by F. Edward Butterworth

Here is a fascinating, true story of the experiences of the missionary stalwart of the South Seas, John Hawkins. As a young man, this Englishman migrated to the Polynesian islands and witnessed the arrival of the Timoleon, which brought the first missionaries of the Church.

He saw the changes that took place in the islands and endured many dramatic and dangerous situations that developed when the French occupied the islands and brought the natives under their control.

This book brings to life a very colorful era in the history of the early Church, and combines romance, adventure, and history in a land of enchantment. Most of the incidents are based upon facts drawn from published accounts. Many of the details have been drawn from interviews with other missionaries who were well acquainted with John Hawkins. Elder Aberahama Fauura, great-grandson of John Hawkins, provided much of the personal description of the principal character of the book.

The introduction of the gospel in the lives of South Sea Islanders will take on new meaning as you relive some of the thrilling sequences of these early days.


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


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.

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 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.



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



Six lectures presented by Patriarch Arthur A. Oakman to the Melchisedec priesthood in 1966. 

The lectures include:
Our Spiritual Universe
A Spiritual View of History
The Holy Spirit and the Church
Gifts of the Spirit
Angelic Ministry
Toward Spiritual Endowment

You may have heard the tapes or CD. These lectures are now available as a book of 144 pages. Now you can read the text and mark up the pages for future reference and to share with friends.

$5.00 each


by Christiana Salyards

Students of the church will welcome the present volume, The Enduring Word from the pen of Sister Christiana Salyards.

After a half-century of intensive study and most devoted service to the Church in the preparation of lesson materials, the author brings this offering, which in many ways sums up a lifetime of effort. From the rich resources of the Standard Books of the Church, supplemented with library research, the enduring word of God is presented as the message of Christ, designed in the beginning, taught to Adam, and declared in beauty and in power in successive ages of the past.

It is the same enduring message which was declared by angelic ministration to Joseph Smith and the early founders of the Restoration. The gospel of latter days is but the recommitment of the Word in our day, the revelation of the divine plan for the establishment of the Kingdom in the latter days.

We find most impelling lessons for the building of Zion today in the Word of God made effective in Enoch's city, sounded in the call of the prophets, beautifully illustrated in the early Christian Church, and in the golden age of the Nephites.

The author has faithfully gathered materials and presented the message in four parts, which conveniently provide the four quarters' study for the year. These titles are significant:

First quarter: The Story of Life; Second quarter: This Dark World's Light; Third quarter: The Veiled Gospel; Fourth quarter: The Restoration.

The lessons of the text carry a message of light and hope and faith to all who would understand the divine will as revealed in the Scriptures of the Church. The lessons provide an abundance of information and inspiration—the background of our belief and faith in the Restoration.


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 Reed M. Holmes

I can see Jonesport stretch out eastward along the Reach. In imagination, I can see a three-masted bark, with sailors casting off lines at the old steamboat wharf. The date is August 11, 1866. It is 10:30 a.m. Brand new, with not a barnacle on her, the Nellie Chapin is putting out to sea. The tugboat Delta strains away under a controlled head of steam a few yards forward and to port. Three shouts from the combined voices of 157 passengers are echoed by three more from the chorus of several hundred voices along the wharf and the shore. The Palestine Emigration Society is on its way to Jaffa, and G. J. Adams is soon to secure a reputation as prophet—or a charlatan.

George Jones Adams led that colony to ruin—or glory, whichever it may prove eventually to be. It was something to be forgotten by the offspring of those who had gone. A careful search proved otherwise.

This is a compelling story, unique in the annals of American history.

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 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 Edith Brockway

From the city of Babil and the great tower Etemenanki to a golden land of rare beauty and promise was a long journey for the boy Ori. Go with him as he and his family leave the flooded city, following the vision of the Ancient One.

"There is a land that stands alone amid the great waters, golden in the sunlight .... Your faces are the ones I saw there," the old man had said.

