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From 1904-1907 Congress held a series of hearings on whether Reed Smoot, an LDS apostle who was elected to the Senate, should be seated. The hearing provide a deep look at Mormon practice, history and theology in the congressional record. These hearings and the controversies surrounding them remain a pivotal moment in Mormon History.


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  1. Nancy October 13, 2023 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    I always thought that Reed Smoot was a polygamist and that was what the hearings were about. So this podcast did clear up some misconceptions for me. However I’m more than ever confused about what the real story about Richard Lyman was. In my college church history class it was” adultery”. Then I read a story that he’d been sealed to the woman since the 1920s and his first wife Amy Brown Lyman knew and approved. So another idea for a future episode ?

  2. John Barlow October 16, 2023 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    The post-war period in the South was called Reconstruction. The Reynolds case involved the free exercise clause, not the establishment clause, of the First Amendment. When you make such basic errors, it casts doubt on your other assertions. Don’t be so sloppy.

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