Journal 57:3 | BYU Studies

Journal 57:3

Volume 57:3 (2018)
This issue begins with a farewell from John W. Welch, who has served as Editor in Chief for twenty-seven years. He expresses thanks for all who have made BYU Studies Quarterly possible and hopes for blessings as they seek good things in life. Tyler Johnson encourages readers to be aware of how technology influences our lives, interfering with our relationships, our learning process, and our...Read more

From the Editor

I am once again pleased and proud to complete the production of this issue of BYU Studies Quarterly at the beginning of this fall season. These pages represent the harvest of another fine summer season of wonderful writing, reviewing, source checking, editing, and publication. Looking back over the past months and years, I speak for everyone in thanking all the extended family of scholars,... Read more

Reclaiming Reality: Doctoring and Discipleship in a Hyperconnected Age

The author—a husband, father, and medical oncologist—is an avid user of the latest technology, and yet he recognizes how it is changing him from the inside out. He describes “virtual doctoring,” which is reliance on the internet to stay abreast of the enormous, ever-changing body of medical literature. But he also worries that the internet is pulling him away from his patients. And the perils don... Read more

Understanding the Abrahamic Covenant through the Book of Mormon

The revival of scholarly interest in Abraham in recent decades provides a timely opportunity to explore the contemporary findings of biblical scholars from a Latter-day Saint perspective. This review leads to an in-depth exploration of how the Lord’s covenants with Abraham were understood by the Nephite prophets in the Book of Mormon, how their perspectives compare with contemporary biblical... Read more

Wandering On to Glory

In this essay, the author contrasts a journey with a commute. A journey involves none of the sameness or boredom of a commute. It is movement from point A to point B, pressing forward toward a goal or final destination in mind. It is Huckleberry Finn on the river, Frodo Baggins carrying the ring to Mordor, the Joads struggling toward an elusive California promised land. A commute, by contrast, is... Read more


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The Language of the Original Text of the Book of Mormon

During the thirty years Royal Skousen has been working on the Book of Mormon Critical Text Project, he has discovered certain words and phrases that appear on the surface to be either ungrammatical or stylistically unusual. Some critics have claimed that these phrases are Joseph Smith’s dialect mixed with a crude imitation of the language of the King James Bible. But many of these phrases can be... Read more

Joseph Smith’s Iowa Quest for Legal Assistance: His Letters to Edward Johnstone and Others on Sunday, June 23, 1844

Joseph and Hyrum Smith crossed the Mississippi River from Nauvoo, Illinois, to Montrose, Iowa Territory, in the early hours of Sunday, June 23, 1844. They were seeking spiritual guidance and considering their options as they were threatened with arrest: going west, going to Washington, or submitting to arrest. This article gives details of the events of that day and presents little-known... Read more

Martin Harris Comes to Utah, 1870

Martin Harris, as an old and destitute man, was found in Kirtland, Ohio, by Latter-day Saint missionaries traveling to and from their missions in the eastern United States and Europe. He eventually returned to Utah and was reunited with his family, who had crossed the plains in the 1850s. Instrumental in bringing Martin back to the Church was Edward Stevenson of Ogden, Utah. Martin arrived in... Read more

“Why are your kids late to school today?”

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Saints at Devil’s Gate: Landscapes along the Mormon Trail

This sumptuously produced exhibition catalog was published by the Church Historian's Press, an imprint of the Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The book reproduces and interprets paintings that appeared in an exhibition of the same title, Saints at Devil's Gate, at the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City in November 2016. The exhibition showcased... Read more

Race and the Making of the Mormon People

In recent years, the topic of Mormonism and race has attracted the attention of many Mormon scholars. In 2015, W. Paul Reeve's Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness was published, in which he argues that the development of Mormon racial theology is best understood as a reaction to larger trends in nineteenth-century America. The Protestant majority privileged "... Read more

