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Salt Lake City, 1957

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Historic Sites Holy Envy Sara M. Patterson, Pioneers in the Attic: Place and Memory Along the Mormon Trail

The Words and Worlds of Smith and Brown Samuel Morris Brown, Joseph Smith’s Translation: The Words and Worlds of Early Mormonism

Unpacking Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Mormonism Taylor G. Petrey, Tabernacles of Clay: Sexuality and Gender in Modern Mormonism

Review: On Truth-Telling and Positionalities P. Jane Hafen and Brenden W. Rensink, eds., Essays on American Indian and Mormon History

Review: Unerasing Shoshone Testaments of Survival, Faith, and Hope Darren Parry, The Bear River Massacre

Review: Brigham Young Wanted Every Thing  From the Indians Will Bagley, ed., The Whites Want Every Thing: Indian-Mormon Relations, 1847–1877

Roundtable: Time to Let Go of Columbus

Politicking with the Saints: On Reading Benjamin Park’s Kingdom of Nauvoo Benjamin E. Park, Kingdom of Nauvoo: The Rise and Fall of a Religious Empire on the American Frontier

Matthew L. Harris, ed., Thunder from the Right: Ezra Taft Benson in Mormonism and Politics

The Politics of Mormon History

Mormon Modernity David Walker. Railroading Religion: Mormons, Tourists, and the Corporate Spirit of the West

Remembering Jane Manning James Quincy D. Newell. Your Sister in the Gospel: The Life of Jane Manning James, a Nineteenth-Century Black Mormon

Modern Mormonism, Gender, and the Tangled Nature of History Gregory A. Prince. Gay Rights and the Mormon Church

Latter-Day Screens: Mormonism in Popular Culture Brenda R. Weber. Latter-Day Screens: Gender, Sexuality & Mediated Mormonism

History Written in Celluloid Randy Astle. Mormon Cinema: Origins to 1952

A Commentary on Joseph Smith’s Revision of First Corinthians

What Size of City, and What Sort of City, Could (or Should) the City of Zion Be?

Why the Prophet is a Puzzle: The Challenges of Using Psychological Perspectives to Understand the Character and Motivation of Joseph Smith, Jr.

A 1945 Perspective

“For the Power is In Them”: Leonard Arrington and the Founders of Exponent II

The Other Crime: Abortion and Contraception in Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Utah

In this essay, I discuss this history, present evidence that Latter-day Saint men sold abortion pills in the late nineteenth century, and argue that it is likely some Latter-day Saint women took them in an…

Worthy of Their Hire? Mormon Leaders’ Relationship with Wealth D. Michael Quinn. The Mormon Hierarchy: Wealth and Corporate Power.

Proving Subcontraries: In memoriam G. Eugene England, 1933–2001

“There Is No Equality”: William E. Berrett, BYU, and Healing the Wounds of Racism in the Latter-day Saint Past and Present

2019: Rebecca de Schweinitz, “There is no Equality”: William E Berrett, BYU, and healing the Wounds of Racism in the Latter- Day Saint Past and Present” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol 52 No. 3 (2019):62–83. De…

Feminism, Polygamy, and Murder John Bennion. An Unarmed Woman.

John Bennion’s work is set in the late 1880s and focuses on plural marriage through the lens of a murder mystery.

British Latter Day Saint Conscientious Objectors in World War I

What of the Latter Day Saint movement that claimed to prophetically discern the times and seasons of these latter days and also boldly proclaimed that they were the restoration church?

The Restoration of Conscientious Objection

Letter to the Editor

Review: Priesthood Power Jonathan A. Stapley. The Power of Godliness: Mormon Liturgy and Cosmology download

Review: An Essential Conversation Matthew L. Harris and Newell G. Bringhurst, eds. The Mormon Church & Blacks: A Documentary History

The Pioneer Woman, St. George

Martin Luther King Jr. and Mormonism: Dialogue, Race, and Pluralism

This essay provides an outline for how to have a more robust intrafaith dialogue about race among members of the LDS church. Using principles from Martin Luther King, Jr. about dialogue on race, Whitaker argues…

Mormons & Lineage: The Complicated History of Blacks & Patriarchal Blessings, 1830–2018

The priesthood revelation of 1978 eased some of the tension when the apostles affirmed that Blacks could now be “adopted into the House of Israel” as full participants in Mormon liturgical rites. But this doctrinal…

Looking Back, Looking Forward: “Mormonism’s Negro Doctrine” 45 Years Later

It has been forty-five years since Dialogue published Bush’s essay entitled “Mormonism’s Negro Doctrine: An Historical Overview”2 and forty years since Official Declaration 2 ended the priesthood/temple ban.

Remember Me: Discursive Needlework and the Sewing Sampler of Patty Bartlett Sessions

Thomas Aquinas Meets Joseph Smith: Toward a Mormon Ethics of Natural Law

The Word of Wisdom in Contemporary American Mormonism: Perceptions and Practice

Authority and Priesthood in the LDS Church, Part 2: Ordinances, Quorums, Nonpriesthood Authority, Presiding, Priestesses, and Priesthood Bans

The Darkest Abyss in America

Yearning for Notoriety: Questionable and False Claimants to America’s Worst Emigrant Massacre

Loose Ends That Defy Explanation: The Unsolicited Chronicler: An Account of the Gunnison Massacre. Its Causes and Consequences

A History of Two Stories: Women of Covenant: The Story of Relief Society

Notes and Comments

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Preparation for the Kingdom

Joseph Smith and the Sources of Love

The Quest for Religious Authority and the Rise of Mormonism

The Faith of a Psychologist: A Personal Document

The Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt: Some Literary, Historical, and Critical Reflections

Scholarly Studies of Mormonism in the Twentieth Century

Notes and Comments

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The Church and the Law

Brigham Young, Mary Ann Angel Young and Family

Mormonism and American Religion

Brigham Young and the American Economy

Anti-Intellectualism in Mormon History: Thoughts on Anti-Intellectualism: A Response

Anti-Intellectualism in Mormon History

The Life of Brigham Young: A Biography Which Will Not Be Written

Federal Authority Versus Polygamic Theocracy: James B. McKean and the Mormons, 1870-1875

During the years of the Utah Territory, outsiders got appointed to the terrority to serve in various positions. For the most part, these Gentiles weren’t sympathetic towards the church, and one of the more famous…

The Metamorphosis of the Kingdom of God: Toward a Reinterpretation of Mormon History

Writing the Mormon Past

Understanding Mormon history involves appreciating some of the formidable obstacles which confront throse who seek to write it. There is still sensitivity among Mormons to probing that might bring embarrassment to cherished offical views of…

The Significance of Joseph Smith’s

In this early article, Allen shows that the First Vision was not well known during Joseph Smith’s lifetime. It became well known after the Prophet’s death, which is when missionaries started to teach about it…

Introduction: The Future of Mormonism

Early Mormon Churches in Utah: A Photographic Essay

The Legend of Porter Rockwell

“’I Never Knew a Time When I Did Not Know Joseph Smith”: A Son’s Record Of The Life And Testimony Of Sidney Rigdon

Sometime after Sidney Ridgon passed away, his son wrote a document detailing his father’s life, which he then gave it to the church. The entire document that Sidney Ridgon’s son wrote is contained in this…

The “Legend” and the “Case” of Joe Hill

Christ Without the Church: The Challenge of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Strange People in a Strange Land: The Far Southwest, 1846-1912: A Territorial History by Howard Roberts Lamar

A Kingdom to Come: Quest for Empire: The Political Kingdom of God and the Council of Fifty in Mormon History

The Facsimile Found: The Recovery of Joseph Smith’s Papyrus Manuscripts: An Interview with Dr. Fischer

The Facsimile Found: The Recovery of Joseph Smith’s Papyrus Manuscripts: An Interview with Dr. Fischer

The Facsimile Found: The Recovery of Joseph Smith’s Papyrus Manuscripts: An Interview with Dr. Fischer

The Facsimile Found: The Recovery of Joseph Smith’s Papyrus Manuscripts: An Interview with Dr. Fischer

The Facsimile Found: The Recovery of Joseph Smith’s Papyrus Manuscripts: A Conversation with Professor Atiya

It took little time to verify the authenticity of the find. The file containing the papyrus manuscripts also contained a letter signed by Emma Smith Bidamon, widow of the Prophet, showing that Joseph Smith was…

Some Reflections on the Kingdom and the Gathering in Early Mormon History

Historical studies embrace the most extensive, intensive, and well-matured of the scholarly endeavors which have the Restoration as their subject. The paucity of critical writings in the various fields of theology and philosophy is by…

Learning to Lead: The Church Executive ; The Ten Most Wanted Men

On the Mormon Trail: Mormon Trail form Vermont to Utah by Alma P. Burton, The Travelers’ Guide to Historic Mormon America

Storybook Grandmothers: Mary Fielding Smith

The Divinity in Humanity: You Shall Be As Gods by Erich Fromm

The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri: Translations and Interpretations: Phase One

Even the first preliminary stage of the operation is by no means completed, for we still have to determine exactly what the relationship was supposed to be between the official text and the Egyptian papyri…

The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri: Translations and Interpretations: The Book of Breathings

The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri: Translations and Interpretations: The Source of the Book of Abraham Identified

A description of the alleged Egyptain papyri used by Joseph Smith to translate the Book of Abraham.

The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri: Translations and Interpretations: The Source of the Book of Abraham Identified

The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri: Translations and Interpretations: A Tentative Approach to the Book of Abraham

These developments seem to require forthright clarity in the direction of questioning the 1835-1842 linguistic skill of Joseph Smith, Jr., as a translator of ancient Egyptian symbols.

The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri: Translations and Interpretations: The Joseph Smith Papyri: A Preliminary Report

He remarks that the BOOK OF BREATHINGS is a late (Ptolemaic and Roman periods) and greatly reduced version of the BOOK OF THE DEAD.

The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri: Translations and Interpretations: A Summary Report

The Joseph Smith Egyptian papyri once consisted of at least six separate documents, possibly eight or more.

The Search for Truth and Meaning in Mormon History

Joseph Smith as a Student of Hebrew

Zucker describes the efforts that Joseph Smith went through to study Hebrew. Joseph Smith’s personal behavior was apparently not changed, but in other aspects in later years there is evidence that Joseph Smith was using…

Mrs. Brodie and Joseph Smith: Exploding the Myth about Joseph Smith, the Mormon Prophet by F.L. Stewart

In response to Fawn Brodies’s biography of Joseph Smith, F.L. Stewart published a book called Exploding the Myth About Joseph Smith, the Mormon Prophet.

A Mirror for Mormon’s: The City of the Saints by Richard F. Burton, edited and with an introduction by Fawn M. Brodie

One Man’s Utah: History of Utah by Wayne Stout

Whose Victory? Fantastic Victory by W. Cleo Skousen

A Translation of the Apparent Source of the Book of Abraham

Mormons in the Executive Suite

Art and the Church

Manhattan Faces

Mormons as City Planners

The Challenge of Secularism

Villa Mae

A Time of Transition

A Personal Commitment to Civil Equality

Reflections at Hopkins House

Mormons in the Urban Community

Joseph Smith’s Presidential Platform: The Political Legacy of Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith’s Presidential Platform: Joseph Smith and the Presidency, 1844

The Changing Image of Mormonism

B.H. Roberts as an Historian

Mormons and Psychiatry

Mormons and Psychiatry

Income and Membership Projections for the Church Through the Year 2000

Concern for the Urban Condition

The Intellectual Tradition of the Latter-day Saints

The Joseph Smith Papyri

Toward a History of Ancient America

Governor Thomas Ford and the Murderers of Joseph Smith

Member and non members have criticized Governor Thomas Ford of Illinois for his inability to save Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum. Huntress was arguing that Governor Ford had a lot of difficulties that he…

The Arab-Israeli Conflict: A Mormon Dilemma?

The Reliability of the Early History of Lucy and Joseph Smith

Literature in the History of the Church: The Importance of Involvement

A Commentary of Stephen G. Taggart’s Mormonism’s Negro Policy: Social and Historical Origins

Lester E Bush wrote in response to Stephen G Taggart’s book which the author tried to show that the Church came from abololonist ideas because the Church was orginially founded in New York, but when…

The Secular Relevance of the Gospel Since Cumorah by Hugh W. Nibley

President David O. McKay: 1873-1970: President McKay As a Neighbor

President David O. McKay: 1873-1970: On Shaking Hands with David O. McKay

President David O. McKay: 1873-1970: The Prophet is Dead

President David O. McKay: 1873-1970: Reflections on the Ministry of President David O. McKay

President David O. McKay: 1873-1970: “When Spirit Speaks to Spirit”

President David O. McKay: 1873-1970: A Man of Love and Personal Concern

President David O. McKay: 1873-1970: Tribute to President David O. McKay

President David O. McKay: 1873-1970: My Memories of President David O. McKay

Willard Young: The Prophet’s Son at West Point

Spiritual Problems in the Teaching of Modern Literature

Faithful History

Sources of Mormon History in Illinois, 1832-48, and A Bibliographic Note

The Church and the Orient: The Church Encounters Asia by Spencer J. Palmer

Another View of the Mormons: The Mormons: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Kathleen Elgin

Dialogue East: Courage: A Journal of History, Thought, and Action

The Manipulation of History: Can We Manipulate the Past? By Fawn Brodie

Marvin S Hill was responding to Fawn Brodie’s lecture at the Hotel Utah in 1970 called “Can We Manipulate the Past?” Her point in giving it was she was claiming that the people in charge…

The Coming of the Manifesto

Godfrey describes the steps leading to Wilford Woodruff issuing the First Manifesto.

