MHA and Other News

By June 21, 2014

MHA and the Joseph Smith Papers Project

The Joseph Smith Papers Project released a blog post about the forthcoming Council of Fifty Minutes; it’s a nice summary for those who weren’t at MHA.

The Joseph Smith Papers Project also released John Corrill’s 1839 History. JSPP’s ever-expanding online presence is a gold mine.

J. Stapley reviews The Joseph Smith Papers Project’s Documents, Volume 1.

John Turner writes about The Joseph Smith Papers Project from the Anxious Bench

I like the published volumes, but I love the website, which will eventually contain all of the material in the print editions and more.

Ardis Parshall’s MHA Paper is well worth your time

An article on our own Saskia’s paper at MHA (Why do Mormons love Pinterest?)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officially joined Pinterest in the past few weeks. With over 70 million users, 80 percent of whom are female, Pinterest continues to be one of the fastest-growing social media platforms. And, as Tielens explained, “while Mormon users make up a relatively small percentage of users, they have a larger-than-life cultural presence on the site.

The Deseret News’ coverage of MHA (and speakers pleas for diversity):

Friend of JI Ignacio Garcia: Plenary session speaker Ignacio M. Garcia, a BYU history professor, reflected that thought as he shared his experience as a Latino Mormon growing up in a west-side barrio of San Antonio struggling to reconcile his religious faith with his ethnic and racial identity.

Professor Jehu J. Ancilles (specialist in global Christianity): Calling for more cultural inclusiveness, and alluding to Moses’ statement in the Bible, “Would that all God’s people were prophets,” Hanciles concluded, “In a church where members speak approximately 170 different languages as their first language, only God knows the number of his prophets.”


LDS Church sues Canadian Polygamists over Corporate Name

An excerpt from David Howlett’s (friend of JI) book, available for sale!

Living in an age that celebrated religious choice and trusted individual experience, early Mormons could be a fractious bunch, prone to constant schism. Smith attempted to use temples as places that would unify his people and quiet the cacophonous religious diversity that besieged his weary antebellum American followers. 

John D. Lee’s statue can’t find a home.

The latest on Cliven Bundy

John Fea’s blog features Elizabeth Covart’s summary of the Mormon History at the New York State History Conference.


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  1. Thanks, Joey!

    Comment by Saskia — June 22, 2014 @ 2:42 pm

  2. By way of an fyi, a new bio, “The Life of Orson F. Whitney: Historian, Poet, Apostle” has now been released and is trickling out to bookstores this week, and is available online. I understand Benchmark Books has already sold their first copies.

    Comment by Dennis — June 23, 2014 @ 10:12 am


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