early Brethren. Bookcraft. Hardcover. Reg. $15, SALE $4.99

Toscano, Paul James. The Sanctity of Dissent. Signature Books. Hardcover.  Reg. $15, SALE $5.99

Peterson, H. Donl. Story of the Book of Abraham Mummies, Manuscripts, and Mormonism. Deseret Book. Hardcover. Reg. $15, SALE $4.99

 

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Utah customers: add 7.05% sales tax

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Here is another sampling of our extensive inventory of Mormon collectibles. We hope you find something of interest. Watch for more lists in the near future and on a regular basis. Since these items are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, we suggest you contact us right away with an order for anything you know you want.

 

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1.  Bentley, Joseph T. Life and Family of Joseph T. Bentley: An Autobiography. Self Published, 1982. First edition. 567 pp. Hardback. Inscribed inside front cover by Bentley. NF. He identifies and briefly describes receiving his second anointing on page 142. After the book had been published Bentley was cautioned about including details of this ordinance and so he placed a white sticker over the passage in the book before distributing copies of it. In this copy that sticker has been removed but has left behind some residue. Bentley was a longtime educator and later served as mission president (twice) and YMMIA superintendent.

$225  SOLD

2.  [Book of Mormon—Hawaiian] Ka Buke a Moramona. Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, 1905. 2nd ed. 675 + xxiv pp. Hardcover. Original cloth boards with gilt stamping, black cloth or leatherette made to look like a 3/4 leather binding with modern gilt stamping; new marbled endsheets; previous owner’s name appears on blank front endsheet as well as the half title page. VG+. The ultra-rare first edition of the Book of Mormon in Hawaiian was published in 1855—most of the 2000 copies were never bound and likely destroyed in a fire. Five decades later, Jacob Gates (husband of Susa Young)—who had earlier served in the Sandwich Islands—was assigned to prepare a new edition. As part of his efforts, he cut up two copies of the first edition and made scrapbooks in which he made corrections. The previous owner was a missionary to Hawaii: Wallace H. Penrose, grandson of Charles W. Penrose (who set him apart as a missionary).

$350 SOLD

3.  Halverson, W. Dee. Bonneville International Corporation: Historical Record 1992-2001. Heritage Associates, LLC, 2013. 203 pp. Hardback. F. Following his compilation of the company from 1922 (with the founding what became KSL) to 1992, Dee Halverson gathered an overview of corporate history since 1992, derived from corporate records and several oral history interviews with company board and staff members. As Halverson notes in the introduction, during this period “there has been more activity within the company (i.e. acquisitions, sales, trades, and innovations) than in all of the 70 prior years put together.” Also included are transcripts of oral histories with key figures during this period. According to the author, 15 copies or less of this book were produced.

$150 SOLD

4.  [Jessop, Joseph Lyman] Diary of Joseph Lyman Jessop, Volume 2 – January 1, 1934 – April 21, 1945. NP, nd [2000]. Hardcover. 310 pp. Bumped top corners, gouge to back cover. VG. Joseph Lyman Jessop was born in Millville, home to many early fundamentalists. In the early 1920, he—along with his father—went to work at the Nathaniel Baldwin radio factory. There, they became acquainted with the “who’s who” of the burgeoning movement. In association with brothers-in-law John Y. Barlow, Ianthus W. Barlow and J. Leslie Broadbent, Jessop quickly became a key figure in the development of fundamentalism, particularly the growth of the Short Creek settlement. In March 1944, Lyman, along with several dozen associates were arrested—the next year, fifteen of them (including Jessop) would be imprisoned. In 1952, Lyman was called to a new council organized by Joseph W. Musser, which would form the basis of the Apostolic United Brethren. The diaries (privately printed) were done in small numbers—no complete set is currently available for sale anywhere.

$150 SOLD

5.  [Johnson, Alan] Johnson, Alan P. Aaron Johnson, Faithful Steward: A Documentary History. Publishers Press, 1991. 652 pp. Hardback. Slight shelf wear at corners of dust jacket. NF. Johnson was one of the founders of Springville, Utah, in 1850 and served as the first bishop there for 20 years. He was implicated, but not convicted, in the Parrish-Potter murders that took place there in 1857, during the height of the religious fervor of the Mormon Reformation. Springville served as a key waypoint in the move south, putting Johnson at the center of the action. The book, written by a sympathetic descendant, draws on several Aaron Johnson collections, including his correspondence at the Church History Library. Steadily increased in value over the years.