The Lesson of Coalville

The Last Days of the Coalville Tabernacle

A Comment on Joseph Smith’s Account of His First Vision and the 1820 Revival

Ever since people first heard of the First Vision, the events surrounding it has been clouded by controversy. Crawley comments with historical references that help to clarify this controversy

Joseph Smith, An American Muhammad? An Essay On the Perils of Historical Analogy

Since around the time as the martyrdom, Joseph Smith has been compared to Muhammad who was the founder of Islam. Green and Goldrup presents evidence for how Islam and the church are different.

Blessed Damozels: Women in Mormon History

God and Man in History

The Sterling M. McMurring Papers

Modern Biblical Scholarship: The Cambridge History of the Bible, Vol. 1

From Gadfly to Watchdog: The First 100 Years: A History of the Salt Lake Tribune by O.N. Malmquist

A Prophet’s Goodly Grandparents: Joseph Smith’s New England Heritage by Richard Lloyd Anderson

Brodie Revisited: A Reappraisal: No Man Knows My History by Faun Brodie

Brodie Revisited: A Reappraisal: No Man Knows My History by Faun Brodie

Mormonism as an Eddy in American Religious History: A Religious History of the American People by Sydney Ahlstrom

James E. Talmage: A Personal History: The Talmage Story: Life of James E. Talmage by John R. Talmage

New Essays on Mormon History: The Restoration Movement: Essays in Mormon History

J. Golden Kimball: Apostle and Folk Hero: The Golden Legacy: A Folk History of J. Golden Kimball

Judah Among the Ephriamites: History of the Jews in Utah and Idaho by Juanita Brooks

Some Reflections on the New Mormon History

Riding Herd: A Conversation with Juanita Brooks

Riding Herd: A Conversation with Juanita Brooks

“No Continuing City””: Reading a Local History: Provo: A Story of People in Motion

A Hint of an Explanation: The Message of the Joseph Smith Papyri: an Egyptian Endowment by Hugh Nibley

Review of An Egyptian Endowment by Hugh Nibley, which discusses the papyri that Joseph Smith allegedly used to help translate the Book of Abraham. Hugh Nibley decided to state his case, but allow readers to form their…

A Little-Known Defense of Polygamy from the Mormon Press in 1842

Foster points out that in 1842 an unpublished pamphlet was written called “The Peace Maker” that expressed its support for polygamy. It is the first-known defense of polygamy before 1852.

The Law Above the Law: Carthage Conspiracy: The Trial of the Accused Assassins of Joseph Smith

Jensen argues that this book is a mustread for anyone who is interested in ‘Mormon history, philosophy, and the law.’

Photography as History: Through Camera Eyes, Nelson B. Wadsworth

Mormonism and Labor: Deseret’s Sons of Toil, A History of the Worker Movements of Territorial Utah, 1852-1896

Robert Leroy Parker on Family History: Butch Cassidy, My Brother by Lulu Parker Betenson ; In Search of Butch Cassidy

An Enduring History: Utah: A Bicentennial History by Charles S. Petersen

Fate and the Persecutors of Joseph Smith: Transmutations of an American Myth

In the 1950s there was a book published call Fate of the Persecutors of Joseph Smith, which contains stories that have been part of folklore that have been passed down discussing what happened to the people…

Generalized Hatred: The Women’s Room by Marilyn French

Fishing for Emma: Joseph and Emma Companions by Roy A. Cheville ; Judge Me Dear Reader by Erwin E. Wirkus

Two Venturesome Women: Not By Bread Alone: The journal of Martha Spence Heywood, 1850-1856

The Cost of Living in Kirtland: The Kirtland Economy Revisited: A Market Critique of Sectarian Economics

Faith and History: The Snell Controversy

State-of-the-Art-Mormon-History: The Mormon Experience: A History of the Latter-day Saints

A Priestly Role for a Prophetic Church: The RLDS Church and Black Americans

In recent years many RLDS Church members have been proud of the fact that the church has been ordaining blacks into the priesthood since early in its history.

Elijah Abel and the Changing Status of Blacks Within Mormonism

Elijah Abel, a black man ordained to the priesthood, was restricted in his church participation starting in 1843, even though he was well respected by both members and leaders. Newell G. Bringhurst discusses why the…

Saint Without Priesthood: The Collected Testimonies of Ex-Slave Samuel D. Chambers

The editors of Dialogue in 1979 compiled the testimonies of a former slave, Samuel Chambers, who was a member of the church.

Introduction

Utah in One Volume: Utah’s History edited by Richard D. Poll, Thomas G. Alexander, Eugene E. Campbell and David E. Miller

Peripheral Mormondom: The Frenetic Frontier

The Orson Pratt-Brigham Young Controversies: Conflict Within the Quorums, 1853 to 1868

Joseph Smith and Thomas Paine?: Mormon Answer to Skepticism: Why Joseph Smith Wrote the Book of Mormon by Robert N. Hullinger

Mormonism: From Its New York Beginnings

An Hour in the Grove

Fawn McKay Brodie: An Oral History Interview

Local History, Well Done: Corinne: The Gentile Capital of Utah by Brigham D. Madsen

The Writing of Latter-day Saints History: Problems, Accomplishments and Admonitions

Sensational Virtue: Nineteenth-Century Mormon Fiction and American Popular Taste

Joseph Smith and the Structure of Mormon Identity

Joseph Smith’s 1838 account of the First Vision has taken priority in structuring Mormon identity, despite the existence of different versions. This article explores why that version is so meaningful to Latter-day Saints, reflecting on…

The Word of Wisdom: From Principle to Requirement

Did the Word of Wisdom Become a Commandment in 1851?

The Word of Wisdom in Early Nineteenth-Century Perspective

The Fading of the Pharaoh’s Curse: The Decline and Fall of the Priesthood Ban Against Blacks

Mauss situates the 1978 revelation on the priesthood in modern American historical context. Everything changed for the Church during the Civil Rights Movement when people both inside and outside the Church were harshly critcizing the…

An “Inside-Outsider” in Zion

Joseph Smith III’s 1844 Blessing and the Mormons of Utah

Joseph Smith: “The Gift of Seeing”

Van Wagoner focuses on the seer stones that Joseph Smith used in the Book of Mormon translation process.

Protected: Joseph Smith: “The Gift of Seeing”

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Thoughts on the Mormon Scriptures: An Outsider’s View of the Inspiration of Joseph Smith

An Introduction to Mormon Administrative History

The Millennial Hymns of Parley P. Pratt

A Survey of Current Theses and Dissertations

A Survey of Current Theses and Dissertations

A Bluestocking in Zion: The Literary Life of Emmeline B. Wells

Forgotten Relief Societies, 1844-67

From Apostle to Apostate: The Personal Struggle of Amasa Mason Lyman

The Seventies in the 1880s: Revelations and Reorganizing

Allegiance and Stewardship: Holy War, Just War, and the Mormon Tradition in the Nuclear Age

“The Fullness of the Priesthood”: The Second Anointing in Latter-day Saint Theology and Practice

Voices from the Dust: Women in Zion: Women’s Voices: An Untold History of the Latter-day Saints, 1830-1900

Mormon History Association Awards

A Personal Odyssey: My Encounter with Mormon History

Swarming Progeny of the Restoration: Divergent Paths of the Restoration: A History of the Latter Day Saint Movement

Saints You Can Sink Your Teeth Into: Kindred Saints: The Mormon Immigrant Heritage of Alvin and Kathryn Christensen

Saints You Can Sink Your Teeth Into: Kindred Saints: The Mormon Immigrant Heritage of Alvin and Kathryn Christensen

Notes on Brigham Young’s Aesthetics

Faithful History/Secular Faith

Rx With a Historical Slant: Medicine and the Mormons: An Introduction to the History of Latter-day Saint Health Care

Moving Swiftly Upon the Waters: Saints on the Seas: A Maritime History of Mormon Migration 1830-1890 by Conway B. Sonne

A Physician’s Reflections on Old Testament Medicine

Refracted Visions and Future Worlds: Mormonism and Science Fiction

Emma Smith Through Her Writings

The Emma Smith Lore Reconsidered

Joseph Smith and Process Theology

Book of Mormon Usage in Early LDS Theology

Religious Accommodation in the Land of Racial Democracy

Brazil, with a high concentration of African heritage, was a difficult place for the Church (because of the Church’s racial policy) to make headway among native members. Due to the high risk of Brazilians potentially…

A Shaded View: Suribonnet Sisters: True Stories of Mormon Women and Frontier Life

Bleaker by the Dozen?: Life in Large Families: View of Mormon Women, by H. M. Bahr, S. J. Condie, and K. Goodman

Paul: Early-Day Saint: Understanding Paul by Richard Lloyd Anderson

Emigrant Guides: The Latter-day Saints’ Emigrants’ Guide by W. Clayton, ed. by Stanley B. Kimball

“The Same Organization?”: The First Urban Christians by Wayne A. Meeks

Meet the Author of The Prophet of Palmyra: Thomas Gregg: Early Illinois Journalist and Author by John W. Hallwas

Genealogical Blockbuster: The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, ed. by Arlene H. Eakle and Johni Cerny

Sister Sense and Hard Facts: Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith by Linda King Newell and Valeen Tippetts Avery

Missionary to the Mind: Dialogues with Myself: Personal Essays on Mormon Experience by Eugene England

Fast and Loose Freemasonry: Mormonism and Freemasonry

Faithful History: The Heavens Resound: A History of the Latter-day Saints in Ohio, 1830-1838 by Milton V. Backman, Jr.

In Silence She Speaks: Not in Vain by Susan Evans McCloud

Exiles for the Principle: LDS Polygamy in Canada

Embry describes the role that polygamy played in the forming of Cardston Canada, both Pre-Manifesto and Post Manifesto.

Mothers and Daughters in Polygamy

An analysis of what the individual wives’ roles are in the 19th century among plural marriages. Embry and Bradley make the argument that the daughters in a polygamous relationship pay attention to how their own…

Women’s Response to Plural Marriage

Mehr shares stories of polygamy in late 19th century and early 20th century. He especially focused on LDS women’s opinions of polygamy when they entered into polygamous relationsips.

Mormon Polyandry in Nauvoo

Van Wagoner defines polyandry as having two or more husbands at the same time. He identifies women who ended up marrying members of the Twelve or Joseph Smith while they were were already married to…

Government-Sponsored Prayer in the Classroom

LDS Women and Priesthood: An Expanded Definition of Priesthood: Some Present and Future Consequences

In seeking to predict what might occur in the Church if priesthood were extended to women, it is helpful to focus attention on some of these organizational dynamics.

LDS Women and Priesthood: The Historical Relationship of Mormon Women and Priesthood

While an examination of that history leaves unanswered the question of women’s ordination to the priesthood, the historical overview of LDS women’s relationship to priesthood suggests a more expansive view than many members now hold.

LDS Women and Priesthood: Scriptural Precedents for Priesthood

I have heard many LDS women approach the issue of women and the priesthood by protesting that they do not want to hold the priesthood because they have no interest in passing the sacrament or…

The Ultimate Stegner Interview: Conversations with Wallace Stegner on Western History and Literature

The Benefits of Partisanship: Joseph Smith and the Beginnings of Mormonism by Richard L. Bushman

Joseph Smith and the Clash of Sacred Cultures

Shortly after the church was organized, one of Joseph Smith’s main priorities during his lifetime was preaching to the Native Americans, who he believed to be the descendants of the Lamanites.

Joseph Smith, Sr., Dreams of His Namesake

In loco parentis — Alive and Well in Provo: Brigham Young University: A House of Faith

The United Order of Joseph Smith’s Times

The Restoration and History: New Testament Christianity

Joseph Smith and the Plurality of Worlds Idea

A Survey of Current Dissertations

Historiography and the New Mormon History: A Historian’s Perspective

Eastward to Eden: The Nauvoo Rescue Missions

Objectivity and History

Leadership and the Ethics of Prophecy

The role of leadership within the Mormon community is vastly interrelated, and thus often confused, with management.

Document Dealing: A Dealer’s Response

The Document Diggers and Their Discoveries: A Panel

The Document Diggers and Their Discoveries: A Panel

The Document Diggers and Their Discoveries: A Panel

The Document Diggers and Their Discoveries: A Panel

The Document Diggers and Their Discoveries: A Panel

Martin Harris: Mormonism’s Early Convert

Dale Morgan’s Unfinished Mormon History: Dale Morgan on Early Mormonism: Correspondence and a New History

Polygamy Examined: Mormon Polygamy: A History by Richard Van Wagoner

The “Lectures on Faith”: A Case Study in Decanonization

The “Lectures on Faith”: A Case Study in Decanonization

Determining and Defining “Wife”: The Brigham Young Households

Refugee Converts: One Stake’s Experience

Refugee Converts: One Stake’s Experience

Brave New Bureaucracy

BIG D/little d: The View from the Basement

Balance and Faith: The Latter-day Saints: A Contemporary History of the Church of Jesus Christ by William E. Berrett

“The Truth Is the Most Important Thing””: The New Mormon History According to Mark Hofmann

God’s Hand in Mormon History: The Church in the Twentieth Century: The Impressive Story of the Advancing Kingdom

Who Came in Second?

Why Were Scholars Misled? What Can We Learn From This?

