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Cowboy Apostle:   The Diaries of Anthony W. Ivins, 1875-1932, Anderson, Elizabeth O.
1 Cowboy Apostle: The Diaries of Anthony W. Ivins, 1875-1932

Anderson, Elizabeth O.New, Signature Books, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT


Brand new hardcover book!

; Anthony W. Ivins (1852-1934) migrated to St. George, Utah, at age nine where he later became an influential civic and ecclesiastical leader. He married Elizabeth A. Snow, daughter of apostle Erastus F. Snow. Ivins was a first cousin of Heber J. Grant, and served as his counselor while Grant was LDS president. Ivins filled several Mormon missions to Mexico and presided as the Juarez, Mexico stake president where he performed post-manifesto marriages. He was appointed by the U.S. government as an Indian agent, and was warmly acquainted with Porfirio Diaz, president of Mexico. Involved in politics in St. George, Ivins held aspirations of running as a Democrat for governor of Utah. In 1907, he was ordained an apostle and later advanced to the First Presidency. Tone, as he called himself, was an accomplished horseman who worked with, and invested in, livestock. He was a game-hunting cowboy who became a statesman for both his country and his expanding religious community.

Though in his correspondence Ivins expressed paramount concern for members of his family, he rarely mentions them in his journals. Rather, his diaries chronicle his business and religious observations including meetings with the Quorum of the Twelve and others. He records meetings of the apostles where decisions were made to remove Church leaders from office who had entered into polygamy after 1904, and details the Church’s dealings with the Mexican government to safeguard the Mormon colonists. There are also discussions where doctrinal principles were clarified. For example, in 1912, Ivins reported that President Joseph F. Smith addressed Brigham Young’s Adam God teachings and affirmed that it was “not a doctrine of the Church.” Ivins clearly loved the ruggedness of outdoor life, as evidenced in his passion for hunting, but was also intrigued with the curiosities at the Utah State Fair, the entertaining showmanship of Buffalo Bill, and the refinement of the theater. Tragedy became commonplace as he recorded vigilante-like justice against Indians and Mexicans who were killed for stealing food, and witnessing the execution of John D. Lee, a once favored son of Mormonism. Appendices of Cowpboy Apostle include Ivins Record Book of Marriage and an essay by Ivins son, H. Grant Ivins titled “Polygamy in Mexico as Practiced by the Mormon Church, 1895-1905.”

; Significant Mormon Diaries Series Series; Vol. 13; 6.25" x 9.25", 


Price: 115.00 USD 103.50 USD 
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DANISH APOSTLE - The Diaries of Anthon H. Lund, Hatch, John P. (editor)
2 DANISH APOSTLE - The Diaries of Anthon H. Lund

Hatch, John P. (editor)New, Signature Books, 2006, Salt Lake City, UT


Brand new hardcover book! Never been read! ++ ; "By the time Anthon Lund was born in Denmark in 1844, Søren Kierkegaard was already producing his ideas on existentialism and Hans Christian Andersen had just penned the tales that would make him world-famous. In this environment, Anthon—who was raised by his father and grandmother after his mother's death—became a voracious reader by the age of six. "Lund converted to Mormonism, immigrated to the United States, and became an apostle and later counselor to the LDS church president—also Salt Lake temple president and Church Historian. His diaries cover the tensions between Apostle Moses Thatcher and his colleagues; the rejection by the U. S. House of Representatives of Utah's Congressman, B. H. Roberts; the stormy hearings over whether to seat LDS apostle Reed Smoot in the U. S. Senate; and publication of The History of the Church. Lund's accounts of the inner workings of the church hierarchy are at times formal but otherwise chatty, the latter quality making him a favorite diarist among historians. "; Significant Mormon Diaries Series No. 10 Series; Vol. 10; 6.25" x 9.25"; 882 pages, 


Price: 120.00 USD 108.00 USD 
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In the World - The Diaries of Reed Smoot, Heath, Harvard S. (editor)
3 In the World - The Diaries of Reed Smoot

