Journal 24:4 | BYU Studies

Journal 24:4

BYU Studies here presents a special issue (originally published just before the Hofmann forgeries were exposed) collecting Mormon scholarship on the mythic folk religion and money digging that surrounded the Smith family in early New York years. Ronald W. Walker offers a survey of the extensive tradition that lies behind folk-magic practices. Marvin S. Hill probes the range of supernaturalism...Read more

Volume 24 Index

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Editor's Introduction

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New Documents and Mormon Beginnings

Editor's Note: Please be aware that the documents described in this article are Mark Hofmann forgeries. For more information, see Richard E. Turley Jr., Victims: The LDS Church and the Mark Hofmann Case (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1992). Read more

The Persisting Idea of American Treasure Hunting

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Joseph Smith: The Palmyra Seer

Editor's Note: Please be aware that the document described in this article is a Mark Hofmann forgery. For more information, see Richard E. Turley Jr., Victims: The LDS Church and the Mark Hofmann Case (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1992). Ron Walker writes of his own personal journey with Joseph Smith, "The Palmyra Seer." He says, "My journey with Joseph has now taken two years. Perhaps... Read more

Money Digging Folklore and the Beginnings of Mormonism: An Interpretive Suggestion

Editor's Note: The online version of this article was revised after it became public knowledge that the 1830 Martin Harris letter referred to in the article was a Mark Hofmann forgery. Over the years, LDS church historians have responded to claims that the Mormon movement because as a money-digging speculation with accounts that minimize or deny any such connections. It has been seemingly assumed... Read more

The Mature Joseph Smith and Treasure Searching

*This article is being offered free as a courtesy to lds.org as it was footnoted in an expanded Gospel Topic on their site. Editor's Note: The online version of this article was revised after it became public knowledge that the 1830 Martin Harris letter referred to in the article was a Mark Hofmann forgery. The past year intensified the study of the Prophet's early life because of the release of... Read more