The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, has been around for almost two centuries. It has ebbed and fluctuated in such a predictably adaptive manner throughout it's relatively short life in the religious realm. This Church has a very sordid past, which it does a very good job of teaching for itself, whether the history is slanted or not, is yours to decide. Join me on a journey through the history of the LDS Church through the eyes of the people that were actually there. We will learn about the founding members, where the practices came from, where the Book of Mormon (Mormon Bible) came from, and most importantly, we will examine Joseph Smith in every aspect possibly available to us today.

On this episode, Nauvoo has a lot of secrets to hide. We talk about Orrin Porter Rockwell and his trip to Missouri in May 1842. We discuss his “confrontation” with Governor Lilburn Boggs, of which Boggs was none the wiser until he awoke days later with multiple gunshot wounds. We cover Port’s quick flight from Missouri back to Nauvoo after the assassination attempt. John C. Bennett apostatizes and begins his public derisions of Joseph Smith and Mormonism. Pistol Packin’ Porter Rockwell confronts Wreck-it Bennett about rumors Bennett was spreading about Jo’s hand in the assassination.

Links:

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Warsaw Signal 1842
http://www.sidneyrigdon.com/dbroadhu/il/sign1842.htm

Lilburn Boggs Wiki
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lilburn_Boggs

The Wasp May 1842
https://archive.org/stream/TheWasp18421843/The_Wasp_1842-1843#page/n25/mode/2up

Baltimore Sun 31 May 1842
https://www.newspapers.com/image/364967868/?terms=boggs

Times-Picayune 29 May 1842
https://www.newspapers.com/image/25554775/?terms=boggs

Brooklyn Evening Star 23 July 1842
https://www.newspapers.com/image/117466777/?terms=boggs

Times and Seasons May 1842
https://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/digital/collection/NCMP1820-1846/id/9857

Seattle Atheists talk
https://www.meetup.com/seattle-atheists/events/252222177/

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On this episode, Jo writes an epistle to the Relief Society. What were women’s roles in the Nauvoo Church? Did they have priesthood power? Was their society separate but equal to the men’s? Turns out Jo was a product of his time and he uses religions led by women in his day as an example of what terrible fate awaits a female-run church. But, is there more to it? Were the women of Nauvoo “good Masons” who could keep a secret?

Links:

Jill Derr on Eliza Snow and Relief Society
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArHo9LEQOvc

Women and Priesthood
https://ordainwomen.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/34WomenandPriesthoodQuotes.pdf

Relief Society Minute Book
http://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/nauvoo-relief-society-minute-book/13#full-transcript

Joseph Smith and the Kabbalah
http://gnosis.org/jskabb1.htm

Joanna Southcott’s bibliography
http://www.joannasouthcott.com/books.htm

The Public Universal Friend by Paul Moyer
http://muse.jhu.edu/chapter/1890407/pdf

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On this episode, we take a time warp back to episode 2 to revisit an aspect of Mormon history largely ignored in our timeline to this point, Emma Hale Smith. Little of her own writings survive the years and she left no journal or diary. We’re forced to construct an image of Emma to live in our minds through other peripheral mentions in the hand of her closest friends and associates. We rediscover her timeline with the help of Mormon Enigma and catch up on her story leading up to the formation of the Nauvoo Female Relief Society.

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Mormon Enigma by Newell and Avery
https://www.amazon.com/Mormon-Enigma-Emma-Hale-Smith/dp/0252062914

Emma Hale Smith Bidamon biography
http://www.josephsmithpapers.org/person/emma-hale-smith

Smith Family
https://www.lds.org/ensign/2005/12/family-of-joseph-smith-sr-and-lucy-mack-smith-the-first-family-of-the-restoration?lang=eng

Lucy Mack Smith biography
http://www.josephsmithpapers.org/person/lucy-mack-smith

Timeline of Joseph Smith
http://www.josephsmithpapers.org/bc-jsp/content/jsp/library/pdf/chart1.pdf

Fanny Alger
http://josephsmithspolygamy.org/plural-wives-overview/fanny-alger/

Lucinda Pendleton Morgan Harris
http://josephsmithspolygamy.org/plural-wives-overview/lucinda-pendleton-harris/

Children of Emma and Joseph Smith
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children_of_Joseph_Smith

