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Richard E. Turley Jr.

Former Director of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Historical, Family History, Public Affairs, and Church Communication Departments.

Richard E. Turley Jr. served for more than thirty-four years in high-level management positions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was managing director of the Church Historical, Family History, Public Affairs, and Church Communication Departments. He also served as Assistant Church Historian and Recorder. An innovator by nature, he helped develop and launch many of the church’s most important scholarly initiatives and facilities of recent decades, including the Joseph Smith Papers, the Church History Library, the Church Historian’s Press, and FamilySearch. He has authored or edited more than twenty books and numerous articles. In addition to several best book and article awards, he has garnered many awards for his lifetime of service, including the Herbert Feis Award from the American Historical Association, the Genealogy/History Achievement Award from the American Library Association, the Leonard J. Arrington Award from the Mormon History Association, the Junius F. Wells Award from the Mormon Historic Sites Foundation, and the Historic Preservation Medal from the Daughters of the American Revolution. Mr. Turley received a bachelor’s degree in English from Brigham Young University, where he was a Spencer W. Kimball Scholar. He later graduated from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU, where he served as executive editor of the law review, was elected to the Order of the Coif. He has a life-long interest in earth stewardship.