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Copyright: 2011
Trim: 7 x 10
Pages: 336 pp.
Illustrations: 54 b/w photos, 1 map


To the Peripheries of Mormondom

The Apostolic Around-the-World Journey of David O. McKay, 1920–1921

Hugh J. Cannon, edited by Reid L. Neilson

Mormon Studies

The year-long fact-finding mission of apostle David O. McKay and his traveling companion Hugh J. Cannon to places historian Leonard J. Arrington has called the “geographic and organizational periphery” of Mormondom was one of the most significant moments of the twentieth century for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While the contemporary LDS Church has grown to become a global presence, the early decades of the last century found missionaries struggling to gain converts abroad. Cannon’s rich and vivid account of his and McKay’s 61,646-mile around-the-world journey illustrates the roots of Mormonism’s globalization. The account is without doubt one of the more significant texts in the historical cannon of global Mormon studies.

Reid L. Neilson annotates Cannon’s account, enriching the experience for scholarly and lay readers alike. With fifty-four previously unpublished photographs from the journey, this edition is sure to entice readers. It also includes appendixes listing Hugh J. Cannon’s Deseret News articles published from December 1920 to March 1922; a list of David O. McKay’s diaries, conference notebooks, and family correspondence for the same period; and a chronology of all LDS missions visited by McKay and Cannon.

Hugh J. Cannon (1870–1931) was traveling companion to apostle David O. McKay from 1920 to 1921.

Reid L. Neilson is an assistant professor of church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University. He is the author of Proclamation to the People: Nineteenth-Century Mormonism and the Pacific Basin Frontier and Early Mormon Missionary Activities in Japan, 1901–1924.

Table of Contents:

Editor’s Preface
Introduction: Around-the-World with Elder David O. McKay and Hugh J. Cannon by Reid Neilson
Photo Essay

1. Accepting the Apostolic Call
2. Crossing the Pacific Ocean
3. Arriving in the Islands of Japan
4. Touring the Japan Mission
5. Dedicating the Chinese Realm
6. Exploring the Interior of China
7. Visiting Oahu and Maui
8. Calling on Hawaii and Kauai
9. Steaming the South Pacific
10. Staying in the Society Islands
11. Sightseeing in Rarotonga
12. Discovering New Zealand
13. Meandering through Melanesia
14. Stopping over in Western Samoa
15. Resting in American Samoa
16. Surveying Sauniatu
17. Observing in Tonga
18. Returning to New Zealand
19. Inspecting Australia
20. Traveling up the Malay Peninsula
21. Investigating India
22. Wandering in Egypt
23. Worshiping in the Holy Land
24. Returning Home to Utah
25. Coming Full Circle

Appendix 1. Chronology of LDS Missions Visited by Elder David O. McKay and Hugh J. Cannon
Appendix 2. List of Hugh J. Cannon’s Deseret News “Around-the-World” Articles
Appendix 3. List of Elder David O. McKay’s Diaries, Conference Notebooks, and Correspondence


Praise and Reviews:

“Anyone interested in David O. McKay must be interested in this journey.”
—James B. Allen, Brigham Young University

"An exciting history of a remarkable, and somewhat forgotten, journey undertaken at a time when most of the world considered Latter-day Saints to be a solely American institution."
—Deseret News

"Neilson's careful annotations clarify names, terms, and places along the journey, making the story easy for any reader to follow. Neilson further enriches the McKay-Cannon journey by including a photographic essay consisting of fifty-four images, both photographs and postcards, that visually document the journey."
—BYU Studies Quarterly

"Neilson's editorial comments are insightful. Crucial source material for subsequent scholarly treatments of this important era of LDS Church history."
—The Journal of Mormon History

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