David J. Buerger papers, 1842-1988

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Buerger, David John, 1955-
Title
David J. Buerger papers
Dates
1842-1988 (inclusive)
Quantity
18 linear feet
Collection Number
MS 0622
Summary
The David J. Buerger papers (1820-1986) contain correspondence, personal diary entries, research notes, copies of papers (both published and unpublished), newspaper clippings, class notes and projects, copies of diary and letter transcripts where the originals are stored in other archival repositories, pamphlets, and excerpts from published works. The largest body of documents on any one subject pertains to temple ceremonies and ordinances. Buerger compiled a file of one hundred and one published articles written between 1842 and 1985 which describe temple ceremonies. His other interests included the Adam-God doctrine, polygamy, fundamentalism, anti-Mormon writings, and all issues which have involved conflict between church officials and Mormon scholars. Among the latter are evolution, blacks and the priesthood, prophetic infallibility, and education at Brigham Young University.
Repository
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
84112-0860
Telephone: 8015818863
special@library.utah.edu
Access Restrictions

Twenty-four hour advanced notice encouraged. Materials must be used on-site. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Languages
English

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

David John Buerger was born in Lansing, Michigan. He was the first of three children born to parents who were members of the Lutheran Church. The family lived in Michigan, Ohio, and Missouri while David was growing up, finally settling permanently in California in 1968.

The Buergers had lived in the Los Angeles area for about a year when cutbacks in the aerospace industry precipitated layoffs and David's father began a period of unemployment. The family was further unsettled when John Buerger suffered a near-fatal heart attack. David, now a teenager, became involved with the anti-establishment youth movement in California, an involvement which was to become almost a rite of passage for many persons of Buerger's generation. For the next two years, David divided his time between attending school and participating in anti-war demonstrations, associating with the counter-culture, and investigating various religious groups, of which Buddhism held the greatest attraction.

In 1972, when David was seventeen, the Buerger family moved to San Jose where, he later recalled, he "began trying to get [his] head on straight." It was at this time that Buerger became interested in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Although Bruce R. McConkie's Mormon Doctrine was the first book he bought after the scriptures, Buerger was most strongly drawn to study of the mysteries--speculating, for example, on the possible whereabouts of the lost ten tribes or on the possibility of life on other planets as part of the plan of exaltation.

In the summer of 1973, Buerger was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The following year, he was called to serve a mission to France. Prior to leaving for the mission field, Buerger paid a visit to the Church Historian's Office in Salt Lake City, where he learned of a recently-discovered entry in the diary of Heber C. Kimball describing a talk given by Brigham Young which reportedly strongly supported the Adam-God doctrine, now officially disavowed by Church authorities. What Buerger saw as the mystery of "Adam's true pre-earth identity and role" was an important part of the scriptural study he undertook while on his mission.

Buerger's deliberations concerning doctrinal questions were closely allied to his own search for a spiritual identity. Speculation about whether or not Adam lived another life before his earthly existence was an essential part of Buerger's attempt to place himself within the Latter-day Saint world view, with its characteristic concern with the progression of spirits. For Buerger at this time, the purpose of life on this earth was to effect a reaffirmation of prior spiritual covenants, and spirit and intelligence combined to "rediscover" dimly remembered universal principles. Six months into his mission, Buerger wrote "Discovering who you really are is a matter of correlating covenants made in this life with those of the pre-existence and fulfilling them; thus boosting one's self into the understanding position of a God."

Characteristically, Buerger linked an understanding of doctrinal questions with personal self-discovery, and saw doctrinal speculation as an essential component of his own spiritual quest, a philosophy which was to color his attitude toward church authorities when he began writing for publication. For the present, however, he was content to speculate privately and await future enlightenment. Buerger's diary entries reveal that most of his published work on LDS topics grew out of doctrinal study undertaken while in the mission field.

Released from his mission in 1976, Buerger returned to California and enrolled at San Jose State, where he attempted to combine the gospel contemplation which was an important part of his spiritual life with the exigencies of academic life. The theories of Fred Holmstrom, an LDS professor of physics, provided the theoretical basis for a paper Buerger wrote attempting to link modern scientific theories with the creation story found in the book of Abraham. Buerger concluded his paper with an expression of hope "that the reader's faith in God and in His power has been fortified," clearly indicating that he had not yet discarded the idea that it was possible to combine intellectual inquiry and faith-promoting scholarship.

Buerger's interest in controversial subjects and his personal commitment to reconciling faith and reason brought him into contact with various LDS dissidents and with scholars whose ideas ran counter to the official doctrine promulgated by the church hierarchy in Salt Lake City. Several visits to Provo in the year following his return from France provided the opportunity for Buerger to widen his contacts, and he made plans to enroll at Brigham Young University.

Buerger was married to a life-long member of the Mormon church who had recently completed a mission to Taiwan, China. Shortly thereafter the Buergers moved to Provo, Utah, where David began his studies at Brigham Young University. Buerger was later to write that living in an area where Mormon thought and customs were the norm was not a good experience for him, due to his "rebellious nature." While at BYU, he wrote extensively on various aspects of what he saw as Mormon authoritarianism.