The “New Mormon History” Reassessed in Light of Recent Book on Joseph Smith and Mormon Origins

The Need for a New Mormon Heaven

1988:  Melodie Moench Charles, “The Need for a New Mormon Heaven,” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol 21 No. 3 (1988): 73–85. Although she is great and good and wise and omniscient and perfect, it is not…

Voyage of the Brooklyn

The Trial of the French Mission

Freeways, Parking Lots, and Ice Cream Stands: The Three Nephites in Contemporary Society

Honoring Arrington: New Views of Mormon History: Essays in Honor of Leonard J. Arrington

The Case for the New Mormon History: Thomas G. Alexander and His Critics

History of Historians: Mormons and Their Historians by Davis Bitton and Leonard J. Arrington

History for the People: Utah: A People’s History by Dean May

On the Edge of Solipsism: The Edge of the Reservoir by Larry E. Morris

A Double Dose of Revisionism: The 1838 Mormon War in Missouri

Latter-day Saints, Lawyers, and the Legal Process: Zion in the Courts

Twin Contributions: Establishing Zion: The Mormon Church in the American West, 1847-1869 by Eugene E. Campbell

Mormondom’s Second Greatest King: King of Beaver Island: The Life and Assassination of James Jesse Strang by Roger Van Noord

Living the Principle: Mormon Polygamous Families: Life in the Principle by Jessie L. Embry

Reply to “Forever Tentative”

Forever Tentative

Jews in the Columns of Joseph’s Times and Seasons

Hearkening Unto Other Voices: To Be Learned Is Good If… edited by Robert L. Millet

Passion Poems: How Much for the Earth? by Emma Lou Thayne

New Perspectives on Nineteenth-Century St. George: A Sermon in the Desert: Belief and Behavior in Early St. George, Utah

Mormon Splinter Groups: Recreating Utopia in the Desert: A Sectarian Challenge to Modern Mormonism by Hans A. Baer

“What Has Become of Our Fathers?” Baptism for the Dead at Nauvoo

Chronicling the history  of baptizing for the dead during the Nauvoo Period, this article introduces the practice from the first baptizers to how it was altered after Joseph Smith’s death.

An Ambivalent Rejection: Baptism for the Dead and the Reorganized Church Experience

Launius shares how the Reorganized Church has changed their stance on baptisms for the dead.

Fundamentalist Attitudes Toward the Church: The Sermons of Leroy S. Johnson

Driggs shares what an early fundamentalist leader by the name of Leory S. Johnson taught about the church and polygamy.

The Women of Fundamentalism: Short Creek, 1953

Bradley describes how even after the Short Creek Raids happened, the women there still believed in plural marriage.

Nothing New Under the Sun: New Religions and the Theological Imagination in America by Mary Farrell Bednarowski

Religious Themes in American Culture: Illusions of Innocence: Protestantism in America, 1630-1875

Plight and Promise: Windows on the Sea and Other Stories by Linda Sillitoe

Kimball’s Diaries: On the Potter’s Wheel: The Diaries of Heber C. Kimball edited by Stanley B. Kimball

Strange Love: The School of Love by Phillis Barber

A Reasonable Approach to History and Faith: History and Faith: Reflections of a Mormon Historian by Richard D. Poll

“A Profound Sense of Community”: Mormon Values in Wallace Stegner’s Recapitulation

The Temple in Zion: A Reorganized Perspective on a Latter Day Saint Institution

In prepartion for the Independence Temple that was dedicated in 1994, an RLDS member shares ideas about temples in general.

The Development of the Mormon Concept of Grace

Homage to George Brandriff

“All Alone and None to Cheer Me”: The Soughern States Mission Diary of J. Golden Kimball

Speaking in Tongues in the Restoration Churches

However, during the mid-1800s, speaking in tongues was so commonplace in the LDS and RLDS churches that a person who had not spoken  in tongues, or who had not heard others do so, was a…

The Paradox of Paradox: Strangers in Paradox: Explorations in Mormon Theology by Margaret and Paul Toscano

Affidavits Revisited: Joseph Smith’s New York Reputation Reexamined by Rodger I. Anderson

Scripture in the Reorganization: Exegesis, Authority, and the “Prophetic Mantle”

xDale Morgan, Writer’s Project, and Mormon History as a Regional Study

The Eastern Edge: LDS Missionary Work in Hungarian Lands

A Teenager’s Mormon Battalion Journal: The Gold Rush Diary of Azariah Smith edited by David L. Bigler

A New Synthesis: Exiles in a Land of Liberty: Mormons in America, 1830-1846 by Kenneth H. Winn

Mormonism’s First Theologian: The Essential Parley P. Pratt foreword by Peter L. Crawley

Utah’s Original “”Mr. Republican””: Reed Smoot: Apostle in Politics by Milton R. Merrill

A Poetic Legacy: The Owl on the Aerial by Clarice Short

Clawson and the Mormon Experience: The Making of a Mormon Apostle: The Story of Rudger Clawson

Delusion as an Exceedingly Fine Art: Bones by Franklin Fisher

Two Covenant Systems: Promises Made to the Father: Mormon Covenant Organization by Rex Eugene Cooper

A Song Worth Singing: Mormonism and Music: A History by Michael Hicks

Why Ane Wept: A Family History Fragment

The New Zealand Mission During the Great Depression: Reflections of a Former Acting President

A Mormon View of Life

Self-Blame and the Manifesto

Before the Manifesto was first read in conference, members and church leaders fully believed in plural marriage as being a commandment from God. Once the Manifesto was read, over time members started wondering if it…

The Political Background of the Woodruff Manifesto

Lyman discusses the political pressures from the United Government which led to the church issuing the First Manifesto.

“Almost Like Us”: The American Socialization of Australian Converts

My Ghosts

Is There Such a Thing as a “Moral War”?

The Moral Failures of Operation Desert Storm

The Thoughtful Patriot — 1991

The Building of Mormon History in Italy: Le nuove religioni, Le sette cristiane: Dai Testimoni di Geova al Reverendo Moon

“And They Shall Be One Flesh”: Sexuality and Contemporary Mormonism

Comments on the Theological and Philosophical Foundations of Christianity

On Becoming a Universal Church: Some Historical Perspectives

A historical analysis of the globalization of the Church. Under President David O McKay, the Church was able to reach out to more people beyond North America and Europe, which led to an increase in…

Unnatural History: Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place by Terry Tempest Williams

Wilford Woodruff and the Mormon Reformation of 1855-57

The Wake of a Media Crisis: Guilt by Association or Innocence by Proclamation?

A Closer Focus: Challenges in Doing Local History

Seeking the Past: Nobel Quest of Fool’s Errand: Faithful History: Essays on Writing Mormon History edited by George D. Smith

Is There a New Mormon History?: The New Mormon History: Revisionist Essays on the Past edited by D. Michael Quinn

Speaking for Themselves: LDS Ethnic Groups Oral History Project

An oral history project on ethnic wards and branches.

Great Basin Kingdom Revisited

Telling It Slant: Aiming for Truth in Contemporary Mormon Literature

How Common the Principle? Women as Plural Wives in 1860

A study done to see how many polygamous wives there were at the peak of polygamy in the church.

How Common the Principle? Women as Plural Wives in 1860

How Common the Principle? Women as Plural Wives in 1860

Each in Her Own Time: Four Zinas

B.H. Roberts’s Autobiography

The B.H. Roberts Papers at the University of Utah

Intellectuals in Mormon History: An Update

Apologetic and Critical Assumptions About Book of Mormon Historicity

Watching

You Are Not Alone: A Plea for Understanding the Homosexual Condition

He points to Jan Stout’s article among other influential pieces that were beginning to soften LDS attitudes and change practices in the early 90s.

Hannah Grover Hegsted and Post-Manifesto Plural Marriage

The Ordeal of Lowry Nelson and the Mis-spoken Word

B.H. Roberts’s Studies of the Book of Mormon

Remembering B.H. Roberts

Does Paying Tithing Make You a Voting Shareholder? BYU’s Worldwide Board of Trustees

Free Expression: The LDS Church and Brigham Young University

Patriarchal Blessings and the Routinization of Charisma

Telling the Tales and Telling the Truth: Writing the History of Widtsoe

The Mormon Struggle with Assimilation and Identity: Trends and Developments Since Midcentury

The “New Social History” and the “New Mormon History”: Reflections on Recent Trends

My own analysis of the state of Mormon history suggests that the field, while other factors have also been at work, suffers from some of the exclusiveness and intellectual imperialism that were nurtured during the…

Intellect and Faith: The Controversy Over Revisionist Mormon History

Personality and Motivation in Utah Historiography

Nauvoo Roots of Mormon Polygamy, 1841-46: A Preliminary Demographic Report

Smith discusses the importance of plural marriage in Nauvoo to church history. He shows that after Joseph Smith passed away, Nauvoo polygamy numbers rose.

Memory and Familiarity: Voices from the Bottom of the Bowl: A Folk History of Teton Valley, Idaho, from 1823-1952

From Temple to Anti-Mormon: The Ambivalent Odyssey of Increase Van Dusen

Toward an Introduction to a Psychobiography of Joseph Smith

One Face of the Hero: In Search of the Mythological Joseph Smith

Snow puts Joseph Smith squarely within Joseph Campbell’s famous work The Hero with a Thousand Faces, which is also known as the heroes journey.

The Locations of Joseph Smith’s Early Treasure Quests

Vogel uses firsthand accounts of people’s reactions to Joseph Smith’s treasure digging.

Joseph Smith and Kabbalah: The Occult Connection

“Critical” Book of Mormon Scholarship: New Approaches to the Book of Mormon

Welfare as Warfare: The Mormons’ War on Poverty: A History of LDS Welfare, 1830-1990 by Garth L. Mangum and Bruce D. Blumell

“My Father’s Business””: Thomas Taylor and Mormon Frontier Economic Enterprise

A Granddaughter Remembers

The Noon of Life: Mid-Life Transition in the Married LDS Priesthood Holder

“Come Ye Disconsolate”: Is There a Mercy Seat in Mormon Theology and Practice?

The Law That Brings Life

Wallace Stegner: The Unwritten Letter

The Education of a BYU Professor

Sterling Moss McMurrin: A Philosopher in Action

“The Strange Mixture of Emotion and Intellect”: A Social History of Dale L. Morgan 1933-42

Mormon Static: Differing Visions: Dissenters in Mormon History edited by Roger D. Launius and Linda Thatcher

New Paradigms for Understanding Mormonism and Mormon History

Scripture, History, and Faith: A Round Table Discussion

Scripture, History, and Faith: A Round Table Discussion

Scripture, History, and Faith: A Round Table Discussion

Scripture, History, and Faith: A Round Table Discussion

Scripture, History, and Faith: A Round Table Discussion

Scripture, History, and Faith: A Round Table Discussion

How the History Is Told: My Best for the Kingdom: History and Autobiography of John Lowe Butler, A Mormon Frontiersman

Editing William Clayton and the Politics of Mormon History

Editing William Clayton and the Politics of Mormon History

Reflections on LDS Disbelief in the Book of Mormon as History

History

Quilts as Women’s History: Quilts and Women of the Mormon Migrations: Treasures of Transition

More Than Just a Battle for the Ballot: Battle for the Ballot: Essays on Woman Suffrage in Utah, 1870-1896

New York City Rain

Madeline McQuown, Dale Morgan, and the Great Unfinished Brigham Young Biography

Similar yet Different: How Wide the Divide? by Craig L. Blomberg and Stephen E. Robinson

Issues of Individual Freedoms: Friendly Fire: The ACLU in Utah by Linda Sillitoe

A Part of History Overlooked: Missing Stories: An Oral History of Ethnic and Minority Groups in Utah

Reflections on Mormon History: Zion and the Anti-Legal Tradition

Leonard J. Arrington: Reflections on a Humble Walk

Mormon Psychohistory: Psychological Insights into the Latter-day Saint Past, Present, and Future

A History of Dialogue, Part One: The Early Years, 1965-1971

Mission Complexities in Asia: From the East: The History of the Latter-day Saints in Asia, 1851-1996 by R. Lanier Britsch

Plural Marriage, Singular Lives: In Sacred Loneliness: The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith by Todd Compton

A Welcome Arrival, A Promising Standard: The Pioneer Camp of the Saints

Making the Mormon Trek Come Alive: We’ll Find the Place: The Mormon Exodus, 1846-1848 by Richard E. Bennett

Mormonism and the Radical Religious Movement in Early Colonial New England

The Discovery of Native “Mormon” Communities in Russia

Busing to Kolob: Leaving the Fold: Candid Conversations with Inactive Mormons by James W. Ure

Good Book about the Good Book: An American Bible: A History of the Good Book in the United States, 1777-1880

One Well-Wrought Side of the Story: Sagwitch: Shoshone Chieftain, Mormon Elder, 1822-1887 by Scott R. Christensen

Missionary Roots of Change: What E’er Thou Art, Act Well Thy Part: The Missionary Diaries of David O McKay

The Life of a Controversial Biographer: Fawn McKay Brodie: A Biographer’s Life by Newell G. Bringhurst

Being Joseph Smith: The Sword of Laban: Joseph Smith, Jr., and the Dissociated Mind

A History of Dialogue, Part Two: Struggle Toward Maturity, 1971-1982

Protocols of the (Other) Elders of Zion: The History of the Saints, 3d edition, by John C. Bennett, ed. Andrew F. Smith

Finitism and the Problem of Evil

Mormonism and the Idea of Progress

Mormon Membership Trends in Europe Among People of Color: Present and Future Assessment

Preaching the Gospel of Church and Sex: Mormon Women’s Fiction in the Young Woman’s Journal, 1889-1910

Edward Tullidge and the Women of Mormondom

History of the Church — Part One

David O. McKay and the “Twin Sisters” Free Agency and Tolerance

The Search for Truth and Meaning in Mormon History

Mormonism’s Worldwide Aspirations and its Changing Conceptions of Race and Lineage

Root and Branch: An Abstract of the Structuralist Analysis of the Allegoryof the Olive Tree

History, Memory and Imagination in Virginia Eggertsen Sorensen’s Kingdom Come

An Other Mormon History: Hispanics in the Mormon Zion, 1912-1999 by Jorge Iber

A History of Dialogue, Part Three: The Utah Experience, 1982-1989

Lucy’s Own Voice: Lucy’s Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith’s Family Memoir

