To The Peripheries of Mormondom: The Apostolic Around-the-World Journey of David O McKay, 1920-1921

To The Peripheries of Mormondom: The Apostolic Around-the-World Journey of David O McKay, 1920-1921

by Reid L Neilson, Hugh J Cannon
     
 

The year-long fact-finding mission of apostle David O. McKay and his traveling companion Hugh J. Cannon to places historian Leonard J. Arrington has called the "geographic and organizational periphery" of Mormondom was one of the most significant moments of the twentieth century for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  While the

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The year-long fact-finding mission of apostle David O. McKay and his traveling companion Hugh J. Cannon to places historian Leonard J. Arrington has called the "geographic and organizational periphery" of Mormondom was one of the most significant moments of the twentieth century for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  While the contemporary LDS church has grown to become a global presence, the early decades of the last century found missionaries struggling to gain converts abroad.  Cannon's rich and vivid account of his and McKay's 61,646-mile around-the-world journey illustrates the roots of Mormonism's globalization.  The account is without doubt one of the more significant texts in the historical cannon of global Mormon studies.

Reid L Neilson annotates Cannon's account, enriching the experience for scholarly and lay readers alike.  Ancillary material, including the transcripts of Cannon's letters to the Deseret News detailing the journey, the complete text of Cannon's original journals (available for the first time ever), a collection of 60 photographs, maps, and illustrations culled from McKay's own collection, as well as comprehensive lists of names and places, will be available digitally.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Anyone interested in David O. McKay must be interested in this journey.”—James B. Allen, Brigham Young University

"An exciting history of a remarkable, and somewhat forgotten, journey undertaken at a time when most of the world considered Latter-day Saints to be a solely American institution."—Deseret News

"Neilson's careful annotations clarify names, terms, and places along the journey, making the story easy for any reader to follow. Neilson further enriches the McKay-Cannon journey by including a photographic essay consisting of fifty-four images, both photographs and postcards, that visually document the journey."—BYU Studies Quarterly

"Neilson's editorial comments are insightful. Crucial source material for subsequent scholarly treatments of this important era of LDS Church history."—The Journal of Mormon History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607810100
Publisher:
University of Utah Press
Publication date:
12/31/2011
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
350
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Hugh J. Cannon (1870-1931) was traveling companion to apostle David O. McKay from 1920 to 1921. Reid L. Neilson is an assistant professor of church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University. He is the author of Proclamation to the People: Nineteenth-Century Mormonism and the Pacific Basin Frontier.

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