Richard E. Turley Jr. is a former Managing Director of the Church Historical Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Assistant Church Historian and Recorder. He served as chairman of the editorial board of the Joseph Smith Papers and has authored many books on Latter-day Saint history. During nearly three and a half decades of Church employment, he also served as managing director of the Church’s Family History, Communication, and Public Affairs Departments. He is spending much of his retirement researching and writing about the Prophet Joseph Smith.
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