Resources for Further Reading

Church History In The Fulness Of Times Student Manual, (2003), 661–668


The writers of this student manual, Church History in the Fulness of Times, are indebted to numerous individuals who have written extensively about the establishment and history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Their work, which includes thousands of articles and books, covers almost every subject related to the Restoration of the gospel. Many of the ideas and analyses of events that are included in this student manual come from these sources. Readers who wish to pursue further study of LDS history will benefit from the following selected bibliography, organized according to the chapters of this manual. Note: This bibliography generally omits works cited in the chapter notes.

The following resources cover more than one period of Church history.

    General

  • Allen, James B., and Glen M. Leonard. The Story of the Latter-day Saints. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1976.

  • Arrington, Leonard J. Brigham Young: American Moses. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1985.

  • Arrington, Leonard J., and Davis Bitton. The Mormon Experience: A History of the Latter-day Saints. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1979.

  • Black, Susan Easton, and Charles D. Tate, Jr., eds. Joseph Smith: The Prophet, the Man. Provo, Utah: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1993.

  • Cannon, George Q. The Life of Joseph Smith the Prophet. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1986.

  • Cowen, Richard O. The Church in the Twentieth Century. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1985.

  • England, Breck. The Life and Thought of Orson Pratt. Salt Lake City: The University of Utah Press, 1985.

  • Gibbons, Francis M. Brigham Young: Modern Moses/Prophet of God. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1981.

  • ———. John Taylor: Mormon Philosopher, Prophet of God. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1985.

  • Goates, L. Brent. Harold B. Lee: Prophet and Seer. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1985.

  • Jessee, Dean C., ed. The Papers of Joseph Smith. 2 vols. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1989, 1992.

  • Madsen, Truman G. Joseph Smith the Prophet. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1989.

  • Peterson, Janet, and LaRene Gaunt. Elect Ladies. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1990.

  • Porter, Larry C., and Susan Easton Black, eds. The Prophet Joseph: Essays on the Life and Mission of Joseph Smith. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1988.

Prelude to the Restoration; Joseph Smith’s New England Heritage; The First Vision; A Period of Preparation, 1823–29

    Chapters 1–4

  • Anderson, Richard Lloyd. “Circumstantial Confirmation of the First Vision through Reminiscences.” Brigham Young University Studies, Spring 1969, pp. 373–404.

  • ———. “Joseph Smith’s New York Reputation Reappraised.” Brigham Young University Studies, Spring 1970, pp. 283–314.

  • Cannon, Donald Q., ed. Regional Studies in Latter-day Saint Church History—New England. Provo, Utah: Department of Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University, 1988.

  • McConkie, Mark L. The Father of the Prophet. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1993.

  • Porter, Larry C., Milton V. Backman, Jr., and Susan Easton Black, eds. Regional Studies in Latter-day Saint Church History—New York. Provo, Utah: Department of Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University, 1992.

  • Wirthlin, Le Roy S. “Joseph Smith’s Surgeon.” Ensign, Mar. 1978, pp. 58–60.

Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon and Restoration of the Priesthood

    Chapter 5

  • Anderson, Richard Lloyd. “By the Gift and Power of God.” Ensign, Sept. 1977, pp. 78–85.

  • ———. “Gold Plates and Printer’s Ink.” Ensign, Sept. 1976, pp. 71–76.

  • ———. Investigating the Book of Mormon Witnesses. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1981.

  • ———. “The Whitmers: A Family That Nourished the Church.” Ensign, Aug. 1979, pp. 35–40.

  • Backman, Milton V., Jr. Eyewitness Accounts of the Restoration. Orem, Utah: Grandin Book Co., 1983.

  • Baugh, Alexander L. “Parting the Veil: The Visions of Joseph Smith.” Brigham Young University Studies, Winter 1999, pp. 22–69.

  • Cannon, Brian Q., et al. “Priesthood Restoration Documents.” Brigham Young University Studies, Fall 1995–96, pp. 162–207.

  • Jessee, Dean C. “The Original Book of Mormon Manuscript.” Brigham Young University Studies, Spring 1970, pp. 259–78.

  • Peterson, H. Donl. Moroni: Ancient Prophet, Modern Messenger. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 2000.

  • Porter, Larry C. “The Colesville Branch and the Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon.” Brigham Young University Studies, Spring 1970, pp. 365–85.