It was Buerger's undergraduate writing which first brought him into conflict with church officials in Salt Lake City. "Politics and Inspiration," a paper dealing with the Woodruff manifesto and written as an English assignment resulted in a meeting with Buerger's stake president in order to determine his testimony of the church and investigate his possible affiliation with polygamous splinter groups. Another paper written for the same English professor, "Brigham Young University: The Unvarnished Reality," was later published in BYU's student journal, Century 2. This paper, critical of the quality of scholarship at the university, asserted that what Buerger saw as a decline in the Mormon intellectual climate was linked to the increasing conservatism of church leaders. Joan Prusse's rebuttal to Buerger's Century 2 article took the position that BYU's attempt to provide an atmosphere where one could synthesize religious and intellectual life represented its greatest contribution, a position similar to Buerger's own views at the time of his return from the mission field. However, by the time Buerger graduated in 1979, he was convinced that the church hierarchy was hostile to individual doctrinal study.

The Buergers returned to California in 1980, where David worked first as a management consultant and then as director of the Personal Computer Center at Santa Clara University. Providing for his growing family and settling into a new ward left little time for writing. Buerger confided to a friend that he had, since leaving Provo, "experienced a renewed growth in spirituality." It was not until late summer that Buerger began writing again, this time on the Adam-God doctrine--a project he envisioned completing in six months time.

Buerger spent the next several years writing on various aspects of the development of Mormon doctrine and religious practice. An inquiry to the B. H. Roberts Society in late 1981 led to the formation of the Bay Area Colloquium, a study group which held its first meeting at the Buerger home in February 1982.

In the Spring of 1983, Buerger was once again asked to explain his religious views, apparently at the instigation of LDS general authority, Mark E. Petersen. The office of the First Presidency had asked for, and received, an advance copy of Buerger's Dialogue article, "The Fulness of the Priesthood: The Second Anointing in Latter-day Saint Theology and Practice." The article dealt with sensitive material and there was some concern on the part of Dialogue's editorial staff that publication would adversely affect their church status. Buerger's bishop was apparently successful in reassuring church officials regarding Buerger's personal testimony. However, Buerger decided to withdraw from the program of the August Sunstone Symposium, where he had been scheduled to present a review of Bruce R. McConkie's Mormon Doctrine. Not only was he concerned with his own church status, but with the quality of the paper itself. Comments from colleagues who had reviewed early drafts indicate that substantial rewriting was in order. The revised paper was delivered the next year, and published in Sunstone in 1985.

Buerger's growing involvement with the study of unorthodox doctrinal speculations and the resulting conflict with church authorities took its toll on his personal, as well as on his spiritual and intellectual life. After the death of his father in 1984, he and Wendy separated and were divorced two years later. Although he continued to publish until 1987, Buerger's ties with the LDS Church became increasingly tenuous. When he presented his paper on the temple endowment ceremony at the August 1986 Sunstone Symposium, he had to borrow a temple recommend card from a friend to, as he put it, "ma(k)e me look like a card carrying member." Research became increasingly difficult when he was officially banned from entering the LDS Church Archives and Library in the summer of 1986.

By 1987, Buerger's interest in Mormon history and theology had waned. He donated his research files to the University of Utah library and no longer follows the debate concerning the interpretation of the Mormon past and its implications for the future of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The David J. Buerger papers (1820-1986) consists of materials pertaining to his research on Mormon doctrine and the evolution of theology. The collection contains correspondence, personal diary entries, research notes, copies of published and unpublished papers, newspaper clippings, class notes and projects, copies of diary and letter transcripts, pamphlets, and excerpts from published works.

According to Mormon historian Leonard J. Arrington, "`objective,' `scholarly,' and `systematic treatises on the Mormons and their culture began in this century as a product of work toward the Ph.D. in history and the social sciences." Prior to this time, writings dealing with the subject of Mormonism tended to be Mormon/Anti-Mormon polemic writings or faith-promoting articles appearing in official church publications. As Mormon scholars increasingly left the confines of the Salt Lake Valley to study at universities in the East and Midwest, it became apparent that there was no forum for scholarly exchange of ideas in a non-official (that is, other than church-sponsored) publication. Partly as a response to the increase in studies of Mormonism by university-trained scholars, several journals have appeared in the past quarter-century which deal with Mormon Studies. Among these publications are Dialogue (1966), Journal of Mormon History (1974), Sunstone (1975) and, most recently, the John Whitmer Historical Association Journal (1981), sponsored by the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (now the Community of Christ).

The writings contained in these publications have contributed greatly to what is popularly known as the "New Mormon History," despite the fact that History is only one of the disciplines represented in the literature. Mormon history and theology are intimately connected, and officials of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (hereafter LDS Church or Mormon Church) have traditionally been wary of scholarship which seems to interpret historical figures and events in a purely secular vein.

David J. Buerger's work on various aspects of Mormon doctrine has appeared in both Dialogue and Sunstone magazines. Like many of the authors who have contributed to the proliferation of independent studies concerning the Mormon experience, Buerger pursued his studies as a matter of personal interest, rather than as a professional in an academic setting. His work can perhaps best be understood as an attempt to bring academic methodology to private study of theological issues. Buerger's work is an example of the studies being pursued by modern Mormon intellectuals, many of whose philosophy was expressed by Scott Kenny in his initial Sunstone editorial. Kenny expressed the hope that Latter-day Saints would learn doctrine from one another, as well as from the standard works. He called upon young LDS scholars to "raise the questions, pursue the discussions, and bear the witness worthy of a living faith that is both intellectually vigorous and spiritually discerning."

