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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 2800 Modesitt, Jr., L.E. The Parafaith War. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 316. [Trystin is on the planet Orum.] "'Well . . . thanks again, Brother. The Lord be with you.'

'And with you.'

Trystin walked back to the car, stopping by the porch of the confectionery store to reclaim the bag of lime balls. What had the officer meant by the reference to the early mission call?...

As he headed to his car, he tried not to frown. He'd already said too many of the wrong things, little things, and now he'd aroused a local peace officer's curiosity. He'd made himself memorable, far too memorable, in saving the children, and the Revenants doted on small children--and he hadn't even reached Wystuh. "

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 2800 Modesitt, Jr., L.E. The Parafaith War. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 317. [Trystin is on the planet Orum, entering Wystuh (Provo/Salt Lake amalgram).] "Trystin noted the air pollution long before he reached the outskirts of Wystuh--a brownish haze hanging over the big saucerlike depression that held Wystuh and the rings of outlying communities. Although Promised Valley's geography was the principal reason for Wystuh's status as the first settlement, the depression and uniform surrounding hills that had speeded the early planoforming were also immensely helpful in creating inversions and concentrating industrial by-products, especially since the Revenants clearly did not plan out the total ecological impacts of their industrialization.

The scenic highway widened into a divided motorway separated from what appeared to be industrial parks by high white walls. Trystin damped the intensity of his vision again--Wystuh glittered. White light seemed to pour at him from every direction as he entered the city proper. "

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 2800 Modesitt, Jr., L.E. The Parafaith War. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 318. "'Pilot, aren't you?' The white-haired man stepped toward Trystin.

'How'd you know, Brother?' Trystin asked.

'It's not that hard. Most of the returned are pilots these days, and all of you have an air. It's hard to explain,' laughed the older man,' but I know it when I see it.' He held out a hand. 'Brother Carson Orr.' [This character, the main Revenant/LDS character in this novel, is based in part on famed LDS science fiction author Orson Scott Card.]

'Brother Wyllum Hyriss.'

'I'd guess half of Nephi must be named Hyriss.'

'Trystin shrugged. 'What can I say?'

'It's not your fault. You didn't pick the name.'

'Not. That's certainly true.'

The other man looked at his wrist. 'I'm going to be late, but I'll probably be seeing you around.' He slipped into the car.

After Brother Orr drove off [Trystin checked into the hotel.]

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 2800 Modesitt, Jr., L.E. The Parafaith War. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 320. [In his hotel in Wystuh (Provo/Salt Lake) on the Revenant (LDS) planet of Orum, Trystin checks out the TV stations.] "He flicked again.

'. . . if you want to order this genuine replica of Nephi's urn--'

Trystin flicked off the videolink. The words were different, and the selections fewer and more religious, but the quality similar to what was broadcast in Cambria--unfortunately.

He picked up the Book of Toren and sat down, flipping through the pages, then stopping, recognizing the passage, absently surprised that he had.

'. . . for not man who commits his soul unto the Lord can fail in His sight, for the Lord is generous. . .'

Trystin frowned. Generous? He flipped to another section.

'. . .do not say, better my cousin than my neighbor, for all mena dn women are cousins in the sight of the Lord, and all are neighbors . . .' "

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 2800 Modesitt, Jr., L.E. The Parafaith War. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 321. "As he drove down West Kingdom Avenue, Trystin was glad the implant gave him the ability to darken his vision, because Wystuh glittered--glittered with a whiteness that penetrated everything. Every building was white or off-white, and with the yellow-white sunlight of Jerush burning through the pale blue sky, even the shadows cast by the sun were filled with reflected light. At the same time, he could not help but notice something else. While everything was clean, spotless, there were no new buildings under construction. He could not see one--historic preservation or something?

Entertainment Microtronics Center-that was what the sign read...

'Could I help you, Brother?' asked the white-haired manager almost as Trystin stepped into the store. All the older men in supervisory positions everywhere seemed to be white-haired. Was being white-haired something that went with being a patriarch?

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 2800 Modesitt, Jr., L.E. The Parafaith War. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 327. "Wystuh was a city based on an octagonal grid--that had been the vision of the cities of the Promised Lands since the first prophets of the Lord had settled the Jerush system.

Trystin parked the car just inside the First Octagon and walked up East Temple Avenue. Across the avenue was a long building constructed of large white stones. The dark-framed marquee bore the words 'Tonight! Ballem Michel--the Seer of Music.' Wondering what a seer of music might be, Trystin walked slowly toward the Temple Squre, the center of Wystuh. " ['Ballem Michel' is this book's version of Michael Ballam, the popular LDS singer and composer. This name formation follows the same pattern used with the character 'Carson Orr', based on LDS author Orson Scott Card.]

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 2800 Modesitt, Jr., L.E. The Parafaith War. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 332. "After completing another drive around central Wystuh, and the Temple area, Trystin slipped the car into the space in front of his room. All the spaces near the ends of the building--and the staircases--were taken. He stepped from the coolness of the car into the heat... He washed his hands and face, blotted some smudges off the white coat... He walked by the office, and the sister who had checked him into the room lifted a hand and waved. He smiled and waved back.

Only a handful of tables were taken in the small restaurant adjoining the Promise Inn.

'One, Brother?' asked the gray-haired hostess.

'Please.' Trystin followed her to a small table for two along the wall. A pale green cloth covered the table, and the two napkins also appeared to be of real cotton or linen.

'The special is beefalo stew with noodles and greens. That comes with dessert, and a drink, and it's seven and a quarter.'

'Thank you.'

'A pleasure, Brother.' The hostess smiled and left "

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 2800 Modesitt, Jr., L.E. The Parafaith War. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 333. "Although the food was heavy, the Revenants did serve good cooking--everywhere he had eaten so far.

'Have you decided, ser?' The waitress was also an older sister, wearing rings and braided hari, and not a checked dress, but a gold-colored tunic and long matching trousers.

'I'll have the stew special, with limeade.' He wished he could get tea, but real tea and cafe were forbidden on the Revenant worlds, and anise tea tasted like weak liquid candy.

