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.
Marvelous Manifestations of God’s Power in the Latter Days This book contains 45 testimonies of healing after administration, the gift of tongues, and visions. It was compiled by Elder Edward Rannie and originally published in 1912. It has been out of print since then.
The book is similar to Infallible Proofs, but it has different testimonies. This new reprint has 100 pages. It includes all the testimonies from the 1912 edition, with some new titles and a new index. $5.00 each or only $4.00 each in groups of 12 or more.
Dr. Roy A. Cheville, presiding patriarch-evangelist of the Church, has written this book to help bring men and women of the Scriptures into the home. To appreciate the Scriptures, he believes, we must become acquainted with those who are in them. They must come alive in their own time and own setting.
The author calls this a course in "appreciating persons." He writes in his foreword to this book: "Thee Scriptures are honest. They portray human nature as it actually was. In them we meet sinners and saints, cowards and courageous men, selfish and sacrificing persons. They are there without being painted over.
"The chief message of the Scriptures is that lives may be changed for good as they permit God's lifting power to transform them. They also point out how lives that get out of contact with God deteriorate.
''The more we live with genuinely spiritual men, the more we can appreciate their spirituality. The Scriptures are rich in such persons. Something good happens in us as we live with them. In the family is a good place to come to know these interesting persons."
Dr. Cheville leads the reader to an acquaintance with persons named and described in some detail in the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and in the Doctrine and Covenants. He gathers together in each chapter people of similar characteristics and experience. For instance, notice some of his chapter titles: “Pioneers Who Led the Way,” “Prophets Who Saw More Clearly,” “Poets Who Sang Their Message,” “Philosophers Who Put Things Together,” “Fathers Who Understood,” and “Mothers Who Inspired.”
You'll gain a better appreciation for our Scriptures and the people who "starred" in them by reading this book.
The Restoration movement as evidenced in the Church has a unique program for assisting its members to their goal of righteousness. Particularly is this true in the case of those who fall into temptation and sin, whether it be one which deeply affects the lives of many. or which touches only the lives of a few. This ministry finds its roots in the lives of the members, and extends through the work of the priesthood and the Church judicial system.
As members of the Church better understand the purpose and achievable goals of the ministry of reconciliation, growth toward Zionic ends will be more evident. The purpose is a mutual effort toward perfection.
None other than a divine mind could conceive of a system of ministry, such as we have in the Church, which permits such close correlation of all its functions. It calls for men and women of the highest moral and spiritual character. It also calls for men and women who continue to study and grow.
When using· this book, one should consider the entire book and not one section alone. For example, when considering repentance, one should read everything on that subject. Make full use of the cross-reference index in the back of the book.
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.
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.
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.
What should a mother with five preschool children—including two sets of twins—do when her rancher husband suddenly dies? Should she struggle to "keep the family together" or let some of the children be reared in other homes where they would have greater physical comforts and more financial security? If she should decide on the latter alternative, which youngsters would she keep ... which would she give away?
Few people have to make such excruciating decisions. The author did.
Out of her experience comes this story of determination versus despair, faith versus fear, laughter versus tears. Beset by illnesses, harsh Montana weather, and the eternal necessity to keep food on the table, young Widow Doig had her moments of almost insurmountable frustration and bitterness, but she usually managed to mix a wholesome amount of levity with her loneliness and fatigue.
Returning to her profession of teaching, she managed to provide a living for her children and in the process helped numerous young people with both their academic and personal problems. The book ends with her remarriage, but the story goes on and gets happier by the year.
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."
Here is the story of the followers of Alpheus Cutler and their trek to the "land between two lakes"—the place of prophecy where Father Cutler sent his people, guided by Uncle Vet and Mr. Denna, to build Clitherall and to await the coming of the "Moses Man" who was to lead them back to Zion.
