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.