Journal 56:3 | BYU Studies

Journal 56:3

The articles in this issue include Noel Reynolds's comparative and developmental analysis that unveils the ancient doctrine of the Two Ways found in the Book of Mormon. John Hilton's team project thoroughly traces and classifies the sources of scripture power from which the prophetic pronouncements of Samuel the Lamanite drew. Stephen Smoot's careful study exposes several uncertainties but also...Read more

From the Editor

This being the one hundredth issue of BYU Studies Quarterly for which I have served as editor in chief, this occasion calls for a moment of grateful celebration. I am extremely thankful for the numerous people whose goodwill and devoted service make the continued publication of this journal possible. Their wise judgment and brilliant assistance mean the world to me! They include longtime BYU... Read more

"In the Land of the Chaldeans": The Search for Abraham's Homeland Revisited

Readers of the Bible discover that Abraham was the son of a certain Terah and claimed "Ur of the Chaldeans" as his home (Gen. 11:28). Many scholars identify modern Tell el-Muqayyar in southern Iraq as Abraham's Ur. Stephen Smoot first looks at what Genesis says about Abraham and his sojourns throughout Mesopotamia and Syria. He provides a brief history of the excavation of Tell el-Muqayyar and... Read more

An Edward Martin Photograph of the Construction of the Great Tabernacle

This article presents a historic photograph of the Salt Lake Tabernacle under construction in early 1866. The photograph was taken by Edward Martin, an Englishman who emigrated to Nauvoo, served in the Mormon Battalion, returned to England on a mission, and came back to Utah leading a handcart pioneer company that became stranded in snow. In Salt Lake City, Martin became a photographer... Read more

I Have Traced a Jagged Autumn

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The Ancient Doctrine of the Two Ways and the Book of Mormon

The Bible describes a bifurcated world in which God bids, commands, and teaches the people he has created to follow him in the way of righteousness, and in which the devil leads people into wickedness. This way of seeing things surfaces explicitly in various texts and is known among scholars as the Doctrine of the Two Ways. While the same teaching has been noticed in the Book of Mormon, there is... Read more

The Experience of Love and the Limitations of Psychological Explanation

Brent D. Slife, the 2017 Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecturer and a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at BYU, delivered this forum address on May 16, 2017, at Brigham Young University. His theme is love and how psychology's knowledge of love has been meager because love is not objective. Slife uses qualitative investigation to explore what love is. His presentation first... Read more

The Political Climate of Saxony during the Conversion of Karl G. Maeser: With Special Reference to the Franklin D. Richards Letter to Brigham Young, November 1855

Questions have been raised about Karl G. Maeser's departure from Saxony and whether he was indeed forced to leave his homeland because of his newly adopted Mormon religion. This article explores the circumstances surrounding Maeser's conversion to Mormonism and his sudden departure from Saxony. Evidence from Maeser's own statements as well as accounts written by others involved in his conversion... Read more

Samuel and His Nephite Sources

While many scholars have written about the preaching of Samuel the Lamanite in the Book of Mormon, to date very little has been written about the intertextuality between Samuel's words and the teachings of other prophets in the book. The authors take on this task, identifying specific words in Samuel's preaching that appears to be drawn directly from the teachings of Nephi 1 , Jacob, King... Read more

Constructively Broken

"The word 'miscarriage' makes the process of losing a baby sound like an intentional error on the part of the mother. The prefix 'mis' comes from Old English, meaning 'wrong, bad, or erroneous' or 'to fail to achieve an intended outcome.'" In this second-place essay in the 2017 Richard H. Cracroft Personal Essay Contest, Sarah d'Evegnee likens her experience of having a miscarriage to other "... Read more

The Church Library Coordinating Committee and the Correlation of Meetinghouse Libraries

In the 1950s, LDS meetinghouses had libraries managed by and for the Sunday School. S. Lyman Tyler, University Librarian at BYU, led the way to libraries being included in new buildings and the use of libraries as genealogical and study centers, stocked with Church-approved books, in the 1960s and 1970s. Under Church correlation, libraries returned to their former role as material centers. The... Read more

