Reviews – Lost Apostles

Lost Apostles: Forgotten Members of Mormonism’s Original Quorum of TwelveTwo skilled historians give clear voice to the “lost apostles” who were silenced not only by the church leadership but also through the passing of time. In this masterfully researched volume, the reader will hear these early ministers speak to us through their words and actions regarding questioning authority, the nature of apostasy, and especially personal integrity. In good time, this book will become as memorable as its message. This is an outstanding read! —Mark A. Scherer, World Church Historian, Community of Christ; Professor of History, Graceland University Seminary; author of the multi-volume church history, Journey of a People

In this meticulously researched book, William Shepard and Michael Marquardt lift out of obscurity the lives of six Mormon apostles, men whose experiences reflect the tempestuous and tumultuous nature of the church they helped build. The authors rightfully contend that one cannot fully understand the earliest years of Mormonism without including a reckoning for how it was that so many leaders chosen by Joseph Smith found themselves outside the fold, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, temporarily or for the remainder of their lives. —John G. Turner, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, George Mason University; author of the award-winning Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet

William Shepard and H. Michael Marquardt have written a well-documented narrative surveying the lives of Thomas B. Marsh, William E. McLellin, Luke S. Johnson, William B. Smith, John F. Boynton, and Lyman E. Johnson. The authors discuss how these early converts climbed to substantial leadership roles in the church and helped shape the direction of the Restoration Movement, as well as their eventual, collective fall from grace. This is an important contribution to the field of early Mormon historical investigation. —Linda Thatcher, Historic Collections Coordinator, Utah State Historical Society, retired; co-editor of Differing Visions: Dissenters in Mormon History

Lost Apostles carries us to the tumultuous founding days of Mormonism. Of twelve original apostles, six departed, disillu-sioned or excommunicated, their stories subsequently forgotten or intentionally ignored. They left because of internal conflicts that played out dramatically against the backdrop of the American frontier. Through meticulous research and clear writing, the authors bring these early church leaders out of the stereotype of “apostate” to full life in a transformed but chaotic world. I highly recommend this book. —Polly Aird, author of Mormon Convert, Mormon Defector: A Scottish Immigrant in the American West (Best Biography Award, Mormon History Association); co-author of Playing with Shadows: Voices of Dissent in the Mormon West (Best Documentary History Award, Utah State Historical Society)

We have all heard of the original members of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles who departed the church over different beliefs, priorities, and prerogatives. But until now we have not fully grasped their lives and careers, their strengths and foibles, their accomplishments and struggles. Authors Shepard and Marquardt have marshalled in-depth research to tell fascinating stories about individuals who once held prominence in the first-generation church but have been lost to history. This is a fine discussion of those six who dissented from the Latter Day Saint movement during its earliest years. —Roger D. Launius, Associate Director, National Air and Space Museum; author of Joseph Smith III: Pragmatic Prophet (Best Book Award, John Whitmer Historical Association; Evans Biography Award, Mountain West Center for Regional Studies); Space Stations: Base Camps to the Stars (Publication Prize, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics)