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Organizers of “The Worlds of Joseph Smith” to discuss conference's impact March 23 at BYU

Conference convened at the Library of Congress last summer

BYU Studies will host the organizers of “The Worlds of Joseph Smith” conference, convened at the Library of Congress last summer, for a “behind-the-scenes” discussion Thursday, March 23, at 11 a.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library auditorium at Brigham Young University.

Admission is free and the public is welcome.

Panel members will discuss the significance of the conference and its likely impact of Joseph Smith becoming a figure of national and international importance.

BYU Studies also recently published the proceedings of the conference as a hardcover book, which is available at the BYU Bookstore or Deseret Book.

Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and BYU, the conference brought scholars together from several countries and universities to discuss and commemorate the life and work of Joseph Smith.

“With half of the presenters not being members of the LDS Church, this conference broke new ground as scholars crossed denominational lines to engage in mutually respectful, high-level discussions about the many worlds of Joseph Smith,” said John Welch, professor of law and editor of “The Worlds of Joseph Smith” book.

The book also includes a photographic section containing a full gallery guide to the important manuscripts and rare books that were on display at the Library of Congress during the event.

BYU Studies is an academic LDS journal that has been producing high-quality, peer-reviewed LDS research since 1959.

For more information about the panel discussion or book, contact Kaylene Vest at (801) 422-5194 or visit

Writer: Brian Rust

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