A New Witness for God (Volume 1 of 3)
Three quarters of a century have passed away since Joseph Smith first declared that he had received a revelation from God. From that revelation and others that followed there has sprung into existence what men call a new religion — “Mormonism;” and a new church, the institution commonly known as the “Mormon Church,” the proper name of which, however, is THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS.
A Rational Theology, as Taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
I found this book both interesting and very enlightening regarding the essential truths of the universe and our place as individuals in the eternal plan. In reading A Rational Theology one must separate oneself, concentrate, and ponder on what John A. Widtsoe has to say. In my experience as an elderly person, I believe the most important statement he makes is that genuine joy is found through living correct principles while we are in mortality. I believe this is the most important book written during the 1900s.
A Voice of Warning and Instruction to all People or an Introduction to the Faith and Doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Parley Pratt was one of the few was there at the time the LDS church began. He knew all the relevant personalities and lived through the events that have been so widely reported on. There are no more poignant voices about what happened, how it all began, and the truth or falsity of those events than those who were actually there. This is an eyewitness testimony who put his life on the line for what he believed, saw, and knew to be true. There aren’t many people in the world who have done that. In all of history, the list is brief. A must read for anyone.
A Young Folks' History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Novel from the Mormon teacher, editor and writer, considered one of the most prominent fiction writers of the “Home Literature” period of Mormon Literature. Novel from the Mormon teacher, editor and writer, considered one of the most prominent fiction writers of the “Home Literature” period of Mormon Literature.
Absurdities of Immaterialism, or, a Reply to T.W.P. Taylder's Pamphlet, Entitled, “The Materialism of the Mormons or Latter-Day Saints, Examined and Exposed”
In this story now truth is independent of all ideas. It is a necessary truth that space is boundless, and that duration is endless, abstract from all connexion and agreement of our ideas, or even of our existence, or the existence of any other being. If neither the universe nor its Creator existed, these eternal, unchangeable, and necessary truths would exist, unperceived and unknown. Truth is the relation which things bear to each other.
Ancient Apostles is written as one series of textbooks prepared for the Sunday School of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.Â Its purpose is to recount the leading incidents in the lives of the chief Apostles of Christ in the Holy Land, with the view of developing a faith in the hearts of the children in the principles of the Gospel, and in the divine organization of the Church.It points prominent traits of character in the different disciples out as the circumstances in the lessons permit.Â These should be so emphasized in the presentation it will lead to the class that the pupils not only to appreciate them as commendable and emulative, but to realize that by personal exertion all these excellent traits may become theirs.Â Virtuous actions are the stones by which we build the mansion of character.
An interesting Account of Several Remarkable Visions and of the Late Discovery of Ancient American Records
True enough that many horrible things will come, yet there is so much that’s been prophesied that need occur first. All 10 lost tribes of Israel have been found, so all 12 accounted for. And with this universal covid sickness, I imagine we could go either way. Recovery and a few more years before the real terror stuff, or just roll into it as soon as we can. Jacob 5’s allegory is being acted out before our eyes. I guess the message is to find God. Find Him fast and hold on. The book of Mormon is the key to this next step. Truly, the book of Mormon is the companion scripture to the new testament and the church Christ originally set up. The falling away spoken of by Peter and Paul has occurred. Isaiah’s prophecy of truth out of the earth and the Lord’s house in the tops of the mountain have come.
Being a Summary Statement of the Investigation Made by the British Government of the "Mormon" Question in England
This is exactly the point: Are these accusations true, or are they false? Who shall say? “Let an impartial tribunal judge,” says one. Very good: “But,” says another, “whose is the prerogative to undertake such a task?” According to Professor Anson, in his book, The Law and Custom of the Constitution, “The Home Secretary is responsible for peace and good order throughout the land by (a) exercising a control over the elements of disorder, and (b) by supervising the police forces of counties and towns.” Therefore, since it is the duty of the Home Secretary, let us leave the matter entirely in his hands and await the outcome. Further, we will guarantee to the opposition that the defendants will remain mute during the whole trial, to eliminate the possibility of influencing the judge in favor of the “Mormons.”
Biography and Family Record of Lorenzo Snow
This book is a melding of the minds, hearts and lives of two of the most influential members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Lorenzo Snow and his biographer, Eliza Snow. Discussing the life of Lorenzo as seen through the eyes of his sister. This volume is priceless. The book covers Lorenzo’s meeting with the Prophet Joseph Smith for the first time in Kirtland, his journey with the saints across the plains, and his missionary labors in Europe. Lorenzo was the fifth president of the Church and a great spiritual leader. The story of his life can uplift our minds and warm our hearts.
Blood Atonement and the Origin of Plural Marriage: A Discussion
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) has informally opined, since 1978, that the doctrine is no longer in force. LDS apostle Bruce R. McConkie, claiming to reflect the view of church leadership, wrote in 1978 that while he still believed that certain sins are beyond the atoning power of the blood of Christ, the doctrine of blood atonement only applies in a theocracy. Given its long history, the doctrine still plays a role in some Utah death penalty trials.
