This year’s annual conference includes an exciting slate of interesting sessions certain to provoke discussion and expand interest in restoration history.

Note: the agenda presented here is not final and is subject to change.

Items marked with (RS) indicate the presentation is part of the Restoration Studies track.

Click on the Session Numbers for Abstract & Bio.

Time Session Presenter(s) Location

Saturday, September 28, 2019

7:30-9:15 a.m. Light Breakfast (included in registration fee)
8:00 a.m.
Chair: Seth Bryant
Plenary 301 Author Meets Critics
“Return to the City of Joseph: Modern Mormonism’s Contest for the Soul of Nauvoo”
Scott C. Esplin
David Howlett
Christin Mackay
Mark Staker
Conference Center
9:00 a.m. Break
9:30 a.m.
Chair: Daniel P. Stone
Breakout 311 Discovery of John Whitmer’s Lost 6th May 1877 Book of Mormon Testimony in Joseph R. Lambert Journal and Threat to Church Foundations By Failure To Embrace Richard Warren Lipack Cayuga
Kirtland, Nauvoo, and Zodiac: A Commentary on Early Mormon Temples Melvin C. Johnson
9:30 a.m.
Chair: Sherman Feher
Breakout 312 Glass-Looking, Crystal-Gazing, Stone-Peeping, and Scrying: Joseph Smith’s Seering 1822-1844 Brian C. Hales Canandaigua
“[T]he story of the golden Bible and the miracle working spectacles”: Seeing the Restoration in the Histories of the Genessee Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church Jared K. Cook
9:30 a.m.
Chair: DeAun Young
Breakout 313 William Lyon Mackenzie: 19th Century Friend of the Church in Canada? Helen K. Warner Hemlock
The Life and Time of Pliny T. Sexton: Prominent Palmyra Citizen, Banker and Principle Owner of Hill Cumorah Klaus D. Gurgel
9:30 a.m.
Chair: Joseph Geisner
Breakout 314 Mormons, Race, and Lineage: A New Look at an Old Question Honeoye
“I am getting a little fed up on the idea that so many people think I am responsible for the Negro not holding the priesthood”: Joseph Fielding Smith and the Mormon Priesthood Ban Matt Harris
“Joseph Fielding Smith, Bruce R. McConkie, Russell M. Nelson: The Mechanics of Creating Racial Identity among 20th and 21st Century LDS Mormons” Stirling Adams
9:30 a.m.
Chair: Erin B. Metcalfe
Breakout 315 The Art of Polygamy Kelly McAfee Conference Center
10:45 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m.
Chair: Joseph Geisner
Breakout 321 The Spirit, like a Fire: A World for Joseph Smith Rick Grunder Cayuga
Nurturing the Restoration: The Impact of the Second Great Awakening Grant Underwood
11:15 a.m.
Chair: Paul DeBarthe
Breakout 322 “For Signs and For Seasons”: Environmental Phenomena and the Early Saints Joseph Johnstun Canandaigua
Listening to Nauvoo: An Aural History Shalisse Lewis Johnstun
11:15 a.m.
Chair: Keith J. Wilson
Breakout 323 Leonora Cannon Taylor: A Manx Girl’s Dreams, and their Enormous Effect on the History of Mormonism Marian Peck Rees Hemlock
The Harris Family: Among the Restoration’s Earliest Believers Richard G. Moore
11:15 a.m.
Chair: Alonzo L. Gaskill
Breakout 324 Joseph Smith and the Curse of Eve: Recreating the Prophecy Lorraine P. Brown Honeoye
Frances Mary Goodsell (1841 – 1915): ‘Josephite’ in the Woodpile Clyde R. Forsberg Jr.
11:15 a.m.
Chair: William Shepard
Breakout 325 The Family That Built Canals Vickie Cleverley Speek Conference Center
Singing Our Story Part 2: The Hymnals of the New Organization Kathy S. Fallon
1:00-5:30 p.m. Tours (pre registration required)
6:30 p.m. Keynote 331 Presidential Banquet and Address
Celebration of Women at the Restoration History Family Table
Rachel Killebrew Conference Center

JWHA 2019 Conference Agenda At-a-Glance