Heath, Harvard S. (editor)New, Signature Books, 1997, Salt Lake City, UT


Brand new hardcover book! Never been read! ; No one was more surprised than Reed Smoot when he was called to the LDS apostleship at age thirty-eight. He had not held a previous church office of significance. Yet, as the son of one of Utah's wealthiest men and the husband of a ranking church leader's daughter, he was destined for prominence of some kind. His role would come to be that of an ambassador for the church in Washington, D. C. , rather than a strictly spiritual counselor. When he was first elected to the U. S. Senate in 1902, and during the ensuing hearings to challenge a Mormon's right to hold office, Smoot was ineffective in swaying public opinion. But over the next thirty years as he increasingly socialized with corporate leaders and heads of state; in consulting with other senators, and they with him; and in spending long hours at the White House--even vacationing with two U. S. Presidents--he emerged as one of the country's most influential men. It was because of Smoot's political clout that Mormon immigrants were allowed to leave Ellis Island; that LDS colonists in Chihuahua were provided safe passage out of Mexico; and that missionaries were allowed back into Australia, Europe, New Zealand, and South Africa after World War I. On the other hand, his protection of Mormon sugar interests in Idaho and Hawaii caused instability in Cuba, his insistence on punitive reparations following World War I contributed to the outbreak of the Second World War, and his infamous Smoot-Hawley Tariff of 1930 hastened--some say caused--the Great Depression. In addition, beyond such well-intentioned, if short-sighted attempts to safeguard church and country, Smoot legislated federal subsidies that benefitted his own businesses. A proponent of compromise, he repeatedly locked horns with Utah political and church leaders who thought he sold out too easily on moral issues. His opponents included Heber J. Grant, J. Reuben Clark, B. H. Roberts, Jessie Knight, and James Henry Moyle. Within his own family, he was indulgent, yet often absent. When his wife was unavailable to attend White House dinners, he often took a female escort, as was the custom, and sent flowers home to his wife. After he argued for compulsory military induction on the senate floor, he immediately arranged for his own sons' deferments and special appointments. He constantly came to his children's aid, even though one was alcoholic, another mentally unstable, one fiscally profligate, and so on. In his diaries, Smoot discloses something about every aspect of his life, whether personal or professional. He tells what went on behind closed doors in church and government circles, and he outlines the toll his government service took on his family. His candor and breadth make In the World an essential resource for United States and Latter-day Saint history.; Significant Mormon Diaries Series No. 7 Series; Vol. 7; 6.25" x 9.25"; 850 pages, 


Price: 120.00 USD 108.00 USD 
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Candid Insights of a Mormon Apostle - the Diaries of Abraham H. Cannon, 1889-1895, Lyman, Edward Leo (editor)
4 Candid Insights of a Mormon Apostle - the Diaries of Abraham H. Cannon, 1889-1895

Lyman, Edward Leo (editor)New, 2010, Salt Lake City, UT


Brand new hardcover book! ; The Abraham H. Cannon diaries read like few others from the late nineteenth century. While many of Cannon’s colleagues were functionally literate, he had elegant handwriting, a beautiful way of expressing himself, and an eye for historically important details. Because of his position as an apostle in the LDS Church, his diaries are not only mannered but substantively important. Even mundane entries such as donating $20 for “a plan of erecting a monument in this city to Brigham Young” and his attendance at meetings of the Bullion-Beck Mine are interesting. But his overview of the great issues such as the 1890 Manifesto ending polygamy and discussions (including prayer-circle narratives) at the lavish Gardo House, the temporary headquarters of the LDS Church in the 1880s-90s, are unrivaled.

Cannon died tragically when he was on his way to becoming one of the wealthiest men in Utah and—because he was ordained an apostle at age thirty—perhaps LDS president. He was noted for his unequivocal commitment to Mormonism. When arraigned before a judge who asked if three women were his wives, Cannon answered defiantly, “Yes they are, thank God! ” for which he was sentenced to six months in prison. He later married a woman who had been his brother’s fiancée. After his brother died, his family and Church convinced him to take the girl as a wife, apparently in California. Unfortunately he swam in the ocean during their trip and contracted an ear infection, from which he never recovered.

