Research

UVA is home to important research in Mormonism conducted by the Bushman Chair of Mormon Studies, by a post-doctoral fellow of Mormon Studies, and by doctoral students in the religious studies department.


The Early Mormon Marriage Project

Using computational techniques, this project analyzes early Mormonism’s construction of extended kinship ties…

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The Emotional and Priestly Logic of Plural Marriage

The nineteenth century in America was increasingly a time of high romance and low tolerance for Mormonism….

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Translating Time: The Nature and Function of Joseph Smith’s Narrative Canon

Luther nailed his complaints to the door and the church fathers countered with decrees of anathema….

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Joseph Smith’s Letter from Liberty Jail: A Study in Canonization

 

In honor of this occasion and as a form of deeply sincere flattery, let…

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Re-placing Memory: Latter-day Saint Use of Historical Monuments and Narrative in the Early Twentieth Century

In the winter of 1905, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (L.D.S….

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‘Not To Be Riten’: The Mormon Temple Rite as Oral Canon

The manner in which the LDS Church administers its temple rite constitutes a strategic use of…

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The Development of Early Latter-day Saint Marriage Rites, 1831-1853

It is axiomatic to say that antebellum Americans felt they had created something very new in…

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The Bible Plus: The Four Books of Mormonism

A mix of the familiar and the strange is a common experience for any who have…

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Ordering Antinomy: An Analysis of Early Mormonism’s Priestly Offices, Councils, and Kinship

Where “two or three are gathered together in my name,” God is present, the…

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How to Bury a Prophet

The Latter-day Saints buried their prophet on Saturday. Thousands attended the service in person and millions…

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