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Alex Baugh

Department Chair
Church History and Doctrine

375-B JSB
Provo, UT 84602

Biography

Alexander L. Baugh is a professor and chair of the Department of Church History and Doctrine at Brigham Young University, where he has been a full-time faculty member since 1995. He received his BS from Utah State University and his MA and PhD degrees from Brigham Young University. He specializes in researching and writing about the Missouri period of early Church history (1831–39). He is the author, editor, or coeditor of ten books, including three volumes of the Document series of The Joseph Smith Papers (Documents, volumes 4, 5, and 6). In addition, he has published more than eighty historical journal articles, essays, and book chapters. He is a member of the Mormon History Association and the John Whitmer Historical Association, having served as president of the latter organization in 2006–7. He is also the past editor of Mormon Historical Studies and past codirector of research for the BYU Religious Studies Center. He is married to the former Susan Johnson, and they are the parents of five children. He and his wife reside in Highland, Utah.

Professional Citizenship

  • Board Member, Mormon History Association, 2016-12-01 - 2016-12-31 - Present
  • Member, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 2015-01-01 - 2015-12-31 - Present
  • Board Member, History of the Saints Board, 2013-01-01 - 2013-12-31 - Present
  • Member, Missouri Mormon Frontier Foundation, 1997-01-01 - 1997-12-31 - Present
  • Member, John Whitmer Historical Association, 1995-01-01 - 1995-12-31 - Present
  • Member, Mormon History Association, 1994-01-01 - 1994-12-31 - Present
  • Other, John Whitmer Historical Association, 2018-09-01 - 2018-09-30 - 2020-09-01 - 2020-09-30
  • Committee/Council Member, Smith Family Association, 2019-09-01 - 2019-09-30 - 2020-06-01 - 2020-06-30
  • Other, Mormon Historical Studies, 2006-01-01 - 2006-12-31 - 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31
  • Board Member, Mormon Historic Sites Foundation, 1999-01-01 - 1999-12-31 - 2011-01-01 - 2011-12-31
  • Other, Mormon History Association, 2009-01-01 - 2009-12-31 - 2009-01-01 - 2009-12-31
  • Other, John Whitmer Historical Association, 2008-01-01 - 2008-12-31 - 2009-01-01 - 2009-12-31
  • Other, John Whitmer Historical Association, 2006-01-01 - 2006-12-31 - 2007-01-01 - 2007-12-31
  • Officer (specify in Other), John Whitmer Historical Association, 2005-01-01 - 2005-12-31 - 2006-01-01 - 2006-12-31
  • Other, Mormon History Association, 2002-01-01 - 2002-12-31 - 2006-01-01 - 2006-12-31
  • Other, Mormon Historical Studies, 2000-01-01 - 2000-12-31 - 2006-01-01 - 2006-12-31
  • Committee/Council Chair, MHA Best Undergraduate and Graduate Papers, 2004-01-01 - 2004-12-31 - 2005-01-01 - 2005-12-31
  • Other, Mormon History Association, 1999-01-01 - 1999-12-31 - 2002-01-01 - 2002-12-31
  • Other, John Whitmer Historical Association, 1999-01-01 - 1999-12-31 - 2001-01-01 - 2001-12-31
  • Other, Nauvoo Journal, 1997-01-01 - 1997-12-31 - 1999-01-01 - 1999-12-31
  • Other, Mormon History Association, 1995-01-01 - 1995-12-31 - 1998-01-01 - 1998-12-31

Courses Taught

2020

  • REL C 341 : Section 001

2019

  • REL C 341 : Section 001

2018

  • REL C 341 : Section 001

2017

  • REL C 341 : Section 001

2016

  • REL C 341 : Section 001
  • REL C 341 : Section 002
  • REL C 341 : Section 003
  • REL C 324 : Section 005
  • REL C 225 : Section 016
  • REL C 341 : Section 001
  • REL C 341 : Section 002
  • REL C 341 : Section 005

