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Fred Woods

Professor
Church History and Doctrine

365E JSB
Provo, UT 84602

Biography

Fred Woods and his wife, JoAnna, standing in front of a lake

Bio: Fred E. Woods completed a BS degree in psychology (1981) and a MS degree in international relations (1985) from Brigham Young University. In 1991, he earned a PhD in Middle East studies from the University of Utah with an emphasis in Hebrew Bible. He has been a professor of Religious Education at Brigham Young University since 1998 and feels blessed to teach the great students at BYU. From 2005 to 2010, he held a Richard L. Evans Professorship of Religious Understanding and was appointed in 2019 to a BYU endowed Moral Education Professorship. Dr. Woods has lectured at scores of universities in the United States and internationally. He is the author of numerous academic articles treating a variety of topics and has written many books. His most recent publication is The Saints of Tonga: A Century of Island Faith, a coauthored book which has a companion documentary film by the same name. The past decade he has also produced several documentaries with filmmaker Martin Andersen. Their films include Mormon Yankees: Giants on and off the Court (2011), Finding Refuge in El Paso (2012) and Divine Providence: The Wreck and Rescue of the Julia Ann (2014), Laie: Refuge from the Storm (2015), and Melting the Ice: A History of the Latter-day Saints in Alaska (2018). His most recent film is The Saints of Tonga: A Century of Island Faith, a companion to the book. 

Professor Woods is best known for his works on the globalization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which includes his specialized research  on the maritime segment of the story of the Latter-day Saint gathering to an American Zion—the sailing before the trail portion of Mormon immigration to the United States. Dr. Woods has authored scores of articles on this topic and has many publications dealing with international studies on the this website: https://saintsbysea.lib.byu.edu/about/ (of which he is the chief editor and compiler) which is a major source of information on this topic). In spring 2017 and spring 2018, he was a research fellow at the Harris Manchester College at Oxford University for the Trinity Trimesters, where he was immersed in a study of the Latter-day Saint image in the British mind, a forthcoming book and documentary. His current main focus of research in on the history and impact of Latter-day Saints on Las Vegas. He is also writing about the Saints of Sitka, Alaska, and how Icelanders view the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is married to JoAnna Merrill (pictured at right), and they have five children and nine grandchildren. 

Recent Articles Published

Fred E. Woods and Kári Bjarnason, “Conversions, Arrests, and Friendships: A Story of Two Icelandic Police Officers,” Religious Educator 20, no. 1 (Winter 2019).

Fred E. Woods, "Osmondmania in the United Kingdom," LDS Living, Nov./Dec 2019 issue. 

Fred E. Woods and Jannalee Sandau, “The Gathering and Influence of the Scottish Saints,” LDS Living, January/February 2019).

Fred E. Woods, “Sail before the Trail, or Have We Missed the Boat? LDS Maritime Immigration to America in the 19th Century, Ephemera Journal 21, no. 3 (May 2019): 1, 4–9.  

Fred E. Woods, ““From South Africa to Salt Lake City: Eli Wiggill, the Latter-day Saints, and the World of Religion, 1810–1883,” Historia 64, no. 2 (May 2019): 1–22.

Fred E. Woods, “Saints and the Transcontinental Railroad,” LDS Living, May/June 2019), 40–44, 47, 49.

Fred E. Woods and Anita Manning, “An Extraordinary Troop: The Boy Scouts Program at Kalaupapa,” Hawaiian Journal of History 53 (2019): 83–105. 

Fred E. Woods, “Cecil B. DeMille and David O. McKay: An Unexpected Friendship,” BYU Studies 57, no. 4 (Fall 2018): 78–104. (A shortened modified version of this article was also published in the LDS Living, July 2019.

Fred E. Woods, “On the Way Home from the Mission Field: The Worldwide Travels of Ted Johnson and Ted Steck,” Mormon Historical Studies, Spring 2018. 

Forthcoming Books

Malcolm Adcock and Fred E. Woods, The Latter-day Saint Image in the British Mind (forthcoming). 

Fred E. Woods, Jay H. Buckley, and Hunter T. Hallows, eds., The Life and Adventures of Mr. Eli Wiggill (2020).

Fred E. Woods, Desert Blossoms: A History of Latter-day Saints in Las Vegas (2021). 

Forthcoming Articles

Fred E. Woods, “The Balance Between Church and State: A Study in Mutual Respect between the Latter-day Saints and the Royal Family,” Journal of Mormon History, Winter 2020.

