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“Young man, don’t ever write a thesis on a Mormon subject; if you do, you’ll be cut off from the Church. Half the people in the Church would apostatize if they knew the true history of the church.”

B.H. Roberts – 1931, see Shannon Caldwell Montez’s Thesis, The Secret Mormon Meetings of 1922 (Reno, NV: University of Nevada, Reno,  2020), 89. see also Russell B. Swensen’s oral history, 12; and “Mormons at the Chicago Divinity School,” 44; quoted in Casey P. Griffiths, The Chicago Experiment: Finding the Voice and Charting the Course of Religious Education in the Church (Provo, UT: BYU Studies Quarterly: Vol. 49, Issue 4, article 7, 2010), 103.