10 episodes

The story of how Joseph Smith, the prophet and founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was murdered in jail. This serial podcast combines drama and history. It pulls from numerous books and source materials to tell the story of religious refugees fighting for their safety, and of Joseph Smith’s murder on the American frontier.

Strangers and Pilgrims Strangers and Pilgrims

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0, 34 Ratings

The story of how Joseph Smith, the prophet and founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was murdered in jail. This serial podcast combines drama and history. It pulls from numerous books and source materials to tell the story of religious refugees fighting for their safety, and of Joseph Smith’s murder on the American frontier.

    Ep. 9 - Epilogue

    Ep. 9 - Epilogue

    In this, the last episode of Season 1, we end where we started.

    • 16 min
    Ep. 8 - I Have Taken Them to Myself

    Ep. 8 - I Have Taken Them to Myself

    The bodies of Joseph and Hyrum are taken back to Nauvoo. The members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints decide who will lead it after the death of its founder and prophet. And, the mob escalates its war against the Latter-day Saints.

    • 32 min
    Ep. 7 - Death of the Prophet

    Ep. 7 - Death of the Prophet

    After arriving in Carthage, Joseph Smith, the founder and prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is murdered.

    Joseph's brother, Hyrum, is also murdered as the two are in jail waiting for trial on charges of treason. Surviving the attack are John Taylor and Willard Richards.

    • 32 min
    Ep. 6 - Across the Mississippi

    Ep. 6 - Across the Mississippi

    Joseph Smith prepares for his journey west to find a place for the Latter-day Saints to settle in the midst of the Rocky Mountains.

    Not everyone is happy, however, with Joseph's decision to leave Nauvoo while it is in the center of its enemies' ire.

    • 28 min
    Ep. 5 - A Declaration of Martial Law

    Ep. 5 - A Declaration of Martial Law

    The citizens of Hancock County are furious that Joseph Smith ordered the destruction of the Nauvoo Expositor Press.

    In order to protect the city from their increased attacks and threats, Joseph declares the city under martial law.

    • 28 min
    Ep. 4 - Destruction of the Nauvoo Expositor's Press

    Ep. 4 - Destruction of the Nauvoo Expositor's Press

    Joseph Smith, as mayor of Nauvoo, orders the city Marshall to destroy the Nauvoo Expositor's press.

    Afterwards, Joseph and the Mormons navigate the strong reaction to the press' destruction.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

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This is a interesting listen

Yes, a very interesting listen.
I’m still waiting for the promised season 2

4tonia ,

Fascinating

Well researched and delivered. I enjoyed Stephen’s storytelling method and the avenues he takes his listeners down to then bring it all together. Anyone with an interest in American history will enjoy this. I’m looking forward to a 2nd season.

Ben S iTunes ,

Love it

I love this podcast gives some real depth and perspective to an otherwise mystic historical figure that has been held up as infallible, even though he himself never claimed that. This podcast has really humanized Joseph Smith for me.

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