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
Size: 16.82 MB
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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: 20.57 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.