Journal 25:3 | BYU Studies

Journal 25:3

Marianne Appleton and A. Garr Cranney provide conclusive research on the percentage and significance of reading among LDS women in this issue. To the question "Will every body be damned but Mormons?" Joseph Smith replied, "Yes, and a great portion of them, unless they repent and work righteousness": Grant Underwood discusses these Protestant notions about being "saved" or "damned" in early Church...Read more

New Directions in the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls

In 1947 the first manuscripts of the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in the cliffs of the Jordan Rift. In 1962 the latest discovery of documents from the Rift came to light, the Samaria legal papyri of the fourth century B.C.E. In the interval, manuscripts and papyri were found in addition caves and ruins. Most recently of all, manuscripts have been dug up from the ruins of the diamond-shaped... Read more

Den Göttern gleich ich nicht: The Nature of Faust's Salvation

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Play It Again, Sam: The Remarkable "Prophecy" of Samuel Lutz, Alias Christophilus Gratianus, Reconsidered

I recall traveling, as a brand-new missionary in Germany in the summer of 1960, with my senior companion by train from Freiburg to several cities in and around the Black Forest which made up our mission district. On one such occasion, I acquired a most intriguing note from a fellow missionary: a "prophesy" by a Catholic monk named Lutius Gratus from the year 1739, the original of which was said... Read more

Reading Habits of Church-Active LDS Women

Reading research about members of the LDS church is scarce. While scattered and fragmentary data exist from unpublished studies, little has been made available to public view. These studies cover diverse subjects such as reading skills of missionaries, readability levels of Church materials and scripture, description-evaluations of Church literacy projects, family scripture reading practices,... Read more


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Poetry and the Private Lives: Newspaper Verse on the Mormon Frontier

The Exponent published for forty-two years, from 1872 until 1914 when it was replaced by the Relief Society Magazine, official publication of the women's organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Amidst a variety of feature and news articles-some local, some lifted, some polemic, and many feminist—there was from the outset poetry. In the tradition of the newspaper in the... Read more


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Joseph Smith and the Gospel of Matthew

Joseph Smith was a man of deep spiritual insight, one who loved the Bible and delighted in making plain those passages which had particular relevance to Latter-day Saint doctrine. That he was one of the great biblical minds of his day is evident in his sermons, discourses frequently interspersed with biblical passages and built around the explication of biblical texts. The manuscript of Joseph's... Read more

Saved or Damned: Tracing a Persistent Protestantism in Early Mormon Thought

The idea that only people who believed in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and were baptized by proper authority could be saved from hell permeated early Latter-day Saint thought, as it did in some other Christian religions of the 1800s. A sharp line could be drawn between the saved and the damned. For modern Latter-day Saints accustomed to extolling the vision of the three degrees of glory as... Read more

My Childhood Home

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A Brigham Young Letter to George Q. Cannon, 1859

In late 1859, Utah and the Mormon church were trying to return to conditions as they were prior to the disruptions of the Utah War. The full effects of the disruptive "move south" were not yet entirely realized or reconciled, and the citizens were trying to adjust to a new political situation in which the Mormons were no longer in control of any of the appointive government offices in the... Read more

Joseph Smith III and the Kirtland Temple Suit

On 23 February 1880, Judge L. S. Sherman of the Court of Common Pleas, Lake County, Ohio, announced the decision awarding ownership of the historic Kirtland Temple, the Mormon religious edifice completed in 1836, to the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the plaintiff in the case. Members of the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints might argue that the... Read more

The Personal Writings of Joseph Smith

There is a strange paradox in much of what has been written about Joseph Smith. Believer and disbeliever alike have refused to tolerate human weakness in the man: believers by ignoring or denying any evidence that Joseph ever acted out of human needs or human limitations; disbelievers by disparaging him for imperfection. In the ideological warfare that has largely dominated the historical... Read more

Marriage and Family: Gospel Insights

Though published as a single volume, this is really two books. The first consists of fourteen chapters by Madsen (subtitled "for philosophical"), and the second consists of fifteen chapters by Covey (subtitled "for practical"). Actually, as might be imagined, there is much of both philosophical and practical value in each half. In fact, any couple that comes away from reading this book without... Read more

Zane Grey's Arizona

This small volume examines Zane Grey's interest in Arizona and surrounding areas and assesses the role Arizona played in shaping his attitudes, as well as the attitudes of his readers and of moviegoers who saw films made from his novels. According to Kandace C. Kant, Arizona made a powerful impression on Grey. Grey, in his turn, by combining the spell it cast over him with nostalgia, optimism,... Read more

Not in Vain: The Inspiring Story of Ellis Shipp, Pioneer Woman Doctor

I was pleased to discover a biography of Ellis Shipp published by Bookcraft. Many nineteenth-century Mormon women, like Dr. Shipp, played an important role in Utah history but have not been studied extensively. It was especially pleasing to see such a biography released by one of the largest publishers of Mormon materials. Unfortunately, as I started reading, my enthusiasm vanished. This is not a... Read more

Mormon Gold: The Story of California's Mormon Argonauts

You can't tell a book by its cover, but you can judge its worth in my personal library by its position. Mormon Gold isn't on my coffee table, which is reserved for large and flashy works, such as a picture book of old-time auto-MO-biles, to impress guests. Nor does it rate space on the breakfront shelf, reserved for my own works. We have two bookcases in the living room, while the entry hall is... Read more

The Price

The Price is a moving and very readable book about idealism, about suffering, and endurance, and surviving—and about Karl-Heinz Schnibbe, now a resident of Salt Lake City, who experienced all of this during his and Germany's darkest years. The price which Schnibbe and his companions, all teenagers, had to pay for their idealism amounted to a very real nightmare fraught with horrors which ranged... Read more