Cowboy Apostle

Cowboy Apostle:The Diaries of Anthony W. Ivins, 1875- 1932

Anthony W. Ivins was one of the witnesses to the execution of John D. Lee for Lee’s role in the Mountain Meadows Masscre. He was an early Arizona explorer, cowboy, game hunter, politician, stake president of the Mormon colonies in Mexico, Apostle, and member of the LDS first presidency. He performed Mormon plural marriages in Mexico in the 1890s, following the revelation of Wilford Woodruff known as the “Manifesto,” which was supposed to end the practice. Later, however, he helped remove practicing polygamists from church influence. Well-known families such as the Romney’s and Eyrings have roots in the Mexican Colonies in which Ivins held stewardship. Well connected, Ivins married the daughter of a key early southern Utah settler, Erastus Snow, who himself was an apostle. Ivins was also a cousin to Heber J. Grant, who later became the Mormon prophet. Fortunately, Ivins kept a pocket diary and chronicled a significant and generally unknown history for the Latter-day Saints. He was inducted into the Cowboy Hall of fame in 1958.


Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri

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This project marks the publication of the first, full translation of the so-called Joseph Smith Egyptian papyri translated into English. The papyri were acquired by members of the LDS Church in the 1830s in Kirtland, Ohio, and rediscovered in...


Born in rural Idaho in the 1930s, her family moved to Bountiful, Utah, and then Salt Lake City in the late 1930s and mid-1940s. She and her sister married a son of a Mormon fundamentalist leader. In this captivating...

Early Mormonism and the Magic World View

Early Mormonism and the Magic World View
In this ground-breaking book, D. Michael Quinn masterfully reconstructs an earlier age, finding ample evidence for folk magic in nineteenth-century New England, as he does in Mormon founder Joseph Smith's upbringing. Quinn discovers that Smith's world was inhabited by...

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April 11th, 2014

Mormon News, Week 15, April 7–11

In the News The week following the annual General Conference of the LDS Church, there is always plenty of news coverage, analysis, and comments. One story that got wide attention was the effort by the Ordain Women group to obtain tickets to the priesthood session. While participants insisted that they were quiet, respectful, peaceful, and


April 4th, 2014

Mormon News, Week 14, March 31–April 4

In the News LDS General Conference weekend is upon us, but this year reporters won’t be on hand at the historic and picturesque Temple Square, where members like to spend time before the sessions across the street in the Conference Center. Reporters have been banned from the square because Ordain Women has announced that they will