Adventures of a Church Historian

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University of Illinois Press, 1998 - Religion - 249 pages
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Adventures of a Church Historian details how Leonard J. Arrington opened up archival resources and presided, for a time, over an unprecedented era of enlightenment as he and those working under his aegis produced path-breaking works of Mormon scholarship.

Arrington was the first professional historian and the first noncentral authority to serve as church historian of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a position he held from 1972 to 1982. Arrington's church appointment came at a crucial point in LDS history, when the institution was being transformed from a regional church whose ecclesiastical hierarchy directly presided over its congregants into a modern, worldwide church with an elaborate bureaucracy.

His description of conducting research in the LDS Church Archives in the days of Elder Joseph Fielding Smith and Brother A. Will Lund provides a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the LDS First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Riveting chapters on the actions of the controversial Historical Department reveal details of Arrington's release and replacement as the old system gave way to the new.

  

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User Review  - Bobby - Goodreads

Fascinating and rare insight into the background of the putting together of Mormon history works. While the author is clearly a very faithful LDS member he honestly describes the clash that occurred ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jaren - Goodreads

Arrington was an exemplary scholar and historian, and considering the ups and downs the Mormon church has experienced regarding historical openness, I frequently want to grant the man hero status. He ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction i
8
Standing at the Gate
15
z How I Got into Mormon History 1
19
Counselor in the Utah State University Stake
44
The Fraternity of Mormon Scholars
55
The Founding of the LDS Church Historical Department
74
Conferences with New Leaders
92
Brigham Youngs Letters to His Sons
113
A New Pharaoh and New Directions
158
The LongPromised Day
175
The Mormon Experience
186
American Moses
195
Our Move to BYU
209
The Ongoing Process of Writing Mormon and Western History
227
Philosophy and Testimony
236
Sources
239

Other Early Studies and Publications
122
Story of the Latterday Saints and Building the City of God
139

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About the author (1998)

Arrington, former director, Joseph Fielding Smith institute for Church History, BYU.

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