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New Mormon History Lecture Series in El Paso and a Plug for the Museum of Mormon History in Mexico (Provo Branch)

By August 7, 2012


[I meant to put up a Mormon journal roundup, but I’ll have to postpone that for next week–apologies]

A lingering benefit of the centennial commemoration of the Mormon Exodus and the conference on Mormon history in Latin America and the Borderlands that took place a week and a bit ago (see here) is the Finding Refuge in El paso Lecture Series that the El Paso Museum of History is sponsoring to help promote the Finding Refuge in El Paso museum exhibit that recently opened.

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Full Text of Elder Marlin K. Jensen’s The Rest of the Story: Latter-day Saint Relations with Utah’s Native Americans in the Latest MHS

By July 11, 2012


The most recent issue of Mormon Historical Studies arrived in the mail today (Fall 2011, 12:2). I was thrilled to see that one of the essays included is Elder Marlin K. Jensen’s July 24, 2010 Sons of the Utah Pioneers Sunrise Service lecture which we drew attention to here nearly two years ago (also, see David G.’s related post about Remembering and Forgetting Utah’s Indian Wars).  At the time, many expressed a hope that his remarks would be published in full, and thanks to Mormon Historical Studies, that hope is reality. I will be providing a longer review of the issue in the next few days, but I wanted to note the inclusion of this talk and provide this excerpt which is given under a bolded heading:

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Religion and Healing at the Western History Association Conference 2013

By June 11, 2012


From Jenny Seman, PhD candidate in history at Southern Methodist University, cross posted from Borderlands History

Brett Hendrickson  (a Religious Studies scholar who writes about faith healing) and I are putting together a panel addressing healing, religion and spirituality in the West for the 2013 Western History Association Conference in Tucson, Arizona. Check out the listing here:

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2012 Western History Association–Mormon-Related Presentations

By June 4, 2012


This year’s Western History Association (WHA) conference in Denver, CO on October 4-7, 2012 will feature several presentations oriented toward religion in the American West and some which focus on Mormon topics.

See the full program here.

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Conference on Mormonism in Latin America and the Borderlands + 100th Anniversary Commemoration of Mormon Exodus in El Paso, July 28, 2012

By May 11, 2012


There are three exciting events happening in El Paso, Texas this summer, July 28, 2012. A little over a year ago I found myself thinking about the impending 100th anniversary of what has become known as the Mormon Exodus in 1912 which saw several thousand Euro-American Mormons from northern Mexico colonies leave their homes and take a train first to El Paso (where some remained) and then on to other areas of the country in response to their concern for their personal safety during the Mexican Revolution. Though some returned shortly after (and two of these colonies remain to the present), for the families of many such as George Romney (Mitt’s father), this migration represented the end of a decades-old sojourn in Mexico. 

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“Now That the North Pole Has Been Discovered, Lo, There Is No People There.”

By May 4, 2012


We’re pleased to present a guest post by Christopher Smith, who is a PhD candidate at Claremont Graduate University in Religions in North America. He has never been to the North Pole, and thus can neither confirm nor deny that there are no Israelites there.

According to an 1831 revelation, when Christ returns to the earth the continents will join together and the “great deep . . . shall be driven back into the north countries.” Then, the ten lost tribes of Israel who reside in the “north countries” will “smite the rocks” like Moses, “and the ice shall flow down at their presence,” and a “highway shall be cast up in the midst of the great deep,” and they shall march to Zion in glory. [1] A milder version of the same idea was communicated in a vision in 1836, in which “Moses appeared before us, and committed unto us the keys of the gathering of Israel from the four parts of the Earth, and the leading of the ten tribes from the land of the North.” [2] These prophecies enlarged upon Jeremiah 31:8, which referred to a remnant of Israel being gathered from the north.

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JI Resources on Blacks and the Priesthood

By March 4, 2012


[Last week’s Bott controversy (See the Slate article by JI’s Max Mueller) generated not one but two official statements from the LDS Church. With all the discussion around the net on the issue of blacks and the priesthood, I’m posting this updated list of JI posts on the subject for your reference.]

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Paul Reeve’s excellent guest post about Bott’s remarks and dishonoring Elijah Abel’s legacy. This should be required reading. Here’s a sample:

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Come October We Will Bid Goodbye to Elder Jensen as LDS Church Historian

By January 12, 2012


He will be given Emeritus status at the October General Conference and Elder Steven E. Snow will become the new Church Historian.

I don’t know a lot about Elder Snow, but I do know that Elder Jensen will be sorely missed. He has been a tremendous advocate for Church History and those who have had even the most passing personal contact with him know him to be a genuine gem of a person.

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Recently Published and Forthcoming Mormon History Books, 2011 Edition (Also: JI’s 1000th Post!)

By December 15, 2011


UPDATES: See comments: 1, 13, 16, 17, 22, 24, 25, 28.

It’s time for the yearly round up of recently published and forthcoming Mormon history books. See last year’s list here. Be sure to also check out Ben’s recap of significant scholarship in 2011 and Stapley’s Christmas Gift Book Guide. Be sure to let me know what I missed in the comments. Rumors about book projects are always welcome! Finally, according to the WordPress stats, this is our 1000th published post. Not a bad milestone for any blog.

