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This is the New Testament and Psalms from one of the "Three Standard Books" of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Easy to carry, it is only 351 pages (about 1/2") thick. Hardcover.


This book is part of the "Pastors Reference Library." It contains the Rules of Order governing the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the resolutions which have been passed at General Conferences and World Conferences since the 1860's.

Various editions of this book are available, beginning about 1930. It is updated frequently as new resolutions are passed and some are rescinded. The most common editions are from 1952, 1957, 1964, and 1980.


First published at Palmyra, New York, in 1830, the Book of Mormon is one of the “Three Standard Books” of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. This is the 1966 Edition by the RLDS Church, which is now known as the RAV, Revised Authorized Version.

Changes include correction of punctuation, elimination of ambiguous construction, substitution of synonyms for obsolete and archaic words, and revision of out-of-date spellings. Examples of changes: “you” and “your” for “thee” and “thy”; “went” for “didst go”; and deletion of many “And it came to pass” phrases.

The book is produced with hardback, paper, and leather covers, and in a large-print edition. A replica of the 1830 edition is also available. The “1908 Edition” of the Book of Mormon is also available; it is now known as the AV, Authorized Version.


First published at Palmyra, New York, in 1830, the Book of Mormon is one of the “Three Standard Books” of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The title page of recent editions includes these words: “Compared with the original manuscript and the Kirtland Edition of 1837, which was carefully re-examined and compared with the original manuscript by Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery.”

A variety of books with different formats was produced by the RLDS Church prior to 1908. The “1908 Edition” standardized verses and made a concordance possible for the first time. Chapters follow the numbering system of the 1830 edition. This book is now known as the AV, Authorized Version.
Note that the LDS Church renumbered chapters and verses, so LDS references do not match RLDS books.

The book is produced with hardback, paper, and leather covers, and in a large-print edition. A replica of the 1830 edition is also available. The RLDS Church also published an edition using more modern English and sentence structure in 1966; it is now known as the RAV, Revised Authorized Version.


Emma Smith was instructed to make a selection of sacred hymns for the early Church. This is a replica of “A Collection of Sacred Hymns for the Church of the Latter Day Saints.” It was first printed in Kirtland, Ohio, in 1835. The book contains 90 hymns—words only.

The preface says, “In order to sing by the Spirit, and with the understanding, it is necessary that the Church of the Latter Day Saints should have a collection of “Sacred Hymns,” adapted to their faith and belief in the gospel, and, as far as can be, holding forth the promises made to the fathers who died in the precious faith of a glorious resurrection, and a thousand years’ reign on earth with the Son of Man in His glory.

Notwithstanding the Church, as it were, is still in its infancy, yet, as the song of the righteous is a prayer unto God, it is sincerely hoped that the following collection, selected with an eye single to His glory, may answer every purpose till more are composed, or till we are blessed with a copious variety of the songs of Zion.”

Note that the photo shows the front cover and the spine.


The Book of Commandments was being printed in Independence, Missouri, when a mob destroyed the press and scattered the unbound sheets. This replica contains copies of all the printed pages; it ends in the middle of a sentence.

Note that the photo shows the front cover and the spine.


The Book of Mormon is one of the “Three Standard Books” of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. This is a replica of the first edition, which was printed in Palmyra, New York.

Note that the photo shows the front cover and the spine.


First published at Kirtland in 1835, the Book of Doctrine and Covenants is one of the “Three Standard Books” of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. This is a replica of the first edition, and it includes the Lectures of Faith plus 102 sections.
Note that the photo shows the front cover and the spine.


First published at Kirtland in 1835, the Book of Doctrine and Covenants is one of the “Three Standard Books” of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The title page of recent editions includes these words: “Carefully selected from the revelations of God, and given in the order of their dates.”

The RLDS Church first published the Doctrine and Covenants in 1864, and many new printings have been made since then. In 1970 the World Conference decided that several sections which were not revelations of God should be placed in an appendix. The 1990 World Conference completely removed the appendix, so later printings do not include Sections 107, 109, 110, 113, and 123.

The book is produced with hardback, paper, and leather covers, and in a large-print edition. A replica of the 1835 edition is also available.


Produced by the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1903, this hymnal of 232 hymns was designed for Church school groups. It became a supplemental hymnal in many RLDS Churches.

