Journal 37:3 | BYU Studies

Journal 37:3

Volume 37:3 (1997-98)
Dancing in America during the 1800s was a controversial activity: Generally some opposed dancing as a "vain amusement" leading to serious sin, while others viewed dancing as an "elegant and amiable accomplishment." In this context, Larry V. Shumway questions why LDS leaders endorsed dancing so highly during this time period. This issue also features the life and art of Effie Marquess Carmack who...Read more

Dancing the Buckles off Their Shoes in Pioneer Utah

In 1997 we paused to pay tribute to the pioneer settlers who came to the desolate Great Basin area and laid the groundwork for the life that Utahns now enjoy. In our modern American society we are surrounded by trappings that, by comparison with the lives of those early settlers, make our lives seem luxurious and opulent. In our more appreciative moments we wonder at the magnificence of human... Read more

Words Cannot Speak: "The Song of the Heart"

Clyn D. Barrus was chair of the Department of Music at Brigham Young University from 1993 until 1996, when he became director of BYU's newly organized School of Music. This article combines two talks—one to his department on November 5, 1991, and the other to the Church Music Workshop on August 2, 1994. Professor Barrus died on February 27, 1998. Several years ago, I had a lengthy discussion with... Read more


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Take, Eat

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In the Rising

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Of Tethering and Flight

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Santa Maria

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"A Memorable Creation": The Life and Art of Effie Marquess Carmack

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In the Thirty and Fourth Year: A Geologist's View of the Great Destruction in 3 Nephi

Geological studies and eyewitness accounts of volcanic activity show the likelihood that the massive destruction reported in 3 Nephi was caused by an explosive volcanic eruption. About three hundred years ago, a cataclysmic volcanic eruption occurred off of the northeastern coast of Papua New Guinea. No written history of this eruption exists, but local legends abound concerning the event. In... Read more

Golden Memories: Remembering Life in a Mormon Village

For the past fifty years, scholars have written about the "Mormon village"—the archetypical Mormon pioneer frontier community. As a result, we know about its ideals (unity, cooperation, equality, and religious striving). We know about its physical layout (rectangular streets often laid off at the cardinal points of the compass) and its pattern of settlement (homes and gardens on village lots with... Read more

Without (the) Law

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The "Prognostication" of Asa Wild

Upstate New York newspapers in October 1823 carried a statement by a visionary soul who believed that God would soon open the way for a restoration of primitive Christianity. Asa Wild was almost a dozen years older than Joseph Smith, and it is probable the two never met. Like Joseph, Wild was born in Vermont--in 1794 at West Fairlee, about twenty miles northeast of Joseph's birthplace of Sharon... Read more

The Lion of the Lord: Essays on the Life and Service of Brigham Young

In any collection of essays, many readers will undoubtedly find some more useful than others. In determining the usefulness of most essays, I generally ask myself what new interpretive insights they offer ordinarily. I am less interested in essays that review or add detail to well-known topics or interpretations than in those that offer new insights, especially new interpretive insights. Moreover... Read more

Book of Mormon Authorship Revisited: The Evidence for Ancient Origins

Book of Mormon Authorship Revisited is a sequel to Book of Mormon Authorship: New Light on Ancient Origins, published in 1982 by BYU's Religious Studies Center and also edited by Noel Reynolds. In light of the growing body of significant insights into the antiquity of the Book of Mormon, this volume refreshes, updates, and extends the discussion begun sixteen years ago. Contributors present... Read more

Mormon Culture: Four Decades of Essays on Mormon Society and Personality

Mormon Culture is an assortment of essays on institutionalized and processual features of "Deseret Mormon" life. Topics range from the interplay of "Mormon folk" and "Mormon elite" to dissent, disagreement, and error in Mormon thought and from Mormons as cultural Americans to a beginning study of Mormon personality. The essays are written for lay audiences and are commendably clear and... Read more

Baptists at Our Barbecue

In Smith's debut novel, his pretty-boy park ranger protagonist, Tartan Jones, flees the double trouble of pressure to wed and rumors that his unattached state reflects an interest in an "alternate lifestyle." To escape his lifelong Utah home, Tartan accepts an obscure assignment elsewhere in the Southwest. With wry humor and empathetic condescension toward the local yokels, our hero chronicles... Read more

View of the Hebrews

For almost a century critics of the authenticity of the Book of Mormon have claimed that View of the Hebrews, first published by Ethan Smith in 1823 (2d ed., 1825), served as inspiration for scripture. Ethan Smith, pastor of the Congregational Church in Poultney, Vermont, argued that the Native Americans were scattered Israelites who would soon be restored into the gospel fold. Charles Tate has... Read more

The Ten Commandments for Today

Seeing the Ten Commandments as eternal principles that have never been annulled, this collection focuses primarily on recent statements by Church leaders relevant or adaptable to these ten topics. Of course, these Judeo-Christian fundamentals, about which thousands of books have been written over the centuries, can be taken to mean or include many other points or precepts. Here these "institutes... Read more

The Primitive Church in the Modern World

The Primitive Church in the Modern World is a welcome companion volume to The American Quest for the Primitive Church, an important anthology published by Richard T. Hughes in 1988. The first volume brought together fifteen remarkable essays on a theme that had too often been neglected by scholars of American religion: the search within American Protestantism for a restoration of the ancient... Read more

The Exodus Story: Ancient and Modern Parallels

This short book finds, in the New Testament, the Doctrine and Covenants, and personal experience, parallels to the Old Testament Exodus story in the Hexateuch. This effort, aimed at the lay LDS reader, is more an attempt to "liken all scriptures unto us" (1 Ne. 19:23) than a scholarly exegesis written for university colleagues. Holzapfel thus acknowledges the work of other LDS scholars who have... Read more

A Woman's View: Helen Mar Whitney's Reminiscences of Early Church History

Helen Mar Kimball Smith Whitney (1828–96) witnessed early Mormon history from its center. She was a daughter of Heber C. and Vilate Kimball and she became a plural wife of Joseph Smith. After the Prophet's death, she married Horace K. Whitney, with whom she raised a large family in Utah. Near the end of her life, Helen wrote her reminiscences of life among the early Latter-day Saints. She relayed... Read more

The Rhetoric of Church and State

This book, written by a BYU law professor, is sure to command the attention of those with an interest in First Amendment religious issues, legal history, or legal and political philosophy, especially regarding church and state. The author sees a major crisis in religion clause jurisprudence: the Supreme Court's doctrine of church and state is grounded in two distinct and conflicting discourses... Read more

Side Canyons

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