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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.


by Roy A. Cheville
Scriptures from Ancient America endeavors to see what place there is for the Book of Mormon in the world's library of scriptures.

The basic guide in this treatise is, "Let the book speak for itself!" The Bible is accorded this right. There is no way to prove the Bible by external evidence, by dissection, by assembling proof texts. We have to live it out. We check on textual structure and history. We search for historical settings. All this can validate and explain; it does not prove. In like manner the Book of Mormon is going to speak for itself.

I believe there are passages of inspirational beauty in the Book of Mormon. A few of these are presented here as selections with literary and spiritual quality. I believe the book witnesses of the eternal God and the ever living Christ and that this is its central message, its unifying motif. I believe there are theological materials to assist us and guide us. These are to be seen in their Jewish historical setting. Their essential concepts have to be put into thinking that is meaningful to our day. I believe we do well to be humble in our statements about the history of ancient America and about the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. There is so much we do not know. A true scholar is humble about what he knows in relation to the knowable.

The preparation of this text comes out of many years of concern. I have tended to steer away from working in this field. During the recent 20 years several situations not of my own choosing have drawn me into it. It is good that it has been so. Now my exploration rises out of the larger setting of world religions and world scriptures. Today the Book of Mormon needs this larger setting.
During these years of searching and reviewing my approach to the Book of Mormon, I have had growing pains. Any worthwhile spiritual exploration involves these; through such experiences we come to sound foundations. There are still many things to be discovered. The book would not be worth much if it were not so.

I consider the Book of Mormon indispensable in the Restoration movement. I consider it a "distinctive." Take this out and the movement wobbles. Keep it in on unsound interpretation and it wavers. The book is worthy of our best studentship and our best utilization. It is full of resources for our life today.

I invite you to join me in the great venture of letting the Book of Mormon speak for itself.


by Harold I. Velt

The measuring stick for success in the life of individual man was well expressed long ago by William James when he said, "The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it."

On that standard Joseph Smith, Jr., key figure in the restoration to the earth of the authoritative gospel of Christ, was successful in his mortal venture. One strong piece of evidence to support that fact is the Book of Mormon.

Translated under the Spirit of God by Joseph Smith, this great work still stands as a monument to its translator. But more important, its message has been of paramount influence to thousands and thousands of persons seeking a clear understanding of God-man relationships.

Author Harold I. Velt, in clear and straightforward style, examines the testimony of the many, many persons and events contributing to the bringing forth and establishment of the Book of Mormon as an irrefutable record of the history, religious life, and other social experiences of the native American race. He patiently and fairly, yet emphatically, reviews the stand of those opposing the validity of the work, giving such consideration in light of factual data which is available for examination.

The author also very impressively utilizes his vast storehouse of knowledge in the fields of history and religion in dealing with the actual content of the Book of Mormon—its purpose and teaching in relation to the plan of salvation as propounded by Jesus.


by Clifford A. Cole

The theme developed in The Revelation in Christ lies at the heart and center of the gospel. The Christian faith has something vital to say about what is wrong with life today and what can be done to set right that which is wrong. This of necessity confronts us with the revelation of God in Christ. In this text, Apostle Clifford A. Cole touches only lightly the story of the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth. Rather, he discusses the gospel at a deeper level of understanding, bringing sharply into focus the meaning and significance of Jesus as the Christ, the promised Redeemer.

The Revelation in Christ is intended to make you more aware of the relevance of Christ today. Ultimately the success of this book will be measured to the extent that He becomes an empowering revelation in your life.


by F. Edward Butterworth

The whaler Timoleon carrying the first Latter Day Saint missionaries to the South Sea Islands arrived in Polynesia April 30, 1844. One hundred years later, I followed the fascinating trail of these dedicated men and recorded my experiences in the book, Adventures of a South Sea Missionary. To contrast this with the way the islands were a century earlier, I wrote a second book, Adventures of John Hawkins, Restoration Pioneer.This book is a sequel to this latter work and covers 100 years of South Sea Island history. In it appear rare photographs, diaries, biographies, autobiographies, and other materials never before published.

