Entries by Hemlock Knots

Did Joseph Smith Teach Polygamy? Live Debate

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 […]

Baptisms for the Dead?

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 […]

New & Everlasting Covenant… of Marriage?

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 […]

Aaronic Priesthood Origins

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 […]

Was Polygamy Taught in the Scriptures?

Part 4 of an interview between Ryan Hinckley (host of the “Mormon Theories” podcast) and Mark Curtis (Hemlock Knots), exploring the scriptural accounts of polygamy and monogamy as taught by a divine source. Do the scriptures justify the claim that God commanded polygamy? When in history did he ever do that? We explore in depth […]

Who Wrote D&C 132?

Part 3 of an interview between Ryan Hinckley (host of the “Mormon Theories” podcast) and Mark Curtis (Hemlock Knots), exploring the origins of the alleged July 12, 1843 revelation known today as D&C 132. Was it from Joseph Smith? Who wrote it? Where was it kept and why wasn’t it shared with the saints for […]

Fanny Alger: Fact or Fiction?

Part 2 of an interview between Ryan Hinckley (host of the “Mormon Theories” podcast) and Mark Curtis (Hemlock Knots), exploring the story of Fanny Alger. We discuss the quantity & quality of the 19 sources behind the story, and how they align with today’s common narrative. We also address Oliver Cowdery’s alleged accusations of Joseph […]

Hemlock Knots Back Story

Part 1 of an interview between Ryan Hinckley (host of the “Mormon Theories” podcast) and Mark Curtis (Hemlock Knots), exploring the origins of the Hemlock Knots project. We tell some of the lesser-known back story of Mark and Hemlock Knots, including the fact that Mark started the project to prove that polygamy was taught by […]