Book of Mormon Stories: Digging in Cumorah: Reclaiming Book of Mormon Narratives

Friendly History: Nauvoo: A Place of Peace, A People of Promise, by Glen M. Leonard

Critique of a Limited Geography for Book of Mormon Events

Form Criticism of Joseph Smith’s 1823 Vision of the Angle Moroni

A Uniform and Common Recollection: Joseph Smith’s Legacy, Polygamy, and the Creation of Mormon Public Memory

Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, and the American Renaissance

Prophecy and Palimpsest

The Earliest Eternal Sealing for Civilly Married Couples Living and Dead

Martin Harris: The Kirtland Years, 1831-1870

A Patchwork Biography: Mormon Healer and Folk Poet: Mary Susannah Fowler’s Life of “Unselfish Usefulness”

Studies in Mormon History, 1830-1897

Prostitution, Polygamy and Power: Salt Lake City, 1847-1918, by Jeffrey Nichols

Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows, by Will Bagley

“Not Invite but Welcome”: The History and Impact of Church Policy on Sister Missionaries

All Abraham’s Children: Changing Mormon Conceptions of Race and Lineage, by Armand L. Mauss

Joseph Smith, by Robert V. Remini

A New Look at Old Sites on Mountain Meadows: Historical Topography, by Morris A. Shirts and Frances Anne Smeath

Power and Powerlessness: A Personal Perspective

The LDS Church and Community of Christ: Clearer Differences, Closer Friends

In this paper I will briefly discuss what I see as the six major differences between the two churches during the first century of their existence, and then I will look at eight new differences…

On Being Adopted: Julia Murdock Smith

Sidney Rigdon’s 1820 Ministry: Preparing the Way for Mormonism in Ohio

The Search for the Seed of Lehi: How Defining Alternative Models Helps in the Interpretation of Genetic Data

The Search for the Seed of Lehi: How Defining Alternative Models Helps in the Interpretation of Genetic Data

The Search for the Seed of Lehi: How Defining Alternative Models Helps in the Interpretation of Genetic Data

Simply Implausible: DNA and a Mesoamerican Setting for the Book of Mormon

A Biographer’s Burden: Evaluating Robert Remini’s Joseph Smith and Will Bagley’s Brigham Young

Joseph Smith in the Book of Mormon

“There Really is a God and He Dwells in the Temporal Parietal Lobe of Joseph Smith’s Brain”

Scrying for the Lord: Magic, Mysticism, and the Origins of the Book of Mormon

From Captain Kidd’s Treasure Ghost to the Angel Moroni: Changing Dramatis Personae in Early Mormonism

The Prophet’s Fall: A Note in Response to Lawrence Foster’s “The Psychology of Prophetic Charisma”

The Psychology of Prophetic Charisma

Wicks, Modems, and the Winds of War

A Tribute for Service Well Rendered

The Freiberg Temple: An Unexpected Legacy of a Communist State and a Faithful People

The Red Peril, the Candy Maker, and the Apostle: David O. McKay’s Confrontation with Communism

Living and Dying with Fallout

Utah Historians: Utah Historians and the Reconstruction of Western History by Gary Topping

Relief Society’s Golden Years: The Magazine

“Changing times Bring Changing Conditions”: Relief Society 1960 to the Present

What Does God Write in His Franklin Planner? The Paradoxes of Providence, Prophecy, and Petitionary Prayer

Mormons and the Omnis: The Dangers of Theological Speculation

Imprisonment, Defiance, and Division: The History of Mormon Fundamentalism in the 1940s and 1950s

Saving the Germans from Themselves?: In Search of the Supernal: Pre-Existence, Eternal Marriage, and Apotheosis in German Literary, Operatic, and Cinematic Texts by Alan Keele

Triptych-History of the Church

Women in a Time Warp: Discoveries: Two Centuries of Poems by Mormon Women, Edited by Sheree Maxwell Bench and Susan Elizabeth Howe

The Open Canon and Innovation: Conflict in the Quorum: Orson Pratt, Brigham Young, Joseph Smith by Gary James Bergera

Belief, Respect, and an Elbow to the Ribs: Believing History: Latter-day Saint Essayism by Richard Lyman Bushman

“He Was ‘Game'”: Joseph Smith: The Making of a Prophet by Dan Vogel

The First Piece in the Puzzle: Walking in the Sand: A History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ghana by Emmanuel Abu Kissi

The Weight of Priesthood

The Remnant Church: An RLDS Schismatic Group Finds a Prophet of Joseph’s Seed

When the 1984 conference approved Section 156 , which also indicated that the soon-to-be-built temple in Independence would be dedicated to the pursuit of peace, it became clear that the largest “schism”—separation from the unity…

Identifying the Earliest Mormon Polygamists, 1841-1844

Bergera uses evidence from plural wives to show who some of the first polygamists were in the church.

Tending the Desert: John A. Widtsoe: A Biography by Alan K. Parish

The Un-Hagiography: David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism by Gregory A. Prince and Wm. Robert Wright

A Scholarly Tribute to Leonard Arrington: The Collected Leonard J. Arrington Mormon History Lectures, Special Collections and Archives – Utah State University Libraries

A Trader and His Friends: Along Navajo Trails: Recollections of a Trader by Will Evans

A National Conspiracy?: Junius & Joseph: presidential Politics and the Assassination of the First Mormon Prophet by Robert S. Wicks and Fred R. Foister

A Forty-Year View: Dialogue and the Sober Lessons of History

The Death and Resurrection of the RLDS Zion: A Case Study in “Failed Prophecy” 1930-70

On Resurrection Sunday, April 1930, Bishop J. A. Koehler of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints attended a priesthood prayer meeting at the Stone Church RLDS congregation in Independence, Missouri.

A Novel with a Lot of Way-Out-There Ideas : D. Michael Martindale, Brother Brigham

Balancing Faith and Honesty : Segullah: Writings by Latter-day Saint Women

A Must-Read on Gender Politics : Martha Sonntag Bradley, Pedestals, Podiums: Utah Women, Religious Authority, and Equal Rights

Building “as Great a Temple as Ever Solomon Did” : Matthew McBrid A House for the Most High: The Story of the Original Nauvoo Temple

The Kind of Woman Future Historians Will Study : Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History

Innocent Hooligan : Douglas Thayer, Hooligan: A Morman Boyhood

Good Stories Told Well : A Survey of Mainstream Children’s Books by LDS Authors

Polygamy, Mormonism, and Me

Hardy describes the long, difficult process of researching polygamy during a time that the church wasn’t open about polygamy.

“A New Future Requires a New Past”

My Madness

The Scholar as Celebrant : Terryl L. Givens, People of Paradox: A History of Mormon Culture

A History of Dialogue, Part Four: A Tale in Two Cities, 1987-92

Tribute to Levi S. Peterson

A Most Amazing Gift

Revelations from a Silent Angel

Not Your Parents’ Mormonism

The Remembering and Forgetting of Utah County’s Landmarks

Dixie Heart of Darkness

Mountain Meadows: Not Yet Gone

A Missive on Mountain Meadows

Roundtable on Massacre at Mountain Meadows

Time Tabled by Mormon History

The Beginnings of Latter-day Plurality Nauvoo Polygamy: “…but we called it celestial marriage.” by George D. Smith

Nauvoo Polygamy: The Latest Word Nauvoo Polygamy: “…but we called it celestial marriage.” by George D. Smith

Complete History of the Church

A Small History of Joseph Smith; Biography of Eugene England

Mordred Had a Good Point Gary Topping, Leonard J. Arrington: A Historian’s Life

Prophet, Seer, Revelator, American Icon Reid L. Neilson and Terryl L. Givens, eds., Joseph Smith Jr.: Reappraisals after Two Centuries

Formulas and Facts: A Response to John Gee

Mormon Pulp with a Reading Group Guide David Ebershoff. The 19th Wife: A Novel

Twilight and Dawn: Turn-of-the-Century Mormonism Lu Ann Faylor Snyder and Phillip A. Snyder, eds. Post-Manifesto Polygamy: The 1899–1904 Correspondence of Helen, Owen, and Avery Woodruff

Response to Post-Manifesto Polygamy: The 1899–1904 Correspondence of Helen, Owen, and Avery Woodruff that contains letter correspondence between Apostle Owen Woodruff and his wives after Woodruff’s father issued the Manifesto.

Loving Truthfully Benedict XVI. Caritas in Veritate

Legacy of a Lesser-Known Apostle Edward Leo Lyman. Amasa Mason Lyman, Mormon Apostle and Apostate: A Study in Dedication

Mormon Women in the History of Second-Wave Feminism

Reading these books in relation to my own life taught me something I should already have known. Mormon women weren’t passive recipients of the new feminism. We helped to create it.

In Lieu of History: Mormon Monuments and the Shaping of Memory

Finding the Presence in Mormon History: An Interview with Susanna Morrill, Richard Lyman Bushman,and Robert Orsi

Reid L. Neilson, Early Mormon Missionary Activities in Japan, 1901–1924

Patrick Q. Mason, The Mormon Menace: Violence and Anti-Mormonism in the Postbellum South

The Persistence of Mormon Plural Marriage

Review: Edward Leo Lyman, Candid Insights of a Mormon Apostle: The Diaries of Abraham H. Cannon, 1889–1895

Review: The Truth Will Set You Free Errol Morris, Tabloid

“There Is Always a Struggle”: An Interview with Chieko N. Okazaki

The Richard D. Poll and J. Kenneth Davies Cases: Politics and Religion at BYU during the Wilkinson Years

Mapping Manifest Destiny: Lucile Cannon Bennion (1891–1966)

Home and Adventure: An LDS Contribution to the Virtues and Vices Tradition

Dear Diary: Joseph F. Smith’s Mission Journals Nathaniel R. Ricks, ed. “My Candid Opinion”: The Sandwich Island Diaries of Joseph F. Smith, 1856–1857

Errand Out of the Wilderness Matthew Bowman. The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith

Making Visible the Hand of Ritual: Devery S. Anderson and Gary James Bergera, eds., Joseph Smith’s Quorum of the Anointed, 1842–1845: A Documentary History; Devery S. Anderson and Gary James Bergera, eds., The Nauvoo Endowment Companies, 1845–1846: A Docu

Mormon Authoritarianism and American Pluralism

Review: Terryl L. Givens, Matthew J. Grow Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism

Mormon History Association Conference: Comment on “Conversion in 19th Century Mormonism: Identities and Associations in the Atlantic World”

Mormon History Association Conference: The Theology of a Career Convert: Edward Tullidge’s Evolving Identities

Mormon History Association Conference: To Forsake Thy Father and Mother: Mary Fielding Smith and the Familial Politics of Conversion

UVU Mormon Studies Conference: Mormon Blogs, Mormon Studies, and the Mormon Mind

Conference Report: Editor’s Introduction

Review: Hugh J. Cannon. To the Peripheries of Mormondom. Edited by Reid Neilson

Review: Kim Östman. The Introduction of Mormonism to Finnish Society, 1840–1900

Reviews: Dean C. Jessee, Mark Ashurst-McGee, and Richard L. Jensen, eds. Journals, Volume 1: 1832–1839Dean C. Jessee, Mark Ashurst-McGee, and Richard L. Jensen, eds. Journals, Volume 2: December 1841–April 1843

“And Now It Is the Mormons”: The Magazine Crusade against the Mormon Church, 1910–1911

Our Bickering Founding Fathers and Their Messy, Flawed, Divinely Inspired Constitution

Review: Reid L. Neilson, ed. In the Whirlpool: The Pre-Manifesto Letters of President Wilford Woodruff to the William Atkin Family, 1885–1890

Review: Brock Cheney. Plain but Wholesome: Foodways of the Mormon Pioneers

Review: J. Spencer Fluhman. “A Peculiar People”:Anti-Mormonism and the Making of Religion in Nineteenth-Century America

Review: Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey, The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America

“My Principality on Earth Began”: Millennialism and the Celestial Kingdom in the Development of Mormon Doctrine

“The Highest Class of Adulterers and Whoremongers”: Plural Marriage, the Church of Jesus Christ (Cutlerite), and the Construction of Memory

Blythe shows the denial among Culterites followers that the founder was involved in plural marriage.

Review: Patrick Q. Mason, J. David Pulsipher, and Richard L. Bushman, eds. War and Peace in Our Time: Mormon Perspectives

Review: Robert S. McPherson, Jim Dandy, and Sarah E. Burak. Navajo Tradition, Mormon Life: The Autobiography and Teachings of Jim Dandy

Review: Irene M. Bates and E. Gary Smith. Lost Legacy: The Mormon Office of the Presiding Patriarch H. Michael Marquardt, ed. Early Patriarchal Blessings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints H. Michael Marquardt, ed. Later Patriarchal Blessi

The Kirtland Temple as a Shared Space: A Conversation with David J. Howlett

An oral interview between an LDS Member and a Community of Christ member regarding the history of the Kirtland Temple. They explain that despite differences in religious beliefs, people can still form friendships and cooperate.

