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  • joseph's templesJoseph’s Temples: The Dynamic Relationship between Freemasonry and Mormonism by Michael W. Homer. University of Utah Press, 2014. 448pp. Hardback. $34.95.  Mormonism and Freemasonry intertwined within a historical context of early American intellectual, social, and religious ferment, which influenced each of them and in varying times and situations placed them either in the current or against the flow of mainstream American culture and politics. Joseph’s Temples provides a comprehensive examination of a dynamic relationship and makes a significant contribution to the history of Mormonism, Freemasonry, and their places in American history. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR
  • lost apostlesLost Apostles: Forgotten Members of Mormonism’s Original Quorum of Twelve by William Shepard and H. Michael Marquardt. Signature Books, 2014. 426pp. Hardback. $35.95. Of the twelve men initially selected as apostles in 1835, nine would eventually be pruned from the vineyard themselves, to varying degrees. Seven were excommunicated, one of whom was reinstated to his position in the Twelve. Of the other six, the subjects of this book, none returned to the apostleship and four never came back to the Church at all. Those who left faded into obscurity except for when they are occasionally still mentioned in sermons as cautionary tales. But two of them made their marks in other areas of society, John Boynton becoming a successful dentist, a popular lecturer, geologist, and inventor with dozens of important patents to his name, while Lyman Johnson became a prominent attorney and business owner. Even though Luke Johnson, Thomas B. Marsh, William McLellin, and William Smith became religious wanderers and tried unsuccessfully to adjust to life outside of the Church, their experiences were interesting and comprise valuable case studies in belief and disaffection.  SIGNED BY MARQUARDT
  • Journals_George_Q_Cannon_Hawaiian_MissionThe Journals of George Q. Cannon: Hawaiian Mission, 1850-1854 ed. by Chad Orton. Deseret Book, 2014. 832pp. Hardback. $42.99. In 1850, the Hawaiian nation was opened for missionary work, and among the first elders called to labor there was a young man named George Q. Cannon. He had been working in the California gold fields but accepted the call to serve in the island nation. Elder Cannon served as a missionary in Hawaii for four year–from 1850 through 1854–and found himself in the center of one of the most successful LDS missions of the nineteenth century. More than 4,000 people were baptized. However, the success of the mission almost didn’t happen. During the early days, the Hawaiian mission seemed to regularly alternate between ill-fated and inspired. The Journals of George Q. Cannon: Hawaiian Mission, 1850-1854 contains Elder Cannon’s insights and experiences during this unique time in Church history. This journal is among the finest examples of a missionary journal in the Church. It provides new information and insights into the Hawaiian mission and serves as a testament of what faith can accomplish.
  • polygamousThe Polygamous Wives Writing Club: From the Diaries of Mormon Pioneer Women by Paula Kelly Harline. Oxford University Press, 2014. 244pp. Hardback. $29.99. The Church of Latter-day Saints renounced the practice of plural marriage in 1890. In the mid to late nineteenth century, however–the heyday of Mormon polygamy–an average of three out of every ten Mormon women became polygamous wives. Paula Kelly Harline delves deep into the diaries and autobiographies of twenty-nine such women, opening a rare window into the lives they led and revealing their views of and experiences with polygamy, including their well-founded belief that their domestic contributions would help to build a foundation for generations of future Mormons. Following two or three women simultaneously and integrating their own words within a lively narrative, Harline focuses on the detail of their emotional and domestic lives over time, painting an incredibly candid and realistic picture of 19th Century polygamy.
  • Standing ApartStanding Apart: Mormon Historical Consciousness and the Concept of Apostasy ed. by Miranda Wilcox and John D. Young. Oxford University Press, 2014. 364pp. Paperback–$39.99/Hardback–$99.00 (special order). Latter-day Saints have a paradoxical relationship to the past; even as they invest their own history with sacred meaning, celebrating the restoration of ancient truths and the fulfillment of biblical prophecies, they repudiate the eighteen centuries of Christianity that preceded the founding of their church as apostate distortions of the truth. Since the early days of Mormonism, Latter-day Saints have used the paradigm of apostasy and restoration in their narratives about the origin of their church. This has generated a powerful and enduring binary of categorization that has profoundly impacted Mormon self-perception and relations with others. Standing Apart explores how the idea of apostasy has functioned as a category to mark, define, and set apart “the other” in Mormon historical consciousness and in the construction of Mormon narrative identity. The volume’s fifteen contributors (the essays were presented at a 2012 symposium at BYU) trace the development of LDS narratives of apostasy within the context of both Mormon history and American Protestant historiography.
  • Life and times of neibaurThe Life and Times of Alexander Neibaur – Journey of the First Mormon Jew by Bruce Alan Newbold. NP, 2013. 453pp. Paperback. $23.99. Alexander Neibaur, born a Jew, journeyed from Prussia, to England, and after joing the LDS Church, took his journey over oceans, and eventually the plains of America to the Salt Lake Valley. Friend of the Prophet Joseph Smith, defender of the Prophet and his faith, Alexander took his young family into the desert valley that would become his home and the beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah. Studying the German Bible with Joseph Smith, working on the building of the Nauvoo temple, defending the city, writing poetry and hymns,crossing the wilderness plains of America, becoming the first pioneer dentist of Utah and making Brigham Young’s dentures, are only a small part of the fascinating journey, of Alexander Neibaur.
  • early journals of john d leeThe Early Journals of John D. Lee ed. by Verne R. Lee. NP, [2013]. 585pp. Hardback. $42.99. John D. Lee’s early journals deal primarily with his experience as a Mormon missionary. He fulfilled six distinct callings as such during this period, taking him into what then comprised the western states of the United States. This included Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas and Kentucky; though most of these efforts took place in Tennessee. Later journals cover a brief time in Nauvoo before the exodus (including details on his service in the Nauvoo Temple), sojourn at Winter Quarters and his experiences in the Mormon Battalion. With the exception of his Battalion journal, all are previously unpublished.
  • wilford woodruff's witnessWilford Woodruff’s Witness: The Development of Temple Doctrine by Jennifer Mackley. High Desert, 2014. 441pp. Paperback–$26.95/Hardback–$36.95. In 1894, the prophet Wilford Woodruff received a revelation regarding generational family sealings that would resolve unsettled issues and establish modern temple worship. Over the seventy-one years following Smith’s introduction to Elijah’s mission, Woodruff was a witness to and catalyst in the implementation of temple ordinances and practices. His experiences in Kirtland and Nauvoo prepared him to receive additional revelations regarding temple worship. Through the years he continued the pattern of seeking revelation in order to clarify rites and effect changes based on practical experience. Jennifer Mackley’s biographical narrative chronicles the development of temple doctrine through the examination of Wilford Woodruff’s personal life.
  • ???????????????????????????????Neighbors: Memorable Moments with Spencer W. Kimball by Sam Parker. Lighthouse Publishers, 2012. 186 pp. Oversize hardback. $14.95. Sam and Saundra Parker describe being neighbors with Spencer W. and Camilla Kimball. At that time, Elder Kimball was President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When President Harold B. Lee unexpectedly died, the mantle of prophet, seer, revelator, and President of the Church rested heavily upon President Kimball’s shoulders. Visiting routinely at the Kimball’s kitchen table or back porch, the neighbors discussed topics ranging from the scriptures to world news. Many sacred moments were enjoyed as they shared personal experiences. Accompanied by numerous drawings created especially for the book.

