In BYU Studies volume 48, number 1, Morris Thurston writes about Joseph Smith's most famous legal case: he was tried as an accessory to the attempted murder of former Missouri Governor Lilburn W. Boggs. Joseph's trial caused quite a sensation in Springfield, Illinois, and newspapers far and wide gave the case headline status. Another article discusses missionary work in early Victorian England: the story of explosive baptism rates in parts of England in the 1840s is well known; what was the story in other parts of England? How did missionary work proceed there? Author Ron Bartholomew looks at one county, Buckinghamshire. Another piece of this issue discusses the hymn writing of early Church scribe Frederick G. Williams, written by his descendant, Fred Williams. Also in this issue are photos of mission life in exotic Tonga in the 1930s, by Colleen Whitley, and a discussion of Mormon film on the Internet, by film critic Randy Astle.
Contents - Volume 48 Number 1 (2009)
"The Boggs Shooting and Attempted Extradition: Joseph Smith's Most Famous Case"
Morris A. Thurston
"Singing the Word of God: Five Hymns by President Frederick G. Williams"
Frederick G. Williams
"Thomas Farrar Whitley's Mission Photos of Tonga, 1935-1938"
"The Patterns of Missionary Work and Emigration in Early Victorian Buckinghamshire, England, 1849–1878"
Ronald E. Bartholomew
"Mormon Cinema on the Web"
Review of American Religions and the Family: How Faith Traditions Cope with Modernization and Democracy by Don S. Browning and David A. Clairmont
Reviewed by Loren Marks
Review of The Thirteenth Apostle: What the Gospel of Judas Really Says by April D. DeConick
Reviewed by Grant Adamson
Review of Voting about God in Early Church Councils by Ramsay MacMullen
Reviewed by Gaye Strathearn