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Lost Apostles: Forgotten Members of Mormonism's Original Quorum of the Twelve Hardcover – May 15, 2014
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Of the twelve men selected, nine would eventually be pruned from the vineyard themselves, to varying degrees. Seven were excommunicated, one of whom was reinstated to his position in the Twelve. Of the other six, the subjects of this book, none returned to the apostleship and four never came back to the Church at all. Those who left faded into obscurity except for when they are occasionally still mentioned in sermons as cautionary tales. But two of them made their marks in other areas of society, John Boynton becoming a successful dentist, a popular lecturer, geologist, and inventor with dozens of important patents to his name, while Lyman Johnson became a prominent attorney and business owner. Even though Luke Johnson, Thomas B. Marsh, William McLellin, and William Smith became religious wanderers and tried unsuccessfully to adjust to life outside of the Church, their experiences were interesting and comprise valuable case studies in belief and disaffection.
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H. Michael Marquardt is an independent researcher and writer, the author of The Book of Abraham Revisited, Inventing Mormonism: Tradition and the Historical Record, The Joseph Smith Revelations: Text and Commentary, and compiler of Early Patriarchal Blessings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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Within ten years, eight of the twelve were dropped from the quorum and seven excommunicated from the Church for apostasy. Only two, Orson Pratt and Orson Hyde, were permanently re-instated into the quorum (Hyde was dropped from the quorum for less than two months and Pratt for six). William Shepard and H. Michael Marquardt's "Lost Apostles" focuses on the lives of the remaining six who never return to the apostleship; Thomas B. Marsh, William E. McLellin, Luke S. Johnson, William Smith, John F. Boynton, and Lyman E. Johnson.
Hearing that over half of the of the original members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles left the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and four did not return will likely be shocking to most Mormons. Additional context, as provided by Shepard and Marquardt, helps restore some balance to the events of the 1830s and 1840s that led to the apostolic separation, but this informative read may still be jarring for many. The expanded structure and order of the Church today is vastly different in appearance from this image of the past.Read more ›
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This book present new insights and resources that are not readily available to most readers. Excellent documentation and footnotes. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is one of the most important books published in the last decade. Great addition to Mormon scholarship.Published 14 months ago by book'em Joe
aVery interesting. De-myths many of the fantacys of those who fail to research history.Published 20 months ago by Kenneth C. Rueckert
This book was rather bias and written by people who were clearly not members of the LDS Church but members of one the factions. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jonathan Thorsen