We are excited to announce that Brent Rogers, Elizabeth Kuehn, Christian Heimburger, Max Parkin, Alexander Baugh and Steven Harper, editors of The Joseph Smith Papers: Documents, vol. 5, October 1835-January 1838 (published by the Church Historian’s Press) will be here Wednesday, May 17, to speak about and sign copies of their book. They will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.—speaking at 6:00 p.m.—and will answer questions and sign books before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make it that night but, if not, we can mail a signed copy or hold one here at the store for pick-up. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.

This latest volume in the Documents series covers nearly two and a half years of Latter-day Saint history as it documents some of the highest and lowest points of Joseph Smith’s life. The fall and winter of 1835-1836 saw a flurry of activity to finish the House of the Lord in Kirtland as well as Joseph Smith’s work to unify the priesthood quorums. In March 1836, the Saints dedicated the new temple to God and experienced tremendous outpourings of His Spirit, many of which are documented here. The story of the next twenty-two months is one of financial hardship and challenges to the Prophet’s leadership. The establishment and failure of the Kirtland Safety Society Bank loom large. The volume ends with Joseph Smith, fearful for his life, departing Kirtland to move his family to Missouri.

Brent M. Rogers is an associate managing historian for The Joseph Smith Papers and a member of the Church History Department Editorial Board. He received a BA with honors in history from San Diego State University, an MA in public history from California State University, Sacramento, and a PhD in nineteenth-century United States history from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He previously served as a digital editor and research fellow for the Papers of William F. Cody and as an instructor in the history department at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He has produced scholarship on digital history, history of the American West, and Mormon history.

Elizabeth A. Kuehn is a volume editor of the Documents series of The Joseph Smith Papers. She earned a BA with honors in history and a classical language certificate from Arizona State University, and an MA in European and women’s history from Purdue University. She is currently a PhD candidate in early modern European history at the University of California, Irvine. Before joining the project, she was an instructor in the history department and religious studies program at the University of California, Irvine. In 2016, she completed training at the Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents in New Orleans.

Christian Heimburger is a volume editor of the Documents series of The Joseph Smith Papers. He holds a BA in American studies from Brigham Young University and a PhD in modern American history from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He previously worked as an adjunct professor at Utah Valley University, as a visiting scholar at Brigham Young University, and as an author and consultant for the Colorado History Education Initiative. He has presented research at conferences of the American Historical Association, Western History Association, and Association for Asian American Studies.

Max H. Parkin is a volume editor of the Documents series of The Joseph Smith Papers. He received a BS degree in business from the University of Utah, an MA from Brigham Young University in history and philosophy of religion, and a PhD from BYU in LDS church history and doctrine. Some of his writings include Conflict at Kirtland (1967), Sacred Places—Missouri, and a chapter in Restoration Movement. He served as a volunteer researcher in the Museum of Church History and Art, was a lecturer on Sea Trek 2001, and taught for the Church Educational System for fifty years, principally at the Institute of Religion at the University of Utah.

Alexander L. Baugh serves as a volume editor of the Documents series of The Joseph Smith Papers. A professor of LDS church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University, he received a BS from Utah State University and holds MA and PhD degrees from BYU. His career has included work as an instructor and director for the LDS Church Educational System. He is the author or editor of five books on early Mormon history.

Steven C. Harper is a historian for the Church History Department who serves as a volume editor for the Joseph Smith Papers. He taught LDS church history and doctrine at BYU from 2002 to 2012 and history and religion at BYU–Hawaii from 2000 to 2001. He earned his PhD in early American history from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He is the author of Joseph Smith’s First Vision: A Guide to the Historical Accounts (2012) and Making Sense of the Doctrine and Covenants (2008).


The Joseph Smith Papers: Documents, vol. 5, October 1835-January 1838, ed. by Brent Rogers, Elizabeth Kuehn, Christian Heimburger, Max Parkin, Alexander Baugh and Steven Harper. Church Historian’s Press, 2017. 768pp. Hardback. $54.95


Other title by Brent Rogers

Unpopular Sovereignty: Mormons and the Federal Management of Early Utah Territory. University of Nebraska Press, 2017. Paperback–$32.00/Hardback–$65.00

Other titles by Alexander Baugh

Banner of the Gospel, Wilford Woodruff. Religious Studies Center & Deseret Book, 2010. Hardback. $24.99

Conversations with Mormon Historians. RSC/Deseret Book, 2015. Hardback. $34.99

Tragedy and Truth: What Happened at Hawn’s Mill. Covenant, 2014. Hardback. $24.99 (Max Parkin is a contributor to this volume also)

Other titles by Steven Harper

Exploring the First Vision. RSC, 2012. Hardback. $25.99

Joseph Smith’s First Vision: A Guide to the Historical Accounts. Deseret Book, 2012. Hardback. $21.99

Making Sense of the Doctrine & Covenants: A Guided Tour Through the Modern Revelations. Deseret Book, 2008. Hardback. $35.95

Preserving the History of the Latter-day Saints. RSC/Deseret Book, 2010. Hardback. $21.99

Other Volumes in the Joseph Smith Papers

  1. Journals, Vol. 1 (1832-1839), $49.95 (2008)
  2. Revelations & Translations: Manuscript Revelation Books – Facsimile Ed., $99.95 (2009)

Includes full-color scans for every page in the two revelation books as well as color-coded transcriptions on the facing page.

  1. Revelations & Translations. Manuscript Revelation Books – Vol. 1, $79.95 (2011)

This volume is simply a different version of #2. This edition does not include all the full-color scans of the original manuscripts (there are a few examples, though) but does include the transcriptions. In addition, this version is the regular size (like #1 and #4). Thus, this is not technically a new volume but a smaller, condensed version of an already published volume.

  1. Revelations & Translations, Vol. 2: Published Revelations, $69.95 (2011)
  2. Journals, Vol. 2 (1841-1843), $54.95 (2011)
  3. Histories, Vol. 1: Joseph Smith Histories (1832-1844), $54.95 (2012)
  4. Histories, Vol. 2: Assigned Histories (1831-1847), $54.95 (2012)
  5. Documents, Vol. 1: July 1828 – June 1831, $54.95 (2013)
  6. Documents, Vol. 2: July 1831 – January 1833, $54.95 (2013)
  7. Documents, Vol. 3: February 1833-March 1834, $54.95 (2014)
  8. Revelations & Translations, Vol. 3: The Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon (2 parts), $89.99/ea (2015)
  9. Journals, Vol. 3—May 1843-June 1844, $57.95 (2015)
  10. Documents, Vol. 4 – April 1834 – September 1835, $54.95 (2016)
  11. Administrative Records, Council of Fifty, Minutes, March 1844-January 1846, $59.95 (2016)


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