Fri, 29 June 2018
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.
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Warsaw Signal 1842
Lilburn Boggs Wiki
Baltimore Sun 31 May 1842
Times-Picayune 29 May 1842
Brooklyn Evening Star 23 July 1842
Times and Seasons May 1842
Seattle Atheists talk
Fri, 22 June 2018
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?
Jill Derr on Eliza Snow and Relief Society
Women and Priesthood
Relief Society Minute Book
Joseph Smith and the Kabbalah
Joanna Southcott’s bibliography
The Public Universal Friend by Paul Moyer
Thu, 14 June 2018
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
Emma Hale Smith Bidamon biography
Lucy Mack Smith biography
Timeline of Joseph Smith
Lucinda Pendleton Morgan Harris
Children of Emma and Joseph Smith
God Awful Movies, Joseph Smith Prophet of the Restoration
Thu, 7 June 2018
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.
Translation and Historicity of the Book of Abraham
Book of Abraham and Kirtland Egyptian material
Kirtland Egyptian language and grammar
Original printing of Book of Abraham and Facsimile 1
Book of Abraham MormonThink
Lucy Mack Smith Book of Abraham ‘translation’ method
Roger Launius The Reorganized Church, the Decade of Decision, and the Abilene Paradox
Community of Christ FY2017 Budget
Community of Christ D&C 163
Current LDS Membership Statistics
Current LDS Income Statistics
LDS Self-reported Membership Statistics
Fri, 1 June 2018
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.
Historical Plausibility: The Historicity of the Book of Abraham as a Case Study
MormonThink Book of Abraham essay
Stephen E. Thompson essay on BoA
Egyptology and the Book of Abraham Stephen E. Thompson
Joseph Smith Papers Egyptian materials
Translating the BoA in Joseph Smith Journal 1842
Translating Egyptian into grammar and alphabet in Joseph Smith journal
Kerry Muhlstein Book of Abraham Challenges