Don’t forget to check out the details of our Fall Sale below!

EVENING WITH AN EDITOR

We are pleased to announce that Devery Anderson, editor of Salt Lake School of the Prophets, 1867-1883 (published by Signature Books) will be here on Tuesday, October 23, to speak about his book. 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 7057843127.

In 1833 Joseph Smith founded a school to train ministers and missionaries and called it the School of the Prophets. Entrance was limited to men of the priesthood, and the initiatory ceremony reenacted the washing of feet described in the New Testament. The school met sporadically until 1837. Brigham Young resurrected it in Utah in 1867.

Young’s version of the school was more of a decision-making body than an academic institution. The Salt Lake School of the Prophets chose candidates for political office, regulated a command economy, and discussed—and ruled upon—theological and procedural questions. It also established satellite schools in all the major settlements in the territory. Young dismissed the washing of feet ritual, but he insisted that potential members receive a recommend from their local bishops, based on worthiness, to participate in the school. Membership cards were issued, and rolls were called.

After the school built a membership of nearly 1,000, it became a victim of its own success as it became nearly impossible to keep the group’s deliberations secret. Incensed to find information leaking to outsiders, Young closed the school in 1872 and started over, carefully scrutinizing each member before inviting him back. The school lasted another two years before being replaced by a council governing the United Order, an LDS cooperative association.

Over the span of the school’s existence, members discussed the church’s most controversial doctrines, invented strategies for retaining control of the political landscape, pressured people to boycott non-Mormon establishments, and expressed their most heartfelt emotions in what would today be thought of as an LDS testimony meeting.

Young’s successor, John Taylor, tried to revive the school in 1883 based on a revelation he received commanding him to do so. But despite his best efforts, nothing would come of it. Looking back today, the school’s legacy is the influence it had on LDS theology and the belief that Mormon autonomy can be preserved against pressures to assimilate into the larger society. The minutes, made available in print for the first time in this publication, answer many questions about pioneer Utah and the role of the LDS Church in government and economics, as well as provide insight into the development of doctrine.

Devery S. Anderson holds a degree in history from the University of Utah and an MA in publishing from George Washington University. He is co-editor of a two-book set that in 2006 won the Mormon History Association’s Best Documentary Book Award: Joseph Smith’s Quorum of the Anointed, 1842–1845 and The Nauvoo Endowment Companies, 1845–1846. He is the sole editor of a companion volume,The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846–2000. He authored an award-winning serialized history of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought; his book Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement is the basis for a forthcoming miniseries; and he has published on historical topics in the Journal of Mormon History, Southern Quarterly, and Sunstone magazine.

Salt Lake School of the Prophets, 1867-1883. Signature Books. 640pp. Hardcover. Reg. $47.95, SALE $38.35 (as part of our fall sale outlined below)


Also by Devery Anderson

Joseph Smith’s Quorum of the Anointed, 1842-1843: A Documentary History. Signature Books, 2005. Hardback. Reg. $39.95, SALE $31.95

Nauvoo Endowment Companies, 1845-1846: A Documentary History. Signature Books, 2005. Hardback. Reg. $39.95, SALE $31.95

The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2011. Reg. $49.95, SALE $39.95

Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement. Mississippi: University Press of Mississippi, 2015. Paperback. Reg. $25.00, SALE $19.99

 

FALL SALE

It’s time once again for our traditional annual Fall Sale. We’ve got a lot of inventory and that means lots of wonderful books at great prices. This is the time to stock up on some of the best books in Mormon Studies and others that have been available for a while—at at attractive sale prices. For the rest of October, most items in the store are being offered at 20-30% off (not including books on our perennial sale tables that can be 40% to 80%, or more, off original prices). Usually temptation is not a good thing, but we are trying to tempt you by offering free books and free shipping, depending on how much you buy. See below for details.Thank you once again for helping Benchmark Books continue selling good books at reasonable prices. We are now beginning our 32nd year.

Curt Bench

Owner

 

—New books: save 20% (some exceptions apply)

—Used books: save 30% (some exceptions—such as rare or unique books—apply)

—for any order over $25 (after discounts), choose a free copy of one of these four books:

  • Quinn, D. Michael, ed. The New Mormon History. Revisionist Essays on the Past. Signature Books. Paperback. (Original retail: $18.95)
  • Poll, Richard D. (Stan Larson, ed.). Working the Divine Miracle: The Life of Apostle Henry D. Moyle. Signature Books. Hardback (Original retail: $29.95)
  • Burton, Richard F.  City of the Saints: Among the Mormons And Across the Rocky Mountains to California. The Narrative Press. Paperback. (Original retail: $28.95)
  • Campbell, Eugene E. Establishing Zion: The Mormon Church in the American West, 1847-1869. Signature Books. Hardback. (Original retail: $20.95)

—for any order over $100 (after discounts), free media mail shipping (US only)

—for any order over $150 (after discounts), receive a free copy of:

  • Flake, Chad J. and Larry Draper. A Mormon Bibliography. 1830-1930: Books, Pamphlets, Periodicals, and Broadsides Relating to the First Century of Mormonism, 2nd ed. Religious Studies Center. Hardback. (Original retail: $149.95)

—for any order over $250 (after discounts), choose a free copy of:

  • Piercy, Frederick  [ed. James Linforth]. Route from Liverpool to Great Salt Lake Valley, Illustrated with Steel Engravings and Wood Cuts From Sketches by Frederick Piercy, reprint ed. Applewood Books. Hardback in slipcase. (Original retail: $300.00)
  • Hagerty, Donald J.  The Art of Maynard Dixon. Gibbs Smith. Hardback. (Original retail: $75.00)
  • Muir, Mary; Donna Poulton, Robert Davis, James Poulton and Vern Swanson. LeConte Stewart: Masterworks. Gibbs Smith. Hardback. (Original retail: $75.00)

 

NEW BOOKS

 

