Things in Heaven and Earth: The Life and Times of Wilford Woodruff




      Things in Heaven and Earth: The Life and Times of Wilford Woodruff
Wilford Woodruff converted to the LDS church in 1833, he joined a millenarian group of a few thousand persecuted believers clustered around Kirtland, Ohio When he died sixty five years later in 1898, he was the leader of than a quarter of a million followers worldwide who were on the verge of entering the mainstream of American culture.Before attaining that status of senior church apostle at the death of John Taylor in 1886, Woodruff had been one of the fiercest opponents of United States hegemony He spent years evading territorial marshals on the Mormon underground, escaping prosecution for polygamy, unable even to attend his first wife s funeral As church president, faced with disfranchisement and federal confiscation of Mormon property, including temples, Woodruff reached his monumental decision in 1890 to accept U.S law and to petition for Utah statehood.As church doctrines and practices evolved, Woodruff himself changed The author examines the secular and religious development of Woodruff s world view from apocalyptic mystic to pragmatic conciliator He also reveals the gentle, solitary farmer the fisherman and horticulturalist the family man with seven wives the charismatic preacher of the Mormon Reformation the astute businessman the urbane, savvy politician who courted the favor of prominent Republicans in California and Oregon Leland Stanford and Isaac Trumbo and the vulnerable romantic who pursued the affections of Lydia Mountford, an international lecturer and Jewish rights advocate He traces a faithful polygamist who ultimately embraced the Christian Home movement and settled comfortably into a monogamous relationship in an otherwise typically Victorian setting. Download Things in Heaven and Earth: The Life and Times of Wilford Woodruff – heartforum.co.uk

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  • Paperback
  • 504 pages
  • Things in Heaven and Earth: The Life and Times of Wilford Woodruff
  • Thomas G. Alexander
  • English
  • 16 July 2019
  • 1560850450

10 thoughts on “ Things in Heaven and Earth: The Life and Times of Wilford Woodruff

  1. Brette says:

    This biography revolves around its subtitle, Things in Heaven and Earth Alexander argues that in the early years of the Restoration, temporal and spiritual matters were completely intertwined Woodruff himself consecrated all his earthly possessions and his time and energy completely to the kingdom, believing that Christ s millennial reign was imminent Starting in the 1850s, the mundane and the spiritual in some ways began to diverge Although the United Order was reinstituted in Utah, it This biography revolves around its subtitle, Things in Heaven and Earth Alexander argues that in the early years of the Restoration, temporal and spiritual matters were completely intertwined Woodruff himself consecrated all his earthly possessions and his time and energy completely to the kingdom, believing that Christ s millennial reign was imminent Starting in the 1850s, the mundane and the spiritual in some ways began to diverge Although the United Order was reinstituted in Utah, it was never successful or lasting Despite being as fervent as ever spiritually, even Church leaders such as Woodruff began to pursue personal economic and political interests This slow separation, Alexander argues, paved the way for the two most radical events of Woodruff s presidency the manifesto and establishment of political parties in Utah The climax of the biography, and certainly...

  2. D Crook says:

    This biography of Wilford Woodruff, fourth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, was teeming with detail about the events and people surrounding Wilford Woodruff After reading this book and placing Wilford Woodruff in context of overall church history, I agree with the author s conclusion that o n balance he is arguably the third most important figure in all of LDS church history after Joseph Smith, who began Mormonism, and Brigham Young, who led the Saints to Utah and This biography of Wilford Woodruff, fourth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, was teeming with detail about the events and people surrounding Wilford Woodruff After reading this book and placing Wilford Woodruff in context of overall church history, I agree with the author s conclusion that o n balance he is arguably the third most important figure in all of LDS church history after Joseph Smith, who began Mormonism, and Brigham Young, who led the Saints to Utah and supervised the arly colonization of the intermountain west The book s discussion of the post Manifesto workings of the church s general leadership and shift in political philosophy was fascinating.Although I generally found this to be an excellent...

  3. Aaron says:

    I went into this book expecting it to be a review of events from church history that I already knew, but I actually learned quite a bit What I thought I knew about Utah s participation in political parties and how the church changed from predominately Democrat to predominately Republican was completely wrong And I never knew about the contention within the quorum of the 12 regarding politics I had never even heard of Moses Thatcher, whose story is a tragic one I knew about Pres Woodruff s I went into this book expecting it to be a review of events from church history that I already knew, b...

  4. Rick says:

    The bottom line on this book is the structure of the book seemed too often convoluted and the narrative was bordering on unreadable I had some freinds that had Thomas Alexander as a college professer but this book does not do Wilford Woodruff s interesting life story justice.

  5. Jake says:

    Pretty interesting contentbut tough to read Amazing man with an amazing life.

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