Fred E. Woods, “Orson Pratt’s Publishing of The Seer: A Mission to Washington, DC, for a Season,” BYU Religious Education, Washington DC Regional Studies 2020 

Charles Vance, Mark Mendenhall, and Fred E. Woods, “Missionary Families: LDS Case Study,” chapter in Research Handbook of Global Families, ed. Yvonne McNulty et al. (2020)

Fred E. Woods, "The Bare Necessities: Latter-day Saints of Kodiak Island," forthcoming in LDS Living. (A more lengthy academic article will also be published in another journal on this topic).

Fred E. Woods “The Pluck and Luck of the Irish,” LDS Living, March/April 2020.

Fred E. Woods, “The Missouri Saints We Often Overlook,” LDS Living, 2020.

Recently Released Films

Martin Andersen and Fred E. Woods, coproducers, Saints of Tonga: A Century of Island Faith (2019). 

Fred E. Woods, Melting the Ice: A History of Latter-day Saints in Alaska (2018).

Forthcoming Documentary Films

The Look of Mormon: The Latter-day Saint Image in the British Mind (2020)

Fred E. Woods, Desert Blossoms: A History of Latter-day Saints in Las Vegas (2021). 

Recent Awards/Appointments  

Moral Education endowed professorship (2019–20) 

University of Iceland research fellowship, June 2020

Best book award for Kalaupapa: The Mormon Experience in an Exiled Community (Provo: UT, BYU Religious Studies Center; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2017). (The 2018 Harvey B. and Susan Easton Black Outstanding Publication Award (Gospel Scholarship for LDS Audiences, Church History and Doctrine)

Summer Oxford research fellow to the Oxford Harris Manchester College for the Trinity trimesters for 2017 and 2018

Adjunct professor in the School of Law at the University of Notre Dame Australia in Sydney for 2016–20

Areas of Expertise: Latter-day Saint gathering to Zion; Latter-day Saint global/international church, regional church histories, interfaith dialogue  

Research Interests

Mormon immigration/emigration/migration
The International Church
Church History in the 19th century
Old Testament Studies

Teaching Interests

International Church
Old Testament
LDS Church History
Doctrine and Covenants

Honors and Awards

  • Adjunct Professor University of Notre Dame Australia
  • Icelandic Heritage Award

Professional Citizenship

  • Other, University of Iceland, 2010-01-01 - 2010-12-31 - 2010-01-01 - 2010-12-31

Courses Taught

2020

  • REL C 225 : Section 012
  • REL C 225 : Section 014
  • REL C 225 : Section 027
  • REL C 344 : Section 001
  • REL C 225 : Section 003
  • REL C 225 : Section 011
  • REL C 225 : Section 018
  • REL C 225 : Section 022

2019

  • REL C 225 : Section 016
  • REL C 225 : Section 023
  • REL C 324 : Section 004
  • REL C 225 : Section 001
  • REL C 225 : Section 003
  • REL C 225 : Section 011
  • REL C 225 : Section 020
  • REL C 344 : Section 001

2018

  • REL C 225 : Section 014
  • REL C 225 : Section 016
  • REL A 121 : Section 020
  • REL C 324 : Section 001
  • REL C 325 : Section 001
  • REL C 225 : Section 003
  • REL C 225 : Section 019
  • REL C 325 : Section 005

2017

  • REL C 344 : Section 001
  • REL C 324 : Section 001
  • REL C 324 : Section 004
  • REL C 324 : Section 007
  • REL A 301 : Section 004
  • REL C 325 : Section 003
  • REL C 325 : Section 006
  • REL C 325 : Section 011
  • REL A 302 : Section 004

2016

  • REL C 324 : Section 001
  • REL C 324 : Section 004
  • REL C 324 : Section 007
  • REL C 324 : Section 013
  • REL A 301 : Section 005
  • REL C 344 : Section 001
  • REL C 325 : Section 004
  • REL C 325 : Section 008
  • REL C 325 : Section 012

2015

  • REL C 324 : Section 020
  • REL C 325 : Section 004
  • REL C 325 : Section 009
  • REL C 325 : Section 011
  • REL C 325 : Section 017
  • REL A 301 : Section 003

2014

  • REL A 311R: Section 006
  • REL A 303R: Section 007
  • REL A 311R: Section 004
  • REL A 303R: Section 004
  • REL A 311R: Section 002
  • REL A 303R: Section 002

2013

  • REL A 311R: Section 002
  • REL A 303R: Section 002
  • REL C 344 : Section 001
  • REL C 344 : Section 002
  • REL C 325 : Section 021
  • REL C 325 : Section 025
  • REL C 325 : Section 028
  • REL A 211 : Section 029