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Skousen, Royal with the collaboration of Stanford Carmack. The History of the Text of the Book of Mormon, The Nature of the Original Language (Parts 3–4). FARMS/BYU Studies, 2018. Hardcover. Reg. $99.99/set, SALE $79.99. The Nature of the Original Language (NOL) continues the analysis of the Book of Mormon text that was begun in Grammatical Variation (GV), parts 1 and 2 of volume 3 of the critical text, published in 2016. In that first work, Royal Skousen (with the collaboration of Stanford Carmack), discussed all the editing that the Book of Mormon has undergone, in its manuscript transmission and in the printed editions from 1830 up to the current edition. Critics of the text have viewed the nonstandard grammar of the original text (“they was yet wroth” and “in them days”) as an indication of Joseph Smith’s dialect, but Skousen and Carmack argue in GV that the so-called bad grammar of the original text was actually Early Modern English and represents language that appeared in published texts from the 1500s and 1600s. Now in NOL, Skousen (again with the assistance of Carmack) argues that virtually all of the language of the Book of Mormon, not just the bad grammar, is found in Early Modern English. And not only are these words, phrases, and expressions in the text largely from Early Modern English, but a good many of them ceased to exist in English prior to 1700 (examples like but if ‘unless’, do away ‘to dismiss’, and idleness ‘meaningless words’). In all, Skousen identifies about 80 such word uses, phrases, and expressions that disappeared from English one to three centuries before the 1830 publication of the Book of Mormon.

Van Orden, Bruce A. We’ll Sing and We’ll Shout: The Life and Times of W. W. Phelps. RSC/Deseret Book, 2018. 526pp. Hardcover. Reg. $31.99, SALE $25.60. In this comprehensive biography, learn of the ups and downs of W. W. Phelps, early Latter-day Saint leader, printer, scribe, ghostwriter, and monumental hymn writer. He printed the Book of Commandments and other early standard works. He was one of the council of presidents that guided the Church in Kirtland in 1835 36. Phelps continued to be the leading light in newspaper publishing in Nauvoo. As political clerk, he assisted Joseph Smith in his roles as mayor of Nauvoo and contender for the US presidency. Phelps also played a key role in the Council of Fifty. He went west with the Saints, helped propose the State of Deseret, and published prose and poetry in the Deseret News and his Deseret Almanac. Phelps’s strong feelings sometimes put him at odds with Church leaders, and he was excommunicated three times, rejoining each time. **signed copies still available**

Saints, The Story of the Church of Jesus Christ, vol. 1: The Standard of Truth, 1815–1846. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2018. 699pp. Paperback. Reg. $9.99, SALE $7.99.  In 1820, a young farm boy in search of truth has a vision of God the Father and Jesus Christ. Three years later, an angel guides him to an ancient record buried in a hill near his home. With God’s help, he translates the record and organizes the Savior’s church in the latter days. Soon others join him, accepting the invitation to become Saints through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. But opposition and violence follow those who defy old traditions to embrace restored truths. The women and men who join the church must choose whether or not they will stay true to their covenants, establish Zion, and proclaim the gospel to a troubled world. The Standard of Truth is the first book in Saints, a new, four-volume narrative history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Fast-paced, meticulously researched, Saints recounts true stories of Latter-day Saints across the globe and answers the Lord’s call to write history “for the good of the church, and for the rising generations” (Doctrine and Covenants 69:8).

Van Dyke, Blair G., Brian D. Birch and Boyd J. Petersen (eds.). The Expanded Canon: Perspectives on Mormonism & Sacred Texts. Greg Kofford Books, 2018. 258pp. Paperback. Reg. $25.95, SALE $20.75/Hardback—Reg. $35.95, SALE $28.80 (hardback copies arriving soon—pre-order now!). Among the most distinctive and defining features of Mormonism is the affirmation of continuing revelation through modern day prophets and apostles. An important component of this concept is the acknowledgement of an open canon—that the body of authoritative scriptural texts can expand as new revelations are made available and presented to the membership for ratification. This volume brings together both Mormon and non-Mormon scholars to examine the place, purpose, and meaning of the LDS Standard Works (Christian Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price) in the Mormon tradition, as well as the extra-canonical sources that play a near-scriptural role in the lives of believers. Approaching LDS scripture from a variety of disciplines, methodologies, and perspectives, these scholars offer new insights into both the historical and contemporary understandings of Mormon continuing revelation.

Stone, Daniel. William Bickerton: Forgotten Latter Day Prophet. Signature Books, 2018. 400pp. Hardcover. Reg. $35.95, SALE $28.80. William Bickerton is the founding prophet of the third-largest Latter Day Saint denomination, known as the Church of Jesus Christ. Remarkably, his life has largely remained in the shadows. Bickerton immigrated to America in 1831 at the height of the Second Great Awakening. In 1845 Sidney Rigdon, a former counselor to founding prophet Joseph Smith, accepted him into the Church of Christ. Rigdon soon bankrupted his church and abandoned his followers. Unsure where to turn, Bickerton joined with Brigham Young until a moral objection to polygamy left him once again in search of a religious community. Divine inspiration led Bickerton to form his own church based on the original teachings of Joseph Smith. A visionary man, Bickerton expanded his church along the western frontier, even among the Native Americans, and kept his congregation afloat through financial trials. Yet when an allegation of marital infidelity against Bickerton split his church in two, he was disfellowshipped and his legacy obscured. Biographer Daniel P. Stone carefully reconstructs the forgotten details of this American mystic.

Bergera, Gary James, ed. Confessions of a Mormon Historian: The Diaries of Leonard J. Arrington, 1971–1997, 3 vols. Signature Books. 3 volumes in slipcase. Reg. $150/set, SALE $119.99. Leonard Arrington (1917–99) was born an Idaho chicken rancher whose early interests seemed not to extend much beyond the American west. Throughout his life, he tended to project a folksy persona, although nothing was farther from the truth. He was, in fact, an intellectually oriented, academically driven young man, determined to explore the historical, economic, cultural, and religious issues of his time. After distinguishing himself at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) and serving in the army during World War II in North Africa and Italy, Arrington accepted a professorship at Utah State University. In 1972 he was called as the LDS Church Historian—an office he held for ten years until, following a stormy tenure full of controversy over whether the “New Mormon History” he championed was appropriate for the church, he was quietly released and transferred, along with the entire Church History Division, to Brigham Young University. It was hoped that this would remove the impression in people’s minds that his writings were church-approved. His personal diaries reveal a man who was firmly committed to his church, as well as to rigorous historical scholarship. His eye for detail made him an important observer of “church headquarters culture.”