'I'll bring the limeade right away.' "

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 2800 Modesitt, Jr., L.E. The Parafaith War. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 333. "The corner table held four women, all wearing what seemed to be matching dresses and conversing animatedly.

'. . . Heber's Farewell--that was something . . .'

'. . . going to be a pilot, not just a plain missionary . . .'

'. . . missionary's a missionary . . . equal in the sight of the Lord . . .'

'You ask me . . . doesn't matter . . .'

'Sarah's daughter . . . her Farewell . . .'

'. . . doesn't seem right, her wanting to be an Angel [sister missionary] . . . such a sweet child she was . . .'

'. . . strong-willed, thought, that's what Becki told me . . .' "

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 2800 Modesitt, Jr., L.E. The Parafaith War. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 333. "'Brother Hyriss!' Carson Orr walked straight across the room toward Trystin's table with a broad smile.

'Brother Orr.' Trystin stood. Orr's appearance wasn't exactly a coincidence. 'What a coincidence.'

'Would you mind if I joined you for a moment? Just for some lemonade. I'll have to be going shortly.'

'Of course not.'

The older waitress, silvered golden hair braided neatly, stopped. 'Will you be having dinner, Brother?'

'No. I'd like some lemonade, though.' When she left, Orr turned his pale blue eyes on Trystin. 'How are you finding Wystuh?'

'In some way, it's as I thought it would be. In others, different.'...

'I can imagine that. No place you haven't been is the way you expect.' Orr smiled. 'How are you finding the people?'

'Like most places . . . friendly. Sometimes, very friendly.'

'The unmarried sisters?... Young returnee like you, you ought to be thinking about settling down...' " [4 more pages of conversation with this O.S. Card character.]

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 2800 Modesitt, Jr., L.E. The Parafaith War. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 380. [Excerpt from The Book of the Prophet] "Does a name mean that it is so? Does calling a knife a lily make it one? Arguments are but words, and the logic of the scholars often bears little truth, only fine struture, like a well-built palace of sin.

"Be of good courage, & deny me not, for what will be is the will of the Lord. Cast down this temple, and the Lord will rebuild it, almost before your eyes. "

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 2800 Modesitt, Jr., L.E. The Parafaith War. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 380. [Excerpt from The Book of the Prophet] "You know the Lord, and the Lord knows you in your hearts. Judge not, lest you be judged, & yet, I say unto you, even as He will raise this temple in less than three days, yes, even in the quickness of time, will He also give me for your, for someone must speak for you, you who would not speak for love. For you, someone must speak. For you, someone must offer forgiveness. Someone must atone for you--bot now & in the fullness of time. "

"I am what I am. I claim nothing. All too often men claim. What matters a claim to the Lord? You have claimed you do the will of the Lord when you slaughter others. An older prophet said to consider the beam in your own eyes before the mote in your brother's. "

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 2800 Modesitt, Jr., L.E. The Parafaith War. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 380. [Excerpt from The Book of the Prophet] "Those who seek to destroy with fire can themselves be destroyed by fire. Destruction of those who could be brothers & sisters is not a demonstration of love. And the Lord has always been a God of Love. "

"I was sent to deliver a message. The Lord does not beg, but He will instruct. I have don what I was sent to do, and those who have eys to see & ears to hear may learn more of the will of the Lord. "

"I am as real as you. Is this arm not flesh? You saw the fire, did you not? The ashes, did you not? All men must burn, sooner or later. I have come to do what I was charged with, and now I must return. For a time, I will go as others do, & then I will return to my place in the Lord's mansions. "

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 2800 Modesitt, Jr., L.E. The Parafaith War. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 112-113. "'You think we should black-glass Orum and every other rev planet?' " [Two Eco-Techs discuss tactics for winning the war against the Revenants of the Prophet, the book's far-future LDS-Muslim theocray. The planet Orum, apparently the main Revenant world, is named after Orem, Utah, a real city which is about 90% LDS.]
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 2800 Modesitt, Jr., L.E. The Parafaith War. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 21-22. [Passage from the fictional Book of Toren, based on the Book of Mormon, in a Muslim-Mormon culture.] "The graven images of other gods ye shall burn with the fires of the heavens and the depths; ye shall not take those technologies and those beliefs that are on them, nor take them unto thee lest ye be snared therein, for such are an abomination to the Lord thy God, as spoken by His Prophet.

Ye shall not be afrightened by them, for the Lord thy God is among thee, a mighty god and terrible. And He shall deliver their kings unto thine hand, and thou shalt destroy their names from under heaven. There shall be no man or woman to stand against thee, not even those who once would have lived forever, and ye shall render them unto dust and raise on that dust new mansions in thy Father's house, as it is His will . . .

Book of Toren
Original Edition "

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 2800 Modesitt, Jr., L.E. The Parafaith War. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 297-299. "...at Orum Rentals. He stepped up to the counter...

'Yes, ser?' The sister behind the counter, scarcely mor than eighteen standard years, offered a friendly smile. The free-falling blond hair said that she was unattached, and the blue eyes studied Trystin...

'I'd also like a map... I wanted to get to Wystuh the long way...'

'It's worth the detour.'

'Tell him you'll show him. . . .' hissed the other sister.

The sister at the counter flushed even brighter red. Although the immersion training had tried to convey the pressure for early marriage, being subjected to it in an uncontrolled setting was something else, and Tystin could not only understand, but feel, why the returned remained unattached for such short periods...

'You're all set, Brother Hyriss.' She handed him a key and a folder... As she explained Trystin became all too aware of how good she smelled...

With girls like that, no wonder there were so damned many Revenants! "

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 2800 Modesitt, Jr., L.E. The Parafaith War. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 299-300. [Driving on the planet Orum.] "From the plateau where the shuttleport squatted, Trystin continued southward on the scenic road, which wound downward into a valley filled with trees--slender pines... [A sign said:] Heber Valley Lumber--Trees for Today and Tomorrow... Beyond the center, the pines continued... before another sign appeared--Beth-El. With the sign came the houses, hundreds of houses, each set squarely in a small patch of green. Farther back from the road was the glittering spire of the stosque [meetinghouse].