Book of Mormon Stories. No. 1
The Bible tells about the peoples who lived a long time ago in a far off country called Asia. The city of Jerusalem is in Asia. In and around Jerusalem, many of the Prophets of the Lord lived many years ago. The Savior was born in a small town near this great city, and when He lived on the earth. He went to Jerusalem several times. He also visited other towns near by to teach the people.
Conditions in Utah
RELIGION NOT INVOLVED. This is no quarrel with religion. This is no assault upon any man’s faith. THE SOCIAL ASPECT. But Brigham was different. So firmly did Brigham establish the social order in Utah that all the people were equal, except the governing body. Below this privileged class stood the common mass. Their children might intermarry, the difference in wealth being countervailed by a difference in ecclesiastical authority. The president of the church, Joseph F. Smith, affects a regal state. He is inseparable from it. Therefore, if there be evil in this social relation as I have portrayed it, every apostle is responsible for a part of that evil. THE BUSINESS MONOPOLY. No account is made, or ever has been made, of these tithes. The PRESIDENT pro tempore. SALT LAKE CITY, _October 31, 1904_. If the smelters can not consume it, they will have to close up. But if that is not the case, then legislation must be had to fully cover the ground. Litigation will have to come first, legislation afterwards. However that may be, temporizing with the evil will not do. Patience has ceased to be a virtue in this matter.
Corianton: A Nephite Story
The simple Nephite story, however, promises to become famous through Mr. O. U. Bean’s dramatization of it, many—I may say very many—have expressed a desire of forming the acquaintance of Corianton as he first appeared; and hence the Author presents Corianton, the Nephite.
Cowley's Talks on Doctrine
Cowleys Talks on Doctrine are apologetic and seem not only to explain Mormon philosophy and doctrine, but to question other doctrines. While not calling out others specifically Cowley does an incredible job illustrating the Mormon position from Bible citations. He covers the most of the major topics that someone criticizes the LDS faith for and defends them nobly. His extensive use of logic in the stead of revelation is a powerful argument for the brilliance of the writer. He constantly questions his topic and backs up his questions with logic and scripture verse.This is a recommended read for anyone wanting to learn more about Mormonism or wanting to strengthen their testimony of the Church.
Defense of the Faith and the Saints (Volume 1 of 2)
The writer’s energies was devoted more only to doctrinal and historical themes, and one circumstance after another arose which called him to the defense of the Mormon faith and the Mormon people, so that the character of his literary efforts were turned away from the line of purpose fiction work he had proposed to himself. But the scrap-book became a possibility through the multiplication of the defensive articles, though its character would be changed, owing the change in the writer’s line of work…. Through the years that have elapsed since the ‘Scrap Book’ idea was first entertained as a depository of the author’s miscellaneous writings, a great mass of material in the form of discourses and papers, contributed to magazines and newspapers has accumulated and it is from this mass of materials that following collection of articles has been chosen.
Defense of the Faith and the Saints (Volume 2 of 2)
It will be an advantage to the reader if he has before him Joseph Smith’s account of the origin of the Book of Mormon. For our present purpose the account the Prophet gives in his statement to Mr. John Wentworth, of Chicago, of the origin of the Book of Mormon is, on account of its brevity and comprehensiveness, most suitable. After detailing the events of his first vision, received in the Spring of 1820, and the intervening three years, the Prophet comes to the Book of Mormon part of his narrative.
ONE OF THE TWELVE APOSTLES OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS.
“He saw that after the nations had been thus overwhelmed in thick darkness for ages, without the church of God, without apostles, without prophets, without the ministering of angels, without one cheering message from heaven, that there would be one more proclamation of mercy made to all people – one more dispensation of glad tidings from the heavens, to be ushered in by an angel restoring the everlasting gospel, which was to receive a universal proclamation to all the inhabitants of the earth, accompanied with a loud cry, that “the hour of God’s judgment is come”. He saw the universal proclamation of this warning message immediately followed by another angel, proclaiming the complete overthrow and downfall of Babylon. “
Elias: An Epic of the Ages
Elias: An Epic of the Ages, is, according to its author, “an attempt to present, in verse form, historically, doctrinally, and prophetically, the vast theme comprehended in what the world terms ‘Mormonism.’Orson Whitney served for twenty-eight years as bishop of the Eighteenth Ward in Salt Lake City. Called to the Council of the Twelve Apostles, where he served until his death, they educated Whitney at the University of Deseret and became chancellor of the University of Utah. He filled three missions for the Church, his last presiding over the European Mission.
Essentials in Church History
Joseph Fielding Smith was the epitome of the faithful Mormon. Not only did he serve as LDS Church Historian, he became President of the Church in the 1970s. He was father-in-law to Bruce R. McConkie who, depending on your point of view, is one of the best or one of the worst things to happen to modern Mormonism. McConkie personified rock-solid orthodoxy, almost arrogant in his self-assurance that he and he alone preached the true Gospel.
