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by L. Taylor Hansen

Two thousand years ago a mysterious white man walked from tribe to tribe among the American Nations. He came to Peru from the Pacific, He traveled through South and Central America, among the Mayans, into Mexico and all of North America, then back to ancient Tula, from whence He departed across the Atlantic to the land of His origin. Who was this white prophet who spoke a thousand languages, healed the sick, raised the dead, and taught in the same words as Jesus Himself?

These are true Indian legends, gathered during twenty-five years of research by L. Taylor Hansen, archaeologist, from many different tribes all over the Americas. By consulting museums, libraries, and experts on folklore, she has been able to correlate the findings into this fascinating book, backed up by the spades of the diggers into ancient ruins and by all the sciences with which she is familiar. This is a book that will back up the New Testament of the East, with the Christian Indian legends of the West. In this book is proof that the Savior came not only to one continent, but to all the world. This book will strengthen your faith as no other could!

(Note:  While this is not really an RLDS book, it is an excellent resource to support the Book of Mormon account of Jesus Christ in America.)


For many years, one of the best books available for the study and reference work of Church people was a volume entitled, A Compendium of Faith and Doctrine. Beginning originally as a small book, it was revised and reprinted many times, proving its value and popularity in the demand that was steadily maintained for it.

We present the new Compendium of the Scriptures in the belief that it will serve the needs of the Church even better than previous publications have. This book contains the faith and doctrine of the Church expressed in the language of the Scriptures—the "Three Books"—the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the Doctrine and Covenants. It also contains valuable historical notes from ancient sources not generally available. It should be a valuable study and reference work for missionaries, pastors and the local ministry, Church school teachers and students.


by Inez Smith Davis

The task of writing a brief history of an organization whose record covers an expanse of one hundred years is more difficult than writing one of unlimited length, for there is the necessity of selecting the incidents or events one would record. The choice is not always easy because many events parallel each other in importance.

The briefer writing, therefore, might well have a central theme as a guide to selecting the material to make up the volume. Such a central theme is always present in the development of our Church, for the social philosophy which revolves about the idea of Zion and her redemption has always been present among the factors determining Church movements or activities. The author has happily chosen this theme as the guiding star in writing this brief history.

She brings to her task especial qualifications. Her maternal and paternal ancestors were connected with the Church in its formative period and lived through the varied and colorful experiences which have brought it to its present state. As the daughter of a former historian of the Church, she has from her infancy lived in the atmosphere of the student of history.

Her heritage and attainments augment a deep-seated love for the Church and this combination she has brought into play as a writer of history to produce a book which all members of the Church will read with great interest, and which will be valuable to anyone seeking a terse survey of our interesting history, for these factors have united to give her a distinct urge to write our history.


edited by Paul A. Wellington

"Seek to bring forth and establish the cause of Zion." These are familiar words to the Saints. First given in the prophetic ministry of Joseph Smith, Jr., on April 5, 1829, this commandment has become one of the foundation stones of faith in the Restoration.

In the light of continuing revelation, the "cause of Zion" has become increasingly rich in meaning. Indeed, we have come to see in it the integrating principle of history, the challenge of the ages. It is the process of giving form and substance to the purpose of God in human life. Its resources are those of the universe, for the Lord himself has said in the inspired Word that spirit and element belong together: "firstly spiritual, secondly temporal, which is the beginning of my work; and again, firstly temporal, and secondly spiritual, which is the last of my work" (Doctrine and Covenants 28:8d).


by Elbert A. Smith

In this book, one of the leading officers of the Church has organized and brought together the basic interpretation of prophecy in the Holy Scriptures upon which the claims of the restored gospel are founded.

Many others have essayed to do the same work, and in their day and for the people to whom they addressed their efforts, they served well. Why is a new book on the subject necessary?

History has moved us forward. Some prophecies have found their fulfillment, though some remain yet to be fulfilled. New knowledge has come to us, and great events have changed our world. The interpretation of prophecy, particularly that which applies to the restoration of the gospel, needs to be brought up to our time.

This is what the author has endeavored to do, and he has done it remarkably well, in a way that will bring strength, understanding, and satisfaction to many people.


edited by Paul A. Wellington

For over a century the Restoration movement has been predicting the "hastening time." Now it is upon us. The rate of change in recent decades has accelerated at a gallop, and most of us have not been able to keep up. As a result, our ability to cope with the social revolution accompanying the technical and scientific breakthroughs seems increasingly inadequate.

We can't turn back the clock; we can't go back to horse-and-buggy days. We have people, people, and more people—and we must recognize that this is the major factor which has multiplied our problems. This is not a time for lament; it is a time for admitting that we must increase wills and talents to face the continuing changes ahead. Second, we must sharpen our know-how in many fields. One of our most beloved scriptures is the statement, "The glory of God is intelligence." If we truly are thrilled by the implications of this verse, we will see the need for absorbing more knowledge and for developing skills in working with people. This is not an age for complacency.

The editor has collected writings from the Saints' Herald which he feels bear on the many facets of the problems of our age. Instead of problems, they have been called "challenges to Kingdom building."

It is hoped that this book will prove to be an exploratory adventure for members of the Church and that it will arouse latent talents and zeal in behalf of specific needs existing in our immediate communities. It is the purpose of this book to lead the reader into a wider program of study of the problems and goals of mankind in order that he may more proficiently meet the challenge of the hastening time and successfully contribute to the evolving Kingdom.


 by Roy A. Cheville

"The Church's major concern is to help a person become a somebody who is not going to run down at half-past time." This statement from Spiritual Health is, practically speaking, the purpose of the book.

