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.

Joseph Smith is granted 100,000 soldiers as part of his private militia, gets elected President of the United States, and his Council of Fifty manages war on 2 fronts with the Confederate South and Texas-Mexico border while General Smith wages a conquest covering over a million square miles. He returns to Washington D.C. in 1848 to take his office as Prophet, Priest, King, and Ruler (PPKR) of the nation of Zion.

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On this episode, we dive into part 2 of our discussion of the Council of Fifty. What was it used for? Why was it convened? What transpired in the closed-door meetings? What documents do we have and how did they come to us? This episode is divided into 3 parts to help break down what we know about the Council of Fifty. 1) Conception; how did it come to be, what are the roots of this Council being formed, what’s the doctrinal basis for it? 2) Conjugation; the complete and total intercourse between church and state to accomplish a singular theocratic goal. 3) Conglomeration; the result of dozens leading thousands within a complex theology to one single goal, complete and absolute Mormon tyranny.

Links:

Church article on Seer Stones
https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/history/topics/seer-stones?lang=eng

Council of Fifty minutes
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/council-of-fifty-minutes-march-1844-january-1846-volume-1-10-march-1844-1-march-1845/389#full-transcript

Council of Fifty MormonThink
http://www.mormonthink.com/glossary/council-of-fifty.htm

Press release for CoF minutes
https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/church/news/council-of-fifty-minutes-to-be-published-in-joseph-smith-papers-release?lang=eng

The Council of Fifty and Its Members by D. Michael Quinn BYU Studies 1980
https://byustudies.byu.edu/content/council-fifty-and-its-members-1844-1945

Joseph Smith journal 1842-44
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/journal-december-1842-june-1844-book-4-1-march-22-june-1844/27

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

Announcements:

Sunstone History Podcast episode 12
https://www.sunstonemagazine.com/episode-12-crazy-for-kirtland/

John Whitmer History Conference
https://www.jwha.info/

Protect LDS Children March on October 5, 2019
https://www.sltrib.com/news/2019/07/28/former-lds-bishop-sam/
https://protectldschildren.org/

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On this episode, we begin our deep-dive series into the Council of Fifty. Joseph Smith’s theocracy required organizational structure; the Council of Fifty is how he planned on implementing it. William Clayton was called as scribe for the Council and we discuss his life and role in early Mormonism. Clayton’s journals have been a source of controversy and clandestine institutional secrecy for over a century and a half. We dive into why that is, the journals he kept, and the inner-workings of the controversy. This episode is a classic Naked Mormonism deep-dive and the length was required to do the issue proper justice. We have a quick guest appearance from Sandra Tanner to discuss the lawsuit filed by Andrew Ehat in the early 1980s.

Links:

Council of Fifty Minutes
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/council-of-fifty-minutes-march-1844-january-1846-volume-1-10-march-1844-1-march-1845/389#full-transcript

Council of Fifty Minutes press release
https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/church/news/council-of-fifty-minutes-to-be-published-in-joseph-smith-papers-release?lang=eng
https://www.churchhistorianspress.org/news/joseph-smith-papers-council-of-fifty-minutes-released?lang=eng

William Clayton
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/person/william-clayton

Andrew Ehat v. Tanners
https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/F2/780/876/148179/

Andrew Ehat v. Tanners conclusion
http://www.utlm.org/newsletters/no60.htm#LAWSUIT%20OVER

An Intimate Chronicle; the Journals of William Clayton by George D. Smith
http://www.signaturebooks.com/product/an-intimate-chronicle/

James Allen/George Smith exchange
https://dialoguejournal.com/wp-content/uploads/sbi/articles/Dialogue_V30N02_141.pdf

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On this episode, we take a break from our historical timeline to bring you a very exciting interview with Jana Riess and Benjamin Knoll. Jana Riess is the author of the book “The Next Mormons” and Benjamin Knoll is the data scientist who helped create the survey an interpret the data which underlies the book. We discuss a chapter-by-chapter Q&A about the book and explore ways to interpret the data, as well as how it was interpreted for publication in the book itself. On a personal note, this book comes very highly recommended and if you’ve heard anything about the book I can almost guarantee it’s been a good review because The Next Mormons is one of the most important books of the 2010s. It’s my sincere hope that after listening to this interview you get a copy for yourself. Enjoy!

Where to find The Next Mormons
https://www.benchmarkbooks.com/evening-with-an-author-jana-riess-the-next-mormons-tues-mar-5/

Jana Riess contact and bio page
https://janariess.com/

Benjamin Knoll contact and bio page
https://www.centre.edu/directory/name/benjamin-knoll/

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