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
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:



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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