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Ava Chamberlain (Committee Chair), Jacob Dorn (Committee Member), Robert E. W. Fyffe (Other), Nancy Garner (Committee Member)

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Master of Humanities (MHum)


Joseph F. Smith (1838-1918) was the father of modern Mormonism. Nephew of the founding Prophet, President Joseph Smith Jr. (1805-1844), Joseph F. Smith was the sixth president of the Mormon Church. During his presidency (1901-1918), he redefined Mormonism. He helped change the perception of what a Mormon was, both inside and outside the faith. He did so by organizing the structure of the faith theologically, historically, ideologically, and institutionally. In doing this, he set the tone for what Mormonism would become, and set a standard paradigm for the world of what a Mormon is. Joseph F. Smith became the second founder of Mormonism. The founding president and prophet of the faith, Joseph Smith Jr., developed the doctrines and concepts of Mormonism; Joseph F. Smith organized these concepts into a set Mormon identity.

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