Here, too, is the story of the Whitlow family, of home-loving Jen and tall, strong Luke, and their children: the self-righteous Effie; AIlan, who somehow was dissatisfied with the austere Cutlerite beliefs and went to hear the "Josephite" preacher; sweet, shy May, with the healing touch in her hands; and Cordie, who was just born a Cutlerite, for she didn't have it in her mind or heart; and, of course, lively little Granny.
In this dramatic story, the authors have recaptured the spirit of the pioneers, the mood, the seriousness, the sense of conflict with the work, the occasional questionings and uncertainties, and the sufferings and privations of the people
Although this book is biographical in nature, basically, this volume concentrates on the spiritual experiences with which the author has been associated during his nearly half-a-century of ministry for the Church.
The story begins with his early youth in Australia and his conversion to the work of ministry. Then he shares with us his successful missionary years on that continent before his transfer to the United States and Canada, and his continued ministry on this continent.
Evangelist Velt has chosen carefully from his large store of experiences in order that he might (1) include incidents showing the very human elements of people, (2) relate these to God’s great concern for His children in the details of everyday life, and (3) afford encouragement to his readers to find more abundant blessings through closer contact with Christ and His Church.
The author gives his affirmative testimony that the experience of spiritual gifts, such as followed the believers in Bible times, still actually occur today as a part of the total program of our heavenly Father’s ministry to the souls of men.
It is not the intent of this work to present Joseph Smith, Jr., as a Machiavellian character and Oliver as a victim, but rather to investigate the life of Oliver Cowdery and his interaction with other prominent figures of the Restoration movement. In doing so, it will be necessary to view Oliver as a "devout dissenter" toward the end of his association with the Church. “Devout dissenters” are individuals who are sincere and earnest in their beliefs although their opinions and feelings differ from those of the leadership.
Although Oliver differed with leadership in some areas of Church administration, he continued to be a devout believer in the Restoration movement all his life. There is nothing to suggest that he felt anything other than love for Joseph. Long after Joseph's death, Oliver still referred to him as "our beloved brother." His dissent came from his deep commitments and concern for the Church body.
Oliver Cowdery in his "Sketch Book" wrote, "The man that keeps the commandments of the Lord will never be forsaken; his soul shall be filled with the Holy Spirit." Oliver believed this with all the intensity of a devout Christian.
by Roy Weldon
This book contains an examination of the rich and convincing evidences in the Bible, Egyptian and American archaeology, history, literature, and native legends relating to the Book of Mormon and early inhabitants of America.
The God of Ancient America
The Mystery of the "Lost Book of God"
The Lost Tribe of Joseph Found
A Hebrew Nation in America
Modern Miracle Reveals America's Past
God at Work in the Western Hemisphere
The Golden Age of Ancient America
A Modern Prophet's Words Proved True
The Amazing Book of Mormon
The Christian Church in Ancient America
The American Dark Ages
Ancient Gospel of Jesus Christ Restored
by Paul M. Edwards
Our Legacy of Faith: A Brief History of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints brings to life the sweeping narrative of a distinctive faith community that traces its roots to its founding prophet, Joseph Smith, Jr.
Of course, no one-volume history can include in detail all the stories of the Saints. Our Legacy of Faith, however, traces the journeys taken by the Saints from the early years of gospel proclamation in nineteenth-century America to worldwide Church expansion and inauguration of the Temple near the start of the twenty-first century. These are the stories of faithful Saints seeking to establish Christ's Kingdom on earth.
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
Peter Bosten was introduced to the Church with great fanfare in 1915. Advertisements in the Herald read: "As up-to-date a novel in point of plot, action, and characterization as you can buy. Characters are taken from real life. You will identify with them. A wonderful vehicle for spreading the spirit of the gospel. An unequaled gift for your 'outsider' friends."
The author is a Canadian, John Preston Buschlen. As you read this book, you will note that the style is in many ways different from today's novel. But at the time it was written, it fit the style of the period.