Buerger published on subjects related to Mormon doctrine from 1979 to 1987. The bulk of the collection is comprised of material collected over a period of roughly ten years, from 1977 to 1987, when Buerger was researching topics related to Mormon doctrine, with an emphasis on the evolution of theology over time. The collection contains correspondence, personal diary entries, research notes, copies of papers (both published and unpublished), newspaper clippings, class notes and projects, copies of diary and letter transcripts where the originals are stored in other archival repositories, pamphlets, and excerpts from published works. The largest body of documents on any one subject pertains to temple ceremonies and ordinances. Buerger compiled a file of one hundred and one published articles written between 1842 and 1985 which describe temple ceremonies. His other interests included the Adam-God doctrine, polygamy, fundamentalism, anti-Mormon writings, and all issues which have involved conflict between church officials and Mormon scholars. Among the latter are evolution, blacks and the priesthood, prophetic infallibility, and education at Brigham Young University.

Buerger donated 125 pages of documents and letters from the First Presidency relating to changes in temple ceremonies to the Marriott Library in 1983. Like many documents now in circulation concerning matters considered sensitive by LDS church officials, the provenance of this material is unclear, but Buerger's original gift was reportedly compiled by Tom Truitt. These documents are located in box 24, folders 5-8 of the current collection.

In 1986, Buerger deposited a copy of his paper, "The Evolution of the Mormon Temple Endowment Ceremony," at the library. This copy is located in box 23, folder 7. The collection also includes Buerger's research notes, critical comments by colleagues, and correspondence related to this article. These items were donated in December 1990, along with the bulk of Buerger's papers.

At the time of accession, the collection numbered fifty-six boxes and consisted of Correspondence, People, and Subject files. Copies of published articles which are available in the library have been removed. In addition, the Ernest L. Wilkinson Diary transcript was removed from the collection and assigned a separate number (Ms 629). The collection was further reduced to its current thirty-six boxes by removing duplicate copies. It was apparently Buerger's practice to make several copies of significant documents, both for the purpose of cross-filing, and for circulation among interested parties.

The collection has been divided into three sections. The first section contains personal material, and is the only portion of the collection where Buerger's original order was disturbed. Box 1, Diary Entries, consists of photocopies of excerpts from Buerger's missionary study notes, notes on telephone conversations or interviews, reports of conversations with professors and other students at Brigham Young University (hereafter BYU), and transcripts of notes taken by others. Originally this material was scattered throughout the collection, with several copies interfiled in various folders.

Boxes 2 through 4 contain both Buerger's personal correspondence and copies of letters relating to various doctrinal issues which have been circulating among Mormon dissidents for a number of years. Copies of the latter were originally filed alphabetically in both Correspondence and People folders. There are no originals of the circulating letters, and some may be of questionable authenticity. There are two cases where letters were written under assumed names. The "Janice Willden" letter was written by H. Michael Marquardt, and "John Davidson" is a pseudonym that was used by David Buerger. The John Davidson letters were written at a time when Buerger was concerned that a direct approach would result in a confrontation with local priesthood authorities. He also felt that the church officials to whom the letters were addressed would be unlikely to respond to him directly.

Section two, "People," contains either information pertaining to the individual noted on the folder or copies of papers written by that person. In cases where full papers or articles are included, the name of the paper has been added to the folder. The People section of the collection is heavily weighted toward persons currently writing on subjects of interest to Mormon scholars, and to twentieth-century church officials.

Subject files typically contain Buerger's research notes, copies of papers which relate to the designated topic, or excerpts from published material which Buerger has collated and arranged in some particular order, often chronological. The bulk of the Subject files are devoted to information about temple ceremonies, Adam-God, evolution, and prophetic infallibility. This section is probably the oldest part of the collection. In Boxes 24 to 26 there are 101 numbered published accounts of the Mormon temple ceremony. Buerger began by filing material according to subject categories designated in a commercially-prepared LDS filing system called Subdex 1. Many of the documents in the collection have Subdex classification numbers.

The David J. Buerger papers provide a record of his spiritual and intellectual development during a period of conflict and change within the larger LDS community. The collection also contains a unique compilation of documents relating to controversial aspects of Mormon theology and history. The Buerger collection provides an insight into the struggle of one member of a small group of self-described Mormon intellectuals who sought to combine religious conviction with scientific empiricism.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The library does not claim to control copyright for all materials in the collection. An individual depicted in a reproduction has privacy rights as outlined in Title 45 CFR, part 46 (Protection of Human Subjects). For further information, please review the J. Willard Marriott Library’s Use Agreement and Reproduction Request forms.

Preferred Citation

Collection Name, Collection Number, Box Number, Folder Number. Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Arrangement

Organized in three series: I. Personal Material; II. People; III. Subjects.

Acquisition Information

Gift of David J. Buerger in 1983, 1986 and 1990.

Processing Note

Processed by Karen Carver in 1994.

Separated Materials

Photographs and audio cassete tapes were transfered to the Multimedia Division of Special Collections (P0466) (A0222).

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Personal MaterialsReturn to Top

Most of the material in this series is related to Buerger's interest in doctrinal questions. Diary entries are either photocopied or transcribed from Buerger's personal journals for the purpose of documenting personal exchanges with colleagues or recording speculations about the content and nature of conflicting points of view within the church. Correspondence prior to the mid-1970s consists primarily of letter copies or transcripts having to do with evolution, Adam-God, the Word of Wisdom, and the so-called Negro question. The later correspondence files contain both incoming and outgoing letters, most of which are related to Buerger's research and writing.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Diary Entries
1972-1986
2
Correspondence
1928-1980
3
Correspondence
1981-1983
4
Correspondence
1984-1988

