History

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.

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.

The Council of Fifty

The Council of Fifty: A Documentary History
The original duties of the Council of Fifty were to help elect Mormon founder Joseph Smith to the presidency of the United States, to scout locations for colonies in Texas and Oregon, and to form the political kingdom of God on earth. After Smith’s death, the council oversaw the exodus west and served as the initial governing body for the settlements until Utah became a territory. The council met...

Mormonism Unvailed

Mormonism-Unvailed
“Despite an obvious bias, Eber D. Howe provided a service to historians the way he gathered eyewitness accounts and primary documents, for which he was never properly recognized. He was the first to publish some of Joseph Smith’s revelations, and he preserved the contents of vital early correspondence. Now Dan Vogel has done his usual exceptional work of editing and annotating this indispensable historical source. His placing of Howe’s...

Lost Apostles

Forgotten Members of Mormonism's Original Quorum of Twelve
Before the LDS Church was organized, Joseph Smith received a revelation telling him that twelve men would be called as latter-day apostles. Their assignment would be to warn men and women that the end was near. Although the determination of who would fill these positions was delayed for five years, when it finally happened, God reiterated that these men were to “prune the vineyard for the last time” because...

Dimensions of Faith

Stephen C. Taysom
Is there anything new under the sun? No, says the preacher in Ecclesiastes. Yes, says Signature Books. There is a new book out, and it's a good one—458 pages of the most interesting discussion of current LDS topics you could find anywhere. Edited by Stephen C. Taysom, Professor of Religious Studies at Cleveland State University, it contains essays by fifteen contributors in what the editor calls the most important...

Nauvoo Polygamy

Nauvoo Polygamy
Mormon polygamy began in Nauvoo, Illinois, a river town located at a bend in the Mississippi about fifty miles upstream from Mark Twain's Hannibal, Missouri. As Joseph Smith married some thirty-eight women, he introduced this "celestial" marriage form to his innermost circle of followers. By early 1846, nearly 200 men had adopted the polygamous lifestyle, with an average of nearly four women per man—717 wives in all, with more...

God Has Made Us a Kingdom

James Strang and the Midwest Mormons
Strang was considered the prophetic successor to Joseph Smith for the Mormons of the Midwest who later formed the nucleus for the membership of what is now the Community of Christ. Today, 150 years after Strang’s death, about 100 faithful followers in the United States still await the emergence of another prophet to succeed Strang.

An Insider’s View of Mormon Origins

An Insider's View of Mormon Origins
Over the past thirty years, an enormous amount of research has been conducted into Mormon origins—Joseph Smith's early life, the Book of Mormon, the prophet's visions, and the restoration of priesthood authority. Longtime LDS educator Grant H. Palmer suggests that most Latter-day Saints remain unaware of the significance of these discoveries, and he gives a brief survey for anyone who has ever wanted to know more about these issues.

Inventing Mormonism

Inventing Mormonism
For more than 150 years the story of Mormon origins has been rewritten to a point where only fragments remain of the original. This book restores much of the human drama and detail. Moving from village to village, the Joseph Smith, Sr., family lived in constant poverty. When in 1825 Joseph, Sr., a cooper, defaulted on the family’s final mortgage payment, he and his nineteen-year-old son, Joseph Jr., traveled...