Mormon War topic of valley native’s work of fiction

Cache Valley native William R. Jensen is the author of a new work of fiction from Belle Isle Books, “Adder in the Path” set in 1830s Missouri, the often forgotten site of religious devastation in American history.

Jensen follows the events of the Mormon War in Missouri through the eyes of John Evans, a Mormon who joined the church and migrated to Missouri, and Sam Devine, an opinionated Missouri frontiersman, as well as members of their families.

“Since I was raised as a Mormon I was quite familiar with their history then after getting my master’s at Utah State I went to Kansas State to work on an advanced degree and while I was there wrote a term paper on the Mormon War. Later, when I retired, I found I was still very interested in it so one day I sat down at the computer and started to write.”

Jensen said during the process extensive research followed “to make sure I had all my facts straight.”

He was born in Trenton in 1938. He worked as a procedure analyst and writer for Thiokol Corporation, retiring in 2001.

“Adder in the Path” is available at Hastings in Logan and at both and

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