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The Kingdom (Political) of God, Part I

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Art Bulla

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This book is the first work published in modern times which sets forth the concept of the government of God which was revealed through Joseph Smith and shows the significance of that concept in the westward move of the Latter-day Saints from Illinois, and the colonization of the West under Brigham Young. It is also the first work written to show that Joseph Smith actually organized the nucleus of that divine political system on earth, in the form of the General Council or, as it was nicknamed, the Council of Fifty.    
During the first half of the twentieth century the knowledge of the General Council was virtually lost to the world, and it was only after the publication of A Mormon Chronicle: The Diaries of John D. Lee, 1848-1876, in 1955, that substantial progress was made in bringing the knowledge of this political body to light in recent times.  In 1952, I wrote my master's thesis on the subject "World Government as Envisioned in the Latter-day Saint 'City of Zion,'" and in the summer of 1955 I completed my doctoral dissertation entitled "Joseph Smith, Social Philosopher, Theorist and Prophet."    
Until the publication of Lee's diaries, neither Melville or I realized that the government of God was more than an ideal in early Latter-day Saint thought-that there had been an actual political organ started by Joseph Smith.
Beginning at that time, I started to gather and relate information on the role of the Council of Fifty among the Latter-day Saints.  Hyrum L. Andrus