Journal 36:2 | BYU Studies

Journal 36:2

Volume 36:2 (1996-97)
Painter Lee Udall Bennion talks with Doris Dant about her career in this issue of BYU Studies . Several pages of her artwork are displayed and explanations of the inspiration behind and symbolism of each painting is provided in the interview. Edward L. Kimball provides an insightful study of the practice of confession in the LDS church—he discusses the history of confession, what it is, who must...Read more

At the Gate of Heaven

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Confession in LDS Doctrine and Practice

In the Christian understanding, all are sinners (Rom. 3:23; Gal. 3:22); consequently, in order that all may be forgiven, repentance is one of the first principles of the gospel. A key element of repentance is confession: "By this ye may know if a man repenteth of his sins—behold, he will confess them and forsake them" (D&C 58:43). Accordingly, confession is one of the five steps of repentance... Read more

The Noncanonical Sayings of Jesus

In 1889 a German scholar named Alfred Resch caused a minor stir in the world of biblical scholarship with the publication of his book Agrapha: Aussercanonische Evangelienfragmente (Agrapha: Extracanonical gospel fragments). For his book, Resch had drawn together and classified, from patristic authors, variant readings of New Testament manuscripts, apocryphal books, and elsewhere literally... Read more

Beverly Custard

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Rendering the Ineffable Effable: Treating Joseph Smith's First Vision in Imaginative Literature

The First Vision is integral to the story of the Latter-day Saints and to their very existence as a people. Repeated and heartfelt recitations of the event, together with testimonies sought, gained, and uttered regarding its divinity, have gradually transformed the First Vision into the a profound story that presents direction and provides a theory about how the world works. The following survey... Read more

Lee Udall Bennion: A Quiet Interview

These pregnancy narratives tell of pregnancy and motherhood as experienced by eight Mormon women. The women, between the ages twenty-two and seventy, share their feelings about the challenges and blessings of pregnancy. Themes of augmented empowerment during pregnancy, greater agency, increased charity, and transcended stereotypes are present in each narrative. The women reported varying... Read more

But Then Face to Face: Culture and Doctrine in Eight Pregnancy Narratives

These pregnancy narratives tell of pregnancy and motherhood as experienced by eight Mormon women. The women, between the ages of twenty-two and seventy, share their feelings about the challenges and blessings of pregnancy. Themes of augmented empowerment during pregnancy, greater agency, increased charity, and transcended stereotypes are present in each narrative. The women reported varying... Read more

Troubled Water

In the Christian understanding, all are sinners (Rom. 3:23; Gal. 3:22); consequently, in order that all may be forgiven, repentance is one of the first principles of the gospel. A key element of repentance is confession: "By this ye may know if a man repenteth of his sins—behold, he will confess them and forsake them" (D&C 58:43). Accordingly, confession is one of the five steps of repentance... Read more

Introduction to "On Being Mormon in Canada and Canadian in Utah"

The coins found at Masada—Ptolemaic, Seleucid, Herodian, Roman, Jewish, Tyrian, Nabatean, etc.—testify not only of the changing fortunes of Judea, but also of the variety of coins circulating in that and neighboring countries during this time. Such diversity generates some difficulty in identifying the coins mentioned in the New Testament. Since the beginnings of coinage in the seventh or sixth... Read more

On Being Mormon in Canada and Canadian in Utah

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Introductory Thoughts on Equality

For some people, an unbridgeable gap stands between the gospel of Jesus Christ and feminism. To them, a Christian feminist or a Mormon feminist is an oxymoron, a person who has not thought seriously about either the gospel or feminism. However, there are devoted Latter-day Saints, both women and men, who consider themselves feminists. They declare that, far from being antithetical to the gospel,... Read more

Feminism in the Light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

For some people, an unbridgeable gap stands between the gospel of Jesus Christ and feminism. To them, a Christian feminist or a Mormon feminist is an oxymoron, a person who has not thought seriously about either the gospel or feminism. However, there are devoted Latter-day Saints, both women and men, who consider themselves feminists. They declare that, far from being antithetical to the gospel,... Read more

In the Corner

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The Salt Lake Temple Infrastructure: Studying It Out in Their Minds

As an inveterate sidewalk superintendent, I have long been enthralled by raw infrastructure. Scrutinizing the innards of mines, engine rooms, bridges, and buildings creates a feeling of awe for the souls, largely unrecognized, who designed and built such works. The architectural infrastructure of the Salt Lake Temple, its foundations, engineering, and use of technology, engender similar feelings... Read more