Forty Years Among the Indians
This was an excellent history of one mans journey and history of pioneering and time with American Indians. There is so much garbage circulated out there about native Americans. They are so grossly portrayed in films and other depictions that it is sickening. This man spent time among these prominent people, and his account just helps verify the civility of those who once lived and cared for our earth freely. We are much more “savage” than those our ancestors tried to label. This book does justice to help take away stereotypes. It is well written and spans a large time frame showing the travels and interactions that Daniel has with the Natives.
Gospel Doctrine: Selections from the Sermons and Writings of Joseph F. Smith
This is a fantastic compilation of statements made by President Joseph F. Smith. Covering a myriad of topics from revelation to God to the Sabbath day to missionary work, this text gives wonderful advice for how the individual can draw nearer to the Savior Jesus Christ. In the final equation, this book is a testimony to the world that Jesus is the Christ, and that He restored His Church in these last days. Every Latter-day Saint will love this book, and every lover of truth will find worth in its pages.
Gospel Philosophy: Showing the Absurdities of Infidelity, and the Harmony of the Gospel with Science and History
Excerpt from Gospel Philosophy: Showing the Absurdities of Infidelity and the Harmony of the Gospel With Science and History. But there is another class of persons who often bring formidable-looking arguments against the truths of the gospel. This class is composed frequently of persons of considerable learning, research, and intelligence. They have long ago become disgusted with the absurdities of so-called Christianity; and are not slow in showing the disagreement of sectarian dogmas with the teachings of the Bible, or contrasting the Bible with supposed science. Sometimes, otherwise valuable scientific works are marred by sneers at the books of inspiration. In this age of earnest thought and research into all branches of knowledge, many of these works fall into the hands of the young and hence the growth of skepticism in the minds of many.
Gospel Themes: A Treatise on Salient Features of "Mormonism"
“The spirit of the gospel is optimistic; it trusts in God and looks on the bright side of things. The opposite or pessimistic spirit drags men down and away from God, looks on the dark side, murmurs, complains, and is slow to yield obedience. “
This little book was written and compiled at the request of the General Priesthood Committee, under the sanction of the First Presidency of the Church, for the use and benefit of the Priesthood Classes, throughout the Stakes and Wards of Zion.
Heroines of "Mormondom"
The remarkable events here recorded are worthy of perusal and remembrance by all the youth among this people, as they will strengthen faith in and love for the gospel for which noble men and women have suffered so much. The names, too, of such heroines as these, the sketches of whose lives we give, should be held in honorable remembrance among this people, for no age or nation can present us with more illustrious examples of female faith, heroism and devotion.
Jesus the Christ
An amazing treatise on Jesus Christ, His divinity, His mission, His overcoming death to rescue all our rebellious souls. Written in a heady intellectual manner, this tome is not for the faint at heart. But for the most complete intellectual discourse on our Savior, this book is the epitome! The best part is for the true seeker of accurate accounting of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit will testify to your hearts as to the truth of what you read.
Joseph Smith as Scientist: A Contribution to Mormon Philosophy
An interesting and instructive read. It points out that many of Joseph Smith’s explanations and teachings were very original for his time and many became more profound considering early twentieth century science. This book is a testament to the teaching revealed by Joseph Smith that “The glory of God is intelligence.” It encourages mormons to be curious and embrace science as it describes some “how” of God’s creation, while acknowledging that faith is better at answering questions of the “why”.
Joseph Smith the Prophet-Teacher
BH Roberts gave a stirring discourse on the Joseph Smith and his role as a prophet and teacher. He states, “If I could attain the full desire of my heart, I would like to set before you somewhat the value of this man as a teacher of great truths. I desire to speak of him as a Prophet-Teacher, as a Prophet acting in his capacity of Teacher, a Prophet’s highest and noblest office. “Roberts examines the prophet’s corrections of sectarian doctrine, his philosophical doctrines, his generalizations and words of wisdom, and his role as the great American prophet.
Key to the Science of Theology
Some doctrine in this book is very original, and is found in no other work, so one must assume the prophet Joseph Smith he to Parley and others taught it. And Parley has a masterful way of transmitting this knowledge to his readers. As a work on science, it is well ahead of contemporary thought, and would take only a little polishing to bring it up to modern scientific thought. Would that this work were studied more by those both in and out of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints? It would be a powerful missionary tool to those who are investigating the Church and stand in the forefront as a major work on Mormon doctrine. It is a small book, and would take only a few hours to read it through, but they pack every sentence with wonderful insight and knowledge.
Leaves from My Journal
Through great trials and tribulations the Lord prepared Wilford Woodruff to be the faithful and tireless missionary, Apostle and Prophet that he us. Learn how young Wilford became known as one of the greatest missionaries, live with him through his struggles, see how this young man learns and grows with adversity and develops into the loved and respected leader that he became.