God Awful Movies, Joseph Smith Prophet of the Restoration
https://audioboom.com/posts/6884005-joseph-smith-prophet-of-the-restoration

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On this episode, we wrap up our logical deconstruction of the Book of Abraham. We focus our petrifying gaze on the lds.org essay titled, ‘Translation and Historicity of the Book of Abraham,’ the LDS Church’s official statement on this challenging piece of Mormon scripture. Is it merely more apologetics, or is there something special with this essay compared with other apologetic arguments for the ‘historical plausibility’ of the Book of Abraham? No, it’s just delicately worded apologetics we discussed at length last week. What more can we learn from this essay? What would it look like for the Brighamite LDS Church to disavow an historically authentic interpretation of this book and other Mormon scripture? We use the RLDS as an analogue to muse on what the Church has to lose when it comes to moving into an unorthodox and progressive stance on scripture and doctrine.

Links:

Translation and Historicity of the Book of Abraham
https://www.lds.org/topics/translation-and-historicity-of-the-book-of-abraham?lang=eng

Book of Abraham and Kirtland Egyptian material
http://www.josephsmithpapers.org/site/book-of-abraham-and-egyptian-material

Kirtland Egyptian language and grammar
http://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/grammar-and-alphabet-of-the-egyptian-language-circa-july-circa-november-1835/7

Original printing of Book of Abraham and Facsimile 1
http://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/book-of-abraham-and-facsimiles-1-march-16-may-1842/1

Book of Abraham MormonThink
http://www.mormonthink.com/book-of-abraham-issues.htm#theegyptionpapyriwerenotall

Lucy Mack Smith Book of Abraham ‘translation’ method
http://www.josephsmithpapers.org/intro/introduction-to-book-of-abraham-manuscripts

Roger Launius The Reorganized Church, the Decade of Decision, and the Abilene Paradox
https://www.dialoguejournal.com/wp-content/uploads/sbi/issues/V31N01.pdf

Community of Christ FY2017 Budget
http://www.cofchrist.org/common/cms/resources/Documents/FY17-Budget-ENGLISH.pdf

Community of Christ D&C 163
https://www.cofchrist.org/doctrine-and-covenants-section-163

Current LDS Membership Statistics
http://www.cumorah.com/index.php?target=church_growth_articles

Current LDS Income Statistics
http://www.churchistrue.com/blog/lds-membership-statistics-report-2017/

LDS Self-reported Membership Statistics
https://www.mormonnewsroom.org/topic/church-growth

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On this episode, we jump into the logical deconstruction of the Book of Abraham. We deal with the apologetic arguments made to claim the Book of Abraham is ‘historically plausible’. Historically plausible doesn’t mean probable or authentic, so what does it really mean? Can one believe in a book of scripture if it’s ‘historically plausible,’ even if that plausibility flies in the face of the historicity of the documents being authentic? We take apologist arguments line by line and systematically break them down into their constituent parts, hopefully arming you, the listener, with an arsenal of arguments against the historicity of the Book of Abraham.

Links:

Historical Plausibility: The Historicity of the Book of Abraham as a Case Study
https://rsc.byu.edu/archived/historicity-and-latter-day-saint-scriptures/3-historical-plausibility-historicity-book

MormonThink Book of Abraham essay
http://www.mormonthink.com/book-of-abraham-issues.htm#ref2

Stephen E. Thompson essay on BoA
http://mit.irr.org/lds-egyptologist-doubts-joseph-smith-translated-book-of-abraham-egyptian-scroll

Egyptology and the Book of Abraham Stephen E. Thompson
https://www.dialoguejournal.com/wp-content/uploads/sbi/articles/Dialogue_V28N01_155.pdf

Joseph Smith Papers Egyptian materials
http://www.josephsmithpapers.org/site/book-of-abraham-and-egyptian-material

Translating the BoA in Joseph Smith Journal 1842
http://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/journal-december-1841-december-1842/19

Translating Egyptian into grammar and alphabet in Joseph Smith journal
http://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/journal-1835-1836/4

Egyptian grammar
http://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/grammar-and-alphabet-of-the-egyptian-language-circa-july-circa-november-1835/7

Kerry Muhlstein Book of Abraham Challenges
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMVX-Km_G6Y&list=PLNt4VOT9Z1fZNcekTzaV0Wbjx6kQTPlr4

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