Journal 36:4 | BYU Studies

Journal 36:4

Volume 36:4 (1996-97)
This issue includes "Exterior Symbolism of the Salt Lake Temple: Reflecting the Faith That Called the Place into Being," "Keeping Promises: The LDS Church Enters Bulgaria, 1990-1994," "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day," "James H. Hart's Contribution to Our Knowledge of Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer," "The Mantle of the Prophet Joseph Passes to Brother Brigham: A Collective Spiritual Witness,"...Read more

Exterior Symbolism of the Salt Lake Temple: Reflecting the Faith That Called the Place into Being

Shortly after World War II, a survivor of the Nazi concentration camps wrote a book called Man's Search for Meaning . This title captures one of humanity's deepest yearnings. Temples answer some of the most important aspects of that search for Latter-day Saints; many of those answers are expressed visually on the exterior of the Salt Lake Temple. This paper represents my personal reflections on... Read more

Keeping Promises: The LDS Church Enters Bulgaria, 1990–1994

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Not of This Fold

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Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day

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Pioneer

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James H. Hart's Contribution to Our Knowledge of Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer

Most Latter-day Saints take for granted the existence of portraits of the Three Witnesses, but in fact no likeness of Oliver Cowdery was available to the Church until 1883, and then it was touch-and-go whether one would be obtained. Had it not been for the faith and tenacity of James H. Hart, who pursued the portrait when others had failed, we might never have known just what Oliver Cowdery... Read more

The Mantle of the Prophet Joseph Passes to Brother Brigham: A Collective Spiritual Witness

On August 8, 1844, six weeks after the Prophet Joseph Smith's martyrdom, a meeting of the Saints was held in Nauvoo, Illinois. Brigham Young, President of the Quorum of the Twelve, and several other Apostles had just returned from missions. The purpose of the meeting was to determine by vote who had the right and responsibility to lead the Church--Sidney Rigdon, First Counselor in the First... Read more

Life in Zion: An Intimate Look at the Latter-day Saints, 1820–1995; The Mission: Inside the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Images of Faith: Art of the Latter-day Saints

WILLIAM W. SLAUGHTER. Life in Zion: An Intimate Look at the Latter-day Saints, 1820-1995. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1995. EPICENTER COMMUNICATIONS and MATTHEW NAYTHONS, comps. The Mission: Inside the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. New York: Warner Books, 1995. RICHARD G. OMAN and ROBERT O. DAVIS. Images of Faith: Art of the Latter-day Saints. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1995... Read more

Life in Zion: An Intimate Look at the Latter-day Saints, 1820-1995; The Mission: Inside the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Images of Faith: Art of the Latter-day Saints

WILLIAM W. SLAUGHTER. Life in Zion: An Intimate Look at the Latter-day Saints, 1820-1995. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1995. EPICENTER COMMUNICATIONS and MATTHEW NAYTHONS, comps. The Mission: Inside the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. New York: Warner Books, 1995. RICHARD G. OMAN and ROBERT O. DAVIS. Images of Faith: Art of the Latter-day Saints. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1995... Read more

Winter Quarters: The 1846-1848 Life Writings of Mary Haskin Parker Richards

Whether documenting the first leg of the prairie trek, reporting the temporary life in the Missouri River settlements, or transmitting hearsay about the Battle of Nauvoo, Mary Richards's 1846–48 journals are a superb source on one brief period of Mormon history. For example, the journals make tantalizing reference to a little-known religious reformation and to Winter Quarters' overzealous police... Read more

Mountain Meadows Witness: The Life and Times of Bishop Philip Klingensmith

After one hundred and thirty-nine years, and even after the 1990 reconciliation that occurred with the dedication of the monument at the massacre site near Cedar City; the Mountain Meadows Massacre still evokes a wide range of emotions. Early in life, Anna Jean Backus was troubled by this tragic incident after her mother told her that her ancestor Philip Klingensmith was involved in the massacre... Read more

Lost Legacy: The Mormon Office of Presiding Patriarch

At the October 1979 general conference, President Nathan E. Tanner, counselor in the First Presidency; announced the retirement of Eldred G. Smith as Patriarch to the Church. No successor was mentioned, thus leaving an office vacant that in Joseph Smith's time was considered to be second in preeminence to the President of the Church. President Tanner explained that the wide availability of stake... Read more

Behind the Iron Curtain: Recollections of Latter-day Saints in East Germany, 1945-1989; Faith Rewarded: A Personal Account of Prophetic Promises to the East German Saints