Drawing on his years of experience as teacher, evangelist, confidant of old and young, and father to the Church in all the world, Dr. Cheville gives a common-sense guide to a richer, happier life. "In healthy spirituality we see the totality of God in His total universe," says the author. "To the spiritually healthy person God's universe is crowded with interesting things, and such a person has an interested and interesting God."

Divided into five parts for exploration in depth, the text moves from "The Meaning of Health in God's Universe" to "Units for Furthering Healthy Living." Part IV, "Problems in Spiritual Living in Modern Life," provides stimuli for personal inventory and considers the problems inherent in fear and anxiety, loneliness, sense of guilt, and sex.


by Roy A. Cheville

"There is much jabbering and 'thin soup’ in teen-age conversation, but there is concern, too, about matters that we call theological," writes Dr. Cheville in his introduction to this book. "Teens are wanting to think things through." The author has been a friend of youth for many years. In his conversations he has felt the deep and serious desire among teen-agers to "talk theologically" with both peers and adults who talk their language.

For this reason, Dr. Cheville has written this book—a sort of guidebook and reference for teen-agers who want to explore together or for youth and adults who want to sit down as companions and talk things through toward a larger perspective and clearer conception of what is called theology.


by Chris B. Hartshorn

The historical development of the Church in the early Christian Era is subject to numerous interpretations. The exact time and place is not known, but there is abundant testimony that a fellowship of believers, an organization of disciples, was in effect during the days of Jesus.

The tremendous growth of the Church and its widespread acceptance throughout the then known world started with this nucleus, and many of the historical facts of this era come to us through those writings in the Bible now known as the "Acts of the Apostles" and the "Epistles."

It is with these writings that the author deals in this volume. Only the events covered in the New Testament are included. The time and place of these events, though significant, are not given primary importance. Rather, the meaning and value of the Christian message for us today is emphasized as a knowledge of the conditions under which that message was originally written is revealed.

This book is made up of fifty chapters. It follows the Scriptures closely and provides a commentary on the important passages of the Acts and the Epistles in such a manner as to give a chronological overview of the events of this historical period. Naturally, theological concepts are discussed and interpreted by the author.

Each chapter has a section of questions for discussion, so it can be easily adapted to home study. A topical index will help the reader quickly find comment on subjects of special interest. This book will prove to be a valuable asset to those who are wanting to make preliminary studies of the New Testament period in relation to the basic Scriptures.


"Question Time" was a popular column in the Saints' Herald. Collections of questions and answers were published in three books: Volume 1 (red cover) was published in 1955, Volume 2 (blue cover) in 1967, and Volume 3 (green cover) in 1976. The contents are arranged in sections according to major subjects. For instance, the first section is devoted to questions about "God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit." Other sections are centered around questions about the Scriptures, fundamental principles of the gospel, Church history and Church organization, priesthood and authority, apostasy, reformation, restoration, Zion, and many other subjects.

A complete index has been prepared so that the reader may quickly find the question and answer of particular interest.

The three books are designed to help both the adult and youth of the Church—and nonmember friends, too—to a better understanding of the Church and its beliefs and practices.


by Roy A. Cheville

Friends, students, and alumni of Graceland College will welcome Through the West Door, a new book telling the story of the first fifty years of the school. The author brings to the alumni and to the many friends an increased appreciation of their alma mater and some intimate history of their Church college.

Here is an interesting story of an institution that started with the most meager of beginnings—of the struggles of the young college for existence. It is a story of the vision and devotion of her founders who, never losing sight of their dream of a college for the Church's youth, sacrificed to keep Graceland's doors open through the lean and hungry years. It tells of the persistent effort of a president to gain recognition for the growing college—resulting in Graceland's complete accreditation as a junior college.


by Roy A. Cheville

Many have written asking for the stories behind the distinctive hymns of the Restoration. Here, at last, is the fulfillment of these requests.

Dr. Cheville has collected all the information he could secure about the songs that have become favorites of the Church. He has worked to eliminate fictional legends that may have grown up during the years; he has stuck to the facts but has woven in a spiritual quality that makes you feel "good all over" as you relive the events of history dear to the heart of every Reorganized Latter Day Saint.

Part One sets the stage for the Restoration as it recounts in vivid word pictures the progress of religious hymn singing down through the centuries. Part Two collects many little-known experiences surrounding the songs written in the early Church. Parts Three and Four present the hymns of the Reorganization, and Part Five looks into the future and charts the course of subsequent hymn writing.

Although similar books have been printed in the past, this is undoubtedly the most complete and authentic collection of favorite RLDS songs. Dr. Cheville has specifically prepared this book so that it can be conveniently used in worship services of the Church. But it is fascinating reading for the home—for individual study or group enjoyment.


by Ruth O. Bradley

Here is an activity-oriented book for those who would like to live out the concepts so well presented in the stories found in the Book of Mormon. Ruth Bradley, an innovative educator, has prepared this volume to facilitate learning in the loving, sharing atmosphere of the family.

Those parents who have found Book of Mormon teachings a source of strength will want to provide the setting for the insights suggested by the activity sections. A child who experiences the love of God in warm family relationships will soon recognize the scriptures as a meaningful resource.

Great Themes from the Book of Mormon for Family Activities is a book to be used rather than read.


by Roy A. Cheville

Reorganized Latter Day Saints have long looked to "the endowment," sometimes with unrealistic expectations of a sudden empowerment by God without preparation on their part. Expectations for Endowed Living quickly dispels this myth. "God grants endowing power to persons, to people who are working together with Him in this cause," says Dr. Cheville.

