Journal 18:3 | BYU Studies

Journal 18:3

This issue is devoted to understanding Brigham Young. A former Curator from the Church Historical Department shares her experiences restoring the Brigham Young Winter Home in St. George. Other scholars report their studies of Brigham’s religious background, family life, the gospel kingdom he built in the West, his friendship with Heber C. Kimball, his promotion of women's rights, and his policies...Read more

Restorations Belong to Everyone

Restoring a home is a very personal matter for the restorer. After research and study, the restorer becomes a member of that long ago family, thinking their thoughts, living the routine of their daily lives, knowing what and when they ate, how they cooked, what they wore, how they communicated, traveled, and entertained. The restorer comes to understand the family's place in the community, their... Read more

The Religious and Family Background of Brigham Young

Brigham Young, until age thirty-one, was a painter and carpenter of less-than-modest origins from western New York. He was raised by parents who inclined toward the excitable brand of Methodism and, from age fourteen on, sought a peaceful, regulated, unexcitable life of hoped-for prosperity. Though dutiful enough a believer, he preferred to be known as an honest, hard-working, thorough craftsman... Read more

Brigham Young's Family

By concentrating only upon the extensive sources of Brigham Young's public life, the writer glimpses but the tip of the iceberg as far as Brigham's personal struggles in life are concerned, because these public sources indicate little of the depth of his effort to care for his family. This was intentional on Brigham's part. Living in an era when curious minds were constantly seeking a glimpse of... Read more

Brigham's Gospel Kingdom

Brigham Young was famous for encouraging his people to develop their divine potential. He was intent on fulfilling his growing vision of the promise he had made the Nauvoo Saints in the dark hour of their bewilderment at Joseph's death: "There is an Almighty foundation laid, and we can build a kingdom such as there never was in this world." And that is what they did—after the trial of the Nauvoo... Read more

Woman's Place in Brigham Young's World

The recent involvement of historians in women's studies has sparked new interest in the lives of Mormon women. The period that has received the most attention from current scholars is the 1870s, 1880s, and 1890s, the time when Mormon women emerged into public life. The administration of Brigham Young coincides with the first part of this span, and with good reason. Young himself was in part... Read more

Brigham and Heber

For over thirty-nine years Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball were as close and dedicated to a common cause as any two men could be. This friendship was so enduring and intense that it may be unique. One is drawn to the classics or the Old Testament for such parallels as Damon and Pythias, Castor and Pollux, or David and Jonathan. But even these friendships are not comparable for they were of... Read more

George Francis Train and Brigham Young

One of the most unusual literary productions to appear following the death of Brigham Young was a lengthy "poem" by George Francis Train. First published in the Buffalo Agitator, "The Death of Brigham Young" was reprinted in the Deseret News on 17 October 1877, less than two months after the presidents death. In order to appreciate it we must have some idea who George Francis Train was and what... Read more

Brigham Young and Mormon Indian Policies: The Formative Period, 1836–1851

Brigham Young has been acclaimed as one of America's greatest colonizers, empire builders, and religious leaders, and there is no doubt that his achievements left an indelible imprint upon the pages of western frontier history. Many of his accomplishments, however, need to be seen against a silhouette of his experience with the native Americans. His relations with the Indians were more than pious... Read more

From the Rumors to the Records: Historians and the Sources for Brigham Young

In western New York, before he knew the Mormons, Brigham Young and a circle of friends sought earnestly for religious truth. In 1860 Hiram McKee, one of this circle and now a minister himself, wrote Brigham Young a warm letter of concern. McKee wrote to call his former friend to repentance, not for following a different path to God, but for his alleged notorious personal wickedness. "Now Brother... Read more


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The Willard Richards and Brigham Young 5 September 1840 Letter from England to Nauvoo

A visitor strolling down a Salt Lake City street in 1870 would have heard a clipped British accent almost as frequently as a flattened Yankee drawl, as a third of the people in Salt Lake County in that year were British-born. Why had the English ground proven so fertile for the Latter-day Saints? An 1840 letter written by two prominent Mormon apostle/missionaries provides partial answers. Willard... Read more

To the Saints in England: Impressions of a Mormon Immigrant

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