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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.

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.
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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.

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Episodes

Ep 132 – BM Pt. 8 2 Bennetts for 1

12/7/2018
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On this episode, John C. Wreck-it Bennett’s leaving the church, Nauvoo Legion, and city government left a massive vacuum in his absence. James Gordon Bennett and James Arlington Bennet are appointed to offices to fill his place. We discuss who these guys were, how they found out about Mormonism, and what their places were within the movement after Wreck-it Bennett left. Links: PLEASE HELP BROTHER JAKE https://www.gofundme.com/GoJakeGo Watch his videos and subscribe...

Duration:01:07:10

Ep 131 – BM Pt. 7 A Corny Escape

11/30/2018
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On this episode, Joseph Smith is still a fugitive! He opines on relationships had and lost, loved and dead family members, and reflects on how important his friends are. Emma Smith and Eliza Snow pen letters back and forth with Governor Thomas Carlin. The brethren create a propaganda packet for neutralizing the fallout from the Bennett Meltdown. Then, a couple of public appearances lead the Sheriff and his posse right to the prophet when his guard is down. Links: Eliza R. Snow Poetic...

Duration:01:09:19

Ep 130 – Quadrennial Airlift Rescue

11/22/2018
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On this episode, we get an airlift out of the valleys of deep Mormon history so we can see the mountain peaks we’ve scaled and view what lies ahead. This is 4 years of serial history in review, made in a format that can be used as a reference source to find information in the backlog. Show links: Website http://nakedmormonismpodcast.com Twitter @NakedMormonism Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Naked-Mormonism/370003839816311 Patreon http://patreon.com/nakedmormonism Music by...

Duration:00:51:27

Ep 129 – Bennett Meltdown Pt. 6 Sarah Ann Whitney

11/16/2018
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On this episode, we begin with a letter Emma Smith wrote to Governor Thomas Carlin reasoning and pleading for exoneration of her husband. Then we get into the complicated and controversial nature of a letter Joseph Smith wrote to his old friends, the Whitney family. We discuss the polygamous marriage of Sarah Ann Whitney to Joseph Smith in July 1842 and how it provides context for the letter to the entire Whitney family. Links: JS letter to...

Duration:00:56:24

Ep 128 – Bennett Meltdown Pt 5: Fugitive Prophet

11/8/2018
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On this episode, we finally return to our historical timeline and the Bennett Meltdown. Jo starts in the custody of the Adams County Sheriff. An “escape” occurs and Jo flees town with a bit of trickery. We spend some time reading letter correspondence between Jo and other “thinking few” Mormon elites. Links: Letter to Wilson Law https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/letter-to-wilson-law-14-august-1842/1 Letter from Wilson...

Duration:01:18:29

Ep 127 – History of Liverpool by Jonas Pierce

11/1/2018
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On this episode, I tell all of you about my time at the John Rylands Library. Show links: Website http://nakedmormonismpodcast.com Twitter @NakedMormonism Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Naked-Mormonism/370003839816311 Patreon http://patreon.com/nakedmormonism Music by Jason Comeau http://aloststateofmind.com/ Show Artwork http://weirdmormonshit.com/ Legal Counsel http://patorrez.com/

Duration:01:04:04

Ep 126 - QED Wrap Up & Interviews

10/25/2018
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On this episode, I snagged a few people at QEDcon 2018 in Manchester for some interviews. Give it a listen and I hope to see you at the next installment int 2020 if you can make it! Show links: Website http://nakedmormonismpodcast.com Twitter @NakedMormonism Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Naked-Mormonism/370003839816311 Patreon http://patreon.com/nakedmormonism Music by Jason Comeau http://aloststateofmind.com/ Show Artwork http://weirdmormonshit.com/ Legal Counsel...

Duration:00:54:32

Ep 125 – MLK Who? w/ Madison Harris

10/18/2018
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On this episode, we take a break from the historical timeline to talk with Madison Harris. She presented at the John Whitmer Historical Conference 2018 and I snagged her for a quick interview on her presentation. She discusses racism within the ranks of 20th-century Mormon leadership. The central focus surrounds Utah and the Church’s opposition to the national holiday of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Mormon racism didn’t end with the 1978 priesthood ban being lifted. Show links: Website...

Duration:01:02:05

Ep 124 – BM pt 4 Polygamy Post-Bennett w/Johnny Stephenson

10/11/2018
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On this episode, we’re joined for part 2 of Johnny Stephenson’s interview on Mormon polygamy. Bennett’s expose printed in the Sangamo Journal, and later History of the Saints, altered Mormon polygamy from that time forward. Johnny walks us through how the expose affected the doctrine of polygamy and gives us a few insights into the real-world impact of practicing celestial marriage using first-hand accounts. Show links: Website http://nakedmormonismpodcast.com Twitter...

Duration:01:21:14

Ep 123 – BM pt 3 Polygamy Pre-Bennett w/Johnny Stephenson

10/4/2018
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On this episode, we’re joined for part 1 of Johnny Stephenson’s interview on Mormon polygamy. We cover a brief overview of Jo’s sexual escapades prior to 1842 and the evolution of the doctrine of polygamy through Kirtland, Missouri, and into Nauvoo. Show links: Website http://nakedmormonismpodcast.com Twitter @NakedMormonism Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Naked-Mormonism/370003839816311 Patreon http://patreon.com/nakedmormonism Music by Jason Comeau...

