Natural Born Seer

Natural Born Seer

Like all of God’s prophets, Joseph Smith perceived the divine word largely through the prism of his own experience. It was not necessary for him to convert followers to a new world view. He needed only to tap into powerful undercurrents of popular belief that enabled ordinary people to reach beyond themselves.

Beyond venerating Smith as an inspired prophet or villainizing him as a duplicitous criminal, Van Wagoner’s insights create a delicate balance that humanizes Smith while allowing for the possibility of divinity, reinforcing his belief that “truth can only be strengthened by serious-minded investigation.”


Island Adventures

Island Adventures
Francis (“Frank”) Hammond was not an average Mormon pioneer. After breaking his back working on a whaling ship off the coast of Siberia in 1844, he was set ashore on the island of Maui to heal. While there he...

Dream House on Golan Drive

This novel is set in Provo, Utah and New York City during the seventies and eighties, the story encapsulates the normal expectations of a Mormon experience and turns them on their head. The style, too, is innovative in how...

The Council of Fifty

The Council of Fifty: A Documentary History
The original duties of the Council of Fifty were to help elect Mormon founder Joseph Smith to the presidency of the United States, to scout locations for colonies in Texas and Oregon, and to form the political kingdom of...

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April 14th, 2017

Mormon Studies News

  SALT LAKE TRIBUNE WINS PULITZER PRIZE The Salt Lake Tribune’s year-long investigation into BYU’s policy of punishing rape victims for Honor Code violations earned the paper a Pulitzer Prize in local reporting, with judges praising reporters “for a string of vivid reports revealing the perverse, punitive, and cruel treatment given to sexual-assault victims at


March 27th, 2017

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Check out our latest project! Over the past few months, Jason Francis and John Coltharp prepared and uploaded over 42,000 pages of periodicals and newspapers to our page at, where they are available to view and download for free. From familiar titles like Times and Seasons to the more obscure Der Darsteller, Mormon studies enthusiasts can