About W.W. Phelps & Co.
W.W. Phelps & Co. was founded on the premise that the LDS Community wants access to a greater variety of books and with the goal of giving every LDS author around the world the opportunity to have their literary voice and testmony heard. In its simplest form, W.W. Phelps & Co. provides a free method of publishing books to the LDS market. Authors are welcome to set their price: gifting their book to the LDS community free of charge if they wish or requesting a return for their labor. At W.W. Phelps & Co. we believe the admonition of the Lord who taught:
And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. (Luke 10:7.)
Entertaining, Educating, and Inspiring
Every author of an LDS book is a missionary. Whether entertaining, educating, or inspiring, their goal is to uplift with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and express their testimony of His work and we seek to provide a means to do this. At W.W. Phelps & Co., we love all good books!
…And study and learn, and become acquainted with all good books, and with languages, tongues, and people. (D&C 90:15–16.)
Who was W.W. Phelps?
William W. Phelps (1792–1872) was an early LDS leader who personified the literary and artistic spirit of the Saints. He served as a scribe to Joseph Smith, Jr., established a print shop in Zion (later restarted in Kirtland), was called to be the printer to the church, published the Evening and Morning Star and the Book of Commandments, the predecessor to our modern Doctrine and Covenants, which he helped to compile. The printing company, known as W.W. Phelps & Co., was destroyed by a mob in 1832. Brother Phelps also authored some of our most beloved hymns including ♬ The Spirit of God, ♬ Gently Raise the Sacred Strain, and ♬ Praise to the Man.