The introduction says, “Zion’s Praises is sent out with the hope that it will meet a hearty welcome from all lovers of the beautiful in music and song.... With a desire to help the song service of the Sabbath-schools everywhere, interest the young, gladden the hearts of the elderly, and honor in grateful praise God, to whom all honor and exaltation is fully due, the work is submitted and dedicated to Zion’s hopeful children.”


Produced by the Restoration Hymn Society, this blue hymnal has been used in many Restoration branches and groups since 1984. Originally issued with 402 hymns, an “Enlarged Edition” was published with a total of 446 hymns. It was also published as a large-print, spiral-bound book and a looseleaf edition for piano and organ.


This book was produced by the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in conjunction with The Westminster Press. The preface says, “We were happy to be able to make arrangement with The Westminster Press that permitted us to include many of the hymns already issued in the Hymnal for Youth and to add hymns of our own choosing.”

There are 396 hymns, plus several pages of instructions to leaders, sample orders of worship, and responsive readings.


Produced by the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, this book was planned to enrich the worship of the nursery, kindergarten, primary, and junior ages. Its purpose is to provide hymns that will help children grow in their relationship to God, to Jesus, to the Church, and to other people.
This book contains hymns in many categories and from many sources, most of them specifically designed in both verse and music for children. It includes fun and action songs and exercises for use in children’s camps, reunion activities, vacation church school, and other occasions where non-worship material is needed.
The book contains 225 hymns plus 44 fun and action songs.


This became the official hymnal of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1981. It contains 501 hymns and complete indexing. This book is also available in a looseleaf edition for piano and organ.


Also known as “the gray hymnal,” this was the official hymnal of the Church from 1956 until 1981. It contains 582 or 583 hymns, depending on the printing. The first printings of the hymnal included “Come, Come, Ye Saints” as #580. The hymn was ordered removed in 1960, so the next several printings had a blank page where that hymn should be. Later printings scrambled the last few hymns and filled in the blank page.
Normally the covers were gray, but original bindings have also been found in red, green, black, yellow, and sky blue.
This book was also produced in a looseleaf edition for piano and organ and in two pocket-size printings—one with a black leather cover and the other a light blue paper cover.


This was the official hymnal of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from 1933 until 1956. The same hymnal was available in both dark blue and lavender covers. It contains 442 hymns, plus complete indexes.


by Florence Whipple Simmons
Felice, the heroine narrator of this novel, is a young married woman of radiant personality. Her account reflects this quality as she describes her quest for happiness in the social whirl of the ambitious Old Guard, descendants of the Puritan elite, in a fictional New England city.
The routines of the "mousie doily race," so termed and protested by her husband Philip—equally ambitious but intent upon broader horizons—finally catapult her into new scenes and totally unexpected situations.
Confronted by dangers in surroundings that call forth resources of courage she had not realized she possessed, she daringly answers to the greatest of all challenges. As she does so, she gains a faith and convictions about God that lead to her fulfillment.

TRUE SUCCESSION IN CHURCH PRESIDENCY: A Reply to B. H. Roberts on “Succession in the Presidency of the Church”

by Heman C. Smith
We have been attacked by Mr. B. H. Roberts of the LDS Church; and it is both a privilege and a duty to respond.
This work authenticates the claim of Joseph Smith III to the presidency of the Reorganized Church.

THE TRUTH DEFENDED: A Reply to “Doctrines and Dogmas of Mormonism”

by Heman C. Smith
"The Doctrines and Dogmas of Mormonism Examined and Refuted" is the title of a book written by one "Elder Davis H. Bays" and published by the St. Louis Christian Publishing Company in 1897.
The publishing company has given this work the following indorsement: “...A careful study of this work will convince the reader that the author has completely examined and refuted the doctrines and dogmas of Mormonism.”
The indorsement given the book by a respectable publishing house furnishes the apology, if one is needed, for the consideration given it in this treatise.


by Henry A. Stebbins
This book is a revised and enlarged copy of the Book of Mormon Lectures that were delivered by the author during February, 1894. The work was well received, apparently filling a place in the advocacy of our cause which no other book did, owing, perhaps, to the narrative method of treating the subject and the taking of various colonies in their order.
The author has revised and corrected the original, and also added much more to the book from the antiquarian and historical material that has come to light in favor of the Book of Mormon.