$225

6.  [Kingsbury, Joseph C.] Cook, Lyndon W. Joseph C. Kingsbury: A Biography. Provo: Grandin Book Company, 1985. 272 pp. Hardback. A few small tears and creases to dust jacket. VG. Joseph Corrodon Kingsbury (1812-1898) was an early convert to Mormonism, being baptized in Kirtland in 1832.  He was witness to all the major events of Mormon history, having married the daughter of bishop Newel K. Whitney.  Perhaps his most notable contribution came in 1843 when he copied the revelation on plural marriage—this copy was later used for official purposes and publication. Cook’s treatment of Kingsbury draws on journals, several life histories written by Kingsbury and other primary sources. One of the more difficult to find Grandin publications.

$85

7.  [Law, William] Cook, Lyndon W. William Law: Biographical Essay. Nauvoo Diary. Correspondence. Interview. Grandin Book Company, 1994. 164pp. Hardback. As new. Not long after his arrival in Nauvoo, William Law (a Canadian convert) became a member of the First Presidency. Slowly, disagreements with Joseph Smith over political and other matters-most notably, he was opposed to plural marriage-until he was removed from the First Presidency and then excommunicated.  Portions of this book appeared in slightly different form as articles in BYU Studies (apparently, Cook planned to issue an essay collection entitled The Gospel According to William at one point)—the diary and interviews are unique to the book.

$125 

8.  [Little, Feramorz] Little, James Amasa. Biographical Sketch of Feramorz Little. Salt Lake City: Juvenile Instructor Office, 1890. 191 pp. Flake-Draper 4949. Full black leather with title in gilt on front cover and spine and white floral endsheets, a.e.g.. Rebacked–no stamping on spine. Covers and stamping unusually nice. VG. Feramorz Little, a nephew of Brigham Young, tried his hand at various trades without much success during his early years. After coming to Utah Territory, his fortunes turned to the positive. Using his connections with key figures in the area, he became involved in several prominent ventures: the first saloon in Utah, lumber and grist mills, railroads and the territorial penitentiary (which would later house many polygamy convicts). Following his baptism (despite his family connections, he had never joined Mormonism), he continued gaining prominence, joining the Council of Fifty while also serving as mayor of Salt Lake City for three terms. Following Little’s death in 1887, his younger brother James was commissioned by the family—impressed by his biography of uncle Lorenzo Dow Young (finally published in the Utah Historical Quarterly in 1946)—to extend the same treatment to his brother’s accomplished life.

$700

Another copy. Full black leather with title in gilt on front cover and spine and white floral endsheets, a.e.g.. Leather along edges is heavily rubbed with chips missing from head spine and the corners being rubbed through. Top half of spine has been glued down and the bottom half of the spine has been supplied as a repair. Part of title in gilt on spine is missing. Text block is tight and sound. Near VG. $600

9.  Lund, John Lewis. Understanding Your Patriarchal Blessing. Noble Publishing, 1980. Hardback. 99pp. No dust jacket. Bound upside down, minor rubbing to edges, small tear on Table of Contents page. VG. Lund, director of the Logan Institute at the time of publication, was asked by a secretary to the Quorum of the Twelve to remove the book from circulation immediately after release. Lund complied and recalled nearly all copies that had been distributed. Later, Lund learned that church leaders were uncomfortable with someone in his position opining on something they felt to be sacred. As part of the fallout of the publication, Lund lost his position in CES. Several years later he was rehired with the inference being that church leaders should not involve themselves in private publications. A very affordable copy of this true modern rarity.

$225 SOLD

10.  Nelson, Russell Marion. From Heart to Heart An Autobiography. Quality Press, Inc., 1979. Hardback. 481pp.  Name inside front cover and notes inside rear cover; approximately a dozen scattered pages with underlining in pen. VG. One of the most well-known general authority autobiographies (despite its rarity) due mainly to its candid and intimate details. For example, he relates a dream in which Harold B. Lee (following his death) appeared and said that “the revelations received and the actions subsequently taken by President Kimball were the very same as would have been received and performed by President Lee had he remained as the prophet.” Nelson also makes an oblique reference to receiving his second anointing, adding to the book’s intrigue. Foreword by Spencer W. Kimball. Scarce.

