VIDEO—Janiece Johnson, “I Never Planned to Go to Divinity School”

10.22.2019 | The Maxwell Institute

Janiece Johnson’s Women’s Leadership Lecture is now available to watch online, “I Never Planned to Go to Divinity School: Understanding the Possibility of Your Life Mission.”


In this lecture, Janiece Johnson talks with students at Brigham Young University about her path to becoming a scholar of religion. She combines personal experiences with historical examples of Latter-day Saints working to discover the best uses of their talents. If you’ve ever wondered about your own life path when facing big decisions about education, family, and career, this lecture is for you.

The Women’s Leadership Lecture Series is sponsored by BYU Women’s Services and Resources.

About the Speaker

Janiece Johnson is a Willes Center Research Associate. She specializes in American religious history—specifically Mormon history, gender, and the prosecution for the Mountain Meadows Massacre. Dr. Johnson has graduate degrees in American History and Theology from Brigham Young University, Vanderbilt’s Divinity School, and the University of Leicester in England. Her work has included the religious experience of early female Mormon converts, the prosecution for the Mountain Meadows Massacre, and its interdependent relationship to the popular narrative told about the massacre. She is co-author of The Witness of Women: First-hand Experiences and Testimonies of the Restoration (Deseret Book, 2016) and general editor of the recently published Mountain Meadows Massacre: Collected Legal Papers (University of Oklahoma Press, 2017). Dr. Johnson’s current research centers on the Book of Mormon in practice and the relationship of early Mormon converts to their new American scripture.