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By Deseret Book Press Release

Moments of Church History Told Through Letters

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- For the past 150 years, many of the defining moments of the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been told through letters of correspondence. Now many of those exceptional letters, more than half of which have never been published before, are part of "A Treasury of Latter-day Saint Letters" (Eagle Gate, $19.95), a new Deseret Book publication from author Larry E. Morris.

The letters are either correspondence between Church members, or those written to and from Church leaders by other prominent national authorities. Included are letters exchanged by Spencer W. Kimball and his wife, Camilla, in 1933, when they were separated for a time while Camilla tended to the illness of their son, Eddie; and the touching letter to Joseph Fielding written in 1839 by Mary Fielding Smith about how her husband was taken by an armed force.

Additional letters illustrate the respect the Church has received from some of the nation's leaders, including Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover, former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, and Senator Barry Goldwater.

"A Treasury of Latter-day Saint Letters" is an inspiring, thought-provoking collection of letters that offers glimpses into the personal lives, thoughts, and feelings of prominent Church members, a rare view not often seen from the pulpit or in history books. Each selection is preceded by a short explanation of the background, setting, and context of the letter, and a concluding paragraph that tells the rest of the story.

About the Author:
Larry E. Morris is a native of Idaho Falls, Idaho. He holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Brigham Young University, and has published historical articles in such publications as BYU Studies, the John Whitmer Historical Association Journal, and Honolulu magazine. He and his wife Deborah are parents of four children and live in Salt Lake City.


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