$750 SOLD

11.  Piercy, Frederick  [Edited by James Linforth]. Route from Liverpool to Great Salt Lake Valley Illustrated with Steel Engravings and Wood Cuts From Sketches by Frederick Piercy. Bedford, Mass.: Franklin D. Richards, 1855. First edition. 120pp. Nine woodcuts, 30 plates.  Flake-Draper 6381. Original 3/4 red leather over red cloth with decorative marbled endsheets (possibly modern). Title in gilt on front cover and spine; spine has 5 raised bands and gilt designed panels. Minor chipping and losses of leather to head and foot of spine as well as along outer hinge near bottom of spine; covers are moderately soiled and rubbed; edges and corners heavily rubbed; bears bookplate of “Private Library of Levi Edgar Young”; unlined paper bearing signature of Franklin D. Richards, Great Salt Lake City is laid in – unverified signature; small closed tear on right margin of foldout map; pages and plates are quite clean. Collates complete with all plates/guards present. VG. Route took several steps before getting to its final iteration. The first stage envision a simple collection of engravings produced from drawings made by Frederick Piercy during an 1853 trip to Utah Territory. Following his return to England, an accompanying trip narrative was planned and, finally, an account of Mormon emigration and advice to those making the trip. The work was issued in fifteen parts and agents peddled subscriptions throughout the British Mission. “One of the most elaborately and beautifully illustrated of western books.” (Howes, U.S. IANA, 348) While the provenance of this copy is solid, the tipped in page with the signature of Franklin D. Richards is quite possibly a Mark Hofmann “original.” Though the print run is estimated at 2500 copies, relatively few complete sets have survived, particularly in this good of condition (“a large potion of the edition was water-damaged while in transit to New York.” [Howes, U.S. IANA, 348]) Copies we have seen offered for sale elsewhere in the past several years have been at substantially higher prices.

$22,000

12.  Roberts, B. H. Plural Marriage: The Mormon Marriage System: A Series of Articles From the Pen of the Late B. H. Roberts of the First Council of Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And From Other Sources. With Introduction and Footnotes by the Editor of Truth. Salt Lake City: Truth Publishing Company, [1936?]. 24pp. Green printed wrappers. Wraps. VG.  By the mid-1930s, Mormon fundamentalists were well on the way to becoming a distinctive body. As part of this development, a periodical—Truth, under the editorship of Joseph Musser—argued for key principles. Using a series of articles penned by B. H. Roberts in 1884 for the Contributor, Musser commented on the necessity of “the principle” for salvation. The piece first appeared in the July 1, 1936, issue of Truth—this offprint was likely produced around that time. One of the more difficult B. H. Roberts items to acquire—also one of the earliest fundamentalist publications.

$100 SOLD

13.  Selman, Mormon V. Dictionary of Ute Indian Language. M. H. Graham Printing Co, nd [ca. 1920?]. First edition. 20pp. At the October 1877 general conference, Mormon Selman—the son of (unsurprisingly) Mormon converts from Wales—was called with his wife to go to Indianola as part of a missionary effort among the Ute tribe there. His first wife balked at the prospect and Selman remarried—he would stay in Thistle Valley for the next twenty-two years, teaching both white and Native American children. Based on his address in the pamphlet, it was printed from ca. 1918 to his death in 1929 (the earliest known M. H. Graham Printing publication is from 1924). The terms in the small dictionary represent a conglomeration of Mormon, Native American and contemporary racist backgrounds: “baptized,” “Book of Mormon,” “tomahawk,” “sun dance,” “crazy Indian,” etc. Sotheby’s sold a lesser-condition copy of this pamphlet, in 1999 as part of the Frank T. Siebert Library sale for $1,265.00. Very rare.

