500 More Little-Known Facts in Mormon History

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Cedar Fort, Aug 1, 2004 - History - 275 pages
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This colorful and informative collection is a great sequel to George Givens' popular 500 Little-Know Facts in Mormon History. for example, did you know . . . at a special conference in Nauvoo, Sidney Rigdon was sustained as a Counselor to Joseph Smith in spite of the Prophet's objections When Johnston's army marched through Salt Lake City, one single soldier removed his hat in respect for the Mormons. Who was it, and why? Many have speculated over whether or not Joseph and Hyrum were wearing their temple robes at the time of their martyrdom in Carthage. Here's John Taylor's definitive statement on the subject. Martin Harris returned to the church late in life; read about how he was found in Kirtland by a family member returning from a mission to England and invited to join the Saints in Utah where he spent the remainder of his days.

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GIvens' "facts" aren't all that factual, nor does his written narrative flow well. For example, he brings up the priesthood (and temple!) prohibition against people of black African descent. Then he starts talking about "Ezekiel Roberts". Apparently this person was an African American who received Mormon priesthood in 1836? But Givens doesn't state that. And he got the name wrong! It was Elijah Able/Abel who was one of some six African American men who were ordained to Mormon priesthood before 1847. (Givens only mentions the one man, not all six.) In fact, Ezekiel Roberts was the white Mormon who baptized Elijah Abel into the LDS Church in September 1832. The book should be titled "500 Poorly Told Quasi-Facts in Mormon History." 

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George Givens has been a bookseller for twenty years and for the last five years he has hosted a weekly book review segment on "Good Morning Virginia." He is the author of "In Old Nauvoo," a social history of the city from which the Mormons were driven West into exile. He lives in Forest, Virginia.

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