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October 11, 2019
There’s nothing quite like the Kirtland temple and the history can explain why. Check out the latest episode with Bryan Buchanan and Lindsay Hansen Park as they speak to temple curators and groundskeepers Seth Bryant and Tom Kimball about why the Kirtland Temple is so special. Listen to this episode here.
September 27, 2019
There’s a lot to be said about the Mormon “health code,” the Word of Wisdom. Tune in to hear Lindsay Hansen Park, Bryan Buchanan and Christopher C. Smith join with researchers and historians Clair Barrus and Joe Geisner to better understand the history of Mormonism’s most talked about commandment, er, revelation, er, suggestion. You get it, read between the vines! Whatever it is, it is a full-bodied story of pour choices and holy spirits. Listen to this episode here.
September 13, 2019
What’s the deal with the Joseph Smith translation of the Bible? In this episode, Bryan, Lindsay, and Christopher explore what Joseph Smith did and what he might have been trying to accomplish when he attempted his own translation of the Old and New Testaments. Listen to this episode here.
August 30, 2019
Mormonism isn’t always known for its diversity, especially in its beginnings on the edge of the frontier. This episode will discuss some of the early black Latter-day Saints who joined the movement with help from Mica McGriggs, Darius Gray, and Christopher C. Smith. Listen to this episode here.
August 17, 2019
Mormonism’s earliest converts weren’t always the straight-laced, pious pioneers we sometimes remember them as. As this episode will demonstrate, early Kirtland was a wild, wild time. Join Lindsay Hansen Park and Bryan Buchanan as they talk about early ecstatic Kirtland, the Smith entheogenic theory with Bryce Blakenagel, and the Morley Farm. Listen to this episode here.
July 20, 2019
What attracted women to the early Mormon church? Podcast hosts Lindsay Hansen Park and Bryan Buchanan dig into this question and ask historians Brittany Chapman Nash and Christopher C. Smith to help shed light on who these early Mormon women converts were. Special thanks to Grace Pool and TheBurningBosom and Sister Jensen on Youtube. Listen to this episode here
July 5, 2019
Exactly how was Christ’s Priesthood restored in the mind of Latter-day Saints? That question isn’t easily answered. Bryan Buchanan and Lindsay Hansen Park bring on Mormon historians Dan Vogel and Christopher C. Smith to give it a try. Listen to this episode here.
June 23, 2019
The Mormon movement was seeded in New York and spread throughout the United States. Why New York? How did the geography surrounding Mormonism impact the doctrine, culture, and belief? How did white settler narratives impact the Book of Mormon? Bryan Buchanan and Lindsay Hansen Park explore these ideas with help from Mormon scholars Cristina Rosetti and Christopher C. Smith. Listen to this episode here.
June 7, 2019
How was the Book of Mormon created? Bryan Buchanan and Lindsay Hansen Park explore different approaches to the Book of Mormon with historians Sheldon Kent and Christopher C. Smith. Listen to this Episode here. Additional resources and information about topics discussed in this episode: Manuscript Found: The Complete Original “Spaulding Manuscript” Manuscript Found | Religious Studies Center The Founder of Mormonism (I. Woodbridge Riley) https://ia800306.us.archive.org/20/items/foundermormonism00rilerich/foundermormonism00rilerich.pdf  Studies of the Book of Mormon (B. H. Roberts) buy from Benchmark Books www.benchmarkbooks.com View of the Hebrews (Ethan Smith) https://rsc.byu.edu/out-print/view-hebrews-1825-2nd-edition
May 25, 2019
Not every woman in early Mormonism was obedient, submissive, nor compliant. Who were these “huffy” women? Join Bryan Buchanan, Lindsay Hansen Park, Christopher C. Smith, and Maxine Hanks as they discuss the “Bad Girls” of early Mormon history. Listen to this episode here.  Additional resources and information about topics discussed in this episode: “‘Seizing Sacred Space’: Women’s Engagement in Early Mormonism” (Martha Sonntag Bradley) https://www.dialoguejournal.com/wp-content/uploads/sbi/articles/Dialogue_V27N02_69.pdf John Whitmer on religious expression in Kirtland https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/john-whitmer-history-1831-circa-1847/29 John Whitmer on Ms. Hubble https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/john-whitmer-history-1831-circa-1847/22 Ezra Booth on Ms. Hubble https://archive.org/details/mormonismunvaile00howe/page/216 High council trial involving Sally Crandall https://beta.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/minute-book-2/51 George A. Smith 1856 sermon on Eliza and Thomas Marsh http://jod.mrm.org/3/280 Jolie Holland – “Old Fashioned Morphine”
May 10, 2019
