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Waiting for World's End: The Diaries of Wilford Woodruff

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 From Connecticut, where Wilford Woodruff was born in 1807, to San Francisco, where he was befriended by the cosmopolitan Bohemian Club before dying in 1898, Woodruff’s life was unpredictable. The same man who consulted scientific texts for the cultivation of fruit trees for his personal garden was equally known for his apocalyptic vision on a Navajo mesa in Arizona in 188 ...more
Paperback, 494 pages
Published June 15th 1993 by Signature Books (first published June 1993)
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I've read parts of this before but finally read from beginning to end. Spanning from 1834 to 1898, these selections from Wilford's multivolume diary are a lot of fun. Not that Wilford himself seems especially fun. He seems earnest but not introspective; always serious, and utterly devoted to the cause. But it's fun to see his excitement at the latest colorful sermon from President Young, and his conviction each new year that the earth is finally ripe for destruction. The book gives a great first ...more
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What was Wilford Woodruff’s deal? Pay attention to the title of this abridgment of his lifelong diaries: Waiting for World’s End. Literary scholar Susan Staker, who also indexed all nine volumes of Woodruff’s journal, edited this book for folks curious enough to read a book’s worth of the diary (in lieu of the whole record). As she decided on which entries to include, she zeroed in on Woodruff’s preoccupation with end times, and his hope of being alive to help usher in Christ’s return.

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Wilford Woodruff was the fourth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1889 until his death. Woodruff's large collection of diaries provide an important record of Latter Day Saint history.

Woodruff was one of nine children born to Aphek Woodruff, a miller working in Farmington, Connecticut. Wilford's mother Beulah died of "spotted fever" in 1808 at the age of
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