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Explore the Joseph Smith Papers with this free online conference


The Church Historian's Press announced that the 2020 Joseph Smith Papers Conference has moved to an online-only format to ensure the health and safety of all participants. The fourth annual conference will be held on Friday, September 18, 2020. 

The conference theme is “Joseph Smith’s Connections and Networks.” Presentations will explore aspects of Joseph Smith’s interrelated world views, including race, politics, finance, and theology. Papers will engage with themes found in volumes 10 and 11 of the Documents series of The Joseph Smith Papers.

This event is free to attend, but space is limited. Registration and additional conference details are available at

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About the Joseph Smith Papers Project

The Joseph Smith Papers Project is an effort to gather together all extant Joseph Smith documents and to publish complete and accurate transcripts of those documents with both textual and contextual annotation. All such documents will be published electronically on the project website, and a large number of the documents will also be published in print. The print and electronic publications constitute an essential resource for scholars and students of the life and work of Joseph Smith, early Latter-day Saint history, and nineteenth-century American religion. For the first time, all of Joseph Smith’s known surviving papers, which include many of the foundational documents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be easily accessible in one place.

About the Church Historian’s Press

The Church Historian’s Press is an imprint of the Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was announced in 2008. The aim of the Church Historian’s Press is to increase access to materials related to the history of the church. Previous publications include the Joseph Smith Papers, documents chronicling the early history of the Relief Society, discourses by Latter-day Saint women, the Journal of George Q. Cannon, the Journal of George F. Richards, the Diaries of Emmeline B. Wells, and the Discourses of Eliza R. Snow. For more information, visit the Church Historian’s Press website.

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Press release from The Church Historian's Press

Released earlier this year, Documents, Volume 10 features 105 documents, including correspondence, editorials, reports of discourses, minutes of meetings, municipal and legal documents, military records, financial records and notices, as well as a revelation on conducting a plural marriage sealing.

The months documented in this volume were times of dramatic change and increasing anxiety for Joseph Smith and the community of Nauvoo. The texts presented here, with their detailed historical annotation, make this volume a crucial resource for those seeking a deeper understanding of Joseph Smith as prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as mayor of Nauvoo, as leader of the Nauvoo Legion, and as a man who, despite the constant pressure of events, continued to faithfully lead his people. Available now at

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