Journal 45:3 | BYU Studies

Journal 45:3

Volume 45:3 (2006)
Few stories have captured the hearts of Latter-day Saints like the account of the rescuers from the Salt Lake Valley carrying members of the Martin Company across the freezing Sweetwater River. In "The Martin Handcart Company at the Sweetwater: Another Look," Chad Orton shares his thorough research on the rescue and its aftereffects on the men involved. His work gives a more complete history that...Read more

The Martin Handcart Company at the Sweetwater: Another Look

On November 4, 1856, members of the beleaguered Martin Handcart Company reached the Sweetwater River. More than two weeks earlier, on October 19, the day an early winter storm overtook the company, these same handcart pioneers had forded the Platte River. "Very trying in consequence of its width and the cold weather," James Bleak wrote of that experience. Now after sixteen days' exposure to snow... Read more

Day Seven

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A Jesuit Interpretation of Mid-Nineteenth-Century America: "Mormonism in Connection with Modern Protestantism"

As historians of Mormonism have long since established, Europeans took note of Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, and the organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints almost from the beginning. Mormon missionaries, converts, and expatriates, as well as European visitors to the United States, put the church on the European map early on. The result was a great deal of animated... Read more


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Copyright Laws and the 1830 Book of Mormon

A newer edition of this article was published as a chapter in Sustaining the Law. Follow this link to view the chapter. In the summer of 1829, Joseph Smith completed his translation of the Book of Mormon. One years removed from the harrowing loss of the initial 116 pages of the translation in the summer of 1828, he was determined to not lose this work again, in any sense. On June 11, 1829, Joseph... Read more

The Family History Artworks of Valerie Atkisson

Valerie Atkisson, an artist who lives in the Bronx, New York, exemplifies a generation of Mormon artists who are at home navigating the world of Contemporary art while maintaining their personal and spiritual identity. Family history, transgenerational inquiry, and relatedness have been the majority subjects of Atkisson's work thus far. "What began as an interest in my ancestors has turned into... Read more

Step Mother

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Transforming Swampland into Nauvoo, the City Beautiful: A Civil Engineering Perspective

Mormons began settling in Nauvoo, Illinois, on the banks of the Mississippi River, in 1839. They found the area uninhabitable due to standing water, dense underbrush, and mosquitoes. The Saints successfully drained lowlands and diverted runoff from higher ground, allowing buildings and gardens to be installed. A team of engineering faculty of Brigham Young University studied soil, topography,... Read more

Not for Tourists: Richard Bushman's Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling

In reading this volume I have imagined that its author, Richard Lyman Bushman, early in his academic career, found himself trolling through the literary remains of early Mormonism in a way similar to Edward Gibbon, as the latter wandered among the physical remains of the Forum in Rome in October 1774. Gibbon must have seen the tourists to the ancient city, interested only in carrying away a stone... Read more

City, Temple, Stage: Eschatological Architecture and Liturgical Theatrics in New Spain

In this outstanding new contribution to the scholarship of the immediate post-contact world of New Spain (modern-day Mexico), Jaime Lara goes a long way in correcting the general misperception among many researchers in the field that the introduction of Roman Catholicism in the New World ended traditional indigenous culture and theology. For instance, in a paper pointedly titled "On the Colonial... Read more

God and Country: Politics in Utah

In this volume, editor Jeffery E. Sells, former associate priest at the Cathedral of St. Mark in Salt Lake City and current rector of St. David of Wales Church in Shelton, Washington, has assembled an impressive array of legal, religious, and historical scholars along with political and community leaders to contribute essays to a "multi-faceted scholarly investigation of the issues" accompanying... Read more

Safe Journey: An African Adventure; Walking in the Sand: A History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ghana

GLENN L. PACE. Safe Journey: An African Adventure. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2003. EMMANUEL ABU KISSI. Walking in the Sand: A History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ghana. Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Press, 2004. While both volumes were published by LDS Church–owned presses around the same time, and both deal with the experiences of General Authorities... Read more

Hyrum Smith: A Life of Integrity

There can be no question that Hyrum Smith is on the "short list" of the most influential leaders in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As Joseph Smith's faithful elder brother, Associate President of the Church, Patriarch, Apostle, and co-martyr; as the progenitor of two future Church Presidents, Church Patriarchs, Apostles, other Church leaders, and literally thousands of posterity... Read more

Sports in Zion: Mormon Recreation, 1890-1940

Richard Ian Kimball's treatise, Sports in Zion: Mormon Recreation, 1890–1940, provides an illuminating view of the history of Church recreation. With careful documentation, Kimball links a lesser-known period and aspect of Church history to the social history of the United States and its Progressive Era. Just as America turned some of its attention during this time to the social ills of... Read more

Women in Utah History: Paradigm or Paradox?

In 1983, the relatively new Utah Women's History Association met in the Salt Lake City Public Library and proposed that a volume on the history of Utah's women be written. In 2005 that goal finally came to fruition when two members of that organization, Patricia Lyn Scott, a section manager at the Utah State Archives, and Linda Thatcher, the Historic Collections Coordinator for the Utah State... Read more

God's Country, Uncle Sam's Land: Faith and Conflict in the American West

In a focused journey, Todd Kerstetter, assistant professor of history at Texas Christian University, considers the promise of religious freedom in the United States. He looks closely at three religious groups: nineteenth-century Mormons living in Utah, the Lakota Ghost Dancers in South Dakota during the 1890s, and the 1993 Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas. Each group sought a place of refuge in... Read more

How Free Can Religion Be?

In How Free Can Religion Be? Randall P. Bezanson, who holds an endowed professorship of law at the University of Iowa, surveys the U.S. Supreme Court's leading cases on the religion clauses of the First Amendment. Of particular interest to students of Mormonism will be Bezanson's treatment of Reynolds v. United States (1878), in which the Court rejected the claim that the First Amendment... Read more

Believing History: Essays on Latter-day Saint Belief

Those who enjoyed Richard Bushman's Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling will be just as pleased with Believing History, a collection of Richard Bushman's essays on Mormon history and his personal beliefs. The essays in Believing History are not necessarily related, but by reading them together one captures the flavor of both the author's scholarship and his person. The essays span a period of... Read more

Stewardship and the Creation: LDS Perspectives on the Environment

Latter-day Saints are becoming increasingly environmentally sensitive. LDS scripture and modern prophetic utterance is full of counsel regarding their responsibility to the environment. Bringing together seasoned experts in fields from public management to botany, Stewardship and the Creation gives compelling interpretations to that surprisingly ubiquitous prophetic counsel. In the past century,... Read more