Edward L. Kimball

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Edward Lawrence Kimball (born September 1930) is an emeritus law professor at Brigham Young University (BYU) who has written biographies of his father, Spencer W. Kimball, and his mother, Camilla Eyring Kimball. Mormon historians have described these as "well crafted" biographies.[1] Kimball's biography of his father, a president of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), has also been listed among "60 Significant Mormon Biographies".[2] Lengthen Your Stride, his history of his father's church presidency, has also been widely recognized.[by whom?]

Kimball was born in Arizona and suffered from polio as a child. He served as a missionary for the LDS Church in the Netherlands.[3] He received a bachelor's degree in history and a law degree from the University of Utah. Kimball than went on to earn two further law degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

Kimball wrote an article on Henry Eyring and Harvey Fletcher published in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought.[4] Kimball served as the editor of his father's book Faith Precedes the Miracle. Kimball was also the compiler and editor of the widely cited work, The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1982).

Kimball has published an in-depth study on the 1978 Revelation on Priesthood received by his father.[5] He has also written an article on the history of LDS Church temple admissions standards.[6]

As a lawyer, Kimball specialized in evidence law.[7] He also wrote a biography of Frank J. Remington. He also wrote on criminal cases in appellate courts.[8]

Kimball has served in several positions in the LDS Church, including bishop.

Kimball married the late Evelyn Bee Madsen (1929-2012) in 1954.[9][10] They are the parents of seven children.

Prior to joining the faculty of BYU, Kimball was a law professor and chairman of the Curriculum Committee at the University of Wisconsin Law School.[11] Kimball started his career as a law professor at the University of Montana, where he taught from 1956 to 1962. He was a professor at the University of Wisconsin from 1962 to 1973. He was at BYU from 1973 until 1995, when he was granted emeritus status.[12]

In an interview with John Dehlin on Mormon Stories, Kimball stated that he did not understand the LDS Church's opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment, acknowledged that the church has been 'backwards' on women's issues, and described his participation in Sunstone.[13]


  • Spencer W. Kimball, The Twelfth President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (with Andrew E. Kimball, Jr.), Bookcraft, 1977.
  • Camilla: A Biography of Camilla Eyring Kimball. With Carolina Eyring Miner. Deseret Book, 1980.
  • Ed., The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball. Bookcraft, 1982.
  • The Story of Spencer W. Kimball, A Short Man, A Long Stride. with A. E. Kimball, Jr. Bookcraft, 1985.
  • Lengthen Your Stride: The Presidency of Spencer W. Kimball. Deseret Book, 2005.
  • Andrew Kimball: Father of a Prophet. Deseret Book, 2011.



  1. ^ Walker, Ronald W.; Whittaker, David J.; Allen, James B. (2001). Mormon History. Champaign: University of Illinois Press. p. 129. Retrieved 2009-01-28. 
  2. ^ Article listing 60 significant Mormon biographies and explaining why each is included
  3. ^ Carolina Eyring Miner and Edward L. Kimball. Camilla: A Biography of Camilla Eyring Kimball. (Salt Lake City: Desert Book, 1980) p. 111
  4. ^ Craig Oberg and Gene Sessions. Science and Mormonism: A Review Essay
  5. ^ Report on Kimball's BYU Studies article
  6. ^ Reference to Kimball's article in a bibliography
  7. ^ Citation of an article co-authored by Kimball
  8. ^ Article by Kimball on criminal cases in Wisconsin Appellate courts
  9. ^ Deseret News May 3, 1954
  10. ^ Deseret News Oct. 3, 2012
  11. ^ Based on gargoyle_02_1_6[1].pdf with added support from the author bio included with Camilla, although the later does not specify which University in Wisconsin Kimball was connected with]
  12. ^ BYU Law bio of Kimball
  13. ^ Kimball, Edward. "Edward Kimball, Son of Spencer W. Kimball". Mormon Stories. Retrieved 25 May 2015.