A few minutes later, Trystin was past the houses of Beth-El... After several kays more, he passed another town, with a stosque and school and a good three hundred houses that he could see. Before long, he went through yet another town, and then another. The trees tended to disguise how many small towns filled the valley. "

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 2800 Modesitt, Jr., L.E. The Parafaith War. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 317-318. [Trystin is on the planet Orum, entering Wystuh (Provo/Salt Lake).] "Seventh Octagon read the sign for the first turnoff.

Trystin kept driving... He was aiming for the road hotels off the Second Octagon--the ones that catered to Temple visitors. Several of the road road hotels on the Second Octagon were filled, and Trystin finallly pulled into a smaller one--Promise Inn--on the north side of Wystuh. As he got out of the car, he glanced southward. Over the low trees loomed the eight spires of the Temple. He paused.

'Sort of get you, doesn't it, Brother?'

Trystin turned. A white-haired man in a coat of pale blue, so pale that it was almost white, stood beside a four-doored blue car three meters away.

'You don't realize . . .'

'No, you don't. First time in Wystuh, Brother?'

'Yes, Brother,' Trystin answered.

'It's always good to see one of the returned [missionaries] coming to give thanks to the Lord and the Prophet. Where're you from originally?'

'Nephi.' "

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 2800 Modesitt, Jr., L.E. The Parafaith War. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 319-320. [Checking into his hotel in Wystuh (Provo/Salt Lake) on the Revenant (LDS) planet of Orum, Trystin overhears somebody say is 'almost too handsome'] "Too handsome? That was hard to believe, especially on a planet of generally especially handsome people. And thinking about what he'd seen? Most Eco-Techs wouldn't have said that Revenants thought about the privations of their military [missionary] missions.

...He took off his own coat and hung it up, before pulling out the halfway well-thumbed Book of Toren he'd received so many light-years away...

The videolink console... appeared to have only a handlful of channel selections. He flicked it on, and the holos came up around him slowly...

'Know Your Scripture--the Quiz Show of the Book!'

...He tried another selection.

The volume of the music stunned him.

'. . . listen to the Prophet! Listen to the Prophet, yeah, yeah, yeah . . .' "

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 2800 Modesitt, Jr., L.E. The Parafaith War. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 320-321. "...Trystin glanced through the window to the corner of the Promise Inn and then to the spires of the Temple beyond the trees.

The Temple--always the Temple--that was already clear enough.

What was it that the revvie officer had said so long ago--back on Mara? Something about while he believed, nothing could change his mind. Trystin nodded to himself. That meant that the belief structure of the Revenants had to either be changed or destroyed. And how could he do that?

He took a sip of the lukewarm cider, and looked back to the Temple spires. He didn't know how to change a belief structure--but he'd better figure out how, and fast. Otherwise, he was stuck carrying out a meaningless mission with a slim chance of survival... "

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 2800 Modesitt, Jr., L.E. The Parafaith War. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 379-380. [Excerpt from The Book of the Prophet] "All are children and friends under the Lord & the Prophet, for the Lord is our Father. And all who share His bounty should be His children. For when one has seen the endless stars in His mansions, then one must realize how mighty is all creation. . . . "

"I am what I am. The Lord has seen what I have seen, and I have seen brothers & sisters killing each other. The Lord has said to bring HIs word to those who do not believe, yet how can someone who is dead hear the word of the Lord? Even Toren the Prophet wrote 'do not say, better my cousin than my neighbor, for all men and women are neighbors in the eyes of the Lord.' "

"The Lord has His own plans for you and for me; we are to be molded for His use, whether we will or not. "

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 2800 Modesitt, Jr., L.E. The Parafaith War. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 75-76. [From the Book of Toren.] "'For the work of the Lord is the work of all faithful souls, and woe be unto those who toil not in the fields of the Lord. Neither shall they know peace nor certitude, nor cool water upon parched lips, nor the succor of a loving Father. But they shall go into nothingness troubled and despairing through all the days of their lives, which shall flicker out and be gone as quickly as those of the mayflies.

The souls of the Lord shall live forever in the sight of the Lord, and He shall be glad to receive them, and they shall come to live in His mansions for so long as the heavens shall endure, and even beyond.

As I have spoken, as the Prophet of the Lord, so shall it be, now and forever.

For, as I raise my left hand to cause the lightning to flash, ye see and do not see. This flame I raise in the name of the Lord... and I am far less than the Lord...'

Book of Toren
Original Edition "

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 2800 Niven, Larry. Ringworld. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston (1970); pg. 260. "Her name was Halrloprillalar Hotrufan. She had been riding the ramship . . . Pioneer, Nessus called it after slight hesitation . . . for two hundred years.

The Pioneer ran a twenty-four-year cycle that covered four suns and their systems: five oxygen-atmosphere worlds and the Ringworld... " [There follows a lengthy narative about Hotrufan, frequently mentioning the ship Pioneer. The word 'pioneer' appears to be used here in a generic sense, without connection to Latter-day Saints.]

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 3039 Anderson, Kevin J. & Rebecca Moesta. Titan A.E.: Akima's Story. New York: Ace (2000); pg. 143. "'Memory spheres, like I said... The Hodrians believe that each person exists only so long as his name is remembered. So they keep track of every member of their race who has ever lived, one name sealed inside each one of these spheres.'

Under the dim, pinkish-yellow light of glowpanels that illuminated the nighttime warehouse districts, she could read the carefully written name. 'Reminat Janush. I have no idea who he was, but here he's still remembered.' Stith flicked the ball with her long finger, and it sailed in a perfect arc to plunk into the open hole on the roof of the Hodrian storage container.

'Because the Hodrians are an old race, they've filled their own planet with those memory spheres, piling them in wells and canyons and landfills until now they've had to rent storage containers all over Fauldro just to hold the names of their people.' " [This practice may have been inspired by the LDS practice of amassing genealogical records.]

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 3043 Perry, Steve & Dal Perry. Titan A.E.. New York: Ace (2000); pg. 223. "There was a huge explosion of light from the Titan. Ice from the surrounding rings shot off in all directions. There was now a space in the center of the ice field.

