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.

History of the Church Series Awakenings in the Burned-over District: New Light on the Historical Setting of the First Vision
March 4, 2015
by Milton V. Backman, Jr.
This daily feature is an introduction to a full article by Milton V. Backman, Jr. 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 Utah in the 20th century. Find more articles tied to each location and time period in our Church Historic Sites section. To read the full text of this article, follow the link below.

The six decades preceding the Civil War were years of intense religious activity in many sections of the United States. During this second great awakening, sporadic spiritual quickenings erupted throughout the new nation; and many Americans living in the rugged frontier communities, in the . . .
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Special Feature
March 3, 2015

We want to draw your attention to a valuable resource available on our site: the New Testament charts from the book Charting the New Testament (FARMS, 2002). These instructional charts display significant concepts about . . .

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Article of the Week
March 2, 2015

This daily feature is the introduction to a full article by John S. Tanner which was published in issue 49:2 of BYU Studies. To read the full text of this article, follow the link below.

As a freshman, I lived in the shadow of the Maeser . . .

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Additional Features
On March 4, in the life of Joseph Smith
On this day in 1842

Nauvoo, Illinois. In preparation for the publication of the book of Abraham in the Church newspaper Times and Seasons, Joseph Smith showed the book of Abraham papyri to Reuben Hedlock and gave him instructions about preparing facsimiles for printing.


On this day in 1843

Nauvoo, Illinois. In the evening, Joseph Smith said, "For a man to be great, he must not dwell on small things, though he may enjoy them."


On this day in 1843

Nauvoo, Illinois. Nauvoo City Ordinance: Required any payment of city taxes, debts, and fines imposed under the ordinances of the city to be paid in gold and silver coin only and set forth fines for attempting to pass counterfeit or paper currency.


On this day in 1844

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith held a council with the First Presidency, the Twelve Apostles, the temple committee, and others, emphasizing the importance of finishing the Nauvoo Temple and having it paid for.


On this day in 1844

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith proposed James Arlington Bennet as his vice-presidential running mate.


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Willie Handcart
On this day in 1856:

View text of the company journal with an entry for every day of the journey here.

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