PeopleReturn to Top

The majority of the material found in this series is related to the conflicting views on Mormon history, theology, and culture held by present-day LDS church officials, Mormon intellectuals, and various dissidents. The most comprehensive information on any one person pertains to Bruce R. McConkie, whose theology Buerger strongly opposed. While most of the files in this series contain information by or about twentieth-century Mormon scholars and theologians, there is some information on prominent nineteenth-century church officials.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
5 1
Thomas G. Alexander
5 2-3
Hyrum L. Andrus
5 4
Hyrum L. Andrus, "Christ the Son--Our God and Father"
5 5
Hyrum L. Andrus, "Doctrinal Basis of the Correlation Program"
5 6-15
Hyrum L. Andrus, Notes from Summer Research Project
1966
5 16
David H. Bailey, "Scientific Foundations of Mormon Theology"
5 17
David H.Bailey, "Mediocrity, Materialism and Mormonism"
5 18
David H. Bailey, "Forever Tentative"
5 19
David H. Bailey, Miscellaneous
5 20
Michael J. Barrett
5 21
John C. Bennett
5 22-25
Ezra Taft Benson
5 26-28
Gary Bergera, "Of The Same Mind"
5 29
Carl Broderick
5 30
Dick Butler
6 1
George Q. Cannon
6 2
Culley K. Christensen
6 3
J. Reuben Clark
6 4-6
William Clayton
6 7
Oliver Cowdery
6 8
Duane Crowther
6 9
Dennis Davis
6 10
Reed C. Durham Jr.
6 11-12
Richards Durham
6 13-16
Andy Ehat vs. The Tanners
6 17
Merle H. Graffam
6 18
C. Jess Groesbeck
6 19
Mosiah Lyman Hancock
6 20
Martin Harris
6 21-22
George Trevier Harrison
6 23
"A. Layman Himmner"
6 24-26
Anthony A. Hutchinson
6 27
Anthony W. Ivins
6 28
Duane Jeffrey
6 29
Benjamin F. Johnson
6 30
Sonia Johnson
7 1
Karl Keller
7 2-10
Heber C. Kimball
7 11
Spencer W. Kimball
7 12-17
Ogden Kraut
7 18-21
Stan Larson
7 22
Anthon H. Lund
7 23
N. G. Lundwall
7 24
Richard R. Lyman
8 1-6
Bruce R. McConkie
8 7-8
Bruce R. McConkie Speeches
8 9-10
Bruce R. McComkie, "The Seven Deadly Heresies"
8 11-12
Bruce R. McConkie, "How To Start a Cult"
8 13
Bruce R. McConkie, "Theological Influence of Elder Bruce R. McConkie"
8 14-15
Bruce R. McConkie, "Theological Influence" Notes and Comments
8 16-17
Bruce R. McConkie, "Mormon Doctrine" Research Notes
8 18-22
Bruce R. McConkie, "McConkie's Mormon Doctrine Changes"
8 23
Bruce R. McConkie, "`Handy Theology'"
9 1
Joseph Fielding McConkie
9 2
David O. McKay
9 3-4
Sterling M. McMurrin
9 5
Marriner W. Merrill
9 6-7
Hugh Nibley
9 8
Dallin H. Oaks
9 9
Boyd K. Packer
9 10
Hal Palmer
9 11
Carol Lynn Pearson
9 12
Mark E. Petersen
9 13
Ronald E. Poelman
9 14
Richard D. Poll
9 15-17
Orson Pratt
9 18-19
Orson Pratt: His Excommunication and Realignment, Material Provided by Gary Bergera
9 20
Parley P. Pratt
9 21
D. Michael Quinn
9 22
Hartman Rector Jr.
9 23
George F. Richards
9 24
Stephen L. Richards
9 25-26
John W. Rigdon
10 1-4
Sidney Rigdon
10 5-8
B. H. Roberts
10 9
Alvin Smith
10 10
Emma Hale Smith
10 11
Joseph F. Smith
10 12-15
Joseph Fielding Smith
10 16-17
George D. Smith Jr.
10 18
Lucy Mack Smith
10 19
Ernest Strack
11 1
James E. Talmage
11 2
Gerald and Sandra Tanner
11 3-4
John Taylor
11 5-7
John W. Taylor
11 8
Richard Vetterli
11 9
Charles L. Walker
11 10
James D. Wardle
11 11-12
Ernest L. Wilkinson
11 13-16
Wilford Woodruff
11 17-24
Brigham Young
11 25
Brigham Young Jr.

SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject files are organized in accordance with a filing system designed specifically for use by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Mormon Church places great value on a lifetime of gospel study, both as the basis for ongoing spiritual growth and as a foundation for living according to doctrinal principles. The Mormon tradition of service includes callings for teachers, group leaders, missionaries, writers and speakers. Church publications are designed in part to provide resource material for a variety of service positions. Hence, church members are encouraged to keep personal files. The system used by David Buerger, called Subdex 1, consists of twenty-seven major categories, with each category divided into various subtopics. The Subdex system provides the core organization for the collection, although Buerger added Correspondence and People sections as he became involved with other church members interested in doctrinal and educational questions not generally pursued in official church publications. The original order of Buerger's files has been maintained as far as was possible in the process of sorting and deleting duplicates. The numbers on the upper right hand corners of many of the documents are Subdex numbers. For more information on the organization of files, see Appendix B.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
12 1
LDS Business Operations
12 2
Sacrifice
12 3-4
Law of Consecration, United Order
12 5-13
Early N. Y. Newspapers
12 14
Israel
12 15-16
Lost Ten Tribes of Israel
12 17-18
Annotated Bibliography on Mormon Family
12 19
Secret Organizations
12 20-23
Masonry
13 1-6
Masonry
13 7-8
Ken Guyer, "Free Masonry in America, 1776-1976"
13 9-18
Masonry and Mormonism
13 19-20
"Magic and the Old Testament"
13 21
Magic and Sorcery, Astrology
13 22-23
Gary Bergera, Witchcraft
14 1-3
Satan
14 4-5
Christ's Church
14 6
Apostates
14 7-8
Lyle O. Wright, "Origins and Development of the Church of the Firstborn of the Fulness of Times"
14 9
Other Religions
14 10
Catholic
14 11
Gnosticism
14 12
Jehovah's Witnesses
14 13
Lutheran
14 14
Woman and Womanhood
14 15
Mormons for E.R.A.
14 16
Apostasy
14 17-19
Ancient Recrods
14 20
God the Father
14 21-22
Jehovah Does Not Equal Jesus
14 23
Jesus Christ
14 24-25
Holy Ghost
14 26
Mother in Heaven
15 1
Joseph Smith Connections with Adam-God
15 2-5
Adam-God Paper Dialogue Draft
15 6-7
Adam-God Paper Dialogue Galley Proofs
15 8-11
Adam-God Research Dialogue Paper
15 12-13
Adam-God Miscellaneous
15 14-15
Adam-God, Journal Extracts, B. Young Period
15 16-18
Brigham Young Adam-God Material
15 19-20
Adam-God, Presidency Documents and Joseph Taylor Period
15 21
Adam-God, Charles W. Penrose Commentary
15 22
Adam-God, John Widtsoe, Joseph Fielding Smith, Bruce McConkie
16 1-2
Adam-God, Mark E. Petersen
16 3
Adam-God, Spencer W. Kimball
16 4
Adam-God, Eldon Watson Theory
16 5-7
Adam-God, Anti-Mormon papers, Pamphlets, Handouts, etc.
16 8-9
Adam-God, Student papers, Commentary
16 10
Adam-God in Ancient Texts
16 11-19
Adam-God, Dated Material
16 20-24
Plural Marriage
16 25-26
"Politics and Inspiration: An Historical Analysis of the Woodruff Manifesto"
17 1-5
Plural Marriage, The Manifesto
17 6
Anti-Polygamy Legislation by the U. S. Congress
17 7
Woodruff Manifesto, Problems and Analysis
17 8
Joseph Smith's Revelation on Plural Marriage
17 9-12
US and Utah Supreme Court and Plural Marriage
17 13-14
Plural Marriage and Fundamentalism
17 15-18
Plural Marriage, Post Manifesto
17 19
Kingdom of God and Council of Fifty
17 20-21
Constitution
17 22
Draft and Conscription
17 23
Socialism
17 24
Conspiracy Theory
17 25
Freeman Institute
17 26-27
W. Cleon Skousen and Ezra Taft Benson
17 28-29
Socialism and United Order
18 1
Hang by Thread
18 2-3
Council on Foreign Relations
18 4-5
Trilateral Commission
18 6
Institute of International Affairs
18 7-8
Cracks in the U. S. Constitution
18 9
Speaking
18 10
Logic and Philosophy 57, San Jose State
1977
18 11
Introduction to Philosophy
18 12-13
Philosophy and Mormonism
18 14
Free Agency
18 15-16
Religion and Science
18 17-22
Astronomy
18 23
Religious Education
18 24
Methods of Learning
18 25
Teaching
18 26-27
Clark V. Johnson, "Key to the Documents Used by B. H. Roberts in the Documentary History of the Church"
19 1
Jerald L. Jex, "Chronological Bibliography of Documents, Documentary History of the Church"
19 2
Louis Midgley, "The Question of Faith and History
19 3
Novak and Midgley, "Remembrance and the Past"
19 4-5
Views On Mormon History
19 6-7
Joseph Smith General Information
19 8-10
Joseph Smith Reflective Essays
19 11
Joseph Smith Unpublished Sermons
