by Emma M. Phillips

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

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

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

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


,h3>by Chris B. Hartshorn

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

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

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

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

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


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 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 Elbert A. Smith

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by Frances Hartman Mulliken

America was founded by strong, determined people who placed their faith in God. The Church also was founded by such individuals. They were sometimes called rebels—fanatics—because their beliefs could not be changed or their voices stilled.

A Restoration Heritage is the saga of a family formed in a new nation and a new religion. From old letters, family legends, diaries, and documented volumes of history evolve nearly 150 years in a chain of human lives. Some were strong characters, some weak. Still others were indifferent. Mostly they were honest, hardworking people who placed their faith in a personal God and sought divine direction in their living.



by Ronald M. Turner

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by Olive Church

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

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

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


by Mark H. Forscutt

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by Estella Wight

This is one of the most popular works of Latter Day Saint fiction ever published. Originally published in 1927, it was reprinted that the young men and women of the Church may enjoy it as their fathers and mothers did.

A sequel to In the Shelter of the Little Brown Cottage, this book continues the life of the Warren family. Janey Warren is pursued by two would-be suitors, both of whom have been called to the priesthood. And one of them, Robert Clayton, has been asked to go on an overseas mission. Will Janey choose him and become the wife of a missionary?


by F. Edward Butterworth

At the age of twenty-six, F. Edward Butterworth and his bride of a few months made their first trip to the South Pacific as missionaries for the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. That was in 1944.

Out of the experiences of approximately nine years in this far-away mission of the Church, Brother Butterworth has recorded some of the more fascinating ones in this book. Much of this material first appeared in serial form in the youth magazine, Stride.

"Eddie," as he is best known, has a very interesting style of writing. He keeps his readers in suspense as he describes his shipwreck, the finding of the Kon-Tiki, pearl diving and spear fishing, meeting Tahitian royalty, native customs, and walking in a fire pit.


by Elsie Townsend

In the early 1900's Florence Wildermuth arrives in Lebeck, Missouri, and begins teaching school. She is twenty-one years old and "in no hurry to get married" until she meets and falls in love with Sam Andes, a priest in the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Florence settles down and begins to rear her family. But for her husband, there is always the frontier, and Sam’s eyes look westward.

Florence fights her fear of the unknown and moves to Far West, where Sam works as a blacksmith. When he reads about homesteading in Montana, Florence at first ignores the idea, hoping his dreams will fade. Eventually she succumbs to his restlessness, and Sam hurries out west to stake a claim on the land.

With their five children, Sam and Florence move to Montana. The Andes family builds a sod house and faces danger and hardships in the treacherous winters with little but love for each other and abiding faith in God.

Elsie Townsend’s true-life story of her mother and father, Florence and Sam Andes, is a tribute to all the Church families who have put their trust in God and traveled to unknown places, establishing homes and planting the Church, which sees "always the frontier."

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 Robert E. Baker

I see a world in utter chaos and I ask "How much longer can these conditions continue?" I examine my life and what I know to be true and find that there are many truths that must be shared. I look to the Scriptures and the words of the Savior and realize that a lost vision must be rekindled within the Church.

A warning must be given. Erroneous thinking must be corrected. The "deceived" must be shown how they have been misled and who is responsible for the deception.

I want to point out what once was, what was intended, and what must come in the future.


 by F. Henry Edwards

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

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

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

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


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by Emma Beatrice Burton

Emma Davison was born May 20, 1844, in Nova Scotia. In 1860 she was married to Joseph Burton, a ship captain. Sailing took Joseph away from home so often that he decided to give up his life on the seas and homestead in California.

In the pioneer community where the Burtons settled there was no church, so a weekly Bible class was organized. Two elders of the Reorganization came to the little community and preached to the group. On December 7, 1873, the Burtons were baptized. Joseph was called to the priesthood and later became president of the Southern California District. Emma often traveled with him as he ministered to the people in his assigned field. Frequently they helped other pioneer Saints establish homes in California.

Because of their enthusiasm for the Church, the Burtons wanted to share the "good news" with their friends back in Nova Scotia. Leaving their children with relatives, they spent two years in Canada telling the gospel story. In 1884 they were asked by Church officials to work in the Australasian Mission. Emma and a daughter, Abbie, did sewing to provide an income.

After four years they returned to California where they remained until 1894 when Joseph offered to pilot the missionary boat Evanelia to French Polynesia. Emma accompanied him on that first voyage, and later they were assigned to minister there. Emma assisted her husband in producing a thousand copies of the Doctrine and Covenants in Tahitian, helped publish Te Orometua (a native language periodical), translated and mimeographed Church school lessons, and worked with the women and children in the Islands. A prolific writer, she was a frequent contributor to Autumn Leaves, Zion’s Ensign, and the Herald in addition to writing her autobiography.

Following the death of her husband in 1909, she remained active in the Church until her own life ended on September 3,1927.


