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Casey Griffiths

Casey Griffiths

Assistant Teaching Professor
Church History and Doctrine

316Q JSB
Provo, UT 84150

Biography

Casey Paul Griffiths was born and raised in Delta, Utah. He served a mission in Fort Lauderdale, Florida before returning home to complete a B.A. degree in History at Brigham Young University (2002). He later earned a M.A. In Religious Education and a PhD in Educational Leadership and Foundations at BYU (2007, 2012). His studies focused on the development of religious education programs among the Latter-day Saints. Prior to joining the faculty in Religious Education at BYU, Brother Griffiths served in Seminaries and Institutes for eleven years as a teacher and a curriculum writer. His research focuses on the history of religious education among Latter-day Saints, the history of the Church in the Pacific, and diverse movements associated with the Restoration. He is married to Elizabeth Ottley Griffiths and they live in Saratoga Springs with their three adorable children.

Courses Taught: Doctrine and Covenants (REL C 324, 325), Foundations of the Restoration (REL C 225), The Eternal Family (Rel 200), The Living Prophets (Rel 333)

Areas of Expertise: Doctrine and Covenants, LDS educational history, 20th century LDS Church history, Global LDS Church History with emphasis on the Pacific

Areas of Research: History of Seminaries and Institutes, Global LDS Education, Restoration Movements, Consecration practices

Research Interests

History of Latter-day Saint Religious Education, Practices of Consecration, Interfaith relationships among different branches of Mormonism, International Mormonism.

Teaching Interests

Doctrine & Covenants, Foundations of the Restoration, The Eternal Family, Teachings of the Living Prophets, Presidents of the Church, Missionary Preparation.

Education

  • PhD, Educational Leadership and Foundations , History, institution ( 2012-01-01 - 2012-12-31 )
  • M.A., Religious Education , institution ( 2007-01-01 - 2007-12-31 )

Honors and Awards

  • Nomination for Best Historical Article
  • Best International Article Award

Memberships

  • American Academy of Religion: ( - Present)
  • History of Education Society: ( - Present)
  • John Whitmer Historical Association: ( - Present)
  • Religious Education Association: ( - Present)
  • Mormon History Association: ( - Present)

Professional Citizenship

  • Conference-Related Role, John Whitmer Historical Association, 2019-09-01 - 2019-09-30 - 2020-09-01 - 2020-09-30

Courses Taught

2020

  • REL C 225 : Section 015
  • REL C 225 : Section 020
  • REL C 225 : Section 026
  • REL C 225 : Section 030
  • REL C 225 : Section 045
  • REL C 200 : Section 021
  • REL C 200 : Section 027
  • REL C 200 : Section 002
  • REL C 200 : Section 003
  • REL C 200 : Section 004
  • REL C 225 : Section 004
  • REL C 225 : Section 010
  • REL C 225 : Section 021
  • REL C 225 : Section 025
  • REL C 225 : Section 038
  • REL C 200 : Section 021
  • REL C 200 : Section 025

2019

  • REL C 225 : Section 007
  • REL C 225 : Section 014
  • REL C 225 : Section 022
  • REL C 225 : Section 026
  • REL C 200 : Section 015
  • REL C 200 : Section 024
  • REL C 200 : Section 030
  • REL C 200 : Section 003
  • REL C 225 : Section 004
  • REL C 225 : Section 010
  • REL C 225 : Section 023
  • REL C 225 : Section 028
  • REL C 225 : Section 039
  • REL C 200 : Section 024
  • REL C 200 : Section 028

2018

  • REL C 225 : Section 002
  • REL C 225 : Section 017
  • REL C 225 : Section 022
  • REL C 225 : Section 026
  • REL C 200 : Section 015
  • REL C 200 : Section 024
  • REL C 200 : Section 030
  • REL C 333 : Section 001
  • REL C 333 : Section 002
  • REL C 225 : Section 004
  • REL C 225 : Section 009
  • REL C 225 : Section 024
  • REL C 225 : Section 035
  • REL C 200 : Section 005
  • REL C 200 : Section 024
  • REL C 200 : Section 028