Review: Stephen H. Webb. Mormon Christianity: What Other Christians Can Learn from the Latter-day Saints

Dialoguing Online: The Best of 10+ Years of Mormons Blogging

A Swelling Tide: Nineteen-Year-Old Sister Missionaries in the Twenty-First Century

Mormon Feminism: The Next Forty Years

Review: Full Lives but Not Fulfilling Paula Kelly Harline. The Polygamous Wives Writing Club: From the Diaries of Mormon Pioneer Women

The Present, Past, and Future of LDS Financial Transparency

Review: Confident Interpretations of Silence David Conley Nelson. Moroni and the Swastika: Mormons in Nazi Germany

The Last Memory: Joseph F. Smith and Lieux de Mémoire in Late Nineteenth-Century Mormonism

Salt Lake City, 1957

Podcast version of this piece. Note: The Dialogue Foundation provides the web format of this article as a courtesy. Please note that there may be unintentional differences from the printed version. For citational and biographical…

Historic Sites Holy Envy Sara M. Patterson, Pioneers in the Attic: Place and Memory Along the Mormon Trail

The Words and Worlds of Smith and Brown Samuel Morris Brown, Joseph Smith’s Translation: The Words and Worlds of Early Mormonism

Unpacking Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Mormonism Taylor G. Petrey, Tabernacles of Clay: Sexuality and Gender in Modern Mormonism

Review: On Truth-Telling and Positionalities P. Jane Hafen and Brenden W. Rensink, eds., Essays on American Indian and Mormon History

Review: Unerasing Shoshone Testaments of Survival, Faith, and Hope Darren Parry, The Bear River Massacre

Review: Brigham Young Wanted Every Thing  From the Indians Will Bagley, ed., The Whites Want Every Thing: Indian-Mormon Relations, 1847–1877

Roundtable: Time to Let Go of Columbus

Politicking with the Saints: On Reading Benjamin Park’s Kingdom of Nauvoo Benjamin E. Park, Kingdom of Nauvoo: The Rise and Fall of a Religious Empire on the American Frontier

Matthew L. Harris, ed., Thunder from the Right: Ezra Taft Benson in Mormonism and Politics

The Politics of Mormon History

Mormon Modernity David Walker. Railroading Religion: Mormons, Tourists, and the Corporate Spirit of the West

Remembering Jane Manning James Quincy D. Newell. Your Sister in the Gospel: The Life of Jane Manning James, a Nineteenth-Century Black Mormon

Modern Mormonism, Gender, and the Tangled Nature of History Gregory A. Prince. Gay Rights and the Mormon Church

Latter-Day Screens: Mormonism in Popular Culture Brenda R. Weber. Latter-Day Screens: Gender, Sexuality & Mediated Mormonism

History Written in Celluloid Randy Astle. Mormon Cinema: Origins to 1952

A Commentary on Joseph Smith’s Revision of First Corinthians

What Size of City, and What Sort of City, Could (or Should) the City of Zion Be?

Why the Prophet is a Puzzle: The Challenges of Using Psychological Perspectives to Understand the Character and Motivation of Joseph Smith, Jr.

A 1945 Perspective

“For the Power is In Them”: Leonard Arrington and the Founders of Exponent II

The Other Crime: Abortion and Contraception in Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Utah

In this essay, I discuss this history, present evidence that Latter-day Saint men sold abortion pills in the late nineteenth century, and argue that it is likely some Latter-day Saint women took them in an…

Worthy of Their Hire? Mormon Leaders’ Relationship with Wealth D. Michael Quinn. The Mormon Hierarchy: Wealth and Corporate Power.

Proving Subcontraries: In memoriam G. Eugene England, 1933–2001

“There Is No Equality”: William E. Berrett, BYU, and Healing the Wounds of Racism in the Latter-day Saint Past and Present

2019: Rebecca de Schweinitz, “There is no Equality”: William E Berrett, BYU, and healing the Wounds of Racism in the Latter- Day Saint Past and Present” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol 52 No. 3 (2019):62–83. De…

Feminism, Polygamy, and Murder John Bennion. An Unarmed Woman.

John Bennion’s work is set in the late 1880s and focuses on plural marriage through the lens of a murder mystery.

British Latter Day Saint Conscientious Objectors in World War I

What of the Latter Day Saint movement that claimed to prophetically discern the times and seasons of these latter days and also boldly proclaimed that they were the restoration church?

The Restoration of Conscientious Objection

Letter to the Editor

Review: Priesthood Power Jonathan A. Stapley. The Power of Godliness: Mormon Liturgy and Cosmology download

Review: An Essential Conversation Matthew L. Harris and Newell G. Bringhurst, eds. The Mormon Church & Blacks: A Documentary History

The Pioneer Woman, St. George

Martin Luther King Jr. and Mormonism: Dialogue, Race, and Pluralism

This essay provides an outline for how to have a more robust intrafaith dialogue about race among members of the LDS church. Using principles from Martin Luther King, Jr. about dialogue on race, Whitaker argues…

Mormons & Lineage: The Complicated History of Blacks & Patriarchal Blessings, 1830–2018

The priesthood revelation of 1978 eased some of the tension when the apostles affirmed that Blacks could now be “adopted into the House of Israel” as full participants in Mormon liturgical rites. But this doctrinal…

Looking Back, Looking Forward: “Mormonism’s Negro Doctrine” 45 Years Later

It has been forty-five years since Dialogue published Bush’s essay entitled “Mormonism’s Negro Doctrine: An Historical Overview”2 and forty years since Official Declaration 2 ended the priesthood/temple ban.

Remember Me: Discursive Needlework and the Sewing Sampler of Patty Bartlett Sessions

Thomas Aquinas Meets Joseph Smith: Toward a Mormon Ethics of Natural Law

The Word of Wisdom in Contemporary American Mormonism: Perceptions and Practice

Authority and Priesthood in the LDS Church, Part 2: Ordinances, Quorums, Nonpriesthood Authority, Presiding, Priestesses, and Priesthood Bans

The Darkest Abyss in America

Yearning for Notoriety: Questionable and False Claimants to America’s Worst Emigrant Massacre

Loose Ends That Defy Explanation: The Unsolicited Chronicler: An Account of the Gunnison Massacre. Its Causes and Consequences

A History of Two Stories: Women of Covenant: The Story of Relief Society

Notes and Comments

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Preparation for the Kingdom

Joseph Smith and the Sources of Love

The Quest for Religious Authority and the Rise of Mormonism

The Faith of a Psychologist: A Personal Document

The Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt: Some Literary, Historical, and Critical Reflections

Scholarly Studies of Mormonism in the Twentieth Century

Notes and Comments

Notes and Comments

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The Church and the Law

Brigham Young, Mary Ann Angel Young and Family

Mormonism and American Religion

Brigham Young and the American Economy

Anti-Intellectualism in Mormon History: Thoughts on Anti-Intellectualism: A Response

Anti-Intellectualism in Mormon History

The Life of Brigham Young: A Biography Which Will Not Be Written

Federal Authority Versus Polygamic Theocracy: James B. McKean and the Mormons, 1870-1875

During the years of the Utah Territory, outsiders got appointed to the terrority to serve in various positions. For the most part, these Gentiles weren’t sympathetic towards the church, and one of the more famous…

The Metamorphosis of the Kingdom of God: Toward a Reinterpretation of Mormon History

Writing the Mormon Past

Understanding Mormon history involves appreciating some of the formidable obstacles which confront throse who seek to write it. There is still sensitivity among Mormons to probing that might bring embarrassment to cherished offical views of…

The Significance of Joseph Smith’s

In this early article, Allen shows that the First Vision was not well known during Joseph Smith’s lifetime. It became well known after the Prophet’s death, which is when missionaries started to teach about it…

Introduction: The Future of Mormonism

Early Mormon Churches in Utah: A Photographic Essay

The Legend of Porter Rockwell

“’I Never Knew a Time When I Did Not Know Joseph Smith”: A Son’s Record Of The Life And Testimony Of Sidney Rigdon

Sometime after Sidney Ridgon passed away, his son wrote a document detailing his father’s life, which he then gave it to the church. The entire document that Sidney Ridgon’s son wrote is contained in this…

The “Legend” and the “Case” of Joe Hill

Christ Without the Church: The Challenge of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Strange People in a Strange Land: The Far Southwest, 1846-1912: A Territorial History by Howard Roberts Lamar

A Kingdom to Come: Quest for Empire: The Political Kingdom of God and the Council of Fifty in Mormon History

The Facsimile Found: The Recovery of Joseph Smith’s Papyrus Manuscripts: An Interview with Dr. Fischer

The Facsimile Found: The Recovery of Joseph Smith’s Papyrus Manuscripts: An Interview with Dr. Fischer

The Facsimile Found: The Recovery of Joseph Smith’s Papyrus Manuscripts: An Interview with Dr. Fischer

The Facsimile Found: The Recovery of Joseph Smith’s Papyrus Manuscripts: An Interview with Dr. Fischer

The Facsimile Found: The Recovery of Joseph Smith’s Papyrus Manuscripts: A Conversation with Professor Atiya

It took little time to verify the authenticity of the find. The file containing the papyrus manuscripts also contained a letter signed by Emma Smith Bidamon, widow of the Prophet, showing that Joseph Smith was…

Some Reflections on the Kingdom and the Gathering in Early Mormon History

Historical studies embrace the most extensive, intensive, and well-matured of the scholarly endeavors which have the Restoration as their subject. The paucity of critical writings in the various fields of theology and philosophy is by…

Learning to Lead: The Church Executive ; The Ten Most Wanted Men

On the Mormon Trail: Mormon Trail form Vermont to Utah by Alma P. Burton, The Travelers’ Guide to Historic Mormon America

Storybook Grandmothers: Mary Fielding Smith

The Divinity in Humanity: You Shall Be As Gods by Erich Fromm

The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri: Translations and Interpretations: Phase One

Even the first preliminary stage of the operation is by no means completed, for we still have to determine exactly what the relationship was supposed to be between the official text and the Egyptian papyri…

The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri: Translations and Interpretations: The Book of Breathings

The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri: Translations and Interpretations: The Source of the Book of Abraham Identified

A description of the alleged Egyptain papyri used by Joseph Smith to translate the Book of Abraham.

The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri: Translations and Interpretations: The Source of the Book of Abraham Identified

The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri: Translations and Interpretations: A Tentative Approach to the Book of Abraham

These developments seem to require forthright clarity in the direction of questioning the 1835-1842 linguistic skill of Joseph Smith, Jr., as a translator of ancient Egyptian symbols.

The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri: Translations and Interpretations: The Joseph Smith Papyri: A Preliminary Report

He remarks that the BOOK OF BREATHINGS is a late (Ptolemaic and Roman periods) and greatly reduced version of the BOOK OF THE DEAD.

The Joseph Smith Egyptian Papyri: Translations and Interpretations: A Summary Report

The Joseph Smith Egyptian papyri once consisted of at least six separate documents, possibly eight or more.

The Search for Truth and Meaning in Mormon History

Joseph Smith as a Student of Hebrew

Zucker describes the efforts that Joseph Smith went through to study Hebrew. Joseph Smith’s personal behavior was apparently not changed, but in other aspects in later years there is evidence that Joseph Smith was using…

Mrs. Brodie and Joseph Smith: Exploding the Myth about Joseph Smith, the Mormon Prophet by F.L. Stewart

In response to Fawn Brodies’s biography of Joseph Smith, F.L. Stewart published a book called Exploding the Myth About Joseph Smith, the Mormon Prophet.

A Mirror for Mormon’s: The City of the Saints by Richard F. Burton, edited and with an introduction by Fawn M. Brodie

One Man’s Utah: History of Utah by Wayne Stout

Whose Victory? Fantastic Victory by W. Cleo Skousen

A Translation of the Apparent Source of the Book of Abraham

Mormons in the Executive Suite

Art and the Church

Manhattan Faces

Mormons as City Planners

The Challenge of Secularism

Villa Mae

A Time of Transition

A Personal Commitment to Civil Equality

Reflections at Hopkins House

Mormons in the Urban Community

Joseph Smith’s Presidential Platform: The Political Legacy of Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith’s Presidential Platform: Joseph Smith and the Presidency, 1844

The Changing Image of Mormonism

B.H. Roberts as an Historian

Mormons and Psychiatry

Mormons and Psychiatry

Income and Membership Projections for the Church Through the Year 2000

Concern for the Urban Condition

The Intellectual Tradition of the Latter-day Saints

The Joseph Smith Papyri

Toward a History of Ancient America

Governor Thomas Ford and the Murderers of Joseph Smith

Member and non members have criticized Governor Thomas Ford of Illinois for his inability to save Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum. Huntress was arguing that Governor Ford had a lot of difficulties that he…

The Arab-Israeli Conflict: A Mormon Dilemma?

The Reliability of the Early History of Lucy and Joseph Smith

Literature in the History of the Church: The Importance of Involvement

A Commentary of Stephen G. Taggart’s Mormonism’s Negro Policy: Social and Historical Origins

Lester E Bush wrote in response to Stephen G Taggart’s book which the author tried to show that the Church came from abololonist ideas because the Church was orginially founded in New York, but when…

The Secular Relevance of the Gospel Since Cumorah by Hugh W. Nibley

President David O. McKay: 1873-1970: President McKay As a Neighbor

President David O. McKay: 1873-1970: On Shaking Hands with David O. McKay

President David O. McKay: 1873-1970: The Prophet is Dead

President David O. McKay: 1873-1970: Reflections on the Ministry of President David O. McKay

President David O. McKay: 1873-1970: “When Spirit Speaks to Spirit”

President David O. McKay: 1873-1970: A Man of Love and Personal Concern

President David O. McKay: 1873-1970: Tribute to President David O. McKay

President David O. McKay: 1873-1970: My Memories of President David O. McKay

Willard Young: The Prophet’s Son at West Point

Spiritual Problems in the Teaching of Modern Literature

Faithful History

Sources of Mormon History in Illinois, 1832-48, and A Bibliographic Note

The Church and the Orient: The Church Encounters Asia by Spencer J. Palmer

Another View of the Mormons: The Mormons: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Kathleen Elgin

Dialogue East: Courage: A Journal of History, Thought, and Action

The Manipulation of History: Can We Manipulate the Past? By Fawn Brodie

Marvin S Hill was responding to Fawn Brodie’s lecture at the Hotel Utah in 1970 called “Can We Manipulate the Past?” Her point in giving it was she was claiming that the people in charge…

The Coming of the Manifesto

Godfrey describes the steps leading to Wilford Woodruff issuing the First Manifesto.

