The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Church) announced today the appointment of Richard E. Turley, Jr. as assistant Church Historian and Recorder. Turley has been serving as managing director of the Church's Family and Church History Department and the president of the Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU). The Church's family history organizations are collectively known as FamilySearch.
Turley is a noted historian and author who has tackled controversial subjects such as the Mountain Meadows Massacre and Mark Hoffman's fraudulent Church history documents.
Turley will serve as assistant to Church Historian Marlin K. Jensen. The positions of church historian and assistant are ecclesiastical positions while managing directors are staff positions. Staff positions are subordinate to ecclesiastical positions. Through much of history, the church historian has also been a member of one of the Church's ruling ecclesiastical councils. Jensen continues this trend, serving in the Church's First Quorum of the Seventy.
No word was made about Turley's replacement.