The non-denominational group of Mormon history enthusiasts, founded in 1965 by Leonard J. Arrington, then LDS Church Historian, has been meeting for three days near Independence, Mo., scene of a violent chapter in Mormon history, as mobs drove church members from the city and ultimately from the state in 1838.
Seated at the head table of Saturday's event was Elder Marlin K. Jensen, church historian and general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Also at the table were Andrew Bolton and Susan D. Skoor, two apostles of the Community of Christ, formerly called the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and Richard P. Howard, the church's historian emeritus.
Seated near Elder Jensen was Frederick N. Larsen, president and prophet of the Remnant Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
"It's a group that has special meaning for me in terms of the individuals involved and the institutions from which they come," said William P. MacKinnon, president-elect of the association, in introducing those seated at the head table.