W. W. Phelps biography highlights close relationship with Joseph Smith

“WE’LL SING AND WE’LL SHOUT: The Life and Times of W. W. Phelps,” by Bruce Van Orden, BYU Religious Studies Center and Deseret Book, $31.99, 576 pages (nf) 

W. W. Phelps was one of the 10 most influential members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in its first 15 years, according to Bruce Van Orden. Continue reading “W. W. Phelps biography highlights close relationship with Joseph Smith”

Think Congress is bad now? New book charts their fist fights, duels — even biting — in pre-Civil War years

SALT LAKE CITY — Every so often, a talented writer will discover a story lost to history with tremendous application for today. Such is the case with Yale University historian Joanne Freeman and her latest book. Continue reading “Think Congress is bad now? New book charts their fist fights, duels — even biting — in pre-Civil War years”

Mormon scholars ‘shoot for the top’ in new Oxford publication that shares 13 essays in historical context

SALT LAKE CITY — From the gold plates and the Book of Mormon to the Nauvoo Female Relief Society Leadership and Minute Book to several of the Prophet Joseph Smith’s journals and letters, the collection of 13 essays in “Foundational Texts of Mormonism: Examining Major Early Sources” (Oxford University Press, $74, 448 pages) utilizes insights from the Joseph Smith Papers and a focus on historical context to more fully understand foundational texts of Mormonism.

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Companion book to Hallmark’s ‘When Calls the Heart’ aims to edify and inspire

SALT LAKE CITY — The new book, “When God Calls the Heart: Devotions From Hope Valley,” by Brian Bird and Michelle Cox (Broadstreet Publishing Group, 176 pages) offers fans of the Hallmark Channel drama inspirational messages through the fictional characters they love.

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