I have heard some people decry the aesthetics of popular Mormon art. I say to those people, cast your fury upon the recent cover of JMH. Fortunately, the substance of the journal is not reflected in the cover.*
Back in 2006, JMH published a critique of Joseph Smith biographies by Michael Quinn, in which Quinn was quite critical of Dan Vogel. The current issue publishes a rebuttal where Vogel attacks Quinn and a response by Quinn where he defends believing-history. Fascinating.
1. Philip Barlow’s Presidential Address, “Toward a Mormon Sense of Time.”
A fairly well documented introductory essay on Mormon conceptions of time. It was fine, I guess. Not particularly my area of interest.
39. Stephen Stein’s Tanner Lecture, “Historical Reflections on Mormon Futures.”
The Tanner Lecture is a presentation at the annual MHA conference where a non-Mormon scholar presents on their field of research as it relates to Mormonism. This is a interesting essay on Mormon eschatology by a notable scholar.
65. John Hammonds, “The 1876 Journal of Frank Hammond: ‘Travailing’ to the Little Colorado.”
While some people will probably fall asleep here, this is my bread and butter. Hammond is preparing a series of Frank Sr.’s diaries for publication with A. H. Clark, and this article gives excellent context and a review for Frank Jr.’s colonizing mission to the Little Colorado River in Arizona. This is a great supplement to the recently released Making Space on the Western Frontier and has a tremendous amount of information. A great article.
121. William MacKinnon, “‘Lonely Bones': Leadership and Utah War Violence.”
Bill is a great scholar, period. In this study, he reviews a number of violent conflicts of a war that many have considered “bloodless.” He shows the extent of carnage and potential culpability of the Federal government and the Mormons. This is one of the better articles in a year of commemoration.
179. Gary James Bergera, “Tensions in David O. McKay’s First Presidencies.”
Even if you have read Princes McKay biography, there is more to see. What is even more fascinating is how McKay’s contemporaries learned and adapted from the institutional tension. Lot’s of good details for people interested in the development of church administration and the big issues of the day.
247. Glen Leonard reviews Claudia Bushman’s Contemporary Mormonism. Positive Review. Says the book does what is set out to do.
252. Jed Woodworth reviews H. Michael Marquardt’s The Rise of Mormonism, 1816-1844. Negative review. Can be paraphrased as, “Yawn.”
257. Thomas Alexander reviews Leonard Arrington’s Great Basin Kingdom (anniversary edition). Positive Review. Though dated and lacking in some areas, it still holds up well and young scholars should read it.
David Johnson reviews Fred E. Woods’ Gathering to Nauvoo. Positive Review. General audience volume with some useful insight. Scholars will be left wanting.
262. Samuel Passey reviews David Bigler’s Fort Limhi. Very Positive Review. An excellent narrative and documentary history.
265. J. and Taryn Nelson-Seawright review Jana Riess and Christopher Kimball Bigelow’s Mormonism for Dummies. Positive review. Who cares about the book? The reviewers rock!
* Unfortunately the MHA website is reflective of the cover of the journal. There is no information on the last 2 issues of JMH.