Three articles on Mormon polygamy, two articles on the Book of Mormon, and much more are featured in this issue of BYU Studies Quarterly.
The three articles on polygamy focus on the Mormon settlement of St. George, Utah, from 1861 to 1880. The first, by Davis Bitton and Val Lambson, explains the limit of how many people in a given group can participate in polygyny, given that roughly equal numbers of men and women are present. The second, by Ben Bennion, explores why St. George had an unusually high prevalence of polygamy by looking at who was called to live there. The third, by Kathryn Daynes, shows that the building of a temple in St. George had a positive impact on polygamy rates.
Royal Skousen presents a distillation of his decades of work on the text of the Book of Mormon and shares the key textual changes that have happened in the book's publication process. Jack Lyon and Kent Minson explore one piece of Skousen's work to explain a textual irregularity in the Words of Mormon.
Shawn Tucker writes about the value of laughter as a means to strengthen personal bonds and fulfill spiritual longings, which are not in violation of scriptural injunctions prohibiting loud and excessive laughter. Eric d'Evegnee humorously compares his band of young children to undead zombies who overwhelm him but from whom he learns about living.
This issue also contains poetry, book reviews, and a film review.