The Priesthood Restored: A Joseph Smith Papers Podcast explores the events and circumstances that played a role in the restoration of the priesthood. Spencer W. McBride interviews historians, researchers, General Authorities, and others.
Episode 6: “Sacred Sites and Ongoing Restorations”
n this episode we discover how the Priesthood Restoration Site became a destination for thousands of people to visit each year and consider how the history of the priesthood restoration influences the religious devotion of Latter-day Saints today.
Episode 4: “The Fulness of the Priesthood”
In this episode we examine the ways that Joseph Smith’s understanding of the priesthood and its role in the lives of Latter-day Saints expanded with time, experience, and additional revelation.
Episode 5: “The Priesthood Organization”
After Joseph Smith’s death church leaders continued to develop priesthood organization in response to the needs of a growing church. This episode also explains how the temple and priesthood restrictions based on race came to be and how it ended.
Episode 2: “Days Never to Be Forgotten”
This episode tells the story of John the Baptist’s conferral of the Aaronic priesthood to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery on May 15 1829 in Harmony Pennsylvania. It also considers what else was happening on that day that helps shape our understanding
Episode 3: “The Voice of Peter, James, and John”
This episode explores what we know and what we don’t about the restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood and the establishment of the church. We glean what we can from historical documents to learn more about the timing and location of the visitation
Episode 1: “The Great Strife and Noise”
This episode examines the religious landscape of the United States in 1829 and how debates among Americans over priesthood may have shaped the way that Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery considered their own questions about religious authority.
5 stars for content and approach
I love the wealth of information in this podcast. One of the difficulties with reading and understanding history is having a clear understanding of context—what was going on in the world in that period, what were the perceptions and perspectives of the time that influence people and movements, and how did the history play out piece by piece and how did that feel in the world they lived in? I love that this podcast really dives into the context and helps us envision the world during the restoration of the priesthood and the Church. It helps us pull back our 20/20 hindsight and try to see the history from the perspective of those who lived it—as it unfolded.
I do have one critique. I love the music you chose in this podcast, but the way it is edited is extremely distracting. Especially during the introduction at the beginning, I have trouble focusing on the words Spencer is saying because my attention is so pulled to the music fading in and out, in and out. It’s like a yo-yo as they go loud-soft-loud-soft, and I can’t seem to focus on anything else because it is so irritating to me. And this seems to happen also at transitions throughout the podcast. My suggestion would be to let the music fade and only pull it back to full volume when he’s done speaking.
Thank you for putting this podcast together. I would love to see more like it.
Joseph Smith Made It All Up
This podcast further reinforces in my mind that he made it all up. He borrowed ideas and used them to consolidate his power. He used his authority to abuse women, some teenage. When he needed power, he used ‘revelations’ to maintain control. He didn’t even use the plates for translating the Book of Mormon, he looked at rocks in a hat. It’s elaborately ridiculous. The church harms families with this promise of eternal salvation. To say that only the Mormon church has the truth is abhorrently false. Joseph Smith was a genius at creating religion. Lamanites and Nephites aren’t real. Joseph made them up too along with the Mormon concept of priesthood. Don’t trust the church to give you the truth, they won’t.
Insightful, informative, inspiring
The priesthood is one of those topics it seems you can never study enough, so I’m very grateful for this wonderful podcast to enrich my study and my testimony.