Letters Exhibiting the Most Prominent Doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Author and theologian Orson Spencer was a prominent early intellectual of the Church of the Latter-Day Saints: in this book, he explains the spiritual tenets of Mormonism in a series of fifteen letters. We find a spirited effort by Orson Spencer to detail the theology of Mormonism for the reader, regarding the most prominent figures within the denomination. He felt moved to author letters concerning such tenets as water baptism, the true and ineffable nature of God, and the latter-day judgments in order for the public to understand Mormon beliefs. Spencer originally sought to enter the Christian ministry as a Baptist, but was taken by the faith of the fledgling Mormon movement. With the encouragement of his brother, they baptized him into the denomination in 1841.
Life of a Pioneer: Being the Autobiography of James S. Brown
This is the journal of James S Brown and is written by him. James S Brown was the nephew of Capt. James Brown of the Mormon Batallion. They provide a window into the past, and are written by people who lived there. It is the story of one man and his people. If you are a history buff, or seeking genealogical information, this is a good book.
Life of David W. Patten, the First Apostolic Martyr
This book is an excellent character study of a man who holds special prominence within the LDS community. Obviously, there is a biased narrative, since the biopic is written by an admirer who shares Patten’s faith, but it is well-written and sheds a great deal of light on the concept of martyrdom.
Life of Heber C. Kimball, an Apostle
This is a must read for any Latter-day Saint. This is a source for great understanding and miracles having taken place early in this last dispensation that few seem to know much about. The account of Heber C. Kimball and Brigham Young and their wives and neighbors witnessing in the night sky great marching spirit armies moving toward a battle that begun. They marked down the time and date, only to some years later realize that epic night of spiritual conflict of the unseen world an outstanding event was taking place, dealing with the restoration and the coming forth of the Book of Mormon to Joseph Smith. Heber is a most visionary man, and has the veil very thin, seeing for example in his opening of the preaching of the gospel in England hoards of Satanic hosts that attacked him and his companions the night before their first baptisms—the first baptisms outside of the United States. It is of note to see too that ship’s crews and captains noted that ships containing Latter-day saints were miraculously not lost at sea, which in those days was a high-risk situation.
Lydia Knight's History
We present, as the first book of the Noble Women’s Lives Series, the history of a lady who early joined the Church, and remained faithful through the various trials and hardships to which they subjected the early Saints.
Memoirs of John R. Young, Utah Pioneer, 1847
Memoirs of John R. Young: Utah Pioneer 1847 is a classic American history autobiography by John Young. “Words are the soul’s ambassadors who go Abroad upon her errands back and forth, They are the chief expounders of the mind, And correspondence kept ‘twist all mankind.’ They place in memory’s clasp, truths we have read, Beautiful words, of both living and dead, Helping us cherish, and nurse as they grow, Elysian plants, from thoughts we sow. Bringing to memory, and waking to life The form, and face of a child, or wife, The choicest treasures to mortals given, The golden thread that leads to heaven.
Mormon Settlement in Arizona
It is a book about the history of Mormons in settling Arizona and the west. It is well written and very informative. I like old history books because they avoid the current political correctness and historical revisionism that is so prevalent. I am absolutely amazed at the impact the early Mormons had on Arizona, Utah and California. The book is not an endorsement or criticism of the Mormons, just what they did, where and when. A history of this area is not complete unless you understand the people who settled it. This book is an excellent read.
Mother Stories from the Book of Mormon
Mother Stories from the Book of Mormon is a fantastic resource for storytelling. Perhaps comparable to the telling of fables, this book has 20 of the most beloved stories of the Book of Mormon told simplistically for children of all ages to understand. These stories are those of the Book of Mormon, told for the understanding of our children. Some say that Gordon B. Hinckley, as a small child, would listen to his mother read from this book. Although published over 100 years ago, the stories in this book are timeless. And unlike the reading of fables, these stories are true.
My First Mission
Cannon was one of the most prolific writers and speakers in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day and in government and business venues, and his writing is superbly interesting. I learned about the early Hawaiian saints and even the geography. I enjoyed hearing about how little the Hawaiian saints had, but how happy they were.
New Witnesses for God (Volume 2 of 3)
The following work was begun twenty-two years ago, in England, when the author was in that land on a Mission, as assistant Editor of the Latter-day Saints Millennial Star. It was the author’s design then to make the treatise on the Book of Mormon the first volume under the general title: New Witnesses for God; but after some progress in collecting and arranging the materials had been made, the thought occurred to him that the Prophet Joseph Smith in chronological order, if not in importance, preceded the Book of Mormon in introducing God’s Witnesses in this last and great dispensation. The materials of this work therefore, so far as it had collected them, were laid aside and work began on the treatise of Joseph Smith as a Witness for God; which however, because of many other demands upon the author 5 time, Meantime work was continued from time to time upon the treatise of the Book of Mormon; and in 1903-4 – 5, the materials were used substantially as in their present form, as Manuals for the Senior Classes of the Young Men’s Mutual Improvement Associations.
New Witnesses for God (Volume 3 of 3)
Three quarters of a century have passed away since Joseph Smith first declared that he had received a revelation from God. From that revelation and others that followed there has sprung into existence what men call a new religion-“Mormonism;” and a new church, the institution commonly known as the “Mormon Church,” the proper name of which, however, is THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS.
