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|Title||The Cities of the Sun: Stories of Ancient America Founded on Historical Incidents in the Book of Mormon|
|Year of Publication||1911|
|Authors||Cannon, Elizabeth Rachel|
|Edition||Second and Enlarged|
|Number of Pages||159|
|Publisher||The Deseret News|
|City||Salt Lake City|
|Keywords||Abinadi (Prophet); Alma the Elder; Ammon (Son of King Mosiah); Ancient America; Book of Mormon-Fiction; Captain Moroni; Ether; Gadianton Robbers; Hagoth; Jaredite; King Lamoni; King Noah; Missionary Work; Secret Combination|
The end justifies the means, so these stories are designed to increase interest in the Book of Mormon. Hundreds of books have been written founded on the Bible, and there are some wonderfully colorful accounts of the founding of Christianity in Judea, Alexandria, and Rome. It is surprising that more has not been done dealing with the ancient history of the western world. Several of these stories were first published in the Improvement Era, and acknowledgment is made to that magazine for the encouragement it extended to the author, who traveled twice to Mexico and excavated among the ruins there to gain information at first hand. If any boy or girl, after perusing these pages, is inspired to turn direct to the beautiful and simple language of the Book of Mormon itself, the purpose of “The Cities of the Sun” has been accomplished.
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