This book is divided into five "expectations" following a "foundational" foreword, "How Expectations Function in Our Living." The reader is led to examine his motivations, his knowledge of the endowing experience in the Scriptures, and his willingness to acquire the quality of love in relationships that is a necessary requisite for empowerment.


by Addie Spaulding Stowell

This is a historical novel. While the names of the leading characters are the creations of the author, it deals in the main with movements of the Latter Day Saint Church from its inception to the time the Saints were forced to abandon their homes and property in Independence, Missouri, in 1833.

The story is full of human interest. It records pioneer life with its struggles against soil and climate for a living, of religious devotions and persecutions, and of deeds of neighborliness and social conflict.

It carries a message of conviction and spiritual experience which enables the reader to understand what there was in the latter-day message to keep its adherents faithful even unto death.

The action centers largely around the John Lane and Zack Adkins families, with plenty of conflict provided by the families of Lem Rivers and Sam Evans. Hetty's tantalizing indifference to Luther Adkins' attentions and proposals of marriage finally are justified by the entrance of the right man at the right time and place.

The story does not end happily for all, for it is colored by the unhappy realities of the sad days of July, 1833, in Jackson County, Missouri. It finds Brent and Hetty kneeling on the Temple Lot to consecrate their lives and that of their posterity to the rebuilding of the walls of Zion.


 by F. Henry Edwards

In this book the author talks of the two most fundamental aspects of the gospel as expressed through the Church. A fine building filled with worshipers or thousands of them bonded together by fraternal ties do not meet the needs of the human spirit unless they are motivated by spiritual power.

The authority to function as ministers for Christ makes this power effectual in the world. These two—authority and spiritual power—are the sine qua non of the Christian religion.

In the nine chapters of this little book, the author discusses the various aspects of ministry, the sacraments, prayer, the keys of the Kingdom, spiritual gifts, and eternal life.

The book is designed for a study course and is also good for meditative reading. Each chapter is preceded by an outline to assist the teacher who presents the subject matter.


by F. Edward Butterworth

Pilgrims of the Pacific offers thought-provoking theories about human distribution on the face of the earth. Beginning with an initial movement out of Babylon, the author suggests possible routes overland across Asia and oceanic voyages which may have been taken by early migrants. Maps, photographs, and replicas enhance the presentation, which is based on years of study and personal investigation.

Part II of the book is a study of Polynesian origins in particular. Ancestors are traced back to such places as Jerusalem, Egypt, and ancient America. Mr. Butterworth joins the ranks of Thor Heyerdahl and others as he discusses Pacific crossings and describes the types of vessels which might have made such voyages feasible.

While Pilgrims of the Pacific is not meant to be a scientific treatise, it is nevertheless well documented and carefully researched. Its style is free flowing and descriptive, making it most pleasurable reading. Traditions and legends, languages and cultures are compared with ancient records and sacred writings to draw conclusions which may prove to be a solution to some of the mysteries of the South Sea Islands.


by Leonard J. Lea

The author of this book was for 19 years the managing editor of the Saints' Herald. His writings have always been well received, and they have had a broad influence on the thinking of many people. He has had a large following of readers over a period of 30 years.

This book represents a memorial to the author. Following his death in April of 1960, the editorial staff at Herald Publishing House started the task of compiling some of his best writings for a volume that would enrich his memory in this and future generations. It was a difficult task, but an effort was made to include his thinking from his earliest contributions up to the final year of his life.

The articles appear in chronological order to record his growth and varying interests as the years passed. It is with pleasure that we present this book to the reading public. The messages will give inspiration, comfort, sound advice, and the assurance born out of deep and meaningful experiences of a good man.


by Elva T. Oakman and Lillie Jennings

Here are games, puzzles, and projects teaching the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the Doctrine and Covenants. It is distinctly Latter Day Saint with a Zion-building flavor. It is written to provide recreation and training in the Three Standard Books for tiny tots, children, Leaguers, and adults. It will be helpful for use in homes, at Church, in classes, and in reunion work.


by Francis W. Holm, Sr.

Out of a spiritual experience in a grove in New York State in 1820 a religious movement has risen with adherents scattered throughout the world. The followers of Joseph Smith, the young man who had the experience, are today known as Latter Day Saints or Mormons.

These people have, since the death of Joseph, splintered into several separate churches as a result of multiple interpretations of his teachings and his intent for continuing leadership. The two larger groups are known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, with headquarters in Independence, Missouri. This book, printed in 1970, deals with these two churches; the author compares them "from within."

Francis W. Holm was for over fifty years officially registered as a member by both churches, although he was active in the Reorganized Church. He has maintained close ties with former brothers in the Mormon Church and has followed closely the inner workings of both organizations.

The author has developed his material by subject matter. Each chapter is a look at how these churches approach some particular item of doctrine or practice.

Elder Holm is convinced that the Church of Jesus Christ was restored through the mortal leadership of Joseph Smith. He feels, however, that both of the "restoration" churches have erred in following the intent of early revelations to the Church. Each has its strengths and weaknesses; and he has attempted to point out these.

The book is sympathetic to both churches; but at the same time it is a hard-hitting book, in which he calls it as he sees it.


by Evan A. Fry

In clarity and simplicity, Evan A. Fry has presented the basic beliefs of the Restoration. For nearly a score of years Brother Fry was the radio voice of the Church. Prior to his death in 1959, he conducted a series of radio broadcasts titled "Hear Ye Him." Out of this series have been collected his most representative sermons on "fundamentals" of the gospel.

The subjects discussed bring to both the member and nonmember a clearer vision of the message of Christ. In the first chapter Brother Fry challenges the reader to consider his beliefs. From that point he leads him through nearly 400 pages of enlightening reading—helping the reader to define his concepts of Divinity and God's will in this world.