Meet the mighty hunter Nimrod, Jared and Gilgah, the coltish then lovely Baba. Follow Ori into captivity among the Amorites and help him build ships with the Egyptian Sephar.

Based on the Book of Mormon record written by Ether concerning the origins of his people, this fictional account of the Jaredite migration is an absorbing adventure story.

Carefully researched and written in prose that often approximates poetry, this book will have appeal for every member of the family.


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.


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


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

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


by Gomer T. Griffiths

This is a synopsis of the faith and doctrine of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

My object in publishing this work is to further the interests of the Church of Jesus Christ and the salvation of the people. In compliance with the desires and urgent requests of many of the traveling ministry and Saints throughout the country, I began compiling this book some years since. I have every reason to believe that it will constitute an invaluable aid in the propagation and defense of the Church's tenets.

This synopsis contains about fifty subjects of the most prominent and important nature, having an express bearing upon the distinctive doctrines of the Church. It is therefore of peculiar usefulness and value to both ministry and laity.


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.


by Mabel Sanford Atkinson

This little volume should have a strong appeal to young people who want to get the content of the Book of Mormon in action story form. It is not another book about the Book of Mormon; neither does it attempt to give archaeological or historic evidences in its support; it is the language and content of the Book of Mormon in simplified and abbreviated form.

The title of this book comes from a passage in the prophecy of Isaiah (18:1). A magazine artist added his imagination to simulate a bird with outspread wings, which is reproduced in the preface. That America is a land of destiny is plainly stated in the Book of Mormon. Young Americans need to get this vision.

The chronological order of the original text is followed in this book. The repetitious phrases and even entire paragraphs and sections of the Book of Mormon have been eliminated. Both young and old will find Mrs. Atkinson’s treatment fresh, accurate, and delightful.


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 Mildred Nelson Smith

A number of years ago I became aware that the nature of the work of the men called to the priesthood office of seventy was not widely understood. Even many of those who knew of the seventy seemed to think the work consisted of conducting preaching series and cottage meetings. These activities were supposedly interspersed with excellent meals and leisurely visits in the homes of Saints and prospective Saints with little or no concern for the social problems or physical needs of the people.

I asked Joseph Pearson, who was editor of Stride magazine at the time, if I might write some stories for that magazine telling of our experiences as a seventy family. In the ten stories that were printed, I tried to develop a more nearly correct image of the seventy and his work.

Since then I have been asked to expand my writing to book length. This I have done, hoping that it not only will increase an understanding of the work of the seventy but will testify of the validity of the call of God to service in this area of ministry.


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 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.


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


by 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 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.

THE RESTORATION MOVEMENT: Essays in Mormon History

edited by F. Mark McKiernan, Alma R. Blair, Paul M. Edwards

Introductory Essay: Mormonism and American Culture: Some Tentative Hypotheses by Klaus J. Hansen

Chapter 1: The Church in New York and Pennsylvania, 1816-1831 by Larry Porter

Chapter 2: Kirtland: A Stronghold for the Kingdom by Max H. Parkin

Chapter 3: The City in the Garden: Social Conflict in Jackson County, Missouri by Warren Jennings

Chapter 4: Mormonism on the Defensive: Far West, 1838-1839 by F. Mark McKiernan

Chapter 5: Dream and Nightmare: Nauvoo Revisited by Robert Bruce Flanders

Chapter 6: Nauvoo and the Council of the Twelve by T. Edgar Lyon

Chapter 7: The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints: Moderate Mormons by Alma R. Blair

Chapter 8: King James Strang: Joseph Smith's Successor? by William D. Russell

Chapter 9: The Latter-Day Saints in the Far West, 1847-1900 by Leonard Arrington and D. Michael Quinn

Chapter 10: Early Mormon Lifestyles; or the Saints as Human Beings by Davis Bitton

Chapter 11: The Mormon Search for Community in the Modern World by James B. Allen

Chapter 12: Theocratic-Democracy: Philosopher-King in the Reorganization by Paul M. Edwards


By Evan A. Fry

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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 George A. Njeim

The sacrament of the Lord's Supper has always been the source and center of Christian worship.

