Historians comment on Mormon History Association and Barbara Jones Brown

Barbara Jones Brown began her tenure as the new Executive Director of the Mormon History Association on May 1, 2018. Several of the historians she considers mentors have shared a few thoughts for an upcoming feature in the Deseret News.

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100-year-old diary from Utahn in WWI gives rare insight

One hundred years ago, the only known Mormon to have kept a diary while serving in World War I recorded his first entry.

“One can never tell what the morrow will bring and the record of the few weeks I have been in the army might interest some one,” wrote Nels Anderson on June 9, 1918, five months before World War I would end on Nov. 11, 1918.

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10 questions with Benjamin E. Park

I recently had the privilege to interview Benjamin E. Park. He is an assistant professor of history at Sam Houston University and is working as a visiting fellow with the Maxwell Institute. Park is the author of “American Nationalisms: Imagining Union in the Age of Revolutions, 1783-1833,” and is researching the political culture of Navuoo, Illinois, in the 1840s.

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Elder Bruce R. McConkie recounts 1978 priesthood revelation

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will hold a celebration in honor the 40th anniversary marking the receipt of the revelation on the priesthood.

In conjunction with this anniversary, Dennis B. Horne has graciously provided selections from his recent book, “I Know He Lives,” which includes rare behind-the-scenes accounts of the priesthood revelation by Elder Bruce R. McConkie.

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Mormon scholars ‘shoot for the top’ in new Oxford publication that shares 13 essays in historical context

SALT LAKE CITY — From the gold plates and the Book of Mormon to the Nauvoo Female Relief Society Leadership and Minute Book to several of the Prophet Joseph Smith’s journals and letters, the collection of 13 essays in “Foundational Texts of Mormonism: Examining Major Early Sources” (Oxford University Press, $74, 448 pages) utilizes insights from the Joseph Smith Papers and a focus on historical context to more fully understand foundational texts of Mormonism.

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