Big enough for a planet.

A huge swirling mass of gas appeared at the center of the space. Beams of light from the Titan pushed into it, manipulating the mass, adjusting. As Cale watched, the shape began to take on a more solid form.

It's collecting mass.

The now-solid sphere continued to collect ice, gas, and particles of sold matter... It continued to grow, becoming a molten ball. Cale was reminded of all the science classes he'd ever taken that described the formation of a new planet. But speeded up by billions of times...

A planet. Nice work, Dad. " [This climactic and pivotal moment in the book has obvious LDS overtones. It is notable that this is a novelization of a film directed and produced by legendary LDS animator Don Bluth.]

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 3050 Asimov, Isaac. "The Last Question " in Nine Tomorrows. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1959; story c. 1956); pg. 181. "'I can't help it. I feel funny about leaving Earth.'

'Why, for Pete's sake?... We had nothing there. We'll have everything on X-23. You won't be alone. You won't be a pioneer. There are over a million people on the planet already...' " [The word 'pioneer' is used here in a general sense, not in reference to Mormon pioneers.]

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 3050 Niven, Larry & Jerry Pournelle. The Gripping Hand. New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 5. "Space is vast. Customs change, and every human colony is different. Some slavishly imitate the manners of the imperial court. Others try to be like their Terran ancestors...

The sun was setting somewhere behind the fog when they reached Shibano's Sea Cave. Maxroy people kept early hours.

Belinda was a pale blonde, tall, with a heart-shaped face. She had a thick Maxroy's Purchase accent. 'Oh, it's lively! I've never been here myself. You understand, you won't get a drink here?'

Renner had in fact chosen the place. It was a Mormon-Japanese restaurant. Maxroy's Purchase had first been settled by Mormons, and they were still a fair percentage of the populace...

He'd had his doubts about alcohol-removed sake, but it tasted fine... "

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 3050 Niven, Larry & Jerry Pournelle. The Gripping Hand. New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 9. [The characters are trying to use forensic technology to determine whether some suspects were Mormon or Muslim. Finding no trace of caffeine, they link the forensic evidence to Mormons.]

"'The records office is closed and the computer is not responsive, so we cannot check retinal pattern identifications tonight, but Wilfred has made progress. Neither the first or second assassin had any trace of darkening in the lungs, no alcohol or drugs in the bloodstream.'

'Look for caffeine.'

Nabil nodded and spoke to the console.

'Mormons,' Renner said. 'Narrows it a bit...' "; "'His Excellency wishes to see you. We have identified the assassins. They are crew members from Nauvoo Vision.'

'Nauvoo Vision?'

'The name is Mormon. The ship belongs to Imperial Autonetics.'

Renner whistled. 'To Bury? Why in hell would crew from one of Bury's ships try to kill Bury's pilot?'

'Not kill. Kidnap,' Nabil said. "

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 3050 Niven, Larry & Jerry Pournelle. The Gripping Hand. New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 10. "'Nauvoo Vision,' Bury said. 'Captain Reuben Fox. A native of Maxroy's Purchase. Mormon, and recruits Mormon crew.'

'Corruptible?' Renner asked.

Bury shrugged. 'I have never had reason to find out...'

'What else do you know about him?'

'Very little. I do not believe I have ever met him. My Sector Commodore would have promoted him... Fox has been a profitable captain.' "; Pg. 11: "Captain Reuben Fox was a dark-haired man approaching forty. He sagged and jiggled as he walked. He didn't seem otherwise unhealthy. Unlike Navy crew, civilians could neglect their freefall exercising, and getting the muscle back was pure hell...

Bury had glanced through computer views of Nauvoo Vision on the way here. The ship was versitile, a winged water-landing craft with interstellar capability but no Langston Field. "

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 3050 Niven, Larry & Jerry Pournelle. The Gripping Hand. New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 12. "Bury had noticed, in his quick perusal of Nauvoo's records, that rings and fittings in the flinger had been replaced twice in thirteen years. A fitting had lost alignment and was waiting for replacement at this moment. Payments from the mines did back up Fox's claim of heavy use.

'You have a full complement of crew?'

'Three missing. I like to hire good Church members, but sometimes they backslide. We're not supposed to drink alcohol, and most of us never do, but everyone is curious. . .'

The Captain tended to explain before he was asked. It was the kind of thing Bury noticed. "

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 3050 Niven, Larry & Jerry Pournelle. The Gripping Hand. New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 12. "Bury [asked] 'Have you been Mormon all your life?'

'Not as you think Mormon,' Fox said. 'My ancestors had fundamental differences with the Church on Earth. They came to Maxroy's Purchase to establish the true faith. That was some six hundred years ago. We were fairly settled when the CoDominium sent us a hundred thousand transportees. Evil men and women with evil habits. They brought alcohol and drugs. The Church tried to keep control of the government, but there were too many transportees. Too many for our missionaries to convert. Some of the Elders took the true Church to the outback.' Fox grinned triumphantly. 'When the Secession Wars began, the false temples in the cities were destroyed, but the true Temple remained. It is the governing Temple for Maxroy's Purchase to this day, our Temple in Glacier Valley.'

Bury nodded in agreement. 'It was much the same with the true servants of Islam. They fled from cities to country, often from world to world...' "

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 3050 Niven, Larry & Jerry Pournelle. The Gripping Hand. New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 18. "Renner used the chopsticks to dip the dark meat, then chewed thoughtfully. 'Peanut sauce.'

'And ginger,' Lady Jackson said. 'The Thai influence. Purchase [Maxroy's Purchase is the name of the planet] cuisine tends to be simple. The planet was settled by Mormons but there was strong oriental influence...' "

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 3050 Niven, Larry & Jerry Pournelle. The Gripping Hand. New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 19. "Governor Jackson spread his hands expressively. He never seemed to shrug... 'Our people [on Maxroy's Purchase]--especially in the outback--tend to think of New Utah as more like Heaven than a mere planet. Habitable from pole to pole, and covered with green plants and wild game.'

'And it is not?' Bury asked.

