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Title Volume 09, Number 4, Winter 1974
Subject Periodicals; Mormons; Religious thought; Philosophy and religion
Description Independent national quarterly established to express Mormon culture and examine the relevance of religion to secular life. It is edited by Mormons who wish to bring their faith into dialogue with human experience as a whole and to foster artistic and scholarly achievement based on their cultural heritage. The journal encourages a variety of viewpoints; although every effort is made to insure accurate scholarship and responsible judgment, the views expressed are those of the individual authors and are not necessarily those of the Mormon Church or of the editors.
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Source Dialogue: Vol 9 No 4
Article Title Fatherly Advice: My Dear Son: Letters of Brigham Young to His Sons, edited by Dean C. Jessee
Description Reviews / 77 too soon, compelled as he is to be the man of the house most of the time. There is a fine passage in chapter ten describing a journey to the Mormon colonies in Mexico, where John W. Taylor is taking some of his wives to avoid legal problems in the States. As usual, Joseph's mother must pose as a widow, managing her five young children entirely by herself while her husband sits in another part of the train giving his full attention to Rhoda, the new wife. Here is the encounter: In the car ahead, Father was seated with Rhoda, laughing, joking, having a gay time. The children dutifully said nothing, but their large eyes picked him out instantly, staring at him and the dark-haired beauty beside him; their heads turned as they approached his seat, looked back as they went past. "Watch where you're going, children," Mother said. Then the baby saw her father, reached out her arms and began to bawl. "Shh, darling. Shh." "Beautiful children, Madam," Father said. "Thank you, sir. Traveling makes them so cross." Mother hurried on. Then she must deal with the resentment of her eldest son: "We can't speak to him, but Rhoda Welling can laugh and joke with him all day long every day. I don't like it." "Father is helping her pass the time away." "Is she traveling alone?" "I'm sure I don't know, dear." She bent to his ear. "Joseph." He waited. "Yes, Mother?" But he couldn't know. Not yet. In case of trouble she couldn't have the responsibility of the knowledge upon him. "Try to understand, darling." "I think I do, Mother. And I don't like it." What, we wonder, will happen to this boy? What form will Joseph's resentment take when he is eighteen? I value Family Kingdom because it raises such questions as these. I wish it explored them more thoroughly. Fatherly Advice William Mulder My Dear Son: Letters of Brigham Young to His Sons. Edited by Dean C. Jessee. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1974. 375 pp., $9.95. The fiddles are tuning in Mormon historiography. Not only is there a great deal of activity as new histories are written and old classics revived; there is, more importantly, a new professionalism. Mormon scholars have come of age: they have learned the tools of their trade and have achieved a certain objectivity and composure in dealing with their extraordinary history. The amateurs and apologists are still around, but now, officially, if we are to judge from what has been happening in the Historical Department, the Church seems to favor the trained historian and an educated handling of its great storehouse of materials. A new spirit animates the original commission that "There shall be a record kept among you," and modern means are being put at its service. A Guide to the Historical Department welcomes
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