Ashurst-McGee, Mark, Robin Scott Jensen and Sharalyn D. Howcroft (eds.). Foundational Texts of Mormonism: Examining Major Early Sources. Oxford University Press, 2018. 429pp. Hardcover. Reg. $74.00, SALE $59.20. Joseph Smith, founding prophet and martyr of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, personally wrote, dictated, or commissioned thousands of documents. Among these are several highly significant sources that scholars have used over and over again in their attempts to reconstruct the founding era of Mormonism, usually by focusing solely on content, without a deep appreciation for how and why a document was produced. This book offers case studies of the sources most often used by historians of the early Mormon experience. Each chapter takes a particular document as its primary subject, considering the production of a document as an historical event in itself, with its own background, purpose, circumstances, and consequences. The documents are examined not merely as sources of information but as artifacts that reflect aspects of the general culture and particular circumstances in which they were created. This book will help historians working in the founding era of Mormonism gain a more solid grounding in the period’s documentary record by supplying important information on major primary sources.

Kerns, Travis. The Saints of Zion: An Introduction to Mormon Theology. B&H Academic, 2018. 288pp. Paperback. Reg. $24.95, SALE $19.95 (arriving soon).

Janzen, Rebecca. Liminal Sovereignty: Mennonites and Mormons in Mexican Culture. SUNY Press, 2018. 200pp. Hardback. $85.00 (no discount—special order only, please notify us if you would like a copy)

Jones, Megan Sanborn. Contemporary Mormon Pageantry: Seeking After the Dead. University of Michigan, 2018. 336pp. Hardback. $80.00 (no discount—special order only, please notify us if you would like a copy)

Bowman, Matthew and Rosemary Demos (eds.). A Preparatory Redemption: Reading Alma 12–13. Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2018. 105pp. Paperback. Reg. $15.95, SALE $12.75.

Strickling, Laura Rutter. On Fire in Baltimore: Black Mormon Women and Conversion in a Raging City. Greg Kofford Books, 2018. 175 pp. Paperback. Reg. $20.95, SALE $16.75.

Bowen, Matthew L. Name as Key-Word: Collected Essays on Onomastic Wordplay and the Temple in Mormon Scripture. Eborn Books, 2018. 347pp. Hardcover. Reg. $24.95, SALE $19.95

Richardson, Steven L. and Benjamin M. Richardson. Wasatch 3D Atlas. 2i3D, 2018. 48pp. Spiral bound. Reg. $24.95, SALE $19.95.

Dunning, Linda. Utah Territory Tales. 2018. First printing. 661pp. Paperback. Reg. $25.00, SALE $19.99.

Colvin, Gina and Joanna Brooks (eds.).Decolonizing Mormonism: Approaching a Postcolonial Zion. University of Utah Press, 2018. 323pp. Paperback. Reg. $24.95,SALE $19.95.

Stapley, Jonathan A.The Power of Godliness: Mormon Liturgy and Cosmology. Oxford University Press, 2018. 184pp. Hardcover. Reg. $29.99, SALE $23.99.

Bringhurst, Newell G. Saints, Slaves, and Blacks: The Changing Place of Black People Within Mormonism, second ed. Greg Kofford Books, 2018. 261pp. Paperback. Reg. $27.95, SALE $22.35.

Smith, William Victor. Textual Studies of the Doctrine and Covenants: The Plural Marriage Revelation. Greg Kofford Books, 2018. 273pp. Paperback—Reg. $26.95,SALE $21.55/Hardback—Reg. $59.95, $47.95.

Handley, George B. Learning to Like Life: A Tribute to Lowell Bennion. George B. Handley, 2017. 107pp. Paperback. Reg. $12.99, SALE $11.05 (15% discount)

Godfrey, Matthew C, et al. The Joseph Smith Papers, Documents, Volume 7: September 1839-January 1841.  Church Historian’s Press, 2018. 712pp. Hardback. Reg. $54.95, SALE $43.95.

Neilson, Reid L. and Scott D. Marianno. A Voice in the Wilderness: The 1888-1930 General Conference Sermons of Mormon Historian Andrew Jenson. Oxford University Press, 2018. 338pp. Hardcover. Reg. $74.00, SALE $59.20.

Cowan, Richard O. A Beacon on a Hill: The Los Angeles Temple. RSC/ Deseret Book, 2018 364pp. Hardcover. Reg. $31.99, SALE $25.60.

Kern, KC (ed.). The Journals of Jacob Gates. NP. 479pp. Single volume–polished transcript only. Paperback. Reg. $14.99, SALE $11.99/Hardback. Reg. $29.99, SALE $23.99.

  • Facsimile edition–scan on left page, exact transcript on right page. 5 vols. Paperback—Reg. $59.99, SALE $47.99/Hardback—Reg. $149.99, SALE $119.99. **special order only—please notify us if you would like to purchase these books—they are print-on-demand and may take a week or two to arrive**

Grayson, Donald K. Sex & Death on the Western Emigrant Trail: The Biology of Three American Tragedies. University of Utah Press, 2018. 246pp. Paperback. Reg. $29.95, SALE $23.95.

Bennett, Richard E. The Journey West: The Pioneer Journals of Horace K. Whitney with Insights by Helen Mar Kimball Whitney. RSC/Deseret Book, 2018. 442 pp. Hardcover. Reg. $31.99, SALE $25.60

Tullis, F. LaMond. Martyrs in Mexico: A Mormon Story of Revolution and Redemption. RSC/ Deseret Book, 2018. 182pp. Hardcover. Reg. $19.99, SALE $15.99

Woods, Fred E. Melting the Ice: A History of Latter-day Saints in Alaska. BYU Studies, 2018. 363pp. Hardcover. Reg. $19.95, SALE $15.95

Miller, Adam S. An Early Resurrection: Life in Christ before You Die. Neal A. Maxwell Institute/ Deseret Book, 2018. 128pp. Paperback. Reg. $11.99, SALE $9.99.