'I've read the old records,' Governor Jackson said. 'It's a planet. More land surface than the Purchase, higher mountains, and even fewer minerals close to the surface. Stayed molten longer, maybe. The weather's more extreme... New Utah is quite deficient in certain minerals and organics. There's no selenium at all, for example. They'll need food supplements.' "; Also on this page, when after the governor offers Bury a drink: "He'd noticed that both the Governor and his wife were drinking soda water. "

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 3050 Niven, Larry & Jerry Pournelle. The Gripping Hand. New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 27. "At appropriate points he inserted recordings of what they had found out about the three attackers, Captain Reuben Fox, and the history of Nauvoo Vision.

'Mormons,' Ruth Cohen said. 'Three of them. It's hard to believe they're ordinary robbers.'

'Yeah, I noticed that,' Renner said. 'One Mormon going bad is unfortunate. Three at once is a conspiracy...' "

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 3050 Niven, Larry & Jerry Pournelle. The Gripping Hand. New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 29. "'...There are implications, you know.'

'Lots of them,' Ruth said. 'Kevin, have you thought this through? The True Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints has power. And a lot of members. If you're threatening it. . .'

'They'll have plent of gunmen. Sure. Now think about what we could be doing to threaten that Church.'

'I did. So far I got nothing.'

'Me neither,' Renner said. 'So I'll keep poking around.'

Shopping centers had never come into vogue on the Purchase. Big and little shops were scattered through the city, a sudden surprise among houses. "

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 3050 Niven, Larry & Jerry Pournelle. The Gripping Hand. New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 38. "'Nobody cares if we go toward Zion [a Mormon town]... But when we start to go much more than forty kilometers south of Zion, the Scott brothers start to twitch. That's where we found that interesting fissure in the Hand Glacier...' " [There are many other references to Mormon characters and places in this novel, especially in the first five chapters. Not all are recorded in this database.]
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 3050 Niven, Larry & Jerry Pournelle. The Gripping Hand. New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 45. "Come, come, ye Saints, no toil or labor fear; but with joy wend your way;

Though hard to you this journey may appear, Grace shall be as your day.

'Tis far better for us to strive, Our useless cares from us to drive;

Do this, and joy your hearts will swell--All is well, all is well!

--Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints "

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 3050 Niven, Larry & Jerry Pournelle. The Gripping Hand. New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 48. "...Religious motives...

'I think you've got a periodic Jump point to New Utah.'

The men looked at each other.

'There's an old description of New Utah systme. A good yellow star, and a neutron star companion in an eccentric orbit. New Utah must have had billions of years to build up an oxygen atmosphere after the supernova. The neutron star hasn't been a pulsar for at least that long.'

...'Enough. It bothers me to be so transparent, Renner, but this is a very old secret. The soil isn't right on New Utah. The True Church would die without periodic fertilizer shipments.' "

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 3050 Niven, Larry & Jerry Pournelle. The Gripping Hand. New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 99. "'My formal opinion's on the record. Governor Jackson not only can handle the situation, he'll have New Utah voluntarily in the Empire in ten years without anyone firing a shot.' "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 3050 Niven, Larry & Jerry Pournelle. The Gripping Hand. New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 12-13. "Bury nodded in agreement. '...Have I not heard of a New Utah?'

'Excellency, I've read about New Utah in history class. It is an outie world, settled from the Purchase at the same time that the Elders moved to Glacier Valley. There were close relations with New Utah, until the Alderson tram lines to it were lost sometime during the Secession Wars. Stellar geometry changes slowly, but with enough time--'

'Your crew is all Mormon, then?' Bury interrupted.

'Yes, Excellency. I am a bishop of the Church. My crew is obedient and cheerful. Don't our records show that?'

'They do,' Bury said. 'It is not uncommon. What do you do when you have passengers who are not of your church?'

'I know many restaurant owners,' Captain Fox said. 'I find Church members who are accostomed to serving gentiles, who would not want to be permanent crew. They come for one voyage.' He smiled. 'They are eager. What other chance has a restaurateur to see another sky?' "

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 3050 Niven, Larry & Jerry Pournelle. The Gripping Hand. New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 13-14. "'In fact nothing about this ship or its practices is unusual. If three of the crew of this ship had not tried to kidnap you... there would be no reason to be suspicious of Reuben Fox [the Mormon captain of the ship with an all-Mormon crew]...' "; Pg. 14: "'...A least they've paid decent sums to Nauvoo's Vision for cargoes delivered across the system.' "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 3050 Niven, Larry & Jerry Pournelle. The Gripping Hand. New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 19-20. "'Utah Churchies would buy medical supplies, too, if the Empire would let them.'

Governor Jackson laughed. 'The Navy can't spare me any ships,' he said. 'So I can't bring New Utah into the Empire by force... Anyway, as long as I don't have Navy ships, the trade embargo is the only weapon I've got to bring New Utah in. All they have to do is join and they can have all the trade they want.'

'The [problem] is they don't want to,' Renner said.

Jackson laughed. 'Maybe. They'v had time enough to change their minds. It's all academic because the direct jump point disappeared a hundred years ago, during the Secession Wars...' "

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 3050 Niven, Larry & Jerry Pournelle. The Gripping Hand. New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 36-37. "'There's something in the Hand. The Mormons know about it and Boynton doesn't. For that matter, it might be opal meerschaum. Under the glacier...'

...The glacier ended in sharp edges bordered in bare rocky ground. The bare spots ranged from a few meters to several kilometers before vanishing into the snow. They flew past a cluster of buildings nestled against the glacier edge. Two buildings stood out, one wide and low, the other taller and more massive. Mist and steam rose from all the clear-ground areas to the thick cloud cover above them, so that it was hard to see the town.

'Zion,' Ajax Boynton said.

'Looks interesting,' Renner said. Maybe four thousand population, maybe less.

'For us,' Darwin Scott said. 'That's one of the True Temples. But there won't be any ghosts [snow ghosts, a local lifeform] near there. No opal meerschaum, either.' "

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 3050 Niven, Larry & Jerry Pournelle. The Gripping Hand. New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 41-42. "'You'll get your spa in Zion,' Darwin said...

