BYU Studies volume 49, number 3, features a variety of articles, essays, reviews, and poetry. Alex Baugh and Richard Holzapfel present historical information about a document that appears to be an unpublished declaration of the Twelve in 1844 or 1845 about their meeting with Joseph Smith when he gave them his "last charge" to "bear off the Kingdom."
This issue also contains an article on "Theology and Ecology" by Gary Bryner, a professor of political science who passed away earlier this year. Bryner reviews LDS and Christian theology regarding our stewardship over the earth. Featured in this issue are two essays on European novelists who had close ties to Mormonism. Fred Woods writes about Halldor Laxness, a Nobel Prize–winning Icelandic novelist who based his novel Paradisarheimt on Mormon Icelandic immigrants who settled in Utah. Alan Keele remembers popular German novelist Walter Kempowski, who died in 2007. Kempowski, a prolific author and collector of first-hand accounts about Germany’s turbulent twentieth century, actually taught for a semester at BYU in 1986.
This issue of the journal also contains an examination by Don Penrod of the infamous "White Horse Prophecy." Penrod concludes that the prophecy was actually a creation of Edwin Rushton and not Joseph Smith. Jon Green, Jerry Jaccard, and Rita Wright explore a "divine paradigm of creativity," which stands in stark contrast to the world’s view of creativity. Eric d'Evegnee's personal essay, "The Paternity Test," draws humorous but poignant parallels between a traumatic Pinewood Derby, King Lear, and fatherhood.