Year of Polygamy: From Polygamy to Peace- The Changing Church, Episode 69

Join Lindsay as she discusses what the LDS church looked like at the turn of the century and how it slowly started shifting from being a polygamous church and the causalities that involved.

 

 

Links mentioned in this podcast:

The Mormon Experience by Leonard J Arrington/ Davis Bitton

She Had a (Relief Society) Question, 1928

Few Minutes in the North Weber Stake, 22 June 1919

The Polygamous Wives Writing Club by Paula Kelly Harline

Episode 24 – Daughters in My Kingdom Chapter 2 – The Female Relief Society of Nauvoo, Part Two

Join Alyssa as she interviews George Miller, an expert in historical research about the connections between Mormonism and Masonry. This episode is part of the Daughters in My Kingdom series, a monthly series devoted to exploring a scholarly, uncorrelated history of women in the church. In this two-part episode, they discuss the history of the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo (1842-1844). In the second episode, George and Alyssa discuss the strong Masonic imagery that Joseph Smith employed when addressing the Relief Society and what these allusions reveal about Joseph Smith’s possible intentions for the future of women in the church. Also be sure to check out part one!

Image credit: A photograph of the first page in the Official Nauvoo Relief Society Minute Book, containing a frontispiece that was reportedly found open on the Bible when the Nauvoo Relief Society was first formed. This frontispiece is a Masonic prayer used to open a new lodge: “O, Lord! help our widows, and fatherless children! So mote it be. Amen. With the sword, and the word of truth, defend thou them. So mote it be. Amen.”

Related Links:

Episodes in George Miller’s podcast series on Mormons and Masonry:

D. Michael Quinn’s “Mormon Women Have Had the Priesthood Since 1843”

 

Episode 23 – Daughters in My Kingdom Chapter 2 – The Female Relief Society of Nauvoo, Part One

Join Alyssa, Lindsay, Kaimi and George Miller for another installment in the Daughters in My Kingdom series. This is a monthly series devoted to exploring a scholarly, uncorrelated history of women in the church. In this two-part episode, they discuss the history of the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo (1842-1844). In the first episode, they discuss how the Relief Society was first formed, how the practice of polygamy had a strong impact on the proceedings of the early Relief Society meetings, and propose different theories about why the Relief Society was disbanded for the next 23 years of church history. Be sure to check out part two!

Image credit: Portrait of Emma Hale Smith, 1st President of the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo and wife of Joseph Smith. This portrait was painted by Lee Green Richards.

Related links:

Previous podcasts in this series:

The Official Nauvoo Relief Society Minute Book

Linda King Newell and Valeen Tippetts Avery’s Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith

Lindsay’s blog series: Remembering the Forgotten Women of Joseph Smith

Anne Frior Scott’s Natural Allies: Women’s Associations in American History

Daughters in My Kingdom Chapter Two: “Something Better”: The Female Relief Society of Nauvoo