In LDS literature, we are talking about the Mormon concept of the pre-existence, and then comparing some of Joseph Smith's revolutionary concepts with their romanticized versions depicted in Saturday's Warriors.We begin with the King Follett discourse, given at the funeral of a man who was crushed in a well. Joseph Smith chose to speak about the nature of God and pre-existent spirits "capable of enlargement." … [Read more...]

I Am Jane–music script

This is my invitation to everyone in Utah Valley to help us produce I am Jane at BYU during Black History Month. Below is the music script. To read the actual script, purchase Saints on Stage, edited by Mahonri Stewart. I am working on getting support from the theatre and music departments so that participants can get credit. Those in my Mormon Lit class can also meet requirements by helping with the production. If you don't know Jane's story, you NEED to help with this! … [Read more...]

Mormon Lit Syllabus

Requirements •Regular quizzes on the readings (If you are absent the day a quiz is given, you may take it late, but for only half credit.) •Mormon literary events–you will attend one event besides the AML conference and write up a short response essay. These events may be author readings, LDS films (such as Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons or specifically LDS dance/music concerts or an LDS play.Participate in a group Presentation•Final Project Interview with modern Mo … [Read more...]

Literature of the Latter-day Saints

For those who would like to join the Mormon Lit class (you will get spiritual but not academic credit), here are the texts:Eliza Partridge’s journal: Jane James’s life story (in supplement or at ) FEMALE RITUAL HEALING IN MORMONISM ( ) King Follett Discourse Added Upon (Nephi Anderson) Huebener- Rog … [Read more...]

Messiah in Patsun, Guatemala

My father, a linguist, specialized in Mayan dialects. That meant that while growing up in Provo, Utah, I had a Mayan nanny named Hermana Yalibot. She always wore the same clothes: a white blouse embroidered with bright pansies, and a blue woven skirt. I now recognize her attire as typical of her region-Coban, Guatemala-and know that her skirt is called a corte and her blouse a huipil. She had embroidered the flowers herself. (Most areas of Guatemala have distinctive huipiles, personalized by the … [Read more...]

Longfellow and Lisa: Contemplations on “I Heard the Bells”

This is by my sister, Lisa Blair Sabey, contemplating that horrifying day at Arapahoe High School:Friday, Dec. 13--Daniel and his Arapahoe Singers group were dressed in their knickers, sweaters and winter scarfs as they caroled through the high school halls. His teacher, Parm, who was well ahead of the merry group, heard gunshots from the top of the stairs, and yelled, “Double time to the classroom. NOW!” Daniel ran with his friends, went through the choir room and into a small dressing ro … [Read more...]

Before Jane James–another African American Mormon Found

I read historians' work, and sometimes I go through microfilm to find answers to my questions. I am not the kind of historian Connell O'Donovan is, though. He is relentless and generous. I am posting his discovery with his permission, since he won't be writing about this woman yet. For historians, this might present new research possibilities.From Connell: "I don't know her name yet but she was the wife of (non-Mormon) Samuel Francis/Frances of Haight (now New Hudson), Allegany Co. NY - … [Read more...]