Peter Bosten, the hero of the novel, is an agnostic. He cannot believe in God. Yet there is something about the Church that is appealing to him. He meets and falls in love with a Church girl, but a gulf opens between them as time passes. Years full of events slip by. Is the agnostic converted? Read the story and see.
Pilgrims of the Pacific offers thought-provoking theories about human distribution on the face of the earth. Beginning with an initial movement out of Babylon, the author suggests possible routes overland across Asia and oceanic voyages which may have been taken by early migrants. Maps, photographs, and replicas enhance the presentation, which is based on years of study and personal investigation.
Part II of the book is a study of Polynesian origins in particular. Ancestors are traced back to such places as Jerusalem, Egypt, and ancient America. Mr. Butterworth joins the ranks of Thor Heyerdahl and others as he discusses Pacific crossings and describes the types of vessels which might have made such voyages feasible.
While Pilgrims of the Pacific is not meant to be a scientific treatise, it is nevertheless well documented and carefully researched. Its style is free flowing and descriptive, making it most pleasurable reading. Traditions and legends, languages and cultures are compared with ancient records and sacred writings to draw conclusions which may prove to be a solution to some of the mysteries of the South Sea Islands.
Here is the first anthology of verse published by the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The poems have been selected by Frances Hartman of Independence, Missouri, from publications of the Church over the past century. All of them have been written by Latter Day Saints.
Miss Hartman in her research found "there is beauty in the lives of Latter Day Saints, and more and more of that beauty is finding expression in the fine arts. In sharing beauty with each other, we reach some of the peaks of our human experience."
All of these poems express a message that has come out of some personal experience; many of them are of superior literary quality. They form an excellent source for use in public worship, and they will fill the need of many a heart for meditative reading. We feel sure you will be well satisfied with this volume on your reading table and will want to share its contents with many of your friends. Its complete indexes (author, title, first line) make it easy to find a favorite poem to reread or use at an appropriate time.
Here is your opportunity to discover the poetic voices that are an outgrowth of the theological foundations of the Restoration.
Priesthood Orientation Studies was designed to meet the need for studies to acquaint those called to the priesthood with the areas of ministry in which they may serve, and to inform them of their general duties, responsibilities, and privileges.
I. BECOMING ACQUAINTED WITH PRIESTHOOD
The Meaning, Purpose, and History of Priesthood
The Offices of Priesthood
Form of Organization
II. THE DUTIES AND PRIVILEGES OF PRIESTHOOD OFFICE
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.
"Question Time" was a popular column in the Saints' Herald. Collections of questions and answers were published in three books: Volume 1 (red cover) was published in 1955, Volume 2 (blue cover) in 1967, and Volume 3 (green cover) in 1976. The contents are arranged in sections according to major subjects. For instance, the first section is devoted to questions about "God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit." Other sections are centered around questions about the Scriptures, fundamental principles of the gospel, Church history and Church organization, priesthood and authority, apostasy, reformation, restoration, Zion, and many other subjects.
A complete index has been prepared so that the reader may quickly find the question and answer of particular interest.
The three books are designed to help both the adult and youth of the Church—and nonmember friends, too—to a better understanding of the Church and its beliefs and practices.
"Seek to bring forth and establish the cause of Zion." These are familiar words to the Saints. First given in the prophetic ministry of Joseph Smith, Jr., on April 5, 1829, this commandment has become one of the foundation stones of faith in the Restoration.
In the light of continuing revelation, the "cause of Zion" has become increasingly rich in meaning. Indeed, we have come to see in it the integrating principle of history, the challenge of the ages. It is the process of giving form and substance to the purpose of God in human life. Its resources are those of the universe, for the Lord himself has said in the inspired Word that spirit and element belong together: "firstly spiritual, secondly temporal, which is the beginning of my work; and again, firstly temporal, and secondly spiritual, which is the last of my work" (Doctrine and Covenants 28:8d).
