Session 301 (8:00 a.m., Saturday, September 14)

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Session 302 (8:00 a.m., Saturday, September 14)

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Session 303 (8:00 a.m., Saturday, September 14)

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Session 304 (8:00 a.m., Saturday, September 14)

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Biographical Sketch: Mark Goodmansen resides in South Jordan, Utah. He graduated cum laude at the University of Utah in accounting, became a certified public accountant, and served as a business and marketing executive for various companies until retiring. Author of: Conspiracy at Carthage- The Plot to Murder Joseph Smith published by Cedar Fort Publishing in 2016; Previously Presented: “Francis Scott Key’s Visit to Nauvoo in 1841 and Its Impact On the Saints in the Region” at the 2017 JWHA Conference, “The Independence Missouri Merchants Versus The Saints of the New Jerusalem” at the 2018 JWHA Convention, and “The Clay and Ray County Mormon Removal Committees, and the 1835 Clay County, Missouri Memorial to Congress, Calling for a Military. Road to Clay County, “at the 2019 JWHA Conference. Also, I presented “Massive anticipated. economic rewards expected by the federal appointees led to the Utah War and substantially affected the Promontory Point 1869 event.” at the 2019 Mormon History Association Conference. I will be presenting at the 2024 Mormon History Association Conference.

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Biographical Sketch: Kent Larsen has longstanding research interests in Mormon Literature and Culture, the history of the LDS Church in New York City and in Global Mormonism. A resident of New York City for more than 30 years, Kent is currently a graduate student at CUNY’s Hunter College.


Session 311 (9:45 a.m., Saturday, September 14)

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Session 312 (9:45 a.m., Saturday, September 14)

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Session 313 (9:45 a.m., Saturday, September 14)

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Session 314 (9:45 a.m., Saturday, September 14)

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Biographical Sketch: David R. Taylor is a manager of product managers in the Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As an amateur historian, his research interests include the Latter Day Saint experience during the Nauvoo era and early Latter-day Saint settlements in Utah and Arizona. He is the author of “John A. Taylor (1812-1896): One Man’s Journey Across Three Branches of the Restoration,” which will be published in the forthcoming Spring/Summer 2024 issue of the JWHA Journal.

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Session 321 (11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 14)

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Session 322 (11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 14)

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Biographical Sketch: Melvin Clarno Johnson is an independent historian and retired college professor, writer, and speaker who pursues subjects dealing with the Texas Hill country before and in the Civil War, and the intersection of Western America and Mormonism. His work won the Smith-Pettit Best Book Award (2007) for Polygamy on the Pedernales: Lyman Wight’s Mormon Village in Antebellum Texas; the Greg Kofford Best Theological Article (2017); for “John Hawley: His LDS Mission to Iowa and Eventual RLDS Conversion,” John Whitmer Historical Association Journal; and the Greg Kofford Alma Blair Best Biography for the Life and Times of John Pierce Hawley: A Mormon Ulysses of the American West (2019). Mel and Halli, his wife, live in Mesquite, Nevada.


Session 323 (11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 14)

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Session 324 (11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 14)

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Session 331 Presidential Banquet & Address (6:30 p.m., Saturday, September 14)

Title: The First Family of the Restoration, 1844-1900 by Kyle Walker

Abstract: In a matter of just four years, from 1840-1844, the family of the Joseph Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith was reduced to half, culminating with the deaths of Joseph, Hyrum and Samuel during that fateful summer of 1844. Those losses had a marked impact on the surviving Smith family. This presentation will explore the psychological impact of those losses, surviving family member’s attitude toward succession, and their decision to remain in the Midwest. It will also highlight interactions that occurred in the Midwest between the Smith family and their relatives and Saints who had gone West during the second half of the nineteenth century. Finally, it will examine the Smith family’s affiliation with the RLDS Church, and the continuing challenges of being in Smith in Illinois

Biographical Sketch: Kyle R. Walker was raised in Ashland, Oregon and Logandale, Nevada. He received his PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brigham Young University (2001) and works as an administrator in the Counseling Center at BYU-Idaho. His research has primarily focused on relationships in restoration history. His doctoral dissertation focused on the family dynamics of the restoration’s first family. He is the editor of United by Faith: The Joseph Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith Family, and the award-winning biography William B. Smith: In the Shadow of the Prophet. Just this summer he published his latest book, Sister to the Prophet: The Life of Katharine Smith Salisbury. He is married to Daylene Wilson, and they are the parents of four sons and one daughter.


Hymn Fest (9:00 a.m., Sunday, September 15)

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