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 discuss the Law family. From Jo’s personal councilor in the Church presidency, aide-de-camp in the Nauvoo Legion, registrar of the University of Nauvoo, and general Mormon eliteness to one of the most powerful and outspoken critics of Joseph Smith and Mormonism; William Law has an interesting story in the Church and left behind a ton of documentation that is crucial and invaluable to historians today. We get to know him, his wife Jane, and his brother Wilson in this episode and then discuss what changed.

Links:

William Law Biography
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/person/william-law

Wilson Law Biography
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/person/wilson-law

JS Reflections and Blessings
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/reflections-and-blessings-16-and-23-august-1842/2

William Law grain and sawmill
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/minutes-and-discourse-3-5-october-1840/1#full-transcript

William Law-chaired Court Martial
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/report-of-nauvoo-legion-general-court-martial-30november-1841/1

Deed from JS/ES to William Law
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/deed-to-william-law-24-january-1842/2

Council of Fifty Minutes
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/appendix-2-council-of-fifty-minutes-27-february-1845/3#full-18153362210351494232

D&C 124
https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/124?lang=eng

History of the Saints by John C. Bennett
https://archive.org/details/historysaints00benngoog/page/n53

An Interview with William Law
http://www.mrm.org/law-interview

3 letters from William Law
http://www.william-law.org/publications/the-mormons-in-nauvoo-three-letters-from-william-law-on-mormonism-an-honest-mans-view-and-remorse-the-daily-tribune-salt-lake-city-july-3-1887

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

Show links:

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