This is the fifth in a series of volumes Pearl Wilcox has written about the early Saints and other Jackson County pioneers. In it she covers the regrouping of the "faithful " in the 1850s, the reorganization of the Church in 1860, the reclamation of former converts, and the adding of new members up to the turn of the century. Although it consists of chronicled events, it is primarily the story of men and women who held to long-cherished hopes and shaped their lives around them.
History buffs will appreciate the research and documentation she did in preparing the manuscript. Casual readers will find the saga interestingly told. And those who merely leaf through the book will see captivating photos, many of which have never before been printed. Regathering offers something for everyone who cares about the past and the people who made the present possible.
In this book, one of the leading officers of the Church has organized and brought together the basic interpretation of prophecy in the Holy Scriptures upon which the claims of the restored gospel are founded.
Many others have essayed to do the same work, and in their day and for the people to whom they addressed their efforts, they served well. Why is a new book on the subject necessary?
History has moved us forward. Some prophecies have found their fulfillment, though some remain yet to be fulfilled. New knowledge has come to us, and great events have changed our world. The interpretation of prophecy, particularly that which applies to the restoration of the gospel, needs to be brought up to our time.
This is what the author has endeavored to do, and he has done it remarkably well, in a way that will bring strength, understanding, and satisfaction to many people.
"In this book," the author comments, "I have attempted an interpretation of a process known as the resurrection from the dead.
"When I was a boy, there was on the wall of our small church a banner inscribed with the six principles of the gospel. I thought then that resurrection and eternal judgment were two principles unrelated to our life here, since, anyway, one had to die to be resurrected, and I wasn't thinking about dying soon. The other four principles seemed near enough. We occasionally saw people baptized, supposed they had faith and had repented, and witnessed their confirmation by the laying on of hands.
“But these other two, resurrection and eternal judgment, seemed very remote. Of course they are not remote. Unless the resurrection begins in us now and unless the spiritual body we are to inherit is sown in this one we now have, there is no hope of a resurrection.
"I am convinced that when rightly interpreted and understood, the doctrine of the resurrection holds for us tremendous moral power and evangelical fervor. This book is offered to the Church with a prayer to God that it may stimulate the hearts and minds of our people and help them toward a richer and fuller understanding of Jesus Christ, who is the 'Resurrection and the Life.' "
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.
This book is part of the "Pastors Reference Library." It contains the Rules of Order governing the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the resolutions which have been passed at General Conferences and World Conferences since the 1860's.
Various editions of this book are available, beginning about 1930. It is updated frequently as new resolutions are passed and some are rescinded. The most common editions are from 1952, 1957, 1964, and 1980.
This was the official hymnal of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from 1933 until 1956. The same hymnal was available in both dark blue and lavender covers. It contains 442 hymns, plus complete indexes.
The dream of the prophet, Joseph Smith, Jr., of a "center place" in Independence, Missouri, did not die with the expulsion of the Saints from Missouri nor with the prophet's death. There were many who waited quietly for the time when they could return and "build up the waste places of Zion." They gradually gained acceptance in the "regions round about" and among Independence townspeople by the quality of their lives and left a rich legacy for those who would follow.
This book is divided into three parts: "Regions Round About," "The Center Place," and "Years of Prosperity and Growth." The appendix, biographical kketches, and index add to the documentation. Little-known stories of well-known people who made Reorganized Church history make highly absorbing reading, and rare photographs add to the value of the book.
Descendants of pioneers of the Reorganization will be particularly grateful for the wealth of memorabilia in Saints of the Reorganization in Missouri.
While women of the Bible long have played an important part in religious literature, women in the Book of Mormon have received little attention. The first—and one of the few—to be mentioned is Sariah, wife of Lehi who led a small colony from Jerusalem to the "promised land" (America) six hundred years before the birth of Christ.