Rosenvall, Lynn A. and David L. Rosenvall. A New Approach to Studying the Gospel of Jesus Christ: A Unified Harmony of the Testimonies of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Olive Leaf Foundation, 2018. 365pp. Paperback. Reg. $14.99, SALE $11.99.

Trimble, Greg. The Cultural Evolution Inside of Mormonism. Greg Trimble, 2017. 242pp. Paperback. Reg. $14.99, SALE $11.99.

Paul, Charles Randall. Converting the Saints: A Study of Religious Rivalry in America. Greg Kofford Books, 2018. 256pp. Paperback. Reg. $26.95, SALE $21.55

Taylor, John. An Examination into and an Elucidation of the Great Principle of the Mediation and Atonement. Mormon Roots, 2018. 205pp. Reprint of first edition (1882) with historical introduction. Hardcover– Reg. $26.95, SALE $21.50./Hardcover w/ dust jacket– Reg. $29.95, SALE $23.99.

Hartley, William G. Faithful and Fearless: Major Howard Egan–Early Mormonism and the Pioneering of the American West. Howard Egan Biography, 2017. 619pp. Hardcover. Reg. $44.95, SALE $35.95.

McConkie, James and Judith. Whom Say Ye That I Am?: Lessons from the Jesus of Nazareth. Greg Kofford Books, 2018. 285 pp. Paperback. Reg. $27.95, SALE $22.35.

Miller, Adam S. and Joseph Spencer, eds. Christ and Antichrist: Reading Jacob 7. Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2018. 148pp. Paperback. Reg. $15.95, SALE $12.95.

Miller, Adam S. The Sun Has Burned My Skin: A Modest Paraphrase of Solomon’s Song of Songs. BCC Press, 2017. 68pp. Paperback. Reg $7.99, SALE $6.80 (15% discount).

Cope, Rachel, Amy Easton-Flake, Keith A. Erekson and Lisa Olsen Tait (eds.). Mormon Women’s History: Beyond Biography. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2017. 278pp. From the Fairleigh Dickinson University Press Mormon Studies Series. Hardcover. $95.00 (no discount). **special order—please let us know if you would like to get a copy**

Wilkinson, Craig West and Debra Deanne Olsen. The “People’s Governor”: The Honorable Culbert Levy Olson, Governor of California 1939-1943, Humanitarian – Ex-Mormon – Atheist. Dr. Craig West Wilkinson and Ms. Debra Deanne Olson, 2017. 418pp. Paperback. Reg. $29.95, SALE $23.95.

Ure, James W. Stop the Press: How the Mormon Church Tried to Silence the Salt Lake Tribune. Prometheus Books, 2018. 311pp. Paperback. Reg. $18.00, SALE $14.40.

McCourt, Tom and Wade Allinson. The Elk Mountain Mission: A History of Moab, Mormons, The Old Spanish Trail and the Sheberetch Utes. Southpaw Publications, 2017.  192pp. Paperback. Reg. $17.00, SALE $13.60.


SALE BOOKS

We are pleased to offer a fantastic selection of titles from Signature Books and the Smith-Pettit Foundation at incredible prices, some as much as 85% off. In most cases, we have purchased all remaining copies from the publisher. Take advantage of these bargains!

Classics in Mormon Thought

The Essential Parley P. Pratt. Foreword by Peter L. Crawley. Signature Books, 1990. Hardback. Reg. $24.95, SALE $2.99.

The Essential Brigham Young. Foreword by Eugene E. Campbell. Signature Books, 1990. Hardback. Reg. $22.95, SALE $2.99.

The Essential Joseph Smith. Foreword by Marvin S. Hill. Signature Books, 1995. Hardback. Reg. $22.95, SALE $4.99.

The Essential B. H. Roberts, ed. by Brigham D. Madsen. Signature Books, 1990. Hardback. Reg. $29.95, SALE $6.99.

The Essential James E. Talmage, ed. by James P. Harris. Signature Books, 1997. Hardback. Reg. $29.95, SALE $9.99.

Significant Mormon Diaries

Anderson, Elizabeth Oberdick (ed.). Cowboy Apostle: The Diaries of Anthony W. Ivins, 1875-1932. Signature Books, 2013. Hardback. Reg. $125, SALE $19.99. Limited edition of 500 copies.

Lyman, Edward Leo. Candid Insights of a Mormon Apostle: The Diaries of Abraham H. Cannon, 1889-1895. Signature Books, 2010. Hardback. Reg. $125, SALE $19.99. Limited edition of 500 copies.

Hatch, John P. (ed.). Danish Apostle: The Diaries of Anthon H. Lund, 1890-1921. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2006. Hardback. Reg. $100, SALE $39.99.

Early Mormon Documents (ed. by Dan Vogel)

Early Mormon Documents, vol. 2. Signature Books, 1998. Hardback. Reg. $44.95, SALE $6.99.

Early Mormon Documents, vol. 3. Signature Books, 2000. Hardback. Reg $44.95, SALE $6.99

Smith-Pettit Limited Editions

Marquardt, H. Michael. Later Patriarchal Blessings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Smith-Pettit Foundation, 2012. Hardback. Reg. $90, SALE $19.99. Limited to 501 copies.

Dinger, John S. (ed.). Significant Textual Changes in the Book of Mormon: The First Printed Edition Compared to the Manuscripts and to the Subsequent Major LDS EnEvglish Printed Editions. Smith-Pettit Foundation, 2013. Reg. $60, SALE $19.99. Limited to 501 copies.

Ritner, Robert K. The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri: A Complete Edition. The Smith-Pettit Foundation, 2011. Hardback. Reg. $79.95, SALE $29.99. Limited to 501 copies.