2017

  • REL C 225 : Section 002
  • REL C 225 : Section 013
  • REL C 225 : Section 017
  • REL C 200 : Section 014
  • REL C 200 : Section 017
  • REL C 200 : Section 022
  • REL C 200 : Section 031
  • REL C 200 : Section 002
  • REL C 200 : Section 003
  • REL C 200 : Section 005
  • REL C 225 : Section 011
  • REL C 225 : Section 016
  • REL C 225 : Section 020
  • REL C 225 : Section 023
  • REL C 200 : Section 005
  • REL C 200 : Section 020
  • REL C 200 : Section 028

2016

  • REL C 225 : Section 013
  • REL C 225 : Section 017
  • REL C 225 : Section 032
  • REL C 200 : Section 014
  • REL C 200 : Section 022
  • REL C 200 : Section 026
  • REL C 333 : Section 001
  • REL C 333 : Section 002
  • REL C 200 : Section 021
  • REL C 200 : Section 022
  • REL C 333 : Section 001
  • REL C 333 : Section 003
  • REL C 333 : Section 014

2015

  • REL C 324 : Section 025
  • REL C 200 : Section 014
  • REL C 200 : Section 021
  • REL C 333 : Section 001
  • REL C 333 : Section 006
  • REL C 333 : Section 001
  • REL C 333 : Section 003
  • REL C 325 : Section 030
  • REL C 333 : Section 002
  • REL C 333 : Section 005
  • REL C 333 : Section 006
  • REL C 333 : Section 007

2014

  • REL C 325 : Section 004
  • REL C 325 : Section 011
  • REL C 325 : Section 017

Publications

  • Griffiths CP. July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 1, 2018. A Renewal of the Faith: The Remnant Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 3rd ed. Salt Lake City, Utah : Mormon History Association.
  • Griffiths CP. January (1st Quarter/Winter) 1, 2018. A Sojourn Among the Children of Aaron. 1st ed. Jessie L. Embry, editor. Saratoga Springs: Mormon History Association.
  • Griffiths CP. January (1st Quarter/Winter) 15, 2014. "Coligios Chilenos de los Santos de los Ultimos Dias: The History of Latter-day Saint Schools in Chile. 1st ed. Salt Lake City, Utah: Mormon History Association.

