Robert J. Woodford

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Robert John Woodford (1936-2019)[1] is an expert on Joseph Smith and the Doctrine and Covenants. He was a teacher in seminaries and institutes with the Church Educational System of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for many years. He is one of the editors with the Joseph Smith Papers Project and along with Steven C. Harper and Robin Scott Jensen was a volume editor of The Joseph Smith Papers: Revelations and Translations, Manuscript Revelations Books, Facsimile Edition that was published in 2009.

Woodford spent much of his career as an institute instructor at the Institute of Religion adjacent to the University of Utah campus. He also taught history at LDS Business College (now Ensign College) and the Joseph Smith Academy. In the LDS Church he has served in many callings including as a Sunday School teacher and high councilor. Woodford has a Ph.D. from Brigham Young University (BYU) in Bible and modern scripture. His 1974 dissertation was entitled The Historical Development of the Doctrine and Covenants and has been considered the definitive and most exhaustive analysis of the textual development of the Doctrine and Covenants.[2][3] Woodford also wrote a 1975 BYU Studies article which was the first to investigate the life of Jesse Gause, a forgotten member of the First Presidency.

Woodford also taught at BYU for two years, the BYU Salt Lake Center for over 25 years and for a time at the Joseph Smith Academy in Nauvoo.

Woodford and his wife Narda are the parents of eight children.

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  1. ^ "The Historical development of the doctrine and covenants ... / Robert J..." Copyright Catalog (1978 to present). United States Copyright Office. Retrieved 2009-11-23.
  2. ^ Stapley, Jonathan (October 26, 2006). "New on disk". By Common Consent. Retrieved 2009-11-23.
  3. ^ Romig, Ron (Spring 2001). "[Review of] H. Michael Marquardt. The Joseph Smith Revelations: Text and Commentary". Journal of Mormon History. 27 (1): 286. Retrieved 2009-11-23.