Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship



Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies history, Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies 20th anniversary, John W. Welch, John L. Sorenson, Stephen D. Ricks, Noel B. Reynolds, Daniel D. Peterson, Daniel Oswald, Don Brugger, Robert K. Thomas, John Sorenson


FARMS's 20th anniversary this month gives reason to reflect on the Foundation's past progress and future promise. The following article begins a three-part series, each installment featuring comments from two people who figure prominently in the history and ongoing work of FARMS. John W. (Jack) Welch and John L. Sorenson were involved with FARMS since its inception, Stephen D. Ricks and Noel B. Reynolds were administrative officers during the organization's middle years, and Daniel C. Peterson and Daniel Oswald are current administrative officers at FARMS. This first segment presents responses from separate interviews conducted by Don Brugger, managing editor of INSIGHTS, with FARMS founder John Welch, who is Robert K. Thomas Professor of Law at BYU, editor of BYU Studies, and a member of the FARMS Board of Directors from 1979 to the present; and BYU emeritus professor of anthropology John Sorenson, who served on the FARMS board from 1981 to 1991 and continues his work for FARMS as a senior resident fellow and editor of the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies. The responses have been editorially combined because they cover the same time period and address the same or related topics.