Award Winners

Mormon Book Awards Bestowed on Authors

Mormon News
It might be expected that at the Mormon History Association meetings last week in San Antonio, a book on an LDS apostle could win an award, as it did. However, the life of Apostle Anthony W. Ivins, 1852-1934, was controversial enough that publication of his diaries by Elizabeth O. Anderson and Signature Books of Salt

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...

Her Side of It

Marilyn Bushman Carlton
Her Side of It by Marilyn Bushman-Carlton, a collection of very fine poetry about a woman’s quiet rebellion against stupidity, her occasional conformity (although by choice), and the poet’s thoughts about social convention, family interactions, religion, aphrodisiacs, and exotic places. All themes that collide with the domesticated realities of the Salt Lake City suburbs. The poet helps us find rhythm, language, and love among housework, parenting, and occasional...

Sense of Order

Jack Harrell
"Harrell’s prose is impressive, his imagery captivating, and his plot turns unexpected. He is unrivaled among LDS authors.” —Thomas F. Rogers, author of Huebener and Other Plays

Nauvoo City and High Council Minutes

John S. Dinger, editor
Two legislative bodies governed the Mormon community of Nauvoo, Illinois in the 1840s. The high council with its origins in Ohio began as a religious community's effort plan events and to settle disputes. In Nauvoo it was formalized as the governing body for the church. The city council gathered to pass ordinances on loose animals, impose taxes, and regulate alcohol, and more importantly, protection against arrest for Mormons, which...

Candid Insights of a Mormon Apostle: The Diaries of Abraham H. Cannon, 1889-1895

Candid Insights of a Mormon Apostle
Abraham H. Cannon was the fourth son of early Mormon insider, apostle, publisher and pioneer George Q. Cannon. Because of his father's prominence, he was introduced to the highest realms of Church and Utah territorial leadership at an early age--an advantage which set the stage for Abraham to make significant historical contributions himself. As a bonus to modern historians, his diaries flow like few others from the late nineteenth...

Things in Heaven and Earth

Things in Heaven and Earth
Before attaining that status of senior church apostle at the death of John Taylor in 1886, Woodruff had been one of the fiercest opponents of United States hegemony. He spent years evading territorial marshals on the Mormon "underground," escaping prosecution for polygamy, unable even to attend his first wife's funeral.

Sidney Rigdon

Sidney Rigdon
In the late 1820s a fiery young minister in western Ohio converted nearly 1,000 proselytes to the Reformed Baptist Movement. As these schismatics organized themselves into the new Disciples of Christ church, the Reverend Sidney Rigdon was already aligning himself with another, more radical movement, the Latter-day Saints, where he quickly became the LDS prophet's principal advisor and spokesman.

Mormon Democrat

The Religious and Political Memoirs of James Henry Moyle
James Henry Moyle was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under U.S. president Woodrow Wilson, Commissioner of Customs under President Theodore Roosevelt, and special assistant to treasury secretary Henry Morgenthau. He was also president of the LDS Eastern States Mission.

History’s Apprentice

The Diaries of B. H. Roberts
These diaries cover a decade, 1880-1898, in which Roberts was active in Utah as a young church leader. They are his apprenticeship years when he developed the skills that would characterize the rest of his career. Besides illuminating the character of the man himself, they also add much to our knowledge of this pivotal time in history.