To confirm the accuracy of many of the important events described here, I personally interviewed eyewitnesses, recording many of their comments on wire and tape.

Another valuable source of history for this work was the native mission paper Te Orometua. I have preserved a complete set. From these sources, as well as from published letters and news items found in early Church publications, I have attempted in this volume to bring into focus an otherwise forgotten chapter in the history of the Restoration in Polynesia.


by Roy A. Cheville

Healthy humor is essential to gospel living. This involves the relationship of the individual with others. It is the serious business of living in right relations with God, His sons and daughters, and His universe. Although serious, life is to be enjoyed.

God says, "Men are that they might have joy." Such joy calls for man to work with God and find satisfaction in this eternal endeavor. The maturing Saint sees inconsistencies and maladjustments, of course. With God, he will smile at some situations and try to straighten out others.

We shall read of people who smiled at situations they observed or became involved in—sometimes through their own blundering, sometimes through none of their own doing. For example, the visiting elder who, when his chair collapsed before the congregation, smiled and commented, "I did not intend to get the floor at that moment."


by Clifford A. Cole

This book is written in the firm conviction that one of the most crucial problems faced by man is that of establishing a sound faith in God. Never has the need for such a faith been more desperate. The turmoil of our times leaves people grasping for some security, yet feeling that so much of what they once thought was solidly nailed down in life is now coming loose. It is our hope that this study will help open the way for the reader to see faith not as something in a little compartment off to one side of life but as the very heart of life itself, sound and real and vibrant.

Faith in God is not some new need of modern man; it is his eternal need. It is the chief responsibility of the Church to establish such a faith upon the earth. If this study helps some persons build their foundations of faith more solidly in Jesus Christ and His Church, then let them reach out a warm, helping hand to others yet adrift.

Faith has two aspects. The first we shall call the passive aspect in which faith is seen as the body of beliefs and assumptions which are passed on by society from generation to generation. The individual who grows up in the faith assimilates and accepts the way of life into which he is born.

The second is the dynamic aspect. Man has agency; he not only accepts the faith of his inherited culture, but he has the power to move out on new frontiers beyond the charted way. In so doing, he may change his culture and direct it toward the Kingdom of God. In this book we have tried to point out the importance of both these aspects.

It is our hope that courageous men and women of our time will arise to grasp the outstretched hand of God, knowing that faith in God is not outgrown; it is the very essence of life itself.


by Margaret Bingman

This book is exactly what the title says, a listing of hundreds of persons, places, and things mentioned in the Book of Mormon. Each has a description and references to show where the word is used.

One reader says, "This is probably the most used book in my library besides the Scriptures."


by Richard P. Howard

Volume 1 covers the period to 1860; Volume 2 covers the Reorganization.

These books of history explore the stories behind the story of the Latter Day Saint movement. As the research progressed, it became clear that I could not tell the history as a story. This was because new sources and fresh interpretations of old sources made any new history quite disjunctive at some points with previous understandings.

The resulting manuscript took on the character of essays on various aspects of Church history, rather than a story told in either narrative or chronological sequence. So it was that my one-volume history grew into two volumes.


by Clifford A. Cole

The Old Testament is "the Scriptures" of Jesus' day and before. To most religious people today it is known for some of the outstanding stories of historic events, such as the Creation, the Flood, crossing the Red Sea, and the fall of Jericho. Three-fourths of the Bible content is found in the Old Testament, and most of it is from the pens of the prophets. To understand this part, it is well to get acquainted with these prophets, their times, their purpose in writing, and their message.

The author of this book has tried to simplify this task for you. All but two of the prophets herein discussed have chapters (books) in the Bible bearing their names. These prophets are often referred to by scholars as "major" and "minor" prophets. This does not refer to their importance in the history of the Hebrew nation, but to the volume of their writings.

