Journal 43:2 | BYU Studies

Journal 43:2

Volume 43:2 (2004)
The years that George H. Brimhall was president of BYU (1906-1921) were fraught with financial problems and arguments over evolution, but an article on Brimhall in this issue shows not only how he dealt with those problems but also gave his students personal attention and impressed upon them their responsibilities as leaders. Next, Sally T. Taylor teaches about how she has learned about the "...Read more

George H. Brimhall's Legacy of Service to Brigham Young University

Franklin S. Harris, president of Brigham Young University from 1921 to 1945, said of his predecessor, George H. Brimhall (fig. 1), "George H. Brimhall, under a tree would make a university any day for where he teaches students will always gather to be taught." Brimhall had two great causes, Harris said: his religion and the cause of education. From his youth to his old age, Brimhall carried these... Read more

The Fellowship of Christ's Sufferings as Reflected in Lear and Life

As I have worked with students in creative writing over the twenty-five years of my teaching at Brigham Young University, I have often noted how the angst of young adult years is reflected in their writing. They write of their broken romances, their dysfunctional homes, their roommate agonies, their loneliness, and the stress of classroom deadlines. I understand the intensity of their feelings,... Read more

We Navigated by Pure Understanding: Bishop George T. Sevey's Account of the 1912 Exodus from Mexico

During July and August 1912, thousands of Mormon colonists fled the turmoil of the Mexican Revolution (fig. 1). As bishop of the Colonia Chuichupa ward, George Sevey led his ward members out of war-torn Mexico and into the United States. The scene was not unfamiliar. During the nineteenth century, Latter-day Saints had fled from Missouri and Illinois, and thousands more had experienced the great... Read more

Museum of Ancient Life

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Does Chiasmus Appear in the Book of Mormon by Chance?

Chiasmus is an inverted-parallel literary form that was employed by ancient Hebrew biblical writers, among others. An instance of this form, called a "chiasm," presents two or more literary elements, and then restates them in reverse order. Short chiasms are not uncommon in literature. In some cases, the authors undoubtedly intended to use that form for literary effect (that is, by design); in... Read more

Latter-day Saint Returned Missionaries in the United States: A Survey on Religious Activity and Postmission Adjustment

Each year, approximately twenty to thirty thousand Latter-day Saint young adults leave to serve missions throughout the world.1 Once these young adults return home from their missionary service, most go on to further their education, begin a career, marry, and establish a family. Returned missionaries are a unique group in the Church and are often a point of interest. Parents, for example, note... Read more

On Grandmother's Couch

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My daughter's tantrums are ballets in miniature, frenetic little dances of temper and passionate refusal. Barely two years old, she lets her no's choreograph our daily mother-daughter pas de deux : I proffer applesauce; Ella flings it onto the floor. I try to set her in the grocery-store cart; she arches her back and wriggles, fishlike. I draw the water for her bath; at the sound of the splashing... Read more

Ornament Gold

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Hugh Nibley: A Consecrated Life

Hugh Winder Nibley is known for the diversity of his writings and activities, which compare more easily to the impressionistic music of Debussy than to the works of an orderly Beethoven or to an inexhaustible smorgasbord of culinary delights than to a formal seven-course banquet. His life calls for an equally diverse and interesting biography, which is provided by his son-in-law, Boyd Jay... Read more

Evangelicals and Politics in Asia, Africa and Latin America

Paul Freston, who teaches sociology at the Federal University of São Carlos in Brazil, is an acknowledged expert in the field of Pentecostalism in Brazil and Latin America. His book Evangelicals and Politics in Asia, Africa and Latin America aims to be a pioneering "comparative study of the political dimensions of the new mass Protestantism of sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and parts of Asia... Read more

An Insider's View of Mormon Origins

Reviewing Grant Palmer's first published work became an unusual personal challenge to me, for it touched on two things I hold dear. One is balanced scholarship and academic integrity, which I have spent a career trying to teach and practice. The other is something especially sacred: my personal belief in the reality of Joseph Smith's First Vision, the authenticity of the Book of Mormon, and the... Read more

Joseph Smith's Prophetic Gifts: His Prophecies Fulfilled

Prophets prophesy. They foretell the future. They explain coming events. They live in the future as much as in the present, and in so doing they draw their listeners into an eternal view of themselves and of the world to come. So it was with the Prophet Joseph Smith. More than people might realize, the Prophet of the Restoration was occupied with things to come. In this limited-edition... Read more