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The Great Prologue

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  79 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Book by Mormon Apostle on politics and patriotism
Hardcover, 136 pages
Published January 1st 1975 by Deseret Book Co.
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Feb 25, 2008 Amy rated it it was amazing
This book recounts the providential founding of America by starting at the beginning, with the "long range view." The author covers two thousand years of history prior to the founding of America, the people, the battles, the discoveries, and awakening that had to happen in order for a nation of liberty to be established.

Beginning with the awakening in the Dark Ages, through the Magna Charta, the Reformation, and the physical discovery of America, the author details each event through the light
Connor Boyack
Apr 30, 2008 Connor Boyack rated it really liked it
Makes the case for why America was a necessary precursor to the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Ties together the importance of both political and religious liberty, and shows what things are needed to continue to preserve them.
Taylor Church
May 28, 2015 Taylor Church rated it liked it
This little book telling of the glory of this nation, and the purposes behind the Lord's divine plans was quite good. It is a quick and rudimentary look into Mormon belief and theory. It was written a long time ago, and in the recent years I have seen a bundle of attempts in creating a similar book. Quite frankly the recent attempts might be longer, and might appeal to Mormon masses more because of the author's prestige, or the catchy titles, but they lack the unmatched veracity of a book writte ...more
Jun 02, 2015 Jacob rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, religious
Now that this is almost 40 years old, it's probably most useful as a window into a strong current of historical Mormon thought from the mid-70's. Most of it is dedicated to casting large swathes of history as a setup to the Lord restoring His church through Joseph Smith. The historic aspects are simplistic to the point of inaccuracy, so if you're looking for more than the Pilgrims coming to seek religious freedom and the founding fathers all being magically perfect, you'll be disappointed. Mostl ...more
May 06, 2010 Mashell rated it really liked it
Shelves: religious
The first several chapters are a compilation of Book of Mormon prophecy, through Nephi, that links up promises dating back to Abraham and his covenant with the Lord with the formation of the United States of America and its Constitutional protections and rights for the purpose of the restoration of the Gospel. The book gets a little slow during the last two or three chapters but I have a greater love and appreciation for George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison, James Monro ...more
Mar 27, 2015 Tanya rated it really liked it
This book describes events leading up to the Restoration and eventually the Second Coming. It focuses particularly on the establishment of America and its government. I found some great gems in here. It's pretty short, but not a light read.
Elizabeth S
Jan 08, 2014 Elizabeth S rated it really liked it
Awesome. Basically runs through Nephi's vision of the future (from his perspective) of the American continent and matches it with the fulfillment and what is left to come. Also includes prophesies from modern prophets (Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, John Taylor, and Wilford Woodruff) concerning the future of the United States.

Some of the material seems dated, meaning that Elder Peterson doesn't respond to some issues that have been brought up since the 1970s. He did talk a little bit about how eve
Jaren Martineau
Oct 25, 2008 Jaren Martineau rated it really liked it
The first several chapters are an amazing compilation of scriptural prophecy that links up promises dating back to the ancient Biblical prophet Abraham and his covenant with the Lord with the formation of the United States of America and its Constitutional protections and rights for the ultimate purpose of the restoration of the Gospel. The books gets a little slow towards the end, but is an excellent read on the subject at hand and has been recommended as a read in General Conference in the pas ...more
Sep 06, 2011 Bryson rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic and inspiring book that covers the birth of this Nation and the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ and continues through until the Second Coming of the Savior to the earth when the Kingdom of Heaven shall join with the Kingdom of God, and Christ shall reign personally upon the earth.

Although I can see why critics of the Lord's true church as well as those who refuse to acknowledge the divine foundings of America might severely dislike this book, every Latter-Day Saint, es
Chris King
Jan 19, 2016 Chris King rated it really liked it
Shelves: church
I got this book on Mugga's recommendation. It was a good read, I've always liked Mark E. Petersen's work, on my mission I loved his work because he was so fearless and knowledgeable in defending the truth. This book is written in that same style of right v. wrong, good v. evil, there is no middle ground, no gray area, which is fine. A good historical foundation of what leads up to the restoration.
Feb 08, 2009 Zinger rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
A pretty basic book on the LDS perspective of the Lord's hand in bringing an end of the Dark Ages and the establishment of the U.S. Constitution as a prelude to the "great and marvelous work" of the last days. A good book to start a teenager or a liberal adult with before they read deeper doctrines on government from other church leaders.
Jan 16, 2013 Janene rated it it was amazing
I will re-read this one. Highly recommend it. I appreciated the American history along with how the scriptures reference/reveal the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. An easy, quick, but insightful read.
Jul 04, 2011 Michele rated it liked it
I would recommend to anyone wanting a brief refresher course regarding the divine nature of the land of America. I hate to say it, but the last few chapters were a "snore" for me.
Mar 17, 2008 Jeff rated it it was amazing
Read this book as a teenager and was very impressed. Later I was able to get the author's signature on a Book of Mormon when he came to our mission conference in Knoxville, TN!
Mar 05, 2008 Kourtneyjjarvis rated it really liked it
Great book in understanding the Lord's plan for this great Nation of ours.
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