The Mormon Missionary

Author: Robert L. Lively Jr
Publisher: Robert L. Lively Jr.
ISBN:
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"Dr. Lively hasn't left a stone unturned. His book is an encyclopedic investigation of the missionary program of the LDS church. Very interesting reading." Newel Kay Brown, Composer of I Hope They Call Me on a Mission Many have answered a knock at the door to find two young men standing there. Polite, well-dressed, and wearing black nametags, they introduce themselves as “Elder Smith” and “Elder Jones” of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They are Mormon missionaries, and they want to share their faith with you. It is an awkward moment. American culture does not welcome strangers at the door, and the appearance of Mormon missionaries raises a fundamental question: should they be so aggressive in trying to convert us to their faith? Don’t they understand that if we want to know about their church, we will ask them? As a result, most missionaries are turned away—and not always in a friendly manner. But while they may decline the offer of a visit, an increasing number of non-Mormons are asking questions such as: “Who are these people?” Why are they doing what they are doing?” “Who pays for it?” and, “What do they and the Latter-day Saint Church gain from it?” Rob Lively attempts to answer these questions. While not a member of the LDS Church, he has interviewed over 275 past, present, and future missionaries. He shares their missionary stories and their highs and lows, and he discusses the importance of the missionary experience for the individual and for the Church. No other book exists that gives such a comprehensive overview of the Mormon missionary program. It is something we take for granted, but which is really quite unique. The Church could not exist without it.

Defender

Author: Quentin Thomas Wells
Publisher: University Press of Colorado
ISBN: 9781607325475
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Defender is the first and only scholarly biography of Daniel H. Wells, one of the important yet historically neglected leaders among the nineteenth-century Mormons—leaders like Heber C. Kimball, George Q. Cannon, and Jedediah M. Grant. An adult convert to the Mormon faith during the Mormons’ Nauvoo period, Wells developed relationships with men at the highest levels of the church hierarchy, emigrated to Utah with the Mormon pioneers, and served in a series of influential posts in both church and state. Wells was known especially as a military leader in both Nauvoo and Utah—he led the territorial militia in four Indian conflicts and a confrontation with the US Army (the Utah War). But he was also the territorial attorney general and obtained title to all the land in Salt Lake City from the federal government during his tenure as the mayor of Salt Lake City. He was Second Counselor to Brigham Young in the LDS Church's First Presidency and twice served as president of the Mormon European mission. Among these and other accomplishments, he ran businesses in lumbering, coal mining, manufacturing, and gas production; developed roads, ferries, railroads, and public buildings; and presided over a family of seven wives and thirty-seven children. Wells witnessed and influenced a wide range of consequential events that shaped the culture, politics, and society of Utah in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Using research from relevant collections, sources in public records, references to Wells in the Joseph Smith papers, other contemporaneous journals and letters, and the writings of Brigham Young, Quentin Thomas Wells has created a serious and significant contribution to Mormon history scholarship.

Out Of Obscurity

Author: Patrick Q. Mason
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199358243
Size: 15.23 MB
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In the years since 1945, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has grown rapidly in terms of both numbers and public prominence. Mormonism is no longer merely a home-grown American religion, confined to the Intermountain West; instead, it has captured the attention of political pundits, Broadway audiences, and prospective converts around the world. While most scholarship on Mormonism concerns its colorful but now well-known early history, the essays in this collection assess recent developments, such as the LDS Church's international growth and acculturation; its intersection with conservative politics in recent decades; its stances on same-sex marriage and the role of women; and its ongoing struggle to interpret its own tumultuous history. The scholars draw on a wide variety of Mormon voices as well as those of outsiders, from Latter-day Saints in Hyderabad, India, to "Mormon Mommy blogs," to evangelical "countercult" ministries.

The Old Farmer S Almanac 2013

Author: Old Farmer’s Almanac
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780544086920
Size: 14.46 MB
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America’s best-selling annual publication is also the most beloved. A reference book that reads like a magazine, the Almanac contains “everything under the Sun, including the Moon”—facts, feature articles, and advice that are “useful, with a pleasant degree of humor.” The 2013 edition, which marks the publication’s 221st anniversary, will feature • weather predictions for every day and climatic trends for each season, plus hints of how a low sunspot cycle could influence conditions in the coming years • the most accurate astronomical data in the solar system, with best-viewing recommendations for every month • safe and easy home remedies for each season’s most common—and uncomfortable—aches and ailments • fail-safe gardening tips to ensure a hefty harvest, ideas for using vegetable plants as ornamentals, plus gardening by the Moon • delicious recipes for homebaked cakes, cookies, and pies; plus readers’ best bacon dishes • amusing and enlightening articles on raising children, kisses, and why pets bite (and how to stop them) and much, much more! Added value this year: • 80 full-color pages • full-color national weather maps of winter and summer forecasts

Feeding The Flock

Author: Terryl L. Givens
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199795000
Size: 15.43 MB
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Feeding the Flock, the second volume of Terryl L. Givens's landmark study of the foundations of Mormon thought and practice, traces the essential contours of Mormon practice as it developed from Joseph Smith to the present. Despite the stigmatizing fascination with its social innovations (polygamy, communalism), its stark supernaturalism (angels, gold plates, and seer stones), and its most esoteric aspects (a New World Garden of Eden, sacred undergarments), as well as its long-standing outlier status among American Protestants, Givens reminds us that Mormonism remains the most enduring-and thriving-product of the nineteenth-century's religious upheavals and innovations. Because Mormonism is founded on a radically unconventional cosmology, based on unusual doctrines of human nature, deity, and soteriology, a history of its development cannot use conventional theological categories. Givens has structured these volumes in a way that recognizes the implicit logic of Mormon thought. The first book, Wrestling the Angel, centered on the theoretical foundations of Mormon thought and doctrine regarding God, humans, and salvation. Feeding the Flock considers Mormon practice, the authority of the institution of the church and its priesthood, forms of worship, and the function and nature of spiritual gifts in the church's history, revealing that Mormonism is still a tradition very much in the process of formation. At once original and provocative, engaging and learned, Givens offers the most sustained account of Mormon thought and practice yet written.