The JWHA article award committee is pleased to announce the following nominations for our best article awards. The authors of the articles and book chapters published fascinating work in Restoration Studies scholarship in 2023.

The committee accepts nominations for articles published during the previous calendar year. The committee selects award winners from these nominated materials, privileging work most relevant to Community of Christ history and values, regardless of the period examined. The following articles have been nominated:

  • Addams, R. Jean. “The Temple Lot at Independence, Jackson County, Missouri.” The John Whitmer Historical Association Journal 43, no. 1 (2023): 55-77.
  • Beshears, Kyle R. “Eunice Ross Kinney: Follower of Two Mormon Prophets, Fierce Defender of Polygamy.” Journal of Mormon History 49, no. 4 (2023): 82–123.
  • Eaton, Wendy. “Emmeline, Bertha, and Ada: ‘Be of good comfort. Yours in Bonds, Joseph Smith.’” The John Whitmer Historical Association Journal 43, no. 1 (2023):164-184.
  • Grua, David W. and Jonathan A. Stapley. “The Letter and the Spirit: The Lord’s Supper and Set Forms in Two Restoration Churches.” The John Whitmer Historical Association Journal 43, no. 1 (2023): 218-231.
  • Hamer, John. “The Past, Present, and Future of the Prophetic Monarchy in the Latter Day Saint Tradition.” The John Whitmer Historical Association Journal 43, no. 2 (2023): 3-28.
  • Harris, Matthew L. “A Tale of Two Religions: RLDS and LDS Reponses to the Civil Right Movement.” The John Whitmer Historical Association Journal 43, no. 1 (2023): 114-132.
  • Howlett, David J. and Nancy Ross. “Creating a Feminist Religious Counterpublic: RLDS Feminists and Women’s Ordination Advocacy in America, 1970–1985.” Religion and American Culture 33, no. 2 (2023): 220–47.
  • Hurlbut, David D. “A Supervisory Type of Thing”: The Establishment and Impact of the Latter-day Saint Mission in Postcolonial Southeastern Nigeria.” Journal for the Institute of African Studies 65, no. 4 (2023): 107-121.
  • Hurlbut, David D. “Social Projects and the RLDS Church’s Mission Southeastern Nigeria, 1966-1977.” The John Whitmer Historical Association Journal 43, no. 2 (2023): 87-110.
  • Johnson, Janiece, and Quincy D. Newell. “‘Not Only to the Gentiles, but Also to the African’: Samuel Chambers and Scripture.” Church History 92, no. 2 (2023): 357–81.
  • Judd, Peter. “Reorganized Latter Day Saints in London, England: A Sixty-Year Overview, 1866 to 1926.” The John Whitmer Historical Association Journal 43, no. 2 (2023): 29-43.
  • Mackay, Christin. “Mr. Smith Goes to Salt Lake City: Fred M. in Utah 1904-1906.” The John Whitmer Historical Association Journal 43, no. 1 (2023): 5-19.
  • Oman, Nathan B. “’The Blessing That’s Anticipated Here Will Be Realized in the Next Life’: The Development of Modern Latter-day Saint Marital Sealing Rules.” Journal of Mormon History 49, no. 3 (2023): 103-140.
  • Padro, Manuel. “Cunning Distortions: Folk Christianity and Witchcraft Allegations in Early Mormon History.” Journal of Mormon History 49, no. 1 (2023): 1–42.
  • Perez, William G. “’Reclaiming the “Primary Question’: A New Beginning for Joseph Smith’s First Vision.” BYU Studies 62, no. 1 (2023): 149-166.
  • Sainsbury, Derek R. “’We Have Not Been Allowed the Liberty… to Worship As We Please’ Nancy Naomi Tracy and the Denial of Latter-day Saint Religious Liberty.” In Latter-day Saints and Religious Liberty: Historical and Global Perspectives edited by John C. Thomas and Robert T. Smith, 129-164. Provo: BYU Religious Studies Center, 2023.
  • Weber, Samuel R. “The Law of the Gospel: Shifting Interpretations of a Temple Covenant throughout Latter-day Saint History.” Journal of Mormon History 49, no. 2 (2023): 80–97.

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