Tuesday, October 27, 2015

It Was a Gift From God

Who stated that they could record a sermon a week after the Prophet Joseph gave it almost word for word, and in the same sentence was quick to point out that it was a gift from God?
a.                  William Clayton
b.                  Hyrum Smith
c.                   Sidney Rigdon
d.                  Wilford Woodruff
Yesterday’s answer:
a.      Books
On December 17, 1877, Mary Jane Tanner records her thoughts on a book of poems she desired to publish. The individual providing the advice is Edward Tulledge, the author of “The Women of Mormondom.”
He said publishing was very expensive business. I would have to bear the expenses and take the risk of pleasing the public.
It’s obvious that self-publishing was the way books were published in those years. It still continues today, but thank heavens there’s publishers out there like Cedar Fort that invest the time and the money and remove the risk for authors.
In Mary Jane Tanner’s journal of May 5th, 1878 she gives us an indication of how expensive it was to publish:
They said (Edward Tullidge and a man by the name of Crandel) I had enough to make a book of a hundred pages that were well worthy of publication. It would cost $350 for a thousand copies. I should like very much to publish, but should be sorry to spend so much money and not have the book appreciated. If I could but have a foresight to know how my book would be received I should have more courage to proceed.

Kenneth W. Godfrey, Audrey M. Godfrey, and Jill Mulvay Derr, Women’s Voices: An Untold History of The Latter-day Saints-1830-1900 (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1982), 311, 324.

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