Light on the "Mission to the Lamanites"

In September 1830, the Lord called Oliver Cowdery by revelation to "go unto the Lamanites and preach my gospel unto them" (D&C 28:8). The call came a few months after the United States Congress had passed the Indian Removal Bill, an act providing for the relocation of all tribes within United States borders to points beyond. Peter Whitmer Jr., Parley P. Pratt, Ziba Peterson, and Frederick... Read more

Cultures in Conflict: A Documentary History of the Mormon War in Illinois

In this handsomely designed collection, editors John Hallwas and Roger Launius offer ninety documents to represent the disparate viewpoints of participants in what the non-Mormon citizens of Illinois came to know as the Mormon War. Fully half of the entries are drawn from period newspapers or other early published sources. Fifteen documents are reproduced from original manuscripts, most of them... Read more

Images of the Prophet Joseph Smith

Historian Davis Bitton earned his academic spurs during his graduate years at Princeton and his professorial tenure at the University of Utah. Of the ten books he has written, best known to LDS scholars are his co-authored work with Leonard J. Arrington, The Mormon Experience: A History of the Latter-day Saints (1979), and his detailed reference book, Guide to Mormon Diaries and Autobiographies (... Read more

The Mysteries of Godliness: A History of Mormon Temple Worship

Joseph Smith believed that at the core of restoration theology was temple worship. However, he left behind few documents detailing how and when the endowment was revealed to him. That many Latter-day Saints have an interest in temples and temple ceremonies is evidenced by the fact that large collections of unpublished temple-related documents circulate among historians, theologians, and... Read more

In Their Own Words: Women and the Story of Nauvoo

A valuable addition to the slowly growing body of published firsthand accounts by early Latter-day Saints, this volume presents a selection of diary extracts, letters, and "reminiscences" or memoirs authored by Mormon women. Given the large volume of extant materials, the editor has limited the scope of these texts to the Nauvoo period in the early 1840s. Madsen has chosen twenty-four... Read more

Black Saints in a White Church: Contemporary African American Mormons

A few years ago, I saw a picture (unfortunately I don't remember where) that immediately caught my attention and made me ponder about it for a long time. The picture showed two women who seemed to be at one of the gates of the Tabernacle in Temple Square, Salt Lake City. One of the women was blonde, tall, and elegantly dressed; the other was Black, shorter than the blonde woman, and simply... Read more

Eldin Ricks's Thorough Concordance of the LDS Standard Works

Eldin Ricks's Thorough Concordance of the LDS Standard Works is a far cry from the thin, pocket-size Combination Reference that missionaries carried in the 1960s. This hefty, nine-hundred-page volume "is a concordance of the LDS scriptures comparable to the James Strong Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible—a printed concordance of all occurrences of all words in the scriptural text . . . with a... Read more

Work, Family, and Religion in Contemporary Society

This book is a collection of essays mingled with a few demographic and survey data. The contributing scholars from a variety of disciplines share a conviction that the American family is undergoing significant change. The rise of individualism and the large numbers of women entering the labor force during the 1960s and 1970s drastically altered family values. As a consequence, the Ozzie and... Read more

When Truth Was Treason: German Youth Against Hitler

What we have learned to the present in articles, books, plays, and lectures of what is now being called the Helmuth Hübener Group might be called the popular Hübener. When Truth Was Treason is the scholar's Hübener. The story of the young LDS Helmuth Hübener's resistance to Hitler is told by the last living member of the group, Karl-Heinz Schnibbe. It is a gripping story that takes 141 pages in... Read more

The MTC: Set Apart

This engaging novel of missionary life at the Missionary Training Center (MTC) in Provo is written for a faithful, educated IDS audience. Parkinson's purpose is to describe missionary life both realistically and artistically through the actions, conversations, and reminiscences of four elders at the MTC: Harvey Wilberg, a bumbling but good-natured teller of childish jokes, an Iowan with a... Read more

A Flood Cannot Happen Here: The Story of Lower Goose Creek Reservoir, Oakley, Idaho, 1984

Natural disasters and the destruction that follows in their wake have always been headline news items. Overlooked for lack of a sensational headline, however, were the herculean effort and personal sacrifices of the residents of two small communities who worked together to avoid a natural disaster—a flood that could have devastated a large farming area of south-central Idaho. Basing her work on... Read more