Presentations

  • Griffiths CP. The Four Loves. BYU Education Week. A presentation exploring the nature of love in the scriptures. August, 2020.
  • Griffiths CP. The First Vision Goes to the Movies. Harold B Lee Library First Vision Lecture Series . A lecture on cinematic interpretations of Joseph Smith's First Vision . February, 2020.
  • Griffiths CPP. A Guide to the Gospel Topics Essays. Education Week. A guide to the Gospel Topics Essays published by the Church in 2013 dealing with some of the most difficult issues in Church History including Race and the Priesthood, Plural Marriage, Book of Mormon Translation, and First Vision Accounts . August, 2019.
  • Griffiths CP. A History of the Church in 100 Objects. BYU Education Week. August, 2017.
  • Griffiths C, Gardner BEM. Discussions on the Eternal Family . BYU Education Week. August, 2017.
  • Griffiths CP. The 100 Most Important Events in Church History. BYU Education Week. August, 2017.
  • Griffiths CP. "A Covenant and a Deed Which Cannot Be Broken" The Continuing Saga of Comsecration. Sidney B Sperry Symposium 2016. An overview of the ways the principles of Consecration have been implemented throughout the history of the LDS Church. October, 2016.
  • Griffiths CP. The Chicago Experiment - Secularism and Religious Education in the LDS Church. John Whitmer Historical Association Conference. A history of secularism in the religious education programs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. September, 2016.
  • Griffiths CP. The Eternal Family. BYU Education Week. An overview of the concepts taught in the new cornerstone course, the Eternal Family. August, 2016.
  • Griffiths CP. Young, Progressive, and in Love: The Graduate School Letters of Joseph F Merrill and Annie Laura Hyde. Mormon History Association Annual Conference 2016. A history of the correspondence between Laura Hyde and Joseph F Merrill during his time at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. June, 2016.
  • Griffiths CP. Kia ngawari: The evolution of a Mormon village in New zealand. Pacific History Association Guam 2016 Conference. A history of the Mormon village of Temple View in New Zealand. June, 2016.
  • Gardner BEM, Griffiths CP, Educating Mormons: A Holistic Approach to Latter-day Saint Education. Religion in Society. March, 2016.
  • Griffiths CP. "I Felt it Was Perfectly Right and Voted Heartily For It: Latter-day Saint Women in Post-Manifesto Politics. BYU Church History Symposium 2016. A history of Latter-day Saint women in post-manifesto politics. February, 2016.
  • Griffiths CP. The Book of Mormon Among the Saints: Evolving use of the Keystone Scripture. Sidney B Sperry Symposium 2015. An overview of Latter-day Saint use of the Book of Mormon from its publication in 1830 to the present. October, 2015.
  • Griffiths CP. A Covenant and a Deed Which Cannot Be Broken: Examining Two Modern-day Consecration Movements. John Whitmer Historical Association Conference. A comparison of Consecration practices of the House of Aaron and the Remnant Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. September, 2015.
  • Griffiths CP. The 100 Most Important Events in Latter-day Saint History. BYU Education Week. An overview of the 100 most important events in Church History. August, 2015.
  • Griffiths CP. The Fringes of Mormonism. Mormon History Association Conference 2015. Led a post conference tour to areas in the western region of Utah, including Delta, Topaz Internment camp, and a Eskdale to meet with the House of Aaron. June, 2015.
  • Griffiths CP. A Tale of Two Schools: Latter-day Saint Educational Efforts in Kiribati and Indonesia. Pacific History Association Conference. A contrast of the histories of two LDS schools, one in Indonesia and the other in Kiribati. December, 2014.
  • Griffiths CP. "A Tale of Two Schools: Latter-day Saint Education in Indonesia and Kiribati". Pacific History Conference. December, 2014.
  • Griffiths CP. Jupiter Ascendant: The Educational Contributions of Joseph F Merrill. Utah History Conference 2014. An overview of the work of Joseph F Merrill at the University of Utah and in LDS education. September, 2014.
  • Griffiths CP. The Last Frontier: Latter-day Saint Schools in South America. Mormon History Association Conference. June, 2014.
  • Griffiths CP. The Last Frontier: Latter-day Saint Schools in South America. Mormon History Association Conference 2014. A history of LDS schools in Chile, Peru, Bolivia, and Paraguay. June, 2014.
  • Griffiths CP. Go Ye Into All the World: International Pioneering in Church Education. BYU Church History Symposium. An overview of educational pioneers among the Latter-day Saints. March, 2014.
  • Griffiths CP. The Globalization of Latter-day Saint Education. Mormon History Association 2013. A history of the establishment of the global church education system. June, 2013.
  • Griffiths CP. A Godsend for the Salvation of Modern Israel: The Creation of the Seminary Program. BYU Church History Symposium. A history of the establishment of the LDS Seminary program. February, 2012.
  • Griffiths CP. The Church of the Lamb. Sidney B Sperry Symposium. An examination of the Church of the Lamb mentioned in 1 Néphi 11-14. October, 2011.
  • Griffiths CP. Life at a Church Academy. Mormon History Association Conference 2010. A history of the LDS academy located in Beaver, Utah. June, 2010.
  • Griffiths CP. The Chicago Experiment: Finding a Voice and Charting the Course of Religious Education in the Church. BYU Studies Conference. A history of several LDS educators who attended the University of Chicago Divinity school. March, 2010.
  • Griffiths CP. Joseph F Merrill: Latter-day Saint Commissioner of Education. Seminary and Institutes Research Forum. An overview of the educational contributions of Joseph F Merrill, with emphasis on his founding of the Seminary and Institute programs of the LDS Church . August, 2009.
  • Griffiths CP. In Search of the Smith Family Religion: Universalism and the Revelations of Joseph Smith. Sidney B Sperry Symposium. An examination of Joseph Smith's family religion and how it affected his religious outlook . October, 2008.
  • Griffiths CP. John Taylor: Adopted Son of America. BYU Church History Symposium. An examination of John Taylor's relationship with the United States and his identity as an American immigrant . September, 2008.
  • Griffiths CP. Joseph F Merrill and the Church Education Crisis of 1930-31. Mormon History Association Conference 2008. A history of an educational crisis in the LDS Church that took place in the early 1930s . June, 2008.
  • Griffiths CP. Exploring the Book of Mormon. BYU-Idaho Book of Mormon Symposium. An examination of the the teachings of LDS Church leaders concerning the Book of Mormon . February, 2008.
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