Monday, May 16, 2016

His Most Published Sermon

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Joseph Smith
What is by far Joseph Smiths’ most published Sermon?
a.                  The three degrees of glory
b.                  The King Follet sermon
c.                   The Wentworth sermon
d.                  The word of wisdom sermon
Yesterday’s answer:
b.   As a rebuttal to an anti-Mormon writer in the New York Historical Magazine
Brigham H. Roberts, one of the seven presidents of the Seventy and one of the Church’s most gifted writers, noted early in the twentieth century that the Salt Lake Tribune was publishing a series of articles attacking the origin of the Book of Mormon. Roberts wrote to the editor and requested an opportunity to write a refutation to the author’s arguments. He was told that the articles were reprints written by a former Salt Lake City attorney, Theodore Schroeder, and were taken from the New York Historical Magazine. Roberts wrote to the magazine’s editor, repeating his request, and was told that if his rebuttal met the magazine’s standards it would be published. His articles, four in number, were so good that the editor asked that he write a detailed history of the Church, which would be published serially. Roberts accepted the offer, and for six years his history appeared in each month’s issue of the magazine, renamed The Americana. Each article was about 42 pages in length.
   In 1928, when a Church committee began making preparations to celebrate the centennial of the Church’s organization. Roberts suggested that a chronology of the Church’s history be prepared. Elder George Albert Smith recommended that Robert’s own Americana series be updated and published in book form. The motion passed, and Roberts went to work. Finally, on 6 April 1930, at the Church’ s general conference, Roberts presented his completed six-volume, 3,400-page history to the Church (Comprehensive History of the Church). He called it a sermon.

Arnold K. Garr et al., Encyclopedia of Latter-day Saint History (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 2000), 233.

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