Fifty years ago on her way through high school, the very word history made Kathy Jenkins break out in a cold sweat, thanks to a never-ending lineup of athletic coaches who doubled, grudgingly, as history teachers. It was obvious they weren’t very excited about it, so neither was she. In fact, history ranked right down there, somewhere in the sludge below a root canal and a spinal tap.

Finally the stars aligned just right, and Kathy started hanging out with a handful of inspired and passionate historians who absolutely rocked her world. Now she can’t get enough. And her passion is digging into the past, uncovering details that are fascinating, often unknown, and, yes, often hilarious.

Kathy is especially captivated with the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You’ll find here the books she’s written dealing with offbeat topics in Church history, starting with the award-winning, bestselling Butch Cassidy and Other Mormon Outlaws of the Old West—which, after thirteen printings, is still going strong.

img hist ButchCassidyButch Cassidy and Other Mormon Outlaws of the Old West

Few things capture our imaginations like true stories from the Old West. Throw religion into the mix, and you have the stuff of enduring legends. Mormons are known for honesty, integrity, morality, love of country, love of God, and love of fellowman hardly the one normally associates with outlaws. So it comes as a sort of shock to some that among the rough riding, horse stealing, cattle rustling, bank robbing, gun slinging outlaws of the Old West were a fair number of Mormons.

In this entertaining volume you’ll get to know quite a few of these desperado Mormons. Some are household names like Butch Cassidy. Others you may be meeting for the first time. You’ll find out who’s who and what they did and where they hid. You’ll even get a peek at the Mormon lawmen who dedicated their lives to pursuing the Mormon outlaws.

img hist DidYouKnowDid You Know? 501 Fascinating Facts from Church History

The history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is well-documented, with beloved stories of triumph and tragedy passed down through the generations. But what of the lesser-known details that have been lost to time? Carefully researched and endlessly fun, Did You Know: 501 Fascinating Facts from Church History takes on the task of both storytelling and myth-busting.  Featuring a wealth of anecdotes and antique images, this tribute to the past features historical tidbits gleaned from ancestral stories, timeworn journals, and national news articles spanning centuries. Perfect for history buffs and trivia enthusiasts alike, this fascinating chronicle of the Church is bursting with hitherto unexplored facts just waiting to be discovered!

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img hist InlawsOutlawsIn-Laws, Outlaws, and Everyone In Between: More Colorful Characters in Mormon History

The truth is often stranger than fiction, and it can certainly be more interesting than the history books let on. To prove it, bestselling author Kathryn Jenkins Gordon blows the dust off the past to reveal the exploits of some lesser-known figures in Church history. From the hilarious to the heroic and the zany to the downright villainous, these tales highlight the action-packed lives of some of the Church's most notorious members.

Witness the attempted rise of the self-appointed “King of the Mormons.”

Experience the heart-pounding plight of a Latter-day Saint girl enslaved by a bloodthirsty Apache tribe.

Read the thrilling tale of a stake president caught in a mobster brawl at stake conference.

Just when you thought you knew everything worth knowing about the early Saints, this quirky cast of characters confirms that there's always more to the story. Get ready for a rip-roarin’ ride through history as you discover the truth about In-Laws, Outlaws, and Everyone in Between!

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img hist ColorfulCharactersColorful Characters in Mormon History

Most Mormons are mild-mannered, well-behaved, law-abiding citizens who tend to get along well with their neighbors. But every once in a while, there's a renegade. You know the one: a little bit wild-eyed, ready to rumble, out to go where no Mormon has gone before. Face it: we all know one.

Well, if you think you've seen a colorful character or two in your ward, you should check out the colorful characters in this book some Mormons, some non-Mormons who impacted Church history. These people are a whole new breed of colorful.

You'll meet the guy who is credited with starting the gold rush and putting San Francisco on the map California's first millionaire, who dies selling pencils on the street. You'll meet the Mormon FBI agent who was killed in a shoot-out with Baby Face Nelson, but not before taking out the Baby. You'll gain a whole new appreciation for the General Authority who peppered his sermons with profanity. And that's just scratching the surface.

Most of all, you'll find yourself shaking your head in wonder, having a knee-slapping good laugh, and maybe even shedding a tear or two here and there.

img hist GunsGuns of the Restoration

The early years of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were fraught with peril as Church members faced the formidable crusade for religious freedom. To fully understand their survival is to understand the role guns played in their lives. With a unique look at the vital role of firearms in the lives of the early Saints, Guns of the Restoration delves into the gripping history of various aspects of early Church history. Readers are immersed in descriptions of the weaponry of the time, the critical battles faced by early members of the Church, and the lives of the inspiring people who fought them. From the day-to-day use of firearms on the frontier to the brave men of the Mormon Battalion and the inventive genius of the Brownings to the influence of notorious gunslinger Porter Rockwell, this book takes readers on a fantastic journey through legendary innovation, bravery, faith, and sacrifice.

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img hist JGoldenKimballJ. Golden Kimball: The Remarkable Man Behind the Colorful Stories

He is J. Golden Kimball, and when he is gone, there will never be another. He was the original product, and when Providence had finished him, the pattern was lost and never found again.

LDS Church history is comprised of the accounts of multitudes of men and women who set the groundwork for the Church. And while there are plenty of ordinary individuals woven into that patchwork of history, there are also a handful of unique individuals who enliven the past and provide inspiration for the future. Known as the “swearing Apostle,” J. Golden Kimball is just such a character, one whose legacy of colorful language is surpassed only by his fierce loyalty to the gospel.

In J. Golden Kimball: The Remarkable Man Behind the Colorful Stories, readers are invited to come to better know this legendary man made famous by his unique humor and powerful testimony. From a chronicle of Kimball’s youthful adventures to the legacy he forged in his more than forty years as a General Authority, gear up for a rollicking ride through the life of one of the liveliest servants of the Lord.

Writer

"Kathy writes compellingly and swiftly, has an eye for detail, and possesses an uncanny sense for how to shape a story to make it pulsate with energy."
 —Taylor Halverson

Editor

"Kathy Jenkins has honed her editing skills with such precision and excellence that today she is viewed by many (including me) as the best editor on the planet. No matter how many times I have read and reworked a manuscript, Kathy improves my writing with meticulous care and good will."
 —Susan Easton Black

Mentor

"Kathy has been so helpful to me in bringing my manuscripts to fruition, encouraging me to work diligently on my writing craft. She makes every author better in every way."
 —Ed J. Pinegar

Consultant

"Kathy brings life in her writing, wisdom in her editing, and experience in her consulting; she has made me a better and more confident author."
 —Ganel-Lyn Condie