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, we jump back into Nauvoo Mormonism. We begin with discussing the realm of politics in the 1840s. Jo’s political chess didn’t begin in Nauvoo, but Nauvoo was where he ramped up his game and moved to the ranks of political chess master. Jo had an incredible ability to curry the favor of powerful politicians and influential business owners who regarded Nauvoo as a tourist town on the Mississippi. Then we discuss how polygamy and the practice of “spiritual wifery” required a system of organization and ascendency for Nauvoo sex workers. The results are worthy of note and degrading to the women who were regarded as property.

Links:

The Prophet and the Presidency: Mormonism and Politics in Joseph Smith’s 1844 Presidential Campaign by Timothy L. Wood
https://www.jstor.org/stable/40193327?seq=12#metadata_info_tab_contents

History of Illinois by Governor Thomas Ford
https://archive.org/details/ahistoryillinoi00shiegoog/page/n232

Women’s Work and Sex Work in Nineteenth-Century America by Anya Jabour
http://www.pbs.org/mercy-street/blogs/mercy-street-revealed/womens-work-and-sex-work-in-nineteenth-century-america/

Joseph H. Jackson 1844 expose
http://www.olivercowdery.com/smithhome/1840s/1844Jack.htm

Sexual Slander and Polygamy in Nauvoo by John S. Dinger
https://www.academia.edu/33512382/Sexual_Slander_and_Polygamy_in_Nauvoo_Journal_of_Mormon_History_Summer_2018_

History of the Saints by John C. Bennett
https://archive.org/details/historysaints00benngoog/page/n235

Godless Engineer “Was Joseph Smith a Convicted Con Man? || Mormonism Debunked
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSCEF7-gAjU

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On this episode, we get into part 2 of our discussion with Mormon historian Chris Smith. Part 1 was the primer with a heavy focus on early Mormon emissaries. Part 2 dives into how these Mormon-Native relationships were explored and leveraged to hasten the Mormon theodemocracy with dictatorial prophecies of war and bloodshed. Chris reads a letter from James Arlington Bennett that minces no words about the impending Mormon military campaign. Then we bring things back around to Alpheus Cutler to discuss his Native emissary missions and settlement. We wrap the conversation with Native-Mormon relations in Utah under Brigham Young and discuss Walkara. Chris opines on what lessons we can take from this snapshot of history.

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On this episode, we sit down with Mormon historian Chris Smith to discuss part 1 of a 2-part series on Native and Mormon relations during Joseph Smith’s ministry. We begin with discussing the Book of Mormon being written explicitly to the Natives and describe Joseph’s mindset in allying with the Natives to overthrow the U.S. Government. Then we broach the utility of the Council of Fifty and jump into a few important emissaries Joseph called to forge trading and military relations with various Native tribes. Lewis Denna (Dana, Denny), and his work with church leadership, are of particular import as he was a Native convert to the church. We try to put the plight of the Natives in broader context throughout America. Then we wrap with the work of Jonathan Dunham (J. Dunham ‘Lamanite’) and his work with various Native groups.

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Direct download: Ep_159_Reg.mp3
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On this episode, we dive into the ubiquity of Nauvoo polygamy. Much has been made about Joseph Smith having multiple wives, but he wasn’t the only Nauvoo elite with more than one. Just how prevalent was the practice? How many participated? How many knew about the doctrine? How many plural marriages were formed prior to D&C 132 being committed to paper? What conclusions can we draw from the available data? Gary James Bergera’s article is a masterpiece in helping to understand the complexity of the tangled web of Nauvoo Polygamy.

Identifying the Earliest Mormon Polygamists by Gary Bergera
https://www.dialoguejournal.com/wp-content/uploads/sbi/articles/Dialogue_V38N03_13.pdf

James Adams
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/person/james-adams

Ezra T. Benson
https://history.churchofjesuschrist.org/overlandtravel/companies/65/ezra-t-benson-company

Reynolds Cahoon
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/person/reynolds-cahoon

Joseph Coolidge
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/person/joseph-wellington-coolidge?l=papers

Howard Egan
https://majorhowardegan.com/howard-egan/overview-of-major-howard-egans-life/

William Felshaw
https://history.churchofjesuschrist.org/overlandtravel/pioneers/7955/william-felshaw

Deed to William Felshaw
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/deed-to-william-felshaw-30-june-1836/1

William Huntington biography by Andrew Jensen
https://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/digital/logout?targetUrl=/collection/BYUIBooks/id/3154

Joseph Kelting
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/person/joseph-andrew-kelting

Isaac Morley
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/person/isaac-morley

Joseph Bates Noble
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/person/joseph-bates-noble
https://keeperoftheprophetssword.net/

John Edward Page
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/person/john-edward-page

Uncle John Smith
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/person/john-smith
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Smith_(uncle_of_Joseph_Smith)

Theodore Turley
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/person/theodore-turley

Lyman Wight
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/person/lyman-wight

Edwin Woolley
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/person/edwin-woolley

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