2012

  • REL C 344 : Section 001
  • REL C 344 : Section 002
  • REL C 324 : Section 001
  • REL C 324 : Section 004
  • REL C 324 : Section 016
  • REL A 301 : Section 005
  • REL C 344 : Section 001
  • REL C 344 : Section 002
  • REL C 325 : Section 002
  • REL C 325 : Section 022
  • REL C 325 : Section 028
  • REL A 302 : Section 004

2011

  • REL C 355 : Section 001
  • REL C 355 : Section 002
  • REL C 355 : Section 003
  • REL C 344 : Section 001
  • REL C 344 : Section 002
  • REL A 301 : Section 008
  • REL C 355 : Section 001
  • REL C 355 : Section 002
  • REL C 355 : Section 003
  • REL C 325 : Section 002
  • REL C 325 : Section 020

2010

  • REL C 355 : Section 001
  • REL C 355 : Section 002
  • REL C 355 : Section 003
  • REL A 302 : Section 004
  • REL C 324 : Section 004
  • REL A 301 : Section 001

2009

  • REL C 393R: Section 010
  • REL C 325 : Section 001
  • REL C 325 : Section 003
  • REL C 130 : Section 008
  • REL C 324 : Section 004
  • REL C 324 : Section 007

2008

  • REL C 100 : Section 001
  • REL C 100 : Section 002
  • REL A 301 : Section 003
  • REL A 121 : Section 001
  • REL A 301 : Section 007
  • REL A 302 : Section 002

2007

  • REL C 325: Section 1
  • REL C 325: Section 3
  • REL C 100 : Section 001
  • REL A 302: Section 4
  • REL A 301 : Section 001
  • REL A 301 : Section 002
  • REL A 302 : Section 005
  • REL C 325 : Section 001
  • REL C 325 : Section 006

2006

  • REL C 342 : Section 001
  • REL C 342 : Section 002
  • REL C 342 : Section 004

2005

  • REL C 325 : Section 001
  • REL C 325 : Section 003
  • REL A 302 : Section 004
  • REL C 342 : Section 001
  • REL C 342 : Section 002
  • REL C 325 : Section 029
  • REL C 325 : Section 041
  • REL A 302 : Section 006

2004

  • REL C 325 : Section 001
  • REL C 325 : Section 003
  • REL C 325 : Section 019
  • REL C 325 : Section 022
  • REL A 301 : Section 010
  • REL C 325 : Section 017
  • REL C 325 : Section 022
  • REL C 342 : Section 001
  • REL C 342 : Section 002
  • REL C 342 : Section 004

Publications

  • Woods FE. January (1st Quarter/Winter), 2017. Kalaupapa: The Mormon Experience in an Exiled Community . Provo, Salt Lake City, Utah : BYU Religious Studies Center and Deseret Book .
  • Woods FE. June, 2016. “With All Diligence of Mind,” . 2nd ed. Provo, Utah : BYU Religious Studies Center .
  • Woods FE. October (4th Quarter/Autumn), 2011. Making Friends Down Under: The Beginnings of LDS Missionary Work on Thursday Island, Queensland, Australia, 1961. 1st ed. Salt Lake City, Utah : Mormon Historical Studies .
  • Woods FE. October (4th Quarter/Autumn), 2011. The Arrival of Nineteenth Century Mormon Emigrants in Salt Lake City. Provo, Utah : BYU Religious Studies Center .
  • Woods FE. October (4th Quarter/Autumn), 2011. The Latter-day Saint Edition of the King James Bible . Kent P. Jackson , editor. Provo, Utah : BYU Religious Studies Center .
  • Woods FE. August, 2011. Mormons in Iceland (Museum Exhibit) . Vestammaneyjar, Iceland : Vestammaneyjar, Iceland Folk Museum .
  • Woods FE. July (3rd Quarter/Summer), 2011. Men in Motion: Administering and Organizing the Gathering . David Whittaker and Arnold K. Garr , editors. Provo, Utah : BYU Religious Studies Center .