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 Verda E. Bryant

I stood before a group of children at The Plains, Ohio, with a Book of Mormon in my hands. The blank looks on their faces prompted me to ask if they knew what it was. Several did. Then I asked them if they knew what was between its covers, and none did. So, impulsively, I told them I didn’t know much about it either, but that we would find out, and that each Sunday thereafter we would have a story from the Book of Mormon.

With this promise to prod me, I dug into the book and read for story content. I early decided that each story would have to be connected with the previous one. I told them in the Church school worship services as nearly as possible in the narrative style of the Book of Mormon, attempting to use the same language but simplifying the words.

Visitors from the district who occasionally heard them advised me to offer them for publication, so after completing them I typed them and sent them in.

After the story appeared in Stepping Stones, it was re-edited and revised with the help of Vida Kraus, to remove errors. The book is presented to the youth of our Church with the hope that future generations may grow into adulthood with a better understanding and appreciation of the Book of Mormon because they have learned its story.


by Verda E. Bryant

After my book, Between the Covers of the Book of Mormon, was published in 1945, I determined to write the story of the Doctrine and Covenants’ testimony that Jesus lives and speaks in our day in such a manner that even the children would understand and thrill to its message.

I began this story then, but after several chapters realized I did not know enough to continue, and I shelved it. Seven years later, at the suggestion of Apostle Reed Holmes, I tried again, but the manuscript as then presented was rejected by the publishers. Again it found its place upon the shelf, and I was discouraged.

During a reunion prayer meeting in 1956, Apostle Maurice Draper, who presided, suggested each of us bear upon his heart the name of someone we wished would embrace the gospel. My mind flew to my childhood girlfriend, to whom I had tried a number of times to tell the story. Though we had then been separated for nearly twenty years, we had maintained an active correspondence, supplemented by an occasional visit. At that time she was living in Africa with her Air Force husband.

During that 1956 reunion prayer service, I determined to redo this book and dedicate it to the children of my friend, particularly for Sandra and Frank, who were then of the age for which I wrote the story, in the hopes that perhaps it might influence their lives toward the fullness of the gospel.

I present Between the Covers of the Doctrine and Covenants to the youth of the Church and to all who desire to read a simple account of the wonderful message of a living Christ. I add my personal testimony that Jesus lives and speaks today, for I, too, have heard His voice in words that were clear and sure.



by Verda E. Bryant

Throughout my years of teaching in church school, camps, and reunions, I have talked with many young people. Most of them have gone through a faith-shaking period of trying to make the transition between the stories of the Bible they have heard as children and the treatment given ancient history in their study of the sciences and the Bible itself in the colleges of our country.

Even the student who is fortunate to have an understanding, God-fearing teacher goes through a terrific trial as he adjusts from the Bible of his childhood to the Bible of his college studies. The one who studies under an atheist meets a hurdle that is almost insurmountable. I have seen something of the turmoil of these young people as their faith is tried, and my heart has gone out to them. I knew I could not prevent them from being so taught, but I might be able to help prepare them for this kind of teaching and give guidance that they might find answers to their questions.

Joseph Smith, the latter-day prophet, admonished: "Seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning even by study and also by faith."

This book is an effort to do just that. It presents the basic Bible history in story form, using key phrases in biblical language. It attempts to analyze both the conclusions drawn by scholars and the traditional interpretations of the Bible in an endeavor to find a point where they might be harmonized.

I present Between the Covers of the Old Testament to the youth of the Church, and to all who desire to strengthen their faith in the "Good Book." My personal testimony is that I have learned to love my Bible and to understand much better what is between its covers by applying the principle of learning by study and by faith.


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 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.


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

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


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

A variety of books with different formats was produced by the RLDS Church prior to 1908. The “1908 Edition” standardized verses and made a concordance possible for the first time. Chapters follow the numbering system of the 1830 edition. This book is now known as the AV, Authorized Version.

Note that the LDS Church renumbered chapters and verses, so LDS references do not match RLDS books.

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


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

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


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

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

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

BOOK OF MORMON, Restored Covenant Edition

Restored Covenant Edition


by Henry A. Stebbins

This book is a revised and enlarged copy of the Book of Mormon Lectures that were delivered by the author during February, 1894. The work was well received, apparently filling a place in the advocacy of our cause which no other book did, owing, perhaps, to the narrative method of treating the subject and the taking of various colonies in their order.

The author has revised and corrected the original, and also added much more to the book from the antiquarian and historical material that has come to light in favor of the Book of Mormon.


This new book is a reprint of four booklets produced by Sionita School in 1980:

Nephi Makes a Ship
Ammon Helps the King
Samuel Tells about Jesus
Jesus Comes to America

Students at Sionita School rewrote the Book of Mormon accounts so they understood the basic stories. Those versions were then compared with several pre-primers and primers and rewritten for beginning readers. Most words—except for proper names—will be familiar. A few words, such as "baptize," have associated phrases or drawings. First graders should have little or no difficulty in reading this book for themselves.