GAROLD N. DAVIS and NORMA S. DAVIS, eds. Behind the Iron Curtain: Recollections of Latter-day Saints in East Germany, 1945-1989. BYU Studies, 1996. THOMAS S. MONSON. Faith Rewarded: A Personal Account of Prophetic Promises to the East German Saints. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1996. Even if they had planned it (and they did not), the publishers of these two 1996 works dealing with the Saints in... Read more

Go Forward with Faith: The Biography of Gordon B. Hinckley

"I am sick, sick, sick of reading about Gordon Hinckley. There is just too much about Gordon Hinckley in this manuscript." So said the fifteenth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as he reviewed early drafts of his authorized biography with Sheri L. Dew, his biographer. Preferring to not be the centerpiece in his own biography, President Hinckley affirms instead that he'... Read more

On Becoming a Disciple-Scholar: Lectures Presented at the Brigham Young University Honors Program Discipline and Discipleship Lecture Series

Spiritual scholars. Is this asking too much of our Mormon academics? Elder Dallin H. Oaks expresses "the confident expectation that BYU students who qualify for academic honors are also specially interested and qualified in the things of the Spirit." However, it is precisely because academics do not always school their scholarship with spirituality that Paul Cox, dean of General Education and... Read more

Expressions of Faith: Testimonies of Latter-day Saint Scholars

Can a true Saint balance the quest for earthly knowledge on the head of a spiritual pin, allowing her or him to dance with the angels? Or put another way, can anyone thoroughly acquainted with the learning of the world (done by "the natural man") remain humble enough to be considered a person of faith? After reading this volume of essays penned by twenty-four esteemed Latter-day Saint scholars... Read more

Utah, the Right Place: The Official Centennial History

Identified as "The Official Centennial History" of Utah, this outstanding volume is well worth reading for anyone interested in Utah or Mormon history. Officially commissioned as a Utah Statehood Centennial Project of the Utah State Historical Society, Utah, the Right Place should be welcomed by every student and teacher of Utah history for its remarkable combination of comprehensiveness,... Read more

Hearts Knit Together: Talks from the 1995 Women's Conference

Another resounding volume in the Women's Conference Series, this compilation was selected from the essays and poems presented at the 1995 Women's Conference sponsored by Brigham Young University and the Relief Society. Women from different backgrounds, occupations, and countries discuss topics common to all such as unity, compassion, patience, acceptance, and change. The words of Virginia H... Read more

Great and Peculiar Beauty: A Utah Reader

Here is a welcome buffet of Utah literature spread out in celebration of the centennial of Utah's hard-won statehood. Editors Thomas Lyon, of Utah State University, and Terry Tempest Williams, of the University of Utah, serve up nearly 150 personal and imaginative writings and poems by more than 130 Utah writers in a big, splendid anthology destined to be a literary landmark in the cultural... Read more

Searching for God in America

Through interviews, writings, hymns, and brief histories of individuals who have shaped Americans' religious lives, this book showcases many "spiritualities" from such figures as Jonathan Edwards, Joseph Smith Jr., Samuel Clements, William James, Black Elk, Dalai Lama, George S. Patton, and Albert Einstein. Hewitt first presents transcriptions of a series of interviews he conducted for PBS with... Read more

Etruscan Italy: Etruscan Influences on the Civilizations of Italy from Antiquity to the Modern Era

The first book to be published by Brigham Young University's Museum of Art is a result of that museum's inaugural exhibit, The Etruscans: Legacy of a Lost Civilization. John Hall has brought together fourteen essays presented by international scholars at the symposium that Hall organized in conjunction with the exhibition. The essays include historical, archaeological, literary, and art history... Read more

The Morning Breaks: Stories of Conversion and Faith in the Former Soviet Union

Written by the president of the Ukraine Kiev Mission 1991–94, this book is more than a collection of inspiring accounts of spiritual conversion to Christ and his restored gospel and more than an engrossing account of the opening of nations previously closed to the preaching of the gospel. This volume raises hymns of praise, rejoicing, and awe at the workings of the Lord in the lives of... Read more

Unfortunate Emigrants: Narratives of the Donner Party

In a year of commemorating pioneering in Utah, readers might also be interested in a volume that documents the heartrending experience of the Donner party, who crossed Utah on their way to California. Unfortunate Emigrants: Narratives of the Donner Party is a selection of early accounts, some hard-to-find, of those ill-fated 1846 pioneers who were trapped in the snows of the Sierra Nevada and of... Read more

Volume 36 Index

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