This book is offered in the earnest hope that those who read it will be led to a richer appreciation of the love of God for all mankind. Brother Fry consistently presents his and the Church's steadfast belief in the unchangeability and mercy of God, the living Christ, and the restoration of the Church to implement the fullness of the gospel.


by Roy A. Cheville

Here is a book with a new and fascinating approach to the subject of religious authority—specifically referring to ministerial authority.

The central thesis of this work is "foundations of authority." And it is divided into six major "foundations." Notice the titles for each of these divisions: “Authority Granted through Divine Designation,” “Authority Emerging out of Social Acceptance,” “Authority Proceeding from Transmitted Committal,” “Authority Rising Out of Ethical Fitness,” “Authority Developing in Professional Competency,” and “Authority Accompanying Prophetic Insight.” Dr. Cheville's style of writing and his use of illustrations make for interesting reading; the book also carries the force of conviction and the spirit of authority in itself.


by Roy A. Cheville

Dr. Roy A. Cheville, presiding patriarch-evangelist of the Church, has written this book to help bring men and women of the Scriptures into the home. To appreciate the Scriptures, he believes, we must become acquainted with those who are in them. They must come alive in their own time and own setting.

The author calls this a course in "appreciating persons." He writes in his foreword to this book: "Thee Scriptures are honest. They portray human nature as it actually was. In them we meet sinners and saints, cowards and courageous men, selfish and sacrificing persons. They are there without being painted over.

"The chief message of the Scriptures is that lives may be changed for good as they permit God's lifting power to transform them. They also point out how lives that get out of contact with God deteriorate.

''The more we live with genuinely spiritual men, the more we can appreciate their spirituality. The Scriptures are rich in such persons. Something good happens in us as we live with them. In the family is a good place to come to know these interesting persons."

Dr. Cheville leads the reader to an acquaintance with persons named and described in some detail in the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and in the Doctrine and Covenants. He gathers together in each chapter people of similar characteristics and experience. For instance, notice some of his chapter titles: “Pioneers Who Led the Way,” “Prophets Who Saw More Clearly,” “Poets Who Sang Their Message,” “Philosophers Who Put Things Together,” “Fathers Who Understood,” and “Mothers Who Inspired.”

You'll gain a better appreciation for our Scriptures and the people who "starred" in them by reading this book.


by Fred L. Young

Prayer seems to be a common expression of all religious traditions. This suggests the universality of its meaning. But its use is related to where we place God in our lives. Truly meaningful prayer is a God-centered activity. In this book, the author discusses the place of prayer in our lives and the need of approaching God in such a way as to make our praying a living experience. As he points out in his first chapter: "We do not stand afar off and fearfully hide our eyes, nor do we bow down before a stone image and utter meaningless words. In prayer to God we seek to draw close and be with Him."

Prayer also is an intimate relationship with God. We say things in our prayers to God that we will not reveal to others—our innermost hopes, our fears, our weaknesses. The opening chapters lead us to better understanding of the factors important in attaining the nearness and intimacy we seek.

Other sections of the book discuss the more formal aspects of prayer and the occasions for group and public prayer. At the close of the book a section of well-known prayer thoughts has been assembled for times of meditation.


by Gladys Mae Walter

The theme of Three Jumps Ahead of the Squirrels, as stated by the author, is "an education for the kids." It is an account of an average American family struggling through the depression of the thirties and learning along the way to trust in God.

Forced to move from their rented Nebraska home when the farm sells, the Hilton family (Doug, Curt, Alison, Brub, and baby Steve along with parents Sara and Rick) migrate to the Missouri Ozarks—"where they've got school buses." The journey in the Buick and "Old Fanny," the boys' wired-together Ford, is both poignant and hilarious.

Life with Sara's friend Minnie and the Gatherers demands resourcefulness but proves good until Rick becomes homesick for Nebraska. The story ends in Washington with the promise of better days back in Nebraska and with Curt and Alison off to Graceland College.

Readers will have no difficulty in relating to the characters in this simple novel of love, trust, and family togetherness.


by Pearl Wilcox

The years 1831-1838 were turbulent ones for Missouri and particularly for Independence. During these years the Latter Day Saints played out their drama in this frontier country where their religious beliefs and anti-slavery stance quickly provoked the animosity of earlier pioneers.

Pearl Wilcox has painstakingly culled through old newspapers, county records, and private journals to unearth little known facts about people and places involved in the Mormon period of Missouri history.

The book is divided into five sections: "Jackson County," "Clay County," "New Foundations," "Blighted Hopes," and "Down with the Mormons." A comprehensive index is especially valuable. History buffs, particularly those whose prime interest is Church history, will find many new and interesting features in this well illustrated book.



by Arthur A. Oakman

He Who Is rises out of a long period of study and evangelistic ministry.

The series of messages presented in this book were delivered by the author at the World Church Institute in Evangelism in the Auditorium at Independence, Missouri, during April, 1963. The decision to publish the sermons followed frequent requests that this series be made available in book form.

This book is concerned with giving its readers a better insight into the attributes of God. The chapter titles indicate the areas of concern which Apostle Oakman discusses. The creative powers of God are treated in the first section. Then follows "The Nature of Humanity," which discusses our likeness to the Lord Jesus.

From this beginning, the book moves into "The Idea of Restoration," "The Divine Condescension," "The Divine Suffering and Death," "The Divine Glory," and "The Idea of Millennium."