The Lesson of Coalville

The Last Days of the Coalville Tabernacle

A Comment on Joseph Smith’s Account of His First Vision and the 1820 Revival

Ever since people first heard of the First Vision, the events surrounding it has been clouded by controversy. Crawley comments with historical references that help to clarify this controversy

Joseph Smith, An American Muhammad? An Essay On the Perils of Historical Analogy

Since around the time as the martyrdom, Joseph Smith has been compared to Muhammad who was the founder of Islam. Green and Goldrup presents evidence for how Islam and the church are different.

Blessed Damozels: Women in Mormon History

God and Man in History

The Sterling M. McMurring Papers

Modern Biblical Scholarship: The Cambridge History of the Bible, Vol. 1

From Gadfly to Watchdog: The First 100 Years: A History of the Salt Lake Tribune by O.N. Malmquist

A Prophet’s Goodly Grandparents: Joseph Smith’s New England Heritage by Richard Lloyd Anderson

Brodie Revisited: A Reappraisal: No Man Knows My History by Faun Brodie

Brodie Revisited: A Reappraisal: No Man Knows My History by Faun Brodie

Mormonism as an Eddy in American Religious History: A Religious History of the American People by Sydney Ahlstrom

James E. Talmage: A Personal History: The Talmage Story: Life of James E. Talmage by John R. Talmage

New Essays on Mormon History: The Restoration Movement: Essays in Mormon History

J. Golden Kimball: Apostle and Folk Hero: The Golden Legacy: A Folk History of J. Golden Kimball

Judah Among the Ephriamites: History of the Jews in Utah and Idaho by Juanita Brooks

Some Reflections on the New Mormon History

Riding Herd: A Conversation with Juanita Brooks

Riding Herd: A Conversation with Juanita Brooks

“No Continuing City””: Reading a Local History: Provo: A Story of People in Motion

A Hint of an Explanation: The Message of the Joseph Smith Papyri: an Egyptian Endowment by Hugh Nibley

Review of An Egyptian Endowment by Hugh Nibley, which discusses the papyri that Joseph Smith allegedly used to help translate the Book of Abraham. Hugh Nibley decided to state his case, but allow readers to form their…

A Little-Known Defense of Polygamy from the Mormon Press in 1842

Foster points out that in 1842 an unpublished pamphlet was written called “The Peace Maker” that expressed its support for polygamy. It is the first-known defense of polygamy before 1852.

The Law Above the Law: Carthage Conspiracy: The Trial of the Accused Assassins of Joseph Smith

Jensen argues that this book is a mustread for anyone who is interested in ‘Mormon history, philosophy, and the law.’

Photography as History: Through Camera Eyes, Nelson B. Wadsworth

Mormonism and Labor: Deseret’s Sons of Toil, A History of the Worker Movements of Territorial Utah, 1852-1896

Robert Leroy Parker on Family History: Butch Cassidy, My Brother by Lulu Parker Betenson ; In Search of Butch Cassidy

An Enduring History: Utah: A Bicentennial History by Charles S. Petersen

Fate and the Persecutors of Joseph Smith: Transmutations of an American Myth

In the 1950s there was a book published call Fate of the Persecutors of Joseph Smith, which contains stories that have been part of folklore that have been passed down discussing what happened to the people…

Generalized Hatred: The Women’s Room by Marilyn French

Fishing for Emma: Joseph and Emma Companions by Roy A. Cheville ; Judge Me Dear Reader by Erwin E. Wirkus

Two Venturesome Women: Not By Bread Alone: The journal of Martha Spence Heywood, 1850-1856

The Cost of Living in Kirtland: The Kirtland Economy Revisited: A Market Critique of Sectarian Economics

Faith and History: The Snell Controversy

State-of-the-Art-Mormon-History: The Mormon Experience: A History of the Latter-day Saints

A Priestly Role for a Prophetic Church: The RLDS Church and Black Americans

In recent years many RLDS Church members have been proud of the fact that the church has been ordaining blacks into the priesthood since early in its history.

Elijah Abel and the Changing Status of Blacks Within Mormonism

Elijah Abel, a black man ordained to the priesthood, was restricted in his church participation starting in 1843, even though he was well respected by both members and leaders. Newell G. Bringhurst discusses why the…

Saint Without Priesthood: The Collected Testimonies of Ex-Slave Samuel D. Chambers

The editors of Dialogue in 1979 compiled the testimonies of a former slave, Samuel Chambers, who was a member of the church.

Introduction

Utah in One Volume: Utah’s History edited by Richard D. Poll, Thomas G. Alexander, Eugene E. Campbell and David E. Miller

Peripheral Mormondom: The Frenetic Frontier

The Orson Pratt-Brigham Young Controversies: Conflict Within the Quorums, 1853 to 1868

Joseph Smith and Thomas Paine?: Mormon Answer to Skepticism: Why Joseph Smith Wrote the Book of Mormon by Robert N. Hullinger

Mormonism: From Its New York Beginnings

An Hour in the Grove

Fawn McKay Brodie: An Oral History Interview

Local History, Well Done: Corinne: The Gentile Capital of Utah by Brigham D. Madsen

The Writing of Latter-day Saints History: Problems, Accomplishments and Admonitions

Sensational Virtue: Nineteenth-Century Mormon Fiction and American Popular Taste

Joseph Smith and the Structure of Mormon Identity

Joseph Smith’s 1838 account of the First Vision has taken priority in structuring Mormon identity, despite the existence of different versions. This article explores why that version is so meaningful to Latter-day Saints, reflecting on…

The Word of Wisdom: From Principle to Requirement

Did the Word of Wisdom Become a Commandment in 1851?

The Word of Wisdom in Early Nineteenth-Century Perspective

The Fading of the Pharaoh’s Curse: The Decline and Fall of the Priesthood Ban Against Blacks

Mauss situates the 1978 revelation on the priesthood in modern American historical context. Everything changed for the Church during the Civil Rights Movement when people both inside and outside the Church were harshly critcizing the…

An “Inside-Outsider” in Zion

Joseph Smith III’s 1844 Blessing and the Mormons of Utah

Joseph Smith: “The Gift of Seeing”

Van Wagoner focuses on the seer stones that Joseph Smith used in the Book of Mormon translation process.

Protected: Joseph Smith: “The Gift of Seeing”

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Thoughts on the Mormon Scriptures: An Outsider’s View of the Inspiration of Joseph Smith

An Introduction to Mormon Administrative History

The Millennial Hymns of Parley P. Pratt

A Survey of Current Theses and Dissertations

A Survey of Current Theses and Dissertations

A Bluestocking in Zion: The Literary Life of Emmeline B. Wells

Forgotten Relief Societies, 1844-67

From Apostle to Apostate: The Personal Struggle of Amasa Mason Lyman

The Seventies in the 1880s: Revelations and Reorganizing

Allegiance and Stewardship: Holy War, Just War, and the Mormon Tradition in the Nuclear Age

“The Fullness of the Priesthood”: The Second Anointing in Latter-day Saint Theology and Practice

Voices from the Dust: Women in Zion: Women’s Voices: An Untold History of the Latter-day Saints, 1830-1900

Mormon History Association Awards

A Personal Odyssey: My Encounter with Mormon History

Swarming Progeny of the Restoration: Divergent Paths of the Restoration: A History of the Latter Day Saint Movement

Saints You Can Sink Your Teeth Into: Kindred Saints: The Mormon Immigrant Heritage of Alvin and Kathryn Christensen

Saints You Can Sink Your Teeth Into: Kindred Saints: The Mormon Immigrant Heritage of Alvin and Kathryn Christensen

Notes on Brigham Young’s Aesthetics

Faithful History/Secular Faith

Rx With a Historical Slant: Medicine and the Mormons: An Introduction to the History of Latter-day Saint Health Care

Moving Swiftly Upon the Waters: Saints on the Seas: A Maritime History of Mormon Migration 1830-1890 by Conway B. Sonne

A Physician’s Reflections on Old Testament Medicine

Refracted Visions and Future Worlds: Mormonism and Science Fiction

Emma Smith Through Her Writings

The Emma Smith Lore Reconsidered

Joseph Smith and Process Theology

Book of Mormon Usage in Early LDS Theology

Religious Accommodation in the Land of Racial Democracy

Brazil, with a high concentration of African heritage, was a difficult place for the Church (because of the Church’s racial policy) to make headway among native members. Due to the high risk of Brazilians potentially…

A Shaded View: Suribonnet Sisters: True Stories of Mormon Women and Frontier Life

Bleaker by the Dozen?: Life in Large Families: View of Mormon Women, by H. M. Bahr, S. J. Condie, and K. Goodman

Paul: Early-Day Saint: Understanding Paul by Richard Lloyd Anderson

Emigrant Guides: The Latter-day Saints’ Emigrants’ Guide by W. Clayton, ed. by Stanley B. Kimball

“The Same Organization?”: The First Urban Christians by Wayne A. Meeks

Meet the Author of The Prophet of Palmyra: Thomas Gregg: Early Illinois Journalist and Author by John W. Hallwas

Genealogical Blockbuster: The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, ed. by Arlene H. Eakle and Johni Cerny

Sister Sense and Hard Facts: Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith by Linda King Newell and Valeen Tippetts Avery

Missionary to the Mind: Dialogues with Myself: Personal Essays on Mormon Experience by Eugene England

Fast and Loose Freemasonry: Mormonism and Freemasonry

Faithful History: The Heavens Resound: A History of the Latter-day Saints in Ohio, 1830-1838 by Milton V. Backman, Jr.

In Silence She Speaks: Not in Vain by Susan Evans McCloud

Exiles for the Principle: LDS Polygamy in Canada

Embry describes the role that polygamy played in the forming of Cardston Canada, both Pre-Manifesto and Post Manifesto.

Mothers and Daughters in Polygamy

An analysis of what the individual wives’ roles are in the 19th century among plural marriages. Embry and Bradley make the argument that the daughters in a polygamous relationship pay attention to how their own…

Women’s Response to Plural Marriage

Mehr shares stories of polygamy in late 19th century and early 20th century. He especially focused on LDS women’s opinions of polygamy when they entered into polygamous relationsips.

Mormon Polyandry in Nauvoo

Van Wagoner defines polyandry as having two or more husbands at the same time. He identifies women who ended up marrying members of the Twelve or Joseph Smith while they were were already married to…

Government-Sponsored Prayer in the Classroom

LDS Women and Priesthood: An Expanded Definition of Priesthood: Some Present and Future Consequences

In seeking to predict what might occur in the Church if priesthood were extended to women, it is helpful to focus attention on some of these organizational dynamics.

LDS Women and Priesthood: The Historical Relationship of Mormon Women and Priesthood

While an examination of that history leaves unanswered the question of women’s ordination to the priesthood, the historical overview of LDS women’s relationship to priesthood suggests a more expansive view than many members now hold.

LDS Women and Priesthood: Scriptural Precedents for Priesthood

I have heard many LDS women approach the issue of women and the priesthood by protesting that they do not want to hold the priesthood because they have no interest in passing the sacrament or…

The Ultimate Stegner Interview: Conversations with Wallace Stegner on Western History and Literature

The Benefits of Partisanship: Joseph Smith and the Beginnings of Mormonism by Richard L. Bushman

Joseph Smith and the Clash of Sacred Cultures

Shortly after the church was organized, one of Joseph Smith’s main priorities during his lifetime was preaching to the Native Americans, who he believed to be the descendants of the Lamanites.

Joseph Smith, Sr., Dreams of His Namesake

In loco parentis — Alive and Well in Provo: Brigham Young University: A House of Faith

The United Order of Joseph Smith’s Times

The Restoration and History: New Testament Christianity

Joseph Smith and the Plurality of Worlds Idea

A Survey of Current Dissertations

Historiography and the New Mormon History: A Historian’s Perspective

Eastward to Eden: The Nauvoo Rescue Missions

Objectivity and History

Leadership and the Ethics of Prophecy

The role of leadership within the Mormon community is vastly interrelated, and thus often confused, with management.

Document Dealing: A Dealer’s Response

The Document Diggers and Their Discoveries: A Panel

The Document Diggers and Their Discoveries: A Panel

The Document Diggers and Their Discoveries: A Panel

The Document Diggers and Their Discoveries: A Panel

The Document Diggers and Their Discoveries: A Panel

Martin Harris: Mormonism’s Early Convert

Dale Morgan’s Unfinished Mormon History: Dale Morgan on Early Mormonism: Correspondence and a New History

Polygamy Examined: Mormon Polygamy: A History by Richard Van Wagoner

The “Lectures on Faith”: A Case Study in Decanonization

The “Lectures on Faith”: A Case Study in Decanonization

Determining and Defining “Wife”: The Brigham Young Households

Refugee Converts: One Stake’s Experience

Refugee Converts: One Stake’s Experience

Brave New Bureaucracy

BIG D/little d: The View from the Basement

Balance and Faith: The Latter-day Saints: A Contemporary History of the Church of Jesus Christ by William E. Berrett

“The Truth Is the Most Important Thing””: The New Mormon History According to Mark Hofmann

God’s Hand in Mormon History: The Church in the Twentieth Century: The Impressive Story of the Advancing Kingdom

Who Came in Second?

Why Were Scholars Misled? What Can We Learn From This?