$950 SOLD

14.  Smith, Joseph. History of the Church (brown leather set). Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, nd [1973?]. Limited ed. 7 vol. set  + Index. Full brown puffy leather. Top edge gilt. Gilt stamping on spine. Several volumes have minor bumping to the edges. VG+. This set was produced by Deseret Book in the 1970s in a relatively small quantity—probably about 300 sets were produced. Nicely done—a product of the unique “puffy cover” period—this is one of four times where the set was produced in leather: first edition (full and ¾ leather), LDS Heritage Library and 2008 Deseret Book edition being the other three. On average, we only see one set every three years—quite difficult to find.

$1000 SOLD

15.  [Smith, Joseph] The Testimony given before the judge of the fifth judicial circuit of the State of Missouri on the trial of Joseph Smith, jr., and others, for high treason, and other crimes against that State  February 15, 1841. Blair & Rivers, printers., 1841. Pamphlet. First edition. 47 pp. Flake-Draper 5428. U.S. 26th Cong. 2d Sess. Senate. [Doc.] 189  Small closed tear at top of first page; some creasing and rolling along spine area. Disbound. VG+. During the summer and fall of 1838, tensions between Mormons and their neighbors in Northern Missouri reached a boiling point. In October, governor Lilburn Boggs issued the extermination order, troops laid siege to Far West and Joseph Smith and associates were arrested. On November 12, Austin King began a series of hearings relating to the charges of treason against the accused. Witnesses for the prosecution included dissidents Sampson Avard, Reed Peck and John Corrill while those for the defense included Nancy Rigdon, daughter of Sidney. Includes testimony given before the court regarding the Daughters of Zion (Danites) and their asserted efforts to drive non-Mormons from Caldwell Co., Missouri.  Says, in part, “The covenant taken by all the Danite band was as follows, to wit: they declared, holding up their right hands, ‘in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, I do solemnly obligate myself ever to conceal, and never to reveal, the secret purposes of this society called the Daughters of Zion. Should I ever do the same, I hold my life as the forfeiture.'”  Very early—only the fourth U.S. government document to mention the Mormons.

$750 SOLD

16.  Smith, Joseph Fielding. Blood Atonement and the Origin of Plural Marriage A Discussion. Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, 1905. First edition. 112 pp.  Original pink wraps. Flake 8050.  Name on front wrap, text block beginning to separate from wraps. Near VG. Continuing the often tense relationship with the RLDS Church from the previous generation, Joseph Fielding Smith (then known as Joseph F. Smith, Jr.) frequently pointed out differences between the two groups. This pamphlet was the follow-up to his first salvo—earlier in the year, he had published a smaller pamphlet entitled The “Reorganized” Church vs. Salvation for the Dead. The book arose after Joseph Fielding Smith took issue with comments made in a newspaper by Richard C. Evans, a counselor in the RLDS First Presidency. Over the course of several years, the two traded historical blows which are included. Notable in Smith’s defense is his use of affidavits—likely for the first time—given in 1869 by plural wives and contemporaries of Joseph Smith that were collected by his father, then-apostle Joseph F. Smith. In the next conference after publishing these two works, he was named assistant church historian—fifteen years later, he was promoted to church historian. Scarce in original wraps.

$100

17.  [Snow, Lorenzo] Smith, Eliza R. Snow. Biography and Family Record of Lorenzo Snow, one of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Deseret News Company, Printers, 1884. First edition. 581pp. Brown cloth with blind stamped covers; title in gilt on front cover and spine as well as a gilt beehive and bands at head and foot. Minor to moderate rubbing to edges and cornes. Evidence of tape removal (darkening to spine) at bottom of spine; new endsheets have been added (possibly to cover up library markings and certainly to shore up the hinges. Page 92 has several paragraphs with yellow highlighting; pages 100 & 202 have Franklin Co. L.D.S. Seminary written in ink at top of page. VG. After a lifetime in poetry and other genres, Eliza R. Snow Smith (who began using her married name following the death of Brigham Young) set her hand to biography. As she notes in the preface, the book was designed primarily for family members. No contemporary advertisement appears in church periodicals, bearing out that focus. Following the first section (entitled “Autobiography” though written by Eliza) is a supplement with Lorenzo Snow’s account of a voyage to Palestine headed up by First Presidency counselor George A. Smith. The first cloth copy of this rare biography we have seen in more than fifteen years.

