Defense of the Faith and the Saints (Paperback) *
Author B. H. Roberts
Beyond reading the attacks and rebuttals, the reader gets a real reeling for the "climate" of the late 1800s and the turn of the century - a pivotal time in Church history. This book is a must for anyone who loves Church history.
Originally publishes as a two-volume set, approaching 1,000 pages, this was a landmark work in its day. Elder Robers courageously quotes the critics' arguments verbatim, then picks them apart item by item. For example, he once and for all puts to rest the Solomon Spaulding "manuscript found" theory, supposed "proof" that Joseph Smith plagiarized Spaulding to write the Book of Mormon, that caused the early Church so much grief. Elder Roberts clearly states Mormon doctrine. He deals with the polygamy issue during the time that the Church had issued the Manifesto and had begun to drop the practice.
He expounds on such interesting subjects as:
- Father and Mother in Heaven
- the imortality of man
- a woman's place in mormonism
- the New Jerusalem
- the Lost Tribes
- achieving peace
- the destiny of America
- a description of deserted Nauvoo
- the miracle of the seagulls
- a description of entering Salt Lake Vally