CONSTRUCTING JOSEPH SMITH’S LIFE AND TIMES

This session will be a wide-ranging conversation between historians, a Mormon publishing insider, and the audience on the attempt to “know Brother Joseph again.” What makes a good biography? What is the relationship between history and faith, and is Mormonism and the faith of its members tied more closely to the historical record than they are in most other traditions? How should Latter-day Saints react when elements of their “sacred story” are challenged by new historical perspectives? How have recent studies and biographies succeeded or failed in fleshing out Joseph Smith’s life and times?

Tom Kimball, Newell Bringhurst, and Todd M. Compton