19 12-13
Revelations, Unpublished, Uncanonized
19 14-16
Magic and Joseph Smith
19 17-22
Joseph Smith Jupiter Talisman and Other Connections with the Occult
20 1
Joseph Smith, New York Period
20 2
Joseph Smith
1823-1830
20 3
Joseph Smith Legal Problems, New York
20 4-6
Joseph Smith, Methodist
1828
20 7-8
Accounts of First Vision
20 9
Revival
1820
20 10-11
Money Digging
20 12
Joseph Smith, "Record Book"
20 13-14
Transactions of the Twelve Apostles
20 15-16
Book of Commandments, Law and Covenants
20 17-22
Kirtland Revelation Book
20 23-26
"Scriptory Book" of Joseph Smith Jr.
21 1-2
C. Jess and David Groesbeck, "Joseph Smith and the Shaman's Vision"
21 3-4
Joseph Smith, Porter Paper
21 5
Illinois Period
21 6
Book of the Law of the Lord
21 7
"Scriptural Items"
21 8
Death of Joseph Smith
21 9
Joseph Smith's Bones
21 10
General Record of the Seventies
21 11
Western Exodus
21 12-19
Reed Smoot
21 20
James D. Tingen, "The Endowment House, 1855-1889"
21 21-23
Journal of Discourses, Index
21 24-26
Journal of Discourses, Richards Thesis
22 1
Mountain Meadows Massacre
22 2-3
Moses Thatcher Case
22 4
Universal Scientific Society
22 5-7
School of the Prophets
22 8
English Period
22 9
Gary Bergera, "I'm Here For The Cash"
22 10
LDS French History
22 11
International Church
22 12
"A Notable Event, The Weber Stake Reunion"
22 13
Lesson Plans
22 14
Missionary Work, General
22 15-17
Mission Rules, Manuals, Member Programming
22 18
Humorous Incidents
22 19
Preparation For Mission
22 20
Mission Rules
22 21
Missionaries, Mental Health
22 22
Anti-Mormon General
22 23
Anti-Mormon, Saints Alive!
22 24
General Commentary
22 25-26
Excommunication
22 27-28
Stephen J. Sorenson, "Civil and Criminal Jurisdiction of LDS Bishops' and High Council Courts, 1847-1852"
23 1-2
Temple Ordinances
23 3-4
Temple Ceremony Exposes
23 5-6
Temple Ceremony Exposes, Research
23 7-8
"The Evolution of the Mormon Temple Endowment Ceremony"
23 8
"The Evolution of the Mormon Temple Endowment Ceremony," Notes and Comments
23 9
Temple Endowment, Bibliographies
23 10-11
Temple Endowment, Exposes and Transcripts
23 12
Temple Endowment, "Washing" in Scriptures
23 13
Temple Endowment, "Anointing" in Scriptures
23 14
Temple Endowment, Kirtland Period
23 15-16
Temple Endowment, Nauvoo Period
23 17
Temple Endowment, Utah Period, Pre-1877
23 18
Temple Endowment, Committee
1920-1927
23 19-20
Temple Endowment, Oath of Vengeance
23 21-22
Temple Endowment, History
23 23-24
Temple Ceremony, History
23 25
Temple Endowment, 1955-Present
23 26
Temple Endowment, Anti-Mormon Exposes
23 27
Temple Endowment, Worthiness Information
24 1-2
Temple Endowment, Statistics
24 3-4
Endowment Paper, Notes and Comments
24 5-8
Confidential Research Files on Changes in Temple Ceremony
1950-1974
24 9
"Joseph Smith and the Temple of Doom," Bill Schnoebelen
24 10-15
Evolution of the Temple Endowment
24 16
No. 1 "Order Lodge," Bennett
1842
24 17
No. 2 "Ceremony of the Endowment"
1846
24 18
Van Dusen, No. 3 Mormon Endowment, A Secret Drama, McGee, and Startling Disclosures of the Mormon Spiritual-Wife System
1847-1864
24 19
No. 4 Narrative of Some of the Proceedings of the Mormons, Lewis
1848
24 20
No. 5 Authentic History of Remarkable Persons
1849
24 21
Thomas, No. 6 Sketch of the Rise, Progress, and Dispersion of the Mormons
1849
24 22
No. 7 Mormonism Exposed, Bowes
1850
24 23
No. 8 Mormon Mysteries, White
1851
24 24
No. 9 Abominations of the Mormons Exposed, Hall
1852
24 25
Hepburn, No. 10 Exposition of the Blasphemous Doctrines
1852
24 26
No. 11 The Seer
1853
24 27
No. 12 Secrets of Mormonism Disclosed
1854
24 28
Taylder, No. 13 Mormon's Own Book
1855
24 29
Gunnison, No. 14 Mormons, or Latter-Day Saints
1852
24 30
Cook, No. 15 Mormons, the Dream and the Reality
1857
24 31
Emmons, No. 16 Spirit Land
1857
24 32
Hyde, No. 17 Mormonism: Its Leaders and Designs
1857
24 33
Green, No. 18 Fifteen Years Among the Mormons
1858
24 34
Remy, No. 19 Journey to the Great-Salt-Lake City
1861
25 1
Waite, No. 20 Mormon Prophet and His Harem
1866
25 2-3
Beadle, No. 21 Life in Utah
25 4
Bundy, No. 22 Mormonism Exposed
1872
25 5
Stenhouse, No. 23 Tell It All
1874
25 6
Stenhouse, No. 23 An Englishwoman in Utah
1880
25 7
Young, No. 24 Wife No. 19
1876
25 8
Young, No. 24 Life in Mormon Bondage
1908
25 9
No. 25 Abominations of The Latter-Day Saints
25 10
No. 26 "Endowments"
1878
25 11
Jepson, No. 27 Among The Mormons
1879
25 12
No. 28 "Lifting The Vail"
1879
25 13
Tenney, No. 29 Colorado and Homes in the New West
1880
25 14
Coyner, No. 30 Hand-Book on Mormonism
1882
25 15
Paddock, No. 31 The Fate of Madame La Tour
1881
25 16
No. 32 Mysteries of Mormonism
1882
25 17
