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Title Volume 07, Number 2, Summer 1972
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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Date 1972
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Source Dialogue: Vol 7 No 2
Article Title A Prophet's Goodly Grandparents: Joseph Smith's New England Heritage by Richard Lloyd Anderson
Description 58 / Dialogue bridle. In excruciating desperation Jesse explodes his anger by firing his shotgun full in Czar's face. His rebellion stilled by his horror of his action, he reasserts his humanity by firing a second and infinitely more difficult shot to kill the horse. Swinging wide his arms, he hurls the gun into the deep grasses and falls on his face near the gruesome corpse of Czar. There his boys find him; bit by bit he acknowledges them, his responsibility, and his life. Sisyphus, having failed in his attempt to hurl his rock in the face of the gods, trudges again down the mountainside to retrieve it and with it start the ascent anew. In summary the scene sounds heavy with philosophical weight; actually it moves quickly and lightly, its implications trailing along in its wake. Its salvation is the author's gift for glossing the whole with a fine sheen of humor, yet at the same time maintaining the sense of impact of the events on his characters. He seems able to show the comic mask not quite hidden behind seeming tragedy in such a way that we see life more real than real. Such an awareness, accompanied by a compassion grown of understanding, I kept thinking as I read, could create a literary expression of Mormon experience which would be both truthful and significant. Harker's roots are in the Mormon communities of Southern Alberta; his adult world has expanded far beyond small-towns into modern urban Mormonism. He knows Mormon subjects, and he can write. The anticipation that those skills so evident in Goldenrod might be applied to the creation of a Mormon novel, with Mormon themes and Mormon characters, was the final excitement in this reading. A Prophet's Goodly Grandparents Dean Jessee Joseph Smith's New England Heritage: Influences of Grandfathers Solomon Mack and Asael Smith. By Richard Lloyd Anderson. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1971. 230 pp. $4.95. Joseph Smith's New England Heritage by Dr. Richard L. Anderson is an important contribution to an understanding of Joseph Smith's immediate ancestry and the domestic environment in which he was raised. Since Joseph attributed dominant traits of his character to the influence Oi his "grandfathers while they dandled me on their knees;" and inasmuch as "books debunking Joseph Smith typically begin by downgrading his immediate ancestors," a careful study of Joseph's forebearers is long overdue. This volume contains eight chapters divided into a prologue, an epilogue, and six chapters dealing with the lives of Joseph Smith's grandparents. Extensive notes provide much detail, enrichment, and clarification. Although limited to names, the index permits quick reference to members of the Smith and Mack families. Twenty-one illustrations give valuable assistance in showing family relationships, New England residences, and pictorial views of individuals and places mentioned in the book. Chapters two to four focus upon Joseph Smith's maternal grandparents, tracing events in the life of Solomon Mack from his early war experiences to
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