'...But we're going back to Zion tomorrow unless I see some ways around it.' "; Pg. 42: '...I'll check you out in Zion...' "; Pg. 44: "'Look, if this is Church business--hell, give me the skin and my share of the gear, and it's quits for me...'

'Outside Zion there is a small lake,' Darwin Scott said. 'Land on that.' "

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 3050 Niven, Larry & Jerry Pournelle. The Gripping Hand. New York: Pocket Books (1993); pg. 50-52. "'What's the Governor got against us? A little trading with Outies. Nothing serious. Jackson will be glad of a chance to convince the Church that the Empire's no real threat. He's been looking for someone to negotiate with. And look, if New Utah is dying for lack of fertilizer, they should be in the Empire...'

The leading Elder stood. 'This must be discussed. Is there anything else you need?' "; Pg. 51: "'Governor Jackson would look very good if he could persuade New Utah to come into the Empire without a fight, and this might just do it...' "; Pg. 52: "'All right. Between the regulations about Moties and your reputation, we won't have any trouble getting Captain Torgeson to senda scout ship out to the Jump point. One of the local Church people ought to go, so there won't be a fight.' "

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 3308 Thornley, Diann. Echoes of Issel. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 263. "'There's one more thing I'd like to give you, Tris.'

He looked up then. 'What's that, sir?'

'My blessing.'

The concept was no stranger to him than the passage of scripture had been, though he'd never experienced it before. 'I'd like that,' he said.

'Listen carefully then,' the admiral said, 'so you can remember.' And he stood, and placed his right hand on Tristan's head, and bowed his own.

'Tristan Lujanic Serege,' he said, 'in the name of our God and with the authority passed on to me in this same manner by those who came before me, I assure you that you are prepared to accept the mission to which you have been called.' " [These characters are referred to as 'Topawans', from a people who are all considered 'religious fanatics' by others. Although not identified by name as such, this blessing is directly copied from the similar ritual practiced by Latter-day Saints. See other references from this passage under 'Topawans' in this database.]

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 4010 Bradley, Marion Zimmer. Exile's Song. New York: DAW Books (1996); pg. 114. Pg.114: "'What about you, Brigham?'

'I have a Darkovan wife and two children. If I were a little younger, I would have gone over the wall. Instead I have chosen to follow the example of Magda Lorne and some others, like Captain Scott, and tried to become a bridge between our worlds. It isn't easy, but it is, in some ways, the most satisfying thing I have ever done. Now, let's get down to the business at hand!' ";

Pg. 174: "Sharra! The word echoed in her mind, like some great bell tolling doom. Her father had used it when he spoke to Dio, too. Brigham Conover had mentioned it in connection with some rebellion. what was that? It sounded like a woman's name, but there was no accompanying memory of a person attached.. "; Pg. 380: "...brought back memories of her uncle Rafe Scott, the old ethnologist Brigham Conover, and Ivor Davidson. " [Character may be named after Brigham Young.]

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 4500 Felice, Cynthia. Downtime. New York: Bluejay International (1985); pg. 16. Pg. 16: "The decemviri were visibly shocked. Only Calla nodded thoughtfully. D'Omaha knew all of them realized they couldn't simply close down Aquae Solis. Stairnon knew it, too. No one said what was really on their minds, but all of them looked at Marmion, chief of the perfection engineers, to see if it could be done. Marmion sighed and nodded. "; Pg. 123: "Perfection Chief Marmion Andres Clavia, a man with a perfect urban body, like Mahdi's own, already seemed more interesting. Mahdi's nomenclator had already told him the man preferred his praenomen and that he had a nickname, The Peddler, but let him wondering how he'd earned the name. " [The name of the character Marmion, one of the novel's main characters, appears to be derived from 'Marmion.' Other characters are named for major real world religious/ethnic minorities, including Roma (pg. 67, based on Roma/gypsies) and Singh (pg. 85, Sikh). 2 examples given, but there are many other refs. to Marmion not in DB.]
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 4500 Felice, Cynthia. Downtime. New York: Bluejay International (1985); pg. 154. "'I'm not tired,' she said, putting the cup down.

Jason picked it up, sniffed and drank. 'Coffee? I didn't know we had any on Mutare.'

'I brought it,' Calla said. 'Caffeine is one of the few drugs I can have.' " [These characters are not LDS, but their discussion reflects LDS/Word of Wisdom awareness of coffee and caffeine as an addictive substance. Having not read the novel, we can not say decisively if or to what extent the author has used Utah as inspiration for the fictional planet Mutare.]