$750

18.  Sortore, Abram. Biography And Early Life Sketch Of The Late Abram Sortore, Including His Trip To California And Back. NP: 1909. 10 pp. 22 cm. Cowan, 894. Flake-Draper 8281, Kurutz 593, Mattes 970, Mintz 431. Blue wraps. NF. “This autobiographical statement consists of a letter written to Sortore’s niece, Jennie Thomas, dated March 25, 1909. He wrote: ‘I was then 21 years old with no sweetheart to leave behind I joined with three of my neighbors in the great rush to California for Gold.’ Sortore left from Keokuk, Iowa, in March 1850, traveled overland via the California Trail, and arrived in Placerville, where he found his first nugget. Sortore and companions mined near Louisville on the South Fork of the American River. Eventually, he mined on the South Fork of the Yuba River near Bridgeport. In October 157, he returned home via Nicaragua.” (Kurutz, The California Gold Rush: A Descriptive Bibliography,  604). Sortore’s narrative also includes his account of the Mormon settlement at Nauvoo, where he arrived “in time to see the smoke and hear the roar of ‘Cannon’ when the Citizens fired on the Mormons to drive them from Nauvoo.” “A very scarce pamphlet, with only a few copies known to exist.” (Mintz, The Trail: A Bibliography of the Travelers on the Overland Trail, 124). Very light fading along the extremities; else near fine. Scarce, particularly in wrappers.

 $550 

19.  Stenhouse, T.B.H. Rocky Mountain Saints: A Full and Complete History of the Mormons…  D. Appleton and Company, 1873. First edition. xxiv, 761pp. Flake-Draper 8404. Green cloth with blindstamped designs on front and rear covers; front cover has black ink and gilt designs; title and author in gilt on spine; minor fraying to head and foot of spine; corners rubbed; previous owner’s personal embossed library stamp on front endsheet; frontispiece is heavily toned; minor soling and toning to scattered pages. VG. Thomas Brown Holmes Stenhouse, born in Scotland, was a powerful and successful missionary in the 1850s. After arriving in Utah, he edited a pro-Mormon newspaper and otherwise used his pen in Mormonism’s defense. By 1870, he had soured on Brigham Young’s leadership and joined with the dissident Godbeite movement. A year after his wife Fanny published Tell It All, T.B.H. published his own account of Mormon history. Because of their “insider” status, both books were extremely popular and held a place akin to No Man Knows My History several generations later. A very affordable copy of this important work.

$225

20.  Stokes, Jeremiah. Thunder Cave: The Thrilling Adventures of Giant Wigwah and the Two Little Colored Boys, Jasper and Zebbie. Told in in Eighteen Fascinating Episodes of Sparkling Humor and Gripping Mystery. Bookcraft, 1945. First printing. 220pp. Hardback. Minor rubbing to covers. This copy is inscribed on half title page: “To my dear friend and brother E. Cecil McGavin with my best wishes. Sincerely, Jeremiah Stokes, 12/30/46.” VG. Thunder Cave began as a series of pamphlets in the 1920s. Stokes, then living in Draper, pulled in prominent cartoonist Jack Sears to illustrate a book version. The first edition—published in 1932—was then revised into the Bookcraft edition. Though controversial due to its period depictions of African-Americans and Native Americans, it has been a well-loved part of children’s libraries. The recipient, E. Cecil McGavin, was an LDS historian and author of more than a dozen books.

$250

21.  Widtsoe, John A. Priesthood and Church Government. Deseret Book Company, 1939. First edition. 410pp. This copy is signed inside the front cover by John A. Widtsoe and states it is the “2nd copy for correction” as well as page numbers 117,139, 216, 235, 266, 287, 316, 322, 323, 332, 370, 381, 384, 387, 388, 394, 395, 135, 244, 383 (written in Widtsoe’s hand) all indicating pages with his corrections. Page 83 also has numerous change in pencil. Also written on spine in faded black ink is “2nd correction.” A secondary owner’s library stamp appears on half title page (loose) as well as inside the rear cover. Moisture staining along bottom and right margin of pages throughout as well as staining to covers. Near VG.  Written as a successor to Joseph B. Keeler’s The Lesser Priesthood, Widtsoe’s account was carefully supervised by colleagues among the general authorities. Despite having so many people assist with the first edition, Widtsoe himself apparently was responsible for the corrections in the second edition (issued in 1950). All these handwritten corrections—in Widtsoe’s distinctive hand—were incorporated in this revised edition. While some are expected minor fixes, one is particularly entertaining—in the preface, Vera Stewart’s assistance (previously described as “very valuable”) is downgraded to just “valuable.” Having a copy of a book with corrections marked for a future edition is quite rare—having it be something authored by an apostle is quite unique.

