Roundtable on the Journal of Mormon History’s 50th Anniversary Issue

By March 16, 2015


The first issue of the Journal of Mormon History this year is a special volume in honor of the Mormon History Association’s 50th anniversary. It is guest-edited by Spencer Fluhman and Douglas Alder, and includes reflections on the past half-decade, a number of smart and provocative essays demonstrating the vibrancy of the field, and predictions concerning where Mormon history may go from here.

Like any junior academic, we here at the JI love prognosticating on the field. We also love celebrating, assessing, and critiquing our beloved Mormon history community. So we are going to spend the next few weeks engaging this fantastic issue and its thoughtful articles. For those who don’t have their issue yet*, here is a picture of the Table of Contents:



We hope you’ll read along with us. This should be a lot of fun.


*We are aware that some technical issues have delayed MHA’s new website, which will host digital access to the journal. We were holding off on doing this roundtable until the digital copy was available (originally slated for late January), but we didn’t want to keep putting it off. We also know that not everyone has received their issue yet. We hope both these issues will be resolved soon. But until then, just take my word for it that this is a great issue!

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  1. Thanks for initiating this, Ben. I finished reading the issue over the weekend, and it’s as high-quality of an issue of JMH as I can remember. Really great stuff, and Spencer and Dr. Alder deserve a lot of praise.

    Looking forward to everyone else’s thoughts, summaries, and responses.

    Comment by Christopher — March 16, 2015 @ 9:00 am

  2. Also, apologies for just posting a picture of the ToC instead of transcribing it myself. I wish I had a better excuse than “I’m lazy,” but I don’t.

    Comment by Ben P — March 16, 2015 @ 9:14 am

  3. Agreed, this is a terrific issue. Glad we’ll have the chance to discuss at length! Articles don’t seem to get enough engagement; perhaps we should make a habit of this…

    Comment by Ryan T. — March 16, 2015 @ 9:14 am

  4. Fantastic issue–I’m looking forward to reading everyone’s thoughts. Well done to Spencer and Dr. Alder!

    Comment by J Stuart — March 16, 2015 @ 9:31 am

  5. I gave a synopsis of the contents that those awaiting their issues might find useful here:

    Comment by Kevin Barney — March 16, 2015 @ 10:11 am

  6. Is the JWHA’s website getting a face lift anytime soon? Many of their links are outdated as well.

    Comment by Katherine — March 16, 2015 @ 11:41 am

  7. 50th Anniversary Issue Table of Contents


    Celebrating the Mormon History Association?s
    Fifty Years–J. Spencer Fluhman and Douglas D. Alder 1


    Heritage and History: A Personal Essay Laurel Thatcher Ulrich 3

    ?This Is a New Day?: A Look Back in Anticipation of the Future in Writing
    Mormon History Richard E. Bennett 14

    RLDS/LDS: Friends on a Shared Journey William D. Russell 26

    On Writing Church History: Personal Reflections on Writing, Publishing, and Republishing The Story of the Latterday Saints James B. Allen 45


    Reading the Gold Plates Richard Lyman Bushman 64

    The Development of Early Latter-day Saint Marriage Rites, 1831?53 Kathleen Flake 77

    Brigham Young and the Transformation of Utah Wilderness, 1847?58 Thomas G. Alexander 103

    Collecting, Preserving, and Sharing the Global History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Richard E. Turley Jr. 125

    History Lessons: Race and the LDS Church Max Perry Mueller 139


    Crossroads of the West Jared Farmer 156

    Ripe Fields, Plentiful Laborers, Few Jobs: The Prospects and Challenges for Early-Career Mormon Studies Scholars David J. Howlett 174

    Biography in Mormon Studies Matthew J. Grow 184

    Toward a Catholic History of Mormonism Matthew Bowman 198

    Scholars, Saints, and Stakeholders: A Forgotten Alternatives Approach to Mormon History Patrick Q. Mason 217


    Michael W. Homer. Joseph?s Temples:The Dynamic Relationship between Freemasonry and Mormonism John L. Brooke 229

    Jennifer Ann Mackley. Wilford Woodruff?s Witness of the Development of Temple Doctrine M. Donald Thomas Sr. 232

    Comment by Journal of Mormon History Staff — March 16, 2015 @ 12:13 pm

  8. Katherine: the entire website is being redesigned, and should appear any day.

    Comment by Ben P — March 16, 2015 @ 12:29 pm

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  10. Thanks for letting me know, Ben P! I’ll be looking forward to it!

    Comment by Katherine — March 17, 2015 @ 7:12 am

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