The migration west to Utah is full of all kinds of stories: some faith-promoting, some adventurous, and some disastrous. Who and what were the driving factors behind the handcart company trips of 1856-1860? Who planned them? Who led them? Who took responsibility for them? The Martin & Willie handcart companies suffered far more despair and […]
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According to modern LDS church history, heavenly permission to engage in eternal (and even polygamous) marriages came during an April 3, 1836 appearance from the angel Elijah shortly after the Kirtland chapel dedication. Did people immediately speak or write about this big news? Did the people immediately begin to obey the instructions? Was Joseph Smith […]
A documentary that shows how the black priesthood ban of the LDS/Mormon church really came about, and who was the author of such a destructive policy. Who was in charge of this policy? What was the justification for denying blacks the priesthood from 1850s until 1978? Let us know your opinion of this policy in […]
Did the LDS/Mormon polygamy teachings start with Joseph Smith or Brigham Young? What did each of them say in regards to polygamy and its origins? Who claimed to be the originator of the “revelation” and who denied it? Who started this practice? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Despite the plethora of public condemnations of polygamy during his lifetime, some believe that Joseph Smith was still teaching in private that polygamy was a commandment from God. Did he aver teach it? Did he ever write about it? Did he ever receive a revelation about it? Since there’s no first-hand material from Joseph Smith […]
Did Joseph Smith practice polygamy or didn’t he? If he did, where’s the evidence? How reliable is it? And why are there so many accounts stating that he did, but so few are contemporary? These are the questions that’ll polarize those who study the life and teachings of Joseph Smith. What are the strongest arguments […]
Some insist that the Nauvoo Expositor was destroyed because of its slanderous remarks about Joseph Smith, but what do the historical records themselves say? The workings of the press were said to bring the mob, but why would a mob be outraged at what was printed, given they were also against Joseph Smith and believed […]
Where did this concept of “baptisms for the dead” originate? Who started it? When and where were the first time baptisms for the dead practiced? When was this doctrine officially added to the teachings of the scriptures? Is the idea with baptisms for the dead compatible with other scriptural teachings on the atonement? These questions […]
Explore the documentation behind the claim that marriage for eternity is a requirement for the celestial kingdom. What is the new and everlasting covenant? How has the new and everlasting covenant evolved in LDS church history, and was marriage part of that covenant initially? How did the saints break the covenant 12 years before it […]
In this interview with Michael Barrett (Restored Gospel Podcast), we discuss some theories, ideas, facts and hypotheses surrounding the Aaronic priesthood. Where did the Aaronic priesthood come from? What does the documentary hypothesis suggest about the legitimacy of the Aaronic priesthood claims? Why don’t the earliest versions of the Moses story contain the parts about […]