by Louise Palfrey
The author takes the discoveries already made and theories already formed, and brings them together into one volume in convenient form for the use of Book of Mormon students.
These papers were originally prepared to be used as required readings in connection with the study of the Book of Mormon in Religio locals and were published serially in the "Arena" department of Autumn Leaves. They are the result of careful study and research of the best authors and writers of American archaeology.


by “Orion” Hyrum O. Smith
This is the fourth volume of the “Birth Offering Series.”
The book describes the archaeological evidences of the people of ancient America as well as the history of the Book of Mormon.
This is written as dialog with many verses of the Scriptures being read by the children. It starts with Ernest saying: “Papa, Harry, Ethel, Maude, and I would like to have you explain to us about the Book of Mormon.”
Papa answers: “I am very glad to have the opportunity, my dear children, to explain the matter to you. What is it that you can not understand, and where shall I begin?”


by Alfred H. Yale
Priesthood Orientation Studies was designed to meet the need for studies to acquaint those called to the priesthood with the areas of ministry in which they may serve, and to inform them of their general duties, responsibilities, and privileges.
The Meaning, Purpose, and History of Priesthood
The Offices of Priesthood
Form of Organization
The Elder
The Priest
The Teacher
The Deacon
The Bible
The Book of Mormon
The Doctrine and Covenants
Important Events in Church History
An Outline of Restoration History
Approach to History
Soil of the Restoration
The Restoration
The New Jerusalem
Return to Zion
Growth of the Church
The Nature of God and of Man
Atonement; Rewards
Gospel Principles; The Church
Administrative Procedures
Judicial Procedures
Local Organization and Administration


Various editions are available, beginning in 1934.
The Pastors' Reference Library has been of great value to the priesthood and leadership of the Church. It has formed the central corps of books considered by priesthood as essential to their ministry. It has set standards for our work and helped to unify the Church. The Priesthood Manual is one of this group of publications.
From time to time it has been necessary to revise and update The Priesthood Manual to keep it current with the growth of the Church.


by Fred L. Young
The Restoration movement as evidenced in the Church has a unique program for assisting its members to their goal of righteousness. Particularly is this true in the case of those who fall into temptation and sin, whether it be one which deeply affects the lives of many. or which touches only the lives of a few. This ministry finds its roots in the lives of the members, and extends through the work of the priesthood and the Church judicial system.
As members of the Church better understand the purpose and achievable goals of the ministry of reconciliation, growth toward Zionic ends will be more evident. The purpose is a mutual effort toward perfection.
None other than a divine mind could conceive of a system of ministry, such as we have in the Church, which permits such close correlation of all its functions. It calls for men and women of the highest moral and spiritual character. It also calls for men and women who continue to study and grow.
When using· this book, one should consider the entire book and not one section alone. For example, when considering repentance, one should read everything on that subject. Make full use of the cross-reference index in the back of the book.


by “Orion” Hyrum O. Smith
Come now, and let us reason together," is the invitation of the Lord to His children. "Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear." This volume is written to help parents “bring up your children in light and truth.”
Brother H. O. Smith, under the nom de plume of "Orion," is the author. He has collected facts bearing upon many events of an historic, social, and scientific character, which were treated by Joseph Smith years before their occurrence. Today they stand as irrefutable proofs of the wisdom of the man, as much as the direct prophecies made by him which have been literally fulfilled.
This is “Birth Offering Series” number 8.
This is written as dialog with many verses of the Scriptures and other quotations being read by the children.



This book has been written for children to read. It is especially planned for boys and girls about eight years old who wish to become members of Christ's Church.
This book is intended to help the child come to grips with the basic message of the gospel. That message is that God loves children, reveals this love in Jesus Christ, and encourages each child to relate himself to Christ. Such a relationship helps a person live a satisfying and worthwhile life.

There has been no attempt in this book to try to include all the facts that a Church member should know. The emphasis has been placed on presenting concepts that will help the child develop a better relationship with God and his fellow man. A closely related purpose of this study is to help the child feel that God is real, close, and concerned about him.

Some children may have difficulty with some of the words in the text. As a pastor, parent, or teacher you can give them assistance or can read parts or all of the book to them. You will also want to discuss the ideas presented and at times make assignments for the child to accomplish between lessons.

