About Christopher Smith

I am a PhD candidate in Religions of North America at Claremont Graduate University. I am currently living in Provo, Utah to be near the LDS Church History Library while I work on my dissertation. I also have a BA in Biblical Studies (with a Classics minor) from Fresno Pacific University and an MA in the History of Christianity from Wheaton College.

It’s a beautiful day for hot springs hunting in the valley of the Great Salt Lake!

Pioneer journals speak often of hot springs near the Great Salt Lake. To indigenous peoples these sacred waters bubbling from the earth effected miracle cures. Pioneers, too, believed pungent sulfur springs had medicinal benefits. Bathers flocked to hot springs resorts … Continue reading

Eliza R. Snow wasn’t the only LDS leader sexually assaulted in Missouri

Last week historian Andrea Radke-Moss made headlines with the revelation that Missouri ruffians raped Eliza R. Snow during the 1838 Mormon War. Snow was a beloved “founding mother” of Mormonism and went on to become one of the longest-serving Relief … Continue reading