  • ———. “Dating the Restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood.” Ensign, June 1979, pp. 5–10.

  • Porter, Larry C., Milton V. Backman, Jr., and Susan Easton Black, eds. Regional Studies in Latter-day Saint Church History—New York. Provo, Utah: Department of Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University, 1992.

  • Rich, Russell R. “Where Were the Moroni Visits?” Brigham Young University Studies, Spring 1970, pp. 255–58.

Organization of the Church of Jesus Christ; The Infant Church Expands

    Chapters 6–7

  • Anderson, Richard Lloyd. “The House Where the Church Was Organized.” Improvement Era, Apr. 1970, pp. 16–25.

  • ———. “I Have a Question.” Ensign, June 1980, pp. 44–45.

  • Bushman, Richard L. “1830: Pivotal Years in the Fulness of Times.” Ensign, Sept. 1978, pp. 9–13.

  • Hartley, William G. “Every Member WAS a Missionary.” Ensign, Sept. 1978, pp. 21–24.

  • Porter, Larry C. “Solomon Chamberlain—Early Missionary.” Brigham Young University Studies, Spring 1972, pp. 314–18.

  • ———. “I Have a Question.” Ensign, Dec. 1978, pp. 26–27.

Gathering to Ohio; Development of the Church in Ohio, 1831–34; Glorious Days in Kirtland, 1834–36; The Apostasy in Kirtland, 1836–38

    Chapters 8, 10, 13–14

  • Anderson, Richard Lloyd. “The Impact of the First Preaching in Ohio.” Brigham Young University Studies, Summer 1971, pp. 474–96.

  • Backman, Milton V., Jr. “Kirtland: The Crucial Years.” Ensign, Jan. 1979, pp. 24–28.

  • ———. Regional Studies in Latter-day Saint Church History—Ohio. Provo, Utah: Department of Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University, 1990.

  • Bitton, Davis. “The Waning of Mormon Kirtland.” Brigham Young University Studies, Summer 1972, pp. 455–64.

  • Gentry, Leland H. “What of the Lectures on Faith?” Brigham Young University Studies, Fall 1978, pp. 5–19.

  • Hill, Marvin S., C. Keith Rooker, and Larry T. Wimmer. “The Kirtland Economy Revisited: A Market Critique of Sectarian Economics.” Brigham Young University Studies, Summer 1977, pp. 391–475.

  • Nelson, William O. “To Prepare a People.” Ensign, Jan. 1979, pp. 18–23.

  • Parkin, Max H. “Mormon Political Involvement in Ohio.” Brigham Young University Studies, Summer 1969, pp. 484–502.

  • Petersen, Lauritz G. “The Kirtland Temple.” Brigham Young University Studies, Summer 1972, pp. 400–409.

  • Peterson, H. Donl. The Story of the Book of Abraham: Mummies, Manuscripts, and Mormonism. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1995.

  • Robison, Elwin C. The First Mormon Temple. Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Press, 1997.

  • Sampson, D. Paul, and Larry T. Wimmer. “The Kirtland Safety Society: The Stock Ledger Book and the Bank Failure.” Brigham Young University Studies, Summer 1972, pp. 427–36.

  • Smith, Brian L. “A Book of Abraham Research Update.” Religious Studies Center Newsletter, May 1997, pp. 5–8.

Gathering to the Land of Zion; Expulsion from Jackson County; Zion’s Camp; The Church in Northern Missouri, 1836–38; Missouri Persecutions and Expulsion

    Chapters 9, 11–12, 15–16

  • Arrington, Leonard J. “Church Leaders in Liberty Jail.” Brigham Young University Studies, Autumn 1972, pp. 20–26.

  • Arrington, Leonard J., Feramorz Y. Fox, and Dean L. May. Building the City of God: Community and Cooperation among the Mormons. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1976.

  • Baugh, Alexander L. “Joseph Young’s Affidavit of the Massacre at Haun’s Mill.” Brigham Young University Studies, Winter 1999, pp. 188–202.

  • Blair, Alma R. “The Haun’s Mill Massacre.” Brigham Young University Studies, Autumn 1972, pp. 62–67.

  • Bushman, Richard L. “Mormon Persecution in Missouri, 1833.” Brigham Young University Studies, Autumn 1960, pp. 11–20.

  • Cannon, Mark W. “The Crusades against the Masons, Catholics, and Mormons: Separate Waves of a Common Current,” Brigham Young University Studies, Winter 1961, pp. 23–40.