Hill, Donna. Joseph Smith, the First Mormon. Signature Books, 1999. Paperback. Reg. $16.95, SALE $2.99

Allison, William Thomas and Matt, Susan J. Dreams, Myths & Reality: Utah and the American West(The Critchlow Lectures at Weber State University). Signature Books, 2008. Paperback. Reg. $29.95,SALE $2.99

New Mormon Studies CD-ROM, 2009 Edition A Comprehensive Resource Library. Smith Research Associates, 2009. Reg. $100.00, SALE $19.99

Allen, James. Still the Right Place: Utah’s Second Half-Century of Statehood, 1945-1995. Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, 2017. Hardback. Reg $37.95, SALE $29.99

Neilson, Reid L. and Nathan N Waite (eds.). Settling the Valley, Proclaiming the Gospel: The General Epistles of the Mormon First Presidency. Oxford University Press, 2017. Hardback. Reg. $45.00,SALE $27.99

Hurtado, Laura Allred and Bryon C. Andreasen. Saints at Devil’s Gate: Landscapes along the Mormon Trail. Church Historian’s Press, 2017. Paperback. Reg. $24.95, SALE $17.99


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NEW BOOKS

  • Saints, The Story of the Church of Jesus Christ, vol. 1: The Standard of Truth, 1815–1846. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2018. 699pp. Paperback.$9.99.  In 1820, a young farm boy in search of truth has a vision of God the Father and Jesus Christ. Three years later, an angel guides him to an ancient record buried in a hill near his home. With God’s help, he translates the record and organizes the Savior’s church in the latter days. Soon others join him, accepting the invitation to become Saints through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. But opposition and violence follow those who defy old traditions to embrace restored truths. The women and men who join the church must choose whether or not they will stay true to their covenants, establish Zion, and proclaim the gospel to a troubled world. The Standard of Truth is the first book in Saints, a new, four-volume narrative history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Fast-paced, meticulously researched, Saints recounts true stories of Latter-day Saints across the globe and answers the Lord’s call to write history “for the good of the church, and for the rising generations” (Doctrine and Covenants 69:8).
  • Van Orden, Bruce A.We’ll Sing and We’ll Shout: The Life and Times of W. W. Phelps. RSC/Deseret Book, 2018. 526pp. Hardcover. $31.99. In this comprehensive biography, learn of the ups and downs of W. W. Phelps, early Latter-day Saint leader, printer, scribe, ghostwriter, and monumental hymn writer. He printed the Book of Commandments and other early standard works. He was one of the council of presidents that guided the Church in Kirtland in 1835 36. Phelps continued to be the leading light in newspaper publishing in Nauvoo. As political clerk, he assisted Joseph Smith in his roles as mayor of Nauvoo and contender for the US presidency. Phelps also played a key role in the Council of Fifty. He went west with the Saints, helped propose the State of Deseret, and published prose and poetry in the Deseret News and his Deseret Almanac. Phelps’s strong feelings sometimes put him at odds with Church leaders, and he was excommunicated three times, rejoining each time. **signed copies still available**
  • 240-475-2596Van Dyke, Blair G., Brian D. Birch and Boyd J. Petersen (eds.). The Expanded Canon: Perspectives on Mormonism & Sacred Texts. Greg Kofford Books, 2018. 258pp. Paperback. $25.95/Hardback–$35.95 (hardback copies arriving soon—pre-order now!). Among the most distinctive and defining features of Mormonism is the affirmation of continuing revelation through modern day prophets and apostles. An important component of this concept is the acknowledgement of an open canon—that the body of authoritative scriptural texts can expand as new revelations are made available and presented to the membership for ratification. This volume brings together both Mormon and non-Mormon scholars to examine the place, purpose, and meaning of the LDS Standard Works (Christian Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price) in the Mormon tradition, as well as the extra-canonical sources that play a near-scriptural role in the lives of believers. Approaching LDS scripture from a variety of disciplines, methodologies, and perspectives, these scholars offer new insights into both the historical and contemporary understandings of Mormon continuing revelation.
  • 409-252-7761Stone, Daniel. William Bickerton: Forgotten Latter Day Prophet. Signature Books, 2018. 400pp. Hardcover. $35.95. William Bickerton is the founding prophet of the third-largest Latter Day Saint denomination, known as the Church of Jesus Christ. Remarkably, his life has largely remained in the shadows. Bickerton immigrated to America in 1831 at the height of the Second Great Awakening. In 1845 Sidney Rigdon, a former counselor to founding prophet Joseph Smith, accepted him into the Church of Christ. Rigdon soon bankrupted his church and abandoned his followers. Unsure where to turn, Bickerton joined with Brigham Young until a moral objection to polygamy left him once again in search of a religious community. Divine inspiration led Bickerton to form his own church based on the original teachings of Joseph Smith. A visionary man, Bickerton expanded his church along the western frontier, even among the Native Americans, and kept his congregation afloat through financial trials. Yet when an allegation of marital infidelity against Bickerton split his church in two, he was disfellowshipped and his legacy obscured. Biographer Daniel P. Stone carefully reconstructs the forgotten details of this American mystic.**limited amount of signed copies available**
  • Colvin, Gina and Joanna Brooks (eds.).Decolonizing Mormonism: Approaching a Postcolonial Zion. University of Utah Press, 2018. 323pp. Paperback. $24.95. This volume seeks nothing less than to shift the focus of Mormon studies from its historic North American, Euro-American “center” to the critical questions being raised by Mormons living at the movement’s cultural and geographic margins. As a social institution, Mormonism is shaped around cultural notions, systems, and ideas that have currency in the United States but make less sense beyond the land of its genesis. Even as an avowedly international religion some 183 years out from its inception, it makes few allowances for diverse international contexts, with Salt Lake City prescribing programs, policies, curricula, leadership, and edicts for the church’s international regions. While Mormonism’s greatest strength is its organizational coherence, there is also a cost paid for those at the church’s peripheries.Decolonizing Mormonism brings together the work of 15 scholars from around the globe who critically reflect on global Mormon experiences and American-Mormon cultural imperialism. Indigenous, minority, and Global South Mormons ask in unison: what is the relationship between Mormonism and imperialism and where must the Mormon movement go in order to achieve its long-cherished dream of equality for all in Zion? Their stories are both heartbreaking and heartening and provide a rich resource for thinking about the future of Mormon missiology and the possibilities inherent in the work of Mormon contextual theology.
  • (347) 474-6460Bennett, Richard E.The Journey West: The Pioneer Journals of Horace K. Whitney with Insights by Helen Mar Kimball Whitney. RSC/Deseret Book, 2018. 442 pp. Hardcover. $31.99. How did a young newlywed couple experience the Mormon pioneer trek west? Read the first combined husband-and-wife account of the pioneer trek in The Journey West. The six unpublished journals rank among the great Mormon exodus journals. They were written by Horace K. Whitney, son of Newel K. and Elizabeth Whitney, with reminiscences and insights from Helen Mar Kimball, daughter of Heber C. and Vilate Kimball. One of Helen’s greatest contributions was to share a woman’s perspective and complement her husband’s perspectives in so many faith-building ways. The book has been richly illustrated an annotated and includes a glossary of people to provide historical context. This is a remarkable story, with few parallels in the history of the Church. It’s a story of triumph over trials.
