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We explore the tumultuous history of Mormonism after Joseph Smith’s death, including Brigham Young’s succession and controversial doctrines like polygamy and blood atonement. Lindsay Hansen Park and Bryan Buchanan guide us through the schisms, scandals and sexual dynamics of this era, from the chaotic leadership struggles in Nauvoo to the restrictive culture of polygamy in Utah.

We examine how polygamy hindered missionary work and statehood, the harsh realities for women, the escalating conflicts with the US government, and the 1870s crackdown on plural marriage. Despite sympathizing with early Mormons, the hosts candidly critique problematic teachings and figures like Brigham Young. They argue that Mormonism still struggles from a reluctance to denounce past errors, which allows those harmful ideas to persist and hurt people today. This no-holds-barred journey illuminates a complex chapter of Mormon history.

1815: Mormon Polygamy Under Joseph Smith w/ Lindsay Hansen Park and Bryan Buchanan


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  1. Dave Sonntag November 8, 2023 at 8:37 am - Reply

    Pervy apostle Albert Carrington’s “Little Folly in Israel” defense had to have some interesting personal sources of justification. #1) Having spent some time in the Church Historian’s office, he had to have known where many of the skeletons of polygamy were hidden.

    But #2), his daughter Francis Carrington was married Zeb Jacobs. The son of Zina Huntington Jacobs Smith Young, with Henry Jacobs having been the bio-dad. Zina eventually became the Alpha Femme of the church.

    In 1849, Carrington purchased the original Deuel log cabin, the oldest pioneer structure known to have been built in the valley, and had it relocated to West Temple, where the Church History Museum is currently located.

    Zeb Jacobs ran a livery out of that lot for many years. Eventually the church relocated the cabin onto Temple Square, and it was later moved to This is the Place Heritage Park.

  2. chris skillings November 8, 2023 at 11:00 am - Reply

    An interesting footnote to this episode is Arthur Conan Doyle’s first Sherlock Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet, which tells a tale of murder and revenge based on Brigham Young’s iron fisted rule of the Utah Territory. It touches on Blood Atonement, the Danites, the administration of Polygamy and the mortal risk of defying Brigham or attempting to leave the faith. While not perfectly accurate with regards to the details, it does shed considerable light on the general public perceptions of the Mormons in Utah at the time, as well as launching the literary career of history’s most famous fictional detective.

  3. James November 8, 2023 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    Hey Linsey how about some sources. You guys ramble on for hour about 2nd or 3rd hand accounts that may or may not be true. What a joke!! Lol

  4. Kim Richardson Barker November 17, 2023 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    I am stating to visualize hero cards or something the unsung heros of Mormon history… Ann Eliza, Nancy Rigdon, William Law.

    If I could get that info (with sources), I’ll get to working on that.

  5. Nancy Garreaud November 18, 2023 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    McLean is buried in the SLC Mount Olivet
    Cemetery. Piece of trivia

  6. Staci December 3, 2023 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    So fascinating, and cringey, and heartbreaking, and inspiring, etc etc etc! In the episode this is said to be a part 2, but I’m having a hard time finding part 1? Which episode number is part 1? Thanks!

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