  • Crawley, Peter, and Richard Lloyd Anderson. “The Political and Social Realities of Zion’s Camp,” Brigham Young University Studies, Summer 1974, pp. 406–20.

  • Durham, Reed C., Jr. “The Election Day Battle at Gallatin.” Brigham Young University Studies, Autumn 1972, pp. 36–61.

  • Garr, Arnold K., and Clark V. Johnson, eds. Regional Studies in Latter-day Saint Church History—Missouri. Provo, Utah: Department of Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University, 1994.

  • Gentry, Leland H. “Adam-ondi-Ahman: A Brief Historical Survey.” Brigham Young University Studies, Summer 1973, pp. 553–76.

  • ———. “The Danite Band of 1838.” Brigham Young University Studies, Summer 1974, pp. 421–50.

  • Jessee, Dean C., and David J. Whittaker. “The Last Months of Mormonism in Missouri: The Albert Perry Rockwood Journal.” Brigham Young University Studies, Winter 1988, pp. 5–41.

Refuge in Illinois; Life in Nauvoo the Beautiful; Doctrinal Developments in Nauvoo; Growing Conflict in Illinois

    Chapters 17, 19–21

  • Beecher, Maureen Ursenbach. “‘All Things Move in Order in the City’: The Nauvoo Diary of Zina Diantha Huntington Jacobs.” Brigham Young University Studies, Spring 1979, pp. 285–320.

  • Beecher, Maureen Ursenbach, and James L. Kimball, Jr. “The First Relief Society.” Ensign, Mar. 1979, pp. 25–29.

  • Black, Susan Easton. “How Large Was the Population of Nauvoo?” Brigham Young University Studies, Spring 1995, pp. 91–94.

  • Cannon, Donald Q. “The King Follett Discourse: Joseph Smith’s Greatest Sermon in Historical Perspective.” Brigham Young University Studies, Winter 1978, pp. 179–192.

  • ———. “Spokes on the Wheel: Early Latter-day Saint Settlements in Hancock County, Illinois.” Ensign, Feb. 1986, pp. 62–68.

  • Derr, Jill Mulvay, Janath Russell Cannon, and Maureen Ursenbach Beecher. Women of Covenant: The Story of Relief Society. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1992.

  • Dunn, Loren C. “Introduction to Historic Nauvoo.” Brigham Young University Studies, Winter and Spring 1992, pp. 23–32.

  • Enders, Donald L. “The Steamboat Maid of Iowa: Mormon Mistress of the Mississippi,” Brigham Young University Studies, Spring 1979, pp. 321–35.

  • Esplin, Ronald K. “Life in Nauvoo, June 1844: Vilate Kimball’s Martyrdom Letters.” Brigham Young University Studies, Winter 1979, pp. 231–40.

  • Flanders, Robert B. Nauvoo, Kingdom on the Mississippi. Urbana, Il.: University of Illinois Press, 1965.

  • Garrett, H. Dean, ed. Regional Studies in Latter-day Saint Church History—Illinois. Provo, Utah: Department of Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University, 1995.

  • Givens, George W. In Old Nauvoo: Everyday Life in the City of Joseph. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1990.

  • Godfrey, Kenneth W. “Crime and Punishment in Mormon Nauvoo, 1839–1846.” Brigham Young University Studies, Winter and Spring 1992, pp. 195–227.

  • Hartley, William G. “Nauvoo Stake, Priesthood Quorums, and the Church’s First Wards.” Brigham Young University Studies, Winter and Spring 1992, pp. 57–80.

  • Hinckley, Gordon B. “Nauvoo—Sunrise and Sunset on the Mississippi.” Brigham Young University Studies, Winter and Spring 1992, pp. 19–22.

  • Holzapfel, Richard Neitzel, and Jeni Broberg Holzapfel. Women of Nauvoo. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1992.

  • Kimball, Stanley B. “The Nauvoo Temple.” Improvement Era, Nov. 1963, pp. 974–84.

  • ———. “Nauvoo West: The Mormons of the Iowa Shore.” Brigham Young University Studies, Winter 1978, pp. 132–42.

  • Leonard, Glen M. “Picturing the Nauvoo Legion.” Brigham Young University Studies, Spring 1995, pp. 95–135.

