231 episodes

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, has been around for almost two centuries. It has ebbed and fluctuated in such a predictably adaptive manner throughout it's relatively short life in the religious realm. This Church has a very sordid past, which it does a very good job of teaching for itself, whether the history is slanted or not, is yours to decide. Join me on a journey through the history of the LDS Church through the eyes of the people that were actually there. We will learn about the founding members, where the practices came from, where the Book of Mormon (Mormon Bible) came from, and most importantly, we will examine Joseph Smith in every aspect possibly available to us today.

Naked Mormonism Podcast Bryce Blankenagel

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, has been around for almost two centuries. It has ebbed and fluctuated in such a predictably adaptive manner throughout it's relatively short life in the religious realm. This Church has a very sordid past, which it does a very good job of teaching for itself, whether the history is slanted or not, is yours to decide. Join me on a journey through the history of the LDS Church through the eyes of the people that were actually there. We will learn about the founding members, where the practices came from, where the Book of Mormon (Mormon Bible) came from, and most importantly, we will examine Joseph Smith in every aspect possibly available to us today.

    Ep 194 – King Follet pt. 2 The Myth

    Ep 194 – King Follet pt. 2 The Myth

    On this episode, we take on the remainder of King Follett from his internment in the Columbia, Missouri jail to his death in Nauvoo. He’s acquitted of his robbery charges, arriving in Quincy, Illinois in October 1839 in a completely overcrowded and destitute state. He works with the Mormon refugees to help build Commerce into Nauvoo, build public works projects, construct houses, staff on city committees, and a litany of other services. The Follett family become regular attendees of many active church leadership groups. Louisa Follett joins the Relief Society on its second meeting. Two of King and Louisa’s sons join important missions and the ranks of a Quorum of Seventies. King Follett donates his tithing of time to the Temple Building Committee in addition to being paid by the Temple Committee in vouchers for additional work on the Nauvoo Temple. He, like many others, exchanged his temple vouchers for goods at the Temple Store. Finally, we discuss King Follett’s untimely death at age 55 in March of 1844. He was a beloved member of the community with a funeral procession extending a mile and buried with Masonic honors. We briefly follow the lives of his surviving family after his death and read a bit from Louisa Follett’s small but consequential journal.
    Links:
    The Man Behind the Discourse: The Biography of King Follett by Joann Follett Mortensen
    https://gregkofford.com/products/the-man-behind-the-discourse
    Show links:
    Website http://nakedmormonismpodcast.com
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    Music by Jason Comeau http://aloststateofmind.com/
    Show Artwork http://weirdmormonshit.com/
    Legal Counsel http://patorrez.com/

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Ep 193 – King Follett pt. 1 The Man

    Ep 193 – King Follett pt. 1 The Man

    On this episode, we begin our series about King Follett and the discourse named after him. Who is he? What discourse did he write? Why does every Mormon know the name but not the guy? Very little documentation of his life survives to this day, however, fragmentary evidence has been pieced together to form a biography of King Follett which follows him through the life and times of the Follett family in the early Mormon church under Joseph Smith’s leadership. This series will discuss the man behind the discourse and the theological treatise given at his funeral known as “The King Follett Discourse”. Part one examines the lives of the Folletts from birth, to joining the church, to their life in Missouri, ending with King Follett locked in a Missouri jail while his family made the trip to Quincy, Illinois through the winter of 1838-39.
    Links:
    The Man Behind the Discourse: The Biography of King Follett by Joann Follett Mortensen
    https://gregkofford.com/products/the-man-behind-the-discourse
    Show links:
    Website http://nakedmormonismpodcast.com
    Merch Store https://groundgnomes.launchcart.store/shop
    Twitter @NakedMormonism
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Naked-Mormonism/370003839816311
    Patreon http://patreon.com/nakedmormonism
    Music by Jason Comeau http://aloststateofmind.com/
    Show Artwork http://weirdmormonshit.com/
    Legal Counsel http://patorrez.com/

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Ep 192 – Called and Numbered with the Chosen

