Sacred-texts Mormonism

Photograph of Frank J. Cannon

Under the Prophet in Utah

by Frank J. Cannon and Harvey J. O'Higgins.


This is a memoir of Frank J. Cannon (1859-1933). Although born into a prominent Mormon family, Cannon was a freethinker and a progressive. He recounts an insiders' view of the painful process by which the Mormon church and the state of Utah became integrated into the United States. He played an active role in this history, lobbying for statehood both in the halls of Washington D.C. and in the inner councils of the Mormon church. This work is highly critical of the Mormon hierarchy, the conformist and inward-looking aspects of Mormon society, and of polygamy. However, he also praises the social programs of the Church. This is an important source document for the history of the Mormon people and the state of Utah.

Title Page
I In the Days of the Raid
II On a Mission to Washington
III Without a Country
IV The Manifesto
V On the Road to Freedom
VI The Goal-and After
VII The First Betrayals
VIII The Church and the Interests
IX At the Crossways
X On the Downward Path
XI The Will of the Lord
XII The Conspiracy Completed
XIII The Smoot Exposure
XIV Treason Triumphant
XV The Struggle for Liberty
XVI The Price of Protest
XVII The New Polygamy
XVIII The Prophet of Mammon
XIX The Subjects of the Kingdom
XX Conclusion