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The Story of Mormonism

The Story of Mormonism by James E. Talmage

A few years before James E. Talmage was called to serve as an apostle for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as the "Mormon" church), he gave a series of lectures at universities such as the University of Michigan and Cornell, describing the history of the Church. These lectures were later compiled and published as 'The Story of "Mormonism."' It is a concise, yet informative summary for all interested in learning the history and beliefs of the "Mormon" church. (Summary by Nathan Markham)

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By James E. Talmage, D. Sc., F. R. S. E.


The Story of "Mormonism" as presented in the following pages is a revised and reconstructed version of lectures delivered by Dr. James E. Talmage at the University of Michigan, Cornell University, and elsewhere. The "Story" first appeared in print as a lecture report in the Improvement Era , and was afterward issued as a booklet from the office of the Millennial Star , Liverpool. In 1910 it was issued in a revised form by the Bureau of Information at Salt Lake City, in which edition the lecture style of direct address was changed to the ordinary form of essay. The present or third American edition has been revised and amplified by the author.

The "Story" has been translated and published abroad. Already versions have appeared in Swedish, modern Greek, and Russian.

The subject matter of The Philosophy of "Mormonism" was first presented as a lecture delivered by Dr. Talmage before the Philosophical Society of Denver... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 3 Stars - 3 reviews)

Reviewer: - June 2, 2018
Subject: Cherry picking history
While this is considered a short history, it is extremely "white-washed" in the approach taken. I understand that it is supposed to be a "short" history, but the author definitely cherry picks out only those things he wants, and skips over anything that would look bad on the Mormon church.
Reviewer: - February 3, 2014
Subject: A Scholarly Look at Early Mormon History
This short history of the Mormon Church is written from a scholarly point of view and specifically seems to answer critics by addressing some of the controversial incidents in the Church's history. The history covers the time from Joseph Smith through the establishment of the Church in the Salt Lake Valley. The reader and audio quality are fair and decent enough to listen to.
Reviewer: - July 20, 2013
Subject: Mocking Bird
One question that I would ask all Mormons to ask themselves is this: "If I accept you as a Christian, will you accept me as a Mormon?" Would you accept me as a Mormon if I reject Joseph Smith and all the LDS prophets as being prophets of God. If I do not believe in the Book of Mormon or the LDS Scriptures, baptisms for the dead, the temple endowments, the LDS gospel, etc. . .would you accept me as a Mormon? If I were a Mormon and rejected the LDS church's teachings would I in fact be a Mormon?

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