Scott H. Faulring

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Scott Harry Faulring[1] (born 1956)[2] is an American historian and document editor connected with the early history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). He has published with both the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies and Signature Books.


Faulring was born in the vicinity of Niagara Falls, New York. He joined the United States Air Force as a young man. While in the Air Force he became a member of LDS Church.

Faulring received his bachelor's degree in history from Brigham Young University in 1983.[3] He then continued with the Air Force where he spent much of his time in Vogelweh, Germany and then in Izmir, Turkey. Also during this time he received a MPA degree from Troy State University. He later returned to BYU as an instructor with the Air Force ROTC there. After retiring from the Air Force, Faulring became a research historian with the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Church History.


One of his earliest projects was the publication of the journals of Joseph Smith, Jr.. His commentary at times has been faulted for poor and misleading readings of the text, and his summary provided by Signature Books has been criticized for being overly harsh on Smith.[citation needed]

On the other hand, Faulring later wrote with Richard Lloyd Anderson a review of Todd Compton's In Sacred Loneliness, in which they jointly affirmed their faith in Smith as a prophet of God and criticized Compton's use of second-hand sources and even more heavily his use of the term polyandry.

Faulring has also edited a collection of documents on Oliver Cowdery and a book on the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible. Faulring has also published material with the Mormon Historic Sites Foundation.[4]



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