We are pleased to announce that Mark Ashurst-McGee, David W. Grua, Elizabeth Kuehn, Alexander L. Baugh, and Brenden W. Rensink, editors of The Joseph Smith Papers: Documents, Volume 6: February 1838–August 1839, will be here on Wednesday, October 4, 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.

The sixth volume of the Documents series contains personal letters, revelations, discourses, minutes, legal documents, and financial documents, among other documents. The documents in the volume trace the establishment of Far West, Missouri, as the center place of Zion; the spread of Mormon settlements in northwestern Missouri; Joseph Smith’s incarceration in Clay County, Missouri; the Saints’ expulsion from the state; and initial efforts to establish church settlements in Illinois and in Iowa Territory. The documents highlight Smith’s continued efforts to remove dissension from the church, establish a city of Zion, protect the Saints from anti-Mormons, and prepare the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for a mission to Europe.

Mark Ashurst-McGee is a senior research and review editor for the Joseph Smith Papers and a specialist in document analysis and documentary editing methodology. He holds a PhD in history from Arizona State University and has trained at the Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents. He coedited volume one of the Journals series of The Joseph Smith Papers and volume one of the Histories series.

David W. Grua holds a PhD in American history from Texas Christian University and a BA and an MA in American history from Brigham Young University. He has published scholarly articles on Mormon and Native American history in the Western Historical Quarterly, the Journal of Mormon History, Federal History, and other peer reviewed journals and edited volumes. Before joining the Papers, he worked as a historian for the Church History Museum. As a student at BYU, he was a research assistant for the Papers, where he contributed to the first and second volumes of the Journals series.

Elizabeth Kuehn 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.

Alexander L. Baugh, professor of LDS church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University, 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. The recipient of awards from the Mormon History Association for his scholarly works, he is completing a book manuscript on the Hawn’s Mill massacre that occurred in northern Missouri in 1838.

Brenden W. Rensink is an Assistant Professor of History, Assistant Director of the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University, and general editor of Intermountain Histories. Before joining the faculty at BYU he earned a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, was visiting faculty at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and a historian and editor for the Joseph Smith Papers.


The Joseph Smith Papers: Documents, Volume 6: February 1838–August 1839. Church Historian’s Press. 800pp. Hardback. $54.95 (remember, subscribers to the series save 10% on each volume.

Previous Joseph Smith Papers Volumes

  1. Journals, Vol. 1 (1832-1839), $49.95 (2008)
  2. Revelations & Translations: Manuscript Revelation Books – Facsimile Ed., Reg. $99.95, SALE $79.99 (signed by volume and series editors!) (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, Reg. $69.95, SALE $19.99 (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)
  12. Documents, Volume 5: October 1835-January 1838, $54.95 (2017)


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