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Neilson, Reid Larkin 1972-

Works: 28 works in 83 publications in 1 language and 3,458 library holdings
Genres: History  Church history  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Records and correspondence  Biography 
Roles: Editor
Classifications: BX8611, 306.6893
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Most widely held works by Reid Larkin Neilson
The rise of Mormonism by Rodney Stark ( )
9 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This new work, the first to collect Rodney Stark's influential writings on the Mormon church, includes previously published essays, revised and rewritten for this volume. His work sheds light on both the growth of Mormonism and on how and why certain religions continue to grow while others fade away."--Jacket
Joseph Smith, Jr. reappraisals after two centuries ( )
21 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 834 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mormon founder Joseph Smith is one of the most controversial figures of 19th century American history, and a virtually inexhaustible subject for analysis. In this volume, 15 scholars offer essays on how to interpret and understand Smith and his legacy
Believing history Latter-day Saint essays by Richard L Bushman ( )
6 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and held by 511 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Joseph Smith cannot be dismissed as a colorful fraud, Bushman argues, nor seen only as a restorer of religious truth. Entangled in nineteenth-century Yankee culture -- including the skeptical Enlightenment -- Smith was nevertheless an original who cut his own path. And while there are multiple contexts from which to draw an understanding of Joseph Smith (including magic, seekers, the Second Great Awakening, communitarianism, restorationism, and more), Bushman suggests that Smith stood at the cusp of modernity and presented the possibility of belief in a time of growing skepticism. When examined carefully, the Book of Mormon is found to have intricate subplots and peculiar cultural twists. Bushman discusses the book's ambivalence toward republican government, explores the culture of the Lamanites (the enemies of the favored people), and traces the book's fascination with records, translation, and history. Yet Believing History also sheds light on the meaning of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon today. How do we situate Mormonism in American history? Is Mormonism relevant in the modern world? Believing History offers many surprises. Believers will learn that Joseph Smith is more than an icon, and non-believers will find that Mormonism cannot be summed up with a simple label. - Publisher
The Mormon history association's Tanner lectures : the first twenty years ( Book )
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Exhibiting Mormonism : the Latter-day Saints and the 1893 Chicago World's Fair by Reid Larkin Neilson ( Book )
8 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The 1893 Columbian Exposition, also known as the Chicago World's Fair, presented the Latter-day Saints with their first opportunity to exhibit the best of Mormonism for a national and an international audience after the abolishment of polygamy in 1890. The Columbian Exposition also marked the dramatic reengagement of the LDS Church with the non-Mormon world after decades of seclusion in the Great Basin. Between May and October 1893, over seven thousand Latter-day Saints from Utah attended the international spectacle popularly described as the "White City." While many traveled as tourists, oblivious to the opportunities to "exhibit" Mormonism, others actively participated to improve their church's public image. Hundreds of congregants helped create, manage, and staff their territory's impressive exhibit hall; most believed their besieged religion would benefit from Utah's increased national profile. Moreover, a good number of Latter-day Saint women represented the female interests and achievements of both Utah and its dominant religion. These women hoped to use the Chicago World's Fair as a platform to improve the social status of their gender and their religion. Additionally, two hundred and fifty of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's best singers competed in a Welsh eiseddfodd, a musical competition held in conjunction with the Chicago World's Fair, and Mormon apologist Brigham H. Roberts sought to gain LDS representation at the affiliated Parliament of Religions. In the first study ever written of Mormon participation at the Chicago World's Fair, Reid L. Neilson explores how Latter-day Saints attempted to "exhibit" themselves to the outside world before, during, and after the Columbian Exposition, arguing that their participation in the Exposition was a crucial moment in the Mormon migration to the American mainstream and its leadership's discovery of public relations efforts. After 1893, Mormon leaders sought to exhibit their faith rather than be exhibited by others. - Publisher
Proclamation to the people : nineteenth-century Mormonism and the Pacific Basin frontier ( Book )
5 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Early Mormon missionary activities in Japan, 1901-1924 : strangers in a strange land by Reid Larkin Neilson ( Book )
