Twelve circumstances that contributed to the martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph Smith

Explore twelve factors that led to the martyrdom of this remarkable individual, including social, economic, and political aspects. How Dr. Parkin dissects this pivotal event is a valuable template for teaching our history through the lense of multiple groups and sources, thereby providing a richer, and accurate understanding of Mormon events.



Friday, November 6, 2015, 7:30-9:30 pm


Home of Elizabeth and Mark England
1194 S. 500 E., SLC, UT

Please come in the back door if you arrive late. 


About Dr. Max Parkin:

Max Parkin earned a PhD in Philosophy of Religion and Church History at BYU and has taught 40 years at Institute of Religion at University of Utah. He is a past editor of the Journal of Mormon History as well as an editor and historian for the Joseph Smith Papers Project, specifically for the Missouri and Ohio period.

Dr. Parkin has published in a variety of professional and LDS Church journals, including BYU Studies, Mormon Encyclopedia, Encyclop[edia of History of Mormonism, Ensign Magazine, Mapping Mormonism, Dialogue, etc. In addition, he authored the book Conflict at Kirtland and co-authored Sacred Places–Missouri.

A former Bishop, his most important work has been husband to Yvonne Hobberstad and father of their 5 children.

Read, listen, watch:

For those interested in preparatory reading, Dr. Parkin suggests Glen Leonard’s Nauvoo; Richard Bushman’s Rough Stone Rolling, the Nauvoo chapters; Joseph Smith and World Government by Hyrum Andrus; Klaus Hanson’s Quest for Empire on the Council of Fifty.


Feel free to invite others who might benefit from this evening.