An Outsider's Experience Teaching Mormon History in Utah
Religious Studies Center, BYU
This article was adapted from an address given at the Mormon History Association Conference in Sacramento, California, in May 2008. Non-Mormon Mark Miller talks about teaching Utah history at Southern Utah University to predominantly LDS students. In this presentation, he talks about six topics that were challenging to teach. (1) Indians vs. Mormons in Utah, (2) issues dealing with LDS theology, (3) early Church history and conflict in the East, (4) tensions between Mormons and gentiles in the state, (5) the Utah War and the Mountain Meadows Massacre, and (6) the issue of polygamy. He goes to give a brief overview of how he approached each subject in an objective way, and gave his students a respectful environment to discuss differing viewpoints.