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A Reason For Faith

Author: Laura Hales
ISBN: 9781944394011
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The topics covered in this book are the talking points of the moment. The information gleaned from reading the perspectives of these believing scholars will help start the process of discovering answers and coming to terms with the realities of the Church's past and provide tools for lifelong learning and study. This book was written to provide reasons for faith by offering faithful answers to sincere questions.

Of Faith And Reason

Author: Michael R. Ash
Publisher: Cedar Fort
ISBN: 1599552310
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In the early 1800s, many people criticized the Prophet Joseph Smith for his prophecies and revelations; today, several evidences prove that Joseph was right.

Exploring The Connection Between Mormons And Masons

Author: Matthew B. Brown
Publisher: Covenant Communications
ISBN: 9781598118933
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In this helpful guide, trusted LDS scholar Matthew B. Brown offers an engaging, edifying exploration of the relationship between the ritual practices of Freemasonry and the blessings of the House of the Lord while clearly and skillfully addressing the subject's history, theology, traditional understandings, and myths.

Real Native Genius

Author: Angela Pulley Hudson
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 1469624443
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In the mid-1840s, Warner McCary, an ex-slave from Mississippi, claimed a new identity for himself, traveling around the nation as Choctaw performer "Okah Tubbee." He soon married Lucy Stanton, a divorced white Mormon woman from New York, who likewise claimed to be an Indian and used the name "Laah Ceil." Together, they embarked on an astounding, sometimes scandalous journey across the United States and Canada, performing as American Indians for sectarian worshippers, theater audiences, and patent medicine seekers. Along the way, they used widespread notions of "Indianness" to disguise their backgrounds, justify their marriage, and make a living. In doing so, they reflected and shaped popular ideas about what it meant to be an American Indian in the mid-nineteenth century. Weaving together histories of slavery, Mormonism, popular culture, and American medicine, Angela Pulley Hudson offers a fascinating tale of ingenuity, imposture, and identity. While illuminating the complex relationship between race, religion, and gender in nineteenth-century North America, Hudson reveals how the idea of the "Indian" influenced many of the era's social movements. Through the remarkable lives of Tubbee and Ceil, Hudson uncovers both the complex and fluid nature of antebellum identities and the place of "Indianness" at the very heart of American culture.

Foundational Texts Of Mormonism

Author: Mark Ashurst-McGee
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190274379
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Joseph Smith, founding prophet and martyr of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, personally wrote, dictated, or commissioned thousands of documents. Among these are several highly significant sources that scholars have used over and over again in their attempts to reconstruct the founding era of Mormonism, usually by focusing solely on content, without a deep appreciation for how and why a document was produced. This book offers case studies of the sources most often used by historians of the early Mormon experience. Each chapter takes a particular document as its primary subject, considering the production of a document as an historical event in itself, with its own background, purpose, circumstances, and consequences. The documents are examined not merely as sources of information but as artifacts that reflect aspects of the general culture and particular circumstances in which they were created. This book will help historians working in the founding era of Mormonism gain a more solid grounding in the period's documentary record by supplying important information on major primary sources.

Joseph Smith S Polygamy

Author: Brian C. Hales
ISBN: 9781589587236
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In the last several years a wealth of information has been published on Joseph Smith's practice of polygamy. For some who were already well aware of this aspect of early Mormon history, the availability of new research and discovered documents has been a wellspring of further insight and knowledge into this topic. For others who are learning of Joseph's marriages to other women for the first time, these books and online publications can be both an information overload and a challenge to one's faith. In this short volume, Brian C. Hales (author of the 3-volume "Joseph Smith's Polygamy: History and Theology") and Laura H. Hales wade through the murky waters of history to help bring some clarity to this episode of Mormonism's past. As Joseph Smith's participation in plural marriage involved more than just the Prophet and his first wife Emma, this volume also includes short biographical sketches of the 35 other women who were sealed to Joseph but whose stories of faith, struggle, and courage have been largely forgotten and ignored over time. While we may never fully understand the details and reasons surrounding this practice, Brian and Laura Hales provide readers with an accessible, forthright, and faithful look into this challenging topic so that we can at least come toward a better understanding. Praise for "Joseph Smith's Polygamy: Toward a Better Understanding" "Few matters of LDS history have proven to be as faith-sensitive as Joseph Smith's plural marriages. While a number of efforts have been made in recent years to shed light on this challenging phenomenon, nothing has brought greater clarity, enlightenment, and, particularly for believing Saints, spiritual reassurance, than has the work of researcher Brian Hales. He and his wife Laura have now rendered a monumental service to Mormons and interested observers by bringing clarity and better understanding to this topic. I for one am grateful for the context, perspective, and both straightforward and faithful answers provided for so many of the questions surrounding Nauvoo polygamy. It is a book that will be read and discussed for years to come." - Robert L. Millet, Professor Emeritus of Religious Education, Brigham Young University

All Are Alike Unto God

Author: E. Dale LeBaron
Publisher: Bookcraft, Incorporated
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Conversion stories from early pioneers in the various African nations.

Women At Church

Author: Neylan McBaine
Publisher: Greg Kofford Books Incorporated
ISBN: 9781589586888
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A practical and faithful guide to improving the way men and women work together in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Exploring The First Vision

Author: Samuel Alonzo Dodge
Publisher: Brigham Young University Religious Studies Center
ISBN: 9780842528184
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Today's scholars of Joseph Smith's First Vision stand on the shoulders of giants. This volume reproduces some of the seminal articles written by the giants who have studied it for half a century. It is a monument to their contributions. The past of First Vision scholarship is indispensable to the present. Those who study the First Vision today depend very much on the works of the scholars that are reprinted in this volume. Moreover, these scholars discovered and published much of the source material on which their articles are based and on which we depend. Scholarly debate and criticism are important elements of the historical discipline because the contest of ideas leads to deeper research and more thorough analysis. Certain historians setting out to discredit Joseph Smith's claims were central to the formation of subsequent First Vision scholarship because their work proposed the questions that later formed the historical debate. Subsequently, Latter-day Saint scholars responded to the challenges with an increase energy that greatly benefited the study of early Mormonism.

The Field Is White

Author: Cynthia Green
ISBN: 9781944394158
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This book explores the story of Church growth that was initiated by Wilford Woodruff's missionary efforts in the Three Counties of England in the mid-1800s. Readers will learn how the socioeconomic, political, and religious background in this part of England prepared people to accept the restored gospel. We describe the efforts of American and British missionaries in the area, as well as the lives of some the early converts who either emigrated or stayed in England. Finally, we look at how current Church members in this area have forged links with the legacy of this amazing time of harvest.