Pre-Order “A Mighty Fortress” Which Features My Short Story “The Deseret War” NOW!

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Promotional image for the Immortal Works anthology “A Mighty Fortress”

By now, most of my regular readers know that my short story The Deseret War is going to be published in an Immortal Works anthology.

I just heard that A Mighty Fortress: A Mormon Steampunk Anthology Book 4 is available for pre-order NOW for automatic delivery to your Kindle device on February 18, 2020.

That’s less than four weeks away. Here’s a summary:

Once Stephen Isaac Eddington converted to Mormonism in his native London and realized the severe persecution the Church was enduring in the United States, he knew he had to use his unique skills to help defend the faith. But to do that, he would have to steal an incredible invention devised by his scientist mentor who had recently perished, and the greedy and corrupt tycoon who had financed the venture. Eddington and his ill-gotten technology arrived in Utah well ahead of the U.S. Army troops who the President commissioned to remove Brigham Young from power and establish a new Governor over the Utah territory. Now, instead of the Church being a mere pawn at the hands of the government, he provided them with mighty weapons that would not only protect the Church, but establish a brand new nation. However, even Eddington couldn’t anticipate the heavy consequences of his actions.

Don’t miss this strange and wonderful mix of Mormonism and Steampunk in the fourth annual edition of this production. Pre-order right away.

9 thoughts on “Pre-Order “A Mighty Fortress” Which Features My Short Story “The Deseret War” NOW!

    • Apparently, they have two priesthoods, a Levitical priesthood and one referencing Melchizedek. As you know, you have to be Jewish and of the tribe of Levi as well as a Kohen for the first.


      • But do they see the Levitical that way? Do they have a subsection of members who are (or they call) Levitcal?

        Anyway, descriptions seem to indicate “in” is the opposite of out (G/gentile).
        Of course, likewise, not everyone who isn’t Amish is English (even in America).


      • According to Wikipedia (I know, I know):

        The priesthood authority is divided into two divisions or “orders”: the Melchizedek priesthood and the Aaronic priesthood. The Melchizedek priesthood encompasses all priesthood authority; the Aaronic priesthood is therefore an appendage or subdivision of the Melchizedek priesthood.
        Requirements for ordination

        The Aaronic priesthood is conferred upon male church members beginning at age eleven by the laying on of hands by men who hold either an office in the Melchizedek priesthood or the office of priest in the Aaronic priesthood. Ordination to the priesthood is based on the recipient’s personal moral worthiness and church participation without regard to education or other socioeconomic status, and, since 1978, without regard to race. (Previously, most members of black African descent were excluded from priesthood ordination.) To receive the Melchizedek priesthood in the church today, the recipient must hold the Aaronic priesthood and be at least 18 years old. Some special cases may not permit initial or continuing ordination, such as children living with a same-sex couple.

        If an adult man joins the LDS Church, he may first have the Aaronic priesthood conferred upon him. After a period of time (usually about one year), the man may have the Melchizedek priesthood conferred upon him.
        Ordinance and oath and covenant

        The church teaches that receiving the priesthood is a saving ordinance for males. Like all saving ordinances of the church, it is accompanied by the recipient making a covenant with God. In addition, the reception of the Melchizedek priesthood is said to constitute an “unspoken oath as well as [a] covenant”. A manual for LDS Church priesthood holders states that “this means that Heavenly Father gives us His oath (guarantee) that we can have the power and blessings of the priesthood if we covenant (promise) with Him to do certain things.” The recipient of the Melchizedek priesthood promises by covenant that he will “magnify” his assigned calling in the priesthood. In exchange, God promises by oath and covenant that the recipients will be “sanctified by the [Holy] Spirit unto the renewing of their bodies”; that they will become the sons of Moses and Aaron and the seed of Abraham; and that they will receive exaltation and ultimately receive all that God has.

        This isn’t terribly specific about how the priesthood is used, but I’m sure there are aspects of its function that the LDS church keeps relatively confidential.

        An article at The Washington Post has more.


  1. I saw a short documentary look at a charitable home that took in young people who were gay or intersex (and, maybe, in additional situations). One young man had not grown up in the church (the type of church we’re discussing) but had willingly joined on his own. Somehow, the elders had found out he was intersex (this is biological, not the same thing as a woman deciding to be a man); then they told him he could no longer be a member. They told him they couldn’t say he had sinned, he just couldn’t be accepted. The subject matter included, however, the possibility that the living prophet could change the rules at some point.


    • I don’t know if this is true or not, but someone once told me that the LDS church periodically recalls all of their Book of Mormon editions from their members and issues new ones, supposedly with some change in their theology/doctrine. Seems that if this were true, older members of the church would catch on. Of course churches adapt across time. In the Catholic church, you had to eat fish and not animal meat on Fridays, but now I guess it’s okay. Well, I just looked it up and technically that isn’t true.

      At the Lutheran church I take my Mom to, the Pastor doesn’t wear robes and a deacon lights the candles with a BBQ lighter. When I was a kid, the Pastor of the church I went to wore robes, and when I was in junior high, I was one of the kids who had to wear robes and use some fancy brass tool to light and later stuff out the candles. Things change.


  2. I said; the elders had found out he was intersex (this is biological, not the same thing as a woman deciding to be a man)

    For a little more clarity, some intersex people are or consider themselves to be transsexual or transgender because of what they’ve experienced in their lives.


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