Tiki and Temple wins 2013 Best International Book Award June 08 2013

Tiki and Temple wins 2013 Best International Book Award from the Mormon History Association

LAYTON, UT, June 7, 2013. Marjorie Newton’s Tiki and Temple: The Mormon Mission in New Zealand 1854-1958 received the Best International Book Award at the 2013 conference for the Mormon History Association, held in Layton, Utah.

Published last year by Greg Kofford Books, Tiki and Temple tells the enthralling story of Mormonism’s encounter with the genuinely different but surprisingly harmonious Maori culture. Drawing on hitherto untapped sources, including missionary journals and letters and government documents, this absorbing book is the fullest narrative available of Mormonism’s flourishing in New Zealand. Although written primarily for a Latter-day Saint audience, this book fills a gap for anyone interested in an accurate and coherent account of the growth of Mormonism in New Zealand.

Concerning this book, Emily Johnson from Deseret News has said, “Marjorie Newton’s newest book, Tiki and Temple: The Mormon Mission in New Zealand, 1854-1958, is a detailed yet accessible documentation of the growth of the LDS faith in New Zealand.”

And Gina Colvin from International Journal of Mormon Studies has praised this book, noting: “Newton has produced a fine work, dense, historically rigorous and an important contribution in the study of the LDS church outside of the United States.”