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BYU Religious Education Student Symposium

Written on February 1, 2016 at 2:47 pm, by

Join us at the BYU Religious Education Student Symposium on Friday, February 19, 2016. Free to the public. 9:00–9:50 AM, 3220 Wilkinson Student Center (WSC) Commentator: W. Justin Dyer, Department of Church History & Doctrine James Hummel The Power of Unity: Modern Reflections of a Christian Minority in the Roman Empire Nathan Phair “Live Up

Conversations with Mormon Historians: A Unique Book

Written on December 4, 2015 at 12:29 pm, by

By Alexander L. Baugh Professor of Church history and Doctrine, BYU It’s obvious that historians write about history—the events that shaped it and the people who made it—but they rarely write about themselves. However, I discovered that historians are much more open when it comes to talking about themselves and their approach to history. So

Reflections on Elder Perry’s Passing and BYU

Written on June 8, 2015 at 4:26 pm, by

Reflections on Elder Perry’s Passing and BYU Alexander L. Baugh Professor of Church History and Doctrine, BYU Elder Perry’s passing came as quite a surprise to many in the Church. Although he was ninety-two and the oldest member of the Quorum of the Twelve, he had enjoyed robust health with no apparent ailments, and he

Valiance in the Classroom

Written on March 24, 2015 at 1:14 pm, by

Valiance in the Classroom By Charles Swift Associate Professor of Ancient Scripture, BYU It was fall semester 1977 at Brigham Young University, and it was the beginning of my sophomore year in college. I had attended another university my freshman year and had been baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on

Reid L. Neilson Appointed Assistant Church Historian and Recorder

Written on March 16, 2015 at 4:53 pm, by

Reid L. Neilson Appointed Assistant Church Historian and Recorder By Alexander L. Baugh Professor of Church History and Doctrine, BYU On January 23, 2015, the Church announced the appointment of Reid L. Neilson as an Assistant Church Historian and Recorder. With this appointment, Reid joins Richard S. Turley Jr., in that position. For the past

Selma

Written on February 4, 2015 at 11:51 am, by

Kent P. Jackson Professor of Ancient Scripture, BYU The current motion picture Selma has rekindled interest in the American civil rights movement. For many who see the movie, the setting is a distant time and place experienced only in film and in history books. But there are still millions alive who remember well the dramatic

Attention, Nauvoo Historians!

Written on January 29, 2015 at 11:13 am, by

Nauvoo historians and family history enthusiasts will love this guide to historical sources for Nauvoo and Hancock County, Illinois! It includes descriptions of original records, primary and secondary sources, computer databases, finding aids, guides, websites, indexes, manuscript collections, newspapers, oral histories, historical and genealogical periodicals, library collections, and much more. It also includes an extensive

The Power of the Word

Written on January 21, 2015 at 10:09 am, by

Charles Swift Associate Professor of Ancient Scripture, BYU Several years ago, I developed an Honors Program course that I titled “The Book of Mormon as Sacred Literature.” I valued and enjoyed teaching students in that course for many reasons, but certainly one of them was the reward I felt in helping them to discover the

The Exodus Pattern: Finding Symbolism in the Scriptures

Written on January 16, 2015 at 9:51 am, by

Stanley A. Johnson Professor of Ancient Scripture, BYU Nearly twenty years ago Gerald N. Lund, one of our zone administrators, taught us about the importance of background and contextual information when teaching the scriptures. We should know for example, that the word Exodus means “going out,” which helps us to understand the history of Moses

The World Is Changed

Written on December 11, 2014 at 5:21 pm, by

Charles Swift Associate Professor of Ancient Scripture, BYU As I’ve reflected on what I’d like to write for my post this month of Christmas, I keep coming back to the words of one of my favorite writers, Leslie Norris. Leslie was from Wales and an accomplished teacher and poet. It was BYU’s great fortune to have