    Ep 192 – Called and Numbered with the Chosen

    On this episode, propaganda flies all directions about the Mormons. A New York Tribune article from January 1844 made waves across the nation with some vicious claims about the Mormon empire in Nauvoo. The article was picked up and reprinted in many news outlets, especially in the cities neighboring Nauvoo. In answer to this, the Quincy Whig received pushback from Mormons for publishing the Tribune article, but the Whig made a commitment to journalistic integrity. A Mormon wrote a letter to the editor of the Whig which they indulged him by publishing it. After all of this, Hyrum Sidekick-Abiff Smith, in the midst of a legal dispute over polygamy and slander, published an article in the Times and Seasons which carved out a future of Mormonism that openly practiced polygamy.
    Links:
    COME TO THE #BICYCLEDAY EVENT IN SALT LAKE CITY APRIL 19, 2020!!!
    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/psychedelics-and-early-mormonism-what-hides-in-plain-sight-tickets-86967244369
    Quincy Whig
    http://www.sidneyrigdon.com/dbroadhu/IL/whig1844.htm#0228
    New York Tribune republished articles
    https://www.newspapers.com/search/#query=new+york+tribune+mormon&dr_year=1844-1844&offset=11
    The Federalist Papers
    https://www.congress.gov/resources/display/content/The+Federalist+Papers#TheFederalistPapers-9
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    Website http://nakedmormonismpodcast.com
    Merch Store https://groundgnomes.launchcart.store/shop
    Twitter @NakedMormonism
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Naked-Mormonism/370003839816311
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    Music by Jason Comeau http://aloststateofmind.com/
    Show Artwork http://weirdmormonshit.com/
    Legal Counsel http://patorrez.com/

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Ep 191 – Book of the Law of the Lord (BoLoL)

    Ep 191 – Book of the Law of the Lord (BoLoL)

    On this episode, money issues in Nauvoo become the springboard for a discussion of the Book of the Law of the Lord. What is contained in the enigmatic pages of this unique artifact? What was the purpose of creating it? What happened with the controversy surrounding it? Find out the answers to these questions and more about a rare Mormon artifact you didn’t know you needed to know about! Yes, I know that was clickbaitish, but it’s a really cool book more people should talk about! Also, Apostle Boyd K. Packer didn’t want the world to see it so you know it has to be good!
    Links:
    Book of the Law of the Lord (BoLoL) full text
    https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/the-book-of-the-law-of-the-lord/45
    JS 1842 journal included as part of BoLoL
    https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/journal-december-1841-december-1842/1#full-transcript
    The Book of the Law of the Lord by Alex D. Smith
    https://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/23292635.pdf?refreqid=excelsior%3A46913c1b0a3f9d0ca5e5348d325ec76d
    Confessions of a Mormon Historian: The Diaries of Leonard J. Arrington edited by Gary J. Bergera
    https://www.amazon.com/Confessions-Mormon-Historian-Arrington-1971-1999/dp/1560852461
    Show links:
    Website http://nakedmormonismpodcast.com
    Merch Store https://groundgnomes.launchcart.store/shop
    Twitter @NakedMormonism
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Naked-Mormonism/370003839816311
    Patreon http://patreon.com/nakedmormonism
    Music by Jason Comeau http://aloststateofmind.com/
    Show Artwork http://weirdmormonshit.com/
    Legal Counsel http://patorrez.com/

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Ep 190 – Joseph Fought Polygamy

    Ep 190 – Joseph Fought Polygamy

    On this episode, we discuss Joseph Smith’s public and private denials of polygamy. It was a controversial practice in Victorian-era America and he had concluded by the final year of his life that it would lead to the next mass-exodus of Mormons, or possibly the ruin of the sect altogether. Some have used his statements to claim he never engaged in polygamy. We deal with a few of the arguments and discuss the context surrounding his multiple statements against polygamy to inform a skeptical reading of the sources. Yes, he fought polygamy, but only when it got out of his control. We also discuss Jacob Cochran and the free-love sect referred to as the Cochranites, as well as the many parallels between it and Mormonism.
    Links:
    Joseph Smith polygamy denials
    https://faenrandir.github.io/a_careful_examination/joseph-smith-polygamy-denials/
    Cochranites
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_Cochran
    Publications about Cochranites
    http://olivercowdery.com/gathering/JCochran.htm#1834-000
    Jacob Cochran legal troubles 1819
    https://www.newspapers.com/image/585594796/?terms=Jacob%2BCochran
    Exposes of Cochranism
    http://olivercowdery.com/gathering/JCochran.htm
    Orsimus F. Bostwick and Buckeye’s Lamentation for Want of More Wives
    http://mormonpolygamydocuments.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/JS0170.pdf
    Show links:
    Website http://nakedmormonismpodcast.com
    Merch Store https://groundgnomes.launchcart.store/shop
    Twitter @NakedMormonism
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Naked-Mormonism/370003839816311
    Patreon http://patreon.com/nakedmormonism
    Music by Jason Comeau http://aloststateofmind.com/
    Show Artwork http://weirdmormonshit.com/
    Legal Counsel http://patorrez.com/

