More changes on the way!

You might have noticed we didn't send a May newsletter. We apologize, but we have a great excuse! Five years ago we completely re-designed the Institute's website. That new version had a good run. But it's time for a new new version.

Our fresh and handsomely designed digital home will give you better access to Institute news and events, new scholar profiles, and original content in the form of podcast episodes, videos, and updates from Institute scholars, visitors and other friends of ours.
Our past publication archive will be generously and helpfully hosted by the Harold B. Lee Library at “ScholarsArchive,” which is Brigham Young University’s institutional repository for the scholarly and creative content produced by the University, rather than on our own site.  

In addition to these updates, we're forecasting a busy summer at the Maxwell Institute. Steven Peck joins us as a visiting scholar, Fiona Givens as a research staff member, and Terryl Givens as a permanent Institute scholar. We'll also be visited by short-term research grant recipients including Rosalynde Welch and Nate Wiewora.  We're excited for these and other developments soon to be announced!

In the meantime, check out our upcoming events and recent publications below. 

Upcoming Events

  • June 5, 12, 19, 21
    Brown Bag Wednesday
    Learn more
  • June 11
    GUEST LECTURE—Melissa Inouye, “Making Zion: Insights on Living with Contradictions from a Latter-day Saint Scholar.”  4 pm, Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium.  Details

  • June 28
    CONFERENCE—“Women Making History: Latter-day Saint Women in Historical Perspective.”  10 AM to 5 PM, Provo Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. Featuring Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Kate Holbrook, Melissa Inouye, and more. Details


Melissa Inouye's new Living Faith book ‘Crossings’ now available

After Melissa Inouye was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2017 she began compiling what she calls "a literary form of food storage," a book of essays, lectures, letters—even drawings—reflecting on her faith, her scholarship, her family, and her globe-spanning personal sojourns. As a self-described "bald Asian American Latter-day Saint woman scholar," Inouye has wonderful insight into how members in an increasingly globalized Church might cultivate unity without leaving their distinctive gifts behind. She feels the urgency of the Lord's command that the Church "be one" (Doctrine & Covenants 38:27), and helps us recognize the ways diversity and individuality can strengthen, rather than weaken, unity.
With her unique mix of humor and candor, empathy and idealism, Inouye draws upon her academic training in Chinese history and religious studies, her rich cultural heritage, her experiences raising a family in an international setting, her tangle with cancer, and her resilient faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ to unfurl vibrant reflections on the enduring question of what it means to be a Latter-day Saint today.
From the Living Faith series that brought you Adam Miller's Letters to a Young Mormon, Patrick Mason's Planted, and Ashley Mae Hoiland's One Hundred Birds Taught You to Fly, we are thrilled to present Crossings: a bald Asian American Latter-day Saint woman scholar's ventures through life, death, cancer, & motherhood (not necessarily in that order). Brought to you by the Maxwell Institute and Deseret Book. 
Are you enjoying the Maxwell Institute Study Edition? Tell us!
It's been six months since we released the Maxwell Institute Study Edition of the Book of Mormon into the wild. Editor Grant Hardy recently wrote the Institute to say he's been using his own copy "pretty intensely" since it came out and he's "delighted with how it has held up." This is one of the benefits of editing a study edition: Hardy basically created a version of the text that would benefit his own personal  scripture study as much as anyone else's! 

book of mormon study editionIf you've been using a study edition we'd love to hear from you. What has your experience been like? Have you seen many benefits of using this edition? What about drawbacks? We can't meet every individual reader's exact needs and expectations, but we'd love to hear what is working and what isn't as we prepare additional printings. (Which is why you can also send us any mistakes you discover in spelling, in cross references, or anything else. Thankfully, we've found a very few indeed.)

Most importantly, we'd love to hear about new insights you've discovered. Something you hadn't noticed before or something that took on new meaning—inspirational discoveries and challenging nuggets alike. Perhaps we can help spread your insight and experience to others. 

Please send your reactions, discoveries, and other thoughts to Blair Hodges, the Institute's public communications specialist, at
Following a brief hiatus, the Maxwell Institute Podcast will return very soon!
The podcast has been momentarily on pause as we've been preparing the Institute's new website. You might take advantage of the break to catch up on some past episodes. We've also nearly completed written transcripts for the entire back catalog! Perfect for personal study or the classroom. The new website will make it easier than ever to listen, read, and enjoy.
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