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 20000 Clarke, Arthur C. The City and the Stars. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World (1956); pg. 156. "The Master had come to Earth amid the chaos of the Transition Centuries, when the Galactic Empire was crumbling but the lines of communication among the stars had not yet completely broken. He had been of human origin, though his home was a planet circling one of the Seven Suns. While still a young man, he had been forced to leave his native world, and its memory had haunted him all his life. His expulsion he blamed on vindictive enemies, but the fact was that he suffered from an incurable malady which, it seemed, attacked only Homo sapiens among all the intelligent races of the Universe. That disease was religious mania... The Master, even if he was expelled from his own world, did not leave it unprovided. The Seven Suns had been the center of galactic power and science, and he must have possessed influential friends. " [Winter 2001 issue of Irreantum: Mike Stone's article states that 'The Master' from this novel was based on LDS Church founder Joseph Smith.]
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 20000 Clarke, Arthur C. The City and the Stars. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World (1956); pg. 158. "Entire libraries had been written about that saga, each work therein inspiring a host of commentaries until... The Master had stopped at many worlds, and made disciples among many races. His personality must have been an immensely powerful one for it to have inspired humans and nonhumans alike, and there was no doubt that a religion of such wide appeal must have contained much that was fine and noble. Probably the Master was the most successful--as he was also the last--of all mankind's [prophets]. None of his predecessors could have won so many converts or had their teachings carried across such gulfs of time and space. " [Mike Stone's article identifies Joseph Smith as the inspiration for Clarke's character 'The Master', but there is no explicit identification, and much here seems like it could be about Christianity in general, and might not refer to Latter-day Saints specifically.]
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints galaxy 33995 Harrison, Harry. The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted. New York: Bantam (1987); pg. 139. "'But he had been correct in his fears... In fact efforts were made to denounce Individual Mutualism and all who believed in it--as many did. Because, in his wisdom, Mark Forer knew that while established governments would reject his philosophy, intelligent individuals would read and understand and believe... Those individuals who were intelligent enough to understand the philosophy were also intelligent enough to see its inherent truth. They also understood that they would have to find a place of their own practice what they now believed in... There were many years of struggle and flight, persecution and betrayal. Much of the record was destroyed by those who were jealous... In the end those who believed came here, beyond the contact of other worlds, to build a society where Individual Mutualism... was the norm, where peace and happiness could prevail forever.' " [More. Much IM history and philosophy parallels early LDS history, practices, United Order, etc.]
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Georgia: Atlanta 1988 Martin, George R. R. & John J. Miller. Wild Cards VII: Dead Man's Hand. New York: Bantam Books (1990); pg. 189. Pg. 189: "'I don't know where I'll be. The convention has booked all the big hotels solid, I hear. Tell you what, deliver it to the Marriott Marquis...' "; Pg. 191: "'...My friend's in the Hyatt, not the Marriott...' "; Pg. 213: "The were in Tachyon's suite at the Marriott... watching the convention on television. "; Pg. 306: "An alarm was screeching in the Marriot Lobby... " [More.]
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Georgia: Atlanta 1988 Martin, George R. R. & John J. Miller. Wild Cards VII: Dead Man's Hand. New York: Bantam Books (1990); pg. 242-243. "'So, Nephi,' Jay said, leaning against the hood of Jesse Jackson's limo. Tachyon was inside the Hyatt Regency, conferring with his new candidate, and Ackroyd was getting tired of waiting. 'The feds pay good, or what?'

Jesse Jackson's ace bodyguard looked at him like he was some kind of canker sore. He was a tall thin Mormon with a receding hairline, a gaunt chiseled face, and the best damn posture Jay had ever seen. The press called him Straight Arrow; the nameplate over his breast pocket said NEPHI CALLENDAR. 'Some of us are not interested in personal gain.' he told jay. 'Some of us are just grateful for a chance to serve God and our country.'

Jay smiled. 'Yeah, sure. And some of you just like to beat people up, right?'

Straight Arrow frowned and looked away.

'Heard that Carnifex got in some kind of brawl Sunday night,' Jay said casually. 'Or maybe it was Monday morning. Really pounded the out of some guy.' "

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Georgia: Atlanta 1988 Martin, George R. R. & John J. Miller. Wild Cards VII: Dead Man's Hand. New York: Bantam Books (1990); pg. 243. "'Is that a fact?' Callendar did not seem terribly interested. 'I wouldn't know. I'm sure no more force was applied than was appropriate to the situation. Ray is an experienced agent with an outstanding record.'

'A hell of a dresser, too,' Jay said. 'Me, I don't think I could wear all that white. It's a bitch to keep clean. I like your outfit a lot better.' The Mormon ace wore a tailored gray dress uniform. It looked very crisp and proper and military, until you picked up on the Justice Department insignia on the sleeves and the dark red braid on cap and shoulder boards. His collar was fastened with a jeweled pin fashioned in the shape of a flaming arrow. 'Free laundry service come with the job, or you guys have to pay the dry cleaning yourself?' Jay wanted to know.

Straight Arrow took a long pointed look at Jay's puce suite. 'I'd recommend burning, not cleaning,' he said. "

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Georgia: Atlanta 1988 Martin, George R. R. & John J. Miller. Wild Cards VII: Dead Man's Hand. New York: Bantam Books (1990); pg. 243. "'Why all the interest in laundry, Ackroyd?'

'When my face got rearranged, I bled all over my lucky shirt... I hear that Carnifex had blood all over him after his little fracas on Sunday night.'

'You shouldn't believe everything you hear, Ackroyd,' Callendar told him. 'As far as I know, Ray was with Senator Hartmann Sunday night, as per his assignment. If a situation arose requiring him to use force, regulations would have required that he file a report. No such report is on file.'

Before Jay could reply, Tachyon emerged through the front door of the Hyatt, Jesse Jackson at his side. The sidewalk was crowded with Jackson supporters waving bright red JESSE! signs. Straight Arrow's eyes moved restlessly, scanning the faces, as the two men clasped hands and lifted them over their heads. The black man was so much taller that Tachyon had to stand on his toes. " [Nephi Callendar, a.k.a. Straight Arrow, is an LDS character.]

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Georgia: Atlanta 1988 Martin, George R. R. & John J. Miller. Wild Cards VII: Dead Man's Hand. New York: Bantam Books (1990); pg. 245. "Jay kept his hands shoved deep in his pockets, several paces behind. Straight Arrow walked beside him, keeping a careful eye on Jackson. The ace's broad forehead was dotted with sweat...

A vast, pale wall of moon-faced flesh suddenly loomed up behind the two policemen, broke through the cordon, and waddled toward Tachyon. Secret Service men reached for their pistols. 'No, it's okay,' Jay said, 'that's Doughboy. He's simple-minded, but he won't hurt him.' Straight Arrow weight Jay's words, gave a curt node. The Secret Service relaxed. Doughboy and Tachyon exchanged a few quiet words. The alien looked like he was going to break down and cry.

'I hate this,' Straight Arrow muttered.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Georgia: Atlanta 1988 Martin, George R. R. & John J. Miller. Wild Cards VII: Dead Man's Hand. New York: Bantam Books (1990); pg. 248. "The Secret Service had knocked down Jesse and covered him with their bodies... Everybody was waving guns and Straight Arrow was holding a flaming arrow up over his head... Straight Arrow knelt down over Tachyon. Dimly, from his own haze of confusion and shock, Jay watched. The man held his hands over the raw wet stump. Pale yellow flames leapt from his fingertips, and the smell of burning flesh filled the air. Tachyon's body thrashed feebly. The stump was black and seared when Callendar [a.k.a. Straight Arrow, an LDS character] stood up. A couple of paramedics lifted Tachyon onto a stretcher. Jay wasn't sure when they'd arrived.