ARTHUR A. OAKMAN: Themes from His Radio Sermons

compiled by Stephen A. Gregson

Arthur Alma Oakman, possibly as much as any popular theologian, has influenced the theological thinking of ministers in the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He received General Church appointment in 1930 and soon began developing his theological and preaching talents. He served as presiding elder of the Stone Church in Independence from 1936 to 1938. Ordained as a member of the Council of Twelve in 1938, his first assignment as an apostle was to his native England and continental Europe. His devotion was exemplified in that when the war broke out in Europe, he chose to stay, serving as apostle to people who were experiencing the ravages of war.

Brother Oakman's theological contribution drew great appreciation for his Melchisedec priesthood lectures, "Christus Veritas," which later were expanded in one of his six books. These books, widely used in the Church, are God's Spiritual Universe, Belief in Christ, He Who Is, Resurrection and Eternal Life, O Worship the King, and The Call of Christ in an Age of Dilemma.
People in the central area of the Church appreciated his radio ministry, which he gave unreservedly. His sermons originated at the Stone Church in the 1930s over KMBC. In the later years of his life his Morning Devotions were heard over KXTR-FM. The theology and dynamic preaching of Brother Oakman, which has influenced so many members of the Church, reached out to touch the lives of those in the Kansas City area.

Brother Oakman died on December 26, 1975. Following his death, his more recent radio sermons were collected and edited for this book. Two volumes are available.


by L. Wayne Updike

The Center Stake of Zion (Independence, Missouri) has held a special Melchisedec priesthood lecture series on important theological subjects. In 1957 L. Wayne Updike delivered the lectures, and he core of discussion was the basic principle of "repentance." From the notes for this series Brother Updike has prepared this book.

Recognizing the problem of communicating the meaning of words, he has devoted the entire first chapter to a discussion of the definition of "The Principle of Repentance." As a basis for succeeding chapters, the definition, "a conscious positive response to an ever-increasing revelation of God," is formulated and expanded. As he puts it: "The chapters that follow are windows letting in more light upon the subject thus partially defined."

Elder Updike has endeavored to make a simple, straightforward analysis of the subject rather than presenting a great mass of material for the student to sort through. Intentionally, then, the lectures are brief. But they are packed with illustrations and bring an insight into the principle of repentance.

We recommend this book to all people who are searching for an understanding of the basic principle leading to salvation—repentance.


by Evelyn Maples

The stories in this book continue the family learning experiences begun in Norman Learns about the Sacraments. The Three Standard Books of the Church are introduced and simple questions about their genesis and purpose answered in this fictional account of a Church family.

Chapters include: "Frankie Finds a Book," "How We Got the Bible," "Many Versions—One Book," "The Everlasting Covenant," "Just Call Me Benjamin," "Picnic with Grandma," "Father Goes to Conference," and "The Youngest Book."


by Roy A. Cheville

One Sunday morning a comment was made that has remained with me. It was at the close of a service in the Brick Church in Lamoni. I had been on the faculty of Graceland some two or three years. I had come from university studies full of facts, questions, perplexities, and theories. Many of them were freely shared.

After my sermon that morning, an elderly member, one of those "mothers-in-Israel," shook my hand and said, "Brother Cheville, you're growing."
Had she commented that the discourse was good or even outstanding, I would have been less impressed. That simple phrase, "You're growing," stirred me. I have never forgotten it. Many a time since then I have hoped the comment would still be true.

So often I find members of the Church who are not intent on growing. They want to have all questions settled, all explorations closed. They draw away from spiritual frontiers. The "fullness of the gospel" becomes something they now possess, rather than an infinite experience into which they move step by step.
A major essential for those who share in this quest is that they want to grow. And this outlook is the spirit of our gospel at its best, the expectancy of revelation in an expanding insight. Today it is imperative that we ask ourselves whether we are growing—growing on all fronts, growing in integration, growing in outlook, growing in effective relationship with God and man. We need such persons urgently in these modern times. The work of God requires them. I cannot think of a more significant evaluation that God might make to us than this one: "You're growing."