Origin of the 'Reorganized' Church and the Question of Succession
Joseph Fielding Smith, research and presentation is phenomenal. Getting these “talks” is so informative & uplifting! His background as an Apostle & church historian is clear & imposing. Definitely study this, it’s well worth the time.
Outlines of Ecclesiastical History
Brigham Roberts, He writes in the Introduction to this 1893 book, “The purpose of this work is two-fold: first, it is to sustain the position taken by the church of Christ in the last days … It has been to bring together the historical evidences of the truth of this divine announcement that, in part, this work has been written … The second purpose of the work is to teach the principles of the gospel. This, the author is convinced, can it can do best in connection with their history.”
Outlines of Mormon Philosophy
Cannon was one of the most prolific writers and speakers in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day and in government and business venues, and his writing is superbly interesting. I learned about the early Hawaiian saints and even the geography. I enjoyed hearing about how little the Hawaiian saints had, but how happy they were.
President Heber C. Kimball's Journal
He was a man of commanding presence, with eyes so keen as to almost pierce one through, and before which the guilty involuntarily quailed. He was fearless and powerful in rebuking the wrong-doer, but kind, benevolent and fatherly to the deserving. He possessed such wonderful control over the passions of men, combined with such wisdom and diplomacy that the Prophet Joseph Smith called him “the peace-maker.” His great faith, zeal, earnestness, devotion to principle, cheerfulness under the most trying circumstances, energy, perseverance and honest simplicity marked him as no ordinary man. He possessed great natural force and strong will power, yet in his submission to the Priesthood and obedience to the laws of God he set a pattern to the whole Church. His example of life was one of which his posterity may ever think with pride.
Rays of Living Light on the One Way of Salvation
Excerpt from Rays of Living Light on the Way of Salvation. As there is but one Supreme God, there can be but one true religion. That religion must be of divine origin. It must come from God to man. Religions invented by men would vary. Man cannot by his own searching find out God, or the ways of God, but Deity can enlighten man and reveal Himself and His will to mortals. The true religion, therefore, that which God reveals, that which He has revealed, and that which He may yet reveal, should be considered of greater value than anything else. Nothing that is perish able can be compared with it..
Representative Women of Deseret
“Representative Women of Deseret” and in 1884 wrote a book by the same name as a tribute to female leaders of various women’ civic and religious organizations in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The engraving contains photographs of twenty women and illustrations of LDS cultural and religious motifs. The book contains biographies of each of the women pictured. Crocheron published the book and the poster at a time of intense persecution against Mormons in Utah, or Deseret, because of their practice of plural marriage. While the LDS Church viewed polygamy as a restoration of an ancient patriarchal order as found in the Old Testament, crucial to their concept of salvation, most nineteenth-century Protestant Americans believed polygamy to be a heinous system that encouraged lusty and unfaithful husbands and jealous and oppressed wives. Anti-Mormon literature portrayed Mormon women as weak and crude, oppressed and ignorant. Crocheron depicts the women as saints with great intelligence, talent, and social contribution.
The greatest of all the gifts of God unto his children is the gift of salvation. The greatest of all his works, to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man, which makes up his glory. For this glorious purpose, worlds are created by him and peopled with his children. He gives to them his commandments, granting the power to choose for themselves whether they will obey. Those who obey him in all things he has promised great blessings, they shall be added upon in his celestial kingdom for ever and ever, and shall be crowned with the fullness of his glory. But to those who reject laws, and become a law unto themselves in unrighteousness, shall punishment be meted out according to their evil deeds.
Saturday Night Thoughts
This is a highly praised series of articles by the LDS Church leader Orson F. Whitney. They appeared every Saturday night in the Deseret Newspaper and range through a very wide variety of topics. The mind of Elder Whitney was very philosophically and deep. He was very well read and cites many authors and essayists in his articles and discusses Mormonism as easily as anyone ever could.
Sinners and Saints: A Tour Across the States, and Round Them, with Three Months Among the Mormons
A Tour Across the States, and Round Them; With Three Months Among the Mormons People under a ban – What the Mormon men think of the Anti Polygamy Bill – And what the Mormon women say of poly gamy – Puzzling confidences – Practical plurality a very dull affair – But theoretically a hedge-hog problem – Matrimonial eccentricities – The fashionable milliner fatal to plurality Absurdity of comparing Moslem polygamy with Mormon plu reality – Are the women of Utah happy – Their enthusiasm for Women’s Rights.
Succession in the Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
This relatively quick work discusses its titular topic, especially regarding various breakoff groups (strength, Reorganized Church, William Smith, etc.). It traces the history of these groups, it involves many of which in each other’s genealogies.
The Articles of Faith
Expanding on the original 13 articles of faith, giving background and enlightenment. Elder Talmage, one of Christ’s Latter-day Apostles, brings together a full and expanded look in the depth and breadth of Joseph Smith’s choosing these articles of The church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a bedrock. As Joseph Said, “I teach them correct principles and they govern themselves” these are the 13 key points of true principle.