Elder Oakman points out in his foreword that the point of view expressed in this book is "basic to our whole endeavor," but is not all-inclusive. He sees it as a stimulation to others to search for the answers that will bring a greater understanding of God.


by Olive Church

Jenny, an out-of-state second-year student at Graceland College, realizes how far apart her two worlds of home and school are when she spends Christmas vacation with her widowed mother and teen-age sister. As she contrasts the familiar patterns of family life with the exhilarating atmosphere of the college campus, she decides she can never accept the mores of the people with whom she grew up. Her mother is hurt when Jenny appears to rebel against the role she is expected to fulfill in her hometown after she finishes college. And her sister resents Jenny’s attempt to rescue her from unwise romantic involvements.

Friends from high school days and friends at college look to Jenny as a confidante; and by listening to their problems, she begins to discover what it is she really expects from life. Masculine admirers—from carpenters to college professors—vie for her attention and add amorous highlights throughout the story.

Still uncertain about which career she should pursue after graduation, she agrees to join a dorm mate on a trip to the mountains of New Mexico. Here, in a primitive cabin, they spend the summer months writing, painting, and thinking about the future. Jenny experiences the breakthrough she has been seeking in her spiritual life—an awareness of Deity and divine direction in selecting a profession.


by Winifred Turner Sarre

Helen, an attractive young widow, finds the emptiness of widowhood so depressing that she takes a leave of absence from the exclusive girls' school in Adelaide, South Australia, where she teaches; and she flies to Tahiti for a vacation.

Here, after forming a close friendship with a missionary family, she encounters a new way of life that temporarily lifts her from the state of depression that has plagued her. After returning to Adelaide, however, she becomes thoroughly immersed in the social whirl and a risque romance that push the island ideal from her thinking.

Later, in moments of serious self-appraisal, she rebels against her involvement in the affair and resumes her search for a meaningful life. The conflict between the quick release from loneliness and the long, uncertain pursuit of purpose makes a dramatic story. While Helen's pattern of living prior to conversion is obviously contrary to Christian standards, it represents the life situation of many people. The author's delicate handling of this phase of the novel should keep it from being distasteful to even the most sensitive reader.

If with All Your Heart marks a first in Herald House books. Australian terminology and spellings have been retained rather than Americanized—as is the general rule of the house in editing. While this may prove slightly confusing to non-Aussies, it lends both color and authenticity to the story. In theme and in presentation, this is an exceptionally interesting book—one that should be appreciatively received by many readers.


compiled by Norman D. Ruoff

The pages of the Restoration Witness contain many stories of persons struggling to find place and purpose in a world moving at tremendous speed. This compilation brings together a number of the more pertinent ones. The anchor for all who share their testimony in these pages is in a God who cares enough to reach into their busy lives and guide them to a recognition of divinity. Many times this is a simple testimony of a Lord who does no more than stir the mind of the seeker to explore—and the exploration becomes a lifetime pursuit of the Infinite.

This book invites the reader to seek after that which is good and, on finding it, share it with his fellow man. If one wishes to "ponder anew what the Almighty can do," it will not be hard to spend time with any given testimony, but the book is designed for casual reading. Warmth instead of depth was the guide in selecting material.


by Chris B. Hartshorn

Many commentaries on the Bible have been available from other sources, and our own Church has published a commentary on the Doctrine and Covenants since 1938, but this is the first time our people have had ready access to a Book of Mormon commentary.

This is not a complete commentary in the sense that each verse is thoroughly explored; rather the author has chosen the more significant passages in each chapter for comment. Those parts of the Book of Mormon which seemed to him to offer some problems or difficulties have received extensive treatment.

The order of presentation in this book follows that found in the Book of Mormon. To locate a particular subject, the author suggests that the reader use A Concordance to the Book of Mormon, published by Herald House. Then use this commentary to get further light associated with the text by the use of references from other books. Immediately following the contents page is a "Proper Names Pronunciation Guide," which adds greatly to the value of this book. This guide was reviewed by several Church authorities and represents their consensus of opinion. It should do much to standardize Book of Mormon pronunciations throughout the Church.

Reference literature will have value to the reader to the extent that he is able to find readily the helps it offers. Therefore, several indexes have been prepared by the author and placed in the back of the book: (1) index to bibliography; (2) reference indexes to our standard Scriptures; ( 3) a topical index.

We commend this book for study by every member of the Church and by all students who wish to investigate the Book of Mormon more thoroughly.


by Paul M. Edwards
Our Legacy of Faith: A Brief History of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints brings to life the sweeping narrative of a distinctive faith community that traces its roots to its founding prophet, Joseph Smith, Jr.

Of course, no one-volume history can include in detail all the stories of the Saints. Our Legacy of Faith, however, traces the journeys taken by the Saints from the early years of gospel proclamation in nineteenth-century America to worldwide Church expansion and inauguration of the Temple near the start of the twenty-first century. These are the stories of faithful Saints seeking to establish Christ's Kingdom on earth.


compiled by Frances Hartman

Here is the first anthology of verse published by the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The poems have been selected by Frances Hartman of Independence, Missouri, from publications of the Church over the past century. All of them have been written by Latter Day Saints.

Miss Hartman in her research found "there is beauty in the lives of Latter Day Saints, and more and more of that beauty is finding expression in the fine arts. In sharing beauty with each other, we reach some of the peaks of our human experience."

All of these poems express a message that has come out of some personal experience; many of them are of superior literary quality. They form an excellent source for use in public worship, and they will fill the need of many a heart for meditative reading. We feel sure you will be well satisfied with this volume on your reading table and will want to share its contents with many of your friends. Its complete indexes (author, title, first line) make it easy to find a favorite poem to reread or use at an appropriate time.

