Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Cheap Mormon Books

I wanted to do a post to share with everyone some resources on how and where to get cheaply priced Mormon-related books.

The Mormon Historical Reference Library

This is a fantastic collection of books, available very cheaply on cd-rom. For only $9.99 (US) plus $2.00 shipping & handling ($5.00 for international) you will get all the following books -- see below -- plus an assortment of other documents on a variety of topics.

Payment can be made via Paypal, check (US), or Money Order. This is an excellent bargain!

Some of these are real gems. For instance there is John D. Lee's book (his confessions and life), there's Eliza Young's book (one of Brigham's wives and her story), and writings by Mormons and ex-Mormons alike; all painting a real picture of early Utah, the beginning of the LDS church, and what the leaders were like in person. The 6 Volumes of "The Story of the Mormons" is an incredible book - worth the price alone!

For more information, including purchasing/payment: CLICK HERE.

Here is the list:

“The Golden Bible” by Rev M. T. Lamb

“Mormonism Unvailed” by E. D. Howe

“The History of Utah, 1540 - 1886.” by Hubert Howe Bancroft

“Brigham’s Destroying Angel” by Bill Hickman

“Wife No 19” by Ann Eliza Young

“Mormonism Unveiled” by John D. Lee.
(Also known as “The Confessions of John D. Lee”)

“Life In Utah” by J.H. Beadle.

“Reminiscences of Early Utah” by R.N. Baskin

“Exposition of Freemasonry” by Capt William Morgan

“2000 Changes in the Book of Mormon” by Lamoni Call.

“Tell It All” by Mrs. (Fanny) T. B. H. Stenhouse.

“A History of Illinois” by Governor Thomas Ford.
(Excepts from the book concerning the Mormons in Nauvoo)

“1830 Book of Mormon” (Divided into the current Chapters and verse used by the LDS church today)

“Book of Commandments” (Today known as the Doctrine & Covenants)

“John Whitmer History” by John Whitmer

“The Women of Mormondon” by Edward W. Tullidge (.txt format)

“The Seer” by Orson Pratt

“Biographical Sketches of Joseph Smith” by Lucy Smith. (The version that Brigham Young tried to destroy! I also show you why.)

“View of the Hebrews” (2nd Edition) by Ethan Smith

“Manuscript Story” by Solomon Spaulding (I also give you a comparison between this story and the Book of Mormon.)

“Evidences in Proof of the Book of Mormon.” by Charles Thompson

“Book of the Law of the Lord.” by James J. Strang

“Jerald and Sandra Tanner’s Distorted View of Mormonism:A Response to Mormonism—Shadow or Reality?” by a Latter-day Saint Historian (I also give the Tanners’ response)

“A Brief History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” by John Corrill

“The Story of the Mormons” (all 6 volumes) by William Alexander Linn

“A Comprehensive History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” by B. H. Roberts (all 6 volumes) (.txt)

“Mormonism and Masonry” by S. H. Goodwin

“A Collection of Facts Relative to Sidney Rigdon” by Jedediah M. Grant

“Mormonism Exposed” by LaRoy Sunderland

“The Story of Polygamy” by Jennie Anderson Froiseth

“Mountain Meadows Massacre” by Josiah F. Gibbs

Sherlock Holmes in: “A Study in Scarlet” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“Riders of the Purple Sage” by Zane Grey

Joseph Smith’s “White Horse Prophecy”

“Oration” by Sidney Rigdon (The controversial 4th of July, 1838 speech)

“Lectures On Faith”

“King Follett Discourse”

“Expulsion of the Mormons” by John P. Greene.

“The Nauvoo Expositor” (The newspaper that Joseph Smith destroyed)

“Manuscript History of Brigham Young” by Brigham Young

“Facts Respecting the Rise and Progress and Pretensions of the Mormons” by William S. West

“Roughing It” by Mark Twain (Excepts from the book concerning the Mormons in Utah–very funny)


The Journal of Discourses are a very revealing look at some of the first prophets, their teachings, and the early beliefs of the LDS church. It is 26 volumes: a collection of the sermons of Brigham Young, John Taylor, Wilford Woodruff, Lorenzo Snow, and Joseph F. Smith.

It's very interesting to read such gems as: Young's teachings on God being Adam, his dreams of slitting throats, his hatred of apostates, thoughts on Doctrine, etc. There's also a lot of chastising personal members, complaining about the Indians, bragging about Mormon exploits, and more.

All 26 volumes are available on PDF format for $10 (US), or cd-rom for $15, not including S&H.

To purchase the PDF format: CLICK HERE.

To purchase the CD Version: CLICK HERE.

Note: To buy the Journal of Discourses in book form, at a place such as Deseret Books would cost you a fair amount. This is a great deal, and these volumes are worth having.


Sandra and Gerald (now passed) Tanner are ex-mormons who are greatly respected for their research and publications regarding Mormonism. For many years they have researched into Mormon history, and have ascertained a great wealth of knowledge, surpassed by few other people today. With Tanner writings, you know you will always be provided with a good bibliography, references, documentation and quotations. They have extensively covered many aspects of Mormonism and have been the source many times for leaked or never-before-seen documents surfacing in the public arena.
Their books are well written, and available to purchase for cheap prices; they are more concerned with getting the content out than they are with reaping financial rewards.
"Tracking the White Salamander: The Story of Mark Hofman, Murder and Forged Mormon Documents".
Price: $8.00 (US) Not including S&H. To order: CLICK HERE.
"Mormon Claims Answered".
Price: $4.00 (US) Not including S&H. To order: CLICK HERE.
(Although this book was written by Marvin W. Cowan, he has allowed the Tanner's to publish a cheaper paper copy and distribute it.)
"Curse of Cain: Racism in the Mormon Church".

Price: $6.00 (US) Not including S&H. To order: CLICK HERE.

"3,913 Changes to the Book of Mormon".

Price $14.00 (US) Not including S&H. To order: CLICK HERE.

(Note: This book is the photo reprint 1830 Book of Mormon with all the changes marked in and noted, as well as a 16 page introduction by the Tanners explaining the significance.)

The Tanner's also have the following books available in cheap paper copies:

"Mountain Meadow's Massacre" by Josiah F. Gibbs. ($4.00) CLICK HERE.

"Brigham's Destroying Angel: Being the Life, Confession, and Startling Disclosures of the Notorious Bill Hickman." ($5.00) CLICK HERE.

"Exposition of Freemasonry" by Captain William Morgan. ($5.00) CLICK HERE.


"By His Own Hand Upon Papyrus" by Charles M. Larson.
For a limited time, this book is offered FREE to LDS members, with only a $3.00 shipping charge (US) or $5.00 shipping charge (international).
It can also be ordered from IRR for only $8.95 (plus shipping) for non LDS members, or when the free offer expires.
For more information, or to order: CLICK HERE.

I will be adding to this list as time goes by, it will be an ongoing article. If anyone has any suggestions on other great cheaply-priced books and documentation, leave me a note or email.

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