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Amasa Mason Lyman, Mormon Apostle and Apostate
A Study in Dedication
By Edward Leo Lyman
7 x 10, 672 pp. 46 illustrations, published by the University of Utah Press.
This is the limited leather lettered edition (26 copies bound in green leather with
hand-made marbled endpapers) produced by Bear Hollow Books under license with the
The early history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is filled
with fascinating characters, but few led a more tumultuous life than Amasa Lyman.
Though he has been largely forgotten, this new biography provides a unique and revealing
account of the early days of Mormonism and Lyman’s role in creating that history.
He served as a missionary in the “burned-over” district of upstate New York and in
Ohio before moving to Kirtland, where he suffered in the infant church’s financial
crisis. He participated in the conflicts with hostile Missourians and emigrated to
Nauvoo, Illinois. There, he became a leader in the church and a close associate of
Joseph Smith. Lyman then led a company of pioneers across Iowa to Winter Quarters
and on to the Salt Lake Valley. He was sent to the California gold fields and led
the colonization of San Bernardino, where he became its first mayor, before returning
to Utah, and he traveled to Europe as head of the church’s European missions.
Having spent more than thirty years in the service of his church, Lyman began to
move away from its teachings after a series of conflicts with its second leader,
Brigham Young. Lyman was one of the first Mormons to criticize the Mountain Meadows
Massacre, which led to his dismissal as an apostle. He was excommunicated in 1870
and became one of the foremost spokesmen of the Godbeite Church of Zion movement
before his death in 1877. Author Edward Leo Lyman chronicles Amasa Lyman’s life and
interactions with Mormon history with an honesty true to his ancestor’s freethinking
Edward Leo Lyman taught history at North High School, Victor Valley College, California
Polytechnic University at Pomona, and California State University, San Bernardino.
He is the author of Political Deliverance: The Mormon Quest for Utah Statehood and
San Bernardino: The Rise and Fall of a California Community.
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