The Autobiography of Parley Parker Pratt
Elder Pratt suffered much for the Gospel’s sake. He was self educated and cast aside worldly comforts to spread the word of Christ’s Church. Because of his dedication, he was also part of many miracles and healings. He was a poet and wrote the lyrics for many hymns. Parley used flowery prose occasionally, but it also fills his journal with grand descriptions of times in the early 1800s. After such a spiritual life, it is unfortunate that he suffered such a terrible death. I recommend this book to any serious student of Church history.
The Bible & Polygamy: Does the Bible Sanction Polygamy?
The LDS Church publicly renounced the practice of polygamy in 1890, but it has never renounced polygamy as doctrine, as evidenced in LDS scriptures. It has always permitted and continues to permit men to be married in Mormon temples “for the eternities” to over one wife.
The City of the Mormons; or, Three Days at Nauvoo, in 1842
This is definitely an interesting piece of writing. It was written by a clergyman of the Church of England named Henry Caswall, who visited the Mormon city of Nauvoo in April 1842. His agenda is made clear from the beginning of this short piece: to uncover to the world a new religion so vile as to be a “punishment for the sins of Christendom,” and that “a new religion must, of necessity, be regarded by Christians as a mere imposture.”
The Gospel An Exposition of its First Principles
This book was written many years ago. Good thoughts about the gospel. A sample gem: Three essentials to faith unto salvation – 1) A belief that God exists, 2) A correct understanding of his character and attributes, 3) Knowledge that one’s path is pleasing unto Him.
The Great Apostasy
Talmage wrote his book with the intention that it a teaching tool within the LDS Church’s Young Mens Mutual Improvement Association and The Young Women Improvement Association. Both writers borrowed heavily from the writings of Protestant scholars who argued that Roman Catholicism had apostatized from true Christianity. Talmage’s book has been described as “the most recognizable and noted work on the topic” of Latter-day Saint views of the Great Apostasy.
The House of the Lord
An outstanding book about the Temples of the Lord in the past and in our day. It shows that God has had temples built to provide the essential ordinances for life and salvation in His Kingdom. Being worthy to enter to enter the Temple is the way of happiness and a preparation for eternal life with the Lord Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father.
The Kingdom of God, Part 1
Read, therefore, with serious attention, and your mind shall be opened to see things that you never saw before; things too of infinite importance, without which you can in no wise be saved. – Orson Pratt This book by Orson Pratt, brother to Parley P. Pratt, and Apostle, examines two of seven topics; the true nature of God, and qualifications of an apostle.
The Latter-Day Prophet: History of Joseph Smith Written for Young People
It has been the author’s desire through life to aid in giving the young Latter-day Saints so much that is good and pure in literature that they will have no excuse for reading that which is trashy or improper. Excellent books, if not the strongest outside influence, are at least very strong in the building of character. The story of life upon the earth is beautiful and has absorbing interest if that life is natural, in harmony with the will of our Father in Heaven. The actual experiences of a bold missionary of Truth are of the highest interest to all right-minded Mormon children of either sex. Hence the author has seen fit to regard this little work as the beginning of a series of biographies of the Presidents of the Church, which he has under contemplation. He believes that the data of the history of the Church can be given as completely in the lives of the men who have led it as in any other way..
The Life of John Taylor
John Taylor, third president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints, espoused the work of the Lord in the last days because he had the light of truth burning within him when it was first made known to him. He lived a fearless, noble and God-like life-let those who still live seek to emulate his noble example. President Taylor was said to have been a friend to himself, a friend to his family, a friend to these people and a friend to God. He was the champion of human rights, the champion of liberty, truth and freedom. He lived a noble, useful life, full of honor and credit to himself and family, satisfaction to the people and a glory to God. This biography of John Taylor bears this testimony to the faithfulness and devotion of President Taylor, to his integrity to God and the love of his people. He was known to be a man determined to do right, to see justice administered, truth upheld, and honor sustained among these people. He lived to see these people pass through many changes.
The Life of Joseph Smith, the Prophet
This biography of Joseph Smith is especially interesting because to was written by a contemporary, a man who knew him, George Q. Cannon, and drawn from first-hand accounts of people who were present when the events described happened. Very interesting, intense and soul-stirring.
The Life of Nephi, the Son of Lehi
For Latter-Day-Saints, this book is a wonderful insight into Nephi’s life, his spiritual qualities, his love for his people, his mastery of many vocations, and his loyalty to and love for God. His life is another good example for us to follow, which is outlined very well.
The Millennium, and Other Poems
Here in the book, the Author was induced to embody the whole in one volume, hoping perhaps others might find them a source of instruction, edification, and comfort.
The Missouri Persecutions
Elder BH Roberts do a good job helping me understand how such terrible events could have taken place in the US. He should the LDS point of view but in the appendix added other histories written in the 1880s’ that illustrated the Missourians point of view. These histories continued telling us that the Mormons did not deserve the horrible things that happened to them, including being expelled during the winter with very little supplies from the state of Missouri. The writers of this history should little sorry for the Mormon people, only contempt because they were, according to the writers, different.
