AuthorCast #42: This Month in Mormon Studies April 03 2017


Join co-hosts Brian Whitney (Greg Kofford Books) and Brandt Malone (Mormon News Report) in this lively look at the latest happenings in the field of Mormon studies, including news, blogs, new book releases, and events from the past month.


In the News

Dr. Robert Rees appointed chair of Mormon studies at GTU

Community of Christ announces three new World Church Historians

Joseph M. Spencer named editor of JBMS

George Q. Cannon digitization update (sort of)

175th Anniversary of the Articles of Faith

Richard Turley honored by Mormon Historic Sites Foundation

Signature Books newspaper digitization at

JSP creates index to Joseph Fielding Smith's Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith

On the Blogs

William Law’s Amazing (and Suspect) Diary

Florence Smith Jacobsen: Saving Our Material Heritage

Eugenics and the Intellectual Underpinnings of Mormonism in the Alt-Right

Fake News, Leaked Documents, and the Book of Mormon

Also check out: Extra! Extra! Read All About It!: The Fake News of 1859

Finding a Story, or how to

Seers and Stones: The Translation of the Book of Mormon as Divine Visions of an Old-Time Seer

Finishing up the Book of Mormon Critical Text Project: An Introduction to The History of the Text of the Book of Mormon

Why Evolution and LDS Thought are Fully Compatible: Overcoming our Suspicions of Science

Three big things (and some little things) this lifelong Mormon learned from Matt Bowman's history of the Church

Denver Snuffer's teachings to be canonized

The good and bad of studying history

Paul Reeve wrote the race essay

The Relief Society 175th AnniversaryA Sermon

Five People Who Helped Found the Relief Society


Mark Lyman Staker on Gospel Tangents

The Book of Mormon as a 19th Centruy Political Commentary: Christopher C. Smith on A Thoughtful Faith

The Three Witnesses–Larry Morris on LDS Perspectives

In Brigham Young's Words–Gerrit Dirkmaat and LaJean Carruth on LDS Perspectives

New Perspectives on Joseph Smith and Revelation on Mormon Matters

Also: Faith Matters

Women at the Latter-day Saint pulpit, with Jennifer Reeder and Kate Holbrook on MIPodcast

Recent Book Releases 

Devery Anderson's Mississippi Freedem Summer Kickstarter

Patrick Q. Mason, What is Mormonism? A Students Introduction (Routledge)

Richard E. Turley Jr., Janiece L. Johnson, and Lajean Purecell Carruth, eds., Mountain Meadows Massacre: Collected Legal Papers (University of Oklahoma Press)

Michael Austin and Ardis E. Parshall, eds., Dime Novel Mormons (Greg Kofford Books)

Published Papers

Stephen Taysom, “’Satan Mourns Naked Upon the Earth’: Locating Mormon Possession and Exorcism Rituals in the American Religious Landscape, 1830-1977"

William Davis, “Reassessing Joseph Smith Jr.’s Formal Education”  

Conferences and Events

UVU Mormon Studies Conference

Book of Mormon Conference (formerly Book of Mormon Archaeological Foundation) 

Mormon Transhumanist Association 2017 conference

Mormon History Association 2017 conference

Kate Holbrook at Benchmark Books for At the Pulpit release event

Call for Papers/Applications 

Neal A. Maxwell Institute Summer Seminar

Surveying Trends in the Field: Mormon History and Mormon Studies in the Modern Academy



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