Our next online event is this Sunday! 

Brigham Young University professor Sharon J. Harris says Book of Mormon readers are familiar with Enos, but the next two books, Jarom and Omni, often get overlooked much to the detriment of readers. Harris is author of Enos, Jarom, Ommi: a brief theological introduction

This Sunday, Harris will join Jacob Rennaker from the John A. Widtsoe Foundation to talk all about what she calls "the itty-bitty books." The Widtsoe Foundation is co-sponsoring this online series of "Book of Mormon Conversations."  

Free registration is available here
Enos, Jarom, Omni: a brief theological introduction
Watch the new trailer for Sharon Harris's latest book!


Online through October

  • September 20  |  6 PM (MST)
    Book of Mormon Conversations: Enos, Jarom, Omni
    Sharon J. Harris and Jacob Rennaker
    Details  |  Register
  • October 11  |  6 PM (MST)
    Book of Mormon Conversations: Mosiah
    James E. Faulconer and Michael Stanley
    Details  |  Register
  • October 25  |  6 PM (MST)
    Book of Mormon Conversations: Alma 1-29
    Kylie Nielson Turley and Chris Eastland
    Details  |  Register


Dr. Ravi Gupta joins the Institute as affiliate faculty
We are excited to announce a new addition to the roster of visiting scholars for 2020. Dr. Ravi Gupta has been named an affiliate faculty member during the fall semester.

Dr. Gupta is a scholar of Hinduism and currently holds the Charles Redd Chair of Religious Studies at Utah State University. The Institute’s associate director Philip Barlow became acquainted with Dr. Gupta and his work during his time at Utah State University.

“At the age of twenty-one, Ravi Gupta received his PhD from Oxford University,” Dr. Barlow said. “That is not the most important aspect of his life, but it may serve as an introduction to his uncommon gifts. The prospect of conversation and collaboration with Dr. Gupta this semester is most promising.”

During his time as affiliate faculty, Dr. Gupta said he plans to begin a new project on Hindu eco-theology in conversation with Christian environmental thought.
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Seeking applicants for visiting research associate at Laura F. Willes Center for Book of Mormon Studies
We are seeking to appoint a new visiting research associate at the Laura F. Willes Center for Book of Mormon Studies. With a desired start date of September 1, 2021, we are accepting applications until November 1, 2020.

Applicants should hold a PhD in a field like Christian history, theology, religious studies, ancient studies, biblical studies, philosophy or other related fields with research plans to deepen understanding of the Book of Mormon, the keystone scripture of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The initial term is twelve months, with the possibility of annual renewal for a combined maximum of three years. Salary and research support will be negotiated.

For full application requirements and to apply, visit and search for job ID 92806.
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Latest episodes of the Maxwell Institute Podcast

Historian Benjamin E. Park argues that the story of the Latter-day Saints in Nauvoo, Illinois is essential to understanding the bigger story of early American history. Writes Park, “The question Mormons posed to the young American nation was not just about the boundaries of religious liberty; it concerned the very limits of democracy. And with the Mormons, the process of democracy broke down.”
Daniel Becerra joins us to talk about his book 3rd, 4th Nephi: a brief theological introduction. Becerra says these pivotal books, depicting Christ’s visit to ancient peoples on the American continent, serve as a guidebook in the disciple’s pursuit of Christ and Christlikeness. What do they reveal about the nature of God, about human nature, and how the gap between the two might be bridged?
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