A Call to Arms: The 1838 Mormon Defense of Northern Missouri

This 1996 dissertation demonstrates that the expulsion of the Latter-day Saints from Missouri in 1838-1839 was entirely unwarranted and illegal. Analyzing the history of the seven military episodes of this conflict, especially in terms of the traditional roles of local … Continued

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A History of the Latter-day Saints in Northern Missouri from 1836 to 1839

This massive dissertation, originally over 500 pages in length, is filled with impressive details about the settlement, troubles, and expulsion of the Latter-day Saints from northern Missouri, 1836-1839. Since its approval at BYU in 1965, this doctoral dissertation has remained … Continued

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A Love of Learning: Speeches of Robert K. Thomas

The talks collected here represent a synthesis of the secular and the sacred. Through that synthesis, Thomas encourages us to become grown-ups. Goals without Goads is a superior example his approach. In this talk, Thomas urges scholars to add gospel … Continued

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A Study of the Origins of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the States of New York and Pennsylvania

Addressing some of the most consequential yet esoteric subjects and events in Latter-day Saint Church history, this 1971 dissertation makes available items from early Mormon history never previously so thoroughly documented. Specifically, Dr. Larry C. Porter carefully delineates the dynamics … Continued

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Arm the Children

Using Ephesians 6:13-17, Arthur Henry King persuasively argues that genuine education begins in homes where parents read the scriptures to and with their children. The language and morality of scripture then form the foundation for learning and judging every activity, … Continued

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Art, Belief, Meaning: The Arts and the Restored Gospel

Elder M. Russell Ballard once said, Inspired art speaks in the language of eternity, teaching things to the heart that the eyes and ears can never understand. Students and scholars at Brigham Young University discuss art in our theology in … Continued

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Behind the Iron Curtain: Recollections of Latter-day Saints in East Germany, 1945–1989

In 1939 when Hitler’s armies marched into Poland, the LDS missionaries marched out of Germany and eventually out of continental Europe, leaving a strong and thriving Church in eastern Germany. Through personal interviews with East German Saints, this volume documents … Continued

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Celebrating Zion: Pioneers in Mormon Popular Historical Expression

More than a century after Latter-day Saints trekked across the Mormon Trail, Church members continue to celebrate this pioneer experience as an identity-defining touchstone of their American-born religion. Latter-day Saints commemorate their pioneer past in folklore, art, museums, and monuments, … Continued

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Educating Zion

Twenty-three landmark speeches by Church and University leaders about the religious and academic nature of education in Zion and BYU. These speeches have charted and refined the singular course of LDS higher education. Everyone will want to be familiar with … Continued

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Exemplary Elder: The Life and Missionary Diaries of Perrigrine Sessions, 1814–1893

Between 1815 and 1893, Perrigrine Sessions traveled some 50,000 miles. He spent most of his life on a road or a trail, on foot or on horseback, in a wagon, or a train. Through this documentary history, readers trek beside … Continued

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German Latter-day Saints and World War II: Their Personal Stories of Survival

Mormons in Eastern Europe found themselves mercilessly caught at the center of political and social turmoil during World War II and its aftermath. This book is a completely new collection of first-hand accounts by German and other Eastern European Latter-day … Continued

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German Latter-day Saints and World War II: Their Personal Stories of Survival

Mormons in Eastern Europe found themselves mercilessly caught at the center of political and social turmoil during World War II and its aftermath. This book is a completely new collection of first-hand accounts by German and other Eastern European Latter-day … Continued

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Hearts Turned to the Fathers (softcover)

No genealogist should be without this book! Told here for the first time, the history of the Genealogical Society of Utah (now known as the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) is, at one … Continued

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Jens Nielson: Bishop of Bluff

A Denmark native, Jens Nielson emigrated to Utah Territory in 1856-57. By 1880 he joined the Hole-in-the Rock expedition to settle Bluff, where he served as ward bishop for over two decades.

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Jorge de Sena: 100 Poems and More: A Bilingual Selection

Translation, introduction, and notes by Frederick G. Williams. 

