Journal 21:2 | BYU Studies

Journal 21:2

Read about Lula Green Richards "Utah's First Woman Editor" and her achievements in the variety of writing that she enjoyed. Marvin S. Hill addresses the topic of Joseph Smith in comparing the comments from supporters to those of his critics. All persons of fame will have speakers on either side of the line. Learn more in, "Joseph Smith the Man: Some Reflections on a Subject of Controversy." Also...Read more

Joseph Smith's Boyhood Operation: An 1813 Surgical Success

In 1813, surgery was carried out under the most humble circumstances, whether in Boston or in a rural area. In this case we have documentation from the patient as well as the independent report by the mother, Lucy Mack Smith. We also have interesting surgical documentation. Even though there were no individual patient records in those days, we have medical students' letters, their lecture notes,... Read more

Lula Greene Richards: Utah's First Woman Editor

Dedicated, ambitious and prolific, Lula Richards Green had a vast number of interests, many of which developed into causes and crusades and all of which she must have written about at one time or another during her ninety-five years. While her poetry ran to lofty sentiment and her essays often concentrated on advice for moral living, she was eminently practical, as free with advice on curing bad... Read more

Joseph Smith the Man: Some Reflections on a Subject of Controversy

One of the things the historian learns when he begins to delve deeply into historical sources is that the great men of the past have always been the subject of bitter controversy. While these men have had their defenders, they have had their critics too. Like other great Americans, the Prophet Joseph Smith was not exempt from such disparagement. He had friends who spoke well of him, and he had... Read more

Openings

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A Prayer for Faith

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A New Direction in Language Testing: Concern for the One

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Introduction

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The Canes of the Martyrdom

Shortly after the martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph Smith in 1844, unusual mementos in his memory—wooden canes—were fashioned from the oak planks of the rough-hewn coffin in which the body was returned to Nauvoo. The history of these mementos—the Canes of the Martyrdom— is elusive, but some conclusions may be drawn from what little solid information can be found. We do know that Willard Richards,... Read more

A Little Leavening

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Mormon Bibliography 1979–1980

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Sisters and Little Saints: One Hundred Years of Primary

In Sisters and Little Saints, Carol Cornwall Madsen and Susan Staker Oman have delineated the growth of the Primary from a single Primary unit in Farmington, Utah, in 1878, into a worldwide organization in 1978. Moreover, they chart the noteworthy history of female administration in a Church program. A Primary organization was initially conceived in response to Aurelia Spencer Rogers's query, "... Read more

Defender of the Faith: The B. H. Roberts Story

For the general reader as well as the specialist, Truman G. Madsen's biography of B. H. Roberts will fill a long-standing gap. Defender of the Faith provides a chronological treatment of the life of Elder Roberts from his birth in Lancashire, England, in 1857 to his death in Salt Lake City in 1933, highlighting in a sympathetic manner his childhood, conversion, gathering to Zion, youth, and... Read more

Alternative Altars: Unconventional and Eastern Spirituality in America

Alternative Altars explores the impact and meaning of religious life in American history outside the Judeo-Christian mainstream. It is a fecund but disjointed panorama—a fascinating collage of essays, accounts, and affirmations in which Professor Robert Ellwood, director of the East Asian Studies Center at the University of Southern California, probably the leading American expert on emergent "... Read more