Paul L. Anderson

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Paul L. Anderson (1946 – March 23, 2018) was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). He was a architectural historian, museum curator and hymnwriter.

Anderson was born in Pasadena, California,[1] and as a young man served a mission for the LDS Church in Japan.

Anderson received a B.A. with honors from Stanford University in 1968 and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University in 1972. He was an architect in Pasadena, California, and received his license in 1976.[2][3]

Anderson married the historian Lavina Fielding in 1977. They lived in Salt Lake City, Utah, and had one son, Christian, who was born in 1980.[4] During the 1993 conflict between some intellectuals and LDS Church leadership (in which Lavina was excommunicated), Paul publicly called for peace and reconciliation between the parties.[5]

In 1973, Anderson received a fellowship from the LDS Church's Historical Department to study historical Mormon architecture, which led to a position restoring the church's historic buildings. He helped in the planning of the Museum of Church History and Art, which opened in 1984, and later in designing its exhibits. He helped launch the Brigham Young University Museum of Art in 1992 and since then has served as head of design and curator.[2] Anderson was heavily involved with the work of Nauvoo Restoration, Inc.[citation needed]

Anderson had been a longtime member of the Mormon History Association (MHA), and planned its 1987 conference in England, for which he was awarded a Special Citation from the MHA.[6] He served as MHA president from 2007 to 2008.[7]

Anderson also had a strong musical interest. For several years he sang in the Utah Symphony Chorus. He has written the text of four hymns in the 1985 LDS hymnbook:[2] numbers 139, "In Fasting We Approach Thee"; 148, "Sabbath Day"; 291, "Turn Your Hearts"; and 311, "We Meet Again as Sisters".

Anderson died on March 23, 2018, from a heart attack.[8]


  1. ^ Anderson, Paul L. (1985). "Truman O. Angell: Architect and Saint". In Cannon, Donald Q.; Whittaker, David J. (eds.). Supporting Saints: Life Stories of Nineteenth-Century Mormons. Provo, Utah: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University. p. 133. Retrieved 2009-01-08.
  2. ^ a b c Gagon, Dave. "The art of the exhibition". Deseret News. Salt Lake City, Utah. Retrieved 2009-01-08.
  3. ^ Anderson, Paul (July–August 1980). "Historic Nostalgia: Enshrining the Mormon Past" (PDF). Sunstone. Salt Lake City, Utah. 5 (4): 55. Retrieved 2009-01-08.
  4. ^ Peterson, Levi S. (Winter 1996). "Lavina Fielding Anderson and the Power of a Church in Exile". Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. Salt Lake City, Utah. 29 (4): 169. Archived from the original on 2011-06-14. Retrieved 2009-01-08.
  5. ^ Anderson, Paul; Allred, David (July 1993). "Dear friends" (PDF). Sunstone. Salt Lake City, Utah. 16 (5): 81. Retrieved 2009-01-08.
  6. ^ "History Association Celebrates 150 Years in Great Britain [sic]" (PDF). Sunstone. Salt Lake City, Utah. 11 (4): 36. July 1987. Retrieved 2009-01-08.
  7. ^ "Past MHA Presidents". Mormon History Association. Archived from the original on 2012-02-13. Retrieved 2009-01-08.
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