Brigham Young University plans to commence a lecture series in honor of early LDS convert John Tanner.

The series is named after the progenitor of one of the largest families in Utah and the West. Tanner's descendants have figured prominently in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other areas of endeavor. Lectures will focus on natural history and human relations topics.Tanner was converted to the LDS Church in 1832 while living as a wealthy farmer in Lake George, N.Y. He gave all his property to the church and later moved with the Latter-day Saints to the Salt Lake Valley, where he died in 1850.

His descendants include former LDS apostles N. Eldon Tanner, Hugh B. Brown, Amasa M. Lyman, Francis M. Lyman and Richard R. Lyman. Victor L. Brown, former presiding bishop of the church; Marion D. Hanks, a member of the presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy; and Obert C. Tanner, founder of O.C. Tanner Jewelry, are also descendants of Tanner.

The lectureship is open to donations and is being sponsored by the Monte L. Bean Museum at BYU.