2015

  • REL C 225 : Section 016
  • REL C 341 : Section 001
  • REL C 341 : Section 002
  • REL C 341 : Section 005
  • REL C 324 : Section 012
  • REL C 341 : Section 002
  • REL C 341 : Section 004
  • REL C 341 : Section 005
  • REL C 325 : Section 031

2014

  • REL C 341 : Section 003
  • REL C 341 : Section 004
  • REL C 341 : Section 005
  • REL C 325 : Section 022
  • REL C 324 : Section 010
  • REL C 341 : Section 002
  • REL C 341 : Section 004
  • REL C 341 : Section 005
  • REL C 325 : Section 032

2013

  • REL C 341 : Section 003
  • REL C 341 : Section 004
  • REL C 341 : Section 005
  • REL C 324 : Section 034
  • REL C 341 : Section 002
  • REL C 341 : Section 004
  • REL C 341 : Section 005
  • REL C 325 : Section 034

2012

  • REL C 341 : Section 003
  • REL C 341 : Section 004
  • REL C 341 : Section 005
  • REL C 324 : Section 013
  • REL C 324 : Section 040
  • REL C 341 : Section 001
  • REL C 341 : Section 002

2011

  • REL C 341 : Section 002
  • REL C 341 : Section 004
  • REL C 341 : Section 005
  • REL C 325 : Section 026
  • REL C 341 : Section 005
  • REL C 341 : Section 007
  • REL C 341 : Section 008
  • REL C 324 : Section 003
  • REL C 324 : Section 007
  • REL C 324 : Section 012

2010

  • REL C 341 : Section 002
  • REL C 341 : Section 004
  • REL C 325 : Section 021
  • REL C 325 : Section 023
  • REL C 341 : Section 001
  • REL C 324 : Section 005
  • REL C 341 : Section 005
  • REL C 341 : Section 007
  • REL C 341 : Section 009
  • REL C 324 : Section 003
  • REL C 324 : Section 007
  • REL C 324 : Section 012

2009

  • REL C 341 : Section 002
  • REL C 341 : Section 004
  • REL C 325 : Section 022
  • REL C 325 : Section 024
  • REL C 324 : Section 003
  • REL C 324 : Section 004
  • REL C 324 : Section 007
  • REL C 341 : Section 004
  • REL C 341 : Section 005
  • REL C 341 : Section 009
  • REL C 325 : Section 010

2008

  • REL C 341 : Section 009
  • REL C 341 : Section 002
  • REL C 341 : Section 003
  • REL C 341 : Section 004
  • REL C 341 : Section 009
  • REL C 324 : Section 004
  • REL C 324 : Section 007

2007

  • REL C 341 : Section 001
  • REL C 341 : Section 007
  • REL C 341 : Section 010
  • REL C 324 : Section 021
  • REL C 324 : Section 025
  • REL C 324 : Section 002
  • REL C 324 : Section 003
  • REL C 324 : Section 008
  • REL C 341 : Section 004
  • REL C 341 : Section 005
  • REL C 341 : Section 010
  • REL C 324 : Section 004
  • REL C 324 : Section 007

2006

  • REL C 341 : Section 001
  • REL C 341 : Section 008
  • REL C 341 : Section 009
  • REL C 324 : Section 021
  • REL C 324 : Section 025
  • REL C 324 : Section 030
  • REL C 325 : Section 003
  • REL C 325 : Section 007
  • REL C 341 : Section 005
  • REL C 341 : Section 006
  • REL C 341 : Section 011
  • REL C 324 : Section 001
  • REL C 324 : Section 007

2005

  • REL C 341 : Section 001
  • REL C 341 : Section 008
  • REL C 341 : Section 009
  • REL C 324 : Section 025
  • REL C 324 : Section 030
  • REL C 341 : Section 001
  • REL C 341 : Section 002
  • REL C 325 : Section 005
  • REL C 341 : Section 002
  • REL C 341 : Section 006
  • REL C 341 : Section 011

