Truman G. Madsen

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Truman Grant Madsen
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Born (1926-12-13)December 13, 1926
Salt Lake City, Utah
Died May 28, 2009(2009-05-28) (aged 82)
Provo, Utah
Nationality American
Education Harvard University (Ph.D.)
University of Utah
University of Southern California
Occupation Philosopher, historian, speaker, author, professor
Home town Salt Lake City, Utah

Truman Grant Madsen (13 December 1926 – 28 May 2009)[1] was an emeritus professor of religion and philosophy at Brigham Young University and director of the Brigham Young University Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies. He was a prolific author, a recognized authority on Joseph Smith, and a popular lecturer among Latter-day Saints.[citation needed] At one point Madsen was an instructor at the LDS Institute of Religion in Berkeley, California.


Madsen was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was a grandson of Heber J. Grant.[2]

Madsen served as a missionary in the New England Mission with S. Dilworth Young as his mission president. After his marriage and the start of his academic career, he was called in 1961 to serve as president of the New England Mission.[3] He served in this position until he was replaced by Boyd K. Packer in 1965.[4]

Madsen received his Ph.D. from Harvard University.[5] He also studied at the University of Utah and the University of Southern California.

Madsen wrote several philosophical theses, including Four Essays on Love.[6] He also wrote a paper "Are Christians Mormon?",[7] as well as a biography of B. H. Roberts.

While at Brigham Young University, Madsen held the Richard L. Evans Chair of Religious Understanding for over 20 years.[8] He also for a time served as the director of the BYU Jerusalem Center.

Madsen most recently served in the LDS Church as the patriarch of the Provo Utah Sharon East Stake.

He died at his home on the morning of 28 May 2009 from bone cancer.[9]

He also served as a stake President at a BYU Student stake, with James Fillmore and Dennis Harper as counselors. Towards the end of his service the stake included 14 wards and was later split into other stakes.

During his time as stake president, the stake met in the HFAC (Harris Fine Arts Center) on the BYU, Provo, Utah Campus. He encouraged worship services to include inspirational music. Since the stake met in the building with concert halls several stake conferences were held there which included a full orchestra. He even asked for and received permission to include brass instruments.

The stake also held stake conferences in the then, Provo Tabernacle (now the Provo City Center Temple). He received permission to pass the sacrament during stake conferences there on several occasions.

During another occasion the stake held the stake conference at an outdoor mountain venue (I believe it was at a nearby ski resort).

During this time as stake president he also delivered and recorded a lecture series on the prophets and presidents of the LDS church, from Joseph Smith, down to President Gordon B. Hinckley.


  1. ^ Truman G. Madsen, LDS author and scholar, died Thursday
  2. ^ Bio of Madsen on his web site
  3. ^ :: Biography
  4. ^ Tate, Lucille C., Boyd K. Packer: A Watchman on the Tower (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1995) p. 140
  5. ^ Truman G. Madsen
  6. ^ ISBN 0-88494-333-X
  7. ^ Truman G. Madsen's "Are Christians Mormon?"
  8. ^ Truman Madsen - his life and thought (Flash Video). The Wheatley Institution of Brigham Young University, the Talk Story Foundation. May 30, 2009. Event occurs at 14:06. Retrieved 2009-06-03. 
  9. ^ De Groote, Michael (June 3, 2009). "'Love and blessings' to Truman G. Madsen". MormonTimes. Retrieved 2009-06-03. 

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