church history, mormon studies, latter-day saints, printing, publication


Well-known in both Canadian and Latter-day Saint history is the arrival of Charles Ora Card and his faithful band of followers in southern Alberta in 1887. Less explored is the much earlier venture into Upper Canada (Ontario) of such prominent Mormon leaders as Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, Parley P. Pratt, Orson Pratt, Orson Hyde, and scores of others during the 1830s in their concerted attempts to promulgate their new faith on Canadian soil. Their success in converting hundreds of people, many of whom were British- and American-born Methodists or members of other nonconformist faiths, prompted Mormon leaders to send missionaries (many of whom were Canadian converts) soon afterward to the British Isles, an initiative that eventuated in the conversion and migration of tens of thousands of new Latter-day Saints to America.

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Of Printers, Prophets and Politicians: William Lyon Mackenzie, Mormonism and Early Printing in Upper Canada. In Regional Studies in Latter-day Saint Church History. Ohio and Upper Canada. 6 (Provo: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 26). Ed. by Guy L. Dorius, Craig K. Manscill and Craig James Ostler: 177-28. Co-authored with Daniel H. Olsen.

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