About the author

Gregory L. Smith studied physiology and English at the University of Alberta, Canada, but escaped into medical school before earning his bachelor’s degree. After receiving his MD, he pursued a medical residency in family medicine in Montréal, Québec, where in his first year he won the Mervyn James Robson Award for Excellence in Internal Medicine.  During his Québec residency, he learned the medical vocabulary and all the French Canadian slang that he didn’t learn during his volunteer mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Paris, France.

He is now an old-style country doctor in rural Alberta with interests in internal medicine and psychiatry, providing prenatal-to-grave care.

A clinical preceptor for residents and medical students, he has been repeatedly honoured for excellence in clinical teaching.

He enjoys writing about his faith in Jesus Christ and its intersection with present-day concerns that keep others from embracing the good news of the gospel. He is a former associate editor of the FARMS Review at BYU’s Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Studies, and currently a member of the executive board of Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon ScriptureHe’s also written extensively in the FAIR wiki, and currently acts as its managing editor.

With twelve years of classical piano training, he is a life-long audiophile and owns far too many MP3 files. He lives happily with his one indulgent wife, four children, and one cat.

Things I have written elsewhere

Reviews of the anti-Mormon “Mormon Stories” podcast

News of the first review led the host of the podcast to appeal to friends to have the paper censored and forbidden from publication. The original was later made available:

  • Gregory L. Smith, “Dubious ‘Mormon’ Stories,” is the review originally prepared for inclusion in the Mormon Studies Review in the spring of 2012.

Due to a great deal of misinformation that circulated, and in the interest of recording my own history and perspective on the subsequent events, I prepared this document:

The only critique ever advanced against the first paper was done under a pseudonym. I reply to that critique here:

  • Gregory L. Smith, “Rollo Review,” Sees Angels in the Architecture blog (12 March 2013).

Perhaps not insignificantly, the podcast host was ultimately excommunicated for apostasy. Some who read the review after his excommunication wrote me and asked why I had been so conservative and mild in the analysis….

Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture

(A Two Part Review of Denver C. Snuffer Jr.’s Passing the Heavenly Gift)

  • “Passing Up the Heavenly Gift (Part 1 of 2) (Volume 7, 2013, pp. 181-243)
  • “Passing Up the Heavenly Gift (Part 2 of 2) (Volume 7, 2013, pp. 245-321)

FARMS Review and Mormon Studies Review