Presentations

  • Woods FE. The Saints of Las Vegas . Lecture for city of Las Vegas. February, 2020.
  • Woods FE. The Saints of Tonga . Lecture for Provo City . January, 2020.
  • Woods FE. "Saints of Tonga". Lecture at the Laie Temple Visitors Center . November, 2019.
  • Woods FE. “Scouts at Kalaupapa,” . Lecture for the Aloha Council BSA. November, 2019.
  • Ogletree MDD, Woods FE, Moffat R. Temple Work and Family Histories in Tonga through 1983. Mormon Pacific Historical Society. My portion of the presentation focuses on the Saints in Tonga and their excursions to the Temple in New Zealand. November, 2019.
  • Woods FE. “The Rise of the Nuku’alofa Temple,” . Mormon Pacific Historical Society . This presentation will be published in 2020 . November, 2019.
  • FEW. Melting the Ice: A History of LDS in Alaska . Lecture on Saints in Alaska . November, 2018.
  • Woods FE. Melting the Ice: A History of LDS in Alaska . Egan Lecture . October, 2018.
  • Woods FE. The Bush Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Alaska. The Annual Alaska Historical Society . September, 2018.
  • Woods FE. Melting the Ice: A History of LDS in Alaska . University of Alaska (Anchorage) . September, 2018.
  • FEW. The Life and Adventures of Mr Eli Wiggill from South Africa to Salt Lake City . HASA Biennial Conference . June, 2018.
  • Woods FE. Melting the Ice: A History of LDS in Alaska . BYU Studies Annual Meeting . February, 2018.
  • Woods FE. Kalaupapa as Sacred Space. International Leprosy Conference. November, 2017.
  • Woods FE. Reflections of Kalaupapa . Catholic High School in Fresno Valley . October, 2017.
  • FEW. Reflections of Kalaupapa . Clovis City College Lecture . October, 2017.
  • FEW. Reflections of Kalaupapa. Fresno Interfaith Lecture . October, 2017.
  • Woods FE. Reflections of Kalaupapa. Fresno Interfaith Lecture . October, 2017.
  • Woods FE. Influence of Mahatma Ghandi (anniversary of Ghandi) . Lecture at CSU Fresno . October, 2017.
  • Woods FE. Reflections of Kalauapapa. Temple Beth Israel Lecture. October, 2017.
  • Woods FE. "A Mighty Fortress is Our God: The Relationships between Lutherans and LDS . Vestmannaeyjar Iceland Conference. July, 2017.
  • Woods FE. Mormon Immigration to America . Lecture. May, 2017.
  • Woods FE. Mormon Immigration to America . Lecture. May, 2017.
  • Woods FE. When the Saints Came Marching in: Mormon History in St Louis. Mormon History Association Annual Conference 2017. May, 2017.
  • Woods FE. "Community: Reflections of Kalaupapa. BYU Devotional Speaker . Published online via devotionals at BYU-Hawaii . April, 2017.
  • FEW. Reflections of Kalaupapa. Hawaiian Historical Society 125th Anniversary. April, 2017.
  • Woods FE. Mormons and Politics . "Mormons and Politics . December, 2016.
  • Woods FE. “Mormon Yankees on and off the court,” . Laie Temple Visitor's Center. November, 2016.
  • Woods FE. Mormon Yankees and the Media . Mormon Media Conference . November, 2016.
  • Woods FE. “William & Olivia Waddoups and their Kalaupapa experience,” . Kalaupapa National Park . October, 2016.
  • Woods FE. Olonzo D Merrill and his mission to Tonga . Mormon Pacific Historical Society Conference. October, 2016.
  • Woods FE. “Melting the Ice: LDS Missionary work in Alaska, 1900-1940,” . Alaska Historical Society annual conference. Article published in the Alaska History journal, fall 2016 . September, 2016.
  • Woods FE. Community: The Mormon Experience at Kalaupapa. Kalaupapa National Park . May, 2016.
  • Woods FE. Community: The Mormon Experience at Kalaupapa. Laie Temple Visitor's Center. May, 2016.
  • Woods FE. “Community: The Mormon Experience at Kalaupapa,” . Mormon Pacific Historical Society Conference. May, 2016.
  • Woods FE. “Community: The Mormon Experience at Kalaupapa,” . Pacific History Association Conference. May, 2016.
  • Woods FE. The Soul of Kalaupapa. St Damien's Catholic Church . May, 2016.
  • Woods FE. The Soul of Kalaupapa. Guest lecture for Concordia University . February, 2016.
  • Woods FE. Kalaupapa. Honors Colloquium . April, 2015.
  • Woods FE. “The administration of Lawrence Judd at Kalaupapa,” . Kalaupapa National Park . April, 2015.
  • Woods FE. Kalaupapa. Laie Temple Visitor's Center. April, 2015.
  • Woods FE. Kalaupapa. Molokai Public Library. April, 2015.
  • Woods FE. Kalaupapa. Waikiki Catholic Church . April, 2015.