The Church has long been needing a text of this kind. We need to get a deeper understanding of God's purpose with mankind as it is revealed through the lives and messages of the prophets.


by F. Henry Edwards

When my first commentary was published in 1938, it was felt that a study of the historical background of the revelations in the book of Doctrine and Covenants was needed. In the six printings of the Commentary, it was revised at a number of points, generally to bring it up-to-date; but the passage of time, the receipt of further guidance, and the development of emphases not covered hitherto have combined to advise the preparation and publication of this book.

Nearly 150 years separate us from the times in which the earliest sections of the Doctrine and Covenants were given. We have forgotten, if we have ever known, many small but important details of Church history which provide light for understanding the words of the prophets. This book attempts to provide some of the desired background as faithfully as possible.
This edition differs from the earlier printings in three major respects: some biographical notes formerly included have been eliminated since they are now available in Church History, Volumes 5, 6, 7, and 8; a considerable number of comments on the text have been added; and the book has been brought up-to-date.

This is the 1977 edition, which contains Sections 1-152 (1976). Two earlier editions are generally available. A later edition, entitled The Edwards Commentary..., was published in 1986.


by F. Henry Edwards

Studies in the Life and Ministry of Jesus appeared in Church school quarterly form in 1928 and as a book in 1940. In 1950, in a "revised edition," a few chapter sequences were rearranged and chapters on "The Holy Spirit" and "Jesus and His Father" replaced those on "The Apostle of Our Profession" and "The Missionary Methods of Jesus."

In this book no basic changes have been made, but some of the chapters have been revised so as to augment from the beginning the emphasis on the divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Also, "The Ascension" has been discussed in an additional chapter (44). A chapter on the "New Age" of the Spirit has been introduced (46). The chapter, "Jesus and the Scriptures," has been spread over various chapters (43). The earlier chapter, "Jesus in the Experience of Christianity," has been combined with "Jesus in Latter Day Saint Experience" (50, 51). The discussion, "How Can We Know Christ," has been spread over previous chapters to make room for "Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ."

The earlier editions of this book contained a chapter entitled "Christ in the Western Hemisphere" (43). When I was preparing this edition, it seemed that the emphasis here was not as consistent with the theme of the book as a whole as might be desired. So I rewrote that chapter. In the revised version, my concern has been to indicate the major emphases on the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus as the Book of Mormon presents them. I have tried to let the book speak for itself and have avoided, so far as I could, secondary comment which might distract from my basic purpose.


In 1960 Elbert A. Smith, former presiding patriarch and longtime member of the first presidency, was memorialized by the establishment of a journalism award in his name. Writing had been his most appreciated talent. He had been a contributor and editor for the Saints' Herald for over a half century.

The Elbert A. Smith Memorial Award was to be given annually to the person "writing the Saints' Herald article judged best to reflect...the high standards of originality, insight, and constructive emphasis set by Elbert A. Smith." The first award was made in 1961 to Clair E. Weldon, a seventy serving at that time in Central and South America. His timely article, "Brazil—An Open Door," presented a view of the opening of new missions abroad, then in the midst of dynamic expansion. Since that date, ten additional awards have been given.

In most instances, the chosen articles have had a timeless quality—they will have value for years to come. It is for this reason that they have been collected into book form. The award-winning articles of the last decade (1961-1970) comprise the bulk of this volume.


by Sara Conduff

Writing this book has been a beautiful experience for me, sorrowful at times, but at the same time very joyful. I have felt an inner need for many years to express my story in the small hope that someone might benefit from my experiences. Life is sometimes difficult, and many times we reach a point, as I did, where continuing to live does not seem to be the best alternative.