  • Leonard, Glen M., and T. Edgar Lyon. “The Nauvoo Years.” Ensign, Sept. 1979, pp. 10–15.

  • Lyon, T. Edgar. “Doctrinal Development of the Church during the Nauvoo Sojourn, 1839–1846.” Brigham Young University Studies, Summer 1975, pp. 435–46.

  • ———. “Recollections of ‘Old Navooers’: Memories from Oral History.” Brigham Young University Studies, Winter 1978, pp. 143–50.

  • Madsen, Carol Cornwall. In Their Own Words: Women and the Story of Nauvoo. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1994.

  • McGavin, E. Cecil. Nauvoo the Beautiful. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1946.

  • ———. The Nauvoo Temple. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1962.

  • Oaks, Dallin H., and Joseph I. Bentley. “Joseph Smith and Legal Process: In the Wake of the Steamboat Nauvoo.” Brigham Young University Law Review, 1976, pp. 735–82.

  • Porter, Larry C., and Milton V. Backman, Jr. “Doctrine and the Temple in Nauvoo,” Brigham Young University Studies, Winter and Spring 1992, pp. 41–56.

  • Roberts, B. H. The Rise and Fall of Nauvoo. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1965.

  • Rowley, Dennis. “Nauvoo: A River Town.” Brigham Young University Studies, Winter 1978, pp. 255–72.

  • Smith, James E. “Frontier Nauvoo: Building a Picture from Statistics.” Ensign, Sept. 1979, pp. 16–19.

  • Ursenbach, Maureen. “Eliza R. Snow’s Nauvoo Journal.” Brigham Young University Studies, Summer 1975, pp. 391–416.

The Mission of the Twelve

    Chapter 18

  • Allen, James B., and Malcom R. Thorp. “The Mission of the Twelve to England, 1840–41: Mormon Apostles and the Working Classes.” Brigham Young University Studies, Summer 1975, pp. 498–526.

  • Allen, James B., Ronald K. Esplin, and David J. Whittaker, eds. Men with a Mission: The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the British Isles, 1837–1841. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1992.

  • Barney, Ronald O. “Letters of a Missionary Apostle to His Wife: Brigham Young to Mary Ann Angell Young, 1839–1841.” Brigham Young University Studies, Spring 1999, pp. 156–201.

  • Bloxham, V. Ben, James R. Moss, and Larry C. Porter, eds. Truth Will Prevail: The Rise of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the British Isles, 1837–1987. Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1987.

  • Jensen, Richard L. “Transplanted to Zion: The Impact of British Latter-day Saint Immigration upon Nauvoo.” Brigham Young University Studies, Winter 1991, pp. 77–87.

The Martyrdom; The Twelve to Bear Off the Kingdom; Nauvoo under Apostolic Leadership

    Chapters 22–24

  • Baker, LeGrand L. “On to Carthage to Die.” Improvement Era, June 1969, pp. 10–15.

  • Bitton, Davis. The Martyrdom Remembered. Salt Lake City: Aspen Books, 1994.

  • Durham, Reed C., Jr., and Steven H. Heath. Succession in the Church. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1970.

  • Godfrey, Kenneth W. “The Road to Carthage Led West.” Brigham Young University Studies, Winter 1968, pp. 204–15.

  • Oaks, Dallin H., and Marvin S. Hill. Carthage Conspiracy: The Trial of the Accused Assassins of Joseph Smith. Urbana, Il.: University of Illinois Press, 1975.

  • Taylor, Mark H., ed. Witness to the Martyrdom. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1999.

The Trek across Iowa; Pioneers to the West

    Chapters 25–26

  • Bennett, Richard E. Mormons at the Missouri, 1846–1852: “And Should We Die. …” Norman, Ok.: University of Oklahoma Press, 1987.

  • ———. We’ll Find the Place: The Mormon Exodus, 1846–1848. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1997.

  • Bigler, David L., and Will Bagley. Army of Israel: Mormon Battalion Narratives. Spokane, Wa.: The Arthur H. Clark Co., 2000.

  • Black, Susan Easton, and William G. Hartley, eds. The Iowa Mormon Trail: Legacy of Faith and Courage. Orem, Utah: Helix Publishing, 1997.

  • Christiansen, Larry. “The Mormon Battalion: An Acceptable Sacrifice.” Ensign, July 1979, pp. 53–56.