It has been said that humanity may be divided into three groups: (1) those who are unaware that there is any frontier edge, (2) those "on edge," and (3) those "on the growing edge." This text is addressed to the last of these three. It is sent out in the intent of serving those who want to keep on growing, as long as they live. The Church is needing such as these.


by George M. Njeim

The germ thought of this booklet had its origin in the attack of the hungry sensation writers of the Depression years who were trying to earn a scanty penny at the sacrifice of their intellectual honesty by besmirching the character of Joseph Smith.

Even if we were wrong in attributing to these writers, Mr. Fisher and Mrs. Broady, an ulterior motive, we certainly are not wrong in questioning their reasoning faculties. Joseph Smith made claims to prophetic inspiration, and whether he was right or wrong is entirely up to time to verify. Their judgment of the man was based upon what biased historians have said and on what contested statements the man is supposed to have made.

Joseph Smith, however, has left us a wealth of information in the Book of Mormon and in the Doctrine and Covenants regarding his prophetic gift. Why not attack him on these uncontested works? These alone, and not what others have said about him, reveal his character.

In the following pages there is contained what we feel to be a just approach for those who may be trying to determine the source of inspiration that came to Joseph Smith. Our hope is that this method may be found free of taint, and that it may help those who are seriously looking for a verification of the truthfulness of the inspiration behind the restored gospel.


by F. Henry Edwards

"Enduring Convictions of the Restoration," this book attempts a brief statement of some of the fundamental beliefs of the RLDS Church. It is not intended for cursory reading, but for in-depth study. In religion, as elsewhere, the richer values elude us unless we are willing to dig for them.

The 20 chapters include Foundations of Belief; God, the Father; Jesus Christ, Our Lord; the Holy Spirit; Priesthood; Sin and Forgiveness; The Church; The Gifts of the Spirit; The Scriptures; and The Kingdom of God.


compiled by Alvin Knisley

This book is not a republication of the book issued in 1913 under the title of Revelations in Our Times, but some of the contents of said publication are embraced in the following collection.

What follows is addressed to the Saints and is for Saints—not for sinners. Its mission is not to convert, but to confirm. It is not a trail blazer, but the hollyhock at the settler's cabin window. It should not be handed to the unconvinced investigator. Paul suggests that some people were justly restricted to milk while others were entitled to meat. Keep this volume in its proper domain, and it will thrill the bosoms of thousands of the little flock and impart to them new courage.


by F. Henry Edwards

This is a book of outlines and notes which I hope will be found useful in the missionary preaching of younger men of the ministry. It is not a book of sermons, but will need to be embellished with illustrations and other material. Some may find here a source of ideas for chalk talks; others will discover clues for the answering of questions. But I do hope that wherever else it fails, it will succeed in stimulating the thought of our missionary-minded priesthood along the lines of our fundamental faith.

In my search for ideas for this book I have drawn on every source I could call to mind: Heralds, Ensigns, tracts, books, and sermon notes. It is therefore possible that the more experienced among the brethren will find here many points of view with which they have long been familiar. I would gladly give credit for the various points of view presented if I knew where they originated. The only safe way to do this is to express gratitude for the guidance of the Spirit of Truth, Who, after all, is the only source of our understanding.

The cover of the 1940 edition is shown. There was also a revised edition in 1949.

THE FOUNDING PROPHET: An Administrative Biography of Joseph Smith, Jr.

by Maurice L. Draper

This is an administrative biography. It is not intended to be an exhaustive study of Joseph Smith, Jr.'s personal and family life. It is not greatly concerned with many of the personal and public aspects of his experience. Its focus is on the origin and development of the movement generally known as Mormonism or the Restoration movement.

There are many aspects of the political, economic, and family activities of Joseph to which no attention is given. The purpose of this study is to examine his relationships to major aspects of the organization and to the early life of the Church under his leadership.

As a biography, this book is neither a defense of nor an attack on Joseph Smith's beliefs and actions. It is an effort to understand them. To do so requires us to look forthrightly at issues that have been controversial through the years.
We are not required to believe that these issues are either true or false just because Joseph Smith was involved with them. Many of us have said for years that because Joseph Smith was a prophet does not mean that he was infallible. Indeed, an argument supported by many of Joseph's followers over the past 150 years or more is that nothing is infallible about human religious experiences or accounts about them. Human beings are involved in them and interpret them within the context of human intelligence and reason, neither of which is infallible.