  • Woods FE. Mormon Missionaries and mid-20th century basketball in Australia . Australia Association of Religion and Sociology . This presentation show how Mormon missionaries were transmission agents for the development of basketball in Australia and how their involvement helped open doors for them to preach the Gospel . December, 2014.
  • Woods FE. "The Soul of Kalaupapa. Lecture at FVG University . Interfaith collaboration at a Hawaiian leprosy settlement known as Kalaupapa . October, 2014.
  • Woods FE. "The Soul of Kalaupapa". Lecture at the Damiaan Center . Story of interfaith collaboration at a Hawaiian leprosy settlement known as Kalaupapa . October, 2014.
  • Woods FE. Iceland Mormon Migration to and through Utah . Beck Lecture Series (University of Victoria, BC) . Overview of Icelandic Mormon History in Utah and Iceland . September, 2014.
  • FEW. The Relationship between Icelandic Lutherans and Latter-day Saints. Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland Library Conference. Presentation on the relationship between LDS Icelanders and Lutheran Icelanders . August, 2014.
  • Woods FE. "Finding Refuge in El Paso: The 1912 Mormon Exodus" . El Paso Public Library public lecture . History of Mormon exodus to El Paso in 1912. November, 2012.
  • Woods FE. "Finding Refuge in El Paso" . Latin American Studies Series . History of Mormon exodus to El Paso in 1912 . November, 2012.
  • Woods FE. "Finding Refuge in El Paso: The Mormon Exodus of 1912" . Mormon Media Conference . The Mormon Exodus to El Paso in 1912 . November, 2012.
  • Woods FE. "Finding Refuge in El Paso: The 1912 Mormon Exodus" . New Mexico University Public Lecture . The history of the Mormon Exodus to El Paso in 1912 . November, 2012.
  • Woods FE. "Prelude to the King James Bible: The Genesis and Development of the English Bible up to the KJV" . Public Lecture . Overview of the history of the English Bible up to the KJV . October, 2012.
  • Woods FE. “Mormon Migration and Observation during the Civil War”. Harold B Lee Library Public Lecture . Lecture on Mormon Migration during the Civil War to open up the HBLee museum exhibit titled, “Voices of the Civil War”. September, 2012.
  • Woods FE. "Finding Refuge in El Paso: The 1912 Mormon Exodus" . Latin American Mormon Studies Conference . July, 2012.
  • Woods FE. "Mormon Yankees on and off the Court" . Multiple lectures at Six Australian Cities . I gave lectures in six Australian cities between May 1-May15 on the history of Mormon missionaries using basketball to build bridges with the Australian people during the 1950s . May, 2012.
  • Woods FE. Mormon Experience in and out to and through Utah during the Civil War . Friends of the Merrill-Cazier Library. October, 2011.
  • Woods FE. "Icelanders in Utah" . Utah State Historical Society Conference. This presentation was a synopsis from a portion of my book, Fire on Ice: The Story of Icelandic Latter-day Saints at Home and Abroad . September, 2011.
  • Woods FE. February 23-25, 2011 - "'Out of Small Things': The Coming Forth of the LDS Edition of the King James Bible," King James Bible and the Restoration Symposium. King James Bible and the Restoration Symposium. February, 2011.
  • Woods FE. January 25, 2011 - Lecture for the BYU Alumni Association “The Sail Before the Trail or Have We Missed the Boat?”. January, 2011.
  • Woods FE. November 12, 2010 - “Mormon Media in Missouri: The Story behind the Making of the Steamboat Saluda Documentary and Its Aftermath,” to be presented on BYU campus November 12, 2010, at the Mormon Media Symposium. Mormon Media Symposium. November, 2010.
  • Woods FE. October 25, 2010 - Catholic University in Washington, DC Kalaupapa lecture. October, 2010.
  • Woods FE. September 16, 2010 – Lecture at the Graduate Theological University in Berkeley, CA Show documentary on Kalaupapa, PowerPoint presentation and Q & A from 5:30 pm to 7:15 pm The contact there is Arthur Holder, who is the dean and VP for academic affairs. September, 2010.
  • Woods FE. August 17, 2010 – Lectured at the Culture House in Reykjavik, Iceland, on the relationship between Halldor Laxness and the Latter-day Saints. August, 2010.
  • Woods FE. August 19, 2010 – Lectured at the University of Akureyri (Akureyri, Iceland) on the relationship between Halldor Laxness and the Latter-day Saints. August, 2010.