  • Tullis, F. LaMond. Martyrs in Mexico: A Mormon Story of Revolution and Redemption. RSC/ Deseret Book, 2018. 182pp. Hardcover.$19.99. This volume gives readers an intriguing look at the tumultuous but faith-filled experiences of the Saints seeking to establish a piece of Zion in Mexico. From the founding of the LDS Church amid revolutionary war in the late nineteenth century through the trials of organizing the faith in the state of Hidalgo into the 1950s, this book places historical Mormon figures clearly within the context of the country’s society, economy, and polity. Readers will learn the background and details of how the Church survived Mexico’s civil war of 1910-17, when its members were under severe duress from insurgent militias as well as their own government. Members with ties to Mexico or anyone with an interest in Church history will enjoy discovering this somewhat unknown chapter of building the kingdom.
  • Neilson, Reid L. and Scott D. Marianno. A Voice in the Wilderness: The 1888-1930 General Conference Sermons of Mormon Historian Andrew Jenson. Oxford University Press, 2018. 338pp. Hardcover. $74.00. In April 1888, Andrew Jenson, Danish immigrant and convert to the Mormon faith, received an unexpected invitation from church leaders to speak at their general conference. Jenson was an outsider to this conference tradition, a layman whose only standing before the main body of Latter-day Saints came from a contracted position with the Church Historian’s Office. Forty-two years later, in April 1930, Jenson offered his twenty-eighth and final general conference sermon.  A Voice in the Wilderness presents all twenty-eight of Andrew Jenson’s general conference sermons, with introductions and annotations that set them within their historical and religious contexts. His speeches capture a unique period in Mormon history, one of institutional change, accommodation, and growth. This study of Jenson’s sermons uncovers the richness and diversity that thrives just beneath the surface of official ecclesiastical discourse.
  • Miller, Adam S. An Early Resurrection: Life in Christ before You Die. Neal A. Maxwell Institute/ Deseret Book, 2018. 128pp. Paperback.$11.99. Along with Nephi, “we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ” (2 Nephi 25:26), but in all our talking and learning, have we learned how to live in Christ? What does a life in Christ look like or feel like? In this thought-provoking exploration of the writings of the Apostle Paul and Book of Mormon prophets, Adam Miller examines what life in Christ looks like. We often hope for an abundant life with Christ in the next life, but how can we let ourselves and our own desires die so we can be born again to a new life, a full life in Christ, here and now in this mortal life?
  • Cowan, Richard O.A Beacon on a Hill: The Los Angeles Temple. RSC/ Deseret Book, 2018 364pp. Hardcover.$31.99. President David O. McKay was intimately involved with the planning and construction of the Los Angels Temple, the largest temple that the Church has ever built. Its operation reflects some of the challenges the Church faced in the changing cultural climate of Southern California. This volume is a comprehensive history of the beloved Los Angeles Temple. The text is illustrated with more than a hundred photographs of the construction, groundbreaking, installation of the angel Moroni, and cornerstone ceremony—many of which have not been previously published.
  • Rosenvall, Lynn A. and David L. Rosenvall. A New Approach to Studying the Gospel of Jesus Christ: A Unified Harmony of the Testimonies of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Olive Leaf Foundation, 2018. 365pp. Paperback. $14.99. A unified harmony of the testimonies of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Organized by events emphasizing narrators, speakers, locations, quoted passages, dates and Joseph Smith translations.
  • Trimble, Greg. The Cultural Evolution Inside of Mormonism. Greg Trimble, 2017. 242pp. Paperback. $14.95. There’s a cultural evolution taking place inside of Mormonism. The evolution of church culture has been something that has needed to happen for a long time. Culture, traditions, oral laws, and the status quo can be a good thing… but it can also be a bad thing. Do you remember what was happening in Israel around the time that Christ came on to the scene? Israel started to live by their own set of oral laws and traditions, or what we might refer to today as “culture.” This has been the bane of each and every covenant society, which caused Joseph Smith to say, “What many people call sin is not sin; I do many things to break down superstition, and I will break it down.” The doctrine of the LDS church doesn’t lose people. It’s the culture and superstition that causes unnecessary strife. This book, The Cultural Evolution Inside of Mormonism addresses the changing culture, the unprecedented changes that are taking place in the church, and the historical transparency.
  • displuviateKern, KC (ed.). The Journals of Jacob Gates. NP. 479pp. Single volume–polished transcript only. Paperback.$14.99/Hardback.$29.99. Jacob Gates was an early Mormon convert, missionary, and leader whose life story intersects with many significant events relating to the Latter Day Saint movement’s foundational history. He was baptized by Orson Pratt, met Joseph Smith as part of Zion’s Camp, was imprisoned in and subsequently expelled from Missouri, worked in the Nauvoo temple, preached throughout the United States, crossed the plains a total of live times, served two full-time missions in England, was called to the presidency of the Quorum of the Seventy, and figures prominently in Utah territorial history. The journals of Jacob Gates furnish firsthand accounts of many events of interest to Mormon history, yet this primary source has been by-and-large underutilized due to its inaccessibility.
    • Facsimile edition–scan on left page, exact transcript on right page. 5 vols. Paperback–$59.99/Hardback–$149.99
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  • Paul, Charles Randall .Converting the Saints: A Study of Religious Rivalry in America. Greg Kofford Books, 2018. 256pp. Paperback.$26.95. Converting the Saints focuses on American religious history and particularly on the early-twentieth-century Protestant missions to Utah to convert Mormons to traditional Christian belief. After the Mormons acquiesced to federal laws against polygamy and federal pressure to secularize Utah’s governance, the religious conflict over Mormonism’s Christian legitimacy remained unresolved. This was a religious conflict that, in true American style, was engaged as a contest of persuasion held on the figurative battlefield for the human heart. Both rivals understood this, and while unsettled by their mutual opponent’s aggressive criticisms, they did not think it wrong or even strange for their rival to engage them. Centering on the cases of three Protestant missions in Utah, this study explores the crucial understanding at the center of the American experiment: that persuasive contestation over religion, ideology, or founding principles is normal in our secular State, and even healthy for free citizens to flourish within a diverse society.
  • Grayson, Donald K. Sex & Death on the Western Emigrant Trail: The Biology of Three American Tragedies. University of Utah Press, 2018. 246pp. Paperback.$29.95. During the winter of 1846–1847, members of the Donner Party found themselves stuck in the snows of the Sierra Nevada on their journey to California, losing many in their group to severe cold and starvation. Those who survived did so by cannibalizing their dead comrades. Today the Donner Party may be the most famous of American overland emigrant groups, but it was not the only one to face extreme conditions. Ten years after the Donner Party, two groups sponsored by the Mormon Church, the Willie and Martin handcart companies ran into similar difficulties. Unlike the Donner Party, however, these people were following a well-traveled path, but they were doing it in a novel way—pushing and pulling their goods and children in handcarts some 1,300 miles from Iowa to Utah. Caught in early winter storms in Wyoming, 200 members of these two companies died along the trail. The plights of these emigrant groups have been addressed by different historians in different ways; this book is the first to examine the tragedies in terms of biology. Grayson shows that who lived or died can largely be explained by age, sex, and family ties. His investigation reveals what happens when our cultural mechanisms for dealing with famine and extreme cold are reduced to only what our bodies can provide within structured social contexts. His results are surprising and not always intuitive as he investigates who survived in these life-threatening situations.
  • Taylor, John. An Examination into and an Elucidation of the Great Principle of the Mediation and Atonement. Mormon Roots, 2018. 205pp. Reprint of first edition (1882) with historical introduction. Hardcover–$26.99/Hardcover w/ dust jacket–$29.99.

