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History of the Church Series

March 15, 2017
History of the Church Series
A Study of the Origins of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the States of New York and Pennsylvania
Larry C. Porter

This daily feature is an introduction to a full article by Larry C. Porter. Each Wednesday we focus on an aspect of church history, beginning in New York in the early 19th century and progressing throughout the year to Utah in the 20th century. To read the full text of this article, follow the link below.

Addressing some of the most consequential yet esoteric subjects and events in Latter-day Saint Church history, this 1971 dissertation makes available items from early Mormon history never previously so thoroughly documented. Specifically, Dr. Larry C. Porter carefully delineates the dynamics of Joseph Smith's life and movement (and the subsequent movement of the Church) in the context of the infant years of the Church, an era whose documented treatment has been previously obscure and sketchy.