$1000

22.  Young, Ann Eliza. Wife No. 19 The Story of a Life in Bondage… Dustin, Gilman & Co., 1876. Second printing. [7]-605pp. Flake-Draper 10047. Head and foot of spine are frayed especially at the head which has two small tears along the outer hinges of approximately a half inch; covers and edges rubbed and worn; name in ink inside front cover; personal library embossed stamp on front endsheet; bottom half second endsheet has been removed; minor moisture staining to plates but pages are clean. Near VG. In 1873, newspapers nationwide jumped on a juicy story—a plural wife of Brigham Young was filing for divorce, claiming neglect and cruel treatment (this just following a murder case involving Young which never went to trial). The woman, Ann Eliza Webb, was born in Nauvoo, the daughter of early converts to Mormonism. She had married Brigham Young as a plural wife (with no “official” list of his wives, the numbering is by necessity ambiguous) in 1868 but the relationship turned sour. She was excommunicated in 1874 and, soon after, went on a speaking tour lecturing about the horrors of Mormonism and polygamy. As an “apostate wife,” she then penned an expose out of a “desire to impress upon the world what Mormonism really is; to show the pitiable condition of its women, held in a system of bondage that is more cruel than African slavery ever was, since it claims to hold body and soul alike.” One of the most famous of all anti-Mormon exposes.

$125

23.  [Young, Brigham] Van Wagoner, Richard (ed.). Complete Discourses of Brigham Young. Salt Lake City: Smith-Pettit Foundation, 2009. 5 volume set. 3186 pp. All volumes clean of any names or marking. Very minor rubbing to foredge of a couple volumes. VG+. This series makes available every known published and previously unpublished sermon (discourse, speech, or public teaching) of Brigham Young, second president of the LDS Church. The texts are drawn from various manuscript collections at LDS Church Archives: Brigham Young Addresses, Brigham Young Minutes, Brigham Young Diaries, Brigham Young Office and Secretary Journals, Thomas Bullock Minutes, Willard Richards Diary, John D. Lee Journals, and Heber C. Kimball Journals, as well as from the “History of Brigham Young,” “Journal History of the Church,” Deseret News, History of the Church, Journal of Discourses, and Millennial Star. The series includes an introduction and index. Out of print for several years now, the set has steadily gained value.

$1200

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Though their schedule won’t permit an event, Fiona and Terryl Givens will be dropping by to sign copies of their new book, The Christ Who Heals: How God Restored the Truth that Saves Us (published by Deseret Book). They will likely be here this Thursday, November 2, during the day. Please let us know if you would like us to hold a signed copy for pick up or mail one to you.

In a world increasingly prone to doubt, a foundation in Christ is the only sure basis of a durable discipleship. And for Latter-day Saints, the Jesus Christ revealed through the Prophet Joseph Smith is, in some very significant ways, a different kind of Christ than the Jesus of modern Christianity. The Christ of the restored gospel collaborated with Heavenly Parents for our salvation even before the foundation of the world, “does not anything” save it be for our benefit (2 Nephi 26:24), and is determined to patiently guide and nurture every one of God’s children into an eternal heavenly family. Most significantly, this Christ does not rescue us from a condition of original sin or depravity. Rather, He is primarily a healer of the wounds incident to a long-planned sojourn, one intended to immerse us in the trials, pains, and soul-stretching of this mortal schoolroom. He is not only the most remarkable being in the history of religious thought; He is, in fact, The Christ Who Heals. This book is a follow-up to The God Who Weeps and Crucible of Doubt).

Fiona Givens is a retired modern language teacher with undergraduate degrees in French and German and a graduate degree in European History. She is now an independent scholar who has published in several journals and reviews in Mormon studies, including Journal of Mormon History, Exponent II, and LDS Living. 

