2008: Claremont Presentation "Approaching Mountain Meadows" / Dr. Richard Turley

The second lecturer in this series is coming this month – Thursday, March 20, 2008. He will be equally outstanding – and on our most explosive topic. Dr. Richard Turley is the lead author of the Church’s own version of the infamous Mountain Meadow tragedy – the worst episode in Mormon history. Oxford University Press will be publishing this landmark volume soon (expected this summer). No one is better qualified to speak about this.

Every Latter-day Saint needs to be better informed about the true facts of this disaster, in order to know better how to deal with them. I assure you that this volume will make instant global news. It will be our next “Mormon Bombshell.” Many other books have been published on this subject over the past few years. But this time it is the Church’s own version of what really happened and why. It will make big news — based on more than a decade of painstaking research from original sources, by three of the very finest LDS historians. See the details below.

The Mormon Studies Council and t
he School of Religion at Claremont Graduate University

present a lecture by
Head of the LDS Historical Department and author

Approaching Mountain Meadows: How Latter-day Saints Respond to the Worst Event in Mormon History

Richard Turley is Managing Director of the Family and Church History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The author of Victims: the LDS Church and the Mark Hoffman Case, he and co-authors Glen Leonard and Ronald Walker have just completed a study of the Mountain Meadows Massacre, soon to be published by Oxford University Press.

The lecture will be given at

8:00 p.m., Thursday, March 20, 2008
Mudd Auditorium, Claremont School of Theology
1325 N. College Ave., fronting Foothills Boulevard, Claremont

The public is invited.
Events sponsored by: Mormon Studies Council and the School of Religion

In addition to another evening Public Lecture [see 1st attached email above, with a PDF flyer], Brother Turley will also make an academic presentation on the subject of “The Future of Church History,” joined by another panel of scholars at 3:30 pm in a smaller seminar hall on the Claremont campus.

The Claremont Mormon Studies Student Association
presents a panel discussion on


Richard E. Turley, Jr.
Managing Director of the Family and Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and author of Victims: The LDS Church and the Mark Hofmann Case.

Claudia L. Bushman
Adjunct Professor of Mormon Studies, Claremont Graduate University, and author of Contemporary Mormonism and Mormon Sisters.

Richard Lyman Bushman
Howard W. Hunter Visiting Professor of Mormon Studies, Claremont Graduate University 2008-2009, and author of Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Roiling.

The panel will take place at
3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 2008
Burkle 116; Claremont Graduate University1021 Noah Dartmouth at Eleventh Street, Claremont

The public is invited

Questions? Please visit us online at http://rsc.cgu.edU/cmssa/ or send an email to mormonstudies@gmail.com

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