The Joseph Smith Papers Documents, Volume 5

October 1835 - January 1838

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Editor(s): 
Steven C. Harper, Alexander L. Baugh, Max H. Parkin, Christian K. Heimburger, Elizabeth A. Kuehn, Brent M. Rogers
  • Salt Lake City, UT: 
    Deseret Books
    , May
     2017.
     768 pages.
     $54.95.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9781629723129.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
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Review by Janiece Johnson forthcoming.

Description

Documents, Volume 5: October 1835-January 1838 covers nearly two and a half years of Latter-day Saint history as it documents some of the highest and lowest points of Joseph Smith's life. The fall and winter of 1835-1836 saw a flurry of activity to finish the House of the Lord in Kirtland as well as Joseph Smith's work to unify the priesthood quorums. In March 1836, the Saints dedicated the new temple to God and experiences tremendous outpourings of His Spirit, many of which are documented here. The story of the next twenty-two months is one of financial hardship and challenges to the Prophet's leadership. The establishment and failure of the Kirtland Safety Society Bank loom large. The volume ends with Joseph Smith, fearful for his life, departing Kirtland to move his family to Missouri.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Steven C. Harper, previously a professor of Church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University and an editor of the Joseph Smith Papers series, is a historian for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After serving a mission to Canada and graduating from BYU, he earned a Ph.D. in early American History from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and taught for two years at BYU-Hawaii before teaching for a decade at BYU. He has written award-winning articles on Church history topics and is the author of several book, including Making Sense of the Doctrine and Covenants: A Guided Tour through Modern Revelations (Deseret Book, 2008).

Max H. Parkin holds a Ph.D. from BYU in Church history. A former institute instructor, he is the author of Conflict at Kirtland and directs tours to Church history sites and to the Middle East.

Christian Heimburger is a historian for the Church History Department, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Elizabeth Kuehn is a historian for the Church History Department, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Brent M. Rogers is a historian for the Church History Department, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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