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Episode 50 – Mo Justice Mo Peace

Download Here On this episode, we finally reach the November court of inquiry following the Mormon-Missouri war of 1838. Typically, court hearings are held to pass fair judgement, but the Mormons find…
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Naked Mormon History Travel Log 03.22.17

Download Here Martin’s Cove was something that cropped up on my radar mere days before passing it by. The Martin handcart company was forced to camp for 5 days in a small horseshoe cove that off…
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Naked Mormon History Travel Log 03.23.17

Download Here No Mormon history hotspots in South Dakota or Minnesota, but I did see the surprisingly underwhelming Mt. Rushmore and my inner Gearhead took complete control before passing a car museum…
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Naked Mormon History Travel Log 03.27.17

Download Here Mostly a driving day, but I had to stop at Carthage Jail on the way to Missouri. Nothing in the world fires me up like revisionist history and Carthage Jail reeks of it. Luckily, if you …
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Naked Mormon History Travel Log 03.28.17

Download Here Missouri is jam-packed full of really cool Mormon historic sites. It’s also home to a number of break-off factions which differ in some small ways from the Brighamite sect in SLC. …
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Naked Mormon History Travel Log 03.31.17

Download Here It’s a good thing this tour is spending 3 full days in Kirtland! I began with a tour of historic Kirtland at the Whitney store and home, ending at the sawmill and ashery. After tha…
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Naked Mormon History Travel Log 04.01.17

Download Here Kirtland Day 2 involved touring the CoC owned Kirtland Temple as well as the Isaac Morley farm. The day ended with my recounting of a deep Mormon history discussion with Karl Anderson, k…
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Naked Mormon History Travel Log 04.02.17

Download Here Kirtland Day 3 landed me at the Sidney Rigdon church in Mentor, Ohio; finishing the day with a conversation with Seth Bryant and Tom Kimball of the Church of Christ. Not quite as eventfu…
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Naked Mormon History Travel Log 04.07.17

Download Here Most of today was spent looking through microfilms of Luman Walter’s probate file. He must have been somewhat wealthy because the surrogates who handled his possessions afterwards …
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Naked Mormon History Travel Log 04.08.17

Download Here Most of today was driving, however the morning was spent in Palmyra and Fayette at the Smith farm, Sacred Grove, and Whitmer farm. The church has put out some really slick videos trying …
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Naked Mormon History Travel Log 04.18.17

Download Here Most of the past week and a half has been driving, but I’ve been in Northern Utah for 4 days now and had to post up another log recounting everything so far. Utah is full of such c…
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Episode 51 – Force and Inertia

Download Here On this episode, we discuss just how terrible the winter of 1838-1839 was for the Mormons, especially for the incarcerated leadership. The Saints were forcefully removed from Missouri an…
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Episode 52 – Liberty Love Letters

Download Here On this episode, we view the Mormon exodus from Missouri to Illinois through the eyes of those locked up in Liberty Jail. Jo and Hyrum try to run the church from their dungeon, while Rig…
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Episode 54 – The Spalding Virus

Download Here On this episode, we’ll be talking about the PR nightmare that was the Spalding theory as it embodied a new resurgence in the public eye. Spalding’s wife, Matilda Davison, and Hingepi…
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Episode 56 – Re-Evolving Doctrine

Download Here On this week’s episode, we cover June and early July 1839. Jo was signing land purchase agreements faster than he could tour the landscape to see if the sale was a good deal or not. He…
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Episode 58 – Fop or a Fool for POTUS

Download Here On this week’s episode, we jump right into the latter part of 1839 with the quorum of the Twelve petitioning Jo to release the copyright on the Book of Mormon to begin printing the 184…
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2017 Sunstone SLC Wrap Up

Download Here On this episode, we wrap up the 2017 SLC Sunstone Symposium. We begin with some musings on how everything went as well as a quick look at the great and spacious building across the stree…
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Episode 61 – Congressional Deafening

Download Here On this week’s episode, we cover the first 3 months of 1840 when Jo met with the United States Congressional committee to petition them for redress for what the Saints had suffered in …
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Episode 62 – John Bennett then Brokeit

Download Here On this episode, we jump into early spring of 1840 with Elias Higbee in Washington D.C. still advocating on behalf of the Mormons. Jo gets back to Nauvoo after having abandoned the Mormo…
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Episode 63 – Failure to Prophesy

