Journal 32:4 | BYU Studies

Journal 32:4

"I beheld a tree, whose fruit was desirable to make one happy" (1 Nephi 8:10). Since the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, artists have been tried again and again to depict that image: Representations of the Lehi's vision of the Tree of Life are shown in the issue of BYU Studies . Also in this issue, BYU scientists talk about research involving an unusual molecule, 18-crown-6, that has the...Read more

Lehi's Vision of the Tree of Life: A Cross-Cultural Perspective in Contemporary Latter-day Saint Art

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Waking

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Crown-6 and the Future

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Temple Worship and a Possible Reference to a Prayer Circle in Psalm 24

Several scholars have identified Psalm 24 as a temple liturgical hymn. Sigmund Mowinckel, for example, believes that Psalm 24 contains leges sacrae , or "laws of the sanctuary," those "special rules and special demands as to the qualifications of those to be admitted" into the temple. Speaking specifically of Psalm 24, Hans-Joachim Kraus states that we "must reckon with the presence in the Psalms... Read more

The Trials of Jesus and Jeremiah

The trial of Jesus is, by far, the most difficult problem of ancient legal history. Many famous scholars have quite deliberately avoided writing and talking about it because of its immense complexity. Although I will not be able to solve the problem of the trial of Jesus, the important thing is for us to understand why it is insoluble, to understand the methodological difficulties which cause us... Read more

The Susquehanna

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Recent Bibliography on the Trials of Jesus

In recent years, numerous books and articles have been written about the arrest, accusation, interrogations, trials, mocking, and execution of Jesus. Many of the details about these procedures are insignificant when compared with the eternal consequences of the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Nevertheless, questions about the historicity and interpretation of the New Testament... Read more

Native Women on the Utah Frontier

When white Mormon pioneers arrived in Utah, they encountered Shoshoni, Ute, and Paiute natives. This article draws upon Mormon records as well as interviews of natives who knew the old ways. Family and social structure was fluid; native childhood looked permissive to the Mormons. Women had some say in choosing a marriage partner. The article looks at lifestyle during stages of life, marriage,... Read more

The Historians Corner

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The Eli H. Peirce Collection of Mormon Americana at Harvard University

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The Peirce Mormon Bibliography at Utah State University

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Victims: The LDS Church and the Mark Hofmann Case

Turley's point is that the Church was a victim not only in more than $100,000 in cash and trade items it gave Hofmann for various spurious documents, but also in the shadows cast on Church origins by his forgeries--particularly the salamander letter--and on the honesty of Church leaders by his planting false news stories that they possessed an embarrassing document written by Oliver Cowdery... Read more

Victims: The LDS Church and the Mark Hofmann Case

Mr. Turley's purpose in Victims has been to carefully document the Hofmann affair from the perspective of the major corporate victim, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His very focused account relies heavily on sources unavailable to earlier chroniclers, including the personal journals of many of the CHurch principals involved. The result is a necessary and welcome chronological... Read more

The Mormon Concept of God: A Philosophical Analysis

Francis J. Beckwith and Stephen E. Parrish's The Mormon Concept of God contains five chapters; chapter 1 is "The Classical Concept of God." In it the authors give an overview of traditional Christian theism and brief arguments for what they take to be the central claims of the classical view of God, namely, that God is personal and disembodied; that he is the creator and sustainer of all... Read more

The Diario and The Libro of Christopher Columbus

FRAY BARTOLOMÉ DE LAS CASAS, abstractor, OLIVER DUNN and JAMES E. KELLEY, JR., transcribers and translators. The Diario of Christopher Columbus's First Voyage to America, 1492-1493. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1989. DELNO C. WEST and AUGUST KLING, translators and commentators. The Libro de las profecías of Christopher Columbus. An en face edition. Gainesville: University of Florida... Read more

Christopher Columbus: A Latter-day Perspective

It has been a difficult year for Columbus in most respects but not within the LDS Church. Special firesides, sacrament meeting talks, a fifty-foot, four-panel mural in the Los Angeles Temple Visitors Center, and even a laudatory statement in President Gordon B. Hinckley's discourse in the October 1992 general priesthood meeting have been part of the commemoration of the discovery of the Americas... Read more

In the Image of God: Theme, Characterization, and Landscape in the Fiction of Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card is arguably the most successful, and certainly one of the most talented, writers of fiction the LDS community has yet produced. For a Mormon audience, he has produced several short stories; a number of plays; a historical novel, Saints (originally published as A Woman of Destiny, winner of the 1985 award for best novel from the Association for Mormon Letters); and an assortment... Read more

Prophesying upon the Bones: J. Reuben Clark and the Foreign Debt Crisis, 1933-39

During the 1920s, foreign governments tapped the U.S. capital markets by selling bonds to individual investors. However, as these governments encountered financial difficulties, they found it easy to forgo payments to the U.S. bondholders. Responding to the resulting outcry from the private investors, the U.S. government formed the Foreign Bondholders Protective Council in 1933. This quasi-... Read more

Mormon Redress Petitions: Documents of the 1833-1838 Missouri Conflict

Ultimately, persecution is personal. The causes may be institutional and the aftermath may blame faceless mobs, but in reality it's people persecuting people. The blows are thrown by flesh and blood, and the hits are losses taken at the most personal levels. No better (or worse) example of this can be found than in the Missouri persecution of the Latter-day Saints, and Mormon Redress Petitions... Read more

Volume 32 Index

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Breaking the Cycle of Compulsive Behavior

Written to Latter-day Saints who are addicted to compulsive behaviors and to their family members, this work presents a simple and refreshing new paradigm. It describes four steps of a "compulsive cycle" which can be replaced by opposing steps in a "joy cycle." The addictive cycle begins with feelings of isolation, followed by actions of self-indulgence, followed by feelings of self-hatred,... Read more