The “New Mormon History” Reassessed in Light of Recent Book on Joseph Smith and Mormon Origins

The Need for a New Mormon Heaven

1988:  Melodie Moench Charles, “The Need for a New Mormon Heaven,” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol 21 No. 3 (1988): 73–85. Although she is great and good and wise and omniscient and perfect, it is not…

Voyage of the Brooklyn

The Trial of the French Mission

Freeways, Parking Lots, and Ice Cream Stands: The Three Nephites in Contemporary Society

Honoring Arrington: New Views of Mormon History: Essays in Honor of Leonard J. Arrington

The Case for the New Mormon History: Thomas G. Alexander and His Critics

History of Historians: Mormons and Their Historians by Davis Bitton and Leonard J. Arrington

History for the People: Utah: A People’s History by Dean May

On the Edge of Solipsism: The Edge of the Reservoir by Larry E. Morris

A Double Dose of Revisionism: The 1838 Mormon War in Missouri

Latter-day Saints, Lawyers, and the Legal Process: Zion in the Courts

Twin Contributions: Establishing Zion: The Mormon Church in the American West, 1847-1869 by Eugene E. Campbell

Mormondom’s Second Greatest King: King of Beaver Island: The Life and Assassination of James Jesse Strang by Roger Van Noord

Living the Principle: Mormon Polygamous Families: Life in the Principle by Jessie L. Embry

Reply to “Forever Tentative”

Forever Tentative

Jews in the Columns of Joseph’s Times and Seasons

Hearkening Unto Other Voices: To Be Learned Is Good If… edited by Robert L. Millet

Passion Poems: How Much for the Earth? by Emma Lou Thayne

New Perspectives on Nineteenth-Century St. George: A Sermon in the Desert: Belief and Behavior in Early St. George, Utah

Mormon Splinter Groups: Recreating Utopia in the Desert: A Sectarian Challenge to Modern Mormonism by Hans A. Baer

“What Has Become of Our Fathers?” Baptism for the Dead at Nauvoo

Chronicling the history  of baptizing for the dead during the Nauvoo Period, this article introduces the practice from the first baptizers to how it was altered after Joseph Smith’s death.

An Ambivalent Rejection: Baptism for the Dead and the Reorganized Church Experience

Launius shares how the Reorganized Church has changed their stance on baptisms for the dead.

Fundamentalist Attitudes Toward the Church: The Sermons of Leroy S. Johnson

Driggs shares what an early fundamentalist leader by the name of Leory S. Johnson taught about the church and polygamy.

The Women of Fundamentalism: Short Creek, 1953

Bradley describes how even after the Short Creek Raids happened, the women there still believed in plural marriage.

Nothing New Under the Sun: New Religions and the Theological Imagination in America by Mary Farrell Bednarowski

Religious Themes in American Culture: Illusions of Innocence: Protestantism in America, 1630-1875

Plight and Promise: Windows on the Sea and Other Stories by Linda Sillitoe

Kimball’s Diaries: On the Potter’s Wheel: The Diaries of Heber C. Kimball edited by Stanley B. Kimball

Strange Love: The School of Love by Phillis Barber

A Reasonable Approach to History and Faith: History and Faith: Reflections of a Mormon Historian by Richard D. Poll

“A Profound Sense of Community”: Mormon Values in Wallace Stegner’s Recapitulation

The Temple in Zion: A Reorganized Perspective on a Latter Day Saint Institution

In prepartion for the Independence Temple that was dedicated in 1994, an RLDS member shares ideas about temples in general.

The Development of the Mormon Concept of Grace

Homage to George Brandriff

“All Alone and None to Cheer Me”: The Soughern States Mission Diary of J. Golden Kimball

Speaking in Tongues in the Restoration Churches

However, during the mid-1800s, speaking in tongues was so commonplace in the LDS and RLDS churches that a person who had not spoken  in tongues, or who had not heard others do so, was a…

The Paradox of Paradox: Strangers in Paradox: Explorations in Mormon Theology by Margaret and Paul Toscano

Affidavits Revisited: Joseph Smith’s New York Reputation Reexamined by Rodger I. Anderson

Scripture in the Reorganization: Exegesis, Authority, and the “Prophetic Mantle”

xDale Morgan, Writer’s Project, and Mormon History as a Regional Study

The Eastern Edge: LDS Missionary Work in Hungarian Lands

A Teenager’s Mormon Battalion Journal: The Gold Rush Diary of Azariah Smith edited by David L. Bigler

A New Synthesis: Exiles in a Land of Liberty: Mormons in America, 1830-1846 by Kenneth H. Winn

Mormonism’s First Theologian: The Essential Parley P. Pratt foreword by Peter L. Crawley

Utah’s Original “”Mr. Republican””: Reed Smoot: Apostle in Politics by Milton R. Merrill

A Poetic Legacy: The Owl on the Aerial by Clarice Short

Clawson and the Mormon Experience: The Making of a Mormon Apostle: The Story of Rudger Clawson

Delusion as an Exceedingly Fine Art: Bones by Franklin Fisher

Two Covenant Systems: Promises Made to the Father: Mormon Covenant Organization by Rex Eugene Cooper

A Song Worth Singing: Mormonism and Music: A History by Michael Hicks

Why Ane Wept: A Family History Fragment

The New Zealand Mission During the Great Depression: Reflections of a Former Acting President

A Mormon View of Life

Self-Blame and the Manifesto

Before the Manifesto was first read in conference, members and church leaders fully believed in plural marriage as being a commandment from God. Once the Manifesto was read, over time members started wondering if it…

The Political Background of the Woodruff Manifesto

Lyman discusses the political pressures from the United Government which led to the church issuing the First Manifesto.

“Almost Like Us”: The American Socialization of Australian Converts

My Ghosts

Is There Such a Thing as a “Moral War”?

The Moral Failures of Operation Desert Storm

The Thoughtful Patriot — 1991

The Building of Mormon History in Italy: Le nuove religioni, Le sette cristiane: Dai Testimoni di Geova al Reverendo Moon

“And They Shall Be One Flesh”: Sexuality and Contemporary Mormonism

Comments on the Theological and Philosophical Foundations of Christianity

On Becoming a Universal Church: Some Historical Perspectives

A historical analysis of the globalization of the Church. Under President David O McKay, the Church was able to reach out to more people beyond North America and Europe, which led to an increase in…

Unnatural History: Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place by Terry Tempest Williams

Wilford Woodruff and the Mormon Reformation of 1855-57

The Wake of a Media Crisis: Guilt by Association or Innocence by Proclamation?

A Closer Focus: Challenges in Doing Local History

Seeking the Past: Nobel Quest of Fool’s Errand: Faithful History: Essays on Writing Mormon History edited by George D. Smith

Is There a New Mormon History?: The New Mormon History: Revisionist Essays on the Past edited by D. Michael Quinn

Speaking for Themselves: LDS Ethnic Groups Oral History Project

An oral history project on ethnic wards and branches.

Great Basin Kingdom Revisited

Telling It Slant: Aiming for Truth in Contemporary Mormon Literature

How Common the Principle? Women as Plural Wives in 1860

A study done to see how many polygamous wives there were at the peak of polygamy in the church.

How Common the Principle? Women as Plural Wives in 1860

How Common the Principle? Women as Plural Wives in 1860

Each in Her Own Time: Four Zinas

B.H. Roberts’s Autobiography

The B.H. Roberts Papers at the University of Utah

Intellectuals in Mormon History: An Update

Apologetic and Critical Assumptions About Book of Mormon Historicity

Watching

You Are Not Alone: A Plea for Understanding the Homosexual Condition

He points to Jan Stout’s article among other influential pieces that were beginning to soften LDS attitudes and change practices in the early 90s.

Hannah Grover Hegsted and Post-Manifesto Plural Marriage

The Ordeal of Lowry Nelson and the Mis-spoken Word

B.H. Roberts’s Studies of the Book of Mormon

Remembering B.H. Roberts

Does Paying Tithing Make You a Voting Shareholder? BYU’s Worldwide Board of Trustees

Free Expression: The LDS Church and Brigham Young University

Patriarchal Blessings and the Routinization of Charisma

Telling the Tales and Telling the Truth: Writing the History of Widtsoe

The Mormon Struggle with Assimilation and Identity: Trends and Developments Since Midcentury

The “New Social History” and the “New Mormon History”: Reflections on Recent Trends

My own analysis of the state of Mormon history suggests that the field, while other factors have also been at work, suffers from some of the exclusiveness and intellectual imperialism that were nurtured during the…

Intellect and Faith: The Controversy Over Revisionist Mormon History

Personality and Motivation in Utah Historiography

Nauvoo Roots of Mormon Polygamy, 1841-46: A Preliminary Demographic Report

Smith discusses the importance of plural marriage in Nauvoo to church history. He shows that after Joseph Smith passed away, Nauvoo polygamy numbers rose.

Memory and Familiarity: Voices from the Bottom of the Bowl: A Folk History of Teton Valley, Idaho, from 1823-1952

From Temple to Anti-Mormon: The Ambivalent Odyssey of Increase Van Dusen

Toward an Introduction to a Psychobiography of Joseph Smith

One Face of the Hero: In Search of the Mythological Joseph Smith

Snow puts Joseph Smith squarely within Joseph Campbell’s famous work The Hero with a Thousand Faces, which is also known as the heroes journey.

The Locations of Joseph Smith’s Early Treasure Quests

Vogel uses firsthand accounts of people’s reactions to Joseph Smith’s treasure digging.

Joseph Smith and Kabbalah: The Occult Connection

“Critical” Book of Mormon Scholarship: New Approaches to the Book of Mormon

Welfare as Warfare: The Mormons’ War on Poverty: A History of LDS Welfare, 1830-1990 by Garth L. Mangum and Bruce D. Blumell

“My Father’s Business””: Thomas Taylor and Mormon Frontier Economic Enterprise

A Granddaughter Remembers

The Noon of Life: Mid-Life Transition in the Married LDS Priesthood Holder

“Come Ye Disconsolate”: Is There a Mercy Seat in Mormon Theology and Practice?

The Law That Brings Life

Wallace Stegner: The Unwritten Letter

The Education of a BYU Professor

Sterling Moss McMurrin: A Philosopher in Action

“The Strange Mixture of Emotion and Intellect”: A Social History of Dale L. Morgan 1933-42

Mormon Static: Differing Visions: Dissenters in Mormon History edited by Roger D. Launius and Linda Thatcher

New Paradigms for Understanding Mormonism and Mormon History

Scripture, History, and Faith: A Round Table Discussion

Scripture, History, and Faith: A Round Table Discussion

Scripture, History, and Faith: A Round Table Discussion

Scripture, History, and Faith: A Round Table Discussion

Scripture, History, and Faith: A Round Table Discussion

Scripture, History, and Faith: A Round Table Discussion

How the History Is Told: My Best for the Kingdom: History and Autobiography of John Lowe Butler, A Mormon Frontiersman

Editing William Clayton and the Politics of Mormon History

Editing William Clayton and the Politics of Mormon History

Reflections on LDS Disbelief in the Book of Mormon as History

History

Quilts as Women’s History: Quilts and Women of the Mormon Migrations: Treasures of Transition

More Than Just a Battle for the Ballot: Battle for the Ballot: Essays on Woman Suffrage in Utah, 1870-1896

New York City Rain

Madeline McQuown, Dale Morgan, and the Great Unfinished Brigham Young Biography

Similar yet Different: How Wide the Divide? by Craig L. Blomberg and Stephen E. Robinson

Issues of Individual Freedoms: Friendly Fire: The ACLU in Utah by Linda Sillitoe

A Part of History Overlooked: Missing Stories: An Oral History of Ethnic and Minority Groups in Utah

Reflections on Mormon History: Zion and the Anti-Legal Tradition

Leonard J. Arrington: Reflections on a Humble Walk

Mormon Psychohistory: Psychological Insights into the Latter-day Saint Past, Present, and Future

A History of Dialogue, Part One: The Early Years, 1965-1971

Mission Complexities in Asia: From the East: The History of the Latter-day Saints in Asia, 1851-1996 by R. Lanier Britsch

Plural Marriage, Singular Lives: In Sacred Loneliness: The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith by Todd Compton

A Welcome Arrival, A Promising Standard: The Pioneer Camp of the Saints

Making the Mormon Trek Come Alive: We’ll Find the Place: The Mormon Exodus, 1846-1848 by Richard E. Bennett

Mormonism and the Radical Religious Movement in Early Colonial New England

The Discovery of Native “Mormon” Communities in Russia

Busing to Kolob: Leaving the Fold: Candid Conversations with Inactive Mormons by James W. Ure

Good Book about the Good Book: An American Bible: A History of the Good Book in the United States, 1777-1880

One Well-Wrought Side of the Story: Sagwitch: Shoshone Chieftain, Mormon Elder, 1822-1887 by Scott R. Christensen

Missionary Roots of Change: What E’er Thou Art, Act Well Thy Part: The Missionary Diaries of David O McKay

The Life of a Controversial Biographer: Fawn McKay Brodie: A Biographer’s Life by Newell G. Bringhurst

Being Joseph Smith: The Sword of Laban: Joseph Smith, Jr., and the Dissociated Mind

A History of Dialogue, Part Two: Struggle Toward Maturity, 1971-1982

Protocols of the (Other) Elders of Zion: The History of the Saints, 3d edition, by John C. Bennett, ed. Andrew F. Smith

Finitism and the Problem of Evil

Mormonism and the Idea of Progress

Mormon Membership Trends in Europe Among People of Color: Present and Future Assessment

Preaching the Gospel of Church and Sex: Mormon Women’s Fiction in the Young Woman’s Journal, 1889-1910

Edward Tullidge and the Women of Mormondom

History of the Church — Part One

David O. McKay and the “Twin Sisters” Free Agency and Tolerance

The Search for Truth and Meaning in Mormon History

Mormonism’s Worldwide Aspirations and its Changing Conceptions of Race and Lineage

Root and Branch: An Abstract of the Structuralist Analysis of the Allegoryof the Olive Tree

History, Memory and Imagination in Virginia Eggertsen Sorensen’s Kingdom Come

An Other Mormon History: Hispanics in the Mormon Zion, 1912-1999 by Jorge Iber

A History of Dialogue, Part Three: The Utah Experience, 1982-1989

Lucy’s Own Voice: Lucy’s Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith’s Family Memoir

