Just a reminder that John S. Dinger, editor of the recently-published Significant Textual Changes in the Book of Mormon: The First Printed Edition Compared to the Manuscripts and to the Subsequent Major LDS English Printed Editions, will be at our store on Thursday, July 18, to speak about the book and sign copies. He will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 pm to sign and will begin speaking at 6:00.  He will be available to sign and answer questions after his presentation.

You can RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/389069707871786/

For more info on Dinger and the book, visit http://bit.ly/12rjpHQ.

 

Also, we have received a couple new titles in the past week:

Revelation, Resistance & Mormon Polygamy: The Introduction and Implementation of the Principle, 1830-1853Revelation, Resistance & Mormon Polygamy: The Introduction and Implementation of the Principle, 1830-1853

by Merina Smith. Utah State University Press, 2013. 267 pp. Hardback. $29.95. In Revelation, Resistance, and Mormon Polygamy, historian Merina Smith explores the introduction of polygamy in Nauvoo, a development that unfolded amid scandal and resistance. Smith considers the ideological, historical, and even psychological elements of the process and captures the emotional and cultural detail of this exciting and volatile period in Mormon history. She illuminates the mystery of early adherents’ acceptance of such a radical form of marriage in light of their dedication to the accepted monogamous marriage patterns of their day. This fresh interpretation draws from diaries, letters, newspapers, and other primary sources and is especially effective in its use of family narratives.

The Mormon Quest for Glory: The Religious World of the Latter-day SaintsThe Mormon Quest for Glory: The Religious World of the Latter-day Saints

by Melvyn Hammarberg. Oxford University Press, 2013. 370 pp. Hardback. $35.00. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has 6 million members in the United States today (and 13 million worldwide). Yet, while there has been extensive study of Mormon history, comparatively little scholarly attention has been paid to contemporary Mormons. The best sociological study of Mormon life, Thomas O’Dea’s The Mormons, is now over fifty years old. What is it like to be a Mormon in America today? Melvyn Hammarberg attempts to answer this question by offering an ethnography of contemporary Mormons. In The Mormon Quest for Glory, Hammarberg examines Mormon history, rituals, social organization, family connections, gender roles, artistic traditions, use of media, and missionary work. He writes as a sympathetic outsider who has studied Mormon life for decades, and strives to explain the religious world of the Latter-day Saints through the lens of their own spiritual understanding. Drawing on a survey, participant observation, interviews, focus groups, attendance at religious gatherings, diaries, church periodicals, lesson manuals, and other church literature, Hammarberg aims to present a comprehensive picture of the religious world of the Latter-day Saints.

The Bear River Massacre: Being a Complete Source Book and Story Book of the Genocidal Action Against the Shoshones in 1863 and of Gen. P.E. Connor and how he Related to and Dealt with Indians and Mormons on the Western Frontier

by Newell Hart. Cache Valley Newsletter Publishing Company, 1983. 2nd printing. 228 + xii pp supplemental text. Oversize hardback. $40.00. This account of the massacre is divided into three parts: “Events Leading to Bear River,” “The Fight (Told from Five Points of View)” (army, California newspapers, residents of the area, Indians) and “Aftermath.”  The narrative is accompanied by numerous photos, charts and maps.

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