  • Christy, Howard A. “Weather, Disaster, and Responsibility: An Essay on the Willie and Martin Handcart Story.” Brigham Young University Studies, Winter 1997–98, pp. 6–74.

  • Hafen, Leroy R., and Ann W. Hafen. Handcarts to Zion: The Story of a Unique Western Migration, 1856–1860. Glendale, Ca.: The Arthur H. Clark Co., 1960.

  • Hartley, William G. “Coming to Zion: Saga of the Gathering.” Ensign, July 1975, pp. 14–18.

  • Kimball, Stanley B. “Mormon Trail Network in Nebraska, 1846–1868: A New Look.” Brigham Young University Studies, Summer 1984, pp. 321–36.

  • Knight, Hal, and Stanley B. Kimball. 111 Days to Zion. Salt Lake City: Deseret Press, 1978.

  • Leonard, Glen M. “Westward the Saints: The Nineteenth-Century Mormon Migration.” Ensign, Jan. 1980, pp. 6–13.

  • Lyon, T. Edgar. “Some Uncommon Aspects of the Mormon Migration.” Improvement Era, Sept. 1969, pp. 33–40.

  • Madsen, Carol Cornwall. Journey to Zion: Voices from the Mormon Trail. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1997.

  • Madsen, Susan Arrington. I Walked to Zion: True Stories of Young Pioneers on the Mormon Trail. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1994.

  • Ricketts, Norma Baldwin. The Mormon Battalion: U.S. Army of the West, 1846–1848. Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press, 1996.

  • Stegner, Wallace. The Gathering of Zion: The Story of the Mormon Trail. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co., 1964.

Establishing a Refuge in Deseret; Utah in Isolation; The Utah War; The Civil War Period; The Quest for Self-Sufficiency; Brigham Young’s Presidency: The Final Decade

    Chapters 27–32

  • Arrington, Leonard J. “Colonizing the Great Basin.” Ensign, Feb. 1980, pp. 18–22.

  • Bitton, Davis. George Q. Cannon: A Biography. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1999.

  • Derr, Jill Mulvay. “Woman’s Place in Brigham Young’s World.” Brigham Young University Studies, Spring 1978, pp. 377–95.

  • Godfrey, Kenneth W., Audrey M. Godfrey, and Jill Mulvay Derr. Women’s Voices: An Untold History of the Latter-day Saints, 1830–1900. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1982.

  • Kimball, Stanley B. “Brigham and Heber.” Brigham Young University Studies, Spring 1978, pp. 396–409.

  • Moorman, Donald R., with Gene A. Sessions. Camp Floyd and the Mormons: The Utah War. Salt Lake City: The University of Utah Press, 1992.

  • Mulvay, Jill C. “Eliza R. Snow and the Woman Question.” Brigham Young University Studies, Winter 1976, pp. 250–64.

  • Peterson, Charles S. Utah: A Bicentennial History. New York: W. W. Norton and Co., 1977.

  • Peterson, John A. Utah’s Black Hawk War. Salt Lake City: The University of Utah Press, 1998.

  • Walker, Ronald W., and Doris R. Dant, eds. Nearly Everything Imaginable: The Everyday Life of Utah’s Mormon Pioneers. Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Press, 1999.

A Decade of Persecution, 1877–87; An Era of Reconciliation

    Chapters 33–34

  • Holzapfel, Richard Neitzel. Every Stone a Sermon. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1992.

The Church at the Turn of the Century; The Church in the Early Twentieth Century; Moving Forward into the New Century; Change and Consistency; The Church during the Great Depression; The Saints during World War II; Postwar Recovery

    Chapters 35–41

  • Hinckley, Bryant S. Heber J. Grant: Highlights in the Life of a Great Leader. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1951.

Growth into a Worldwide Church; An Era of Correlation and Consolidation; The Church Lengthens Its Stride; Meeting the Needs of a Worldwide Church; A Period of Challenge and Growth; Continued Growth during the Early 1990s; The Church Comes out of Obscurity; The Destiny of the Church

    Chapters 42–49

  • Dew, Sheri L., Ezra Taft Benson: A Biography. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1987.

  • Kimball, Edward L., and Andrew E. Kimball, Jr. Spencer W. Kimball: Twelfth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1977.

  • McConkie, Joseph F. True and Faithful: The Life Story of Joseph Fielding Smith. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1971.

  • Rudd, Glen L. Pure Religion: The Story of Church Welfare since 1930. Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1995.