Title

A Community Abandoned: W. W. Phelps’ 1839 Letter to Sally Waterman Phelps from Far West, Missouri

Keywords

W.W. Phelps, Far West Missouri, Mormon History, Early Church History

Abstract

During the early years of Mormonism, few men played a more prominent role in the religious movement than William W. Phelps. In April 1830, while engaged in a successful publishing and journalism career in Canandaigua, New York, Phelps secured a copy of the Book of Mormon. After reading it, he was convinced of its truthfulness but postponed baptism for over a year. Finally, in June 1831, he moved his family to Kirtland, Ohio, to unite with the Church. Soon after his baptism, Phelps was called as the first Church printer and publisher and was instructed to move to Independence, Missouri (D&C 55:4; 57:11).1

Original Publication Citation

“A Community Abandoned: W. W. Phelps’ May 1839 Letter to Sally Waterman Phelps from Far West, Missouri,” The Nauvoo Journal 10, no. 2 (Fall 1998): 19–32.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

1998

Publisher

Mormon Historical Studies

Language

English

College

Religious Education

Department

Church History and Doctrine

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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