Mormonism and the Emotions: An Analysis of LDS Scriptural Texts

Any reader familiar with the scholarly endeavors of the relatively new academic fields of Mormon theology or Mormon studies will recognize Professor Mauro Properzi's volume Mormonism and the Emotions as a contribution to the knowledge base of these fields. Though Properzi's study focuses on LDS doctrines and global theology, its central new contribution is its particular subject matter, the... Read more

Unpopular Sovereignty: Mormons and the Federal Management of Early Utah Territory

During the 1850s, ideological and actual battles raged in Kansas and Utah territories over the notion of popular sovereignty, a principle wherein the voice of the people determined the territories' domestic and political institutions, outside of congressional or presidential influence. In Kansas, for example, politicians sought to remove the slavery question from national political discourse by... Read more

The Life of Orson F. Whitney: Historian, Poet, Apostle, As Recorded in His Daily Journals

Dennis B. Horne, a technical writer in the Materials Management Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is no stranger to writing about the Church's Apostles. His books include Bruce R. McConkie: Highlights from His Life and Teachings, An Apostle's Record: The Journals of Abraham H. Cannon, and Latter Leaves in the Life of Lorenzo Snow. This latest biography from Horne... Read more

The Believing Scientist: Essays on Science and Religion

Since the rise of the New Atheist movement two decades ago, a number of religious apologists have come forward to defend belief in God. Many of them have been journalists (e.g., Lee Strobel), clergymen (e.g., Timothy Keller), philosophers (e.g., David Bentley Hart), theologians (e.g., William Lane Craig), mathematicians (e.g., David Berlinski), and even historians (I suppose my own book There Is... Read more

Canadian Mormons: History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Canada

The late Canadian sociologist Brigham Card once mentioned that Canadian Latter-day Saints orient themselves more north-south than they do east-west, which was his way of saying that Canadian Saints may pay more attention to Salt Lake than they do to each other. Were this still true, it would be difficult to assess any notion of nationalism among Canadian Saints, but Roy and Carma Prete have made... Read more

Lengthening Our Stride: Globalization of the Church

The globalization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has received a great deal of attention recently by news outlets, scholars, and the Church itself. The collection of essays in Lengthening Our Stride manages to survey this broad topic in a way that both familiarizes readers with the impact globalization has had on the Church and gives readers glimpses into exciting new areas of... Read more

From the Outside Looking In: Essays on Mormon History, Theology, and Culture

The Tanner Lecture series was established by the Mormon History Association in 1980 with the goal of elevating Mormon scholarship. Over the years, eminent scholars whose work "paralleled the Mormon history but . . . never addressed it directly" have been invited to speak and "expand a facet of their ongoing research to include a Mormon dimension" (xv–xvi). Their lectures have provided valuable... Read more

Women and Mormonism: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

This offering from the University of Utah Press showcases current scholarship on women and Mormonism and was edited and compiled by Kate Holbrook and Matthew Bowman, seasoned scholars in the field of religious (and specifically Mormon) studies. The book comprises a tapestry of essays, mostly drawn from an August 2012 conference about women and the LDS Church. The theme of the conference and... Read more

To Be Learned Is Good: Essays on Faith and Scholarship in Honor of Richard Lyman Bushman

To Be Learned Is Good is a collection of essays given at a scholars' colloquium in June 2016 that explores the tensions between faith and scholarship. This colloquium was held in honor of Richard Lyman Bushman, Gouverneur Morris Professor of History emeritus at Columbia University, who has made significant contributions to Mormon history and scholarship. Among his many publications is the... Read more

A Modest Homestead: Life in Small Adobe Homes in Salt Lake City, 1850–1897

When most of us hear the word adobe, the pueblos of the southwestern United States usually come to mind. In A Modest Homestead , Laurie J. Bryant sheds some light on the history of adobe houses in a place one might not expect— Salt Lake City, where nineteenth-century pioneers constructed crude adobe homes. Bryant, who has degrees in the earth sciences, including a PhD in paleontology, moved from... Read more