Book of Mormon Stories: Digging in Cumorah: Reclaiming Book of Mormon Narratives

Friendly History: Nauvoo: A Place of Peace, A People of Promise, by Glen M. Leonard

Critique of a Limited Geography for Book of Mormon Events

Form Criticism of Joseph Smith’s 1823 Vision of the Angle Moroni

A Uniform and Common Recollection: Joseph Smith’s Legacy, Polygamy, and the Creation of Mormon Public Memory

Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, and the American Renaissance

Prophecy and Palimpsest

The Earliest Eternal Sealing for Civilly Married Couples Living and Dead

Martin Harris: The Kirtland Years, 1831-1870

A Patchwork Biography: Mormon Healer and Folk Poet: Mary Susannah Fowler’s Life of “Unselfish Usefulness”

Studies in Mormon History, 1830-1897

Prostitution, Polygamy and Power: Salt Lake City, 1847-1918, by Jeffrey Nichols

Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows, by Will Bagley

“Not Invite but Welcome”: The History and Impact of Church Policy on Sister Missionaries

All Abraham’s Children: Changing Mormon Conceptions of Race and Lineage, by Armand L. Mauss

Joseph Smith, by Robert V. Remini

A New Look at Old Sites on Mountain Meadows: Historical Topography, by Morris A. Shirts and Frances Anne Smeath

Power and Powerlessness: A Personal Perspective

The LDS Church and Community of Christ: Clearer Differences, Closer Friends

In this paper I will briefly discuss what I see as the six major differences between the two churches during the first century of their existence, and then I will look at eight new differences…

On Being Adopted: Julia Murdock Smith

Sidney Rigdon’s 1820 Ministry: Preparing the Way for Mormonism in Ohio

The Search for the Seed of Lehi: How Defining Alternative Models Helps in the Interpretation of Genetic Data

The Search for the Seed of Lehi: How Defining Alternative Models Helps in the Interpretation of Genetic Data

The Search for the Seed of Lehi: How Defining Alternative Models Helps in the Interpretation of Genetic Data

Simply Implausible: DNA and a Mesoamerican Setting for the Book of Mormon

A Biographer’s Burden: Evaluating Robert Remini’s Joseph Smith and Will Bagley’s Brigham Young

Joseph Smith in the Book of Mormon

“There Really is a God and He Dwells in the Temporal Parietal Lobe of Joseph Smith’s Brain”

Scrying for the Lord: Magic, Mysticism, and the Origins of the Book of Mormon

From Captain Kidd’s Treasure Ghost to the Angel Moroni: Changing Dramatis Personae in Early Mormonism

The Prophet’s Fall: A Note in Response to Lawrence Foster’s “The Psychology of Prophetic Charisma”

The Psychology of Prophetic Charisma

Wicks, Modems, and the Winds of War

A Tribute for Service Well Rendered

The Freiberg Temple: An Unexpected Legacy of a Communist State and a Faithful People

The Red Peril, the Candy Maker, and the Apostle: David O. McKay’s Confrontation with Communism

Living and Dying with Fallout

Utah Historians: Utah Historians and the Reconstruction of Western History by Gary Topping

Relief Society’s Golden Years: The Magazine

“Changing times Bring Changing Conditions”: Relief Society 1960 to the Present

What Does God Write in His Franklin Planner? The Paradoxes of Providence, Prophecy, and Petitionary Prayer

Mormons and the Omnis: The Dangers of Theological Speculation

Imprisonment, Defiance, and Division: The History of Mormon Fundamentalism in the 1940s and 1950s

Saving the Germans from Themselves?: In Search of the Supernal: Pre-Existence, Eternal Marriage, and Apotheosis in German Literary, Operatic, and Cinematic Texts by Alan Keele

Triptych-History of the Church

Women in a Time Warp: Discoveries: Two Centuries of Poems by Mormon Women, Edited by Sheree Maxwell Bench and Susan Elizabeth Howe

The Open Canon and Innovation: Conflict in the Quorum: Orson Pratt, Brigham Young, Joseph Smith by Gary James Bergera

Belief, Respect, and an Elbow to the Ribs: Believing History: Latter-day Saint Essayism by Richard Lyman Bushman

“He Was ‘Game'”: Joseph Smith: The Making of a Prophet by Dan Vogel

The First Piece in the Puzzle: Walking in the Sand: A History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ghana by Emmanuel Abu Kissi

The Weight of Priesthood

The Remnant Church: An RLDS Schismatic Group Finds a Prophet of Joseph’s Seed

When the 1984 conference approved Section 156 , which also indicated that the soon-to-be-built temple in Independence would be dedicated to the pursuit of peace, it became clear that the largest “schism”—separation from the unity…

Identifying the Earliest Mormon Polygamists, 1841-1844

Bergera uses evidence from plural wives to show who some of the first polygamists were in the church.

Tending the Desert: John A. Widtsoe: A Biography by Alan K. Parish

The Un-Hagiography: David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism by Gregory A. Prince and Wm. Robert Wright

A Scholarly Tribute to Leonard Arrington: The Collected Leonard J. Arrington Mormon History Lectures, Special Collections and Archives – Utah State University Libraries

A Trader and His Friends: Along Navajo Trails: Recollections of a Trader by Will Evans

A National Conspiracy?: Junius & Joseph: presidential Politics and the Assassination of the First Mormon Prophet by Robert S. Wicks and Fred R. Foister

A Forty-Year View: Dialogue and the Sober Lessons of History

The Death and Resurrection of the RLDS Zion: A Case Study in “Failed Prophecy” 1930-70

On Resurrection Sunday, April 1930, Bishop J. A. Koehler of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints attended a priesthood prayer meeting at the Stone Church RLDS congregation in Independence, Missouri.

A Novel with a Lot of Way-Out-There Ideas : D. Michael Martindale, Brother Brigham

Balancing Faith and Honesty : Segullah: Writings by Latter-day Saint Women

A Must-Read on Gender Politics : Martha Sonntag Bradley, Pedestals, Podiums: Utah Women, Religious Authority, and Equal Rights

Building “as Great a Temple as Ever Solomon Did” : Matthew McBrid A House for the Most High: The Story of the Original Nauvoo Temple

The Kind of Woman Future Historians Will Study : Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History

Innocent Hooligan : Douglas Thayer, Hooligan: A Morman Boyhood

Good Stories Told Well : A Survey of Mainstream Children’s Books by LDS Authors

Polygamy, Mormonism, and Me

Hardy describes the long, difficult process of researching polygamy during a time that the church wasn’t open about polygamy.

“A New Future Requires a New Past”

My Madness

The Scholar as Celebrant : Terryl L. Givens, People of Paradox: A History of Mormon Culture

A History of Dialogue, Part Four: A Tale in Two Cities, 1987-92

Tribute to Levi S. Peterson

A Most Amazing Gift

Revelations from a Silent Angel

Not Your Parents’ Mormonism

The Remembering and Forgetting of Utah County’s Landmarks

Dixie Heart of Darkness

Mountain Meadows: Not Yet Gone

A Missive on Mountain Meadows

Roundtable on Massacre at Mountain Meadows

Time Tabled by Mormon History

The Beginnings of Latter-day Plurality Nauvoo Polygamy: “…but we called it celestial marriage.” by George D. Smith

Nauvoo Polygamy: The Latest Word Nauvoo Polygamy: “…but we called it celestial marriage.” by George D. Smith

Complete History of the Church

A Small History of Joseph Smith; Biography of Eugene England

Mordred Had a Good Point Gary Topping, Leonard J. Arrington: A Historian’s Life

Prophet, Seer, Revelator, American Icon Reid L. Neilson and Terryl L. Givens, eds., Joseph Smith Jr.: Reappraisals after Two Centuries

Formulas and Facts: A Response to John Gee

Mormon Pulp with a Reading Group Guide David Ebershoff. The 19th Wife: A Novel

Twilight and Dawn: Turn-of-the-Century Mormonism Lu Ann Faylor Snyder and Phillip A. Snyder, eds. Post-Manifesto Polygamy: The 1899–1904 Correspondence of Helen, Owen, and Avery Woodruff

Response to Post-Manifesto Polygamy: The 1899–1904 Correspondence of Helen, Owen, and Avery Woodruff that contains letter correspondence between Apostle Owen Woodruff and his wives after Woodruff’s father issued the Manifesto.

Loving Truthfully Benedict XVI. Caritas in Veritate

Legacy of a Lesser-Known Apostle Edward Leo Lyman. Amasa Mason Lyman, Mormon Apostle and Apostate: A Study in Dedication

Mormon Women in the History of Second-Wave Feminism

Reading these books in relation to my own life taught me something I should already have known. Mormon women weren’t passive recipients of the new feminism. We helped to create it.

In Lieu of History: Mormon Monuments and the Shaping of Memory

Finding the Presence in Mormon History: An Interview with Susanna Morrill, Richard Lyman Bushman,and Robert Orsi

Reid L. Neilson, Early Mormon Missionary Activities in Japan, 1901–1924

Patrick Q. Mason, The Mormon Menace: Violence and Anti-Mormonism in the Postbellum South

The Persistence of Mormon Plural Marriage

Review: Edward Leo Lyman, Candid Insights of a Mormon Apostle: The Diaries of Abraham H. Cannon, 1889–1895

Review: The Truth Will Set You Free Errol Morris, Tabloid

“There Is Always a Struggle”: An Interview with Chieko N. Okazaki

The Richard D. Poll and J. Kenneth Davies Cases: Politics and Religion at BYU during the Wilkinson Years

Mapping Manifest Destiny: Lucile Cannon Bennion (1891–1966)

Home and Adventure: An LDS Contribution to the Virtues and Vices Tradition

Dear Diary: Joseph F. Smith’s Mission Journals Nathaniel R. Ricks, ed. “My Candid Opinion”: The Sandwich Island Diaries of Joseph F. Smith, 1856–1857

Errand Out of the Wilderness Matthew Bowman. The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith

Making Visible the Hand of Ritual: Devery S. Anderson and Gary James Bergera, eds., Joseph Smith’s Quorum of the Anointed, 1842–1845: A Documentary History; Devery S. Anderson and Gary James Bergera, eds., The Nauvoo Endowment Companies, 1845–1846: A Docu

Mormon Authoritarianism and American Pluralism

Review: Terryl L. Givens, Matthew J. Grow Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism

Mormon History Association Conference: Comment on “Conversion in 19th Century Mormonism: Identities and Associations in the Atlantic World”

Mormon History Association Conference: The Theology of a Career Convert: Edward Tullidge’s Evolving Identities

Mormon History Association Conference: To Forsake Thy Father and Mother: Mary Fielding Smith and the Familial Politics of Conversion

UVU Mormon Studies Conference: Mormon Blogs, Mormon Studies, and the Mormon Mind

Conference Report: Editor’s Introduction

Review: Hugh J. Cannon. To the Peripheries of Mormondom. Edited by Reid Neilson

Review: Kim Östman. The Introduction of Mormonism to Finnish Society, 1840–1900

Reviews: Dean C. Jessee, Mark Ashurst-McGee, and Richard L. Jensen, eds. Journals, Volume 1: 1832–1839Dean C. Jessee, Mark Ashurst-McGee, and Richard L. Jensen, eds. Journals, Volume 2: December 1841–April 1843

“And Now It Is the Mormons”: The Magazine Crusade against the Mormon Church, 1910–1911

Our Bickering Founding Fathers and Their Messy, Flawed, Divinely Inspired Constitution

Review: Reid L. Neilson, ed. In the Whirlpool: The Pre-Manifesto Letters of President Wilford Woodruff to the William Atkin Family, 1885–1890

Review: Brock Cheney. Plain but Wholesome: Foodways of the Mormon Pioneers

Review: J. Spencer Fluhman. “A Peculiar People”:Anti-Mormonism and the Making of Religion in Nineteenth-Century America

Review: Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey, The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America

“My Principality on Earth Began”: Millennialism and the Celestial Kingdom in the Development of Mormon Doctrine

“The Highest Class of Adulterers and Whoremongers”: Plural Marriage, the Church of Jesus Christ (Cutlerite), and the Construction of Memory

Blythe shows the denial among Culterites followers that the founder was involved in plural marriage.

Review: Patrick Q. Mason, J. David Pulsipher, and Richard L. Bushman, eds. War and Peace in Our Time: Mormon Perspectives

Review: Robert S. McPherson, Jim Dandy, and Sarah E. Burak. Navajo Tradition, Mormon Life: The Autobiography and Teachings of Jim Dandy

Review: Irene M. Bates and E. Gary Smith. Lost Legacy: The Mormon Office of the Presiding Patriarch H. Michael Marquardt, ed. Early Patriarchal Blessings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints H. Michael Marquardt, ed. Later Patriarchal Blessi

The Kirtland Temple as a Shared Space: A Conversation with David J. Howlett

An oral interview between an LDS Member and a Community of Christ member regarding the history of the Kirtland Temple. They explain that despite differences in religious beliefs, people can still form friendships and cooperate.

Review: Stephen H. Webb. Mormon Christianity: What Other Christians Can Learn from the Latter-day Saints

Dialoguing Online: The Best of 10+ Years of Mormons Blogging

A Swelling Tide: Nineteen-Year-Old Sister Missionaries in the Twenty-First Century

Mormon Feminism: The Next Forty Years

Review: Full Lives but Not Fulfilling Paula Kelly Harline. The Polygamous Wives Writing Club: From the Diaries of Mormon Pioneer Women

The Present, Past, and Future of LDS Financial Transparency

Review: Confident Interpretations of Silence David Conley Nelson. Moroni and the Swastika: Mormons in Nazi Germany

The Last Memory: Joseph F. Smith and Lieux de Mémoire in Late Nineteenth-Century Mormonism