Download Here On this episode, Jo goes on a smear campaign against the POTUS, Martin Van Buren. Jo claims his dog is more fit to run the country than Van Buren, likely giving him the confidence and so…
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Episode 64 – Death of Joseph Smith

Download Here On this episode, we bid farewell to some prominent members of the Mormon church as so many were perishing due to famine and resulting sickness. Joseph Smith Sr., Big Daddy Cheese as we k…
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Episode 65 – Hurricane Harvey Harbinger

Download Here On this episode, we do something we’ve never done before; cover a news story as it’s breaking. Hurricane Harvey has already wreaked billions of dollars in devastation on Texas and on…
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Episode 66 – God Mode Jo

Download Here On this episode, Jo, Bennett (Brokeit), and Thompson, join forces to draft the Nauvoo Charter for approval by the Illinois State Legislature. We read right through the whole thing becaus…
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Episode 67 – Perception Check

Download Here On this episode, we try to gain new perspective. John Bennett addresses the brethren during the October 1840 conference to gain access to the in-group of trusted Mormon leaders with a ne…
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Episode 69 – Mormon Apologist Debate

Download Here On this episode, we catch up with the Quorum of the Twelve apostles to see how their missionary efforts were developing in Europe prior to their departing England to make their way back …
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Mythinformation Follow-Up

Download Here A follow-up on the Mythinformation Conference. Some listeners wanted more details so Marie and I discussed what happened at Mythinformation while it was fresh on my mind. This orginally …
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Episode 76 – Blasphemers Beware

Download Here On this episode, we take a look at the avalanche of acts and ordinances that were being passed in Nauvoo to establish some semblance of a real operating city. Joseph Smith and his favore…
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Episode 77 – An Army to Raise a Temple

Download Here On this episode, we bring somebody into our timeline who will become an important dissenting voice against the Mormons throughout the rest of their years in Nauvoo, Thomas Coke Sharp. Ra…
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Episode 78 – CC Polygamy Part 1

Download Here On this episode, we finally dive into polygamy. We’re ramping up for polygamy in Nauvoo prior to April 1841, but before doing so we have to set the historical stage to understand the w…
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Episode 85 – Mormon Titan

Download Here On this episode, we pickup the timeline in early April 1841 with Joseph being sealed to Louisa Beaman, his first polygamist wife in Nauvoo. We introduce the Beaman family and discuss Jos…
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Episode 86 – Talos’ Temple Crown

Download Here On this episode, Jo and friends have been busy for the first week of April 1841. We examine Jo’s enclave of Nauvoo through the eyes of the most pressing business to be handled through …
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Episode 87 – Greener Grass in Nauvoo

Download Here On this episode, we give Hyrum Smith his long overdue NaMo nickname. We catch up with the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as their mission in Europe draws to a close. They have been busy, …
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Episode 93 – CC Protect LDS Children

Download Here On this episode, we invite Sam Young of the Protect LDS Children campaign. Currently, Sam’s petition has over 16,000 signatures urging the LDS Church to change its policy concerning ho…
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Episode 95 – LDS Inc.

Download Here On this episode, we examine when Jo’s Mormonism became a business venture as much as a religion. It didn’t take long into Mormon history before God felt the need to interfere with Ch…
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Episode 107 – Emma Hale Elect Lady

Download Here On this episode, we take a time warp back to episode 2 to revisit an aspect of Mormon history largely ignored in our timeline to this point, Emma Hale Smith. Little of her own writings s…
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Episode 108 – High Priestesses

Download Here On this episode, Jo writes an epistle to the Relief Society. What were women’s roles in the Nauvoo Church? Did they have priesthood power? Was their society separate but equal to the m…
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Episode 110 – King Me!

Download Here On this episode, Joseph Smith introduces the endowment ceremony and forms the Quorum of the Anointed, or the Holy Order. Jo had been practicing esoteric rites from his earliest days in K…
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Episode 117 – Miss Nancy Rigdon

Download Here 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 an…
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Episode 118 – Snow on the Roxc

Download Here 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 i…
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Episode 120 – Bennett LOCA

Download Here 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…
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Episode 126 – QED Wrap Up & Interviews

Download Here 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! &nbs…
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