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Life of Heber C. Kimball: An Apostle

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  143 ratings  ·  25 reviews
This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern ...more
Hardcover, 532 pages
Published June 25th 2007 by Kessinger Publishing (first published January 1st 1888)
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Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is one thing to read an old book. It is altogether a different experience reading a first edition of an old book. Last year, Jamie's grandmother gave her as a present this book, which had been passed to her from her parents several decades ago. Simply opening the book transports you in time: the smell, the feel, even the weight. And while the book is in remarkably good condition, considering it is 126 years old, part of the binding is coming off, revealing portions of what appears to be an ad ...more
Tim Malone
Jul 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Contains one of the most amazing visions of evil spirits ever recorded (pp 129-131). It always surprises me that more people don't know about this little episode in the history of the church when the adversary showed forth his power in open vision to Heber C. Kimball, Orson Hyde, Willard Richards and Isaac Russell. This is a faith-promoting book. I like the additional narrative by Orson Whitney. It adds a lot. I enjoy the style of writing he employed way back when this was first published in 188 ...more
Mar 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religiosity
Heber C. Kimball (and his wife Vilate) was amazing! The gospel "burned like fire in [his] bones." This is an uplifting biography and reading it made me want to be more devoted to the Lord and His gospel.
Jul 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book...great to get another perspective of the rising of the church through other eyes. Wonderful man...makes me feel like a wimp in my life because he handled his trials so much better than I do :)
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was fantastic. I read it as we traveled through England studying LDS Church History. It contains so many stores quoted elsewhere. It is very well written and full of faith promoting stories.
Jun 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a book I put off reading for years. Now...I'm almost sad I finished it and will have to put it back on its shelf, it is full of notes and marked pages!
Heber C. Kimball was such an extraordinary man. After reading his life history, I have such immense respect for him. The stories of his missions to England are unbelievable! As the first missionary to England, he baptized 1,500 people in 8 months. His love and devotion to the church, his love and admiration for Joseph Smith, for
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
As I got into reading it, I delight to find descriptions of several notable events in the early history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Heber C Kimball and others saw warriors in heaven marching from east to the west and they saw the battle and heard the footsteps of the men marching in the sky. (p. 15-17)

I was impressed as I read at how often he made prophecies that were fulfilled. "No man, perhaps, Joseph Smith excepted, who has belonged to the Church in this generation, eve
May 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really loved this book especially the excerpts from Heber C. Kimball's journal. The only reason I didn't give it a full 5 stars is due to Orson F. Whitney's comments. They were a bit wordy and dramatic. I like to come to my own conclusions and not have Whitney tell me how important Heber C. Kimball's experiences were. I enjoyed reading about his mission to England and about the many prophetic predictions he made and that were fulfilled. It was fascinating to read about Joseph Smith asking him ...more
Oct 18, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those who want to learn more about early Church history
Recommended to Cinda by: Paul Heiner, Institute of Religion director
Orson Whitney's prose is an example of 19th century writing at it's worst: if you can say it ten words, why use only three? Nevertheless, this book presents an interesting history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Heber C. Kimball's journal entries make up a good portion of the book, and he was not afflicted with his grandson's literary style--so those parts are very readable. Whitney makes Heber out as Practically Perfect In Every Way. That's a little wearing, but Heber himsel ...more
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is an excellent review of Heber C. Kimball's life. It is filled with faith promoting stories and events. Orson F. Whitney is the grandson of Heber and was an Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints. The verbose writing style is dated, but is well crafted and thoughtful and it is easy to look past if one focuses on the content, rather than the style. This book is a "must read" for an understanding of early life of the Later-day Saints and of the greatness of Heber hims ...more
Apr 26, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographies
I really, really liked this book. If you are going to read any book about LDS Church History, I would read this one! (I would also recommend the Autobiography of Parley Pratt) The events are almost unbelievable! Yet at the same time, it showed Heber Kimball as a man that just wanted to do the right thing and take care of his family. He felt the inadequacies of his calling(s); but showed the resiliency to overcome them. Though it is a little hard to read and get through, it is one of the best boo ...more
Brandon Dean
A very interesting book, in both format and content. There are passages and quotes that really make you stop and reflect the knowledge, obedience and faith of the early members of the Church. A lot of passages and quotes that you also won't hear during Sunday School. The author, Orson Whitney is one of Heber's grandsons. The style of prose is too flowery and verbose, but if you can sift through the language, it's worth the time and effort.
May 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book is defiantely a classic. It is the early church history from another point of view. Heber C. Kimball was very close to the prophet Joesph Smith. Thus, very involved in the developing history of the church. I enjoyed this book because there were several inspirational stories that I had not previously known. He was a very humble and obedient man. I was impressed with his prayers and prophecies.
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
He was an amazing dedicated man that we simply do not hear about in Church History.
It is because men like Heber C. Kimball who was so obedient that the church is where it is today.
I wish I was as obedient & stalwart!
Feb 14, 2016 rated it liked it
A good resource for learning more about Heber C. Kimball and the early church. Readability suffers a bit from the wordy, flowery style. It also ends up having to recap a lot of basic church history in order to make sense of Heber's life.
Terrol Williams
Nov 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
A great man, and I wish I had a better complete image of who he was. The excerpts from Kimball's journals were wonderful, the writing of Orson F. Whitney less so. I am certainly no opponent of panegyrics, but I suppose they are perhaps less useful as history.
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
An inspiring biography of this LDS Apostle. I especially loved the part detailing his missions to the British Isles. He was perhaps one of the most successful modern-day missionaries for the Mormon Church.
Oct 29, 2011 rated it liked it
The parts from HCK's journal are really interesting.
Sandra Elizabeth
May 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religion, biography
Read second time 2016
Robb Menlove
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
His Grandson said, "A braver man probably never lived than Heber C. Kimball." I don't know if that is true or not, but I know he was a great one.
May 08, 2009 rated it it was ok
This book provides interesting insights into Heber C Kimball's life. However, it has some obvious inaccuracies.
Jun 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book was originally published in 1888. I have a copy of the fourth edition which was published in 1973.
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a faith promoting book! This book is in my top five!
Mike Day
This was an excellent account of Heber C. Kimball, another witness of Jesus Christ.
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Orson Ferguson Whitney was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from April 9, 1906 until his death.