I received these books courtesy of Mrs. Kappler for the purpose of a fair and honest review.
Overview: Mrs. Kappler has come to the knowledge that she is to be the historian of her family’s association with the Church of Latter Day Saints during the years of 1830-1918.
Story Telling: Mrs. Kappler has tried to write a historical account of her family’s part that was played throughout the years of the Mormon Church.
Likes: The idea of family histories, or legacies, strikes me as a fascinating read.
Dislikes: Like I have implied, I thought that this was a historical account. By Mrs. Kappler’s own words, this was supposed to be a book that would attract the academic reader. This is not what I came across. Mrs. Kappler portrayed the United States Government in an unflattering light. She came out and mentioned instances of the Native American skirmishes against the expansion of the United States, and quite a few of those instances were rather cruel. The only thing I can think of to explain these attacks, that were mentioned, were a form of ‘shock and awe’ campaign. (The funny thing is: those never seem to work on us.) Yet, it was the United States Government’s fault for reneging on the treatises we had made.
When it cam to the inclusion of the Mormons, Mrs. Kappler seemed to have a skewed view of how they were treated, or even if they had instigated the trouble to their misfortune.
Conclusion: This really isn’t a book-set aimed at anyone that isn’t a Mormon. In my opinion, Joseph Smith wasn’t old enough to be called to God’s priesthood, prophets, preachers, etc.. According to the Books of Moses, and Jesus’ own life as an example, he should have been at least thirty years of age when he began his ministry. Neither were his elders shown to have followed the Apostles’ teachings.
Remember, this is a family history. Please have a reputable history textbook close at hand in order to prove Mrs. Kappler’s claims, if you choose to read it.