Susan Easton Black

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Susan Easton Black (born Susan Lindsay Ward in 1944) is a professor of Church History and Doctrine at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah. She is also an author of several books related to Joseph Smith, Jr. and the early history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

Black holds an Ed.D. from BYU, where she joined the faculty in 1978. Black received the Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Award in 2000. She was married to Harvey B. Black, who was a professor of Instructional Psychology and Technology at BYU, prior to his death. She also served as an associate dean of General Education and Honors.[1]

Among her books are Joseph Smith: Praise to the Man (with John Telford), Joseph, Exploring the Life and Ministry of the Prophet (with Andrew Skinner), Setting the Record Straight: Emma Smith: An Elect Lady, Setting the Record Straight: Joseph Smith, the Mormon Prophet, Son of Man, Vol. 1: The Early Years (Liz Lemon Swindle), The A to Z of Church History and Doctrine and Covenants,[2] and Who's Who in the Doctrine and Covenants.

Black was a founding trustee of the LDS-themed Nauvoo University.[3] In 2013, she married George Durrant and they later served as missionaries in the Nauvoo Illinois Temple. As of early 2015, they are serving as historical site missionaries in St. George, Utah.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Susan Easton Black Fireside on Brigham Young to International Chapter Chairs" (PDF). International Volunteer Leadership Conference 2004. Brigham Young University. October 2, 2004. Retrieved 2009-05-11. 
  2. ^ Listing of books by Susan Easton Black at Deseret Book
  3. ^ "Board of Trustees", Nauvoo University, archived from the original on 2009-07-08, retrieved 2009-05-13 

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