Mormon Books provide a treasure of testimonies that parallel Biblical teachings. Prophets of God always teach the same on the same subject; but, each offers a new perspective that makes the word of God easier to understand as generations change. They provide insight into the living God of Israel and our Savior Jesus Christ, of the gospel of Christ, divine priesthood, the everlasting covenant, and a wealth of spiritual guidance. The Bible is accepted as Scripture and is used both for discussions among Mormons and non-Mormons.
An Order Form for The Book of the Law of the Lord and 1835 Doctrine and Covenants–restored documents and publications of Samuel E. West–is found at the bottom of this page.
The Bible. The King James Version is accepted as the common reference edition. Other editions are often used to aid in understanding various quotations.
The Book of Mormon. Originally published in Palmyra, New York, in 1830. The third American edition of 1840, was the last authorized edition by Joseph Smith. Availability unknown. More recent editions are available from most Mormon book stores.
Doctrine and Covenants. Originally published in 1835, in Kirtland, Ohio. That is the only edition that was approved by the Presidency, High Council, and General Assembly. It consisted of two parts: (1) Lectures on Doctrine by Joseph Smith, and (2) Covenants and Commandments. A new typeset, hardback, edition (2000) is available from Samuel E. West for $40 with shipping. Three changes were made to the original 1835 Edition: (1) sections from the 1846 Nauvoo edition were included, (2) sections in the commandments were organized to agree with the 1876, Salt Lake City Edition, (3) verse numbers from the Salt Lake City edition were included. The original paragraph format was retained.
Book of the Law of the Lord. This most important book of ancient Scripture was lost for almost 3,000 years; until translated by James J. Strang from a public copy used by the Jews before their captivity into Babylon. It is mentioned by name over twenty times in the Bible. The Jews considered it too holy to fall into the hands of the Babylonians. Originally published in 1851, on Beaver Island, Michigan. The second edition was published in 1856, on Beaver Island, Michigan; and includes notes by James J. Strang. 336 pages. James J. Strang wrote of this book, “But of all the lost books the most important was the Book of the Law of the Lord. This was kept in the ark of the covenant, and was held too sacred to go into the hands of strangers. When the Septuagint translation was made, the Book of the Law was kept back, and the Book lost to the Jewish nation in the time that they were subject to foreign powers. The various books in the Pentateuch, containing abstracts of some of the laws, have been read instead of it, until even the existence of the book has come to be a matter of doubt. It is from an authorized copy of that book, written on metallick plates long previous to the Babylonish captivity, that this translation is made.” It includes the only surviving copy of the Ten Commandments; which were given to Moses. Click Here to read this book.
In 1948 the book was reprinted. It measured only 3 3/4 by 5 3/4 inches. Its availability is unknown. A facsimily edition was printed in 1991; but, its availability is unknown. A new edition by Samuel E. West in 2000 makes this most sacred book again available. It is in modern type and measures 4 by 7 inches. It is a word for word, line for line, and page for page duplicate of the original 1856 edition.
Official Church Journals
Official church journals were published under the direction and guidance of Joseph Smith and James J. Strang.
- The Evening& Morning Star was published in Independence, Missouri, 1832-1833; and in Kirtland, Ohio, 1833-1834. 10 x 12 ¾, 192 pages. It has been published by Price Publishing Company, 915 E. 23rd Street, Independence, Missouri (816.461.5659, FAX 816.461.5565). It is also available on CD’s distributed by various Mormon book stores.
- The Messenger and Advocate was published in Kirtland, Ohio, from October, 1834 to September, 1837. Three Volumes. 8 ½ x 11, 576 pages. It has been published by Price Publishing Company, 915 E. 23rd Street, Independence, Missouri (816.461.5659, FAX 816.461.5565). It is also available on CD’s distributed by various Mormon book stores.
- Times and Seasons was published in Nauvoo, Illinois, from November, 1839 to February 15, 1846. Six Volumes. 8 ½ x 11, 2900 pages. It has been published by Price Publishing Company, 915 E. 23rd Street, Independence, Missouri (816.461.5659, FAX 816.461.5565). It is also available on CD’s distributed by various Mormon book stores.
- The Voree Herald was published in Voree, Wisconsin (near Burlington), from January, 1846 to October, 1846. Edited by James J. Strang. Ten editions, 8 x 10 ½, 44 pages. The name was changed to Zion’s Reveille.
- Zion’s Reveille was published in Voree, Wisconsin, from November, 1846 to September 16, 1847. Sixteen editions, 8 x 10 ½, 116 pages. Edited by James J. Strang. The name was changed to the Gospel Herald.
