Journal 23:4 | BYU Studies

Journal 23:4

Celebrate the arts in this issue of BYU Studies . Learn about the development of the hymn "A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief" and read about nineteenth-century Mormon painter C. C. A. Christensen's view on "The Fine Arts." Then turn the pages to admire eight color plates of Christensen's work. Discover more about lesser-known moments in Church history as well. Read about the Saints and the 1906 San...Read more

Editor's Column

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Strains Which Will Not Soon Be Allowed to Die . . .: "The Stranger" and Carthage Jail

Four years after his death, James Montgomery (1771–1854), beloved as "The Christian Poet" of the nineteenth century, was celebrated in a leading Methodist journal: His poetry has stood the test of searching criticism, and he has left some strains which will not soon be allowed to die in silence. Montgomery himself had been more sober-minded and pragmatic in estimating the worth of his own verse... Read more

C. C. A. Christensen on Art

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from A Milesian Tel in Southern California: A Poem Series

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Saints and the San Francisco Earthquake

In mid-April 1906 about one hundred and twenty-five Latter-day Saints lived in San Francisco, the "Paris of the West," whose hilly neighborhood straddled the San Andreas fault line. In addition, the city constantly drew visiting Saints—tourists, business people, travelers, and guests. LDS medical and university students were also temporary residents. The local branch had several dozen members... Read more

The Taciturn Phylactery

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The Window Effect

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A Scarcity

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Chartering the Kirtland Bank

Few events have rocked the LDS Church more severely than the failure of the Kirtland Bank in 1837. In less than a year the acrimony caused by this affair split Church leadership and fragmented the Mormon community in Kirtland. Explanations for the bank's collapse range from condemning to absolving those involved; critics often change speculation and fraud, while apologists stress prudence and... Read more

The Appearance of Elijah and Moses in the Kirtland Temple and the Jewish Passover

A brief note in the History of the Church under the date of Sunday, 3 April 1836, records the appearance of the Lord, Moses, Elias, and Elijah to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in the Kirtland Temple. Subsequent writers have noted that this date corresponds to the Jewish Passover, during which the arrival of Elijah is traditionally awaited. A parenthetical note in the Missionary Training Manual... Read more

Jesse Gause: Joseph Smith's Little-Known Counselor

Who was Jesse Gause? Despite his brief prominence in the early Church organization, he was virtually lost in the annals of Church history until quite recently. Although Jesse Gause's biography is still sketchy, it provides insight into early church conversions and quorum organization. Read more

Creator

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Request

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The Dancing Beggar of London

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Watermelons, Alma 32, and the Experimental Method

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Voices from the Past: Diaries, Journals, and Autobiographies

From the Church's inception, Latter-day Saint leaders have advocated—and Church members have kept—some form of personal record. Thanks to the efforts of individuals such as Willard Richards and Andrew Jenson, the early Saints were requested to turn in Church-related records. Jenson also encouraged Church members to write their autobiographies and submit them to the Church's Historical Office... Read more

Isaiah: Prophet, Seer, and Poet

With the publication of Isaiah: Prophet, Seer, and Poet, Victor L. Ludlow has accomplished what few scholars have done-presented a worthy commentary on one of the most difficult books in world literature. The task that Victor L. Ludlow set for himself would have discouraged lesser scholars, but he has the credentials and the will to pursue the project. The work examines the "historical context,... Read more

Mormon Thunder: A Documentary History of Jedediah Morgan Grant

As in the days of Noah, when holy writ confirms there were "giants on the earth," early Mormonism had its share of large and imposing figures. Jedediah Morgan Grant—most Saints affectionately called him "Jeddy"—was certainly one of these. As Salt Lake City's first mayor, counselor to President Brigham Young, and especially stump preacher extraordinaire, Jedediah Grant seemed larger than life. His... Read more