Terryl Givens holds the Jabez A. Bostwick chair of English and is Professor of Literature and Religion at the University of Richmond.

 

The Christ Who Heals: How God Restored the Truth that Saves Us. Deseret Book. 158pp. Hardback. $19.99

 

**due to short notice, we have limited quantities of some titles**

Other titles by Fiona and Terryl Givens

The Crucible of Doubt: Reflections on the Quest for Faith by Terryl and Fiona Givens. Deseret Book, 2014. Hardback. $19.99.

The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life. Deseret Book, 2012. Paperback–$14.99/Hardback–$19.99

Other titles by Terryl Givens

Wrestling the Angel: The Foundations of Mormon Thought: Cosmos, God, Humanity by Terryl Givens.  Oxford University Press, 2014. Hardback. $36.95

Feeding the Flock: The Foundations of Mormon Thought: Church and Praxis. Oxford University Press, 2017. Hardback. $34.95

The Oxford Handbook of Mormonism (with Philip Barlow). Oxford University Press, 2015. Hardback. $150.00

Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism (with Matthew Grow). Oxford University Press, 2011. Hardback. $36.95

The Columbia Sourcebook of Mormons in the United States (with Reid Neilson). Columbia University Press, 2014. Hardback. $80.00

Joseph Smith Jr.: Reappraisals after Two Centuries. Oxford University Press, 2008. Paperback. Reg. $26.95, SALE $6.99

By the Hand of Mormon: The American Scripture that Launched a New World Religion. Oxford University Press, 2003. Paperback. $19.95

The Book of Mormon: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press, 2009. Paperback. $11.95

The Viper on the Hearth: Mormons, Myths, and the Construction of Heresy (updated ed.). Oxford University Press, 2013. Paperback. $28.95

People of Paradox: A History of Mormon Culture. Oxford University Press, 2007. Paperback. $28.95

 

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EVENING WITH AN AUTHOR

We are very excited to announce that D. Michael Quinn, author of the highly-anticipated Mormon Hierarchy: Wealth & Corporate Power (published by Signature Books), will be here Wednesday, October 25 to speak about and sign copies of his book. He will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will speak at 6:00 (we anticipate a large crowd so arriving early is highly recommended) and will answer questions and sign books before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make it 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.

Early in the twentieth century, it was possible for Latter-day Saints to have lifelong associations with businesses managed by their leaders or owned and controlled by the church itself. For example, one could purchase engagement rings from Daynes Jewelry, honeymoon at the Hotel Utah, and venture off on the Union Pacific Railroad, all partially owned and run by church apostles.

Families could buy clothes at Knight Woolen Mills. The husband might work at Big Indian Copper or Bullion-Beck, Gold Chain, or Iron King mining companies. The wife could shop at Utah Cereal Food and buy sugar supplied by Amalgamated or U and I Sugar, beef from Nevada Land and Livestock, and vegetables from the Growers Market. They might take their groceries home in parcels from Utah Bag Co. They probably read the Deseret News at home under a lamp plugged into a Utah Power and Light circuit. They could take out a loan from Zion’s Co-operative and insurance from Utah Home and Fire.

The apostles had a long history of community involvement in financial enterprises to the benefit of the general membership and their own economic advantage. This volume is the result of the author’s years of research into LDS financial dominance from 1830 to 2010.

D. Michael Quinn was an award-winning professor at BYU and is now an independent historian. He is the author of several seminal books and articles that have received awards from the American Historical Association, John Whitmer Historical Association, and Mormon History Association.

 

The Mormon Hierarchy: Wealth & Corporate Power. Signature Books. 597pp. Hardback. $49.95

 

Other titles by the author

The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power. Signature Books, 1994. Hardback. $39.95

The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power. Signature Books, 1997. Hardback. $44.95

Early Mormonism and the Magic World View (2nd ed.). Signature Books, 1998. Paperback. $28.95

Elder Statesman: A Biography of J. Reuben Clark. Signature Books, 2002. Hardback. $49.95

Same-sex Dynamics Among Nineteenth-Century Americans: A Mormon Example. University of Illinois, 1996. Paperback. $39.00.

 

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