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April 07 , 2009

BYU STUDIES Volume 47 • Issue 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.

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This compilation of fascinating articles on the U.S. Constitution and Mormonism is selected from over fifty years of LDS scholarship published by BYU Studies. This volume features articles on the history of the Constitution, the unique LDS view of the Constitution as an inspired document, and various issues related to the Constitution, such as…

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 of the Church's longtime position until, at the death of President Harold B. Lee, it suddenly became his problem. The subsequent process by which President Kimball became convinced that the time for change had come, and how he involved his counselors and the Twelve in preparing for the divine manifestation that followed, is one of the finest examples of leadership in Church history.

In an essay written thirty years after the revelation on priesthood, Marcus H. Martins, the first black missionary called after the revelation, reflects on what the change in priesthood policy has meant in his own life and in the Church.

One important area in the study of Joseph Smith's New Translation of the New Testament remains largely untouched—the markings the Prophet made when he transitioned from dictation of the entire New Testament to merely marking an already printed Bible. Some of these notations were made in pen and some in pencil; the two sets of markings also use different systems of notation. The authors explain these pen and pencil markings, discuss the editorial procedures Smith followed after he and his scribes completed their initial pass of the New Testament, and examine some clues about the preparation of the manuscripts for publication.

Long before Friberg and Teichert, artists created narrative images of the Book of Mormon. The first published illustrations were made for The Story of the Book of Mormon, (1888), a text used in Church education. The Book of Mormon text was simplified by George Reynolds, and the illustrators were William Armitage, George Ottinger, John Held Sr., and William Morris. In his article "'A Picturesque and Dramatic History': George Reynolds's Story of the Book of Mormon," Noel A. Carmack discusses the artists' lives and the fine art that influenced them. The article contains twenty-three illustrations, fourteen of which are reproduced from The Story of the Book of Mormon.



Spencer W. Kimball and the Revelation on Priesthood by Edward L. Kimball
The Nature of the Pen and Pencil Markings in the New Testament of Joseph Smith’s New Translation of the Bible by Paul W. Lambert and Thomas A. Wayment
“A Picturesque and Dramatic History”: George Reynolds’s Story of the Book of Mormon by Noel A. Carmack


Thirty Years after the “Long-Promised Day”: Reflections and Expectations by Marcus H. Martins
We Who Owe Everything to a Name by Lynda Mackey Wilson


Tunica Doloris by Christopher Lund
Fifth-Floor Walkup by Randy Astle


The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions by Karen Armstrong, reviewed by Eric D. Huntsman
Tree of Souls: The Mythology of Judaism by Howard Schwartz, reviewed by Roger G. Baker
From Persecutor to Apostle: A Biography of Paul by Thomas A. Wayment, reviewed by Kathryn H. Shirts
Wounds Not Healed by Time by Solomon Schimmel, reviewed by Ronald E. Bartholomew
History May Be Searched in Vain: A Military History of the Mormon Battalion by Sherman L. Fleek, reviewed by Stephen B. Sorensen
The Civil War as a Theological Crisis by Mark A. Noll, reviewed by Mary Stovall Richards
Before the Manifesto: The Life Writings of Mary Lois Walker Morris by Melissa Lambert Milewski, reviewed by Cherry B. Silver
The J. Golden Kimball Stories by Eric A. Eliason, reviewed by Elliott Oring
Hooligan, a Mormon Boyhood by Douglas Thayer, reviewed by Richard H. Cracroft
Big Love, season 1 (2006) and season 2 (2007) by creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer, reviewed by Kent R. Bean
The Dance by director McKay Daines, reviewed by David A. Allred
Minerva Teichert: Pageants in Paint BYU Museum of Art Exhibit, July 27, 2007 to May 26, 2008, reviewed by Richard G. Oman

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