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Grant Revon Underwood[1] is a historian of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and a professor at Brigham Young University (BYU). He is also the author of The Millennial World of Early Mormonism and the editor of Voyages of Faith: Explorations in Mormon Pacific History.


Underwood was born in Glendale, California and raised in Anaheim, California. He served as a missionary for the LDS Church in Argentina from 1973 to 1975.

Underwood and his wife, the former Sheree Jolley, are the parents of seven children. In the LDS Church he has served in several callings, including twice as a bishop.


Underwood received his B.A. in 1977[2] and M.A. in 1981,[3] both in history, from BYU. He received his Ph.D. in history from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1988. His advisor was Daniel Walker Howe.[4]

During his BYU graduate studies, Underwood worked as an LDS Seminary teacher at Thunderbird High School in Phoenix, Arizona from 1977 to 1981.[4][5] While studying at UCLA, he taught at the LDS Institute of Religion in Los Angeles (1981–86), and later became Director of the Institute in Pomona, California (1986–92).[4] He was then a religion professor at Brigham Young University–Hawaii from 1992 to 1999, where he was elected Teacher of the Year multiple times.[6] In 2000 he joined the faculty of BYU in Provo, Utah as a professor of history and Research Historian with the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History.[4] In 2009 Underwood was on leave from BYU and working on the Joseph Smith Papers Project.

Underwood has been active in the Mormon History Association, serving on its Council from 1987 to 1990 and on the Board of Editors for the Journal of Mormon History from 1984 to 1987.[7] In Hawaii, he was active in the Mormon Pacific Historical Society and served on its Board of Directors.[6] In 2007 Underwood created a Mormon studies unit for the American Academy of Religion and served as co-chair.[2][8]

Having background in Hawaii and Pacific Mormon history, Underwood is a Tour Director for the Hawaiian excursion from the company LDS Travel Study.[6]


The Millenarian World of Early Mormonism


Underwood has also written several articles on a broad variety of topics related to the history of the LDS Church, especially related to the doctrinal views of the LDS Church and its members in the nineteenth century. He has also written Mormon history book reviews for academic journals.

The following is a list of some of Underwood's publications:


  • Underwood, Grant (1993). The Millenarian World of Early Mormonism. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. ISBN 0-252-02037-5. Paperback edition issued in 1999.
  • ——, ed. (2000). Voyages of Faith: Explorations in Mormon Pacific History. Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Press. ISBN 0-8425-2480-0.
  • ——, ed. (2005). Pioneers in the Pacific: Memory, History, and Cultural Identity Among the Latter-day Saints. Provo, Utah: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University. ISBN 0-8425-2616-1.


—— (March 19, 1994). "Frontiers in Mormon Pacific History". Mormon Pacific Historical Society Proceedings, Fifteenth annual conference (15): 54–55.



  1. ^ "Grant Revon Underwood". Faculty. BYU College of Family, Home and Social Sciences. Retrieved 2010-01-20.
  2. ^ a b "College Buzz". BYU Magazine. Summer 2007. Retrieved 2009-08-17.
  3. ^ Underwood, Grant (December 1981). Early Mormon Millennialism: Another Look. [masters thesis]. Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University. Retrieved 2009-08-17.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Vita" (DOC). Brigham Young University. December 31, 2004. Retrieved 2010-01-20.
  5. ^ Underwood, Grant (Spring 1981). "Seminal Versus Sesquicentennial Saints: A Look at Mormon Millennialism". Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. 14 (1): 32–44. Retrieved 2009-08-17.
  6. ^ a b c "Grant underwood". Tour Directors. LDS Travel Study. Archived from the original on April 9, 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-20.
  7. ^ Bitton, Davis (1991). "Taking Stock: The Mormon History Association after Twenty-five Years". Journal of Mormon History. 17: 15–16. Retrieved 2010-01-20.
  8. ^ "Program Unit Information: Mormon Studies Consultation". American Academy of Religion. Retrieved 2009-08-17.
  9. ^ a b c d "MHA Awards" (PDF). Mormon History Association. 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-02-13. Retrieved 2010-01-20.


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