The author holds fast to the belief that the Eucharist was instituted and ordered by Jesus. In confirmation of this he uses the account of the Lord's Supper as found in the Book of Mormon.

The New Testament account on the subject is also reviewed; differing interpretations placed on it in the course of time are discussed; and the critical problem is studied. The amazing result, when the two accounts are compared, is the harmony that emerges on so many points in the gospel of John and the Book of Mormon. The most surprising, however, is the discovery of the prayer Jesus taught His disciples to use when consecrating the emblems.

The book is written to clarify the question which has arisen in the Reorganization regarding open and close communion, but its value goes beyond that. Any individual interested in the subject will gain new insights from it.


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 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 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.


by F. Edward Butterworth

This is a series of four books recasting the language of the Book of Mormon into the vocabulary of youth. It is based on actual accounts kept by scribes of many generations who were eyewitnesses to a drama filled with mystery, excitement, and intrigue.

The author was a missionary of the Church, who spent much time studying our unique record of scripture written in the setting of ancient America. In this series he visualized the rise and fall of a fantastic civilization rooted in the genesis of time.

Care has been taken to make the conversations and descriptions of the narrative agree with the original records, as well as with the known cultural and historical facts of the period.

The sword of Laban is the artifact which links the four volumes of this unfolding drama. It first appears in chapter one of the Book of Mormon and is one of the items deposited in Hill Cumorah as the curtain drops on this ancient history. It rises to view from time to time during the more than a thousand years of the Nephites. It again reappears as its story foundations the restoration of the gospel. The saga of The Sword of Laban is therefore appropriately named.

For those who have never understood the true purpose or meaning of the Book of Mormon, this book will fill a particular need. We recommend it to the present generation and to those yet to come.


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 Heman C. Smith

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


by Ruby Tinkham

Anyone who has experienced the pain of rejection by a parent, the turmoil of changing long-accepted beliefs, the fear of separation from a companion, or the inner battle of "Thy will, not mine, Lord," will read with appreciation The Unwilling Saint.

While it is primarily a woman’s story, it is presented in a clean-cut, vigorous manner that should appeal to everyone. The plot, dramatic as it is, maintains a natural mood, and the characters are true to life.

Because of its literary quality and appealing message, this religious novel can be recommended as good reading for all members and their friends.


by Iris Griffiths

This true story centers around the life of a young man whose only wish was to live according to his own desires. Refusing to bow down to the Welsh nobility, he came to America. Freedom, he soon learned, was something he had to fight for wherever he was.

He traveled west to Salt Lake Territory and was separated from the woman he loved. Warmed by the friendly reception of the Mormons, he worked willingly and gained great favor, soon climbing to a high position in the LDS Church. Slowly, however, as new doctrines were adopted, he began to see it as not as it had appeared at first.

When he refused to carry out orders that would torment his conscience, he was threatened and held prisoner. He and his wife and children fled in the night. They crossed the desert in the heat of summer and through Indian country, ill prepared for the great hardships they suffered. At last they reached California, where they found a measure of security and a new faith.

The Vindicator deals with a family's confrontation with life and its many problems. It is a touching story of hope and frustration, achievement and defeat, love and loss—an account of pioneer America never before told


A Collection of Testimonies and Articles from the Pages of Restoration YOUTH Magazine
This book contains 93 testimonies and articles from young people and those who have been young once. They first appeared in Restoration Youth Magazine, 1990-2007.

Adults and teens will enjoy reading these experiences and will gain strength to help face today’s challenges. Articles are grouped into these categories:

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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.


THE WORD OF WISDOM: Principle with Promise

by Mildred Nelson Smith

From the day more than thirty years ago when a specialist shook his finger at me and said of my friend who was mentally ill, "Take her away and get her some food. I’ve seen dozens like her!" I knew I had to know more about foods and their potential. When I became aware that the things I was learning at university were expositions of information revealed by the Lord through His prophet Joseph Smith in the Word of Wisdom, I was dedicated to learning all that I could from both sources and sharing that which I learned with all who wanted to know.

