BYU Studies volume 49, no. 1, features articles on several topics: ancient Jewish ritual; how to restrict objectionable internet content using US Constitutional law; events in the history of the LDS Church Educational System; and a Missouri LDS newspaper. There are also book reviews, a film review, poetry, and an essay on the human brain.
Jeffrey Bradshaw describes how a mural found in an ancient Jewish synagogue portrays Ezekiel's ascent into heaven and analyzes what the painting teaches about temple worship and resurrection. Cheryl B. Preston details case law in US courts that empower citizens and lawmakers to restrict internet pornography. Despite claims to the contrary, there are several constitutional solutions that can work to curtail objectionable internet content. Preston reviews these solutions and encourages readers to become educated and get involved.
Casey Griffiths relates the events of 1930, when The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was in the process of transferring its colleges and academies to state governments and began supporting released-time seminary instead. At this time a legal crisis arose that could have dismantled Church education altogether. Joseph F. Merrill defended and helped preserve the seminary program. James T. Summerhays looks at recent research into adult brain plasticity, or the ability of the adult brain to rewire itself through directed effort over time, and what that means to a Latter-day Saint quest for improvement and progression. Susan E. Black writes about The Frontier Guardian, a short-lived but important official publication of the LDS Church in Missouri. All issues of the newspaper are now available on a searchable DVD-ROM.