From its establishment in 1830 in New York State, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has grown to be a world religion with almost 15 million members in 150 countries. Mormons are so called on account of their belief in the Book of Mormon, which tells the story of the ancient people of America. The Mormons is the only illustrated of its kind, and traces the faith from its foundation by Joseph Smith and the early days of intense persecution to the building of Salt Lake City under the leadership of Brigham Young and the massive expansion of the Church in the second half of the twentieth century. The book offers perspectives on the Church’s core values by those who practice the faith every day. Contributions from a range of Mormon experts consider a variety of topics including the origins of the religion, its phenomenal success in recent decades as the Church has become increasingly international, its relationship to other churches, and the lifestyle of its members making this the perfect introduction to Mormonism, one of the fastest-growing Christian churches in the world.
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As someone who enjoys browsing through books for their beautiful content and layout, this book is a visual masterpiece. While I haven't read through every chapter of the book yet, I thought I would give my recommendation of not only the visual beauty of the book, but what I feel to be well done articles about the Mormon faith. While some of the photos in the book seem somewhat contrived, most of the images seem to be genuine portrayals of those living their faith. I have thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others wanting to know more about the Mormon faith.
Having been to Temple Square in Salt Lake City, and being a long-time fan of the weekly “Music and the Spoken Word” broadcast, I had an interest in looking through The Mormons: An Illustrated History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. What I found was stunning—starting with the striking cover photo featuring the LDS temple and, behind and above it, the Utah State Capitol building. The book itself is filled with high-resolution photographs in clear color, complemented by articles written by authorities such as Lloyd Newell (voice of “Music and the Spoken Word”); John W. Welch, a chaired professor of law and a leading scholar of biblical and Latter-day Saint scriptures; Susan Easton Black, a professor of church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University and an author or editor of over 90 books; and Kip Sperry, a professor at Brigham Young University and a well-known expert on genealogical research. There are many stunning photographs in the book, with one of my favorites being a two-page spread showing the Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square, and dancers at one of their annual Christmas programs. The contents of the book follow each other logically and smoothly, starting with chapters on “A Visit to Temple Square” and “Salt Lake City and Utah,” and ending with chapters showing the sweep and significance of a world-wide church (“’Unto Every Nation’”) and the prominence of Mormons in the worlds of arts and entertainment, sports, business, science, and government (“Mormons Who Have Made a Difference”). I highly recommend this book to anyone who knows a Mormon, has a curiosity about Mormons, or who would like to know more about why Mormons do what they do and believe what they do