The JWHA Best Articles Awards Committee is pleased to announce the following nominees in these two categories. 2019 was another spectacular year in Restoration Studies with top scholarship published in the world of Restoration Studies.

The committee will select the best articles (privileging works that are most relevant to Community of Christ history or theology, regardless of the time period they encompass).

Historical Articles:

Michael Allen, “Zion’s Landing: Riverboating in Old Nauvoo, 1839–1860,” JWHA Journal 39, no. 1 (2019): 58–72.

Alexander L. Baugh, “We Have a Company of Danites in These Times”: The Danites, Joseph Smith, and the 1838 Missouri-Mormon Conflict,” Journal of Mormon History 45, no. 3 (2019): 1–25.

Adam S. Brasich, “Jesus Christ, Son of Man: James J. Strang’s Apologetic Christology,” Journal of Mormon History 45, no. 3 (2019): 26–50.

Dylan Michael Beatty, “Missionaries on Imperial Frontlines: Religious Geopolitics and Latter-day Saints during the Samoan Civil Wars,” Journal of Mormon History 45, no. 3 (2019): 83–110.

William P. Connors, “Missionaries to the Mormons: NOW’s ERA Missionary Project,” Journal of Mormon History 45, no. 4 (2019): 105–32.

John S. Dinger, “Mormons and the Grand Jury in Hancock County, 1839–1845,” Journal of Mormon History 45, no. 2 (2019): 68–91.

Barbara Morgan Gardner, Ricardo Meza Mera, and Janelle Morgan Wakley, “Héroes De Chapúltepec: A Place to Procure an Education,” Journal of Mormon History 45, no. 1 (2019): 86–109.

Stephanie Griswold, “The Raid is On: Elaborations on the Short Creek Women’s Recollections of the 1953 Raid,” Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review 10, no. 1 (2019): 70–80.

Mark L. Grover, “Sprechen Sie Portugiesisch? Nein: The German Beginnings of the Church in Brazil,” Journal of Mormon History 45, no. 2 (2019): 115–43.

Rick Grunder and Paul E. Cohen, “The Founding Document of the Mormon West,” Utah Historical Quarterly 87, no. 3 (2019): 183–215.

Michael W. Homer, “Separating Church and State in Italy: Civil Marriage and the Mormon Connection,” Nova Religio 23, no. 2 (November 2019): 64–84.

D. Dmitri Hurlbut, “Gobert Edet and the Entry of the RLDS Church into Southeastern Nigeria, 1962–1966,” Journal of Mormon History 45, no. 4 (2019): 81–104.

Melvin C. Johnson, “Kirtland, Nauvoo, and Zodiac: A Commentary on Early Mormon Temples,” JWHA Journal 39, no. 2 (2019): 52–74.

Cory L. Nimer, “The Old Guard and Rearguard Actions: Professionalization and the Church Historian’s Office,” Journal of Mormon History 45, no. 1 (2019): 110–38.

Andrew D. Olsen and Jolene S. Allphin, “‘We Buried 13 Souls’: Identifying the Willie Handcart Company’s Campsite and Mass Grave after the Tragic Ordeal on Rocky Ridge,” Mormon Historical Studies 20, no. 2 (2019): 1–78.

Cristina Rosetti, “‘Further Light Pertaining to Celestial Marriage:’ The Law of Purity and Twentieth-Century Mormon Fundamentalist Discourse on Sexuality,” Journal of Mormon History 45, no. 3 (2019): 111–32.

E. Gary Smith, “Blood, Bullets, Pistols, and Mobbers: A New Look at Solving a Carthage Jail Mystery,” Journal of Mormon History 45, no. 4 (2019): 1–37.

Colby Townsend, “Returning to the Sources: Integrating Textual Criticism in the Study of Early Mormon Texts,” Intermountain West Journal of Religious Studies 10, no. 1 (2019): 59–85.

Bruce A. Van Orden, “To What Extent was W. W. Phelps Joseph Smith’s Ghost Writer in Nauvoo?,” JWHA Journal 39, no. 1 (2019): 111–32.


Theological Articles:

Paul Edwards, “Alice and ‘Sir:’ Faith and Reason in the One True Church,” JWHA Journal 39, no. 1 (2019): 73–79.

Kathryn Knight Sonntag, “The Mother Tree: Understanding the Spiritual Roots of Our Ecological Crisis,” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 52, no.1 (Spring 2019): 17–31.

Charles Swift, “‘The Lord slayeth the wicked:’ Coming to Terms with Nephi Killing Laban,” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 28 (August 2019): 137–69.

Ryan Thomas, “The Gold Plates and Ancient Metal Epigraphy,” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 52, no. 2 (Summer 2019): 37–58.