    • 50 min
    Ep 189 – The Next Mormon Settlement

    Ep 189 – The Next Mormon Settlement

    On this episode, we get back into our historical timeline. It’s a busy time in Nauvoo, constant accusations of polygamy rage inside and outside the kingdom on the Mississippi. The Council of Fifty are scrambling to name a good Vice President for Jo’s POTUS campaign. Money problems affect every project in the city and more resources are being funneled into the Temple construction project. Church leader, King Follett, was just crushed by a bucket of rocks while digging in a well. Tensions between Nauvoo and the neighboring cities of Carthage and Warsaw were reaching a fever pitch. Property values were skyrocketing but nobody was buying with gold and silver, everything was bartered for or purchased with stocks in failing Nauvoo Companies like the House Association. Crime was at an all-time high and the city court system seemed to exist only to protect those who would obey the prophet and disobey the laws. Laws and ordinances were passed not based on what was best for the city, but upon what Joseph Smith or his cronies were feeling like that day. Complaints made by citizens of the city couldn’t be assuaged without interfering with the leadership’s extensive liberties. The City Council debates hog laws and reveals the church leadership trending towards aristocracy. Lyman Wight sends 2 letters to the leadership, one public the other private, describing the situation in the Pineries Mission and the next steps of the church which informs the first meeting of the Council of Fifty where they debate the next Mormon settlement (California, Texas, Oregon, Great Basin, Mexico, Canada, &c.).
    Links:
    History of the Church Source—and text—Critical Edition by Dan Vogel
    http://www.signaturebooks.com/product/history-of-joseph-smith/
    Warsaw Signal March 1844
    http://warsaw.advantage-preservation.com/viewer/?t=30053&i=t&m=between&fn=warsaw_signal_usa_illinois_warsaw_18440320_english_2&df=241&dt=250
    http://warsaw.advantage-preservation.com/viewer/?t=30053&i=t&m=between&fn=warsaw_signal_usa_illinois_warsaw_18440313_english_2&df=241&dt=250
    http://warsaw.advantage-preservation.com/viewer/?t=30053&i=t&m=between&fn=warsaw_signal_usa_illinois_warsaw_18440306_english_2&df=241&dt=250
    Nauvoo Neighbor March 1844
    http://boap.org/LDS/Nauvoo-Neighbor/1844/3-13-1844.pdf
    Council of Fifty Minutes
    https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/council-of-fifty-minutes-march-1844-january-1846-volume-1-10-march-1844-1-march-1845/47#full-transcript
    “Bicycle day” event 19 April 2020 at Salt Lake City Library followed by a tour of Gilgal Gardens
    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/psychedelics-and-early-mormonism-what-hides-in-plain-sight-tickets-86967244369?fbclid=IwAR3hXoNtOcUwzHPCYVYJLTHDxFJaSED5pk_uXgZCgd-v3SxSda2iMDmiPAc
    Utah Psychedelic Society
    https://www.meetup.com/Utah-Psychedelic-Society/
    Show links:
    Website http://nakedmormonismpodcast.com
    Merch Store https://groundgnomes.launchcart.store/shop
    Twitter @NakedMormonism
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Naked-Mormonism/370003839816311
    Patreon http://patreon.com/nakedmormonism
    Music by Jason Comeau http://aloststateofmind.com/
    Show Artwork http://weirdmormonshit.com/
    Legal Counsel http://patorrez.com/

    • 58 min

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