  • Woods FE. July 17, 2010 - Lectured at the Westmann Islands Library in Iceland on the relationship between Halldor Laxness and the Latter-day Saints. July, 2010.
  • Woods FE. July 22, 2010 - Lectured at the Westmann Islands Library in Iceland on the relationship between Halldor Laxness and the Latter-day Saints. July, 2010.
  • Woods FE. June 15, 2010 – Lectured on Kalaupapa at Trinity College, University of Melbourne. June, 2010.
  • Woods FE. June 22, 2010 – Lectured at the Australia Catholic University (Melbourne) on Kalaupapa. June, 2010.
  • Woods FE. June 6-10, 2010 – Attended conference in southern California on the Globalization for Common Good and showed the Kalaupapa documentary. June, 2010.
  • Woods FE. May 27-31, 2010 – Mormon History Conference Presented lecture on Mormon emigration on the Kansas/Missouri border. Mormon History Conference. May, 2010.
  • Woods FE. April 16, 2010 – Lecture on Mormon transmigration through Missouri at the University of Missouri–St Louis (UMSL). April, 2010.
  • Woods FE. April 17, 2010 – Lecture to Catholics at Catholic Institution in St Louis. April, 2010.
  • Woods FE. April 18, 2010 – Lecture in St Louis on Mormon emigration . April, 2010.
  • Woods FE. March 18, 2010 – Lecture in Salt Lake City at the Family History Expo Conference on Mormon Maritime Migration. Family History Expo Conference. March, 2010.
  • Woods FE. February 26, 2010 – Lectured at BYU 5th Annual Church History Conference on “Men in Motion,” the story of LDS emigration agents. BYU 5th Annual Church History Conference. February, 2010.
  • Woods FE. February 18, 2010 – Showed documentary and lectured on “The Soul of Kalaupapa” at a theater in San Diego hosted by President Derry Connolly, of John Paul the Great Catholic University. February, 2010.
  • Woods FE. January 12, 2010 - Sail/Rail/Trail to Utah. January, 2010.
  • Woods FE. January 26, 2010 – Presented the premiere of Kalaupapa documentary at Kalaupapa, on the Hawaiian island of Molokai. January, 2010.
  • Woods FE. January 8, 2010 - Lecture on Kalaupapa at St Cecilia’s Catholic Church. January, 2010.
  • Woods FE. "The Soul of Kalaupapa". World Parliament of Religion . A look at interfaith collaboration existing at a Hawaiian leprosy settlement from 1866 to the present . December, 2009.
  • Woods FE. The Sail Before the Trail or Have we Missed the Boat?. Lecture for the Church History Library Staff. A Survey of Mormon Maritime Migration in the 19th century . November, 2009.
  • FEW. “The Sail Before the Trail or have we missed the boat?” . Midwest Genealogical Center Independence, MO . November, 2009.
  • Woods FE. The Soul of Kalaupapa. Pope John Paul the Great University Lecture. November, 2009.
  • Woods FE. Mormon Transmigration through Missouri. Western History Association Conference. October, 2009.
  • Woods FE. Mormon Maritime Migration . Colorado State Historical Society Lecture . Highlights of the inspiring story of the sail before the trail in Mormon History as LDS gathered to Zion in the 19th century . September, 2009.
  • Woods FE. Mormons and Muslims. Lecture at Islamic Culture Center in Fresno. September, 2009.
  • Woods FE. Fire and Redemption: The Explosion of the Steamboat Saluda. Conference for the Globalization of Common Good . June, 2009.
  • Woods FE. Fire and Redemption: The Explosion of the Steamboat Saluda . Lecture for Kansas City Public Library. Story of healing between Mormons and Missourians after the Lexington, MO citizens assisted injured LDS following a terrible steamboat explosion on the Missouri River in 1852, following the extermination order . May, 2009.
  • Woods FE. History of LDS in St Louis (1831-1857). Mormon History Association . History of Mormons in St Louis (1831-1857) . May, 2009.
  • Woods FE. Mormon Transmigration through Missouri . Lecture for Ohio State History Department. Overview of Mormon migration through Missouri by steamboat and railroad in the 19th century following the Missouri extermination order against the Mormons . February, 2009.
  • Woods FE. "The Soul of Kalaupapa" . Newman Center (University of Texas). November, 2008.
  • Woods FE. "The Soul of Kalaupapa". Catholic University of America . October, 2008.
  • Woods FE. LDS view of Ecumenism . Catholic University of America Graduate Class. October, 2008.
