Daily Feature

Each weekday, we spotlight content from BYU Studies: articles, reviews, web updates, staff picks, etc. These spotlights are called “Daily Features.” To read the full text for the feature, click the “Read More” link from the front page. You can download the article or other item for free during the week that it is featured.

Book Review The Lonely Polygamist
February 26, 2015
by Angela Hallstrom
This daily feature is an introduction to a full book review by Angela Hallstrom. To read the full text of this review, follow the link below.

Brady Udall's The Lonely Polygamist, published in 2010, arrived amid a wave of pop-culture interest in the polygamist lifestyle: HBO's Big Love was gearing up for its finale; TLC's reality show Sister Wives had just hit the airwaves; and real-life stories of Warren Jeffs, child brides, and FLDS compounds were common tabloid fare. Although Udall had been at work on his novel for many years before polygamy became a hot cultural topic, some skeptical readers—Mormon and non-Mormon alike—wondered if the novel's intentions were more sensational than . . .
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Special History of the Church Feature
February 25, 2015

BYU Studies Quarterly readers who are interested in Church history should be aware of the lesser-known but remarkable story of an LDS education pioneer in Texas. Today's feature comes from the Church History Department of . . .

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Special Feature
February 24, 2015

BYU Studies is co-sponsoring three events on BYU campus in March 2015. For those of you who cannot attend in person, we will make videos of the two conferences available a few weeks afterward.

March 4th: The Medium and the Message . . .

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Additional Features
On February 26, in the life of Joseph Smith
On this day in 1834

En route to New York and Pennsylvania. Joseph Smith started from Kirtland to New York and Pennsylvania to gather volunteers for Zion's Camp.


On this day in 1842

Nauvoo, Illinois. Smith v. Shearer: The summons for jury was returned. Joseph Smith recovered and obtained restitution of the property. Shearer was ordered to pay Smith's costs of $18, which included the cost of the writ of restitution.


On this day in 1843

Nauvoo, Illinois. Joseph Smith stayed at home all day nursing his mother, who was "sick with inflammation of the lungs."


On this day in 1844

Nauvoo, Illinois. City of Nauvoo v. Bostwick: In Nauvoo Mayor's Court an affidavit of John Scott claimed O. F. Bostwick conversed with him about Bostwick's belief that Hyrum Smith had acquired spiritual wives and about Bostwick's allegations that there were several prostitutes in Nauvoo. Bostwick was convicted of slander.


On this day in 1844

Nauvoo, Illinois. City of Nauvoo v. Bostwick: Joseph Smith deplored Francis Higbee's appeal to Carthage of Higbee's client's (Orsimus Bostwick's) conviction for slandering Hyrum Smith, as an attempt to "stir up the mob and bring them against us."


On this day in 1844

Nauvoo, Illinois. The first meeting to organize a conspiracy to destroy the Smiths was held at William Law's home. This meeting was reported later by Dennison Harris and Robert Scott, who lived at the Law home.


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LDS FAQ Angle Moroni
What is the attitude of the Brigham Young University faculty toward faith and scholarship?

Willie Handcart
On this day in 1856:

View text of the company journal with an entry for every day of the journey here.

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