The Mormon Battalion
The Mormon Battalion was the only religion-based unit in United States military history. During the Mexican–American War of 1846, the battalion – comprised over 500 volunteer men of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint – made a grueling march of nearly 2,000 miles from Council Bluffs, Iowa, to San Diego, California. With minimal rations, the battalion faced suffering and fatigue as they opened another gateway to the West. This book is a historical treasure that memorializes that incredible march and its significance in history.
The Mormon Doctrine of Deity
As the Latter-day Saint’s beliefs and doctrines matured and were clarified, Robert’s lectures, debates, and supplemental expositions helped refine and merge various teachings into a more unified whole. His analysis and comparisons to various forms of Christianity common at the time provide and interesting review and discussion of the differences and similarities of Latter-day Saints and other Christian’s as to the nature, personality, and role of deity, God, or the Godhead and man’s relationship to the Divine. This presentation attempts to explore the nature of God in a larger context than traditionally expressed by the field of philosophy.
The Mormon Menace: The Confessions of John Doyle Lee, Danite
John D. Lee was a Mormon who joined when the center of the church was in Missouri, and moved with them to Nauvoo, Ill, and then on to Utah. He went on missions and converted people to Mormonism and collected money and livestock contributions for the church. A first part of the book is of a level of detail that is probably only of interest to people interested in the details of the Mormon church from the inside.
The Mormons and the Theatre; or, The History of Theatricals in Utah
The theater is so popular among the Mormon people, that in almost every town and settlement throughout their domains there is an amateur dramatic company. It is scarcely to be wondered at that Salt Lake has the enviable distinction of being the best show in the town of its population in the United States, and when we say that, we may as well say in the entire world. It is a well-established fact that Salt Lake spends more money per capital in the theater than any city in our country.
The Mormons: A Discourse Delivered Before the Historical Society of Pennsylvania: March 26, 1850
We believe that governments were instituted of God, for the benefit of man, and that he holds men accountable for their acts in relation to them, either in making laws or administering them for the good and safety of Society. We believe that no government can exist in peace, except such laws are framed, and held inviolate, as will secure to each individual the FREE exercise of CONSCIENCE, the RIGHT and control of PROPERTY, and protecting life.
The Plan of Salvation
Is there meaning to my life? Why am I here? Is there life after death? These are questions that have been asked for thousands of years. Thanks to modern-day revelation through a prophet of God, it now makes these answers known. In this eBook, John Morgan addresses these questions and provides answers for the earnest seeker of truth.
The Rise and Fall of Nauvoo
Outstanding book. Very specific and detailed accounts described in Church history, and other books relating the same time period. I learned a great deal more about Nauvoo and the corrupt Government, both local and State, and all the unpunished misdeeds of mobocracy. To me, this a must-read to all people interested in history, and the conviction of the Saints.
The Seventy's Course in Theology, First Year
First year is about the Outline history of the Seventy and a survey of the books of holy scripture. It is an enlightening journey that explains many things I have accepted without having a clear and concise knowledge. This information deepens my appreciation for Joseph Smith and the depth of his understanding of Celestial matters.
The Seventy's Course in Theology, Second Year
The Seventy’s Year Book No. II is a series of forty-four lessons on “The Outline History of the Dispensations of the Gospel.” It was a rapid survey of the entire body of scriptures recognized by the Church, so the present Year Book is a like rapid, general survey of the principle dispensations of the Gospel given to men upon this earth. As the survey of the scripture books was made for the purpose of forming a general idea of the books as a body of sacred literature, and that they might learn some idea of their essential unity; so this present outline survey of the chief dispensations of the Gospel should give some general views of the Gospel not otherwise obtainable, and to fix in the student’s mind essential unity in the Gospel in all dispensations: Establishing the idea that there is but one Gospel; and that, the “everlasting gospel;” the same through all ages. That it was the plan devised in heaven before the foundations of the earth were laid, and will endure as a means of salvation so long as there are men to be saved.
The Seventy's Course in Theology, Third Year
The Seventy’s Course in Theology, Third Year, treats directly of the Doctrine of Deity. In structure and treatment of the theme, it follows the general plan of the First and Second Year Books. Therefore what was said in the Introduction to the First Year Book to “Class Teachers;” and on the “Manner of Lesson Treatment;” “Home Reading and Preparation;” “Scripture Reading and Special Texts;” and on “Lectures,” will be available here. As quite a number of the Quorum members will not have First and Second Year Books, it is recommended that the Presidents or Class Teachers bring the suggestions under the above headings to the attention of the classes, and read them in class. An entire class session indeed, could be well spent in consideration of methods of work.
The Seventy's Course in Theology, Fourth Year
The purpose for which it introduced this feature of our class exercise, and the manner of conducting it, the new teachers and students will find explanations of in introducing Year Book No. I, to which attention is hereby directed. To the Seventies we now commend the significant theme of this present Year Book, with the prayer that it may impress them with its beauty, its effectiveness, and its glory.
The Seventy's Course in Theology, Fifth Year
It is an enlightening journey that explains many things I have accepted without having a clear and concise knowledge. This information deepens my appreciation for Joseph Smith and the depth of his understanding of Celestial matters.