Here is your opportunity to discover the poetic voices that are an outgrowth of the theological foundations of the Restoration.


Compliled by George Gross

“In the summer of 1934, U. W. Greene, once called the ‘boy preacher,’ came to Maine as an old man. He brought his grandson, Myron Nunn, a boy my own age, nine years old. Myron was not at all religious, but he told me I ought to be baptized just in case there was something to it! So to my mother's delight, I decided to be baptized.

“Brother Greene was living about 50 feet from the harbor at high tide. He agreed to baptize me on the spot and confirm me. My mother and Myron were the only others present. I am sorry to say that my baptism at age nine didn't really ‘take’ until many years later. But even as a lad and a young man, I learned the gospel of Jesus Christ through the testimonies of the men and women of Stonington and the nearby islands and coast. As they told about people they knew, they also proclaimed the love of God and the truths of the Restoration, thereby nourishing me in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

“I hope that this book will nourish others. We have selected many of these experiences and reports from articles submitted to Church periodicals by missionaries and other Saints from 1832 to recent times. Some of these experiences have never been published before, but they have been known and handed down through the years. May their printing here help insure that they will never be forgotten.

“I pray that the contents of this book will strengthen and help us all be steadfast in knowing and sharing the Restoration message. ‘Brightly beams our Father's mercy from His lighthouse evermore, but to us He gives the keeping of the lights along the shore.’ May we be good stewards of that light.”


by Emma M. Phillips

Over the past century and a half, thousands of women have lived and died in a Christian cause called the Restoration movement. Out of this long list of women of the Church, the author has extracted a group of thirty-three to be representative examples of the kinds of lives which have helped the Church to grow.

Because their biographies appear in this book does not make them heroines over and above the other women of the Restoration movement. They stand on a level with the unsung—and in many cases now unknown—women of our faith who reared sons and daughters in our tradition and talked to their neighbors about the gospel, and who cleaned churches, built fires, taught classes, quilted and tied "comforts," and did the myriad other tasks required on the frontier of service.

It is to our loss and our shame that we have not done a better job of collecting and retaining the information necessary to make a permanent record of the lives of more of our pioneer women. Many of their experiences, would bring to our young people a greater appreciation for the energies spent that we might now worship as we do.

The biographies in this book are arranged in chronological order. As you read, you will notice the changing times and changing problems that have confronted our women. From these stories of service and sacrifice, both adult and young can gain a greater insight into our history and a higher regard for the cause these women fostered.


by Paul M. Edwards

This is a record of the first seventy-five years of Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa. Perhaps in some ways it is also a history of that institution and of the people, the events, and the ideas that shaped and maintained it. But more than a history or a record of the institutional life of Graceland College, this is designed to be a memory of those, and for those, who found on the rain-soaked and sun-baked hills of Iowa a place and a time to put mind and body in order. The institution, like the men and women that manned it, changed daily, yearly, and by decades. Like the human body, each change was small and almost imperceptible. And yet, when viewed over the years, these changes are the college's growth from the first faltering steps of the idea to the structured organization that represents its maturity.

The dreams of those early men and women have been formed in stone and brick, in programs and in curriculum. But the vision—at its very best—rests in the men and women whose lives are somehow more significant because they have passed this way.


by John Preston

Peter Bosten was introduced to the Church with great fanfare in 1915. Advertisements in the Herald read: "As up-to-date a novel in point of plot, action, and characterization as you can buy. Characters are taken from real life. You will identify with them. A wonderful vehicle for spreading the spirit of the gospel. An unequaled gift for your 'outsider' friends."

The author is a Canadian, John Preston Buschlen. As you read this book, you will note that the style is in many ways different from today's novel. But at the time it was written, it fit the style of the period.

Peter Bosten, the hero of the novel, is an agnostic. He cannot believe in God. Yet there is something about the Church that is appealing to him. He meets and falls in love with a Church girl, but a gulf opens between them as time passes. Years full of events slip by. Is the agnostic converted? Read the story and see.


by Biloine Whiting and Josephine Skelton

Here is the story of the followers of Alpheus Cutler and their trek to the "land between two lakes"—the place of prophecy where Father Cutler sent his people, guided by Uncle Vet and Mr. Denna, to build Clitherall and to await the coming of the "Moses Man" who was to lead them back to Zion.

Here, too, is the story of the Whitlow family, of home-loving Jen and tall, strong Luke, and their children: the self-righteous Effie; AIlan, who somehow was dissatisfied with the austere Cutlerite beliefs and went to hear the "Josephite" preacher; sweet, shy May, with the healing touch in her hands; and Cordie, who was just born a Cutlerite, for she didn't have it in her mind or heart; and, of course, lively little Granny.

In this dramatic story, the authors have recaptured the spirit of the pioneers, the mood, the seriousness, the sense of conflict with the work, the occasional questionings and uncertainties, and the sufferings and privations of the people


by Pearl Wilcox

The dream of the prophet, Joseph Smith, Jr., of a "center place" in Independence, Missouri, did not die with the expulsion of the Saints from Missouri nor with the prophet's death. There were many who waited quietly for the time when they could return and "build up the waste places of Zion." They gradually gained acceptance in the "regions round about" and among Independence townspeople by the quality of their lives and left a rich legacy for those who would follow.

This book is divided into three parts: "Regions Round About," "The Center Place," and "Years of Prosperity and Growth." The appendix, biographical kketches, and index add to the documentation. Little-known stories of well-known people who made Reorganized Church history make highly absorbing reading, and rare photographs add to the value of the book.