After finding Christ, or really recognizing that He had always been with me, the alternatives were suddenly enormous, with beautiful hopes and challenges to look forward to. I find Christ to be a living, close, personal God who has helped me move from a young, orphaned girl in Central America contemplating suicide on a bridge overlooking the Chamelecon River to a thankful wife, mother of three beautiful children, and spiritually challenged member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Even now, as I write this preface, I am seeing and remembering the many beautiful ways God has fulfilled my heart's desires and prayers. He is always with each of us "Because He Cares" for our needs. We only have to learn to recognize, trust, and accept His gifts.



by Verneil W. Simmons

My wife has spent many years analyzing and researching the Book of Mormon's peoples. their lands, and their cultures; and this book is the result of her discoveries. The Book of Mormon takes on new life as she reviews Ether's account in the light of the cultural world of Sumer, where Jared's people began their epic migration. Our knowledge of Lehi's story is immeasurably enriched when she reviews the daily life of prophets and kings of the period of the Babylonian Conquest of Judah.

Her book should serve to enlarge one’s background knowledge of the peoples whose testimonies and prophecies we treasure. It makes an excellent commentary on the many human interest stories of the record. While she has never intended that it serve as an interpretation of doctrine, she has linked many prophetic statements, giving the Book of Mormon student a better grasp of the continuity between prophets such as Nephi and Alma, or Mormon, or Moroni.

I can highly recommend Peoples, Places and Prophecies as carrying a special testimony of the ministry and role of Christ—testimony greatly needed in our world of today. It is our hope that this book will serve to inspire the reader to search the greater depths of the Book of Mormon. That book was written by prophets, abridged by a prophet, and translated by a prophet. Surely the world today should know and enjoy such a prophetic record. —Wayne E. Simmons


by Thelona Stevens

Rather than a textbook, this book may be regarded more as a guide, with the Bible as the text, supported by the Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants.

It presents a well-balanced view of the main historical, theological, doctrinal, and sociological aspects of the Old and New Testaments.

Fifty-two lessons contain objectives, background information, questions for study and discussion, and significant Scripture verses to help students gain a better understanding and appreciation of the Bible and its purpose.


by Thelona Stevens

This is a year’s study course using the Book of Mormon as the text, supported by the Inspired Version of the Bible and the Book of Doctrine and Covenants. In addition to “Introductory Readings,” the book is divided into four parts:

The Old Testament of the Book of Mormon

Part 1—The Jaredites

Part 2—A Branch of Israel Broken Off

Part 3—A House Divided Against Itself

The New Testament of the Book of Mormon

Part 4—Heights and Depths of the Nephites; Promise to the Whole World

When a student completes the course—reading the lesson assignments and references, and answering the questions—he will have read the entire Book of Mormon and much other scripture.


by Viola Short

The Relaford ranch in Colorado is the scene of most of the action in this novel, which was first published in 1928 and reprinted in 1976. But the schoolhouse, and particularly the schoolmarm, is of special interest to the young men. Billy Relaford is especially drawn to Agnes.

Some of the experiences are described through letters. Other action has direct dialog and interaction of characters as Billy’s relationship progresses with Agnes and “an unpopular church, but a branch that doesn’t believe in polygamy.”


by Joseph H. Anthony

After the death of his mother and the conviction of his father for embezzlement, 16-year-old Don Merwin is denounced by his relatives and threatened with life in a reformatory. He runs away, determined to continue his schooling, earn the money necessary to repay what his father had taken, and convince people in his hometown that the son of a thief can become an honorable man.

The story traces his adventures as he sets out on his own, meets another traveling family, and eventually learns of the Church of Jesus Christ.

This novel was first published about 1920 and was reprinted in paperback in 1978.


by Mabel A. Sanford

This novel is based on Church history from 1843 until 1860, when Joseph Smith III became leader of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

The story traces Robert Pemberton’s family, members of the Church of England, who had contact with the LDS Church in England. They immigrated to America, moved to Nauvoo, and experienced both joys and tribulations—all the while Robert grows to manhood.


by Norma Anne Holik

When beginning research for a class on prophecy, I found that there were many books written on prophecy by people from other denominations. But no book about the end times—historical prophecy, current events, and eschatology (study of the end times)—had ever been printed which pulled together the Bible, Book of Mormon, and Doctrine and Covenants.

