In this comprehensive biography, learn about the ups and downs of W. W. Phelps –– early Latter-day Saint leader, printer, scribe, ghostwriter, and monumental hymn writer. He printed the Book of Commandments and other early standard works. He was one of the "council of presidents" that guided the Church in Kirtland and helped publish the newspaper in Nauvoo. As political clerk, he assisted Joseph Smith in his roles as mayor of Nauvoo and contender for the U.S. presidency. Phelps also played a key role in the Council of Fifty. He went west with the Saints, helped propose the "State of Deseret," and published prose and poetry in the Deseret News and his Deseret Almanac. Phelp's strong feelings sometimes put him at odds with Church leaders, and he was excommunicated three times, rejoining each time.
|Size||7 x 10|
|Published||Deseret Book and BYU RSC 2018|
Thanks to this book, W. W. Phelps is more than just a name hidden in the hymnal. Phelps was a husband, father, editor, printer, poet, Latter-day Saint, and friend of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Favorite hymns such as "The Spirit of God," "Praise to the Man," and "If You Could Hie to Kolob" have deeper meaning and significance now that I understand the talents and peculiarities of the man behind the lyrics. Bruce Van Orden did a magnificent job of presenting Phelps's life; his prose is easy on both the eyes and the mind. Whenever I have a question about the life and times of William Wines Phelps, this is where I am going to look. This book is truly a treasure, one I am pleased to have in my personal collection.