Matthew Grow

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Matthew Grow
Born Matthew J. Grow
Salt Lake City, Utah
Residence Salt Lake City, Utah
Nationality United States
Alma mater Brigham Young University (summa cum laude, 2001)
Notre Dame (Ph.D., American history, 2006)[1][2]
Occupation Historian

Mormon History Association Best Book Award, 2010[3]
Mountain West Center for Regional Studies Evans Biography

Award, 2011[4]
Association of Mormon Letters Best Biography Award (with Terryl Givens), 2011[5]

Matthew J. Grow, director of publications for the LDS Church History Department, is an American historian specializing in Mormon history. Grow authored a biography of Thomas L. Kane, Liberty to the Downtrodden (2009),[6] and co-authored, with Terryl Givens, a biography of Parley P. Pratt (2011).[7] He formerly directed the Center for Communal Studies housed at the University of Southern Indiana. As of 2012, Grow was director of publications for the LDS Church History Department and was among scholars preparing for publication of the Joseph Smith Papers.[8][9][10]

In 2016, the Church Historian's Press released the book The First Fifty Years of Relief Society: Key Documents in Latter-day Saint Women's History, which was edited by Grow, Jill Mulvay Derr, Carol Cornwall Madsen, and Kate Holbrook.[11] He also edited the book The Council of Fifty, Minutes, March 1844–January 1846, for the Church Historian's Press imprint of Deseret Book, 2016.[12]

Grow also wrote the article "The Whore of Babylon and the Abomination of Abominations: Nineteenth-Century Catholic and Mormon Mutual Perceptions and Religious Identity".[13]

Grow has a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University (BYU) and a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. During his graduate training Grow did a summer seminar course in Latter-day Saint history that was directed by Richard L. Bushman.[14]

Grow also serves as the historian for the Jared Pratt Family Association.


  1. ^ Huff, Ben. "Welcome Guest Blogger Matt Grow". Times and Seasons. February 10, 2009. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
  2. ^ "Matthew J. Grow CV". University of Southern Indiana, History dept. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
  3. ^ "Past MHA Award Recipients". MHA Awards History. Mormon History Association. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
  4. ^ "USU Announces Evans Biography and Handcart Award Winners". Utah State Today. Utah State University. April 21, 2011. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
  5. ^ Langford, Jonathan. "2011 AML Awards". Dawning of a Brighter Day. Association for Mormon Letters. April 23, 2012. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
  6. ^ Yale University Press; according to WorldCat, the book is in 375 libraries. [1]
  7. ^ Parley P. Pratt The St. Paul of Mormonism. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. According to WorldCat, the book is in 262 libraries [2]
  8. ^ "Project Team" The Joseph Smith Papers (The Church Historian's Press). The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Retrieved March 20, 2012.
  9. ^ "LDS Church History Department Hires Seven New Scholars". Newsletter 46 (1): 8. Mormon History Association. January 2011. Retrieved March 20, 2012.
  10. ^ Baugh, Alexander L.. "Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism. By Terryl L. Givens and Matthew J. Grow". J Am Acad Relig 80 (2): 540–543. doi:10.1093/jaarel/lfs006. April 23, 2012. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
  11. ^ Tad Walch, "LDS Church Historian's Press releases major new book, 'The First Fifty Years of Relief Society'", Deseret News, 19 February 2016.
  12. ^ Benjamin E. Park (September 9, 2016). "Review: The Mormon Council of Fifty: What Joseph Smith’s Secret Records Reveal". Religion and Politics. 
  13. ^ Grow, Matthew J. (March 2004). "The Whore of Babylon and the Abomination of Abominations: Nineteenth-Century Catholic and Mormon Mutual Perceptions and Religious Identity". Church History. 73 (1): 139–167. doi:10.1017/S0009640700097869. 
  14. ^ R. Scott Lloyd "New generation of historians presenting a better view of Mormonism to the world, speaker says", Deseret News, June 6, 2015

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