Front Matter

Editor’s Note

Script​ure Studies and Saints

Over the past five years, I have had the privilege of serving as publications director at the Religious Studies Center. One of my assignments has been to act as acquisitions editor for the Religious Educator, which meant I had the privilege of reading every article submitted to the journal during my time here. I have learned many things, gained new perspectives, and watched as the journal has continued to grow in its reach and scope. The RSC has a great future ahead of it, and I hope you will take the opportunity to read some of the books we publish. In September 2018, I will take on a new position in the College of Humanities at BYU.

This issue of the journal features a mixture of studies. I particularly enjoyed the series of articles that engage texts directly: two on the Book of Mormon, one on the Doctrine and Covenants, and one on the New Testament. These studies demonstrate the exacting type of discussion that is necessary to broaden our understanding of scripture and to widen our perspectives regarding how texts are used. Each of these four studies conceives of the text as a historical artifact that had an original context in time and place with implications for more recent religious practice and understanding. It is an effort to find meaning in ancient text for a modern world.

Another highlight of this issue is the introduction of the new history of the Church series entitled Saints. Casey Paul Griffiths, faculty member of Church History and Doctrine and BYU, sits down with the authors Scott Hales and Steven C. Harper to explore how this new series will inform teaching and understanding. The two authors offer engaging insights into the writing process and the various considerations that went into producing Saints. Everyone who teaches the history of the Church should read the interview and take a look at the chapters that have been made available online.


Thomas A. Wayment

Editor in chief



Religious Educator



The Power of Principles

Tad R. Callister

Teaching the Doctrine of the Family: A South African Example

Elder Khumbulani D. Mdletshe and Michael A. Goodman

Dealing with Difficulty in Scripture: Divine Violence in the Book of Mormon

Andrew C. Smith

“After This Manner Did He Speak”: Mormon’s Discourse on Faith, Hope, and Charity

Charles Swift

An Analysis of the Joseph Smith Translation of 1 Corinthians 15:40

Jared T. Parker and Todd B. Parker

“This Shall Be Our Covenant”: Brigham Young and D&C 136

Chad M. Orton

Early Latter-day Saint Martyrs: The Jesse Woods and Armela Shanks Berry Family

Shauna Timpson Johnson

Getting to Know Saints, the Story of The Church of Jesus Christ in the Latter Days

Steven C. Harper, Scott Hales, and Casey Paul Griffiths