Blog tour: ‘The Assassination of Joseph Smith’

Blog tour: ‘The Assassination of Joseph Smith’

Ryan C. Jenkins and Cedar Fort Publishing & Media are pleased to announce the “The Assassination of Joseph Smith: Innocent Blood on the Banner of Liberty” blog tour, which will run from July 14-27, 2015.

If you’re interested in participating in this blog tour, please email us or leave a comment below.

About the book:

The Assassination of Joseph Smith is the story of the first president-prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This story begins with Joseph Smith on the plains of northern Missouri in late October 1838. He is thirty-two-years-old and has less than six years to live. This story is written in present-tense form to help the reader feel more engaged with the events and the people who surrounded this distinctive Nineteenth Century figure. There are no fictional characters placed into the story.

The man you will read about in this book is heralded as a prophet by some and held in contempt by others. His name is had for both good and evil. Loyal members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, varied historians, and his most vehement critics, then and now, can at least agree on one thing: Joseph Smith was murdered in cold blood.

Assassination of Joseph Smith blog tourAbout the author:

Ryan C. Jenkins has been a student of the life and teachings of Joseph Smith for nearly 25 years. After obtaining his Master of Education from Weber State University in 2004, Ryan began writing opinion pieces for Northern Utah newspapers on family, freedom, politics, and religion. He was a blogger on the subject of faith for two years; many of his posts were featured on He was also an associate editor for Great American Documents for Latter-Day Saint Families (2012). Professionally, he has experience in business, public relations, and religious education. He has been teaching and writing for 18 years. Ryan and his wife Melissa have six children. They reside in Columbia, Missouri.

“The Assassination of Joseph Smith: Innocent Blood on the Banner of Liberty” blog tour schedule:

July 14: Reidhead Random-ness
July 15: The Stubby Pencil
July 16:
July 17: My Love for Reading Keeps Growing
July 18:
July 19:
July 20:
July 21:
July 22:
July 23:
July 24:
July 25:
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July 27:

December LDS nonfiction: Three releases that are perfect for holiday giving

December LDS nonfiction: Three releases that are perfect for holiday giving

December RadiantOur December LDS nonfiction releases will be available in book stores and from online retailers on Dec. 9, just in time for the Christmas season. Each of these titles is also available for pre-order from online retailers.

Book-of-Mormon-Miracle_9781462114696The Book of Mormon Miracle:
25 Reasons to Believe

by Randal A. Wright

When it comes to the origin of the Book of Mormon, there are two possibilities: either Joseph Smith translated it or he wrote it—and either way would have taken a miracle. “The Book of Mormon Miracle” presents 25 compelling reasons why the miraculous translation was the only possibility and why that matters. Cement the Book of Mormon as the keystone of your testimony with this uplifting and informative volume.

500 Little-Known Facts about Joseph Smith500-Little-Known-Facts-About-Joseph-Smith_9781462115242
by Wayne Lewis, Jana Cox, and Lee Nelson

Can you name the 117 angels that appeared to Joseph Smith? You’ll be able to after reading this book! With interesting facts, inspiring stories, and even his patriarchal blessing, “500 Little-Known Facts about Joseph Smith” is a perfect book to have on hand for your family, for teaching lessons and giving talks, or for personal study.

Missionary-Questions-of-the-Soul-9781462115327Missionary Questions of the Soul: Answers from The Book of Mormon
by David A. Christensen

Is there a God? How can I find happiness in this life? How do I know if I’m feeling the Spirit? “Missionary Questions of the Soul” provides keys to answer these and other similar questions—questions you may ask yourself as you prepare to serve a mission or that investigators may ask you in the field. With this resource, the earnest seeker will discover their own answers and build testimonies.


Blog Tour: ‘The Lost Teachings of Jesus’

Alonzo Gaskill is pleased to host a blog tour for his book, The Lost Teachings of Jesus from March 1-20.

“The wife and the mother are the inappreciable treasures given unto you by God. They are the fairest ornaments of existence, and of them shall be born all the inhabitants of the world.” This extra-biblical text, thought to be the words of Christ, is presented and explained by Alonzo Gaskill where he expounds the divine role of women in the gospel and family. This book will help you learn how to better appreciate and respect women and their part in God’s plan.

If you are interested in joining the blog tour, please leave a comment with the date you’d like to post or contact Cedar Fort via email.

Lost Teachings of Jesus blog tour

Meet the Author:

Alonzo L. Gaskill is a professor of Church history and doctrine. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, a master’s in theology, and a Ph.D in biblical studies. Brother Gaskill has taught at Brigham Young University since 2003. Prior to coming to BYU he served in a variety of assignments within the church Educational System— most recently as the director of the LDS Institute of Religion at Stanford University (1995–2003).

The Lost Teachings of Jesus Blog Tour Schedule

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Live On! What It Means To Be a Survivor

Melanie Young (breast cancer survivor, and author.)

Sunday, June 2, is National Cancer Survivors Day. I’ve given lot of thought about the word “survivor” and to what it means to survive cancer in the years since I was diagnosed in 2009. Melanie small

Once you are diagnosed with cancer you ask yourself “When exactly do I become a cancer survivor?” I looked the question up online at several sites and found varying answers:

Some say you are survivor from the moment you are diagnosed

Some say you become a survivor five years after diagnosis

Some say you are a survivor after five years of being cancer free

Some say a survivor is one who remains alive

The Merriam-WebsterDictionary definition of “survivor” is “to remain alive”

Wikipedia states “A cancer survivor is an individual with cancer of any type, current or past, who is still living”

The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) defines survivor as “any person diagnosed with cancer from the time of initial diagnosis throughout his or her life.”

