Journal 10:3 | BYU Studies

Journal 10:3

Volume 10:3 (Spring 1970)
Truman G. Madsen, as guest editor of this special Institute of Mormon Studies issue, prefaces the fascinating research of many notable scholars on the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. In "The Anthon Transcript," Stanley B. Kimball probes beyond the folklore surrounding Martin Harris' famed encounter with Professor Charles Anthon. Dean C. Jessee describes in detail the acquisition and...Read more


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Where Were the Moroni Visits?

This article deals with defining the exact date of Alvin Smith's death which helps the author to pinpoint the visits of Moroni. Read more

The Original Book of Mormon Manuscript

*This article is being offered free as a courtesy to as it was footnoted in an expanded Gospel Topic on their site. While much that has been said regarding the origin of the Book of Mormon is beyond the experience of the average searcher, only as he accepts or rejects the credibility of the earliest witnesses, the existence of the book itself provides a common ground for careful... Read more

Preview on A Study of the Social and Geographical Origins of Early Mormon Converts, 1830-1845

Mormon historical scholarship has not yet provided answers to some questions regarding Mormonism's origins. Such information would give us clues regarding the real appeal of the Mormon message to prospective converts. This article reviews data from a few publications which are essential to the understanding of this topic. Further, a preview of research on the backgrounds of the early rank-and-... Read more

Joseph Smith's New York Reputation Reappraised

The biographer of Joseph Smith's early life will know his subject when he relies on sources that know their subject. This truism is more obvious in statement than application, for non-Mormon biography has not faced the severe limitations of the uniformly hostile affidavits taken by a sworn enemy of the Mormon Prophet. The image thus obtained is sharply discordant from the Joseph Smith documented... Read more

The Dogberry Papers and the Book of Mormon

On September 2, 1829, a new paper was born in Palmyra, New York, called The Reflector and published by O. Dogberry, Jun. The object of the papers was to "correct the morals and improve the mind." O. Dogberry was the pseudonym for a certain Esquire Cole, an ex-justice of the peace, who had obtained access on Sundays and evenings to the use of the idle E. B. Grandin & Co. press, the same press... Read more

1970 Research Project: The Ohio Period

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The Return, an oil painting

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A Note on "The Return"

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The Anthon Transcript: People, Primary Sources, and Problems

Of the many important and little understood events of early Church history, certainly the consultation of Martin Harris with Professor Charles Anthon in New York City in February 1828 regarding the Book of Mormon is one of the most important and intriguing. It is also one of the earliest events of the Restoration which can be assessed rationally and tested. By late 1827 the story of Joseph Smith... Read more

James Gordon Bennett's 1831 Report on "The Mormonites"

In the summer of 1831 James Gordon Bennett demonstrated the enterprise which was to make him one of America's greatest journalists by investigating the circumstances surrounding the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. Born in Scotland in 1795, and for several years a student in a Catholic seminary at Aberdeen, young Bennett, "on a sudden impulse," migrated to Nova Scotia in 1819. For a while he... Read more

The Colesville Branch and the Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon

With the many branch, ward, and stake organizations which currently bedeck the international scene of Mormonism, it is understandable that the activities of a small branch of Saints at Colesville, Broome County, New York, could have been virtually forgotten with the passage of time. Yet, at the close of 1830, it was one of some five principal branches serving as focal points for the gathering of... Read more

A Note on Mormon Americana at Yale

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