I believe Joseph Smith was a prophet through whom inspired insights have come to us. I also believe he was a human being who made mistakes. Some of his major errors involved ordinances for the dead and speculations about multiple deities.

I have tried to treat these concepts forthrightly in the biographical context. There is no place for some of them in my own theological thought, so I must also explicitly reject them as part of my own beliefs. This in no way diminishes my respect for Joseph Smith as a prophet. Indeed. I have concluded that if God chose to use Joseph Smith so effectively, despite his human flaws, perhaps it is appropriate to believe God also may use us in developing the divine purpose in human life.


by Francis Harper, Jr.

A former editor of a well-known Christian periodical wrote of being asked by his son, "Dad, what do you know about God?" This young man, like many today, needed to hear a testimony straight from the heart! I have been prompted by the Spirit to write of the things the Lord has so graciously revealed to me.
I love to hear or read a testimony of someone who can say, "I know .... " In the past, I have usually prefaced my remarks with, "I think" or "I believe." More recently, I have heard myself speaking with greater certainty about the things God has made known to me. The souls of many are presently dying because of the lack of knowledge of spiritual things. The words of the prophet Hosea are being fulfilled today as never before, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge" (Hosea 4:6).

Through the pages of this book, I hope to reach a few of those who are hungering and thirsting for truth. Like a spring of water which cannot be stopped, I must let my testimony flow out to you. I must write and give the reasons for the hope that is within me. May you be refreshed and your thirst quenched by the living waters that the Lord may allow to flow through me.


by Evan A. Fry

These 25 sermonettes were originally delivered over KMBC radio in Kansas City, MO. Each carries some personal message for growth and salvation. You are promised 15 minutes of profitable and enjoyable reading with any one of these selected sermonettes. Out of the hundreds which this popular radio minister has delivered over the air, these have been chosen by him as worthy of preservation in book form.

It would be too much to expect that this little volume would present all the gospel message to this age, but that part which these pages contain is full of gospel truth. The book deals with vital subjects in a clear and convincing manner.

The author is noted for his directness and vivid expression. You will find that he limits his goal to a particular subject and then reaches that goal by the most direct course. His illustrations and many-sided views are to make certain that his readers are not lost. Evan Fry knows what he wants to say and says it.

THE CHIEF: An Administrative Biography of Fred M. Smith

by Paul M. Edwards

Frederick Madison Smith remains one of the most controversial figures in Reorganization history. He appears to be remembered primarily as the man behind "supreme directional control." His most controversial Conference—1925—is recalled as the epitome of internal struggles in the Church. Despite this controversy, there has not been a great deal written about him.

This is written as an administrative biography with primary attention given to the presidency of Fred M. While I feel it is impossible to separate his years as president from his own personal life, a separation occurs simply by virtue of concentrating the limited space on administrative affairs. Fred M.'s thirty-one-year presidency was a highly significant period. It was, in many ways, complicated and paradoxical.


by Maurice L. Draper

Marriage, as a social institution, is subject to the influences of social change. If the underlying principles based on divine purpose are to be preserved, they must be constantly reiterated in terms of current circumstances.

The Church, from time to time, has taken note of the need of the Saints for guidance in the interpretation of the divine purpose in marriage. On occasion there has been inspired instruction through the prophet; at other times the World Conference has adopted specific committee reports or council studies; and there have also been official policy statements by the Standing High Council in addition to interpretative articles, sermons, and manuals for the edification of the membership.

This book attempts to summarize the basic historical understandings and teachings of the Church in order that there may be a clearer view of the Church's position on marriage and the Christian principles involved in protecting and encouraging stable covenant relationships in marriage.


by Oscar Case

I have thought it would be nice to publish an account of some of my Church activities and experiences and leave for my children and all who desire to read them. I'd like to share them with you.

They have meant much to me, and I hope you will not think I am boasting when I share them with you. I have read many books and many stories, but the sweetest thing on my memory today is the story of the restored gospel told me by my parents when we met around the family altar to offer our prayers and make the old home ring with the songs of Zion.

What a challenge! I have tried to meet that challenge and make my home a home of prayer, where we could talk over the things of God unmolested and without fear. I am sure I have made many mistakes. I find myself far from the goal but very sure that my salvation is nearer than when I first believed.