Arthur H. Clark & Oklahoma University Press

Gregory K. Armstrong, Matthew J. Grow, Dennis J. Siler. Parley P. Pratt and the Making of Mormonism. (AHC 2011)

James C. Work. Don’t Shoot the Gentile. (OUP 2011) A witty memoir of a non-Mormon teacher’s rookie years in Utah”

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Guest Post: Stephenie Meyer, Twilight , and the Visionary Culture of Early LDS Women

By August 24, 2011


We are thrilled that Susanna Morrill, assistant professor of religious studies at Lewis and Clark College, has been kind enough to share her insights on the visionary culture of early LDS women here at the JI. Susanna’s article “Relief Society Birth and Death Rituals: Women at the Gates of Mortality,” Journal of Mormon History, 36 (Spring 2010), 128–59 as well as her book, White Roses on the Floor of Heaven: Nature and Flower Imagery in Latter-day Saints Women’s Literature, 1880-1920 have garnered wide praise. Let’s give Susanna a warm welcome.

In 2003, faithful LDS member Stephenie Meyer dreamed of a girl and a beautiful, sparkly vampire boy, in love and having an intense conversation in a meadow. Meyer could not get the dream out of her head. Whenever she could get a chance, she wrote a story inspired by the dream. It became the first book in the Twilight series. Meyer described this experience: “To be honest, I felt like I was guided through the process.”[i]

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Call For Papers–July 28, 2012, Conference on the History of Mormonism in Latin America and the US-Mexico Borderlands

By August 16, 2011


Call for Papers

The History of Mormonism in Latin America and the U. S.-Mexico Borderlands

We are pleased to announce a call for papers for a conference on the history of Mormonism in Latin America and the U.S. Mexico Borderlands to be held in El Paso, Texas on July 28, 2012 in conjunction with a 100th Anniversary Commemoration of the “Exodus” of settlers from the Mormon Colonies in northern Mexico to the United States.

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Book Review: Silencing Mormon Polygamy by Drew Briney

By July 29, 2011


Drew Briney. Silencing Mormon Polygamy: Failed Persecutions, Divided Saints & the Rise of Mormon Fundamentalism, Volume 1. Hindsight Publications, n.p., 2008.

This book, a free review copy, has been sitting on my shelf for perhaps the last two years as I’ve done all I can to avoid a) reviewing it and b) paying for it. I think part of my trepidation was that the issues I had with it were so vast that I just didn’t know where to begin or how to possibly provide a glimpse of the web that the book weaves. I will not take the time to take you through all the twists and turns of the story the author tells, but will instead focus on some issues that make that story suspect. You’ll note in the picture that I read the book thoroughly (what can I say, the summer of 2009 must have been slow).

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Review: Journal of Mormon History 37:2 (Spring 2011), part 2

By June 4, 2011


Our own Chris Jones’ excellent article, “The Power and Form of Godliness: Methodist Conversion Narratives and Joseph Smith’s First Vision,” explores, first, the significance of the rebuke Joseph Smith related in his 1838 First Vision account that all other Churches had a form of Godliness but denied the power thereof.

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Review: Journal of Mormon History 37:2 (Spring 2011), part 1

By June 3, 2011


It’s that time again. The latest issue of the Journal of Mormon History is rolling out to a mailbox near you (if you’re lucky enough to be a subscriber–if not–what are you waiting for?).

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The MHA Presentation That Never Was and the Project that Will Not Be

By May 27, 2011


I submitted the following abstract in response to MHA’s call for papers for the 2011 conference, underway as we speak. I was pleased to receive notice that my proposal had been accepted, but in the time between submission and acceptance, circumstances had changed. My family was now expecting a new arrival, due May 23, 2011 (he arrived a week early—welcome, Hyrum!). Since the due date was the very week of MHA, I declined acceptance, and I’m jealously following reports of those who are attending. Here is the abstract:

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The Joseph Smith Papers Project Publication Update

By May 12, 2011


I confess to having been slightly confused about exactly what has been published in the JSP and I may be the only one, but just in case I’m not, I thought I’d put up this short summary of what we have to date. With the very recent addition of two volumes, the fine scholars at the JSP continue their excellent work.

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MHA Gets New Executive Director. Click here to find out who.

By May 11, 2011


Dear MHA Members,

For the past three years Patricia Lyn Scott has served the Mormon History Association, first as Co-Executive Director and then as Executive Director, just the most visible period of her decades of dedicated service to the organization as a member of councils, boards, and committees. As Pat concludes her three-year service as Executive Editor, we, her current Board colleagues, express our heartfelt appreciation for Pat’s significant contribution to the advancement and perpetuation of the Association. Her term as Executive Director will end later in the summer on July 31, 2011, consistent with her original appointment, after directing the work for the imminent St. George Conference. Along with her notable work on the earlier Sacramento, Springfield, and Independence conferences, as well as the 2012 Calgary conference, her kindly manner and friendly cheer have helped MHA in equally important ways. We wish Pat well in her current and future scholarly projects, which are several.

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How To Make A Seer Stone

By March 1, 2011


A few years ago, while discussing seer stones with Steve Sorensen, he mentioned that there was an obscure reference in someone’s papers that gave a formula for how to make a seer stone and that wasn’t in Quinn’s Early Mormonism and the Magic World View. Later that day he forwarded me his notes from the John Steele collection (MS 1847) at the Church Archives (now Church History Library) and it was like nothing I’d ever seen before.

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Book Notice-Between Pulpit and Pew: The Supernatural World in Mormon History and Folklore

By February 13, 2011


Hitting shelves this April is this long-awaited collection of essays edited by Paul Reeve and Michael S. Van Wagenen and which features the work of two JIers: Matt and Stan. The book’s webpage states that,

Mormons gave distinctive meanings to supernatural legends and events, but their narratives incorporated motifs found in many cultures. Many such historical legends and beliefs found adherents down to the present. This collection employs folklore to illuminate the cultural and religious history of a people.

The contents:

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Review: Journal of Mormon History 37:1 (Winter 2011)

By February 2, 2011


The Journal of Mormon History 37:1 (Winter 2011)

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