PROVO, Utah — The Religious Studies Center at BYU Provo has released its final publication of the year: Regional Studies in Latter-day Saint Church History: Ohio and Upper Canada (Religious Studies Center, BYU, Provo, UT, 2006).

Ohio became the first gathering place for the Saints in this dispensation when the Lord declared, “A commandment I give unto the church, that it is expedient in me that they should assemble together at the Ohio” (D&C 37:3).

Members of the Church in New York responded to this command by gathering in and around Kirtland, Ohio, where the Lord promised that He would give them His law and endow them with power.

Ohio became a place where the Lord opened the heavens and gave the promised endowment. Revelation was abundant and sometimes accompanied by the Lord’s presence. Keys were restored and priesthood organized as the kingdom rolled forth. In a new publication from the Religious Studies Center, the gathering and lives of the Saints in Ohio and Upper Canada are discussed.

Sixth in the series, this volume of Regional Studies contains seven essays dealing with various topics germane to Church history in Ohio and three on the early Church in Ontario. Mary Duty Smith’s family, the construction of the Kirtland Temple, missionaries to the Lamanites, and the establishment of the Western Reserve are just a few of these topics.

Edited by Guy L. Dorius, Craig K. Manscill, and Craig James Ostler, Regional Studies in Latter-day Saint History: Ohio and Upper Canada continues the examination of the Church in regions of Latter-day Saint history.