Jonathan Grimshaw Redux

The first of the review posts.

An unsung hero of Mormon history: Jon Grimshaw. Grimshaw was born in England and converted to Mormonism in the early 1850s. Honest, respected by the people who knew him best for his solid integrity, he embraced Mormonism with the typical enthusiasm we all hear about in oft repeated conversion stories of the period. For our purposes, his story is important because of the research time I put into it, just to have the proper glossary entry in the book! No, seriously, he is a fascinating man and I believe the same is true for his wife, though as usual, we know less about her.

Grimshaw made the trip to Utah and became employed as a clerk for the Church Historian (George A. Smith). One of Grimshaw’s duties was to take contemporary reports of Joseph Smith’s Nauvoo sermons and forge them into readable narrative. The results were sometimes great, sometimes awful, sometimes just odd. But without this work, our history would read differently than it does. Grimshaw’s work was written into the manuscript history of the church. His work was essential to that monumental effort. Grimshaw was not your standard success story. He left Utah and Mormonism. But not bitterly and with honor. He just had doubts.

Anyway the following three posts represent some of my early and somewhat hastily written impressions of him:

Jonathan Grimshaw and Honorable Doubts – Part I

Part II

Part III


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