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Volume 18:2 (Winter 1978)

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The history of the Church in Nauvoo is the focus of this issue of BYU Studies. Of considerable importance is the Nauvoo journal of George Laub, who left a fairly detailed account of the events in and around Nauvoo from 1844 on. Three scholars worked to increase our understanding of the King Follett Discourse, contributing a newly amalgamated version, as well as discussions of the historical context and doctrinal impact of the sermon. There are articles about the influence of the Mississippi River in Nauvoo, about David H. Smith’s artistic accomplishments, an oral history of Joseph Smith recorded by T. Edgar Lyon, a look at the Saints who lived across the river from Nauvoo, and an article that helps us understand the function of rebaptism in the Nauvoo period.