“Broad and faithful and bright”—Elder Holland delivers 2018 Maxwell Lecture

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland delivered the 2018 Neal A. Maxwell Lecture at Brigham Young University on November 10. Quoting President Dallin H. Oaks, Holland declared: “The work of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship must be genuine and pervasive—as broad as the spiritual interests of the children of God, as faithful as eternal truth, and as bright as the light of truth that is in us.”

Speaking to a capacity audience, Elder Holland focused on “The Maxwell Legacy In the 21st Century”—a legacy of faith, eloquence, and intellect. In many respects, he said, the Maxwell Institute will “be the means of communicating much of that legacy to an ever-younger, ever-newer generation in the Church who never heard Elder Maxwell’s voice, delighted in his prose, or felt the fire of his faith.” The Institute, he added, “must see itself as among the best [BYU] has to offer, as a faithful, rich, rewarding center of faith-promoting gospel scholarship enlivened by remarkable disciple-scholars.

Elder Holland's remarks are scheduled for publication in our forthcoming Annual Report which will be available online and in print. Details coming soon! 

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BYU announces new building to house the Maxwell Institute
Brigham Young University’s Board of Trustees recently announced the Maxwell Institute will relocate to a newly constructed building on the west side of campus in the spring of 2020.  Construction on the “West View Building” begins in early 2019, replacing the old Faculty Office Building, adjacent to the beautiful Joseph F. Smith Building. 

Institute executive director Spencer Fluhman said “the new space itself will reflect in its very design our new mission and priorities,” better accommodating small lectures, weekly brown bag sessions, faculty gatherings, advisory board sessions, student mentoring, the research of the Institute's resident and visiting disciple-scholars, and more.

While construction is underway the Institute is temporarily housed in the Clyde Building, suite 270 .
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Latest ‘Journal of Book of Mormon Studies’ breaks new ground

The 2018 volume of the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies is now available—the first from a new editorial team led by Joseph M. Spencer and created in partnership with the University of Illinois Press.

Among volume 27’s many offerings, you might enjoy the groundbreaking article by Janiece Johnson on how early converts—and especially women—approached the text of the Book of Mormon, or Kylan Rice’s review of a Book of Mormon-inspired book of deeply postmodern poetry by Renee Angle called Wo0.

Each of these pieces is available free of charge here and here. Check out Joseph Spencer's online introduction to this volume here. Subscription information is available from the University of Illinois Press here

‘Mormon Studies Review’ moves to University of Illinois Press

In consultation with Brigham Young University administration, the Maxwell Institute signed an agreement to transfer ownership of the Mormon Studies Review to the University of Illinois Press (UIP) following the publication of its sixth volume under editor-in-chief J. Spencer Fluhman.

Fluhman expressed gratitude to the Review‘s current editorial staff members Benjamin Park, Melissa Inouye, Rachel Cope, and Sandra Shurtleff, and to past staff members Morgan Davis, Don Brugger, and Blair Hodges. “It has been a joy to work with these fine professionals over the past six years,” Fluhman said. “My thanks to all who have helped build the Mormon Studies Review over the past six years! We appreciate our relationship with UIP and expect great things as the Review enters this new chapter.”

Questions about subscriptions, permission issues, and submissions for the Mormon Studies Review can be sent to
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MIPodcast #86—Danes, Lutherans, and Latter-day Saints, with Julie K. Allen

The religious marketplace in Denmark was thrown wide open in 1849 when the country ratified its first democratic constitution. BYU professor Julie K. Allen talks about the surprising ways the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gained a foothold there.  Listen or read the transcript.
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