Journal 37:1 | BYU Studies

Journal 37:1

Volume 37:1 (1997-98)
Pictured on the cover of the this BYU Studies is George M. Ottinger's depiction of the January 1853 departure of the Mormon emigrant ship Golconda from Liverpool. The significance of voyage and painting is told by Richard G. Oman. Howard A. Christy provides an article on the Martin and Willey Handcart companies, and Norman Edward Wright provides one on pioneer odometers that measured the length...Read more

Weather, Disaster, and Responsibility: An Essay on the Willie and Martin Handcart Story

Arguably the most heroic and the most tragic episode of the westering experience, the handcart trek of late 1856 is a magnificent story of individual faith in the midst of serious mistakes. On October 4, 1856, a warm, calm day in Great Salt Lake City, Franklin D. Richards, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, accompanied by twelve other returning missionaries, arrived after a fast trip across... Read more

Outward Bound: A Painting of Religious Faith

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The Mormon Pioneer Odometers

The wooden odometers built and used by the first Mormon pioneer company of 1847 have fascinated students of western history for one hundred and fifty years. Two odometers were constructed. The first built by Appleton M. Harmon during the westward journey, was used from a point near present day North Platte, Nebraska, to the Great Salt Lake Valley—May 12 to July 24, 1847. The second, built by... Read more

Sleeping Out at the Farm

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Another Marvelous Thing

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A Shepherd to Mexico's Saints: Arwell L. Pierce and the Third Convention

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Rain Forest

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Popular and Literary Mormon Novels: Can Weyland and Whipple Dance Together in the House of Fiction?

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The Visionary World of Joseph Smith

In the fall of 1829, when the first proofs of the Book of Mormon were coming off E. B. Grandin's press in Palmyra, Solomon Chamberlin, a restless religious spirit who lived twenty miles to the east, broke a journey to Upper Canada, stopping not far from the residence of Joseph Smith Sr. Born in Canaan, Connecticut, in 1788, Chamberlin had joined the Methodists at age nineteen, moved on to the... Read more

Ammon's Rehearsal

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Prisoners of War: Minutes of Meetings of Latter-day Saint Servicemen Held in Stalag Luft 1, Barth, Germany

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Hope House

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Having Authority: The Origins and Development of Priesthood during the Ministry of Joseph Smith

This publication boldly sets forth a nontraditional view of the origins and unfolding of the priesthood during the early years of Church history. The volume is the second in a series of monographs published by the Independence Press for the John Whitmer Association. Prince, a medical doctor, accumulated over ten thousand pages of sources from Joseph Smith's era, which he entered into a computer... Read more

Power from On High: The Development of Mormon Priesthood

"I'm glad you are doing priesthood history," a prominent LDS historian once told me, "because it bores me to tears." True, studies of priesthood development aren't ripsnorting reading, but they are fundamental for understanding early Mormonism and are literally foundational for LDS and RIDS history. In this expansion of his 1993 volume on priesthood origins, Gregory Prince gives us a carefully... Read more

Worth Their Salt: Notable but Often Unnoted Women of Utah

Worth Their Salt, edited by Colleen Whitley, is an "effort to take note of women who have too often gone unnoticed." This volume contains new as well as previously published biographical accounts of eighteen women living in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Utah "who had been overlooked, neglected, or misrepresented." In these sketches, biographers focus on Utah's pluralistic social,... Read more

Clothed with Charity: Talks from the 1996 Women's Conference

Women and men from all walks of life have contributed to this volume, offering support, insight, and advice. Their topics include managing stress, spending time wisely, making decisions, studying the scriptures, building self-confidence, developing spiritual maturity, finding holiness, improving family relationships, and doing the charitable works of God. Recognizing the potential of women,... Read more

The Balm of Gilead: Women's Stories of Finding Peace

The 1996 Women's Conference Committee extended a call for essays on a theme taken from an address by Relief Society General President Elaine Jack entitled "Relief Society: A Balm in Gilead." The balm of Gilead was a salve used in ancient times to heal and soothe wounds. The healing properties of the balm seemed an appropriate metaphor "through which women could share perspectives on their own... Read more

Women of the Mormon Battalion

This small book describes the precious experiences of more than thirty women who traveled with the Mormon Battalion. Most were wives who, refusing to be left behind, enlisted along with their husbands as soldiers in the Mexican War. The women served as nurses, laundresses, and companions to their husbands during the long march. Only four women accompanied the battalion all the way to California;... Read more

A Comprehensive Annotated Book of Mormon Bibliography

A Comprehensive Annotated Book of Mormon Bibliography, a massive compilation recently published by FARMS, is an essential source of information for Book of Mormon scholars. The 650-page volume describes more than 6,300 pieces about the Book of Mormon, including books and monographs, articles, theses, dissertations, pamphlets and reports, book reviews, newspaper articles, plays, and poetry. The... Read more

Religions of the World: A Latter-day Saint View

In early 1997, President Hinckley announced that Church membership outside the United States had surpassed that within the country. Now, more than ever before, Latter-day Saints are interacting regularly with peoples of other faiths and cultures. In keeping with this international outreach, this popular text, used throughout the Church for the study of world religions, has been revised and... Read more