About the Author
Ronald E. Romig is the Community of Christ Archivist (formerly the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) with world headquarters in Independence, Missouri. Often referred to as "Emma's church," the Archives of the Community of Christ administers a sampling of Smith Family papers and early church artifacts. As part of the Heritage Preservation Team, the Archives are located in the Library-Archives, in the Community of Christ Temple complex. Ron is a past president of the John Whitmer Historical Association. In addition, Ron is an active participant in the Mormon History Association, having served as a council member and 2003 Program Chair. He also serves as Vice President of the Missouri Mormon Frontier Foundation, a non-sectarian historical organization working to preserve the local Mormon experience in Missouri. Ron has devoted a lifetime of study to the rich documents underpinning the history of the Latter Day Saint movement. He has published many articles in the Journal of Mormon History, the John Whitmer Historical Association Journal, Mormon Historic Studies, Restoration Studies and other academic journals.