Jeff is currently an adjunct professor at the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University where he teaches courses on legal history. He also taught for six years in the Department of Church History and Doctrine at BYU. Jeff served as the manager and coeditor of the Business and Legal Series of the Joseph Smith Papers for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for fourteen years during which time he was also called to serve as the associate managing editor for the Joseph Smith Papers where he served for five years. He is a trustee and serves on the executive committee as treasurer of the Ensign Peak Foundation (formerly the Mormon Historic Sites Foundation), as well as managing editor for Mormon Historic Studies. With the death of Richard Anderson, Jeff is also preparing for publication the Papers (including legal) of Oliver Cowdery. Jeff is the chairman and trustee for the Brigham Young Center Foundation.
Jeff has spoken and written widely on Church history, specializing on Joseph Smith. He is often a feature scholar on the KJZZ and History of the Saints television series, at BYU’s Education Week, the Mormon History Association Annual Meetings and history symposiums throughout the country.
He is married to the former Elizabeth Hepburn and they have four children and most importantly ten grandchildren.