Daily Feature

Each weekday, we spotlight content from BYU Studies: articles, reviews, web updates, staff picks, etc. These spotlights are called “Daily Features.” To read the full text for the feature, click the “Read More” link from the front page. You can download the article or other item for free during the week that it is featured.

Book Review Prayer: A History
July 30, 2015
by Patrick Q. Mason
This daily feature is an introduction to a full book review by Patrick Q. Mason. To read the full text of this review, follow the link below.

When Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden, Latter-day Saints believe, they built an altar and offered sacrifice to the Lord (see Moses 5:4–5). In other words, they prayed. This may have been the first time that humans truly prayed, at least according to the biblical tradition. Before that, man and woman walked and talked with God in the cool of the evening garden. As mortality settled upon them, they turned immediately to prayer to recapture, distantly but genuinely and powerfully, something of the sacred among the thorns and thistles of . . .
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History of the Church Series
July 29, 2015

This daily feature is an introduction to a full article by F. Mark McKiernan. Each Wednesday we focus on an aspect of church history, beginning in New York in the early 19th century and progressing throughout the year to . . .

Special Feature
July 28, 2015

BYU Studies will host the New Testament Commentary conference on 1 Corinthians on Friday, July 31, 2015, from 9 to 4. For the schedule of speakers and parking information, click here. Everyone who attends the conference may register for a free copy of the . . .

Additional Features
On July 30, in the life of Joseph Smith
On this day in 1838

Far West, Missouri. Joseph Smith returned to Far West.

On this day in 1843

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith felt very ill, so he called for his brother Hyrum, William Law, and Willard Richards to give him a priesthood blessing.

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LDS FAQ Angle Moroni
What is the Latter-day Saint position on magic?

Willie Handcart
On this day in 1856:

The Saints traveled 21 miles due to a language miscommunication.

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