Contents

Articles/Essays

Fiction

The Great Zucchini War



We figured the Utah Mormons started it, because they were the gardening crowd. Now, to most of the Saints in the College Village Ward, my family and I were Utah Mormons, since we had come to the university town from BYU so Jeff could get his PhD. As a convert...

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Personal Voices

Pioneer Mother



I come from a family of Mormons, although perhaps somewhat unorthodox ones. Somewhere in England and what is today Romania, my father’s ancestors heard of a man named Joseph Smith and his vision of God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. They left Europe and traveled with other devout...

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Poetry

Bear One Another’s Burdens



I. When I was a child I entered baptismal waters with one pair of folded hands and rose up, one with hosts of linked fingers weaving nets for catching burdens— for bearing the weight of doubts and doubters. II. I know the Shepherd counts each woolly head, knows each bleating...

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Getting there



my husband questions the good historical centers like this do. Kids come every year on a field trip and leave thinking history sucks because they don’t want to touch a cow’s hot udder. He did not want to touch the cow’s udder and is remembering how the man dressed as...

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Saint George, Utah



Not named for the Saint who met the princess by the lake and with her girdle leashed the dragon. Who killed       it for the people’s conversion. Whose chapel in Windsor holds a part of his skull part of his arm or his heart. In a cup of griffin’s egg...

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Reviews

Book of Mormon Theology— Anticipating the Future of a Discipline Neal A. Maxwell Institute, The Book of Mormon: Brief Theological Introductions



The academic discipline of Book of Mormon theology is a relatively recent development that appears to have begun in earnest with a little-cited 1997 University of Nottingham PhD thesis by Tyler Rex Moulton entitled “Divine Benevolence, Embodiment, and Salvation in the Teachings of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon.”...

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Grappling with LDS Identity Formation: A Review of Recent Young Adult Novels Rosalyn Eves, Beyond the Mapped Stars James Goldberg and Janci Patterson, The Bollywood Lovers’ Club



Identity formation is a challenge for any teenager, but when the hand-me-down identity a teen receives stretches beyond holiday expectations into realms fraught with eternal consequences, a high-stakes story is born. Because the formation of self can be a risky endeavor for LDS youth, it’s not surprising that two recently...

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Understanding the Community of Christ’s Doctrine and Covenants Dale E. Luffman, Commentary on the Community of Christ Doctrine and Covenants. Volume 2: The Reorganization—Community of Christ Era



Even though with nearly 200,000 members worldwide Community of Christ (CofC) is the second-largest denomination finding its roots in Joseph Smith’s Restoration movement, publications on CofC history and theology are much less numerous than publications tackling the sixteen million members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, headquartered...

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Mormonism’s Inside-Outsider Gordon Shepherd and Gary Shepherd, Jan Shipps: A Social and Intellectual Portrait: How a Methodist Girl from Hueytown, Alabama, Became an Acclaimed Mormon Studies Scholar



Jan Shipps is Mormonism’s “inside-outsider” who transformed the field of Mormon studies and paved the way for many who followed in her footsteps. Her book Mormonism: The Story of a New Religious Tradition remains one of the most widely read and assigned books about the Mormon Restoration, offering a concise...

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Sermon

On the Value of Doubt



I start my talk with the tale of a young man who grew up in a house of faith but had serious doubts about what he had been taught. He did not believe what his religious authorities told him, or was at least profoundly uncertain about their teachings. In short,...

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Volume Art

ART NOTE Black Joy



When the Stop Your Silence organization began in the spring of 2020, our goal was to create a safe space where Brigham Young University students of color could share their stories of racist discrimination and hardships and find community, healing, and support. Via Instagram, we rapidly received hundreds of stories...

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