OGDEN -- The author of a book on a sword owned by Joseph Smith, the first prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Howard Carlos Smith, of Burley, Idaho, last month published another book on the same subject.
"Joseph Smith's Sword and in That Day Miracles & Warnings" ($18.95) is a book that documents Howard Carlos Smith's experience publishing his first book, "Keeper of the Prophet's Sword" ($12.95), and other stories related to the relic. Both books are self-published.
Howard Carlos Smith will hold a book signing from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Ogden Deseret Book, 514 N. 325 East.
At that event, Joseph Smith's Nauvoo Legion sword will be on display.
"Enjoy the ride into my book," the author wrote to his supporters in an email following the publishing of his latest book. "Hopefully, it's a wakeup call to many."
Smith describes his book as taking a glimpse into the spirit world and a ride into hell.
"It shares unusual experiences surrounding the Legion sword once held by the Prophet Joseph Smith," he states, noting that he personally had many unusual experiences while possessing the sword, some of which are documented in the book.
The book also tells of the author's experiences researching, writing and promoting the book and how often those experiences left him stunned yet very grateful for what he considers heavenly intervention.
He recalls driving to Salt Lake City to promote the book and coming within seconds of being smashed by a truck that flew off a freeway ramp and narrowly missed him.
He also talks about errant farm equipment nearly destroying his home.
But the book also talks about miracles before the author's time.
"It speaks of the Prince of America with a focus upon the United States Constitution with many miracles and warnings," he states.
Smith wants it to be known that the anger of the Lord is kindled and his sword is about to fall upon the world.
"It is not a day of many words," he states. "It is a day where changes are awaiting every night at our very doors. There are no neutrals in the approaching war."
There is a chapter on Joseph and Emma Smith's son David Hyrum Smith, as well as a chapter on one of their great-great-granddaughters, Kimberly Jo Smith.
The book talks of Howard Carlos Smith's trip to Nauvoo, Ill., with the Nauvoo Legion sword going back there for the first time since it was brought to the West.
"We have been greatly blessed to receive permission to insert an absolutely astounding picture of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, 'Prince of Peace,' painted by Lynne Millman-Weidinger at the head of one of our chapters," Smith stated. "Her story of the painting is found in the appendix of the book."
Howard Carlos Smith's first book, "Keeper of the Prophet's Sword," is the story of bodyguard Maj. Joseph Bates Noble, who was with Joseph Smith as he made his way toward Carthage jail, where he was killed.
Several miles out of Nauvoo, Joseph Smith gave Noble his personal Legion sword as a token of their friendship, the book documents.
The sword was hidden away for more than 165 years and just recently allowed to come forth, it states.
Both books include historical photos of Joseph Smith's sword.
More information about Howard Carlos Smith, the Nauvoo Legion sword and his books is available at keeperoftheprophetssword.com/second-book-published.