Descendants of pioneers of the Reorganization will be particularly grateful for the wealth of memorabilia in Saints of the Reorganization in Missouri.


by Arthur A. Oakman

"We are the inheritors of a most wonderful spiritual tradition—an inheritance that not only gives meaning to the past, but offers guidance to the future." So writes Apostle Oakman in the first chapter of this book.

"What is the faith of the Church? Let us bear in mind that it is a 'faith,' not a system of morals, nor a code of ethics, nor a panacea for the ills of the world. This faith is an assumption of the truth, and an enlightenment of life, based upon a revelation of that truth. It is not a philosophy of existence, but an insight into the life of God."

Apostle Oakman says that in this book he has endeavored to bear testimony of that which "I know and most assuredly believe." In such testimony faith is conceived, and faith is one of the keys to knowledge of spiritual things. The discussion of these mysteries of eternity is presented by one of the great thinkers of the Church.


by Winifred Milner

This is perhaps the most sympathetic historical novel written about the Smith family. While some readers may feel that the author has taken too much liberty in putting words in the mouths of well-known and not so well-known people, they must admit that she makes them come alive as few writers before her have been able to do.

Suddenly these usually pious paper people become men and women who laugh, cry, love, hate, and suffer "all the ills that flesh falls heir to." Since it may be difficult at times to distinguish fact from fiction, the reader is encouraged to enjoy the book for its human interest rather than use it as a documented life of the prophet.

While the story is primarily about Joseph Smith, Jr., and his wife Emma, it also covers other members of the Smith and Hale families, their neighbors, townsmen, friends and non-friends. Aside from the religious theme—particularly the translating and publishing of the Book of Mormon—Light from the Dust provides poignant scenes from nineteenth-century America. People who are hesitant to read a scholarly volume on events immediately preceding the Restoration will find this book a refreshing way to learn Church history without even trying.


by Roy A. Cheville

Joseph Smith, Jr., and Emma Hale were married on January 18, 1827, one hundred and fifty years before the publication date of this book in January 1977. To mark the anniversary, Roy Cheville presents Joseph and Emma, Companions. In his introduction, the author defines companionship in terms of its root words—"com" meaning "together" and "pan" translating as "bread." Thus, companions are "those who share bread together." This is the story of two who shared the bread of life.

Joseph and Emma, Companions is also the study of a relationship between two people whose marriage was faced with unusual demands and frightening difficulties—who kept their faith in God and each other. It is not a "romantic novel." Roy Cheville draws portraits of human beings, using quotations from many different sources including the Doctrine and Covenants, Church History, and Times and Seasons. He does not attempt to paint a perfect picture. He admits that there is much about these two people and their lives we will never know for certain. Joseph and Emma is a book about faith and love: faith and love in God and "companions."

One section in this book will no doubt become a classic. This is titled the "Enduring Continuants." It contains twenty-six basic principles that Joseph and Emma shared in their marriage, beliefs that held them together in times of danger and despair.


by Arthur A. Oakman

"In this book," the author comments, "I have attempted an interpretation of a process known as the resurrection from the dead.

"When I was a boy, there was on the wall of our small church a banner inscribed with the six principles of the gospel. I thought then that resurrection and eternal judgment were two principles unrelated to our life here, since, anyway, one had to die to be resurrected, and I wasn't thinking about dying soon. The other four principles seemed near enough. We occasionally saw people baptized, supposed they had faith and had repented, and witnessed their confirmation by the laying on of hands.

“But these other two, resurrection and eternal judgment, seemed very remote. Of course they are not remote. Unless the resurrection begins in us now and unless the spiritual body we are to inherit is sown in this one we now have, there is no hope of a resurrection.

"I am convinced that when rightly interpreted and understood, the doctrine of the resurrection holds for us tremendous moral power and evangelical fervor. This book is offered to the Church with a prayer to God that it may stimulate the hearts and minds of our people and help them toward a richer and fuller understanding of Jesus Christ, who is the 'Resurrection and the Life.' "


by Emma M. Phillips

A sequel to 33 Women of the Restoration, this book contains biographical sketches of thirty-one women whose lives have influenced the Church since the days of its inception in upstate New York to the present time. Each has made a unique contribution: protecting the Book of Mormon plates, being the first freed slave to unite with the Church in the South, providing quarters for the original conference of the Reorganization, helping establish a frontier mission, organizing a women's aid group, teaching, translating, writing, and singing.

In some cases these dynamic women were directly responsible for motivating their husbands to serve the Church. Often life for them was difficult—particularly when they were left at home to tend the farm or family business while their men went out to preach the gospel or minister in a leadership role. Always they did it willingly.

Whatever the service or sacrifice, whatever the era, all of these women had one thing in common—a faith that demanded their best effort. They had no calls, no ordinations, but their ministry touched many people. Because of them, lives were changed not only in their generation but in succeeding ones. The Church has been blessed because they were "dedicated to serve."


by Pearl Wilcox

This is the fifth in a series of volumes Pearl Wilcox has written about the early Saints and other Jackson County pioneers. In it she covers the regrouping of the "faithful " in the 1850s, the reorganization of the Church in 1860, the reclamation of former converts, and the adding of new members up to the turn of the century. Although it consists of chronicled events, it is primarily the story of men and women who held to long-cherished hopes and shaped their lives around them.

History buffs will appreciate the research and documentation she did in preparing the manuscript. Casual readers will find the saga interestingly told. And those who merely leaf through the book will see captivating photos, many of which have never before been printed. Regathering offers something for everyone who cares about the past and the people who made the present possible.


by Grey Owl and Little Pigeon

Little Pigeon was in private life Clara B. Nicholas. She was born in 1913 in the Prairie Province of Alberta, Canada. Though she was widely known in the East and Midwest as a lecturer, and a number of her articles have appeared in Indian specialty magazines, she insisted she had done nothing worthy of mention—except to raise fourteen children.

