If you were unable to access the contemporary primary documents of the earliest Mormons (pre-Utah) but wanted nevertheless to learn about them, which group would you study most intently, and why?
twentieth-century Utah LDS
nineteenth-century schismatics (e.g., Strangites)
American Methodists, ca. 1800-1840
Campbellite Baptists–”Christians”–pre 1840
the revolutionary prophets, ca. 1780-1820 (e.g. Southcote and Wilkinson)
Old Northwest unchurched frontierspeople
Yourself, placing a monocle atop your navel and squinting hard