Evolving Faith: Wanderings of a Mormon Biologist

Evolving Faith is a remarkable book within the context of Latter-day Saint faith. Steven L. Peck has put together a marvelously readable book that addresses some of the most difficult philosophical issues confronting not only Mormons, but all people. The expertise of Peck's discussion of philosophical issues is quite surprising because Peck is a professor of biology, not philosophy, at Brigham... Read more

Thirteenth Apostle: The Diaries of Amasa M. Lyman, 1832–1877

Scott H. Partridge, professor emeritus of business administration at California State University–Hayward, died in 2015 before completing his last project, a transcription of the forty-three diaries of his famous relative, Amasa M. Lyman (1813–77). Partridge had previously edited Eliza Maria Partridge's diaries, Eliza Maria Partridge Journal (2003). He is also the author of a number of articles... Read more

Defender: The Life of Daniel H. Wells

His wives referred to him with tongue-in-cheek respect as "the Esquire." Brigham Young and other associates addressed him as Squire Wells. Militia members followed their "General." The people of Salt Lake City elected him mayor for ten years. Church members honored him as counselor in the First Presidency for twenty years and president of the Endowment House for nine. He presided over the... Read more

Mormonism and the Making of a British Zion

Considering the large corpus of published research on the historical origins of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Great Britain, it is significant that Rasmussen begins his work with this statement: "Today, a comprehensive history of British Mormonism continues to elude the corpus" (10). Instead of providing us with that comprehensive history, he asserts the need to return to the... Read more

Hosea Stout: Lawman, Legislator, Mormon Defender

Hosea Stout presents a controversial, complicated, and surprisingly important figure in early Mormon and Utah history "due to his sharp temper and a number of self-admitted violent actions [but] he also was a devoted follower and defender of the faith who contributed to the church's kingdom through persistence, reliability, and self-taught legal acumen" (xi). A little more than fifty years ago,... Read more

The Bible, Mormon Scripture, and the Rhetoric of Allusivity

Nicholas J. Frederick's new book, The Bible, Mormon Scripture, and the Rhetoric of Allusivity, is a highly detailed analysis in which Frederick compares the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants with the Gospel of John, especially the first eighteen verses of John's Gospel—the Johannine Prologue. In so doing, Frederick argues that Joseph Smith purposefully incorporated biblical allusions... Read more

Just South of Zion: The Mormons in Mexico and Its Borderlands

Jason H. Dormady and Jared M. Tamez are doing important work in borderland studies—studies surrounding the history of the U.S.–Mexico borderlands and surrounding regions. Dormady is an associate professor of history at Central Washington University and the author of Primitive Revolution: Restorationist Religion and the Idea of the Mexican Revolution, 1940–1968 (2011). Tamez is a well-known... Read more

Against the Wall: Johann Huber and the First Mormons in Austria

Johann Huber (1861–1941) was one of the earliest Austrian converts to the Latter-day Saint faith and arguably the most notable. Being involved with political causes opposing the strong influence of the Catholic Church in the Austrian Empire, his already controversial political life was further complicated by his baptism into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1900. He was heavily... Read more

Far Away in the West: Reflections on the Mormon Pioneer Trail

This book contains twelve articles chronicling the story of the Mormons' great trek west. It is divided into three parts, each containing four articles that cover a different aspect of the story of the Latter-day Saints moving west. Part 1 focuses on the Mormons being forced from their homes in Nauvoo. Part 2 examines their journey across the plains and through the Rocky Mountains. Part 3... Read more

The Mormon Church and Blacks: A Documentary History

On June 1, 1978, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints lifted its 126-year-long ban preventing male Church members of African descent from receiving the priesthood, declaring that "all worthy male members of the Church may be ordained to the priesthood without regard to race or color" (109). In The Mormon Church and Blacks: A Documentary History, Matthew L. Harris and Newell G... Read more

Let Your Hearts and Minds Expand: Reflections on Faith, Reason, Charity, and Beauty

Thomas Rogers is a Mormon treasure. Indeed, we may never see another quite like him. In his long and productive life, he has been a missionary in Germany; professor of Russian; director of the BYU Honors Program; renowned playwright; gifted painter; aspiring poet; perceptive essayist; mission president in Russia; traveling patriarch to Eastern Europe and Russia; temple missionary in Sweden;... Read more