4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Reflections of a Mormon historian : Leonard J. Arrington on the new Mormon history by Leonard J Arrington ( Book )
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In the whirlpool : the pre-manifesto letters of President Wilford Woodruff to the William Atkin family, 1885-1890 by Wilford Woodruff ( Book )
2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Well-edited collection of previously unpublished letters that provides insights into Wilford Woodruff's thought and perplexities, personal feelings and inner struggles, leading up to his 1890 Manifesto on polygamy
To the peripheries of Mormondom : the apostolic around-the-world journey of David O. McKay, 1920-1921 by Hugh J Cannon ( Book )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Taking the gospel to the Japanese, 1901-2001 ( Book )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Regional studies in Latter-day Saint church history ( Book )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tales from the world tour : the 1895-1897 travel writings of Mormon historian Andrew Jenson by Andrew Jenson ( Book )
2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Jenson's global tour was an unprecedented adventure in Latter-day Saint history. Through his own hard work and the seeming hand of Providence, historian Andrew Jenson found his niche as a laborer in the cause of the Church. He pursued the goal of collecting and writing comprehensive, accurate, and useful histories of the Church with a rare passion. Acquiring, documenting, and publishing Church history was not purely a scholarly or historical pursuit for him: the untiring Danish-American believed it was a spriitual labor with eternal ramifications. He devoted his adult life to enlarging the institutional memory of the Church and protecting what he considered to be the sacred records."--Provided by the publisher
Global Mormonism in the 21st century ( Book )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Go ye into all the world : the growth & development of Mormon missionary work ( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Peter Neilson Sr : a life of consecration by Reid Larkin Neilson ( Book )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From the green hills of England to the red hills of Dixie : the story of William and Rachel Thompson Atkin by Reid Larkin Neilson ( Book )
1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Writings of William Atkin II : a youth's experience, handcart experience by William Atkin ( Book )
1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Strangers in a strange land the rise and demise of the early LDS Japan mission, 1901-24 by Reid Larkin Neilson ( )
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
I begin this dissertation by employing the themes of mapping, meeting, and migration to explore nineteenth century encounters between the Latter-day Saints and Asia. There were a number of interpersonal meetings between both American religious groups and East Asians. As missionaries, travelers, and residents of the American West, the Mormons were able to interact with and evaluate a number of Chinese and Japanese at home and abroad. Migration illuminates how the Mormons and Protestants interacted with East Asian immigrants in America. In chapter two, I document that by the turn of the twentieth century LDS Church leaders determined to shift some of their church's evangelistic resources from North America and Western Europe to the nations of East Asia, South America, and Eastern Europe. But they did not feel the need to adapt their missionary program to non-Christian, non-Western peoples. The Japan Mission, which lasted from 1901 until 1924, overlapped the heyday of the American Protestant foreign missionary enterprise. But the Mormons and Protestants employed different evangelistic approaches. The Mormons had developed a unique method of evangelism in the Protestant North American and Western European historical context, which I call the "Euro-American missionary model." In chapter three I argued that the Mormons felt like strangers in a strange land in Japan. They were uncertain how to missionize the Japanese who came from such different cultural and religious backgrounds. Unlike the Protestants who stressed education and social welfare efforts, the Latter-day Saints emphasized personal contacting and the dissemination of Christian literature. When the Mormons tried to modify their traditional evangelistic practices they ended up mostly entertaining the Japanese. After nearly two and a half decades of sluggish missionary results in Japan, president Heber J. Grant determined to close his church's only Asian mission. I argue that the LDS wholesale transplant of the Euro-American missionary model to Japan was largely responsible for the mission's dismal results and closure. The homogeneity of the missionaries' personal backgrounds, lack of missionary preparation, and costly financial burdens, together with the church's relative neglect of the Japan Mission's need for human resources, compounded these problems
Mormonism's blacksmith orator : B. H. Roberts at the 1893 World's Parliment of Religions by Reid Larkin Neilson ( )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
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Neilson, Reid L., 1972-
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