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  • ofwThe Life of Orson F. Whitney: Historian, Poet, Apostle  by Dennis Horne. Cedar Fort, 2014. 608pp. Hardcover. $39.99. Orson F. Whitney—bishop, historian, poet, and prophet—once wielded an influence in Mormonism equal to that of such men as James E. Talmage, John A. Widtsoe, and B.H. Roberts, his better-known contemporaries. After serving for most of three decades as a ward bishop, Elder Whitney served as an Apostle for a similar duration. During these sixty years, he served several missions; married a plural wife and raised two families; wrote volumes of history, poetry, and gospel discourse; dreamed dreams and saw visions; spoke to countless multitudes with the tongue of angels, and bore fervent Apostolic testimony. Complicating his enigmatic life, he also became involved with strange doctrines and spiritually errant men; fought overpowering feelings of depression; courted women after the Manifesto; and survived a mind-crippling nervous breakdown. Herein, this complex life story is largely told by Bishop Whitney through the window of his diaries, regularly kept from his first mission until his last conference talk. His youthful years are recounted with his own pen, using previously unpublished autobiographical writings.

  • kirtland templeKirtland Temple: The Biography of a Shared Mormon Sacred Space by David J. Howlett. University of Illinois, 2014. 288pp. Paperback–$25/hardback–$90. The only temple completed by Mormonism’s founder, Joseph Smith Jr., the Kirtland Temple in Kirtland, Ohio, receives 30,000 Mormon pilgrims every year. The site’s religious significance and the space itself are contested by distinct Mormon denominations: its owner, the relatively liberal Community of Christ, and the larger Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. David J. Howlett sets the biography of Kirtland Temple against the backdrop of this religious rivalry. The two sides have long contested the temple’s ownership, purpose, and significance in both the courts and Mormon literature. Yet members of each denomination have occasionally cooperated to establish periods of co-worship, host joint tours, and create friendships. Howlett uses the temple to build a model for understanding what he calls parallel pilgrimage–the set of dynamics of disagreement and alliance by religious rivals at a shared sacred site. At the same time, he illuminates social and intellectual changes in the two main branches of Mormonism since the 1830s, providing a much-needed history of the lesser-known Community of Christ.

