Steven C. Harper is a historian in the Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He earned a PhD in early American history from Lehigh University and was on the history and religion faculties at BYU–Hawaii for two years before joining the faculty of the Department of Church History and Doctrine at BYU for ten years. He has worked on The Joseph Smith Papers and as a document editor for BYU Studies and is the author of a book titled Promised Land (on colonial Pennsylvania) and of Making Sense of the Doctrine and Covenants and Joseph Smith’s First Vision. Among other projects, he is currently at work analyzing how Joseph Smith’s First Vision has been remembered over time. He is married to Jennifer Sebring, and they have five children
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