David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism

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University of Utah Press, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 490 pages

Ordained as an apostle in 1906, David O. McKay served as president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1951 until his death in 1970. Under his leadership, the church experienced unparalleled growth--nearly tripling in total membership--and becoming a significant presence throughout the world.

The first book to draw upon the David O. McKay Papers at the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah, in addition to some two hundred interviews conducted by the authors, David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism focuses primarily on the years of McKay's presidency. During some of the most turbulent times in American and world history, McKay navigated the church through uncharted waters as it faced the challenges of worldwide growth in an age of communism, the civil rights movement, and ecumenism. Gregory Prince and Robert Wright have compiled a thorough history of the presidency of a much-loved prophet who left a lasting legacy within the LDS Church.

Winner of the Evans Handcart Award.
Winner of the Mormon History Association Turner-Bergera Best Biography Award.

 

Contents

1 Prophet and Man
1
2 Revelation and Prophecy
30
3 Free Agency and Tolerance
40
4 Blacks Civil Rights and the Priesthood
60
5 Ecumenical Outreach
106
6 Radio and Television Broadcasting
124
7 Correlation and Church Administration
139
8 The Education System
159
12 Confrontation with Communism
279
13 Politics and the Church
323
14 An International Church
358
15 Final Years
380
16 Epilogue
395
Appendix
405
Notes
413
Bibliography
457

9 The Building Program
199
10 The Missionary Program
227
11 Temple Building
256

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