Devotional: Alex Baugh, Church History

11:05 AM
Tuesday, 24 Jun, 2014

de Jong Concert Hall - View Map

Alexander L. Baugh, professor of Church history, will deliver the devotional address on June 24 at 11:05 am in the de Jong Concert Hall.  Overflow seating will be available in the Varsity Theatre.

Professor Baugh will discuss the many roles of Joseph Smith. In the decade of the 1830s and early 40s, many who knew or associated with Joseph Smith, but who were not affiliated with the Church, considered him to be a religious innovator at best, and an imposter at worst. And while some of his contemporaries respected both him and the church he organized, larger numbers opposed Mormonism. But to believing Latter-day Saints, Joseph Smith was a modern day seer, translator, revelator, and prophet 

If you miss Professor Baugh’s remarks, the devotional will be streamed on demand at and will be available on

Professor Baugh has been a full-time professor at BYU since 1995. Before that he served as director of the LDS Institute of Religion adjacent to the University of South Carolina in Columbia and taught at Bountiful Viewmont Seminary.

Professor Baugh is the author/editor of five books and has written numerous historical essays, chapters and historical articles in professional journal publications and periodicals. He received the Reese History Award from the Mormon History Association in 1998 for the most scholarly dissertation in the field of Mormon History.