Duration:01:25:27

122 – Bennett Meltdown pt 2 Sarah Pratt

9/27/2018
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On this episode, we dive into the continued chaos incited by Bennett’s violent departure from the church and his expose. Bennett gives voice to the voiceless and Jo slays the character of Sarah Pratt for allegations she made against his character. Nobody would escape the meltdown; the casualties are beginning to pile up. Links: Sarah Pratt the Shaping of an Apostate by Van Wagoner https://www.dialoguejournal.com/wp-content/uploads/sbi/articles/Dialogue_V19N02_71.pdf Is Sarah Pratt...

Duration:01:16:09

Ep 121 – Bennett Meltdown pt. 1 Supercritical

9/20/2018
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On this episode, we broach the Bennett meltdown of spring 1842. We read through the first of his exposes published in the Sangamo Journal July 8th. The public explodes at the revelations contained therein. We track everything as it develops chronologically and exhaustively. This marks part 1 of a multi-part series on Bennett and the impact his expose had on Mormon history and doctrine. Links: Sangamo Journal Bennett...

Duration:01:14:15

Ep 120 – Bennett LOCA

9/14/2018
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On this episode, the Sangamo Journal compiles a massive expose of Joe Smith and the Mormons in preparation for Bennett’s serial expose letters. We set the stage by reading a few letter exchanges between Jo and Governor Carlin of Illinois, in a bid to gain total protection from Missouri “persecution”. Carlin’s advice? “Run”! We conclude with reading a number of articles published prior to Bennett’s actual expose which provides a window into Illinois politics circa 1842. Links: Visit this...

Duration:01:14:14

Ep 119 – Bennett’s Brothel Gets Dumped

9/7/2018
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On this episode, we continue rooting around in the muck of the underbelly of Nauvoo Mormonism. We discuss the primary catalyst that caused Bennett to be so opposed to Joseph Smith. With rampant rumors of adultery, Crazy Willey Smith pens “The Truant Husband” with a pleasant little PSA to all the “midnight watchers” in Nauvoo. We discuss the role of women’s organizations and the social context in which they rose by examining Emma’s claims that “Benevolence” societies were corrupt. Then we get...

Duration:01:11:46

Ep 118 – Snow on the Roxc

8/31/2018
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On this episode, we dive into Eliza Roxcy Snow! She was smart, she was sassy, and she didn’t care what society said, she was going to do what she wanted to do. It’s finally time to introduce you to my historical crush… Links: Biography of Lorenzo Snow by Eliza Snow https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Biography_and_family_record_of_Lorenzo_Snow/Chapter_XII Biography of Eliza Snow https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/person/eliza-roxcy-snow Eliza Snow poetry...

Duration:00:46:23

Ep 117 – Miss Nancy Rigdon

8/24/2018
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On this episode, we get a brief character sketch of Nancy Rigdon, daughter of church leader, Hingepin Sidney Rigdon. Nancy grew up during the formative years of the Church in Kirtland and Missouri. Now, she’s 19-years old, single, and strong-willed to boot. Jo requests Marinda Nancy Johnson Hyde to act as an emissary to Nancy Rigdon to set up a meeting, he’s flatly refused by Miss Nancy and rumors explode from the scenario. The plot to assassinate Nancy’s character begins. Links: Sidney...

Duration:01:09:35

Ep 116 – The Tongue is an Unruly Member

8/16/2018
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On this episode, we take a bird’s eye overview of everything happening in 1842 and spend a bit of time focusing on the immediate fallout of Bennett’s public and vitriolic departure from the Church. We review some headlines covering the political movements of Joseph Smith’s Nauvoo Mormonism, briefly discuss his ever-expanding financial profile, and try to assess the massive fallout and cover-up campaign crafted to keep the practice of polygamy as acceptable for only the uppermost elites,...

Duration:00:58:39

Ep 115 – Bennett, Jo’s Kindred Scoundrel

8/10/2018
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On this episode, we begin with discussing the rumor mill that was Nauvoo. The Relief Society, with Emma as head, was tasked with tracking down the source of salacious rumors concerning adultery within the Mormon elite and squashing said rumors. John C. Wreck-it Bennett becomes too brazen with his propositions of polygamous relationships and must be excised from Church leadership. We begin to see the fracturing of the relationship between Jo and Bennett unfold. Links: Mormon Enigma by...

Duration:01:19:26

Ep 114 – Bloody Brigham’s Mormon Theocracy with Will Bagley pt.2

8/2/2018
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On this episode, Will Bagley joins us to share in his specialty, Bloody Brigham Young. We discuss a brief overview of how the Saints made their way from Nauvoo to the Great Basin in Mexico territory and the fun begins. Brigham Young realized Joseph Smith’s dreams of a Mormon theocracy and truly took it above and beyond anything Jo could have dreamt up. Be sure to buy Bagley’s book, Blood of the Prophets, which spawned this entire conversation. Show Links: Website...

Duration:01:34:26

Ep 113 – Mormon Theocracy with Will Bagley pt.1

7/25/2018
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On this episode, Will Bagley takes us through the Joseph years of Mormon history and sets the precursor for next week’s episode where the blueprints Joseph laid are realized by Brigham Young. Show Links: Weird Alma https://weirdalma.bandcamp.com/ Website http://nakedmormonismpodcast.com Twitter @NakedMormonism Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Naked-Mormonism/370003839816311 Patreon http://patreon.com/nakedmormonism Music by Jason Comeau http://aloststateofmind.com/ Show...

Duration:01:16:49