She and Grey Owl were married in 1946, a second marriage for each of them. He had five children, she had two, and together they had seven. The last four came in pairs, which was quite a novelty and a lot of hard work.

During the years following Grey Owl's death in 1959, while the younger seven were growing up, Clara made their living by leathercraft and beadwork. Her crafts were exhibited in various art and crafts shows in the East. She was awarded the Grand Award for Creative Writing at the 12th Annual Scottsdale National Indian Arts Exhibition in 1974. The award was given for an essay entitled "And Now My Brothers."


by G. Leslie DeLapp

Bishop DeLapp, presiding financial officer of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for twenty-six years, retired from his official duties in 1966. However, his active life has continued in the "world" community without abatement.

The title of this book comes out of the bishop's basic calling to serve the Church "yet to live in the world, associate with all men of goodwill, and join hands wherever possible to build a better Church and a better community."

Bishop DeLapp's wholesome philosophy is threaded skillfully through the book. He tells of its application during his tenure, and evaluates the needs and goals of the Church in the light of an expanding economy and changing world conditions. He recognizes the impossibility of a stagnant view of the world and the place of the Church in it.

The introduction gives the reader an excellent view of the experiences which prepared Brother DeLapp to steer the Church through hectic financial upheaval to the firmer base of operations in today's Church. The eleven chapters which follow summarize his philosophy of financial, social, and spiritual disciplines necessary to participate in the building of the Kingdom of God.

This is a book of testimony, a statement of faith in the future. It should instill courage and fortitude in its readers as they look with the author at opportunities for growth ahead.


by Paul M. Hanson

Examine the evidence for yourself—there is a wealth of it, and you can make your own decision. This is all the author asks of you, and it is no more than you would consider reasonable in any investigation.

Jesus Christ in America! Incredible, impossible, you think?

Here, selected from the world's leading authorities on American archaeology, and from his own investigations in the ruins, the museums, and the libraries, the author presents his material. Read it, and judge for yourself. There will be many things to cause you to wonder, to doubt previous impressions.

When Spanish missionaries followed Cortez into Mexico, they were amazed to find that the people had a religion like their own in so many respects, and yet different in such remarkable ways, that they considered it a Satanic imitation of the truth to corrupt the souls of men. Vigorously they set out to destroy this religion, burning the literature, and torturing the people. Books that might have opened to us the secrets of America's past went up in flames.

But there were some things these fanatics and zealots could not destroy: the buried and forgotten buildings, monuments, and inscriptions that have come to light under the spade of the archaeologist, the long memories of the people, and the legends and stories of ancient times. These were reserved for a later and more sympathetic generation of investigators.

America is a land of mysteries—concerning the origin of the nations inhabiting these lands when the white man came, concerning the culture, the religion, the arts and crafts, the architecture.

For many years the author has been studying the evidence, sifting and correlating facts in which he found a common theme, an inescapable conclusion: that Christianity was known to the ancient Americans and that it was so written into the records that not all the powers of the Spanish Inquisition could erase it.

Here is the procession of the great races of ancient America: the Aztecs, the Toltecs, the Mayas, the Incas, together with their forerunners and kindred peoples. Here are pictures of their ruined temples, their religious symbolism—remnants that time has not been able to destroy. They have a story to tell to those who can understand. More than a hundred years ago, the same story was brought to the world in a book that became almost immediately to many a focal point of enduring faith, to others an object of doubt—the Book of Mormon. The world has been incredulous of its claims. Through the years, however, archaeology cumulatively has tended to corroborate its remarkable message, as this book demonstrates.

The author has endeavored to produce a dependable contribution in this growing field of evidence. It has been his purpose to include in these pages what would pass critical judgment.


by Richard E. Rupe

The author quotes various Latter Day Saint and Community of Christ historians and authors that have expressed the view that the identity of the Church and the Restoration movement as a whole is centered in its "founding event," the publishing of the Book of Mormon. Indeed, Joseph Smith, Jr., has identified the Book of Mormon as the "keystone of our religion." As such, the Book of Mormon becomes the focal point for the author's search concerning his own religious identity and the validity of the Restoration movement which has been so much a part of his life. While deciding upon the historicity and truthfulness of the Book of Mormon will not magically solve all theological issues facing the Community of Christ, it would at least give the Church a basic direction as it searches for its true identity in the 21st Century.

The author's expressed wish is that his words will appeal to all, regardless of Church affiliation, that have a love and appreciation for the Book of Mormon, the book that ushered forth a new era in religion, the book described by Emma Smith, wife of the prophet Joseph Smith, Jr., as truly a "marvel and a wonder."



by Elsie Doig Townsend

What should a mother with five preschool children—including two sets of twins—do when her rancher husband suddenly dies? Should she struggle to "keep the family together" or let some of the children be reared in other homes where they would have greater physical comforts and more financial security? If she should decide on the latter alternative, which youngsters would she keep ... which would she give away?

Few people have to make such excruciating decisions. The author did.

Out of her experience comes this story of determination versus despair, faith versus fear, laughter versus tears. Beset by illnesses, harsh Montana weather, and the eternal necessity to keep food on the table, young Widow Doig had her moments of almost insurmountable frustration and bitterness, but she usually managed to mix a wholesome amount of levity with her loneliness and fatigue.

Returning to her profession of teaching, she managed to provide a living for her children and in the process helped numerous young people with both their academic and personal problems. The book ends with her remarriage, but the story goes on and gets happier by the year.