2004

  • REL C 324 : Section 003
  • REL C 324 : Section 009
  • REL C 341 : Section 009
  • REL C 341 : Section 003
  • REL C 324 : Section 010
  • REL C 341 : Section 002
  • REL C 341 : Section 006
  • REL C 341 : Section 400

Publications

  • Baugh AL. October (4th Quarter/Autumn), 2016. The History and Doctrine of the Adam-ondi-Ahman Revelation (D&C 116). Craig Ostler, Michael MacKay, and Barbara Morgan Gardner, editors. Provo, UT; Salt Lake City, UT: Religious Studies Center, BYU, and Deseret Book.
  • Baugh AL. June, 2016. “I Knew Not What to Do": Amanda Barnes Smith. Brittany Chapman Nash, editor. Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book.
  • Baugh AL, Godfrey MC, Rensink BW, Smith AD, Parkin MH. May, 2016. Documents Volume 4: April 1834–September 1835. Salt Lake City, UT: The Church Historian's Press.
  • Baugh AL. April (2nd Quarter/Spring), 2016. The Testimonies of the Book of Mormon Witnesses. Laura Harris Hales, editor. Provo, UT; Salt Lake City, UT: Religious Studies Center, BYU, and Deseret Book.
  • Baugh AL, Staker ML. January (1st Quarter/Winter), 2016. Restoring Harmony, Part II: A Photo Essay. Winter 2016th ed. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, BYU.
  • Baugh AL. October (4th Quarter/Autumn), 2010. Religious Education and the Joseph Smith Papers Project. Provo, Utah: Religious Studies Center, BYU.
  • Baugh AL, Black SE. September, 2010. Banner of the Gospel: Wilford Woodruff. Provo and Salt Lake City, Utah: BYU Religious Studies Center and Deseret Book.
  • Baugh AL. September, 2010. Images of Wilford Woodruff's Life: A Photographic Journey. Alexander L. Baugh and Susan Easton Black, editors. Provo, Utah: Religious Studies Center, BYU.
  • Baugh AL. September, 2010. Wilford Wooruff Chronology. Alexander L. Baugh and Susan Easton Black, editors. Provo, Utah: Religious Studies Center, BYU.
  • Baugh AL, Holzapfel RN. July (3rd Quarter/Summer), 2010. 'I Roll the Burthern and Responsibility of Leading This Church Off from My Shoulders on to Yours': The 1844/1845 Declaration of the Twelve Regarding Apostolic Succession. 3rd ed.
  • Baugh AL. April (2nd Quarter/Spring), 2010. A Historical Note on Joseph Smith's 1836 Visit to the East India Marine Society Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. 1st ed. Salt Lake City, Utah: Mormon Historic Sites Foundation.
  • Baugh AL. April (2nd Quarter/Spring), 2010. Jacob Hawn and the Hawn's Mill Massacre: Missouri Millwright and Oregon Pioneer. 1st ed. Salt Lake City, Utah: Mormon Historic Sites Foundation.
  • Holzapfel RN, Baugh AL, Black SE, Bennett RE, Hedges AH. April (2nd Quarter/Spring), 2010. The Doctrine and Covenants: A Roundtable Discussion. 2nd ed. Provo, Utah: Religious Studies Center, BYU.
  • Baugh AL. April (2nd Quarter/Spring), 2010. The Mormon Temple Site at Far West, Caldwell County, Missouri. Thomas M. Spencer, editor. Columbia, Missouri: University of Missouri Press.
  • Baugh AL. January (1st Quarter/Winter), 2010. Joseph Smith and the Redemption of Zion. Richard Neitzel Holzapfel and Kent P. Jackson, editors. Provo and Salt Lake City, Utah: BYU Religious Studies Center and Deseret Book.
  • Baugh AL. January (1st Quarter/Winter), 2010. Joseph Smith in Northern Missouri. Richard Neitzel Holzapfel and Kent P. Jackson, editors. Provo and Salt Lake City, Utah: BYU Religious Studies Center and Deseret Book.
  • Baugh AL. October (4th Quarter/Autumn), 2009. Guilty of High Misdemeanors, Villainy, Conspiracy, and Treason: Samuel Bogart's 1839 Letter about the Mormons to the Quincy, Illinois, Postmaster. 1st ed.

