Mormon News, June 1–5

In the News

Thousands are expected to attend funeral services for Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles. Perry passed 47away last Friday just forty days after a diagnosis of thyroid cancer. Before he became ill, Perry stepped in to help oversee church affairs as President Thomas Monson and quorum president Boyd K. Packer struggled with their own health.

Brigham Young University recently purchased a Carl Bloch painting thought lost until recently. “The Mocking of Christ” is a near-copy of Bloch’s famous painting of the same name. BYU’s version has brown and dark hues while the original boasts vibrant colors. After considerable research, the university can only speculate why there are two versions of the painting.

Judith Freeman, author of the Chinchilla Farm, will speak at the University of Utah on Monday, June 8. The book follows Verna Flake, a Utah woman who is fleeing the state and her old life. Freeman is also known for her fictional but moving account of the Mountain Meadows Massacre, Red Water. Tickets are still available to hear Freeman speak on Monday.

Today’s news update is a little brief because we are at the Mormon History Association’s 50th annual conference in Provo, Utah. If you are in attendance please stop by the Signature Books table on the 2nd floor of the convention center and say hi! Session highlights include Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s presidential address on polygamy, sessions re-examining race in the LDS church, a retrospective on John Brooks’s influential book, The Refiner’s Fire, and many more.

News update by John Hatch, acquisitions editor