As I progressed into this fascinating study, and as classes began to show high degrees of enthusiasm, I realized that I was being led by the Holy Spirit and the hunger of the people to write this book. I present it as the best of my own research and thinking, combined with some insights which could only have come from God. At all times the people who study this book must measure every interpretation by the Scriptures and by prayer for enlightenment. Never take the word of the author—take the Word of God instead.

I sincerely hope that every person who studies will be blessed with the knowledge and pure joy that this whole book points to the imminent return of our blessed Savior. The end product is our highest hope for life in the celestial Kingdom with Christ.


by Elbert A. Smith

This novel first appeared as installments in Autumn Leaves. The book was first published in 1916 and then reprinted in paperback in 1971.

“Joe Pine” is largely an imaginary character, but his characteristics were borrowed from living sources. Most, if not all, of the other characters in the story are drawn from life—with such liberties as the author chose to take, his models being powerless to protest.

The scenes are such as were familiar to the author during his boyhood days in Iowa. The events are true to life, such as he had observed or heard first or second hand.

May the message carry home to many hearts. May it bear fruit in many lives that there may be more of practical Christianity in the world, to the end that Zion may be built up and man redeemed.


by Elbert A. Smith

“I may have in my mind a very splendid picture of a rose. But if I am obliged to attempt to outline and portray that rose with the aid only of square wooden blocks, I convey to your mind a very inadequate idea of that which is in my mind.

“This is the trouble with words. They are square blocks that we have invented to express our thoughts. They are very imperfect, and we use them very imperfectly—all of which accounts for a great deal of misunderstanding in the Church as well as in the world.”

This book was first printed in 1921 and reprinted in paperback in 1968. It contains 80 short sermons and illustrations from one of the best-loved ministers and writers of the Church.


compiled by Clara Thomas

Many years ago missionaries for God were welcomed into the homes of the Saints. Children who heard the inspiring testimonies of those faithful men were fortunate indeed. This book presents several testimonies of men and women and boys and girls who learned that God is alive, His power is unlimited, and He brings joy to the souls of those who trust in Him.

This is the third book of testimonies compiled by Clara Thomas. Most testimonies are 1, 2, or 3 pages in length.


compiled by Clara Thomas

Many years ago missionaries for God were welcomed into the homes of the Saints. Children who heard the inspiring testimonies of those faithful men were fortunate indeed. This book presents several testimonies of men and women and boys and girls who learned that God is alive, His power is unlimited, and He brings joy to the souls of those who trust in Him.

This is the fourth book of testimonies compiled by Clara Thomas. Most testimonies are 1, 2, or 3 pages in length.


by Gomer T. Griffiths

The Interpreter contains in-depth information for priesthood and laity regarding Church business, including the duties, limits, and prerogatives of priesthood members—how they are appointed and ordained—plus information about Church courts and procedures. Quotations from the Doctrine and Covenants are compiled and arranged to facilitate understanding.

This book was first printed in 1915 in Sydney, Australia.


compiled by Norman D. Ruoff

Frederick M. Smith, second president of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints, was a prolific writer who proclaimed his goals for the Church. Most of the articles in these collections came from the pages of the Church’s official magazine, The Saints’ Herald.

There are three volumes of writing under the title The Writings of President Frederick M. Smith:

Volume 1 is an overview of his writing.

Volume 2 contains instruction for priesthood and members.

Volume 3 contains articles concerned with the Zionic enterprise.


by Elaine Stienon

This novel tells the story of two young people in love. One is from a strong Mormon family, the descendant of Utah pioneers. The other is a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They are torn between their relationship and the feelings of their families and religious leaders.

Set against the background of scenic Utah, we see the rugged mountains, canyons, ski resorts, and the sights of Salt Lake City.

This is a story of personal growth, overcoming prejudices, and realizing individual uniqueness.


by Jessie Ward

This book is a classic, which has become the most cherished of RLDS novels. It has influenced the conversions of hundreds of Church members. Although it is dated, it still contains the unchangeable message of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

This novel first appeared in installments in Autumn Leaves. It was published in book form in 1920. The story begins when an injured missionary arrives in a strange town, where he shares the gospel message with new friends as he recuperates.