Early Priesthood Revelations Article

If you’re on Academia.edu, you can download my Dialogue article on early priesthood revelations (and maybe the link will work, and you can do it anyway!). It’s my first attempt to consider Mormon priesthood, and it’s a useful introduction to my forthcoming book at Greg Kofford Books on Doctrine and Covenants section 132.

Have fun! On Academia.edu, search under my name, William Smith, or Early Mormon Priesthood Revelations.

She Shall Be an Ensign: Ardis Parshall

By now the bloggernacle is clued in on this project to write the history of Mormonism through the eyes of women who lived it. The standard histories of Mormon things have largely focused on male leaders like Joseph Smith and Brigham Young. We’ve heard far less from the rank and file and even there the women who shared the load have been neglected. This project promises great things. I believe in it, in the richness it promises for Mormon history and the way Mormons and others think about its progress since 1830. If you feel you have a stake in this gentle revolution, and I think we all do, I encourage you to contribute to the project. To learn more, go to
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/864268008/she-shall-be-an-ensign. And check out the facebook page for the project: https://www.facebook.com/SheShallBeanEnsign

C19, J19 and the Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists

The University of Pennsylvania Press is a place where you can lose your soul. They publish journals like the Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, the Journal of the Early Republic, Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft, The Jewish Quarterly Review, Early American Studies, The Eighteenth Century, Hispanic Review, and . . .  J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists.
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Joseph Smith Papers Website Redesign

Check out the new format. Changes coming: better search functions and a coming quarterly release of documents. Remember, the printed volumes are scheduled to appear online two years after the volumes appear as hard copy. For a description, see here.

Church History Library: Foundations of Faith Exhibit

If you live within a reasonable distance of the Church History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, take some time to visit the “Treasures from the Collection” exhibit there. If not, you can get a feel for the documents and objects here.

Visit RT’s draft of some fine criticism of 1 Sam. 1:1-4a.


RT on 1 Samuel 1:1-4a.

Christine Talbot: A Foreign Kingdom

Just getting around to this volume:

Christine Talbot, A Foreign Kingdom: Mormons and Polygamy in American Political Culture (Urbana, Chicago, Springfield: University of Illinois Press, 2013).

My only excuse is the business of this semester. I’ll be putting up a closer look later, maybe even a full-fledged review, who knows. For now, I recommend the book. It deploys theory in interesting ways to situate the public discussions of Utah Mormonism. More later.


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