February 29, 2008

New Imprint Launched by Mormon Church

by Rachael Grant

A new imprint for publishing works such as those that detail Mormonism’s early history as well as its growth, is due to the launched by the Mormon Church. It will begin with a series cataloguing the papers of the founder of the church, Joseph Smith.

An elder with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Marlin K. Jensen, said that the Church Historian’s Press underscores the value church leaders place on history. He went on to comment on what is known as the Joseph Smith Papers, revealing them as a collection of journals, diaries, and correspondence, articles, and papers. Up to 30 volumes are to be expected.

Ronald Esplin, the project editor, said that the works will help lift the overall standards of Mormon historical scholarship.

An endowment that helps fund the project was created by Utah Jazz owner Larry H. Miller, and his wife Gail.

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