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"But for a small moment" Light from Liberty Jail: Inspired Contributions from the Prophet in Prison Hardcover – 1986

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The conditions were perfect for inducing deep, dark despair; four-plus months of incarceration; scant and poor food; primitive and dirty accommodation; virtually unrelieved gloom. Yet from Liberty Jail, the "prison-temple," there emanated revelations so sublime as to constitute a towering witness to Joseph Smith's prophetic calling and powers.

The thick prison walls confined only the Prophet's body, Elder Maxwell observes, while his mind and spirit soared to commune with heaven. Betrayed and unjustly imprisoned, he here met perhaps his greatest earthly test- to see large-scale suffering among his people, to bear cruel injustices with patience, fortitude, and Christian meekness, as enjoined by scriptures revealed through him. Here he pondered and consolidated in mind and heart the great Restoration doctrines for which he had already been the conduit. Here he wrote to the Church inspired words of transcendent sweetness and power, many of them profoundly revelatory and laden with unique insights.

In his uniquely creative style the author opens up to the reader the spiritual and doctrinal gains arising from this period of reflection and revelation. The result is a major contribution to a developing understanding of the Prophet Joseph and his work, particularly of principles that exercised his mind during that trying period- such as priesthood, revelation, premortal existence, foreordination, the mortal experience, and the necessity of adversity in one's spiritual development. In terms of eternity, the Prophet's trials were "but for a small moment," but as this book stimulatingly portrays, the principles, doctrines, and insights we learn from his experience are timeless.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 145 pages
  • Publisher: Bookcraft (1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0884945855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0884945857
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,538,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Haroldsen on January 20, 2012
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There seems to be a consistent problem with books that originate with Deseret Book. Nobody seems to care enough to see what they are selling. For example chapter one ends in the middle of a sentence. Chapter two has items listed in columns, but the scan process has merged them into completely unintelligible paragraphs. This is also true of Maxwell's "A More Excellent Way". In the book "Not My Will But Thine", also by Maxwell, the book ends with the last five words missing.

Come On, Guys, Customers expect you to disguise your comtempt for us a little bit better than this!
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