In 1861, Brigham Young called on Latter-day Saints to light all copies of a certain book afire. The book wasn’t an untoward novel or a scandalous exposé of Mormon practices. It wasn’t the inflammatory writing of a federal agent or a former polygamous wife. In fact, the book was dictated by Lucy Mack Smith, mother of the prophet Joseph Smith during the 1840s, and was published by Mormon apostle Orson Pratt in 1853.Read More
Marilyn Arnold’s 2011 Neal A. Maxwell lecture, “The Book of Mormon: Passport to Discipleship,” now available
The fifth annual Neal A. Maxwell lecture was delivered by BYU emeritus professor of English Marilyn Arnold on March 10, 2011. In this devotional address, Arnold describes how her love of literary scholarship meshed with her developing views of Christian discipleship as she discovered literary richness in the Book of Mormon. “I knew it was time to [...]Read More
Episode 28 of the Mormon Book Review features W. Kesler Jackson, author of Elijah Abel: The Incredible True Story of a Black Pioneer. Host Kirk Caudle talks with Jackson about the possibility of two Elijah Abels, the Latter-day Saint priesthood/temple ban for black members, and Mormonism’s early proselytizing efforts toward the black community.
J. Spencer Fluhman, editor of the forthcoming Mormon Studies Review, and Benjamin E. Park, associate editor, received awards for their scholarship at the Mormon History Association conference on June 7 in Layton, Utah.Read More