Dialogue Sunday Study #38 w/Melody Newey Johnson

Melody Newey Johnson works as a certified nurse case manager for University of Utah Health. Her decades-long nursing career in cardiology, nephrology, epidemiology, oncology, infusion specialties, behavioral medicine, and clinical management have provided a rich environment for her foundational commitment toward understanding and improving the human condition. She is a writer and poet with numerous works published in literary journals and anthologies, including Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Exponent II, Irreantum, Segullah, Utah Voices 2012, Utah Sings Vol. VIII, and forthcoming in Blossom As A Cliffrose: Mormon Legacies and the Beckoning Wild, Torrey House Press. Melody’s first full-length poetry manuscript, An Imperfect Roundness, was published in 2020 by BCC Press. She is past poetry editor for Exponent II magazine and current poetry editor for Segullah journal. She is the creator of Living Well: Retreat to Self, a writing retreat for women. She lives in Salt Lake City with her spouse and best friend, Jeff Johnson. Together they have six children and ten grandchildren.

Readings for the lesson:

Doctrine and Covenants 25: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/25?lang=eng

Gracia N. Jones’s 1992 Ensign Article, “My Great-Great-Grandmother, Emma Hale Smith”: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/1992/08/my-great-great-grandmother-emma-hale-smith?lang=eng

Emma Smith and the First Mormon Hymn Book: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/media/video/2018-03-0110-emma-smith-and-the-first-mormon-hymn-book?lang=eng

By Common Consent, “A Gift Taken or Abandoned?“: https://bycommonconsent.com/2007/09/26/a-gift-taken-or-abandoned/

Mary Karr, “Who the Meek Are Not,” The Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2002/05/who-the-meek-are-not/378444/

Valeen Tippetts Avery, “Emma Smith Through Her Writings”: https://www.dialoguejournal.com/articles/emma-smith-through-her-writings/

LInda King Newell, “The Emma Smith Lore Reconsidered”: https://www.dialoguejournal.com/articles/emma-smith-through-her-writings/

Emma Lou Thayne, “Joseph to Emma”: https://www.dialoguejournal.com/articles/joseph-to-emma/——, “Emma’s Anguish”: https://www.dialoguejournal.com/articles/emmas-anguish/