A page of notes for parents and teachers follows each story.

98 pages. $5.00 each or only $4.00 each in orders of 12 of more.


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 “Orion” Hyrum O. Smith

This is the fourth volume of the “Birth Offering Series.”

The book describes the archaeological evidences of the people of ancient America as well as the history of the Book of Mormon.

This is written as dialog with many verses of the Scriptures being read by the children. It starts with Ernest saying: “Papa, Harry, Ethel, Maude, and I would like to have you explain to us about the Book of Mormon.”

Papa answers: “I am very glad to have the opportunity, my dear children, to explain the matter to you. What is it that you can not understand, and where shall I begin?”


Compliled by George Gross

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

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

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

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


by Elbert A. Smith

Here is a book published as a memorial to the great patriarch of the Church, Elbert A. Smith. Following his death May 15, 1959, his son Lynn and his daughter-in-law Lorene completed the revisions of his earlier autobiography, On Memory’s Beam, and made available additional chapters written by Brother Elbert. They also wrote the final chapters which summarize the final days and experiences of this well-known father of the Church.

After the manuscript was completed, it was decided to use the title Brother Elbert, for it is the title by which he was known throughout the Church and the one he most preferred.

This book, while not primarily a history book, presents a view of the Church over the past half century and lends insight to history by presenting many behind-the-scenes events which are not found in any other book.

Within these pages are presented the author’s viewpoint toward life. A good wholesome philosophy is implicit in it. It will bring to aged readers a recollection of events that are dear to their hearts; it will bring to the young an understanding of the Church that cannot be obtained through any other source. It saves for future generations many precious events that would otherwise be lost.

You will enjoy reading the life of "Brother Elbert."


by Roy A. Cheville

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

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


edited by Paul A. Wellington

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

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

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

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


Produced by the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, this book was planned to enrich the worship of the nursery, kindergarten, primary, and junior ages. Its purpose is to provide hymns that will help children grow in their relationship to God, to Jesus, to the Church, and to other people.

This book contains hymns in many categories and from many sources, most of them specifically designed in both verse and music for children. It includes fun and action songs and exercises for use in children’s camps, reunion activities, vacation church school, and other occasions where non-worship material is needed.

The book contains 225 hymns plus 44 fun and action songs.


The New Testament of Ancient America

This is a 72-page booklet containing all of Third Nephi with some short introductory information, testimonies of the three and eight witnesses to the Book of Mormon, and the promise in Moroni 10.

It is designed as a missionary tool to introduce nonmembers to the Book of Mormon. It can be used by individuals or missionary groups. The only organizational name shown in the booklet is Zion Bound, Inc., the publisher of the pocket-size Book of Mormon. The text of Third Nephi is printed directly from that pocket-size book, and it is from the 1908 edition of the RLDS Book of Mormon.

This is a new resource to help believers share the truths of the Book of Mormon and the witness of Christ in America. Everyone who wants to share should carry a few of these booklets.

The price is $1.00 each or $10.00 for a packet of 11 copies. One or two copies will ship for $1.00.


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

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


by Grey Owl and Little Pigeon

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

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

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


by Emma M. Phillips

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

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

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


by Chris B. Hartshorn

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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



First published at Kirtland in 1835, the Book of Doctrine and Covenants is one of the “Three Standard Books” of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. This is a replica of the first edition, and it includes the Lectures of Faith plus 102 sections.
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Emma Smith was instructed to make a selection of sacred hymns for the early Church. This is a replica of “A Collection of Sacred Hymns for the Church of the Latter Day Saints.” It was first printed in Kirtland, Ohio, in 1835. The book contains 90 hymns—words only.

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

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

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by Margaret Wilson Gibson

This book is more than the biography of a great soul. It is a historical novel of exciting drama enacted during the nineteenth century in which Emma Smith played a leading role. While there is reasonable fidelity to the known incidents and facts of the times, it does not claim to be entirely historical.

This important part played by the “Elect Lady" in the development of the Restoration has never before been adequately presented. Not only did she share in the hardships of pioneering made by her husband, Joseph Smith, Junior, but she also participated in many important decisions and influenced him in shaping and molding family and Church destiny. When he became a martyr to his religion, she cradled and nurtured the leaders who were instrumental in guiding "scattered Israel" in its return to build up the waste places in the Center Place at Independence, Jackson County, Missouri.

Most of the action occurred over a century ago. The task of gathering and evaluating the data for this book has been difficult but rewarding. As you read these pages the consciousness of her problem to be fair, accurate, and readable will assist you in making a better appraisal of their contents.

Situations and personalities of a controversial character have been discussed with vigor and frankness. If the author’s bias seems to protrude at spots, charge it to the paucity of historical data rather than intolerance or lack of charity.



By Margaret Gibson

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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 Roy A. Cheville

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

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


by 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.