Moritz Busch's Die Mormonen and the Conversion of Karl G Maeser
Richards explores the events surrounding Karl G. Maeser's conversion to the LDS Church. Maeser's education, early career, and family life are discussed. Germany's religious atmosphere at the time of Maeser's conversion is also mentioned. Richards focuses, however, on the role Moritz Busch's anti-mormon publication Die Mormonen played in motivating Maeser to seek out official LDS Church representatives. The roles John Van Cott, Daniel Tyler, William Budge, and Franklin D. Richards played in Maeser's conversion and the LDS Church's early educational ambitions are also explained. The article is concluded with a brief mention of Maeser's later missionary work and role in shaping the Church's educational system.