BYU STUDIES Volume 48 • Issue 3 • 2009

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BYU Studies volume 48, number 3, features a special series of articles examining the recently published Book of Commandments and Revelations, the first volume of the Revelations and Translations series of The Joseph Smith Papers. The BCR contains the earliest surviving manuscript versions of many of Joseph Smith’s revelations and the only prepublication manuscript copies of some of them. The BCR also contains seven revelations never published as part of the scriptural canon of the Church. These articles, written by members of the Joseph Smith Papers editorial team, flesh out the importance of the BCR in more detail than is found in the printed edition itself. They discuss the dating of the revelations, notes given in the BCR that were not transferred to the Doctrine and Covenants, and other contextual details that give us insight into the revelations themselves.

Jessie L. Embry looks at twentieth-century LDS history through the lens of church sports in “‘Spiritualized Recreation’: LDS All-Church Athletic Tournaments, 1950–1971.” Embry discusses how the tournaments served spiritual purposes as well as how the end of the all-church sports program mirrors Church growth and internationalization. Jill Mulvay Derr and Karen Lynn Davidson, editors of Eliza R. Snow: The Complete Poetry, share a handful of Snow’s more than five hundred poems along with historical context and insightful commentary. Even though book reviewers always mention the fact that publishing phenomenon Stephenie Meyer is a “Mormon housewife turned novelist,” Jana Riess finds it intriguing that they miss most of the LDS themes in her novels. In “Book of Mormon Stories That Steph Meyer Tells to Me,” Riess explores the theological underpinnings of Meyer’s popular fiction.

Contents - Volume 48 Number 3 (2009)

Special Feature

"A Book of Commandments and Revelations: Editorial Introduction to This Special Feature" by John W. Welch

"Introducing A Book of Commandments and Revelations, A Major New Documentary 'Discovery'" by Robert J. Woodford

"From Manuscript to Printed Page: An Analysis of the History of the Book of Commandments and Revelations" by Robin S. Jensen

"Historical Headnotes and the Index of Contents in the Book of Commandments and Revelations" by Steven C. Harper

"Revelation, Text, and Revision: Insight from the Book of Commandments and Revelations" by Grant Underwood

"Response to the Book of Commandments and Revelations Presentations" by Ronald E. Romig


"'Spiritualized Recreation': LDS All-Church Athletic Tournaments, 1950-1971" by Jessie L. Embry

Personal Essay

"Yellow Shirt Riddles" by Holly R. Hansen

Review Essays

"Book of Mormon Stories that Steph Meyer Tells to Me: LDS Themes in the Twilight Saga and The Host" by Jana Riess


"Eliza R. Snow's Poetry" by Jill Mulvay Derr, Karen L. Davidson

Book Reviews

The Joseph Smith Papers, Journals, Volume 1: 1832-1839 edited by Dean C. Jessee, Mark Ashurst-McGee, and Richard L. Jensen, reviewed by Thomas Coens

The Joseph Smith Papers, Journals, Volume 1: 1832-1839 edited by Dean C. Jessee, Mark Ashurst-McGee, and Richard L. Jensen, reviewed by James B. Allen

Leonard J. Arrington: A Historian's Life by Gary Topping, reviewed by Thomas G. Alexander

Matters of the Mind: Latter-Day Saint Helps for Mental Health by Marleen S. Williams, W. Dean Belnap, and John P. Livingstone, reviewed by James D. MacArthur

Against the Grain: Christianity and Democracy, War and Peace by George Weigel, reviewed by Gary P. Gillum

Making Space on the Western Frontier: Mormons, Miners, and Southern Paiutes by W. Paul Reeve, reviewed by Jay H. Buckley

Constantine's Bible: Politics and the Making of the New Testament by David L. Dungan, reviewed by Carl W. Griffin

Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction by Richard L. Bushman, reviewed by John G. Turner

Polygamy on the Pedernales: Lyman Wight's Mormon Villages in Antebellum Texas, 1845 to 1858 by Melvin C. Johnson, reviewed by Ken Driggs

Film Review

Happy Valley, directed by Ron Williams, reviewed by James Willmore and Jenny Willmore

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