Category Archives: Church History

The baptism of Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery

Recently I had this question brought to me from one of my online students: I’ve always found the baptisms of Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery to difficult to understand how it all happened, is there someplace you’d recommend going to … Continue reading

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Oliver Cowdery’s Charge to the Twelve Apostles – 1835

Oliver Cowdery’s Charge to the Twelve The following charge was given to the newly called Twelve Apostles by President Oliver Cowdery on 21 February 1835. Dear Brethren—Previous to delivering the charge, I shall read a part of a revelation. It … Continue reading

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Sect of “The Way”, “The Nazarenes” & “Christians” : Names given to the Early Church

This is a great post on how the early Christians were viewed in the first century, highlighting that they were named Christians, Followers of The Way, and Nazarenes. Truly the first century church consisted of Jews. These Jews believed Jesus … Continue reading

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Seeing the composition of the Gospel of John

Possible Constructions of The Gospel of John According to Marie-Émile Boismard, the Gospel of John may have gone through four hypothetical stages of composition. Each stage is intricately involved with the life of the Johannine community: Document C. This was … Continue reading

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Why are there unpublished revelations in our day?

Unpublished Revelations Encyclopedia of Mormonism Author: Caldwell, C. Max Not all revelations of God to his latter-day prophets have been formally published, let alone accepted by the common consent of the Church as canonized scripture. Just as the compilers of … Continue reading

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The Kirtland Temple Seen in Vision

Joseph Smith’s vision of the temple On June 1, 1833 the Lord instructed the Prophet Joseph Smith that he would reveal the design of the Kirtland Temple to him when he made the following statement: Therefore, let it [the temple] … Continue reading

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The Thomas B. Marsh 1838 Affidavit

The story of the apostasy and return to the faith of Thomas B. Marsh and Orson Hyde is a complicated one. When teaching about the history of the church in 1838, I find that it is vital to emphasize the … Continue reading

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Assessing the Joseph Smith Papyri: An Introduction to the Historiography of their Acquisitions, Translations, and Interpretations

Assessing the Joseph Smith Papyri: An Introduction to the Historiography of their Acquisitions, Translations, and Interpretations Kerry Muhlestein Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 22 (2016): 17-49. Kerry Muhlestein received his Ph.D. from UCLA in Egyptology. He is a professor in … Continue reading

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The Book of Daniel in Early Mormon Thought

The Book of Daniel in Early Mormon Thought David J. Whittaker Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah Versions of this essay were presented at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, December 1987, and at the Mormon History Association … Continue reading

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How’d We Get the Bible? (The Short Version)

The production of the Old and New Testaments Time Period: 1500 BCE to 1611 CE How did we get the King James Version of the Bible? Old Testament Quick History Moses is credited in the Bible with authorship of the … Continue reading

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