Presentations

  • Baugh AL. Liberty Jail: Myths and Misconceptions. John Whitmer Historical Association Coinference. September, 2019.
  • Baugh AL. “An Iconic Relic from the Original Nauvoo Temple: The Smithsonian Sunstone in the National Museum of American History,” BYU Church History Symposium, Washington, DC, June 15, 2019 . BYU Church History Symposium. June, 2019.
  • Baugh AL. Another Prophet in the City of the Saints: Joseph Smith III’s 1876 Visit to Utah Territory. Mormon History Association Conference. June, 2019.
  • Baugh ALL. Parley P Pratt Letters and Documents, Volume 1. Mormon History Association Conference. June, 2019.
  • Baugh AL. A Lonesome Prison: The Arrest and Incarceration of the Mormon Prisoners in Liberty Jail, 1838–1839. History of the Saints Conference. November, 2018.
  • Baugh AL. The Missouri-Mormon War on Television: A Portrayal of Alexander W Doniphan’s Involvement in the 1838 Conflict on NBC’s TV Series Profiles in Courage. John Whitmer Historical Association. September, 2018.
  • Baugh AL. A Prophet and a Man: The Spiritual and Human Sides of Joseph Smith. History of the Saints Conference. November, 2017.
  • Baugh AL. A Prophet and a Man: The Spiritual and Human Sides of Joseph Smith. Orem LDS Institute Devotional. November, 2017.
  • Baugh AL. We have a company of Danites in these times: The Mormon Danites and the 1838 Missouri-Mormon Conflict. Church History Symposium. October, 2017.
  • Baugh AL. David Whitmer: Early Mormon Leader, Richmond Businessman, Civic Servant. David Whitmer Symposium. September, 2017.
  • Baugh AL. Leonard J Arrington and the LDS Church. Leonard J Arrington Conference. July, 2017.
  • Baugh AL. Laying the Foundation of Zion: Joseph Smith’s 1831 Mission to Western Missouri. Mormon History Association. June, 2017.
  • Baugh AL. Part of the Family: Joseph Smith’s Dog, Old Major. Mormon History Association. June, 2017.
  • Baugh AL. A Prophet and a Man: The Spiritual and Human Sides of Joseph Smith. BYU National Honor Society. March, 2017.
  • Baugh AL. A Case Study in the Depiction of the 1838-Missouri Mormon War on NBC’s Television Series Profiles in Courage, 1965. Mormon Media Studies. November, 2016.
  • Baugh AL. Alexander W Doniphan: A Life without Reproach. Alexander W Doniphan Symposium. October, 2016.
  • Baugh AL. Lilburn W Boggs: Merchant, Politician, and California Pioneer. Alexander W Doniphan Symposium. October, 2016.
  • Baugh AL. The History and Doctrine of the Adam-ondi-Ahman Revelation (D&C 116). Sidney B Sperry Symposium. October, 2016.
  • Baugh AL. The Adam-ondi-Ahman Revelation: Historical and Textual Analysis of Doctrine and Covenants Section 116. John Whitmer Historical Association. September, 2015.
  • Baugh AL. "I Will Soften the Hearts of the People": Mormon-Gentile Relations in Clay County, Missouri, 1833–1839. Mormon History Association Conference. June, 2015.
  • Baugh AL. A Prophet and a Man: The Spiritual and Human Sides of Joseph Smith. LDS Business College Devotional. May, 2015.
  • Baugh AL. "Tis Not for Crimes That I Have Done": Parley P Pratt’s Missouri Imprisonment, 1838–1839. Sons of Utah Pioneers National Convention. May, 2015.
  • Baugh AL. Joseph Smith: Seer, Translator, Revelator, Prophet. BYU Devotional. June, 2014.
  • Baugh AL. Old and New: The History of the Original and Reconstructed Liberty Jails. Mormon History Association Conference. June, 2014.
