Tag: history

The Quest for the Historical Jesus

By Robert A. Rees Robert A. Rees teaches Mormon Studies at Graduate Theological Union and the University of California Berkeley. He has just completed a play on Emerson and his circle and is compiling a collection of his essays on the Book of Mormon. He can be reached at bobrees2@gmail.com.     Pilate asked the …

Read more

The Excommunication of Charles William Kingston

By Charles Elden Kingston CHARLES ELDEN KINGSTON became interested in history while serving a mission in Salt Lake City at the Church History Library. He is the great-grandson of Charles William Kingston.     Or download the audio file here: The Excommunication of Charles William Kingston     The stories of church founders are never complete …

Read more

Single Men in 19th-century Mormonism

By Jeffery Ogden Johnson Jeffery Ogden Johnson is retired from the LDS Church Historical Department and was a member of the staff of the Utah State Archives, serving as director. He has published historical articles; taught classes and workshops; and been a speaker at archival, library and historical meetings.     Or right-click here to …

Read more

Own Your Religion

By Gregory A. Prince   Gregory A. Prince is the author of Leonard Arrington and the Writing of Mormon History (University of Utah, 2016), David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism (University of Utah, 2005), and Power from on High: The Development of the Mormon Priesthood (Signature, 1995).     For two years, …

Read more

Faithful Disagreement: A Model for the Saints

By William D. Russell     Or, right-click here to download the audio file: Faithful Disagreement: A Model for the Saints     THE COMMUNITY OF Christ has faced several divisive issues in recent history, the main ones being racial justice, women’s ordination, and LGBT ordination. Though some of these issues were handled well, we …

Read more

The Widening Tent

By John Hatch Art by Chad Danger Lindsay   Shivering and disoriented, I stared blankly into my car windows. Piles of snow blackened by car exhaust surrounded the parking lot, and the air was stale with smog. I was terrified. My wife and I had been married just under eighteen months. We were still trying …

Read more

Suffrage: A Play

By Jenifer Nii Suffrage was commissioned by Plan-B Theatre Company (Salt Lake City, Utah) and receives its world premiere 4–14 April 2013, directed by Cheryl Cluff and featuring April Fossen as Frances and Sarah Young as Ruth.  Visit planbtheatre.org for details.  Jenifer Nii has previously premiered her plays Wallace and The Scarlet Letter at Plan-B. …

Read more

The Culture of Violence in Joseph Smith’s Mormonism–Part III

Continued from Part II In May 1842, Joseph Smith reassembled a cadre of bodyguards, selecting primarily those with experience as Danites in Missouri. Former Danites such as Dimick B. Huntington, Daniel Carn, and Albert P. Rockwood began serving as Nauvoo’s “Night Watch.”[i]Previously a Danite captain, Rockwood had already been serving as “commander of my [Smith’s] …

Read more