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 dive into the women’s perspective of the endowment ceremony as introduced by Joseph and Hyrum Smith and streamlined by Brigham Young. We rely on exposes published after 1845 when thousands were initiated as the original endowment ceremony was successfully kept under wraps by the Mormon elite. What must it have been like for a woman to go through this mind-bending esoteric ritual culminating in the revelation on the growing practice of polygamy? We can’t possibly put our minds there, but it’s at least worth examining their writings and musing on in the meantime.

Links:

Maria Van Dusen 1849 Endowment expose
https://archive.org/stream/startlingdisclos00vand#page/24/mode/2up

Emeline expose April 1846 Warsaw Signal
http://www.sidneyrigdon.com/dbroadhu/il/sign1846.htm#021846

1847 original Van Dusen Expose
https://archive.org/stream/dialoguebetweena00vand#page/4/mode/2up

Nick Literski’s Endowment 1845/46
http://www.mormonoutreach.org/temple_endowments/endow1845.htm

Temple Ceremony by Edward Ashment
https://dialoguejournal.com/wp-content/uploads/sbi/articles/Dialogue_V27N03_303.pdf

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