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True and Faithful: Joseph Fielding Smith as Mormon Historian and Theologian
April 23, 2018
Article of the Week
True and Faithful: Joseph Fielding Smith as Mormon Historian and Theologian
Author Reid L. Neilson, Author Scott D. Marianno,

This daily feature is the introduction to a full article by Reid L. Neilson and Scott D. Marianno that was published in our newest issue, 57:1. To read the full text of this article, follow the link below.

Joseph Fielding Smith (1876–1972) was not only an apostle and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he was a prolific writer of Church history and doctrine. Smith's historical approach tells the truth of the intellectual landscape he inhabited and thus holds historical value. The survey that follows is intended as a primer to Smith's written corpus for a new generation of scholars and Latter-day Saints removed from his intellectual world. Taken collectively, his pamphlets and books provide a glimpse into the historical and theological tensions at work in the twentieth-century Church. More specifically, Smith's writings place readers inside the mindset of Latter-day Saint leaders who increasingly articulated a conservative theology as the Church.