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Volume 3:1 (Autumn 1960)

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In BYU Studies volume 3 issue 1, Richard L. Bushman gives readers interesting insight into causes of the Missouri persecutions of 1833, asserting that what the Missourians feared most was political power in the hands of a group whose religion they saw as entirely foreign.

Keith Melville continues the political analysis in his review of early LDS concepts and practices of church and state. He focuses mainly on Brigham Young’s policy in early pioneer Utah.

Other articles include a metaphysical interpretation of the Gospel of John by David H. Yarn, Jr., a critique of Austin Fife’s collection of Mormon folk songs by Thomas E. Cheney, and a short story by Eileen Gibbons about a mother’s struggle as her family adjusts to a summer living on the Great Salt Lake.