Periodicals; Mormons; Religious thought; Philosophy and religion
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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Reviews / 173 search and publishing. Offhand it appeared that the secret of his success was this insulation from the hurly-burly of teaching. At sixty, Hafen retired as State Historian and promptly was called across the mountains to Provo and a professorship in Brigham Young University. He quickly adjusted to full-time teaching. He found the faculty and student contacts stimulating. And whereas many professionals consider work on this firing line more arduous than cloistered research, in Hafen's opinion "it was less exhausting than a day of constant research and writing" (p. 275). Today at eighty he is rolling right along. In his thirties, forties, and fifties he published at the rate of a book every year and a half. In his sixties and seventies he stepped the rate up to a book and a half per year, which meant shortening the gestation period from eighteen months to eight. This autobiography also gives testimony on Mormon life. Hafen's father was a polygamist. In the 1890's, when pressures against that institution came to climax, he dispersed a wife or two across the territorial line into Arizona and another across the state line to Bunkerville, Nevada, where LeRoy was born and spent his youth. Polygamy begets patriarchy, or so we usually assume. In this instance, although his father visited a couple of times a year and is warmly remembered for the boxes of apples he brought from St. George, he was always a rather remote figure. What LeRoy grew up in was essentially a matriarchy; perhaps the Mormon symbol of the beehive should have tipped us off. The scene was rural and farm work the steady routine, though not in the pattern of a single-family farm. Instead, Mormon cohesiveness and irrigation produced a farm-village. There also was an extended family scattered through the Mormon Dixie. Riding off to school in St. George or Cedar City, LeRoy had relatives with whom he could spend each night. Although Mormonism as such is seldom mentioned, it is an underlying fact. At one stage in Colorado, there came a time when Hafen thought he might be expendable as an outlander and as a Mormon. In 1954 he and Ann found a special warmth in coming home to a Mormon community, Provo, and a particular rapport with the students there. Needless to say, all that is Mormon about the Hafen experience, achievement, and career is part of the substance of the history of the West.