'Ackroyd,' someone said. Jay looked around. Straight Arrow was talking to him. 'Where did you send him?'

Jay couldn't think straight. 'Yeah,' he said...

'You!' someone bellowed at him. It was the big blond guy... 'Who... are you?'

'Jay Ackroyd,' Straight Arrow told him. 'Private cop. They call him Popinjay.' "

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Georgia: Atlanta 1988 Martin, George R. R. & John J. Miller. Wild Cards VII: Dead Man's Hand. New York: Bantam Books (1990); pg. 249. "'Where'd you send him, Ackroyd?' Straight Arrow asked.

'Popped him . . .' His lips were very dry. When he licked them, Jay tasted blood.

The Mormon ace grabbed his lapels and shook him. 'Where'd you send the assassin?'

'Oh,' Jay said. 'New York. The Tombs.'

Straight Arrow let him go. 'Good.'

But Golden Boy was a lot less pleased. 'He walks through walls!' he yelled. He seemed to feel a need to scream everything... 'He's out by now.'

That made Straight Arrow very unhappy. The Mormon gave a long sigh, then turned and walked away. Jay followed him, leaving Braun alone with his histrionics. 'Tachyon,' Jay asked, grabbing Callendar [Straight Arrow's real last name] by the arm. 'Is he going to live?'

'Only God can answer that question, Ackroyd. Pray.' "

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Germany 1969 Thayer, Douglas. "Opening Day " in Bright Angels & Familiars. (Eugene England, ed.) Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1992; story c. 1969); pg. 21. Pg. 21: "I still wanted to see the big mule-deer bucks jump out of the oak brush ahead of the line... But then I hadn't expected to have absolute control over my emotions just because while I was on my mission in Germany I had decided to stop hunting. When I got married and had sons, I didn't want them to hunt, but I knew that it wouldn't be easy for me to stop killing birds and animals. "; Pg. 22: "I had been home from Germany four days, and while I was gone I had decided to quit hunting. Two years of knowing that I would probably be drafted and sent to Vietnam, hearing the older Germans talk about World War II, and every day preaching the gospel of Christ changed me. I felt guilty because of all the rabbits, pheasants, ducks, geese, and deer I had killed... To kill was to deny the influence of the Holy Ghost, which I wanted to continue to develop. " [More. Other LDS refs. throughout story, not in DB.]
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Germany 1969 Thayer, Douglas. "Opening Day " in Bright Angels & Familiars. (Eugene England, ed.) Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1992; story c. 1969); pg. 24. "They [people in Germany] wanted to know how there could be a God that let such terrible things happen, and I told them that it wasn't God that caused wars but men. If all mankind would just live the gospel of Christ there wouldn't be any more wars. I wanted to get a doctorate in sociology so that I could teach at B.Y.U. and help people to live together in peace and harmony. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Guernsey 1944 Allred, Lee. "The Greatest Danger " in Drakas! (S. M. Sterling, ed.) New York: Baen (2000); pg. 183. "Late September 1944
St. Peter Port, Guernsey Island
Channel Islands

Admiral Hans Laban Verwoerd lay sprawled in the center of Cornet castle's ancient courtyard. " [This character's middle name, used only here, is from the Book of Mormon. The LDS author placed it here as a sort of inside joke or 'Easter Egg.']

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Guernsey 1944 Allred, Lee. "The Greatest Danger " in Drakas! (S. M. Sterling, ed.) New York: Baen (2000); pg. 201. "'...Probably also why religion has always fascinated me so.'

'I'm having a rather difficult time picturing you as a priest.'

Verwoerd laughed. 'Actually, before the war--Kaiser's war--well, I intended to become a theologian.'

'Then the war changed all that?'

'Not in any way you imagine. Living, if you can call it that, in the trenches in the Dardanelles changed my intentions, true: it intensified them. Somehow the idea of somebody somewhere having the answers seemed more precious to me than any pearl of great price.' " [Allred, an LDS author, has chosen the phrase 'pearl of great price' as a subtle but intentional reference to LDS scripture.]

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Idaho 1930 Boyer, Elizabeth H. "A Foreigner Comes to Reddyville " in Washed by a Wave of Wind (M. Shayne Bell, ed.). Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1993); pg. 204. Pg. 204: "When I was a young man, I used to herd sheep out to Reddyville for old man Harkness. It was getting close to Christmas time... "; Pg. 209: "According to my calendar, it was the week before Christmas... I thought of my family and I felt a little low in my spirits. I wished with all my heart I could be at home with my mother and my two younger sisters on Christmas Eve. But I was the man of the family now. I'd asked Mr. Harkness to pay my wages of five dollars a week directly to my mother, so she and the girls would have as many of life's needfuls as it would buy.

I didn't have one thing of Christmas in my wagon, so I decided to carve a little manger scene for my little sisters... set to carving a Mary and a Joseph and a baby in the manger. They turned out pretty good, so I went on with a sheep and a donkey... It was Christmas Eve, and I was whittling away at my manger people. "

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Idaho 1930 Boyer, Elizabeth H. "A Foreigner Comes to Reddyville " in Washed by a Wave of Wind (M. Shayne Bell, ed.). Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1993); pg. 211. "'B. Y.,' said my littlest sister Lydia, looking up from the manger scene, 'why have you got four wise men? There's only three, isn't there, Mama?'

'I don't know,' I said. 'My foreigner carved it, and he made it to look just like he does. I don't know what he meant by it. Maybe where he comes from, they have four wise men at Christmas time.'

'There's really only three,' said Emily.

'No, there's Melchior, the fourth wise man,' said my mother. 'He was traveling to Bethlehem too with a present for baby Jesus. But he stopped along the way to help some poor people and by the time he was done helping them, he had spent all his money and sold the wonderful gift he had brought. So he never made it to Bethlehem, but he was specially blessed for helping the needy people.' " [The story of 'Melchior' related by the narrator's mother is not an LDS story, but these characters are all LDS.]



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