M'Clintock and Strong, No. 33 Cyclopaedia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature
1883
25 18
Robinson, No. 34 Sinners And Saints
1883
25 19
Sala, No. 35 America Revisited
1883
25 20
Faithfull, No. 36 Three Visits to America
1884
25 21
Jarman, No. 37 U. S. A. Uncle Sam's Abscess, or Hell Upon Earth
1884
25 22
Nye, No. 38 Baled Hay
1884
25 23
No. 39 Mormonism
1885
25 24
Wyl, No. 40 Mormon Portraits
1886
25 25
No. 41 Few Choice Examples of Mormon Practices and Sermons
1886
25 26
Clampitt, No. 42 Echoes from the Rocky Mountains
1889
25 27
No. 43 History of Utah
1889
25 28
No. 44 Trean; or, The Mormon's Daughter
1889
25 29
No. 45 Tullidge's Histories
1889
25 30
Bostwick, No. 46 As I Found It
1893
25 31
No. 47 Reorganized Church vs. Church of Christ
1893
25 32
Whitney, No. 48 History of Utah
1893
25 33
Howard, No. 49 Journey of a Tour in the United States, Canada and Mexico
1897
25 34
No. 50 Temple Mormonism, Gentile Bureau of Information
25 35
Folk, No. 51 The Mormon Monster
1900
25 36
Linn, No. 52 Story of the Mormons
1902
25 37-38
No. 53 Inside of Mormonism
1903
25 39
No. 54 "Mormon Endowment Ceremony"
1905
25 40
No. 55 Proceedings Before the Committee on Privileges and Elections
1906
25 41
No. 56 "Mysteries of the Endowment House"
1906
25 42
Schroeder, No. 57 A Reply
1906
25 43
Tuttle, No. 58 Reminiscences of A Missionary Bishop
1906
25 44
Freece, No. 59 Letters of an Apostate Mormon to his Son
1908
25 45
Marshall, No. 60 Mormonism Exposed
1908
25 46
Major, No. 61 The Revelation in the Mountain
1909
25 47
Jones, No. 62 Truth About the Mormons
1920
25 48
No. 63 "Hidden Secrets of the Mormon Church"
1911
25 49
Stead, No. 64 Doctrines and Dogmas of Brighamism Exposed
1911
25 50
Kauffman, No. 65 Latter Day Saints
1912
25 51
Kinney, No. 66 Mormonism: The Islam of America
1912
25 52
No. 67 "Secret Oaths and Ceremonies of Mormonism"
1911
25 53
Baskin, No. 68 Reminiscences of Early Utah
1914
25 54
Latimer, No. 69 Why I Left the Mormon Church
26 1
Danielsen, No. 70 Mormonism Exposed
1917
26 2
Thomas, No. 71 Wild Life in the Rocky Mountains
1917
26 3
Martin, No. 72 Mystery of Mormonism
1920
26 4
Goodwin, No. 73 Mormonism and Masonry
1921
26 5
Preuss, No. 74 Dictionary of Secret and Other Societies
1924
26 6
Vellinga, No. 75 Mormon Mysteries Revealed
1927
26 7
No. 76 Temple Mormonism
1931
26 8
Brodie, No. 77 No Man Knows My History
1945
26 9
O'Dea, No. 78 The Mormons
1957
26 10
No. 79 Fundamental Differences
1960
26 11
Harrison, No. 80 Mormonism Now And Then
1961
26 12
Jarman, No. 81 Temple Endowment Ritual and Ceremonies, Reprint
1965
26 13
Whalen, No. 82 Latter-day Saints in the Modern Day World
1964
26 14
Allen, No. 83 "Mormon Money Monster"
1969
26 15
Smith, No. 84 I Visited the Temple
1966
26 16-18
Tanner, No. 85 The Mormon Kingdom
1969
26 19
Holm, No. 86 Mormon Churches
1970
26 20-25
Skousen, No. 87 "Temple Endowment"
26 26
Tanner, No. 88 Mormonism - Shadow or Reality
1972
26 27
Muren, No. 89 "Functions of Temple Ceremonies"
1974
26 28
Smith, No. 90 Has Mormonism Changed...Now?
1979
26 29
No. 91 What's Going On Here?
26 30
Tanner, No. 92 Changing World of Mormonism
1980
26 31
Witte and Fraser, No. 93 What's Going On In Here?
26 32
Christensen, No. 94 Adam-God Maze
1981
26 33
No. 95 Unpublished Revelations
1979
26 34
No. 96 "A Mormon Temple Worker Asks Some Questions"
26 35-36
Sackett, No. 97 What's Going On In There
1982
26 37
Tanner, No. 98 "Pay Lay Ale"
1982
26 38
No. 99 "The God Makers"
1983
26 39
Tanner, No. 100 Mormonism, Magic and Masonry
1983
26 40
No. 101 "Bible-Belt Confrontation"
1985
27 1-3
Temple Garment
27 4
Secret Oaths of the Mormon Temple Endowment
27 5
Holy Order
27 6
Temple Ceremony, Changes
27 7-8
Toscano, "The Missing Rib"
27 9
Order of the Black Sticks
27 10-12
"Second Anointings"
27 13
Buerger, Temple Work Performed
27 14
"The Rise and Fall of `The Mormon Creed'"
27 15
Law of Adoption
27 16
Various Interpretations of the Secret and Holy Mysteries
27 17-18
Second Anointings
27 19
A Book of Anointings
27 20
Early Evolution of Endowment
27 21
Second Anointing Ceremony Text Variation
27 22
Human Washings in the Scriptures
27 23-38
Second Anointings
1840-1980
28 1-2
Lisle G. Brown, "The Second Anointings"
28 3-4
Lisle G. Brown, "The Holy Order in Nauvoo"
28 5
Hansen Compilation
28 6
Second Anointings, Miscellaneous
28 7-8
Creation
28 9-10
Evolution
28 11-13
Richard Sherlock, Evolution
28 14-15
Hugh Nibley, Evolution
28 16-18
Duane Jeffery, Evolution
28 19
Evolution, General Authorities
29 1-31
Evolution
1900s-1980s
30 1
Bruce R. McConkie, "Making Our Calling and Election Sure"
30 2-3
Eternal Progression
30 4-7
Spirit World
30 8
Degrees of Glory
30 9
Evil
30 10
James R. Davis, "A Mormon Millennial Myth?"