Why do I say that? Testimonies from heaven, angel ministry, heavenly visions, spiritual dreams, a voice from heaven talking to me, the sick being healed through the ministry of my hands—all these and more have converted me to the faith as it is in Jesus Christ and has inspired me to seek His counsel and believe in the things He said.


by Aleah G. Koury

Those already familiar with the Restoration movement initiated by Joseph Smith, Jr., will recall his murder in June, 1844, as the beginning of a dark and cloudy day. Fourteen years of organized endeavor, with growth too fast for assimilation and incessant harassment by enemies, left the new Church unready to solve problems of leadership, faith, and practice. There were competition for leadership and innovations of doctrine. There was also division.

Some followed Brigham Young westward in the great Mormon migration to Utah. Some of these, disillusioned by novelties of doctrine and church management, returned on the same trails to settle in Iowa. Many of them parted company with the Latter Day Saints. Others joined with those who had remained in Illinois to reorganize their forces and eventually to accept the leadership of "Young Joseph," eldest son of the martyred leader.

Through the years, the Reorganization has endeavored to remove the onus of distorted beliefs. To do this, various attempts have been made to clarify the issues between the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the church in Utah, which is commonly designated Mormon.

This book is a forthright statement of positions which need clarification. The intent is to minister with courage and compassion in order that the truth and its evidence may be known.


by Janice Norris Fountain

I had been raised to believe the Scriptures—the Inspired Version of the Holy Scriptures, Book of Mormon, and the Doctrine and Covenants. I had the understanding they revealed an unchangeable God and His will. At that time I thought maybe I was wrong. After all, I didn't know the Scriptures that well. I knew the class I taught was well-received by young people and that I had experienced great liberty and help from the Holy Spirit every time I taught the class. My general lack of knowledge really worried me; and I began asking the Lord again, "Can we depend on the Scriptures? Are the prophecies going to be fulfilled? If it were true two thousand years ago, is it true now?"

It was about that time that I received a little booklet by a Messianic Jew named Zola Levitt. It was entitled, The Seven Feasts of Israel, (Levitt 1979). I was extremely curious because it told about seven feast days or Sabbaths listed in Leviticus. The seven feast days are like little prophecies (types and shadows) of the Coming of Christ (Messiah). The first four feasts are about his First Coming (death and resurrection), and the last three feasts are about his Second Coming.
I was interested in the feasts, but I simply did not understand the Old Testament. All those sacrifices made God seem like a bloodthirsty God. Why did sacrifices have to be? It really bothered me, animal lover that I am! Furthermore, I knew nothing about the Second Coming of Christ. What was it all about?

With amazement I read of the overwhelming evidence that Jesus Christ is truly the long-awaited Messiah. The Jews had been rehearsing His coming for centuries by participating in exact detail in the seven feasts of Israel.
Did the Book of Mormon or Doctrine and Covenants say anything about these feasts? Certainly, if those books were of Divine origin, there should be something in them about all of this. Thus began the thrilling research that has held my intense interest ever since.

"Volume 2" of this book is really an enlarged, second edition of the first book.


by Cecil R. Ettinger

This book presents seven lessons about basic Restoration beliefs. The chapters were developed from a youth missionary series presented by Apostle Ettinger in the Center Stake of Zion.

Although the title is Thy Kingdom Come, the theme "The Purpose of Life" runs throughout the book. The overall purpose in life is to share with God in His work, not only now but through eternity. And Latter Day Saints should be committed to this purpose inasmuch as they are concerned with making the world in which we live a better place. Religion offers the means of building up the quality of man's life.

Through the redemption of Christ, all men can have true joy and a purpose in life. This is why it is important that we learn about God and Christ. When we learn of Them, we learn of eternal things. We discover that the greatest adventure the world has to offer is found in the Church as we participate in the building of God's Kingdom.

When enough people throughout the world are sufficiently transformed into the likeness of Christ, it will flourish as an ensign to the world. This little volume encourages us to find purpose in living and join in the cause that will culminate in the building of God's Kingdom.


by Robert Bruce Flanders

Both Mormons and non-Mormons will be fascinated by this exceptionally objective and interesting book written by a historian and member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Nauvoo, Illinois, today is a semi-ghost town on the Mississippi River with about 1,000 inhabitants. In 1845 it was the "City Beautiful" of the Mormon Church and, with a population of 11,036, the largest city in Illinois.
This book is a history of what became a romantic legend about a martyred prophet, a lost city, and religious persecution. It is a history of Nauvoo, a history of the early Mormon Church, and a biography of Joseph Smith's temporal, rather than spiritual, life.