- The Gospel Herald was published in Voree, Wisconsin, from September 23, 1847, to June 6, 1850. 154 editions, 8 x 10 ½, 844 pages. Edited by James J. Strang.
- The Northern Islander was published on Beaver Island, Michigan, from December 12, 1850, to June 20, 1856. A photo edition of this important paper was completed in November, 2003, by Samuel E. West (JPEG format).
Teachings of Joseph Smith and James J. Strang
Lectures On Faith, Joseph Smith. 1835 Doctrine and Covenants. This was Part One of this Doctrine and Covenants. It was removed fro the Utah edition because Brigham taught of a different god than Joseph. This is the only edition that was approved by the Presidency, High Council, quorums of the priesthood, and General Assembly prior to the death of Joseph Smith. It includes a series of seven lectures concerned with faith, God, and principles of salvation.
The Diamond, James J. Strang, 1848. Includes the appointment of James J. Strang by Joseph Smith, his ordination under the hands of angels, the institution of the First Presidency, his first Pastoral Letter of Dec. 25, 1845, and his epistle of May 1, 1848. Included in James J. Strang: Prophet Like Unto Moses.
The Prophetic Controversy. James J. Strang, 1856. Due to the length of the document it was divided into two parts [Prophetic Controversy A & B). This tract addresses prophetic succession; and the claims of James J. Strang and Brigham Young to the office of First President. It includes the Letter of Appointment sent from Joseph Smith to James J. Strang on June 18, 1844, a week before his murder.
Other Tracts and Publications
A True History of the Rise of the Church. George J. Adams, Apostle of James J. Strang, 1849. Includes the Book of Mormon, persecution and martyrdom of Joseph Smith, the appointment and ordination of James J. Strang as First President, and revelations given to James J. Strang.
The Prophetic Office. Edward T. Couch, 1908. Includes prophetic succession, the claims of James J. Strang as successor to Joseph Smith, the claims of Brigham Young, the president of the Reorganized Church, that prophets of God teach alike, and the marriage question. Edward T. Couch, 1906. Includes the unchangeable nature of spiritual truth, the harmony of all gospel dispensations (prophets of God teach alike), the first principles of the gospel, antiquity of the gospel, the added law of Moses, the restitution of the gospel under Joseph Smith, the Sabbath, the marriage law, and baptism for the dead.
A History of the Priesthood, Benjamin Winchester 1843. Due to the length of the document, it was divided into three parts (History Of the Priesthood). This tract addresses a priesthood “Called of God;” and includes the redemption of man, the mission and divinity of Christ, the precepts of the gospel, the true order of the kingdom of God, the gifts and blessings guaranteed to the citizens of this kingdom, the renewal of the gospel dispensation, the Book of Mormon, the restoration of the house of Israel to the lands of their fathers, Zion for the Millennium, the second advent of Christ, the resurrection of the dead, and Millennium.
James J. Strang, Prophet Like Unto Moses. This book provides evidence beyond doubt that James J. Strang was the legal successor of Joseph Smith; as Apostle, Prophet, Lawgiver, Revelator, Translator, and divine Teacher. Chapters include James J. Strang the Man, the Prophet, the Revelator, the Translator, the Teacher, the Martyred Prophet, and the future Deliverer in Zion . It includes his divine calling and ordination as compared to others of his day, Pastoral Letters, Prophecies, Revelations, the Voree Plates, teachings from the Book of the Law of the Lord, and his many teachings on subjects essential to the happiness and eternal life of man. Part Two includes all of the writings of James that are not included in the Book of the Law. With the Book of the Law it represents all of the teachings of James that were included in official church publications.
Purchase of the documents listed below is available by check or money order from:
Samuel E. West
5055 Town North Drive
Shreveport, LA 71107
ORDER FORM Effective 05/01/2018
James J. Strang, Prophet Like Unto Moses (CD-ROM and shipping) (out of print) $55.00
Book of the Law of the Lord, Millennium Edition – Classic (336 pp., 4 x 7) 35.00
Book of the Law of the Lord, Millennium Edition – Deluxe Nos. 101-200 50.00
Book of the Law of the Lord, Millennium Edition – Deluxe Nos. 201-400 45.00
Book of the Law of the Lord, Millennium Edition – Deluxe Nos. 411-650 40.00 *The Classic Edition is printed on 25% archival rag paper. The Deluxe Edition is printed on 100% archival rag paper with leather binding. Each book is numbered and signed by the publisher. The lowest number in each price category will be issued with each order.
The Northern Islander on USB Flash Drive with shipping 25.00
1835 Doctrine and Covenants (2000 Edition, 285 pp. 5 1/2x 8 1/2) with shipping
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