In this comprehensive biography, learn of the ups and downs of W. W. Phelps, early Latter-day Saint leader, printer, scribe, ghostwriter, and monumental hymn writer. He printed the Book of Commandments and other early standard works. He was one of the council of presidents that guided the Church in Kirtland in 1835 36. Phelps continued to be the leading light in newspaper publishing in Nauvoo. As political clerk, he assisted Joseph Smith in his roles as mayor of Nauvoo and contender for the US presidency. Phelps also played a key role in the Council of Fifty. He went west with the Saints, helped propose the State of Deseret, and published prose and poetry in the Deseret News and his Deseret Almanac. Phelps’s strong feelings sometimes put him at odds with Church leaders, and he was excommunicated three times, rejoining each time.
Hardcover – August 20, 2018
About the Author
Bruce Van Orden is an emeritus professor of Church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University. Before his time at BYU, he taught in Seminaries and Institutes. He served in the South German Mission from 1965 to 1967. During retirement, Bruce and his wife, Karen, had a seven-year prison ministry. Bruce has served twice as a bishop and four times as a high counselor. He has served on Church curriculum committees and on the Pioneer Sesquicentennial Committee Faith in Every Footstep. He has published widely on scriptural and Church history themes. Bruce and Karen have five children.