SEPT 2009 I contacted the American Cancer Society (ACS). The ACS does not have an official definition of “cancer survivor.” The woman I spoke with on the ACS hotline said the definition of being a cancer survivor is subjective and can mean something to different to each person. Some people call themselves a “survivor” from day one of diagnosis, and others never consider themselves a survivor. Others shy away from the word entirely.

It took over two years for me to be able to say the words “I Had Cancer’ out loud and publicly without choking up. I considered myself a cancer survivor after I completed the onslaught of surgeries and treatment to eradicate the cancer from my body. I continue to take the breast cancer fighting aromatese inhibitor drug, Arimidex, daily. I consider it preventative strike to fight a recurrence.

As a breast cancer survivor who also tested positive for the BRCA2 gene mutation I live with a tiny voice in my head reminding me that I am still at risk.

But I risk my life daily walking down the streets of New York, so I try to live without fear of recurrence. Yet, recently when a rare sunburn appeared on my left arm (the one at risk for lymphedema) I panicked as I applied topical creams to sooth my skin. “Will my arm swell? Will this lead directly to melanoma?” When I recently over indulged after a party and felt a queasy sensation in my bloated stomach I thought “My pancreas! Is it working properly?” The little voice was jingling.

I view my breast cancer survivorship and the scars and tattoos from my mastectomy as neither “scarlet letter” or a “badge of courage” on my body. They mark the physical and emotional battle wounds from my fight with cancer, and I know that scars, though permanent, are healing over time.

Some people view cancer survivorship as a calling to live life with more purpose and to pay it forward. Some see it as a sign to move onward and make changes. Others view survivorship as a way to return to and embrace the life they have with more appreciation.

What I learned from having cancer is to take charge about making choices on how I want to live my life and care for myself. Fighting cancer is about making important choices on treatment and care and how you want define your life with cancer. Whether you refer to yourself as a cancer fighter, cancer survivor or “a person who had cancer” is your choice.

Breast cancer survivor Melanie Young is author of Getting Things Off My Chest:A Survivor’s Guide To Staying Fearless and Fabulous in the Face of Breast Cancer(Cedar Fort Inc./September 10, 2013/ $14.99) Link:

You can follow her at at Twitter@mightymelanie

Blog Tour: Day of Defense: Positive Talking Points for the Latter Days

Blog Tour: Day of Defense: Positive Talking Points for the Latter Days

Scott Thormaehlen is hosting a virtual blog tour for his book,Day of Defense: Positive Talking Points for the Latter Daysfrom May 1st through the 31st. There comes a point for each of us who are Latter-day Saints when we are face-to-face with those who have contrary views to ours. Oftentimes, we find ourselves feeling attacked and wish we knew just the right thing to say and how to say it.

If you are interested in joining the blog tour, please leave a comment with the date you’d like to post or contact Scott viaemail.

Here is a brief description of the book:

Day of Defense transforms misconceptions and stigmas associated with the LDS Church into opportunities to effectively share the truth. Discussion is divided into specific topics that place seemingly peculiar LDS beliefs into patterns seen in the Bible and early Christian history. Misunderstandings discussed include:

-The Great Apostasy
-Plural Marriage
-Heaven and Hell
-Man’s Potential and the Nature of God
-The Book of Mormon
-The Restoration

The Bible comparisons of these tough topics will give you the confidence to stand strong in the day of your defense.


Meet the Author:

Scott Thormaehlen served honorably for four years in the United States Air Force as a weather forecaster during the Operation Enduring Freedom and the War on Terrorism. He graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelors of Arts in History. These academic and professional experiences cultivated an already analytical and curious mind. Stationed in the Bible Belt, at Shaw AFB, SC and born in South Texas, Scott has lived in areas where Bible-only belief is the prevailing religious perspective. Having lived in the “Mission Field” for over 29 years, Scott gained a cultural perspective of his religious counterparts in school, among friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Sharing a belief in the Bible and being raised in the knowledge of the Restoration, Scott came to realize the peculiarity of his station in life and the conflict between Mormonism and mainstream Christians. His interest in history, particularly Early Christian history and the differences between Mormons and mainstream Christians motivated this book; particularly that many viewed his faith as a cult and did not fully understand and ofter misrepresented the doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The book begun in 2003 as a few pages of notes that sought to simply answer Mormon topics with the Bible. Over the years Scott added more notes, and more notes, until he decided to put his work and thoughts into book format. To learn more about Scott Thormaehlen andDay of Defense, visit:



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Day of Defenseis a compelling work that will sharpen the intellect of the Latter-day Saint and challenge the misconceptions of the skeptical Christian. Author Scott Thormaehlen provides an important component in unifying the faithful across denominations.

-Eric Shuster author of Where are the Christians: The Unrealized Potential of a Divided Religion.

“Day of Defenseis an excellent addition to the discussion about Mormonism’s place in the Christian community. Using the Bible as the primary source to defend Mormon doctrine as being consistent with the Savior’s teachings adds considerable evidence that Joseph Smith was directed from on high to carry out the restoration of the Gospel. Adding the Book of Mormon to the Bible’s witness of the divinity of Jesus Christ establishes the Mormon faith as Christian in every respect. An excellent first book by promising author, Scott Thormaehlen.”

-H. Pete Smith, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer (Retired) of Ultramar Diamond Shamrock

“Are Mormons Christians? Why do you need the Book of Mormon, when we already have the Bible? So, how many wives do you have? Those are the types of questions I get asked all the time as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (The Mormons).Day of Defenseprovides a thoughtful explanation of answers to these questions and more in a clear and easy to understand manner. Thanks for such a great resource!”

Don A. Johnson MBA, MPH
Lecturer University of Texas at San Antonio