Arnold K. Garr

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Arnold Kent Garr[1] (born June 14, 1944) was the chair of the department of Church History and Doctrine at Brigham Young University (BYU) from 2006 to 2009. He was also the lead editor of the Encyclopedia of Latter-day Saint History.


Garr was born and raised in Ogden, Utah. As a young man, Garr served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) in Finland. Garr married Cherie Burns in the Salt Lake Temple on November 20, 1967 and they are the parents of five children.[2][3]

In the LDS Church, among other callings, Garr has served as a bishop, counselor to a stake president, member of a stake high council and branch president. He served as a member of the Church Correlation Committee from 2001 to 2009.

Late in his life Garr took up running and he completed eleven marathons after turning sixty.[3]


Garr received a bachelor's degree in History from Weber State University, a master's degree in History from Utah State University, and a Ph.D. in American History, minoring in LDS Church history, from BYU in 1986.[2][3]


Garr began his career with the Church Educational System (CES) as a seminary teacher at Roy High School in Utah. He later served as director of the Institutes of Religion in Rochester, New York, Boulder, Colorado and Tallahassee, Florida. After 21 years with CES, Garr joined the BYU faculty in 1991.[4][3] He taught at the BYU Jerusalem Center during 1996–97 and was later the chair of the Department of Church History and Doctrine.[3]



  1. ^ Middle name from United States Copyright Office entry. See "A History of "Liahona the Elders' journal" : a magazine published for ... /..." Copyright Catalog (1978 to present). United States Copyright Office. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  2. ^ a b Zawrotny, B. Robert (Summer 2004). "Following Beacons of Light". BYU Magazine. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Garr, Arnold K. (2007). "Author's Biographical Information". Joseph Smith: Presidential Candidate. Setting the Record Straight. Orem, Utah: Millennial Press. p. 125. ISBN 1-932597-53-0. 
  4. ^ Garr's vita[dead link]


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