Edward Leo Lyman is a retired professor of history who taught at California Polytechnic University at Pomona; California State University at San Bernardino; and Victor Valley College in Victorville, California. He is the recipient of the Mormon History Association’s Leonard J. Arrington Award for Distinguished Service to Mormon History. He is the author of seven critically acclaimed books, among them Amasa Mason Lyman: Mormon Apostle and Apostate, Political Deliverance: The Mormon Quest for Utah Statehood, and San Bernardino: The Rise and Fall of a Mormon Community. ; Significant Mormon Diaries Series Series; Vol. 12; 6.25" x 9.25"; 794 pages, 


Price: 150.00 USD 135.00 USD 
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MORMON DEMOCRAT - The Religious and Political Memoirs of James Henry Moyle, Sessions, Gene A. (editor)
5 MORMON DEMOCRAT - The Religious and Political Memoirs of James Henry Moyle

Sessions, Gene A. (editor)New, Signature Books, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT


Brand new hardcover book! Never been read! ; BEST BOOK AWARD, MORMON HISTORY ASSOCIATION. James Henry Moyle was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under U. S. President Woodrow Wilson, Commissioner of Customs under President Theodore Roosevelt, and special assistant to treasury secretary Henry Morgenthau. He was also president of the LDS Eastern States Mission. By his own count, he had two religions, Mormonism and the Democratic Party, and he alternately praised and criticized both. As one who was intimately acquainted with every major religious and political figure in Utah and elsewhere over six decades--and as the father of a future LDS apostle--he mustered surprisingly profound and entertaining insights in his memoirs. Par of his prominence was due to his aristocratic flair. Apostle Matthew Cowley admitted that he "always had to take another look when [he] passed Brother James H. Moyle on the street. " Nor was this large-framed, gray-haired statesman one to mince words. It is the raw edge to his comments that makes his autobiography so memorable. This former political kingpen's life is also recounted in LDS church president Gordon B. Hinckley's James Henry Moyle: The Story of a Distinguished American and Honored Churchman, who, by his own account, refers to Moyle as a colorful, highly opinionated, uncensored voice, who has a unique value. ; Significant Mormon Diaries Series No. 8 Series; Vol. 8; 6" x 9"; 408 pages, 


Price: 95.00 USD 85.50 USD 
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HISTORY'S APPRENTICE - The Diaries of B. H. Roberts, Sillito, John R. (editor)
6 HISTORY'S APPRENTICE - The Diaries of B. H. Roberts

Sillito, John R. (editor)New, Signature Books, 2004, Salt Lake City, UT


Brand New Book. Limited to 500 copies. ; Best documentary book award, mormon history association. On a drab Monday in 1882, B. H. Roberts, then laboring on a mission in Tennessee, confided to his journal: "I am twenty-five years old today: perhaps one-half of my life has passed away—and what have I done? But little of anything, either of good or evil; my misdeeds are like my talents—on the small order. I have made attempts to accomplish something in various directions, but 'miserable failure' is written across the face of each of them. " Roberts then detailed the shortcomings in his career, marriage, and church work. The irony for modern readers is what we know of his future accomplishments. In the half century left to him, he would play a preeminent role in the LDS church as a writer, historian, theologian, and politician. These diaries cover a decade, 1880-1898, in which Roberts was active in Utah as a young church leader. They are his apprenticeship years when he developed the skills that would characterize the rest of his career. Besides illuminating the character of the man himself, they also add much to our knowledge of this pivotal time in history.; Significant Mormon Diaries Series No. 9 Series; Vol. 9; 6.25 x 9.25"; 380 pages, Limited Edition, 


Price: 99.98 USD 89.98 USD 
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Smith, JosephNew in New Dust Jacket, Signature Books, 1995, Salt Lake City, UT


Brand new hardcover book! Never been read! ; As illuminating as commentaries are, nothing conveys Joseph Smith's character like his own unadulterated words. In his distinctive language—a mix of biblical and frontier idioms—and in his famously spontaneous humor, one can imagine him speaking and feeling the force of his charisma. Like Old Testament prophets, he was alternately contemplative and poetic, animated and surprisingly earthy. Previous, popular editions of Smith's speeches and writings have edited out the extemporaneous complexities, as well as any deviations from present-day doctrines. Recent academic publications, for their part, have too often camouflaged the text in scholarly apparata. By contrast, this volume brings together a sampling of the prophet's thinking from New York to Illinois in a complete, unabridged form, utilizing the earliest known sources, without excessive footnoting or commentary. No attempt is made to harmonize disparate, conflicting ideas. Readers can trace the developing, revelatory unfolding of ideas for themselves. They can also enjoy the text without reference to any intrerpretative agenda. In other words, The Essential Joseph Smith is readable and reliable. Bracketed material and punctuation are added where needed, but the text otherwise speaks for itself. These are Joseph Smith's own words, his most essential messages. ; Classics in Mormon Thought Series Series; Vol. 4; 1.05 x 9.3 x 6.31 Inches; 294 pages, 


Price: 22.95 USD 20.66 USD 
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