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10.26.2021 | The Maxwell Institute

Maxwell Institute Podcast #131: An Elect Lady, with Jennifer Reeder

From acting as a scribe for the translation of the Book of Mormon to founding the Relief Society, Emma Hale Smith was a key figure in the Restoration. She was also her husband’s anchor and the love of his life. But how much do we really know about her role, teachings, and leadership? Drawing upon […]

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10.21.2021 | The Maxwell Institute

Abide #17: Doctrine and Covenants 124

On January 19, 1841 Joseph Smith voiced a revelation that declared Nauvoo as the new gathering place for the Saints. Much had happened since we left Joseph in section 123. After the expulsion from Missouri, 5,000 Saints scattered traveling east across Missouri to safety in Illinois, 200 miles east of Far West, Missouri 1838, with […]

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10.14.2021 | The Maxwell Institute

Abide #16: Doctrine and Covenants 121-123

Everything changed for Joseph Smith and the Latter-day Saints in a few short months in 1838. 5000 Saints gathered in the burgeoning city of Far West, Missouri to celebrate the 4th of July. Confident and secure in their main settlement, Sidney Rigdon declared that if a mob came again, it would be a “war of […]

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Spencer Fluhman

Executive Director

Spencer Fluhman is the executive director of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. He is also associate professor of history at Brigham Young University, where he teaches American religious history. He graduated summa cum laude from BYU and received masters and doctoral degrees in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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