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 catch up with a bunch of figures in Nauvoo to see what they’ve been up to as events led to the prophet in Carthage Jail. We start off with discussing Eliza R. Snow, reading excerpts from her Nauvoo journal, conflicts with Emma and the Relief Society at large, who took over her role as scribe for the Relief Society, and tap into a bit of her poetry to convey feelings a journal can’t. The Quorum of Apostles and members of the Council of Fifty have also been very busy. Hingepin Sidney Rigdon was named as VP for Jo’s presidential run while frequently preaching about the Mormon theocracy being the last government the world will ever need. He and 350+ other members of leadership bodies in the church scatter throughout the United States to electioneer for the prophet’s POTUS campaign. Brigham Young even drops by Kirtland and preaches in the Temple to a crowd of apostates! Then we see how Lucy Mack Smith has been lately. She’s battled sickness, survived multiple children, buried her husband, and even hurt her knee dismounting a carriage which caused arthritis to settle in. She tells a candid, yet insulated, version of events leading to Carthage. Then wrap up by reading a portion of the Nauvoo Expositor to talk about Sarah and Maria Lawrence as well as their stolen inheritance.

Links:

Eliza R. Snow Nauvoo Journal
https://byustudies.byu.edu/content/eliza-r-snows-nauvoo-journal

Snow biography
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/person/eliza-roxcy-snow

Snow poem repository
https://erslexicon.wordpress.com/poems-25-30/

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

Manuscript History of Brigham Young
http://www.boap.org/LDS/Early-Saints/MSHBY.html

Nauvoo Relief Society minute book
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/nauvoo-relief-society-minute-book/1#full-transcript

Lucy Mack Smith’s Biographical Sketches
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/lucy-mack-smith-history-1844-1845/52#full-transcript

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On this episode, Joseph and Hyrum Smith are locked up in Carthage Jail and they aren’t going anywhere. We take a little time to catch up with other prominent figures in Nauvoo history; this week begins with Emma Hale Smith. We discuss her role in the Relief Society, unwillingly policing polygamy rumors, running land speculation and deals while her husband is occupied, and fighting with her sister wives. Then we focus on her role in the two week period of June 12-25 1844 and her actions which have been construed by the SLC leadership to lead to Jo’s death. Is she responsible? Or, are those myths fabricated by the SLC propaganda machine which have been debunked by historians? This episode interweaves Emma’s story with the story of her seminal biographers, Valeen Tippets Avery and Linda King Newell on their journey writing Emma’s biography through the 1970s-80s.

Links:

Check out Writing Mormon History; Historians and their Books
http://www.signaturebooks.com/product/writing-mormon-history/

Also pick up a copy of Mormon Enigma; Emma Hale Smith
https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/mormon-enigma-emma-hale-smith_linda-king-newell/302792/#isbn=0252062914&idiq=9621239

Relief Society Minutes
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/nauvoo-relief-society-minute-book/1#full-transcript

Emma Biography JSP
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/person/emma-hale-smith

SUNSTONE!!!
https://www.sunstonemagazine.com/2020symposium/

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On this episode, Joseph and Hyrum Smith wake up in Carthage jail to a bustling town filled with anti-Mormon militiamen, surrounded by their closest acolytes. Various meeting take place, Jo sends messengers to Nauvoo calling for documents and witnesses in the upcoming trial for treason. Governor Ford finally has a sit-down with the prophet and they discuss everything which led up to Jo and Hyrum being in Carthage jail. Then a hearing is held to determine whether or not to keep the prisoners locked in the jail and to schedule a date for the criminal hearing. Ford decides to disband the militias in Carthage and Warsaw as they were no longer needed. He then resolves to make his way to Nauvoo to talk with the citizens and give a speech to the Mormons there on June 27th, however, he won’t be taking the prisoners with him during the journey as he’d previously stated. Uncle John Smith visits the prisoners and carries a message to Almon Babbit in Macedonia on behalf of the prophet. The prisoners lay down for the evening while Willard Richards scratches away in his journal. A gunshot is heard outside.

Links:

Willard Richards journal extract June 23-27
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/appendix-3-willard-richards-journal-excerpt-23-27-june-1844/1#full-transcript

History of Illinois by Governor Ford
https://archive.org/details/ahistoryillinoi00shiegoog/page/n336/mode/2up/search/treason

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On this episode, Jo and company spend their first entire day in the city of Carthage, one of the twin cities of anti-Mormonism. Governor Ford does his best to keep the peace and does so by marching Jo and Hyrum down the line of the various militias in Carthage shaking hands and providing proper introductions as “Generals Smith”. The Carthage Greys commit a brief bit of mutiny before Governor Ford brings them under control. Jo tells Ford about the vulnerability of Nauvoo with the Prophet’s absence and Ford elects to send a trusted advisor to Nauvoo to guard against a vigilante mob descending on the city and burning it to ash. Charges of treason are filed against Joseph Smith and his older brother, Hyrum Smith, for declaring martial law in Nauvoo to shut down riots across the city. A hearing takes place in Carthage to determine if there is enough evidence for the circuit court at Carthage to pursue criminal convictions on the initial charges of riot. 16 of the arrested city councilors are released on bail and the hearing is scheduled for June 29th when the state and defense attorneys can call witnesses and collect evidence. After most of them head for Nauvoo that afternoon, Jo and Hyrum are arrested and interred in Carthage Jail for their own protection. Jo and friends spend the night “laid promiscuously on the floor”.

Links:

Willard Richards journal extract June 23-27
https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/appendix-3-willard-richards-journal-excerpt-23-27-june-1844/1#full-transcript

History of Illinois by Governor Ford
https://archive.org/details/ahistoryillinoi00shiegoog/page/n336/mode/2up/search/treason

Posse Comitatus
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posse_Comitatus_Act

Warsaw Signal archives
http://www.sidneyrigdon.com/dbroadhu/IL/sign184x.htm

SUNSTONE!!!
https://www.sunstonemagazine.com/2020symposium/

Show links:

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