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Ryan Jenkins

Ryan Jenkins
RYAN C. JENKINS has been a student of the life and teachings of Joseph Smith for nearly 25 years. After obtaining his Master of Education from Weber State University in 2004, Ryan began writing opinion pieces for Northern Utah newspapers on family, freedom, politics, and religion. He was a blogger on the subject of faith for two years; many of his posts were featured on realclearreligion.org. He was also an associate editor for Great American Documents for Latter-Day Saint Families (2012). Professionally, he has experience in business, public relations, and religious education. He has been teaching and writing for 18 years. Ryan and his wife Melissa have six children. They reside in Columbia, Missouri.

Joseph Smith is No Longer Entirely Alone in the World

Joseph Smith is No Longer Entirely Alone in the World

Initially, Joseph Smith was the sole witness of the reality of the ancient record (the Gold Plates) from which sprang the Book of Mormon. This was a great burden of loneliness and peculiar solitude for an uneducated man in his twenties. From the fall of 1827 until the summer of 1829 he wasn’t allowed to show the plates to another …

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Joseph Smith Is Not On Trial—We Are

Joseph Smith Is Not On Trial—We Are

He lived two centuries ago. Yet with the animosity and attacks on his character today, you would think he was a modern day public figure, stirring up stagnant religious and political waters. Joseph Smith declared that on the night of September 21, 1823, an angel appeared to him telling him “that his name was Moroni” and “that God had a …

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