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The Remarkable Legacy of Emma Smith

Emma Hale Smith is sometimes viewed only as “Joseph Smith’s wife, Emma.” Stories are told of her wrestles with polygamy or her decision to remain in Nauvoo. But Emma is more than a story. In this interview, Jenny Reeder shares insights from her Emma Smith biography, First: The Life and Faith of Emma Smith.

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20th Century Biography Latter-day Saint History Latter-day Saints

The Many Legacies of Bruce R. McConkie

Bruce R. McConkie served as an apostle in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1972 to 1985. The gospel scholar authored numerous books, including the controversial Mormon Doctrine and expansive Messiah series. He knew the standard works so well that President Henry B. Eyring sometimes wondered, “Is he quoting the scriptures, or are those his own words?”

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19th Century Biography Brigham Young Latter-day Saint History Latter-day Saints

Read George D. Watt’s 1851 Journal from Liverpool to Chimney Rock for the First Time

George D. Watt was the first Latter-day Saint convert baptized in the British Isles. He kept a diary as he crossed the ocean and traveled the pioneer trails on his way to Salt Lake. Watt became indispensable thanks to his expertise with Pitman shorthand, and created the Journal of Discourses. You can now read his 1851 journal, thanks to the efforts of LaJean Purcell Carruth and Ronald G. Watt.

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Biography Latter-day Saints

Bruce R. McConkie and Eugene England

Biographer Kristine Haglund describes the context behind the correspondence of Elder McConkie and Eugene England. Her new book, Eugene England: A Mormon Liberal, is the second installment in the Introductions to Mormon Thought series (University of Illinois Press, 2021).

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Biography Latter-day Saints

The Biography of Eugene England

Terryl Givens is the second scholar to publish a book about the life of Eugene England this year. His biography, Stretching the Heavens: The Life of Eugene England and the Crisis of Modern Mormonism complements Kristine Haglund’s intellectual history that includes an account of the correspondence between Eugene England and Bruce R. McConkie.

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Hugh Nibley Observed: Rare Stories You’ll Want to Read

A new book includes more than 800 pages about the life of Latter-day Saint Scholar Hugh Nibley, including contributions from Dallin H. Oaks, Richard Bushman, and Truman G. Madsen. Hugh Nibley Observed also includes an emotional story about Nibley’s final weeks. In this interview, editor Jeffrey Bradshaw discusses the landmark Hugh Nibley book.

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Biography Latter-day Saints

Frank J. Cannon: Saint, Senator and Scoundrel by Val Holley

Val Holley is the author of Frank J. Cannon: Saint, Senator, Scoundrel (University of Utah Press, 2021). The book adds to the ongoing University of Utah collection of Utah-focused historical content, such as Nels Anderson’s World War I Diary.