Journal 40:3 | BYU Studies

Journal 40:3

Volume 40:3 (2001)
This issue explores Mormon Christmas traditions from different perspectives. Richard Ian Kimball's article on Mormon pioneer holiday celebrations talks about Utah's early traditions—everything from plum pudding to gun salutes to Santa Claus. The influence of Dickens's A Christmas Carol on LDS fiction is dealt with in an article by Rosalynde Frandsen Welch. And Larry C. Porter discusses how...Read more

All Hail to Christmas: Mormon Pioneer Holiday Celebrations

Mormons celebrate Christmas like most other Christians—with the nativity account in Luke, gift exchanging, spending time with family and friends, Santa Claus, decorated trees, and the redemptive story of Ebenezer Scrooge. Richard Ian Kimball follows the history of Christmas celebrations among the Mormons beginning with the Pioneers. He concludes that although the Saints were secluded in the West... Read more

Through High Country Woods, before Spring

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Culture Carol: Dickens's Influence on LDS Christmas Fiction

During the festive weeks before Christmas feasts, everybody loves to hate Scrooge. That's how it always was in the household of my childhood. On the first Sunday afternoon of December, my father would gather the children in the family room and ceremonially produce our green, hardbound edition of A Christmas Carol . He worked his way through the five staves of the Carol during that afternoon and... Read more

The Night before My Baptism

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Remembering Christmas Past: Presidents of the Church Celebrate the Birth of the Son of Man and Remember His Servant Joseph Smith

This article reviews selected Christmas memories and moments from the lives of the fifteen presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some of these glimpses are personal and soul stirring in nature, others are homespun. Some accounts are deeply spiritual, while others reflect the tinsel and festive gaiety of the traditional celebration. Often the prophets' Christmastime... Read more

Nobody Can

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The Evacuation of the Czechoslovak and German Missions at the Outbreak of World War II

The evacuation of Latter-day Saint missionaries from Europe at the outbreak of World War II was truly a unique event in Church history. At the beginning of World War I, a few American missionaries serving in Europe were moved to areas of safety, but until 1939 there had never been a large-scale evacuation of missionaries as a result of their being endangered by impending war (fig. 1). As the... Read more

A Joseph Smith for the Twenty-First Century

We have no reason to think that the writing of biographies about the Prophet will cease as we enter the twenty-first century. Major historical figures always invite reassessment and interest in Joseph Smith shows no signs of flagging. The relentless growth of the Church makes him more important now than ever. To account for Mormonism's modern success the mysteries of Joseph Smith have to be... Read more

Cedar Waxwings

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Again, October

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Mormonism's Encounter with the Michigan Relics

One of the strangest and most extensive archaeological hoaxes in American history was perpetrated around the turn of the twentieth century in Michigan. Hundreds of objects known as the Michigan Relics were made to appear as the remains of a lost civilization. The artifacts were produced, buried, "discovered," and marketed by James O. Scotford and Daniel E. Soper. For three decades these artifacts... Read more

Tools Leave Marks: Material Analysis of the Scotford-Soper-Savage Michigan Relics

From the 1890s to the 1920s, hundreds of objects were “discovered” in Michigan and are known as Michigan Relics or the Scotford-Soper-Savage collection. I have personally examined more than 1,000 items from four different collections. These items reveal themselves to be of modern creation. The evidence is that the locations of discovery do not support ancient origins, the copper items are made... Read more

Home Production

At Christmastime the story of other sojourn of Jesus Christ from Bethlehem to Calvary enjoys a resurgence among countless millions. For Latter-day Saints there is a second tradition associated with this special season—remembering the Prophet Joseph Smith and the course of events in his life from Sharon, Vermont, to Carthage, Illinois. As we commemorate anew these two births, we have cause to turn... Read more

Learning to Be a Woman

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The Quiet Ones

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Sojourner in the Promised Land: Forty Years among the Mormons

Jan Shipp's newest contribution to Mormon history, Sojourner in the Promised Land: Forty Years among the Mormons, is a collection of essays that gives us a retrospective not only of her work as a historian, but also of her personal experience as a friendly observer of the Saints. The most innovative aspect of the book is the parallel she draws between her own growth and that of the Church during... Read more

Sojourner in the Promised Land: Forty Years among the Mormons

For more than four decades Jan Shipps, now professor emerita at Indiana University—Purdue University at Indianapolis, has been the most reliable source for non-Mormons about Mormonism. Whenever journalists or academics go searching for an explanation of Latter-day Saint theology or try to deconstruct the latest pronouncement coming out of Salt Lake City or understand some cultural or political... Read more

Can Science Be Faith-Promoting?

Interesting questions arise when science advances theories that conflict with traditional understandings of creation, the age of the Earth, and the first humans. Sterling B. Talmage (1889-1956), a faithful Latter-day Saint scientist and son of Apostle James E. Talmage, tackled these issues and others as he sought to bring opposing views into harmony. In 1934-36, he produced thirty-two short... Read more

Out of Obscurity: The Church in the Twentieth Century

At century's end, Brigham Young University's College of Religious Education presents "a commemorative volume in remembrance of the century." Out of Obscurity: The Church in the Twentieth Century includes twenty-six papers from the twenty-ninth annual Sidney B. Sperry Symposium. In his keynote address, "May the Kingdom of God Go Forth," Elder Marlin K. Jensen, a President of the Seventy, lauds the... Read more