  • Woods FE. “Sail Before the Trail: Mormon Immigration to America in the 19th century,” . American West Heritage Center, University of Wyoming. September, 2008.
  • Woods FE. “The Soul of Kalaupapa” . BYU Devotional . September, 2008.
  • Woods FE. "The Soul of Kalaupapa". New York State University-Postdam . September, 2008.
  • Woods FE. “George Ramsden, Guion Line and the Mormon Immigration Experience,” . European Mormon History Conference. August, 2008.
  • Woods FE. "Catholic - Mormon Relations in Utah in the 19th and 20th Centuries," . Holy Cross History Conference . June, 2008.
  • Woods FE. Religious Freedom, Kalaupapa, Mormon Immigration . Six Lectures at Various places in Ukraine . May, 2008.
  • Woods FE. The Soul of Kalaupapa. Lecture at Bowling Green State University . April, 2008.
  • Woods FE. "The Soul of Kalaupapa. Ohio State University (Newman Center) . April, 2008.
  • Woods FE. "The Soul of Kalaupapa" . University of St Louis Missouri (Newman Center) . April, 2008.
  • Woods FE. Articles of Faith . Durham University Lecture. March, 2008.
  • Woods FE. Mormon Bibliography and Mormon Immigration. Lancaster University Lecture. March, 2008.
  • Woods FE. Fire on Ice: The Story of Icelandic Latter-day Saints at Home and Abroad. Lecture at the University of Iceland . March, 2008.
  • Woods FE. Mormon Maritime Migration . South Davis Regional Family History Fair. Keynote Address on Mormon Immigration to the United States in 19th century . March, 2008.
  • Woods FE. “Wilford Woodruff and the Gathering of Modern-day Israel” . Yale Divinity School . November, 2007.
  • Woods FE. Mormons and Jews . Lecture at Hillel, George Washington University. October, 2007.
  • Woods FE. "The Soul of Kalaupapa". Newman Center, George Washington Univ. October, 2007.
  • Woods FE. "The Soul of Kalaupapa". Lourdes University. September, 2007.
  • Woods FE. "The Soul of Kalaupapa". Mercy College. September, 2007.
  • Woods FE. "The Soul of Kalaupapa". St Louis Archdiocese. September, 2007.
  • Woods FE. “The Sail before the Trail, or Have We Missed the Boat?” . BYU Family History Conference . August, 2007.
  • FEW. “Launching the LDS from Liverpool,” . European Mormon History Conference. August, 2007.
  • Woods FE. "Kalaupapa: Uncommon Service on Uncommon Ground". Center for Global Studies, Purdue University Calumet. April, 2007.
  • Woods FE. "Kalaupapa: Uncommon Service on Uncommon Ground" . Interfaith Partnership: “Many Faces of Mormonism” . March, 2007.
  • Woods FE. “Kalaupapa: Uncommon Service on Common Ground”. Bishop Museum. February, 2007.
  • Woods FE. “Kalaupapa: Uncommon Service on Common Ground” . Chapman University . February, 2007.
  • Woods FE. “Kalaupapa: Uncommon Service on Common Ground” . Interfaith Council at Georgetown University . February, 2007.
  • Woods FE. "The Soul of Kalaupapa". Texas Tech University Catholic Student Center. February, 2007.
  • Woods FE. “Kalaupapa: Uncommon Service on Common Ground” . United Methodist Church . February, 2007.
  • Woods FE. “Surely This City Is Bound to Shine: Westbound Emigrant descriptions of Salt Lake City, 1848-1868”. University of California, Berkeley. February, 2007.
  • Woods FE. September 8, 2006 - Lectured on the documentary "Fire and Redemption: The Explosion of the Steamboat Saluda". Conference titled "The Missouri Mormon Experience: From conflict to understanding". 2006.
  • Woods FE. December 9, 2006 Presented a three hour lecture on interfaith collaboration and Mormonism to a Seventh Day Adventist congregation in West Jordan, Utah (Note: They currently have a congregation of 150 people in the Salt Lake region). 2006.
  • Woods FE. November 14, 2006 - Lectured on "Kalaupapa: Uncommon Service on Common Ground," at St Mary University [Note: Contact people are Kate Faggella-Luby, Campus Minister (913-758-6146) and also Ken Mulliken (913-758-4367)]. 2006.
  • Woods FE. November 16, 2006 Lectured at Mercy College (Contact is Jennifer Discher, Campus Minister) The title of my topic will be "Kalaupapa: Uncommon Service on Common Ground". 2006.
  • Woods FE. November 9, 2006 - Lectured on "Kalaupapa: Uncommon Service on Common Ground," at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California for all nine schools in the College of Religion. 2006.
