A lapsed Mormon takes a sentimental journey to the holy sites of Mormonism. An article from Time.
"My grandfather, barely out of his teens, built his own wagon and with his young wife, his baby daughter and his younger brother set off for the West."
The LDS prophet and president writes for the Wall Street Journal.
While Hinckley's story is partially true--there was an 'extermination order' from Gov. Boggs, (some) Mormons were driven from Missouri, and Joseph and Hyrum Smith were killed by a mob--he neglects to tell the whole story.
Elder Boyd K. Packer said, "There is a temptation for the writer or the teacher of Church history to want to tell everything, whether it is worthy or faith promoting or not. Some things that are true are not very useful."
I have it on very good authority that building the kingdom is a greater priority than total honesty. Joseph Smith had already set that precedent with his public denials about polygamy when he was secretly practicing it in Nauvoo. The ends justify the means.
I think that by understanding the "mindset" of our forbears we can see how far we've come and how far we still need to go on a great number of issues.
"The Mormon church is trying to say to the new people coming into the church, as well as to the larger American society, that there was nothing questionable in the Mormon past," Avery told the woman. "And if you want answers to these kinds of sticky questions, you're not going to find them inside accepted Mormon manuals and doctrines."
Several questions would quite naturally occur to the most casual reader of this cloud of public denials [about the continued practice of Mormon plural marriage] and clarifications of an "unambiguous" document. The complexity of the Manifesto of 1890 is indicated by the diversity of answers published since 1904.
Nauvoo, itself, as seen through the eyes of the bright, observant, deeply committed woman, becomes alive through details she provides.
"Palmer obviously isn't trying to drag people out of the church, but he is making a pretty strong call for the church (and members) to shed the history that is no longer credible."
They have built a huge stone temple in this town, fifty feet high, and 60 by 80 on the ground, at an expense of $40,000.
A look at the process by which myths are created and spread in Mormon history.
Gordon B. Hinckley reinterprets U.S. history to fit in with current Mormon history beliefs.
Written by the church's previous historian Leonard J. Arrington
The most famous anti-Mormon work of the 20th Century features a wealth of information on the areas of Mormon history you won't hear discussed in church.
Joseph Smith's right-hand man writes an expose on Joseph's polygamy, Danites, and temple rituals after leaving Mormonism.
A look at the first 30 years of the RLDS church.
The articles assembled in this book place an emphasis on social history.
Over the course of Mormon history, numerous members have left the fold. Why did they do so?
Whether you are Utah LDS or RLDS, you will find much of interest in this outstanding biography.
Find out what a Mormon, Western historian thinks about his life on the fringes of Mormonism.
From the 19th century down to the present day, Mormonism has succeeded in pushing American society's hot-buttons on religion, race and sex.
I have been reading Juanita Brooks... Run! Do not walk to find this book and buy it!
With these hundreds of works, you won't be far from finding out the information you are looking for.
After years of research and numerous published essays on the subject, D. Michael Quinn assembled, expanded, and created his masterwork on the origins and evolution of the Mormon Hierarchy.
On the basis of information alone, this book is staggering. The notes, chronology, and brief biographies are a gold mine for researchers and anyone seriously interested in LDS history.
The essays are all of the "new history" variety which in Quinn's words "examines the experiences of common people" and "avoids using history as a religous battering ram". The writers all seem to be attempting to write a fair and honest history rather than to use history to promote or tear down the Mormon church.
An outstanding source for original documents covering the early portion of church history.
The most exciting, and bizarre, story from Mormon history for the decade of the 1980s.
So-called New Mormon Historians distinguish between what they believe is verifiable and what they suspect may be folklore, and they approach history from a variety of different academic and social perspectives. Mormonism has become of interest to non-LDS historians as well, which raises the important question of whether outsiders can truly understand Mormons, or, conversely, whether insiders can achieve enough detachment to see themselves objectively--or whether this is desirable. Stated another way, does history have an inherent meaning beyond the scholar's particular viewpoint, and should a writer strive to understand the other person's perspective, or is the writer's subjective vantage what is important and all that is ultimately possible?
A leader in early Mormonism and a helper in the creation of many Mormon doctrines and historical practices, Sidney Rigdon has largely been forgotten by Utah Mormons.
Periodicals that deal with the subject of Mormon history.