Book Families

Confessions of a Mormon Historian

Leonard Arrington
Leonard Arrington's 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.”

Dream House on Golan Drive

Dream-House-on-Golan-Drive
This novel is set in Provo, Utah and New York City during the seventies and eighties, the story encapsulates the normal expectations of a Mormon experience and turns them on their head. The style, too, is innovative in how it employs as narrator “Zed,” one of the apocryphal Three Nephites who, with another immortal figure, the Wandering Jew of post-biblical legend, engage regularly in light-hearted banter and running commentary,...

Fresh Courage Take

Fresh-Courage-Take
The twelve essays in this anthology provide a refreshing array of female perspectives, personalities, and circumstances. Along with an introduction by Jamie Zvirzdin, the essays invite readers to recognize and own their personal struggles, gifts, faults, and desires and to accept where they stand on the spectrum of humanity. Fresh Courage Take demonstrates that the road to heaven is not a conveyor belt powered by a checklist of religious...

Glorious in Persecution

Glorious in Persecution
In Joseph Smith’s narrative, God himself is a character with emotion, dimension, presence. We struggle to understand how deeply personal God was for the Mormon prophet. It is impossible to know for sure if Joseph would or could have opted out of his life as a prophet or whether he was simply swept forward in a course carved out by undeniable inevitabilities. But the God in it rendered it...

History of Joseph Smith and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

History of Joseph Smith V1
Published serially in Illinois from 1842 to 1846 in the church’s Times and Seasons, then in Utah in the Deseret News from 1851 to 1857, the history was subsequently revised and published as six volumes by assistant church historian B. H. Roberts from 1902 to 1912. While he improved the text, researchers have long recognized the need for an edition based on professional historical and editing standards.

Island Adventures

Island Adventures
Francis (“Frank”) Hammond was not an average Mormon pioneer. After breaking his back working on a whaling ship off the coast of Siberia in 1844, he was set ashore on the island of Maui to heal. While there he set up shop as a shoemaker and learned the local language. Three years later, he converted to Mormonism in San Franciso, and in 1851 he was sent back to Hawaii...

Mormon Hierarchy

Mormon-Hierarchy-Wealth
Early in the twentieth century, it was possible for Latter-day Saints to have lifelong associations with businesses managed by their leaders or owned and controlled by the church itself. LDS apostles had a long history of community involvement in financial enterprises to the benefit of the general membership and their own economic advantage. This volume reflects years of research into LDS financial dominance from 1830 to 2010.

Natural Born Seer

Natural Born Seer
Like all of God’s prophets, Joseph Smith perceived the divine word largely through the prism of his own experience. It was not necessary for him to convert followers to a new world view. He needed only to tap into powerful undercurrents of popular belief that enabled ordinary people to reach beyond themselves. Beyond venerating Smith as an inspired prophet or villainizing him as a duplicitous criminal, Van Wagoner’s...

Salt Lake School of the Prophets, 1867-1883

School-of-the-Prophets
Brigham Young re-established the school in the Salt Lake Valley in 1867; his successor, John Taylor, resuscitated it for a while in 1883. Young’s emphasis was theology, first as an appendage to Deseret University, and then as a separate institution. Presented here for the first time are all available minutes for the Utah period.

Some Love

Some-love
Indifference rests quietly alone in the universe while love, hate, and hurt rage tightly together elsewhere across safely defined demarcations. Some Love secretly yearns for rest but plunges deeply into the scramble of human emotions From his childhood in Sicily as a Catholic altar boy through his latter days as a Mormon “saint,” Caldiero recalls in verse his emerging passion for performance and for the sensual liturgical marriage of physical...