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Audio essays on Joseph Smith's introduction of polygamy into early Mormon Church. Subjects include polyandry, young brides, theology, children, plural wives, and Emma Smith.

Joseph Smith's Polygamy Brian and Laura Hales

    • Christianity
    • 3.6 • 27 Ratings

Audio essays on Joseph Smith's introduction of polygamy into early Mormon Church. Subjects include polyandry, young brides, theology, children, plural wives, and Emma Smith.

    Bio 35: Zina Diantha Huntington

    Bio 35: Zina Diantha Huntington

    A short biographical sketch.
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    Bio 34: Sylvia Sessions

    Bio 34: Sylvia Sessions

    A short biographical sketch.
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    • 10 min
    Bio 33: Sarah Lawrence

    Bio 33: Sarah Lawrence

    A short biographical sketch.
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    • 10 min
    Bio 32: Sarah Kingsley

    Bio 32: Sarah Kingsley

    A short biographical sketch.
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    • 5 min
    Bio 31: Sarah Ann Whitney

    Bio 31: Sarah Ann Whitney

    A short biographical sketch.
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    • 19 min
    Bio 30: Ruth Vose

    Bio 30: Ruth Vose

    A short biographical sketch.
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    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

suzisincerely ,

Factually interesting, narration lacks any emotion

I'm enjoying learning about the basis for the early LDS practice of polygamy. The authors should have considered hiring professional narrators. The lack of inflection and passion or emphasis, etc - is much like listening to someone read the dictionary.

I am not through all the essays yet. I do hope some reference is made to the problems, not just the justifications of the practice. If it truly was wholesome and God sanctioned as the prophet claimed, why were children made to marry? 13, 14 year olds ? Or even if the woman was an adult, many of Joseph Smith's wives were 25+ years younger than he. If men were to take multiple wives for the reasons the prophet has given, wouldn't they marry women of similar age? They claim they knew it would be a burden to adopt polygamy... Surely public opinion wouldn't have been so virulently against the practice if it didn't have the image of lechery from the children marrying their uncles, etc. It could be argued that it is one of the main reasons Joseph was murdered.

Definitely recommend this podcast for anyone interested in the history of the LDS church. Though I've studied it as an outsider... This is the first time I feel I'm hearing and learning as the early believers did. I live about 20 miles from Palmyra, and hope to get to the Hill Cumorah Pagent next year.

Strikovski ,

Everyone’s telling the truth but Joseph?

Good digging on some lesser known cases and testimonies, but I find it strange that the 2nd, 3rd and first hand latent recollections are treated as trustworthy, while dismissing the claims of joseph smith. I’m shocked at how little discernment is used in building a case. Motive, timing, personal gain and convenience of testimony are rarely (if ever) addressed. I like the Hales for their ability to scour the records, but man… their conclusions are just plain silly and would be dismissed in any court of law regarding “evidence.”

The Wondering wonderer ,

One star

Detached from reality. A warm blend of cognitive bias and wishful thinking.

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