This special issue of BYU Studies focuses on the writing of religious history. First, Eric Olson examines the Book of Mormon as a model for the writing of sacred history. Next, Dean Jessee reports on the many attempts to preserve the discourses of Joseph Smith. Howard Searle writes on Willard Richards's role as a Mormon historian, and Edwina Jo Snow writes on the reports about British LDS converts given by British people who traveled with them. Michael Homer surveys the LDS Church's image in Italy, 1840 to 1946. James Allen and Jessie Embry tell about Susa Young Gates's involvement in the establishment of genealogical research. Finally, David Honey and Daniel Peterson examine the inherent conflicts and potential links between spiritual faith and historical knowledge.