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The Living Earth: A Nineteenth-Century Latter-Day Saint Perspective, J. Michael Hunter Dec 2015

The Living Earth: A Nineteenth-Century Latter-Day Saint Perspective, J. Michael Hunter

J Michael Hunter

By studying the worldview of Mormons living in the nineteenth century, we can better understand their interpretation of nature and their relationship to it. For Mormons of that era, the earth was alive and deeply affected by the attitudes and actions of the humans living upon it. Nineteenth-century Latter-day Saints spoke frequently of the earth, its nature, and its relationship to humanity. They referred to the earth in anthropomorphic terms. It was a living orb endowed with intelligence and feelings. The earth’s life paralleled that of the humans who lived on it. So entwined were the lives of the ...


Storytellers: Scandinavian's Art Told Of Restoration, J. Michael Hunter Jan 2015

Storytellers: Scandinavian's Art Told Of Restoration, J. Michael Hunter

J Michael Hunter

Missionary work in Scandinavia began 150 years ago with the arrival of the first LDS missionaries in Denmark on June 14, 1850. In keeping with the observance of the sesquicentennial of the Scandinavian Mission, the Church News presents this article by J. Michael Hunter about two prominent Latter-day Saint artists from earlier days in that part of the world. The art and work of Carl Christian Anton Christensen (1831-1921) from Denmark and Danquart Anton Weggeland (1827-1918) from Norway are discussed, focusing on their use of art to tell stories. Images of their art accompany the article.


The Mormon Influence At Disney, J. Michael Hunter Dec 2014

The Mormon Influence At Disney, J. Michael Hunter

J Michael Hunter

“The Mormon Influence at Disney,” provides a history of Mormons—members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church)— involved with the Walt Disney Company, including animators, composers, and administrators. Beginning with cartoonist Floyd Gottfredson’s influence on the development of Mickey Mouse, the history continues with the influence of animators like Eric Larson, Les Clark, Judge Whitaker, Scott Whitaker, Don Bluth, and Richard Rich. Beginning as an animator on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Larson went on to become a member of the Disney Studio’s powerful board known as “the nine old men.” Mormon ...


Profiles Of Selected Mormon Actors, J. Michael Hunter Dec 2014

Profiles Of Selected Mormon Actors, J. Michael Hunter

J Michael Hunter

“Profiles of Selected Mormon Actors” provides brief profiles of over 80 Mormon actors and actresses, including some biographical information and career highlights. This chapter appears in the first volume of Mormons and Popular Culture: The Global Influence of an American Phenomenon (Praeger 2013), a comprehensive treatment of Mormons and popular culture, providing an introduction and wide-ranging overview of the topic.


Profiles Of Selected Mormon Athletes In Professional Sports, J. Michael Hunter Dec 2014

Profiles Of Selected Mormon Athletes In Professional Sports, J. Michael Hunter

J Michael Hunter

“Profiles of Selected Mormon Athletes in Professional Sports” provides profiles with career highlights of over 200 Mormon athletes in professional sports, including baseball, basketball, bodybuilding, boxing, football, golf, hockey, racing, running, volleyball, and wrestling. This chapter appears in the second volume of Mormons and Popular Culture: The Global Influence of an American Phenomenon (Praeger 2013), a comprehensive treatment of Mormons and popular culture, providing an introduction and wide-ranging overview of the topic.


Donald Harman Akenson. Some Family: The Mormons And How Humanity Keeps Track Of Itself, J. Michael Hunter Dec 2014

Donald Harman Akenson. Some Family: The Mormons And How Humanity Keeps Track Of Itself, J. Michael Hunter

J Michael Hunter

Review by J. Michael Hunter of Donald Harman Akenson’s Some Family: The Mormons and How Humanity Keeps Track of Itself (Montreal: McGill University / Kingston, Ontario: Queen’s University Press, 2007).