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  1. Bought it through the link on your site last week! I was looking for a biography on BY and the recommendation on MS was just perfect timing. I’m currently ready and marking it up. It’s a great read for anyone who enjoys Mormon history from multiple angles, not just the correlated history I thought I knew from my youth.

  2. I am 60 pages into his book. Loving it!!! I read it on the subway to and from work.

    What are the biggest misconceptions of Brigham Young, both in and out of the Church.

    What was Brigham Young’s biggest accomplishment?

    I don’t remember it in your book, what was Brigham Young’s involvement in Freemasonry?

    In your opinion, was Brigham Young really the best person to take lead of the church during the succession crisis?

    Did Brigham Young ever address not adding to the D&C?

  3. It was asked in the question part of John’s announcement if there is evidence that Young led or approved of violence. I think John Turner’s book does an excellent job in answering this question. Though John does not deal with one case that may have the most evidence of Young calling for cold blooded murder, The case of Jesse Thompson Hartley is well documented in this fantastic article. http://user.xmission.com/~research/mormonpdf/storm.pdf

    John Turner quotes from an amazing assortment of letters to and from Young. Reading these extracts of letters gave me some of the more interesting glimpses into the life of Young. One letter comes from Young’s older brother Joseph, who was the spiritual leader of the family before the families conversion to Mormonism. The letter is in regards to the murderer William Hickman. As early as 1849 Joseph was trying to explain the character of Hickman to his younger brother. Unfortunately Brigham seemed to not have the same moral fiber as his brother. Joseph writes of Hickman: “Inocent Blood it will Be found Driping from the hands of William Hickman,” whom he labeled “a cold Blooded Murderer.” This was Joseph’s reaction after seeing Hickman murder two Indians, one who Hickman let bleed out over a day.

  4. I can’t wait to read this.

    And I was really heartened that you used the letters during his missions to Mary Ann Angell. They are my great-great-great-great-grandparents and some of those letters were in my grandmothers trunk until about 10 years ago. I have copies of them… They are pretty interesting.

    I have been waiting for a biography that captures what a complex character he was. Thank you!

    1. Rachel,

      This is a very interesting post. The letters John’s quotes from between Mary and Brigham are great. I find it interesting to hear these stories of letters found in a trunk.

      Is there any way you would be willing to share copies? My email is rbssman gmail com

  5. I understand the John Turner lives in No. Virginia, as do I. I’m wondering if he is speaking anywhere nearby where I could meet him.

  6. Hi David,

    Closest to you would be in Potomac, Md., next month (organized by Greg Prince). Unfortunately, I had two local events last month but nothing else as of now. I’ve heard rumblings of one or two book clubs in the broader-DC area. In any event, hope to meet you at some point.

  7. I was all set to buy this book through your link. But the price for the kindle edition is almost $20! Can’t do it! I refuse to spend more than $10 for an e-book. Enjoyed the podcast though and hope to read it eventually.

  8. What a great interview. I definitely plan to buy the book. I kind of hate Brigham Young but this interview made me realize he was a person like most others. I really want to learn more after listening to this podcast.

  9. Sadly, few can see how evil Brigham Young was and that Joseph Smith was almost surely intent on excommunicating BY and other leaders for polygamy, if Joseph had lived a little longer.

    For according to the teachings of Christ, Joseph Smith and ancient Book of Mormon prophets, Brigham Young was an abusive adulterous imposter, a false prophet, who led many people astray to do the vilest of evils, and he still leads many astray today to believe in those same evils.

    Very few are willing to search out and believe the truth to what he really was.

    Joseph never preached or practiced polygamy, he constantly warned and fought against it. I believe Joseph knew how evil Brigham Young was and he warned the Saints to never fall for polygamy, even if a prophet came preaching it, or to fall for the vile rumors that he himself was living it.

    But sadly it seems, that most people would rather believe perverse hearsay, than the proven and published truth by true prophets of God.

  10. Is this John Turner related to the John Turner than was on the mayflower and died shortly afterwards? am related to the Mayflower one through one of his sons who came later-just curious

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