  • Woods FE. September 23, 2006 - Gave lecture titled, "What Greater Witness Can You Gave Than From God," an address for the bicentennial anniversary of the birth of Oliver Cowdery. 2006.
  • Woods FE. September 9, 2006 Presented paper titled, "Two Sides of a Border: Mormon Transmigration Through Missouri,". 2006.
  • Woods FE. Why I Believe . Washington DC Mission Conference. October, 2006.
  • Woods FE. The Thoughts and Teachings of Joseph Smith. Academic Seminar. 2005.
  • Woods FE. Joseph Smith and the Gathering. BYU Alumni. 2005.
  • Woods FE. Fire on Ice: Icelandic Latter-day Saints at Home and Abroad. BYU Faculty and Students. 2005.
  • Woods FE. The Mormon Voyage of the Whaleship Timoleon: Launching Latter-day Saint Missionary Work in the Pacific. Faculty and Students. 2005.
  • Woods FE. Damien and Napela: Yokemates in Charitable Service. Jubilee Anniversary celebration for faculty and students. 2005.
  • Woods FE. Damien and Napela: Yokemates in Charitable Service. Jubilee Celebration for faculty and students. 2005.
  • Woods FE. "A Gamble in the Desert: The Mormon Mission to Las Vegas". Nevada Council for History Education. 2005.
  • Woods FE. Damien and Napela: Yokemates in Charitable Service. Salt Lake City Interfaith Council. 2005.
  • Woods FE. Plucking and Planting: The Story of Mormon Canadian Migration. Students. 2005.
  • Woods FE. The Mormon Voyage of the Whaleship Timoleon: Launching Latter-day Saint Missionary Work in the Pacific. General Public. April, 2005.
  • Woods FE. "Conveyance and Contribution: Mormon Scots Gather to an American Zion". Conference. 2004.
  • Woods FE. The Creation and Current Development of the Mormon Immigration Index: The Marriage of Secular and Religious Records". Conference, "Europeans on the Move". 2004.
  • Woods FE. "Palawai Pioneers". Guest lecturer. 2004.
  • Woods FE. "Fire on Ice: Latter-day Saint immigration to America". Invitation. 2004.
  • Woods FE. An Icelandic Sketch of Latter-day Saint Conversion and Emigration. Icelandic National League Conference. 2003.
  • Woods FE. Gathering to Nauvoo. Sons of the Utah Pioneers. September, 2003.
  • Woods FE. The Forgotten Voice of the Oneida Stake Academy. Faculty and Students. April, 2003.
  • Woods FE. From Liverpool to Keokuk: Mormon Maritime Migration in 1853. Conference. January, 2003.
  • Woods FE. Mormon Maritime Migration. Conference. 2002.
  • Woods FE. Icelandic Latter-day Saint Gathering to Utah. Icelandic Association of Utah. 2002.
  • Woods FE. Mormon Maritime Migration. Midwest Riverboat Buffs. 2002.
  • Woods FE. A Mormon Jew Gathers to an American Zion: The Journey of Alexander Neibaur. West Commission on the Study of Religion Conference. 2002.
  • Woods FE. Mormon Immigration in the 19th Century. Colloquium on British Migration. 2000.
  • Woods FE. Fire on Ice: Conversion and Emigration of Icelandic Latter-day Saints. Mormon History Association Annual Conference. 2000.
  • Woods FE. Before the Departure: A Look at the Setting of Lehi in Jerusalem. Ricks College Symposium for faculty and students. 2000.
  • Woods FE. East to West Through North and South: Mormon Immigration During the Civil War. Mormon History Association Annual Conference. January, 1999.
  • Woods FE. Before the Plains: Mormon immigration. Conference on Mormon migration. 1997.
  • Woods FE. Mormon Maritime Migration. Southern New England Maritime Conference. 1997.
  • Woods FE. Who Controls the Water? Yahweh vs Baal. Religion Symposium for faculty and students. 1994.
  • Woods FE. Who Controls the Water? Yahweh vs Baal. Sperry Symposium for faculty and students. 1993.
  • Woods FE. The Doctrine and Covenants as a Commentary on the Articles of Faith. Sperry Symposium for faculty and students. 1992.
  • Woods FE. Overcoming Heir Pollution: What the Book of Mormon has to say to Families. Sperry Symposium for faculty and students. 1991.
  • Woods FE. The Water Imagery in John's Gospel: Power, Purification and Pedagogy. Sperry Symposium for faculty and students. 1990.
  • Woods FE. Go up thou bald head! Was Elisha a Korah? [In published article the title was changed to "Elisha and the Children: The Quesiton of Accepting Prophetic Succession"]. Near Eastern Studies Student Symposium. 1989.
  • Woods FE. The Waters Which Make Glad the City of God: The Water Motif of Ezekiel 47:1-12. Sperry Symposium for faculty and students. 1989.
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