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We were invited to attend the release event for the first volume of Saints last week (copies are now available here). Here are some of the highlights from the presentation.

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EVENING WITH THE EDITORS

We are very excited to announce that Blair Van Dyke, Brian Birch and Boyd Petersen, editors of The Expanded Canon: Perspectives on Mormonism & Sacred Texts (published by Greg Kofford Books) will be here on Wednesday, September 19, to speak about their book. Other contributors from the book will possibly be in attendance also. 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 717-598-9873.

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EVENING WITH AN AUTHOR

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We are excited to announce that Bruce Van Orden, author of We’ll Sing and We’ll Shout: The Life and Times of W. W. Phelps (published by Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book), will be here to talk about his book on Wednesday, September 5. 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 732-324-7371.

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A reminder that Traci Fieldsted and Brent Ashworth will be here to speak about their new book Show & Tell: A Unique Journey Through History From the Life of Brent Ashworth (published by Eborn Books) on THIS WEDNESDAY, August 22. 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 4104285588.

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EVENING WITH AN AUTHOR

We are excited to announce that Traci Fieldsted and Brent Ashworth will be here to speak about their new book Show & Tell: A Unique Journey Through History From the Life of Brent Ashworth (published by Eborn Books) on Wednesday, August 22. 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 407-712-3681.

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We are excited to announce that Daniel Stone will be here to speak about his new book William Bickerton: Forgotten Latter Day Prophet (published by Signature Books) on Wednesday, August 1. 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.

William Bickerton is the founding prophet of the third-largest Latter Day Saint denomination, known as the Church of Jesus Christ. Remarkably, his life has largely remained in the shadows.

Bickerton immigrated to America in 1831 at the height of the Second Great Awakening. In 1845 Sidney Rigdon, a former counselor to founding prophet Joseph Smith, accepted him into the Church of Christ. Rigdon soon bankrupted his church and abandoned his followers. Unsure where to turn, Bickerton joined with Brigham Young until a moral objection to polygamy left him once again in search of religious community. Divine inspiration led Bickerton to form his own church based on the original teachings of Joseph Smith.

A visionary man, Bickerton expanded his church along the western frontier, even among the Native Americans, and kept his congregation afloat through financial trials. Yet when an allegation of marital infidelity against Bickerton split his church in two, he was disfellowshipped and his legacy obscured.

Biographer Daniel P. Stone carefully reconstructs the forgotten details of this American mystic, fulfilling Bickerton’s final wish, taken from the Book of Job: “Oh that my words were now written! Oh that they were printed in a book! That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!”

Daniel P. Stone holds BA and MA degrees in history from the University of Florida and Florida Atlantic University. He has taught classes at Broward College, Schoolcraft College, University of Detroit Mercy, and Wayne County Community College. Currently he is a researcher at a private library-archive in Detroit, where he and his wife Laura, and daughter, Lily, live. He is a deacon in the Church of Jesus Christ established by William Bickerton.

William Bickerton: Forgotten Latter Day Prophet. Signature Books. Hardback. 400pp. $35.95.

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EVENING WITH AN EDITOR

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We are very excited to announce one of the most highly-anticipated events in quite some time. Gary Bergera, editor of Confessions of a Mormon Historian: The Diaries of Leonard J. Arrington, 1971–1997, 3 vols. (published by Signature Books) will be here Wednesday, May 30, to speak about and sign copies of the books. Also in attendance will be Susan Arrington Madsen (Leonard’s daughter), James Allen(assistant church historian during the Arrington years), Jill Mulvay Derr(employee of the History Division during that time), Thomas Alexander(colleague, author of the afterword to the diaries) and possibly other contemporaries. They will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.—speaking at 6:00 p.m.—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 set or hold one here at the store for pick-up. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.
 