30 11
Murder
30 12
Plan of Salvation
30 13
Premortal Life
30 14
Repentance
30 15-17
Jeffrey E. Keller, "Spiritual Interpretation and Scientific Thought"
30 18
Sin
30 19
Sons of Perdition
30 20
Prophetic Infallibility, Overview
30 21-33
Prophetic Infallibility
1830s-1980s
31 1-7
Doctrinal Speculation
31 8
Infallibility
31 9-11
Infallibility Paper for Sunstone Symposium
31 12
Suicide
31 13
Truth and Light
31 14
Nature of Doctrine
31 15
Reliability of the Living Prophet
31 16-17
Follow Prophet and Iron Rod
31 19-20
Statements on Doctrine, Dennis Davis Collection
31 21
Succession to the Presidency
31 22-23
Priesthood, General
31 24-26
"Oath and Covenant of the Melchizedek Priesthood"
31 27
Seventy
31 28
Apostle
31 29
Presidents of the Church
31 30
Patriarchs to the Church
31 31
Patriarchal Order
31 32
Church Organization
31 33
Religious Doubt
32 1-3
Blacks and the Priesthood
32 4-5
Herbert Augustus Ford Family
32 6-9
Black Priesthood Ban Lifted
32 10
Negro Revelation
32 11
Negro Doctrine
32 12
"The 1978 Negro Revelation: A Unique Compilation of Events"
32 13
Revelation
32 14
Dreams
32 15
Patriarchal Blessings
32 16
Prophecy
32 17
Signs
32 18
Prayer
32 19-20
Conversion
32 21
Testimony
32 22
Spiritual Gifts
32 23
Visions
32 24
Scriptures
32 25
Bible
32 26-27
Inspired Revision of the Bible
32 28-29
Book of Mormon
32 30-31
"Book of Mormon in Jacksonian America"
33 1
Historicity of the Book of Mormon
33 2
A. D. Sorenson, "Russell against the Book of Mormon"
33 3
View of the Hebrews
33 4
Spaulding Manuscript Theory
33 5
"Spirit Writing and the Subconscious"
33 6
Book of Mormon Coming Forth
33 7-8
Robert N. Hullinger, "Harris-Anthon Consultation and Mormon Origins"
33 9-11
Anthon Transcript
33 12
"Preliminary Approach to Linguistic Aspects of the Anthon Transcript"
33 13
John A. Tvedtnes, "Preliminary Survey of the Anthon Transcript"
33 14
Paul R. Jesclard, "Translation of a Portion of the Anthon Transcript"
33 15
Glade L. Burgon, "Analysis of Purported Ancient American Linear Inscriptions"
33 16-17
Book of Mormon Archeology
33 18
Book of Mormon External Evidences
33 19
Archeological Evidences of the Book of Mormon
33 20
Cheesman, Matheny, and Louthan, "Report on the Gold Plates Found in Mexico"
33 21
Golden Barton, "Rebuttle to `Report on the Gold Plates'"
33 22-23
Bruce D. Louthan, "Padilla Plates"
33 24
Padilla Plates
33 25
Kinderhook Plates
33 26-27
Doctrine and Covenants
33 28-29
Book of Abraham
33 30
Book of Moses
33 31
Book of Joseph
34 1
Tim B. Heaton, "Four C's of the Mormon Family"
34 2
Marriage
34 3
Virtue, Morality, Chastity
34 4
Adultery and Fornication
34 5
Birth Control
34 6
Dating
34 7
Sex and Affection
34 8-9
Homosexuality, Masturbation
34 10
"Payne" letter
34 11-12
Bergin and Inouye, "Reply to Unfounded Assertions regarding Homosexuality"
34 13-16
Word of Wisdom
34 17
David J. Buerger, "Proscriptive Aspects of the Word of Wisdom"
34 18-23
Ray C. Hillam papers - BYU Spy Ring
1966-1967
34 24-29
Academic Deficiencies of BYU
34 30
David J. Buerger, "BYU: Destined to Fail"
34 31
David J. Buerger, "BYU: The Unvarnished Reality," and Joan Pruss, "BYU: Educating the Whole Person"
35 1-5
Brigham Young University
35 6-7
BYU Daily Universe
35 8-9
BYU Faculty
35 10
Jeff Holland Administration
35 11-13
BYU Accreditation Report Excerpts, Ernie's Response
1966
35 14-15
Freedom of Thought
35 16
Intellectuals
35 17-19
Liberals vs. Conservatives
35 20
Dissent
35 21
Disaffection
35 22
Tolerance and Intolerance
35 23
Harmonizing Faith vs. Reason
35 24
Iron Rods and Liahonas
35 25-28
Dilemmas of Higher Education
35 29
Psychology
35 30
Psychology 10, Evergreen, Spring
1977
35 31-33
Abnormal Psychology
1978
36 1
Psychology of Children
1978
36 2-3
Cognitive Dissonance
36 4
Conservatism
36 5-6
Depression
36 7-9
Motivation, Psychology 365
36 10-13
Senior Project, Psych 497
36 14
Groupthink and Brainstorming
36 15
Perception and Cognition
36 16-17
Psych 450, Personality
36 18-19
Psychology of Religion
36 20-23
Psych 374, Research Methods
36 24
Sociology of Mormonism
36 25
Newsletter: Committee on Mormon Society and Culture
36 26
Society for the Sociological Study of Mormon Life
36 27-28
Mormon History Association
36 29-30
Sunstone Magazine

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  • African American Mormons
  • Evolution--Religious aspects--Mormon Church
  • Mormon Church--Controversial Literature
  • Mormon Fundamentalism
  • Mormons--Polygamy
  • Polygamy
  • Prophets (Mormon theology)
  • Temple work (Mormon Church)

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  • McConkie, Bruce R.
  • Smith, Joseph, 1805-1844

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