Lessons from the Pioneers

In honor of Pioneer Day, join us as Gerrit Dirkmaat talks about pioneers and early church history, while relating it to wellness. 

Gerrit J. Dirkmaat is an assistant professor of Church History and Doctrine at Brigham Young University.  He received his PhD from the University of Colorado in 2010 where he studied nineteenth-century American expansionism and foreign relations. His dissertation was titled “Enemies Foreign and Domestic: US Relations with Mormons in the US Empire in North America, 1844–1854.” He worked as a historian and writer for the Church History Department from 2010 to 2014 with the Joseph Smith Papers Project and served as a volume co-editor/historian for Documents Volume 1, the lead volume editor on Documents Volume 3, and continues to work as an editor for the Joseph Smith Papers project on Administrative Volume 1, The Council of Fifty Minutes and Documents Volume 8. Prior to his work at the Church History Department, he served as the senior assistant editor of Diplomatic History from 2003 to 2009.  He currently serves as Editor of the academic journal Mormon Historical Studies, published by the Mormon Historic Sites Foundation, and on the Church History editorial board for BYU Studies.  He is the co-author, along with Michael Hubbard MacKay, of From Darkness Unto Light: Joseph Smith’s Translation and Publication of the Book of Mormon, published by Religious Studies Center at Brigham Young University and Deseret Book, 2015. He and his wife Angela have four children.


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Thursday, July 20th, 2017


12:05 PM to 12:50 PM


HBLL Auditorium


Gerrit Dirkmaat


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