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Letters of Minerva Teichert

Minerva Teichert was an avid letter writer. She carried on a vigorous correspondence, especially with her daughter, Laurie, who kept the letters her mother sent to her. Laurie Teichert Eastwood has edited and introduced these letters, published in an attractive … Continued

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Life in Utah: Centennial Selections from BYU Studies

Life in Utah has never been easy. Thin soil and thick politics challenged everyone as Utah grew toward statehood in 1896. Native Americans, Mormon and gentile settlers, federal officials, LDS Church leaders-these Utah men and women all filled crucial roles. … Continued

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Lives of the Saints: Writing Mormon Biography and Autobiography

Proceedings of the March 2001 symposium of the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History at Brigham Young University. This symposium was geared to a diverse audience of scholars, family historians, and students interested in how one writes about … Continued

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Masada and the World of the New Testament

These studies offer solid information about the material culture of the first-century Judea. Even though the story of Masada itself has recently become significantly politicized and rightly reexamined in the scholarly literature, these developments do not diminish the importance of … Continued

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Mormon Missionaries Enter Eastern Europe

Between the first Mormon missionary visit to central Europe in 1888 and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the Church made only a few advances in this region. But in a mere decade, that all changed. By the … Continued

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Nearly Everything Imaginable: The Everyday Life of Utah’s Mormon Pioneers

From living in a dugout called the Castle of Spiders to eating so many weeds their skin took on a green cast to losing four children in just a few weeks to diphtheria, nearly everything imaginable happened to the Mormon … Continued

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Poets of Angola: A Bilingual Selection

Translation, introduction, and notes by Frederick G. Williams. 

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Poets of Brazil: A Bilingual Selection

This anthology is the first to present the full range of Brazilian poetic creativity and beauty in English translation. English editions of modernist and contemporary poets exist, most notably An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Brazilian Poetry, edited by Elizabeth Bishop and … Continued

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Poets of Cape Verde: A Bilingual Selection

There are thirty-six poets represented in this bilingual anthology and 135 poems; these range from the nineteenth century to the present, but with the bulk coming from the twentieth century. There is also a broad range of topics and political … Continued

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Poets of Guinea-Bissau

There are seventeen poets represented in this bilingual anthology and eighty-six poems; these include poems written in both Portuguese and Guinean Creole and range from the twentieth century to the present, but with the bulk written in Portuguese in the … Continued

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Poets of Mozambique: A Bilingual Selection

There are twenty-seven poets represented in this bilingual anthology and over 130 poems; these range from the sixteenth century to the present but with the bulk coming from the twentieth century. There is also a broad range of topics and … Continued

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Poets of Portugal: A Bilingual Selection of Poems from the Thirteenth through Twentieth Centuries

Portugal has enjoyed three major poetic ages of universal stature and interest: (1) the medieval era, with a large body of verse known as cantigas (canticles or songs) written by King Dinis and some 152 other troubadours; (2) the sixteenth … Continued

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Poets of Portuguese Asia: Goa, Macao, East Timor, A Bilingual Selection

There are 155 poems written by forty-three poets in this bilingual anthology. Goa is represented by sixteen poets and 45 poems; Macao, by nineteen poets and 78 poems, and East Timor, by eight poets and 32 poems.

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Poets of São Tomé and Príncipe: A Bilingual Selection

There are seventeen poets represented in this bilingual anthology and 101 poems; these range from the nineteenth century to the present, but with the bulk coming from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. There is also a broad range of topics … Continued

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Relational Grace: The Reciprocal and Binding Covenant of Charis

In ancient Greece and Rome, charis was a system in which one person gave something of value to another, and the receiver gave service, thanks, and lesser value back to the giver. It was the word used to describe familial … Continued

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Sister-Wives and Suffragists: Polygamy and the Politics of Woman Suffrage, 1870-1896

Beginning in 1870, Utah women from both polygamist and monogamist marriages attempted to establish their primacy as the standard bearer of women’s rights in the territory. Some sought support from leaders within the territory while others looked to those in … Continued

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Summer Fellows’ Papers 1997–1999: Archive of Restoration Culture

The Archive of Restoration Culture was founded on the belief that Joseph Smith and the Restoration cannot be appreciated without an understanding of his environment. Student-scholars began working on the Archive project in 1997 and were followed during the next … Continued

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