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  • on the mormonOn the Mormon Frontier: The Diary of Hosea Stout, 1844-1889 ed. by Juanita Brooks.  Paperback. Reg. $39.99, SALE $19.99. A one-volume edition of Stout’s classic diaries. Though never a leader in the presiding councils, Stout was certainly involved in nearly every other aspect of Nauvoo and early Utah.
  • hoseaThe Autobiography of Hosea Stout ed. by Reed A. Stout, rev. by Stephen L. Prince. Paperback. Reg. $12.95, SALE $4.99. Includes two versions of his autobiography: the earlier covering his life until 1844 and the later version covering his life until 1835.
  • revisitingRevisiting Thomas F. O’Dea’s The Mormons, Contemporary Perspectives ed. by Cardell K. Jacobson & John P. Hoffmann & Tim B. Heaton. Hardback. Reg. $34.95, SALE $16.99. Now, after five decades of additional scholarly inquiry, this volume revisits O’Dea’s life and work, while offering new insights about the LDS Church and its members. Scholars from the U.S. and Europe contribute to an examination of the interplay between contemporary social issues and the church
  • joseph bates nobleJoseph Bates Noble: Polygamy and the Temple Lot Case by David L. Clark. Hardback. Reg. $24.95, SALE $11.99. David Clark sets Noble’s life story in the context of the court deposition, visiting the remarkable events in the life of this Mormon ‘foot soldier.’
  • wallace stegner'sWallace Stegner’s Salt Lake City by Robert C. Steensma. Hardback. Reg. $29.99, $14.99. Robert Steensma has meticulously searched through archival photographs, quotations from Stegner’s writings, and interpretive essays in order to recreate the Salt Lake City of the 1920s and 1930s, the city of Stegner’s youth and young adulthood.
  • house of mourningHouse of Mourning: A Biocultural History of the Mountain Meadows by Shannon A. Novak. Paperback. Reg. $14.95, SALE $6.99. Shannon A. Novak goes beyond the question of motive to the question of loss. Who were the victims at Mountain Meadows?  By integrating archival records and oral histories with the first analysis of skeletal remains from the massacre site, Novak offers a detailed and sensitive portrait of the victims as individuals, family members, cultural beings, and living bodies.
  • utah at the beginningUtah at the Beginning of the New Millennium: A Demographic Perspective ed. by Cathleen D. Zick and Ken R. Smith. Paperback. Reg. $22.95, SALE $5.99. Utah’s leading social scientists and population-related scholars draw on their specific areas of expertise and analyze Utah’s population using recent sources of data such as the 2000 U.S. Census. The chapters cover three broad topical sections: the foundations of Utah’s population, how the nature of the population affects our daily lives, and the public policy challenges that will face Utah’s leaders.

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  • how jesusHow Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee by Bart D. Ehrman. Hardback. Reg. $27.99, SALE $19.99New York Times bestselling author and Bible expert Bart Ehrman reveals how Jesus’s divinity became dogma in the first few centuries of the early church.
  • new historicalNew Historical Atlas of Religion in America ed. by Edwin Scott Gaustad and Philip L. Barlow with special assistance of Richard W. Dishno. Oversize hardback. Reg. $165, SALE $49.99. In two editions over 40 years, Edwin Gaustad’s Atlas of American Religion has been an essential guide to the American religious experience. Now the New Historical Atlas of Religion in America takes the story into the new millennium.Expanded, reorganized, and now in full color.
  • teamTeam of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Paperback. Reg. $21.00, SALE $9.99. Media Tie-In edition (Steven Spieldberg Film Lincoln) on cover. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin’s landmark multi-layered biography of Lincoln and influential members of his cabinet.
  • greatestGreatest Photographs of the American West: Capturing 125 Years of Majesty, Spirit, and Adventure (National Geographic). Oversize paperback. Reg. $30, SALE $17.99. This book was published as a companion to an exhibition that was displayed in 10 states in 2012.
  • COMPLETE ATLASComplete Atlas of the World: The Definitive View of the Earth (DK Publishing). Oversize hardback. Reg. $75, SALE $19.99. Fully revised and updated to reflect the latest changes in world geography including the emerging state of South Sudan, Complete Atlas of the World features four sections: a world overview, the main atlas, fact files on all the countries of the world, and an easy-to-reference index of all 100,000 place names.
  • IN THE FOOTSTEPSIn the Footseps of Jesus: A Chronicle of His Life and the Origins of Christianity by Jean-Pierre Isbouts. Oversize hardback. Reg. $40.00, SALE $19.99In the Footsteps of Jesus goes even deeper into the story of Jesus’ life by following his path through the Holy Land on richly detailed maps and bringing each pivotal place to life through the latest archaeological and historical discoveries.

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