Nauvoo (1839-1846) was a critical period in Mormon history. It was the climax of Joseph Smith's career and the start of Brigham Young's. It was here that Utah really had its beginning and the pattern of Mormon society in the West was laid: forms of social organization and control, the union of ecclesiastical and civil government, the notion of an independent Mormon nation-state within the United States, peopling a new country with convert-immigrants, and the polygamous family system. And as it was a kind of opening chapter in Utah and western history, so was it a short but vivid chapter in the history of Illinois and the Midwest.

The presence of the Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith dominates this book, just as it dominated Nauvoo. It was he who founded, planned, and promoted Nauvoo. It was his dream and his death.


by Percy E. Farrow

The discerning person may look backward and recognize the many times God has projected himself into the affairs of men and of nations to maintain His cause so that righteousness should not perish from the earth. In spite of wickedness, confusion, and human frustrations, and sometimes because of these, this present age delineates perhaps more than any other "signs of the times" elucidated by the prophets, Jesus, and the apostles, which point in the direction of divine judgment and fulfillment.

Evaluation of Scripture and history in this light may give us confidence that God will never forsake His intent, but will continue His self-disclosure in the consummation of His purpose in creation, both for time and eternity. Therefore, we are enabled to develop hope, both for here and hereafter, leading to a quality of living which eventually, by the grace of God, will overcome all evil as His Kingdom becomes triumphant. One of our most greatly to be feared enemies is death, both physical and spiritual. Consequently, to deal only with this present world is inadequate.

This book has been written with all of the above factors clearly in mind—to bring them into proper perspective. Throughout all time God has been moving by various media to keep the flame of truth glowing. Following the earlier centuries of the Christian era, the Reformation helped to pave the way for a renewed understanding of the gospel of divine grace. Scholarship, in spite of its conservative and liberal diversities, has made a number of essential, affirmative contributions. In the Restoration movement, commencing with the inspired ministry of Joseph Smith, we believe that God released a significant intellectual and spiritual force for the benefit of all mankind, and that His Spirit is moving through all the powers which He has at work in the world.


by Donald W. Savage

We live in the final hours of our world, the evening of the sixth day as the Scriptures liken it. Momentous God-directed events without parallel and only a shadow of precedent are shortly to transpire—to the final, utter joy of the men, women and children who choose God, and the final, utter consternation of those who do not.

These closing dramatic years of time will be played out in the activities of people like ourselves. Mankind will continue preparing for life, earning their daily living, rearing their families, and seeking those goals and things which entice them most.

Those enticed by the things of God will increasingly sense the urge of His Spirit to build stewardships of knowledge and understanding. On that sure foundation they will be able not only to stand as society and nations swirl in distraction—they will be a light to the world that others who want to hear of God may hear of God, to their salvation also.

The chapters which follow are intended to assist the reader to recognize and understand God's Lordship in this great finale. May the earnest disciple enjoy that process of purification which accompanies study, understanding, and good works.


by Dwight DW Davis

This study text is undoubtedly the most thorough and comprehensive of any material yet prepared in this field. Its table of contents and physical makeup in general assures its use as a ready reference, indeed a "must" on the bookshelf of any elder of the Church and any others who would understand or direct the work of the ministry.

It is far more than a reference book, however. It is genuinely a textbook. Random or casual perusal of its pages will be of little value. Thorough study by individual members of the priesthood and by organized classes is not only commended but imperative. As the Church moves forward toward its goals, an ever-increasing portion of the work of the minister will rest upon the shoulders of men of the local priesthood, especially those holding the Melchisedec priesthood.

In all of this the elder holds a key position. It is his privilege and responsibility to teach, expound, exhort, warn, preach, baptize, watch over the Church, administer the Sacrament, perform marriages, shepherd the flock, preside over the congregation—all this and more. Adequate preparation for all such ministry is the admonition of the Scriptures and of responsible Church leaders and is wholly consistent with needs of the Church and world today.