Journal 15:2 | BYU Studies

Journal 15:2

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The Apocalypse of Peter: Introduction and Translation

The Apocalypse of Peter is one of the fifty-three religious treatises which comprise the Coptic Gnostic Library of Nag Hammadi. This collection of texts was discovered by Egyptian peasants about 1946 near the modern village of Chenoboskion, Egypt, just across the Nile from the town of Nag Hammadi. This introduction to the Apocalypse of Peter explains how it and other Coptic texts make up a... Read more

Mesmerism and Mormonism

On 2 May 1842 the Times and Seasons reprinted an article from the New York Weekly Herald which suggested that Joseph Smith was, unknowingly, practicing animal magnetism. This was the first, but not the last, effort to explain Mormonism in terms of animal magnetism, mesmerism, or their more respectable counterpart, hypnotism. These terms were used to describe the belief that the human body... Read more

The Closing of the Early Japan Mission

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' first Japan Mission closed in 1924, after twenty-three years of effort and sacrifice on the part of missionaries and Church members, as the First Presidency believed that missionary efforts could be more effectively spent elsewhere. Because the Church is growing rapidly in Japan today, students of Asian mission history often wonder why the Church... Read more

Members without a Church: Japanese Mormons in Japan from 1924 to 1948

In 1924, the missionaries and essentially the Church's presence were withdrawn from Japan. From 1901 to 1924 the early missionaries experienced struggles, challenges, and some tremendous accomplishments. However, the decision to withdraw all missionaries from Japan left the members there almost entirely on their own from 1924 until 1945. Although the early and modern missions have been subjects... Read more

The Gadianton Robbers and Protracted War

The Gadianton wars were different from most other wars in the Book of Mormon in that they were internal, often covert, and protracted. They included components of terrorism, assassination, insurgency, and other horrific aspects of war. We can trace similar characteristics from these ancient wars with the current conflicts that are occurring today, especially those in the Middle East, Asia, Latin... Read more

Eleanor McLean and the Murder of Parley P. Pratt

Eleanor McLean and her husband, Hector, first encountered Mormonism in San Francisco. Though Eleanor was interested in joining the Church in 1851, Hector threatened violence if she did; she finally received his written permission and was baptized in 1854. Later that year, Parley P. Pratt arrived in San Francisco, having been called to preside over the Pacific mission. The Pratts and Eleanor... Read more