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, yes, it is finally time to discuss the Nauvoo Expositor. What is the Nauvoo Expositor? Why is it so important to Mormon history? Why was it published? These are all questions we’ll answer by the end of the episode today. This is a story that’s been told a hundred times and they all end the same way. We spend a lot of time going through the Expositor from top to bottom and teasing out subtle points and lessons made in the garnish of the paper. After that, we debut the pilot episode of Zion, a Mormon History themed D&D campaign. If you want more, share the show and show your work via social media tags or email to nakedmormonism@gmail.com

Links:

Text of Nauvoo Expositor
http://solomonspalding.com/docs/exposit1.htm#pg1c1b

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On this episode, we discuss the Law family. William, his wife Jane, and his brother Wilson, converted to the church in the mid-1830s and moved to the burgeoning city of Nauvoo in 1839. From that point forward, William and Jane were elevated to high-ranking levels of Mormon and city leadership. Joseph Smith and William Law became good friends and coworkers in Nauvoo government and military duties. But, something changed. By late 1843, William began to bristle about how much political influence Joseph Smith was gaining. By January of 1844, William was dropped from the Presidency of the church (Jo’s left-hand man). William, Jane, and Wilson Law eventually became looped together with the dissenter movement within the kingdom. They finally chose to act and formed their own sect of Mormonism in Nauvoo, collected affidavits of those wronged by the Nauvoo leadership and Joseph Smith, and established an adversarial printing press. The Higbees, the Fosters, and the Laws establishing this rival church and expose printing press would catalyze a sequence of events which would lead to the deaths of Joseph and Hyrum Smith.

Links:

History of Hancock County by Thomas Gregg
https://archive.org/details/historyofhancock00greg/page/296

 

History of Illinois by Thomas Ford
https://archive.org/details/ahistoryillinoi00shiegoog/page/n318

 

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

 

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

 

William Law, Nauvoo Dissenter by Lyndon Cook
https://www.jstor.org/stable/43040880?seq=18#metadata_info_tab_contents

 

JS 1844 journal
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/journal-december-1842-june-1844-book-4-1-march-22-june-1844/1#full-transcript

 

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On this episode, we discuss the Law family. William, his wife Jane, and his brother Wilson, converted to the church in the mid-1830s and moved to the burgeoning city of Nauvoo in 1839. From that point forward, William and Jane were elevated to high-ranking levels of Mormon and city leadership. Joseph Smith and William Law became good friends and coworkers in Nauvoo government and military duties. But, something changed. By late 1843, William began to bristle about how much political influence Joseph Smith was gaining. By January of 1844, William was dropped from the Presidency of the church (Jo’s left-hand man). William, Jane, and Wilson Law eventually became looped together with the dissenter movement within the kingdom. They finally chose to act and formed their own sect of Mormonism in Nauvoo, collected affidavits of those wronged by the Nauvoo leadership and Joseph Smith, and established an adversarial printing press. The Higbees, the Fosters, and the Laws establishing this rival church and expose printing press would catalyze a sequence of events which would lead to the deaths of Joseph and Hyrum Smith.

Links:

History of Hancock County by Thomas Gregg
https://archive.org/details/historyofhancock00greg/page/296

 

History of Illinois by Thomas Ford
https://archive.org/details/ahistoryillinoi00shiegoog/page/n318

 

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

 

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

 

William Law, Nauvoo Dissenter by Lyndon Cook
https://www.jstor.org/stable/43040880?seq=18#metadata_info_tab_contents

 

JS 1844 journal
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/journal-december-1842-june-1844-book-4-1-march-22-june-1844/1#full-transcript

 

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On this episode, the Fosters, the Higbees, and the Laws in May of 1844 continue at the forefront of our examination. This week we focus in on the Higbee brothers, Chauncey and Francis (Frank). The Higbee families joined the church in 1832 during the Kirtland era before moving to Jackson County, Missouri to join the Mormon settlement there. They were forcefully removed from the county with the rest of the Mormons in late 1833 through early 1834. Francis helps with the Kirtland Temple construction then returns to Missouri to rejoin the rest of the Higbee families. When Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, and the Quorum of Apostles are removed from the Kirtland leadership, Francis and Chauncey join their families in defending the Mormon settlements during the 1838 Missouri-Mormon conflict. Francis Higbee even joins the Danites (Joseph’s underground enforcement squad). Francis and two of his uncles are arraigned in the November Court of Inquiry when the Mormon settlements surrendered. The Higbees were released and helped the Mormons resettle in Illinois after the Extermination Order by Governor Lilburn Boggs. Francis and Chauncey both team up with John C. Bennett during his public defection and expose publishing efforts. Both Francis and Chauncey would remain on the blacklist of dissenters from that time forward. Both deal with public character assassination by the prophet and his cronies. Both deal with the fallout of polygamy and the clandestine leadership keeping it under wraps. Both join hands with the Fosters and Laws in May of 1844.

Links:

JS Nauvoo Journal
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/journal-december-1842-june-1844-book-4-1-march-22-june-1844/1#full-transcript

Chauncey Higbee
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/person/chauncey-lawson-higbee

Francis Higbee
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/person/francis-marion-higbee

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-1845/98#full-transcript

JS Discourse 24 March 1844
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/discourse-24-march-1844-a-as-reported-by-wilford-woodruff/1

1842 Chauncy Higbee excommunication minutes
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/testimony-against-chauncey-l-higbee-25-may-1844/2#facts

Nauvoo Neighbor 1 May 1844
http://boap.org/LDS/Nauvoo-Neighbor/1844/5-1-1844.pdf

Elias Higbee
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/person/elias-higbee

Isaac Higbee
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/person/isaac-higbee

Missouri-Mormon War Court of Inquiry minutes
https://www.sos.mo.gov/cmsimages/archives/resources/findingaids/miscMormRecs/doc/Pages_97to109.pdf

Buckeye Laments by Gary Bergera
https://mormonpolygamydocuments.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/JS0170.pdf

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On this episode, we talk about the Fosters, Robert D. and Charles A. Who are they? Why are they important? What did they do? Charles Foster, unfortunately, is a rather obscure historical figure. His brother Robert, however, figures prominently in the Mormon kingdom of Nauvoo from its inception. We talk about the growing divide between Joseph Smith and Robert D. Foster as the Nauvoo church expanded and grew until Charles Foster pulls a pistol on the prophet in broad daylight. What does it all mean?

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Robert D. Foster
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/person/robert-d-foster

Charles A. Foster
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/person/charles-ambrose-foster

Robert Foster Duty assignment
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/assignment-from-robert-d-foster-1-july-1842/1

Nauvoo Legion roles
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/back/nauvoo-legion-officers-1841-1844?p=1&highlight=nauvoo%20legion%20may%201844%20foster

Nauvoo v. Davis for slander
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/minutes-10-march-1842-city-of-nauvoo-v-davis-for-slander-of-js-a/1#full-transcript

JS Discourse 21 February 1843
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/discourse-21-february-1843-as-reported-by-willard-richards/2#full-transcript

Memorial to Congress signed by Charles and Robert Foster
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/memorial-to-the-united-states-senate-and-house-of-representatives-28-november-1843/13

Illinois v. Colton
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/complaint-10-april-1844-state-of-illinois-v-colton/1#facts

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-1845/236#full-transcript

JS 1844 Nauvoo Journal
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/journal-december-1842-june-1844-book-4-1-march-22-june-1844/113#full-transcript

One Man’s Nauvoo by James B. Allen
https://www.jstor.org/stable/23286015?seq=13#metadata_info_tab_contents

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