Journal 38:2 | BYU Studies

Journal 38:2

Volume 38:2 (1999)
This issue includes "The Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon in the Twentieth Century," "The Good Samaritan: A Type and Shadow of the Plan of Salvation," "Values of Christian Families: Do They Come from Unrecognized Idols?," "Microlending: Toward a Poverty-Free World," "Letters of a Missionary Apostle to His Wife: Brigham Young to Mary Ann Angell Young, 1839-1841," and more.Read more

The Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon in the Twentieth Century

As the twentieth century draws to a close, the Book of Mormon clearly holds center stage in Latter-day Saint scriptural study and appreciation. Congregations, the Church Educational System, individuals, and families are focusing on the Book of Mormon with unprecedented enthusiasm, largely because of the leadership of President Ezra Taft Benson. In his landmark conference addresses in 1986,... Read more

The Wolves

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The Good Samaritan: A Type and Shadow of the Plan of Salvation

One of the most influential stories told by Jesus is the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30–35). As a result of this scripture, people all over the world, whether Christians or not, speak of being a Good Samaritan, of doing good for people who are in peril or need. Modern-day Good Samaritans stop to help stranded travelers fix flat tires or find shelter, come to the rescue of people in... Read more

Getting There

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Values of Christian Families: Do They Come from Unrecognized Idols?

The phrase family values has come to occupy a central role in political and religious discourse in America. Politicians endeavor to associate themselves with this expression, and some religious communities advocate family values as the cure to many of our nation's ills. Many Americans relate these values to a Judeo-Christian tradition, where there is supposedly a clear moral compass for raising... Read more

Being There

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Microlending: Toward a Poverty-Free World

I strongly believe that we can create a poverty-free world—if we want to. We can create a world where there won't be a single human being who may be described as a poor person. In that kind of world, the only place you could see poverty would be in museums. School children on tour in the poverty museums would be horrified to see the misery and indignity of human beings in the past. They would... Read more

Letters of a Missionary Apostle to His Wife: Brigham Young to Mary Ann Angell Young, 1839–1841

The Quorum of the Twelve's mission to the British Isles impacted not only the Church, but also the personal lives of the missionaries. Brigham Young creates a tender personal portrait in nine never-before-published letters to his wife. Read more

Staying There

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Adventures of a Church Historian

Once upon a time, a short generation ago, President Nathan Eldon Tanner, counselor under David O. McKay, then President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, invited Professor Leonard J. Arrington to serve as the first professional academic in the position of Church historian. President Tanner felt that it was past time and in line with the revealed will of God to tell anew and with... Read more

We'll Find the Place: The Mormon Exodus, 1846-1848

This fascinating book is a new interpretation of a major LDS history event by a prize-winning historian. It is published by an LDS press but aimed at the serious history reader, LDS or non-LDS. The author recently joined the BYU Religious Education faculty after nearly twenty years heading the University of Manitoba's Department of Archives and Special Collections. This book serves as a sequel to... Read more

In His Own Language: Mormon Spanish Speaking Congregations in the United States

A history of Spanish-speaking language and ethnic based units in the Church is presented in this book by Jessie L. Embry, associate director of the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies and supervisor of its oral history program. Few concerns in contemporary Mormonism elicit more emotion and feeling than the issue of ethnic and language branches and wards. In a Church in which unity and... Read more

A Sculptor's Testimony in Bronze and Stone: The Sacred Sculpture of Avard T. Fairbanks

In 1972, Eugene F. Fairbanks published a book on the life and work of his father, the sculptor Avard T. Fairbanks. Twelve years later and seven years after his father's death in 1987, the author revised and published a second edition, completing the narration of the artist's long and successful career. As the title of this book implies, Avard Fairbanks devoted much of his life to expressing the... Read more

The Antipolygamy Controversy in U.S. Women's Movements, 1880-1925

The Antipolygamy Controversy in U.S. Women's Movements, 1880–1925 situates antipolygamy controversies within the larger contexts of U.S. political and women's history. The second volume in Garland's Development of American Feminism series, this work, written by a non-LDS author, argues that antipolygamy discourse arose in the context of the nineteenth-century view of the moral superiority of... Read more

A Dictionary of the Maya Language as Spoken in Hocaba, Yucatan

Today, there are twenty Mayan languages spoken by the Maya from southern Mexico and throughout Mesoamerica. A Dictionary of the Maya Language as Spoken in Hocaba, Yucatan is a welcome contribution to the body of scholarship dealing with one of those twenty languages. Even though this dictionary is limited to the language spoken in the area surrounding the community of Hocaba, Yucatec is spoken by... Read more

What About Those Who Have Never Heard?

Written by three evangelical Christians, this volume asks the question, "If Jesus is the only way of salvation, then what about those who have never heard about him?" Recognizing the significance of the issue, each of the three authors presents a different model for alternative evangelical understandings of scripture on this issue, to which the other two authors respond. Nash's view, called "... Read more