The Story of "Mormonism", and the Philosophy of "Mormonism"
Mormonism shares a common set of beliefs with the rest of the Latter-Day Saint movement, including use of and belief in the Bible, and in other religious texts, including the Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants. It also accepts the Pearl of Great Price as part of its scriptural canon, and has a history of teaching eternal marriage, eternal progression, and polygamy.
The Story of the Book of Mormon
This 1888 classic by LDS General Authority Elder George Reynolds is considered the first commentary on the Book of Mormon. It is also a retelling of its stories in a way accessible to everyone. The love he had for that book of scripture, and the inspiration he received from it and expressed within the pages of this book continues to inspire modern readers.
The Story of the Mormons from the Date of Their Origin to the Year 1901
The Mormons have a very confusing and self serving start to life and understanding where they come from yields much to their issues. Some embarrassing times but leaves you with the overall understanding of all religions have troubling backgrounds and skeletons in all the closets.
The Strength of the 'Mormon' Position
The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day-Saints. Are well known through-out the world as “Mormons”. This is because they use the Book of Mormon alongside the Bible and other scriptures. “The Strength of the Mormon Position” by Orson F. Whitney is very well written as an example of this. Strengthened by the detailed knowledge of the subject, Orson Whitney portrays the needs of the many whom may benefit from reading this book. A positive read for those wanting to know about the plan of salvation and the best path to take.
The Vitality of "Mormonism" An Address
James Talmage, one of the genuine scholars regarding doctrine of the LDS Church, explains 104 topic areas regarding church doctrine. This is not the book that you can dip. It requires thought, prayer, and a desire to learn. The reader cannot help but come away from this experience with a deeper understanding of the basic tenets of his or her religion. Broken down into short essays, it is easy for the reader to concentrate on the one topic and come away with a clarified understanding. This is one of the best books I have ever read, and I would recommend it to anybody who has a desire to learn.
The Vitality of Mormonism Brief Essays on Distinctive Doctrines of the Church
A brief history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: from the birth of the prophet Joseph Smith to the present time, Letters Exhibiting the Most Prominent Doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Joseph Smith, the Prophet, His Family and His Friends. A Study Based on Facts and Documents; Volume First, The vitality of “Mormonism”: an address, Mr. Durant of Salt Lake City, “that Mormon”, The Exodus of 1847, and The psychological and ethical aspects of Mormon group life.
The Women of Mormondom
This is the seminal work on the prominent women pioneers who helped to restore the church of Jesus Christ to the earth. It not only contains the best and most authoritative reference to their history, journals and correspondence, it is also the most complete and authoritative doctrinal work on the divine feminine, the matriarchal order and the nature of our Heavenly Parents. It was written under the close supervision of Eliza R. Snow, the great Mormon poetess. It is also the account of the first women to vote and enjoy full equality with men. It was therefore the first skilled work of feminist literature ever written! It is a clarion call to the women of the world to take their place as equal partners in leading the world out of darkness into light and is a must read for anyone interested in Mormon doctrine or Feminism.
Under the Prophet in Utah; the National Menace of a Political Priestcraft
Cannon was an excellent writer. I got a great deal out of his descriptions of the compromises involved in gaining statehood. The major point of the book is that later prophets (especially Joseph F. Smith) corrupted the original vision of the church, cashing in at the expense of the LDS flock and violating church promises to ban polygamy and resist theocratic urges. I am not sure many readers will agree with Cannon’s view. The faithful will read this as sacrilege from an excommunicated apostate. LDS skeptics will argue that Brigham Young took the best of everything for himself, 50 years before Joseph F. Smith. I find it easy to believe that Cannon’s views were heartfelt
What Jesus Taught
This little book is an attempt modestly to present in popular form the teachings of Jesus. It is intended for boys and girls of high-school age. It is to be understood that there is here no exhaustive treatise of the teachings of Jesus; nor is there conducted a study and investigation of profound scholarship. Such work from the Mormon point of view must be deferred, if desirable at all. But it is hoped that what Jesus taught—in part at least—is here presented and plainly and truly, so that anyone who reads may understand.
Wilford Woodruff: History of his Life and Labors as Recorded in his Daily Journals
Best known about Wilford Woodruff is the fact that he kept throughout his long and eventful life a careful record, not only of his own life, but of the important affairs in the history of the Church. In bringing that journal within the compass of one volume, it has not always been easy to determine what was the most important for the pages of this biography. All his journals, covering thousands of pages, I have read with such discriminating judgment as I could bring to the task. The reader, therefore, need not be reminded that this biography contains only a small part, the most important part we hope it, of the things he wrote.
William Clayton's Journal
William Clayton is best remembered today for his hymns, especially “Come, Come Ye Saints.” But as one of the earliest Latter-day Saint scribes, he made intellectual and artistic contributions to his church, and his records have been silently incorporated into official Mormon scripture and history. Of equal significance are his personal impressions of day-to-day activities, which describe a social and religious world unfamiliar to modern readers.