As I have taught throughout the intervening years, people have constantly asked where they could find the information written down for reference. I could cite them to some scattered articles and to fairly reliable current information but not to a complete work for ready reference. When members of the First Presidency asked me to update a booklet that I had written for the Church a number of years ago, I proposed doing the more complete work. To this proposal they graciously agreed.

I am constantly thrilled and humbled that the love and concern of our heavenly Father caused Him to anticipate our need for direction through the maze of information offered us in the field of nutrition and health and to fill that need so concisely in the Scriptures.

The promises are great. They include healthy bodies, minds that function optimally, and immunity from destructive diseases. Modern research is continuing to illuminate the processes by which these promises are implemented. I believe that to live long and healthfully while feeding all the peoples of the world, we must adopt the Word of Wisdom way of life. The book is devoted to the understanding of the revelation with its promises and the investigation of the implementation of its instructions.


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 Madelyn Galbraith

"Mr. Salazar, when the Americas were visited—or perhaps I should say invaded—by the outside world, the intruders found remnants of a civilization superior to their own. Archaeology has proved that the natives of these countries—and I am referring to both North and South America— had brought with them a fully developed culture. Where did they get it?

"Somewhere, Mr. Salazar, there has to be a book written by the historians of that age. Each civilization has left some sort of record behind. This one did also, and only when this book is found will we have the real story of the Indian."

There Is a Book is the story of one man’s lifetime search and the broadening of his social consciousness and spiritual perspective in the searching. Santiago Salazar, a wealthy Mexican landowner of Indian ancestry, is forced to a search for identity by the death first of his wife (and incident to this, loss of his career as an artist), then that of his son Tony, and finally rejection by his idolized grandson Romero.

Romantic interest is provided by the meeting of Marquita Salazar, Santiago’s daughter, and Dr. Phillip Parmarez, son of Santiago’s lifelong friend Carlos. Other colorful characters—Santiago’s sister Elodia and foster daughter Chavelita, the village priest Father Clemente, blind Gregorio, and the unfortunate Dr. Mendoza—combine to weave a compelling tale as one man’s life unfolds.

The Indian legends of the Fair God as told to Santiago and Romero will be especially interesting to Book of Mormon students.


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 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 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 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 Ardie Launius

As stated in the preface, the Book of Mormon was written to the Lamanites and to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ.

This book contains testimonies about the Book of Mormon from more that 80 people, starting with Joseph Smith and the early witnesses and extending to the 1980's when this book was published.

This book is dedicated to all the men of God who courageously and sacrificially kept the records, protected them, abridged them, hid them up, and brought them forth so that this precious Word of God might come forth to enrich, enlighten, and inspire our lives in these latter days.


by Ardie Launius

I was raised and schooled in a religion which taught me to fear God; I was told that it is a sin to question God's ways. I was expected to blindly accept what I was taught. As I looked around me and saw the injustices in everyday life, particularly to little children, I could not accept the "God-image" I had learned. My concept of God revolved around fear.

In my early twenties I said and meant, "If there is such a being out there somewhere, I don't want any part of Him." This agnostic attitude spilled over into my life, and I lost hope. Each day was a struggle. There was little happiness in my life. Coping with three small children was difficult—and my husband and I agreed to disagree.

Good people came into our lives teaching us the ways of Christ. They taught us the love of our heavenly Father. I was helped to understand that it was not God who caused my attitudes, but the false picture of God I had been taught. My only fear of God now is that I cannot do enough for His cause. I want with all my heart to live a life of appreciation to my Lord.

Because I have experienced life on the great frontier with God to some degree, I want to share my own and others' testimonies about our Master. It is my hope that those who feel as I once felt might experience the kindling of that beautiful Spirit of God burning in their lives.

I have come to know the love and mercy of God's plan for His children through the teachings of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The experiences in this book were contributed by members of this Church because of my personal association with them. However, this book is written to help others understand that God’s love is universal.