Journal 47:2 | BYU Studies

Journal 47:2

Trinta Anos Após o "Dia Há Muito Prometido": Reflexões e Expectativas

Em 1978 o anúncio da revelação que estendeu o sacerdócio a todos os homens dignos da Igreja independente de raça, foi comemorado como a chegada do "dia há muito prometido" ( Doutrina & Convênios, Declaração Oficial-2). Ao refletir sobre o trigésimo de aniversário dessa revelação, eu sinto profunda gratidão ao Senhor por enviar-me à terra numa era em que me seria permitido receber o sacerdócio... Read more
Volume 47:2 (2008)
In this issue of BYU Studies , you'll find a variety of articles, essays, poetry, and reviews related to Latter-day Saint history and culture. First, Edward L. Kimball presents a marvelous account of the 1978 revelation granting the priesthood to worthy men of all races. Beginning with a brief history of the priesthood ban, the article then traces President Spencer W. Kimball's personal support...Read more

Spencer W. Kimball and the Revelation on Priesthood

*This article is being offered free as a courtesy to as it was footnoted in an expanded Gospel Topic on their site. Edward L. Kimball discusses the former Mormon policy of restricting Church members of African descent from receiving the priesthood. He examines the traditional and proposed scriptural basis for the policy, its origin and implementation, and the chain of events that led his... Read more

Tunica Doloris

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Thirty Years after the "Long-Promised Day": Reflections and Expectations

The announcement of the revelation of 1978, which extended the priesthood to all worthy Latter-day Saint men regardless of race, was celebrated as the arrival of a "long-promised day" (Official Declaration 2). Reflecting on the thirtieth anniversary of that revelation, I feel deep gratitude to the Lord for sending me to earth in an age in which I would be allowed to hold the priesthood and work... Read more

The Nature of the Pen and Pencil Markings in the New Testament of Joseph Smith's New Translation of the Bible

After Joseph Smith's death, Emma Smith kept the marked Bible and manuscripts of Joseph's New Translation of the Bible. These eventually became the property of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Because of random marks made on the pages of this collection, scholars have questioned whether or not any markings were added after Joseph Smith's death. The authors examine the... Read more

Fifth-Floor Walkup

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We Who Owe Everything to a Name

When I was ten years old, my mother told me that my father was not really my father. My "real father" was a man named Aladdin, a foreign student at UC Berkeley where she had been a student. When his father found out that he had gotten an American girl pregnant, he whisked Aladdin back home. I found this interesting. I tucked it into a mental drawer labeled "intriguing data" and went out to play... Read more

A Picturesque and Dramatic History: George Reynolds's Story of the Book of Mormon

George Reynolds's 1888 The Story of the Book of Mormon was the first published book attempting to illustrate Book of Mormon events, characters, and settings. Contributing painters looked to American historical artists for stylistic inspiration and used biblical imagery to convey that Book of Mormon peoples were from the Near East. They often created settings reminiscent of ancient Central America... Read more

The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions

Karen Armstrong's The Great Transformation is an engaging and highly readable compendium and survey of the great religious and philosophical traditions of India, Israel, Greece, and China that focuses on the period of roughly 900–200 BC. The German philosopher and writer Karl Jaspers first termed this period "The Axial Age," a title Armstrong adopts in this and her other works about the era... Read more

Tree of Souls: The Mythology of Judaism

Readers who hear "myth" and think "untrue" will not appreciate the encyclopedic collection of nearly seven hundred myths of Judaism in Tree of Souls . Readers who understand that myth goes beyond the Oxford English Dictionary's definition of "traditional stories" and understand that myths are truth beyond historicity, will read Schwartz as someone who craftily merges Bible, Midrash, Talmud, and... Read more

From Persecutor to Apostle: A Biography of Paul

As author Thomas Wayment noted in a radio interview publicizing From Persecutor to Apostle, we know more about Paul's life than we do about any other single person in the first century, and yet most of the books on Paul focus primarily on his teachings. In contrast, Wayment wanted to write a book about Paul himself, his family background, his early experiences, his missionary challenges, and his... Read more

Wounds Not Healed by Time

Solomon Schimmel, a professor of Jewish education and psychology at Hebrew College in Massachusetts, presents a serious, scholarly discussion of revenge, justice, forgiveness, and repentance. In 2002, this book was awarded the best professional and scholarly publication in psychology by the Association of American Publishers. In it, Schimmel presents his arguments in the framework of an... Read more

History May Be Searched in Vain: A Military History of the Mormon Battalion

Basically, the Mexican War is an unknown conflict in American history. Most people do not know when it was fought, why it was fought, and, despite the name, who was involved. Yet from this war, the United States gained most of its western territory, including President James K. Polk's prize of California. In addition to ceding land to the United States, the war served as a training ground for an... Read more

The Civil War as a Theological Crisis

In early September 1862 following disastrous Union losses, President Abraham Lincoln meditated on the role of God in human affairs and the attempts of humankind to discern divine will: "In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be wrong. God can not be for, and against the same thing at the same time." Lincoln's observation aptly... Read more

Before the Manifesto: The Life Writings of Mary Lois Walker Morris

In Before the Manifesto, readers will be drawn into the late nineteenth-century world of Mary Lois Walker Morris (1835–1919) by a happy blend of memoir and diaries, introduced by a capable documentary editor, Melissa Lambert Milewski. Before the Manifesto contains the multifaceted record of a Salt Lake City poet, plural wife, and Church worker, who writes about her life with passion, faith, and... Read more

The J. Golden Kimball Stories

In The J. Golden Kimball Stories, Eric A. Eliason offers an "as-complete-as-possible" collection of the oral narratives surrounding the figure of J. Golden Kimball. He presents some 180 texts, drawn mainly from conversations with informants and from folklore archives. The texts are presented in eleven chapters. The first eight chapters are organized according to story theme: chapter 1 (ten texts... Read more

Hooligan, a Mormon Boyhood

Autobiography or personal history seems to be a favorite literary genre among the Latter-day Saints, probably because it deals with truth (not fiction), recreates our unique personal dramas of conversion, and enables us to render an accounting of our earthly stewardship. A memoir is a selective autobiographical narrative that focuses on the subject's role as a participant in or a witness of... Read more

Big Love, season 1 (2006) and season 2 (2007), by creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer

I understand the inherent difficulties in writing an analysis about a series that deals with polygamy—and not polygamy in some distant time or place, but polygamy in present-day Utah. The practice of polygamy is such a difficult question precisely because it seems so premodern, and we Latter-day Saints have done such a fantastic job of embracing the conditions of modernity. (As a youth, I... Read more

The Dance, by director McKay Daines

The Dance is the first film released from Flynn-Daines Productions, a new player in the Mormon cinema movement. Written and directed by McKay Daines, the film was produced by Michael Flynn, who also produced the well-received The Best Two Years (2003). Like the recent film Charly (2002), The Dance is a reworking of 1980s Mormon literature: it is adapted from Carol Lynn Pearson's 1981 novel... Read more

Minerva Teichert: Pageants in Paint, BYU Museum of Art Exhibit, July 27, 2007 to May 26, 2008

Minerva Teichert's life reads like a cross between pioneer mother, Horatio Alger, Relief Society president, Annie Oakley, theologian, historian, social commentator, civic activist, student, and feminist. As such, it is not hard to figure out why she has become almost iconic as a human being, a woman, and a role model among the Mormon people. She is one-stop shopping for the Mormon Wonder Woman... Read more