Prophet of the Jubilee

Prophet of the Jubilee
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Prophet of the Jubilee
Author Ronald D. Dennis
Provo, Utah: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1997

Prophet of the Jubilee

Reviewer Jed L. Woodworth

In July 1846 in Rhydybont, Carmarthenshire, Wales, Dan Jones published the first issue of a monthly LDS periodical in the Welsh language on a press owned by John Jones, Dan's brother, who was an ordained Congregational minister. The periodical, Prophwyd y Jubili (Prophet of the Jubilee) ran monthly thereafter through December 1848. Jones's great-great-grandson Ronald Dennis has presented what he calls a "facsimile translation" of the complete series, retaining original fonts, layout, and pagination, slightly enlarging font size for readability. Text and index are over seven hundred pages, and Geraint Bowen, former Archdruid of Wales, offers a superb introduction.

Many articles in Prophet of the Jubilee rebut arguments of local anti-Mormons or apostates. Articles entitled "The 'Hater of Deceit' Proving Himself a False Prophet Again!!" and "The 'Rev W. R. Davies from Dowlais,' and His Cruel and Shameful Persecution Again!—Again!!" give a glimpse of the intense feelings between early Welsh Saints and their religious adversaries. Jones garnishes his numerous doctrinal treatises with occasional fiction and poetry, excerpts translated from the Millennial Star, the neighboring LDS periodical in England, and portions of articles on religious topics taken from European and U.S. newspapers.