Book of Abraham

Book of Abraham

George Reynolds

This is a historical document which defends the authenticity of the controversial Book of Abraham, part of the canonical Pearl of Great Price. The Book of Abraham was purportedly translated from an Egyptian manuscript purchased by the Mormons from a travelling show in 1835, long before their trek to Utah. Joseph Smith quickly produced a translation…

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The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon

Joseph Smith

The Book of Mormon is a sacred text of the Latter Day Saint movement, which adherents believe contains writings of ancient prophets who lived on the American continent from approximately 2200 BC to AD 421. It was first published in March 1830 by Joseph Smith as The Book of Mormon: An Account Written by the Hand of Mormon upon Plates Taken…

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Pearl of Great Price

Pearl of Great Price

Joseph Smith

The Pearl of Great Price is part of the canonical standard works of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and some other Latter Day Saint denominations. The first paragraph of the Introductory Note in the LDS edition of the Pearl of Great Price states: “The Pearl of Great Price is a selection of choice materials…

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Tenderfoot Days

Tenderfoot Days

George Robert Bird

This is a memoir by a non-Mormon about his experiences in the prospecting camps of Utah at the turn of the 19th century. Written as a first-person perspective by an outsider, it gives a sympathetic account of the Mormons, but also brings up some darker aspects about their history. It’s also pretty racist towards Native Americans, so…

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Under the Prophet in Utah

Under the Prophet in Utah

Frank J. Cannon and Harvey J. O’Higgins

This is a memoir of Frank J. Cannon (1859-1933). Although born into a prominent Mormon family, Cannon was a freethinker and a progressive. He recounts an insiders’ view of the painful process by which the Mormon church and the state of Utah became integrated into the United States. He played an active role in this history, lobbying…

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