Year of Polygamy: Marriage to Brigham Young, Episode 50


Join Lindsay as she interviews former LDS Church archivist and former State of Utah archivist Jeffery Johnson about the women married to Brigham Young.


Links mentioned in this episode:


Year of Polygamy: Emma Lee French, Episode 49

Join Lindsay as she talks about Emma Batchelor Lee French, a favorite wife of John D. Lee of Mountain Meadows Massacre fame.


Excerpt from Emma Lee:

When the soldiers arrived about noon the next day, the commanding officer didn’t seem surprised to find John absent. The captain just shook his head and asked the three of us who were outside if we knew why the army wanted to arrest our husband. When we didn’t answer, he said, “John D. Lee is a murderer.”

He went on to tell us that John’s Mormon Militia and Indian allies had slaughtered over 120 unarmed men, women and children. He said they had killed almost everyone in a wagon train that was passing through southern Utah on the way to California.

He asked us if we were proud of the way John had participated in the bloodbath at Mountain Meadows, and of the way the head of our household and his cohorts had slaughtered everyone except the tiniest of their children. . . .

That was it. I couldn’t listen to any more of the government man’s hateful lies. I turned and made my way down to the creek as fast as my pregnant belly would allow. When I got there, I bent over and splashed water on my face over and over again. I wanted the water to wash away the memory of what I had just heard. But it didn’t.

My distress turned into dizziness, which made me fall on a jagged rock and bruise my unborn baby. John came back and comforted me after I gave birth to a stillborn son a month later.


Links mentioned in this podcast:


Courageous Emma Lee Endured Many Hardships in Pioneer Utah

Emma Lee by Juanita Brooks

John D. Lee family site


Episode 115: Finding God Again Through Science


Join Lindsay and Jerilyn as they interview Sarah Collett, contributor at the A Thoughtful Faith Podcast about how she turned from atheism to theism through her love of science.


Books mentioned in this podcast/ Sarah’s Book Recommendations:

A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief

The Origins of Virtue: Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation

Fingerprints of God: What Science Is Learning About the Brain and Spiritual Experience

Year of Polygamy: Southern Utah Polygamy- Orderville, Santa Clara, Cedar City and Violence, Episode 48

Join Lindsay as she discusses interesting Southern Utah communities that practiced plural marriage including Orderville and the United Order, Santa Clara and Cedar City.  TW: This post contains strong themes of violence.


Links mentioned in this post:

Leonard J. Arrington’s Book, Great Basin Kingdom: An Economic History of the Latter-day Saints

Mormon Polygamous Families, Life in the Principle by Jesse Embry

John A. Peterson, “Warren Stone Snow, a man in between : the biography of a Mormon defender,” Master’s Thesis, BYU (1985) 112.

Deseret News Article Mentioning Henry Jones

The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn

John D. Lee’s Confession in MORMONISM UNVEILED, or THE LIFE AND CONFESSIONS of the Late Mormon Bishop JOHN D. LEE

Year of Polygamy: Southern Utah Polygamy- St. George, Episode 47

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Join Lindsay as she discusses the history of St. George and several prominent polygamists in the area.

Links mentioned in this podcast:

Jacob Hamblin’s Bio, a Frontier Life by Todd Compton

Larry Logue, “A Time of Marriage: Monogamy and Polygamy in a Utah Town,” Journal of Mormon History 11 (1984)

Mormon Polygamous Families by Jesse Embry



N.O.W. (Narrating Ordain Women) is a project of FMH to bring understanding of people who have posted their profile on Ordain Women.

As an LDS woman in Norway, Marion shares her thoughts in both English and in her native tongue,  about  the potential of women’s ordination in the LDS church.

If you would like to post your profile for O.W., please contact them here




(All Are Alike Unto God)

N.O.W. – 16 Amy Cartwright


N.O.W. (Narrating Ordain Women) is a project of FMH in an effort to create understanding of people who have posted their profile on Ordain Women.

Amy , who is in a mixed sexual-orientation marriage, discusses why she supports women’s ordination in the LDS church.  If you would like to post your profile for O.W., please contact them here.


(recorded before Kate’s trial announcement and hearing)

Year of Polygamy: The Utah War, Episode 44

Join Lindsay as she interviews historian Joseph Geisner about 1850’s Utah including stories about Bill Hickman and Porter Rockwell.  This episode contains strong themes of violence. This is part two of a two-part episode.


Links mentioned in this podcast:


Housewives, Hussies, and Heroines, or the Women of Johnston’s Army

The Coming Storm: The Murder of Jesse Thompson Hartley by H. Michael Marquardt

Bigler Mormon Missionaries the Utah war and the 1858 Bannock Raid on Fort Limhi

Bigler – A Lion in the Path UTAH WAR

The Journals of Hannah Tapfield King

“As a Bird Sings”: Hannah Tapfield King, Poetess and Pioneer Leonard Reed