Ronald D. Dennis. Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book Company, 2013 Hardbound, 6.25″ x 9.25″, 498 pages.
The twenty-six issues of the periodical Zion’s Trumpet that were published during 1852 kept Latter-day Saints all over Wales abreast of the latest direction and information from their leaders in Merthyr Tydfil. They could read translated minutes of conferences held in Salt Lake City, instructions about emigrating, letters from those who had already left Wales for America, answers to their doctrinal questions, inspirational messages from the editor, John S. Davis, poetry composed especially for the periodical, and even bits of humor and wisdom. Today’s reader of the “facsimile translation” of this volume can gain insights into the Mormon movement in mid-nineteenth-century Wales and a clearer understanding of the challenges the converts faced in living their new religion.