  • Baugh AL. Reconstructing the Hawn’s Mill Tragedy: New Insights and Interpretations. Hawn’s Mill 175th Anniversary Commemoration. October, 2013.
  • Baugh AL. A Loathsome Prison: The Incarceration of the Mormon Prisoners in Liberty Jail, 1838–1839. Historic Liberty Jail 50th Anniversary Commemorative Symposium. October, 2013.
  • Baugh AL. The Latter-day Saints Clay County Experience, 1833–1836. Historic Liberty Jail 50th Anniversary Commemorative Symposium. October, 2013.
  • Baugh AL. Walls of Stone, Rock, and Timber: The Historic Liberty Jail in Clay County, Missouri. Historic Liberty Jail 50th Anniversary Commemorative Symposium. October, 2013.
  • Baugh AL. A Loathsome Prison: The History of the Liberty, Missouri Jail. John Whitmer Historical Association Conference. September, 2013.
  • Baugh AL. Excavating the Mormon Past: The 1888 Travel Writings of Mormon Historian Andrew Jenson. Mormon History Association Conference. June, 2013.
  • Baugh AL. Oliver Cowdery: Second Elder and Witness of the Restoration. Sons of Utah Pioneers Annual Historic Symposium. May, 2013.
  • Baugh AL. A Prophet and a Man: The Spiritual and Human Sides of Joseph Smith. Ogden LDS Institute of Religion Devotional. January, 2013.
  • Baugh AL. Sidney B Sperry Symposium. October, 2012.
  • Baugh AL. Purchasing Zion: Mormon Land Acquisition in Jackson County, Missouri, 1831–1833. John Whitmer Historical Association Conference. September, 2012.
  • Baugh AL. John C Fremont’s 1842 and 1843–1844 Western Expeditions and the Mormons in Illinois. Mormon Exodus Regional Studies. July, 2012.
  • Baugh AL. Purchasing Zion: Mormon Land Acquisition in Jackson County, Missouri, 1831–1833. Mormon History Association Conference. June, 2012.
  • Baugh AL. The Authors Meets the Critics: Discussion of Terryl L Givens and Matthew J Grow, Parley P Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism. Mormon History Association Conference. June, 2012.
  • Baugh AL. The Personality and Character of Joseph Smith. Religion in Life Lecture. January, 2012.
  • Baugh AL. Leadership in Zion: The Almost Forgotten Missouri Presidency, 1834–1838. John Whitmer Historical Association. September, 2011.
  • Baugh AL. Defending Mormonism: The Scandinavian Mission Presidency of Andrew Jenson, 1909–1912. Church History Symposium. March, 2011.
  • Baugh AL. The 1838 Mormon War: Causes, Conflicts, and Campaigns. Mormon Studies Student Association. November, 2010.
  • Baugh AL. Another Prophet in Utah: Joseph Smith III’s 1876 Visit to Salt Lake City. John Whitmer Historical Association. September, 2010.
  • Baugh AL. Jacob Hawn and the Hawn’s Mill Massacre: Missouri Millwright, Oregon Pioneer. Mormon History Association. May, 2010.
  • Baugh AL. The Independence, Missouri Temple Lot: A Photographic History. Center for the Study of New Religions-CESNUR. June, 2009.
  • Baugh AL, Addams RJ. "'Upon a Lot Not Far From the Courthouse': A Photographic History of the Temple Lot in Independence, Jackson County, Missouri". John Whitmer Historical Association. October, 2008.
  • Baugh AL. 'For the Ground Upon Which Thou Standest is Holy': The Mormon Temple Site at Far West, Missouri". The Mormon Missouri Experience: From Conflict to Understanding. 2006.
  • Baugh AL. Joseph Smith's Ten Greatest Doctrinal Teachings (Non-Canonical). Logan LDS Institute of Religion. 2004.
  • Baugh AL. Another Prophet in Zion: Joseph Smith III's 1876 Visit to Utah. Mormon History Association. 2004.
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