Bruce A. Van Orden has completed a comprehensive biography of one of the most interesting converts to early Mormonism. "We’ll Sing and We’ll Shout: The Life and Times of W. W. Phelps" chronicles the vast contributions of Phelps to early Mormonism and the attempts to build Zion. Phelps’s activities went far beyond composing his noteworthy hymns.
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As we learn lessons from the past, we must not neglect the instruction that comes to us from those quiet, nearly unnoticed Saints whose efforts shaped the Kingdom. In April Conference of 2000, Elder Holland spoke of two such individuals. One of them was Peter Neilsen.
We have heard the famous story of Joseph Smith’s visit to President Martin Van Buren, but very few know how greatly the prophet was impacted by the event, nor that Congress actually held a hearing concerning the plight of the Mormons in Missouri with results that to this day would curl your toes.
The Oregon Trail is one of the best-known and best-loved video games of all time. Over 10 years, the game sold over 65 million copies, and in 2016, it was inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame. Due to the game’s limitations, however, it leaves a great deal out. Read on to discover three Oregon Trail facts you didn’t learn while playing the video game.
Nephi wrote of the willingness of God to preserve the righteous. Among other things he said, “Wherefore he will preserve the righteous by his power, even if it so be that the fulness of his wrath must come, and the righteous be preserved..." Members of Zion’s Camp were witnesses to a great display of God’s power in their protection.
Winter Quarters was a city put up by a people too ill, too spent, whose supplies were too limited with a season too short to make it to the Salt Lake Valley. Here is a glimpse of what happened there.
Jedediah M. Grant, a counselor to Brigham Young in the First Presidency, had lost his four-month-old daughter Margaret to cholera during the pioneer trek westward to the Great Basin of the Salt Lake on 2 September 1847. She had to be buried in mud, without a coffin. His wife, Margaret’s twenty-eight-year-old mother Caroline, died of the same disease. To help him cope with the grief, the Lord gave him an unbelievable gift.