Truman G. Madsen
|Truman Grant Madsen|
December 13, 1926|
Salt Lake City, Utah
May 28, 2009 (aged 82)|
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) 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. At one point Madsen was an instructor at the LDS Institute of Religion in Berkeley, California.
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. He served in this position until he was replaced by Boyd K. Packer in 1965.
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.
- Truman G. Madsen, LDS author and scholar, died Thursday
- Bio of Madsen on his web site
- TrumanMadsen.com :: Biography
- Tate, Lucille C., Boyd K. Packer: A Watchman on the Tower (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1995) p. 140
- Truman G. Madsen
- ISBN 0-88494-333-X
- Truman G. Madsen's "Are Christians Mormon?"
- 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.
- De Groote, Michael (June 3, 2009). "'Love and blessings' to Truman G. Madsen". MormonTimes. Retrieved 2009-06-03.
- Author's website
- Works by or about Truman G. Madsen in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Madsen's BYU speeches
- Madsen's publications at Deseret Book
- Madsen's publications from FARMS
- Articles mentioning Madsen at Meridian Magazine
- "Video: Truman Madsen - his life and thought," from the Mormon Times
- Donald W. Parry, Daniel C. Peterson, and Stephen D. Ricks (Editors): Revelation, Reason, and Faith: Essays in Honor of Truman G. Madsen
- Truman G. Madsen papers, MSS 7514 at L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Brigham Young University