Joseph Smith: Martyr, Prophet of God — In this inspirational biography of the Prophet, author Francis M. Gibbons declares that "while there is room for debate about the character of Joseph Smith, depending upon whose testimony one is willing to accept, there can be no dispute about the character and accomplishments of the religious organization he brought into being, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."
Brigham Young: Modern Moses, Prophet of God -— Author Francis M. Gibbons paints a grand panorama of the great events of Brigham's life: his conversion to the Church, his ministry under the Prophet Joseph Smith, his management of the exodus to the West, and his Church and government leadership.
John Taylor: Mormon Philosopher, Prophet of God — Author Francis M. Gibbons presents a thorough and penetrating portrait of this great leader. He brings to life John Taylor's conversion in Canada, his missionary experiences in England and France, his suffering in the martyrdom of Carthage, his service in the Quorum of the Twelve, his migrations with the Saints, his contributions as Church president, his role as a Mormon philosopher and writer, and his battles with foes of the Church, with a clear understanding of the motivations and influences behind them all.
Wilford Woodruff: Wondrous Worker, Prophet of God — Here is a fascinating look at the Church in the early days of its history, seen through the eyes of one who played a key role in that history. As one of the last prophets to have personally known Joseph Smith, Wilford Woodruff was truly a link between generations. And his fierce commitment to journal keeping has left a history of inestimable value for its firsthand perspective. The author has captured much of that eyewitness appeal in this fine biography. It is a story of courage, dedication, and spiritual greatness that will bring insight and growth to every reader.
Lorenzo Snow: Spiritual Giant, Prophet of God — In this comprehensive biography, author Francis M. Gibbons explores the qualities and activities that made Lorenzo Snow the kind of man he was. He describes Lorenzo's conversion, his missionary service, his family life, his involvement with the Box Elder cooperatives, and his service int he Quorum of the Twelve and the First Presidency, with special insight into the spiritual motivations behind them all.
Joseph F. Smith: Patriarch and Preacher, Prophet of God — Author Francis M. Gibbons provides penetrating insight into the character and accomplishments of President Joseph F. Smith. Drawing upon all facets of Church history and administration, the author chronicles the events of Joseph F. Smith's early life in Nauvoo, his journey across the plains as a boy teamster, his first mission to Hawaii as a boy of fifteen, his other missions to Hawaii and Europe, his family life, his extensive travels, his service in the Church, and his vision of the redemption of the dead, with a clear understanding of the motivations and influences behind them all.
Heber J. Grant: Man of Steel, Prophet of God — Drawing largely from President Grant's voluminous journals, the author has painted a detailed and sensitive portrait of this dynamic leader. This book tells the story of one who witnessed and played an important role in the development of the Church from a persecuted, misunderstood sect into a respected, worldwide organization. More importantly, it tells the story of a man who loved his family, his church, and his God, and who strove with all his power to serve them all.
George Albert Smith: Kind and Caring Christian, Prophet of God — Author Francis M. Gibbons presents a thorough and penetrating portrait of this great leader. He bring to life George Albert Smith's childhood in the heart of Salt Lake City; his service in the Southern States Mission; his work as president of the European Mission and as an Apostle; his struggles with poor health; his love of family and friends; his Christian service to countless people from all walks of life; his love of historical trails and commemorative markers and monuments; and his compassionate ministry to all the world as president of the Church.
David O. McKay: Apostle to the World, Prophet of God — Author Francis M. Gibbons presents a thorough and penetrating portrait of this great leader. He brings to life David O. McKay's childhood in Huntsville, Utah; his missionary service in Scotland, the land of his forebears; his work as a mission president and an Apostle; his role in the Church Welfare Program; his service as a counselor in the First Presidency; and his ministry to all the world as president of the Church.
Joseph Fielding Smith: Gospel Scholar, Prophet of God — Author Francis M. Gibbons provides an in-depth look at the long and interesting life of this complex man. Stern and unyielding in public, Joseph Fielding Smith attained the reputation of Church historian, gospel scholar, and forceful orator. But he was also warm, fun-loving, and compassionate, and the author provides a look at this gentler side of a powerful prophet
Harold B. Lee: Man of Vision, Prophet of God — Author Francis M. Gibbons not only chronicles the rise of President Lee to positions of eminence but also paints a compelling portrait of a man who loved his family, tirelessly served the Lord, and reveled in his association with the youth of the Church. Many lives were powerfully changed as President Lee taught seminary, instructed the missionaries in the temple, performed marriages, and gave inspiring talks.
Spencer W. Kimball: Resolute Disciple, Prophet of God — With mottoes like "Lengthen your stride" and "Do it," President Spencer W. Kimball, twelfth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, demonstrated a legendary capacity for hard work and an equally well-known ability to love and serve people of all races and nationalities. In this biography, author Francis Gibbons calls upon firsthand observations from his years of service as secretary to the First Presidency to paint a detailed and fascinating portrait of President Kimball.
Ezra Taft Benson: Statesman, Patriot, Prophet of God — Biographer Francis M. Gibbons recounts the events of Ezra Taft Benson's full life, which began in an obscure farming community in Idaho and was played out in such diverse settings as a ruined Europe in the aftermath of World War II, the cabinet of the president of the United States, and the leading councils of the Church.
Howard W. Hunter: Man of Thought and Independence, Prophet of God — Author Francis M. Gibbons shows us the varied facets of President Hunter's personality. From his teenage tour of the Orient with his swing band, Hunter's Croonaders, to his family's struggles to make ends meet through the Great Depression, and his subsequent education and career as a lawyer, we see various qualities develop in him that would mark his tenure as President of the Church: Hard work, ingenuity, and empathy for his fellow Saints.
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About the Author
Francis M. Gibbons has made a lifelong study of the presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A native of St. John, Arizona, he holds degrees from Standford and the University of Utah. He practiced law for eighteen years in Salt Lake City and served for sixteen years as secretary to the First Presidency of the Church. He has served in both the First and Second Quorums of the Seventy and as area president for Brazil. He has held numerous other callings in the Church, including bishop, high councilor, stake president, and patriarch.
He shares his interest in writing with his wife, Helen Bay Gibbons, who is also an accomplished writer.