Leonard Arrington (1917–99) was born an Idaho chicken rancher whose early interests seemed not to extend much beyond the American west. Throughout his life, he tended to project a folksy persona, although nothing was farther from the truth. He was, in fact, an intellectually oriented, academically driven young man, determined to explore the historical, economic, cultural, and religious issues of his time. After distinguishing himself at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) and serving in the army during World War II in North Africa and Italy, Arrington accepted a professorship at Utah State University. In 1972 he was called as the LDS Church Historian—an office he held for ten years until, following a stormy tenure full of controversy over whether the “New Mormon History” he championed was appropriate for the church, he was quietly released and transferred, along with the entire Church History Division, to Brigham Young University. It was hoped that this would remove the impression in people’s minds that his writings were church-approved. His personal diaries reveal a man who was firmly committed to his church, as well as to rigorous historical scholarship. His eye for detail made him an important observer of “church headquarters culture.”

Excerpts

“Elder Hunter said that several months ago he had spent a half of day with Richard Bushman in Boston, one of the very bright young L.D.S. Historians, and a Bishop in a Cambridge Ward. Bishop Bushman had strongly recommended the preparation of a new multivolume Church History to be published in time for the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Church in 1980. He had suggested that this was an impossible task for one man, and that a group of L.D.S. scholars should be organized to write the history of the Church from its beginning to the present. Brother Hunter accepted this as a desirable goal, and suggested that I might want to organize the department to accomplish this task.”

shortly after his call as church historian

“We learned last week that The Golden Legacy by Tom Cheney of BYU, published last month by the BYU Press, has been “withdrawn for corrections.” Two of the anecdotes in the section called “Salty Slips and Anachronism” will be eliminated—also an anecdote in another section that uses the word “God damn.” The two anecdotes to be eliminated from “Salty Slips” are presumably those that refer to J. Golden Kimball boasting that he could “piss” farther than Heber J. Grant. I talked to Tom about this over the telephone. He said that, as near as he could make out, Bob Thomas, Academic Vice President of BYU, had complained about the three offensive stories. He was certain that they would be offensive to General Authorities and members of the Church in general. He had demanded that the books be withdrawn and the changes made before it was placed on sale again. Recognizing our office must have a copy of the first printing for the archives, I tried to obtain one by using all the pressure I could when I was at BYU last Wednesday. I could not obtain one from the BYU Bookstore nor from BYU Press nor from Deseret Book. All of them said that not one could be released for any purpose to any person. Fortunately, I already have my personal copy, as do some others.”

1973, after publication of The Golden Legacy

 

On Friday, December 3, I received a letter from Frank Gibbons, Secretary of the First Presidency, in answer to my letter to President [N. Eldon] Tanner about the one-volume history for Knopf which Davis Bitton and I have been writing. The reply said substantially as follows: “The First Presidency would like to have the opportunity of seeing the manuscript which you and Brother Bitton completed for Knopf and for that purpose we shall ask Elder Neal Maxwell to review it on our behalf. Sincerely,”

 

1976, working on The Mormon Experience 

“Yesterday was one of the saddest days in my life. Lavina Fielding Anderson, one of our closest friends since 1972, was notified that she had been excommunicated for apostasy. Here is a person that we know personally to be one of the most devout, believing Mormons, who was excommunicated because she is compiling a list of incidents in which Mormons, especially women, were badly treated by bishops, stake presidents, regional representatives, and general authorities. And publishing the list without names. We feel especially strongly of this mistreatment because in my own memoirs I record some instances of my own run-ins with church authorities, and if I should publish it they will probably excommunicate me. If they can do it to Lavina, they can do it to me.”

1993, following the excommunication of the “September Six”

 
Confessions of a Mormon Historian: The Diaries of Leonard J. Arrington, 1971–1997, 3 vols. Signature Books. 3 volumes in slipcase. $150/set.

Gary James Bergera is managing director of the Smith-Pettit Foundation in Salt Lake City. He is the editor of two other compilations of personal writings by historical figures: The Autobiography of B. H. Roberts and On Desert Trails with Everett Ruess. He was also the general editor of Signature’s Significant Mormon Diaries series. He is the author of such historical works as Conflict in the Quorum: Orson Pratt, Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, and his publications have received awards from the Dialogue Foundation, Mormon History Association, and Utah Historical Society. He is currently on the editorial boards of the Journal of Mormon History and John Whitmer Historical Journal.
 

Other Books by Gary Bergera

Conflict in the Quorum: Orson Pratt, Brigham Young, Joseph Smith. Signature Books, 2002. Hardback. $25.95

Joseph Smith’s Quorum of the Anointed, 1842-1843: A Documentary History andNauvoo Endowment Companies, 1845-1846: A Documentary History. Signature Books, 2005. Hardback. $39.95/ea.

Line Upon Line: Essays on Mormon Doctrine. Signature Books, 1989. Paperback. Reg. $14.99, SALE $7.99.

 

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NEW BOOKS

Bringhurst, Newell G. Saints, Slaves, and Blacks: The Changing Place of Black People Within Mormonism, second ed. Greg Kofford Books, 2018. 261pp. Paperback. $27.95. Originally published shortly after the LDS Church lifted its priesthood and temple restriction on black Latter-day Saints, Newell G. Bringhurst’s landmark work remains ever-relevant as both the first comprehensive study on race within the Mormon religion and the basis by which contemporary discussions on race and Mormonism have since been framed. Approaching the topic from a social history perspective, with a keen understanding of antebellum and post-bellum religious shifts, Saints, Slaves, and Blacks examines both early Mormonism in the context of early American attitudes towards slavery and race, and the inherited racial traditions it maintained for over a century. While Mormons may have drawn from a distinct theology to support and defend racial views, their attitudes towards blacks were deeply-embedded in the national contestation over slavery and anticipation of the last days. This second edition of Saints, Slaves, and Blacks offers an updated edit, as well as an additional foreword and postscripts by Edward J. Blum, W. Paul Reeve, and Darron T. Smith. Bringhurst further adds a new preface and appendix detailing his experience publishing Saints, Slaves, and Blacks at a time when many Mormons felt the rescinded ban was best left ignored, and reflecting on the wealth of research done on this topic since its publication. **REMEMBER, WE ARE HAVING A SIGNING FOR THIS BOOK ON APRIL 24 423-884-0822

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