Journal 15:3 | BYU Studies

Journal 15:3

Truman G Madsen analyzes B. H. Roberts' monumental work "The Truth, The Way, The Life: An Elementary Treatise on Theology." The manuscript had been considered as a course of study for the MIA in 1928, but remained unpublished until printed by BYU Studies in 1994. This issue also contains the story of Ray L. Pratt and the early missionary work in Mexico, an examination of the ways Communism...Read more

The Meaning of Christ—The Truth, The Way, The Life: An Analysis of B. H. Roberts' Unpublished Masterwork

Truman Madsen reviews and analyzes B. H. Roberts's three-volume masterwork The Truth, The Way, The Life. This previously-unpublished work was meant to reach out to members of other religions and to help them better understand the Latter-day Saints. Roberts focuses on the fact that Jesus Christ is the source of all truth. He discusses the magnitude of Christ as creator of the universe and as the... Read more

Rey L. Pratt and the Mexican Mission

Rey L. Pratt—the father figure to the Mexican Mormon Saints and the mission president for 24 years—contributed more to the struggling Mexican Saints in the early 1900s than any other man. Dale Beecher narrates Pratt's leadership over the Mexico Mission during the most turbulent times of Mexico's history. Pratt cared for the sick, visited branches, pleaded with Church Headquarters for supplies and... Read more

Poems by Iris Corry

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Moral Free Agency

This talk given by Daniel H. Ludlow asserts that we as Latter-day Saints should be the most free of any people on the face of this earth. We have all the opportunities of choice that other people have and more because we have the additional laws and principles of the restored gospel. We have all the possibilities of opposites shared by other people and more because of the differences between the... Read more

Religion and Communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe

Even before Marx first saw religion as a tool of suppression for the bourgeoisie, there existed the idea that religion adapts itself in order to be adopted by the state. The relationship between religion and communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe could be categorized in three ways: first, the two struggled to influence the beliefs of the population, as both are ideologies; second, the... Read more

The Neophyte

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A Newly Discovered 1838 Wilford Woodruff Letter

In 1838 Wilford Woodruff was thirty-one years old and had been a member of the Church five years. He had already completed three missions, one to the Southern States and two to the Fox Islands. Woodruff's parents, his half-sister, Eunice, and his full brother, Azmon, had accepted the gospel. But there were others of the family for whom he was concerned. One of these was his half-brother, Asahel... Read more

Jesse Gause: Counselor to the Prophet

Unknown to many, Jesse Gause was the first man called to be Prophet Joseph Smith's counselor in the high priesthood, before Frederick G. Williams. But despite this important responsibility, Jesse Gause disappeared after being called to serve a mission, never to be seen or heard from again. How Jesse Gause came to such prominence and then faded into obscurity is not well known among the pages of... Read more

A Believing People: Literature of the Latter-day Saints

When I was an undergraduate at the University of Utah, in the 1950s, it was already fashionable there to condemn the LDS Church as invincibly anti-intellectual and the "local culture" as a wasteland. I remember one barrage of letters in the student newspaper about Mormon literature, music, etc. A proudly disaffected graduate student, after a caustic but actually quite accurate description of... Read more

The Restoration Movement: Essays in Mormon History

The Restoration Movement is a collection of essays on various facets of Mormon history, written by scholars of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS and RLDS). Following an introductory essay, Chapters 1–8 concern themselves with the early Church in New York, Kirtland, Missouri and Nauvoo, and with the movements... Read more

Dear Ellen and Letters of Long Ago

S. GEORGE ELLSWORTH, editor. Dear Ellen: Two Mormon Women and Their Letters. Salt Lake City: Tanner Trust Fund, University of Utah Library, 1974. AGNES JUST REID. Letters of Long Ago. Brigham D. Madsen, editor. Salt Lake City: Tanner Trust Fund, University of Utah Library, 1974. Any reader is pleased to find more in a book than he bargained for, and this reviewer was pleasantly surprised that the... Read more

Letters of Brigham Young to His Sons

Writing to his son Willard in July 1877, Brigham Young expressed pleasure that no history was being made at that particular moment in Zion, since "history, as usually written, is principally filled with the wars, the troubles, and misfortunes of mankind. . . ." The observation is particularly interesting in relationship to this book of letters to his sons, since nothing better suggests just how... Read more

The Pearl of Great Price: Comprehensive Concordance

Since the 1961 publication of Lynn M. Hilton's Concordance of the Pearl of Great Price went unnoticed by authors Curtis and Hill, they assumed that they were "writing a book which had never been written before." Hilton's Concordance not only predates the work of Curtis and Hill by thirteen years, but it is also a more accurate tool for scriptural study. Inclusion of historical information on the... Read more

The Golden Legacy: A Folk History of J. Golden Kimball

The events surrounding the publication of The Golden Legacy well illustrate the controversy that followed J. Golden Kimball during much of his life: In 1973, Brigham Young University Press published the first edition and then recalled it after the sale of a few copies. The second edition, published by Peregrine Smith, Inc., is a reprint of the first except for two stories which are replaced by a... Read more