With only a few sentences on which to build her story, Mrs. Gilberts does an extraordinary job of making the wealthy Jewess-turned-pilgrim come alive. The loneliness and frustration of pursuing her husband’s elusive dream over blistering sand and storm-lashed ocean make Sariah believably human, while her strength in holding her family together during times of conflict and doubt make her as much a heroine as Esther of Old Testament fame.
Whether she is in a desert tent struggling unattended to give birth to a son, or comforting a bereaved daughter-in-law, or rejoicing in a rare moment of beauty, she is a woman with whom feminine readers can identify ... and one whom masculine readers will appreciate.
Aside from her excellent characterizations, Mrs. Gilberts combines authenticity (based on years of research) with a quality of writing that comes very close to being poetic; the resuIt is a truly outstanding book. Unique in style and content, Sariah represents an important first in Book of Mormon fiction.
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.
Sidney Rigdon was a man with a vision, a quest, and a mission. His entire life, from 1793 to 1876, was a constant search for the so-called "fullness of the gospel," which Rigdon believed he was called by God to expound to the world. The restoration of Christ's true religion as revealed in the New Testament became a compulsive, consuming passion, which led Rigdon to follow solely the dictates of his own religious understanding and to scorn all other viewpoints.
Rigdon believed that he could find in the New Testament the ordinances of Christ's Church, which could be established in the nineteenth century through the direction of God's Holy Spirit in the lives of righteous men. He claimed that God revealed to him that he would become a latter-day John the Baptist, a voice crying in the wilderness, to proclaim the establishment of the Kingdom of God and the second coming of Christ.
In 1830 he and his congregation embraced the Mormon movement, and Rigdon became one of the most important converts that Mormonism has ever gained. His acceptance of Mormonism gave the sect the prestige which allowed its missionaries to obtain audiences throughout the Western Reserve. Soon the Church, through Rigdon's influence, moved its headquarters to Kirtland, Ohio, where rapid growth ensued.
"The Church's major concern is to help a person become a somebody who is not going to run down at half-past time." This statement from Spiritual Health is, practically speaking, the purpose of the book.
Drawing on his years of experience as teacher, evangelist, confidant of old and young, and father to the Church in all the world, Dr. Cheville gives a common-sense guide to a richer, happier life. "In healthy spirituality we see the totality of God in His total universe," says the author. "To the spiritually healthy person God's universe is crowded with interesting things, and such a person has an interested and interesting God."
Divided into five parts for exploration in depth, the text moves from "The Meaning of Health in God's Universe" to "Units for Furthering Healthy Living." Part IV, "Problems in Spiritual Living in Modern Life," provides stimuli for personal inventory and considers the problems inherent in fear and anxiety, loneliness, sense of guilt, and sex.
“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.
“Come now, and let us reason together," is the invitation of the Lord to His children. "Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear." This volume is written to help parents “bring up your children in light and truth.”
Brother H. O. Smith, under the nom de plume of "Orion," is the author. He has collected facts bearing upon many events of an historic, social, and scientific character, which were treated by Joseph Smith years before their occurrence. Today they stand as irrefutable proofs of the wisdom of the man, as much as the direct prophecies made by him which have been literally fulfilled.
This is “Birth Offering Series” number 8.
This is written as dialog with many verses of the Scriptures and other quotations being read by the children.
The pages of the Restoration Witness contain many stories of persons struggling to find place and purpose in a world moving at tremendous speed. This compilation brings together a number of the more pertinent ones. The anchor for all who share their testimony in these pages is in a God who cares enough to reach into their busy lives and guide them to a recognition of divinity. Many times this is a simple testimony of a Lord who does no more than stir the mind of the seeker to explore—and the exploration becomes a lifetime pursuit of the Infinite.
This book invites the reader to seek after that which is good and, on finding it, share it with his fellow man. If one wishes to "ponder anew what the Almighty can do," it will not be hard to spend time with any given testimony, but the book is designed for casual reading. Warmth instead of depth was the guide in selecting material.