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The Evolution of Authority
Before it was an organization, Mormonism was a private religious awakening in a single family. Born in December 1805, Joseph Smith, Jr., became the most prominent seer in his family. His parents Joseph Sr. and Lucy Mack nurtured all their children in a home where the wondrous, mundane, and spiritual commingled.1 In the beginning, their religious activities did not differ dramatically from the experiences of their contemporaries. The impulse which led to founding a church developed gradually as did the structure of that church once it began. Eventually Mormonism became a hierarchical institution with a complex “priesthood” system. Understanding the growing sense of “church” and the increasingly structured view of authority as priesthood is necessary to comprehend the currently elaborate organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
it will blow your socks off. mike quinn's well documented book allows you in to see how the LDS church has evolved in process, doctrine and decision making. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Aaron
Unprecedented and citation unmatched by ANY author I have ever read......unbelievable scrutiny!!! LOVE, LOVE this author's commitment to the truth.Published 4 months ago by Andrew S. Fegan
D. Michael Quinn, a former research assistant to the Church Historian's Office, has accumulated many sources to paint the history he portrays. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Matthew Bryde
Good book if you are interested in the conflicts between the leaders of the Mormon church. Informative and eye opening. This is a good book for members of the LDS church to read. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Peacock
This is a spectacular effort of Scholarly Research. My hat off to Quinn for 'Idolizing the Truth' as a dedicated researcher of history. Read morePublished on March 5, 2013 by M. Matthew George