D Golding

David Golding

Historian, Church History Library, Salt Lake City

Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
History of Christianity & Religions in North America

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  • About David

    David Golding is a historian of Mormonism and missions.

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      He graduated with a Ph.D. in the history of Christianity at Claremont Graduate University.

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      His specialization is transdisciplinary, drawing from the field of religious studies.

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      He has written and lectured on missionaries and their interactions with proselytes.

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      He teaches courses on Mormon history at Brigham Young University.

  • Articles

    Featured essays on religious studies and history.

    • Rediscovering Fanny Alger Custer
    • The Time Neil Armstrong Searched for Gold Plates
      • Some newly discovered sources allow us to consider Fanny Alger Custer independently of the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith and even get a sense of a more complete biography. Here is a highlight from the new sources, something stunning from Fanny herself—her own voice.

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      • It’s true: Neil Armstrong led an expedition into an Ecuadorian jungle to search for gold plates. The story begins with a Latter-day Saint mission president, an eccentric anthropologist, and an Italian Catholic missionary. It ends with Donny Osmond. And there are aliens in the middle.

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  • Superstitions of the Heathen

    Foreign Missions and the Fashioning of American Exceptionalism, 1800–1861

    Ph.D. Dissertation, Claremont Graduate University

    • In 1800, the first missionary periodicals to be published in the United States entered circulation.

      Readers would soon rely on this growing literature for information about the world beyond.

      This dissertation traces the ways missionaries abroad defined the “foreign” for home audiences, and in turn, shaped early ideas of American exceptionalism.

Get in Touch

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    801 240–5192

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    Church History Library
    Attn: David Golding 316
    15 East North Temple Street
    Salt Lake City, Utah 84150-1600