In early Mormonism, it was often hard to parse out the Saints from Scoundrels. Bryan Buchanan and Lindsay Hansen Park discuss some of the early “bad boys” in the Mormon movement including Hiram Page, Oliver Cowdery, William McLellin. This episode features commentary by historians Cheryl L. Bruno and Christopher C. Smith. Listen to this episode here. Additional resources and information about topics discussed in this episode: “Using DNA to Discover the Origins of Hiram Page, Witness to the Book of Mormon” (Gary Merrill) https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/16noj_RBgUPc1pgFuGzp7sL8Gn3TvXNKr “Hiram Page”—master’s thesis (Bruce Stewart) https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=6141&context=etd Oliver Cowdery: Scribe, Elder, Witness (John Welch/Larry Morris) https://publications.mi.byu.edu/fullscreen/?pub=2239&index=1 D&C 66 (in William McLellin’s handwriting) https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/revelation-29-october-1831-dc-66/ The Journals of William E. McLellin 1831-1836 (Jan Shipps/John Welch) purchase from Benchmark Books www.benchmarkbooks.com The William E. McLellin Papers, 1854-1880 (Stan Larson/Samuel J. Passey) purchase from Benchmark Books www.benchmarkbooks.com William E. McLellin’s Lost Manuscript (Mitchell K. Schaefer) purchase from Benchmark Books www.benchmarkbooks.com Dif
April 26, 2019
Did Joseph Smith write or translate the Book of Mormon? Who was involved? Is it true a magic toad and a bloody ghost helped bring forth scripture? Tune into the Sunstone History Podcast as Bryan Buchanan and Lindsay Hansen Park discuss the history of Mormon scriptures with Brian Hales, Sarah Stone, Kalani Tonga, Christopher C. Smith, and Sheldon Kent Listen to this episode here.
April 12, 2019
Did early Mormons once dabble in the occult? This episode explores Joseph Smith’s fascination with magical practices, including animal sacrifice and seer stones. Join hosts Lindsay Hansen Park and Bryan Buchanan as they discuss early Mormonism and the Magic World View with acclaimed Mormon historians D. Michael Quinn and Christopher C. Smith. Listen to this episode here. Additional resources and information about topics discussed in this episode: documentary on Mark Hofmann https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbnw57x4vjA&list=PL2J4pOVStq7iJEK2OFEeG0MuU3GqiZ6j2&index=21&t=17s Salamander Letter (Mark Hofmann) https://karriehiggins.files.wordpress.com/2018/08/salamanderletterfrontandback.jpg Early Mormonism and the Magic World View (D. Michael Quinn)—purchase from Benchmark Books www.benchmarkbooks.com  
March 29, 2019
In this episode, Bryan Buchanan and Lindsay Hansen Park discuss the sisters of Joseph Smith. Joined by historian Christopher C. Smith, this episode explores the lives of members of the Smith family and how Mormonism impacted their stories. Listen to this episode here  Additional resources and information about topics discussed in this episode: The Sword of Laban: Joseph Smith, Jr. and the Dissociated Mind (William D. Morain)—purchase from Benchmark Books http://www.benchmarkbooks.com “Joseph Smith’s Boyhood Operation: An 1813 Surgical Success” (LeRoy S. Wirthlin) https://byustudies.byu.edu/content/joseph-smiths-boyhood-operation-1813-surgical-success United by Faith: The Joseph Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith Family (chapters on Sophronia, Katharine and Lucy)—order from Benchmark Bookswww.benchmarkbooks.com Joseph Smith’s Accounts of the First Vision (Joseph Smith Papers) https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/articles/primary-accounts-of-first-vision Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling (Richard L. Bushman)—order from Benchmark Books www.benchmarkbooks.com
March 15, 2019
Lindsay and Bryan discuss the life of Lucy Mack Smith, the mother of Joseph Smith Jr. This episode features special guests Tim Coray and Carol Lynn Pearson reading as Lucy Mack Smith. Listen to this episode here. Additional resources and information about topics discussed in this episode: “Lucy’s Image: A Recently Discovered Photograph of Lucy Mack Smith” (Ronald E. Romig and Lachlan Mackay) https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1078&context=mormonhistory Lucy Mack Smith’s general conference address (original minutes) https://catalog.lds.org/assets/06b8dd6e-b6aa-4dae-8916-9a04c6d1abc2/0/11 Lucy’s Book (online) http://signaturebookslibrary.org/lucys-book/ Lucy’s Book (hard copy, out of print)—order from Benchmark Books www.benchmarkbooks.com Etching of Lucy Mack Smith (Frederick Piercy, from Route from Liverpool to Great Salt Lake Valley) Church History Digital Catalog | Assets Conflict in the Quorum: Orson Pratt, Brigham Young, Joseph Smith (Gary James Bergera)—purchase from Benchmark Books http://www.benchmarkbooks.com Sources Used to Compile the Lucy Mack Smith History (Sharalyn D. Howcroft, from Foundational Texts of Mormonism):
February 20, 2019
Join Sunstone’s Lindsay Hansen Park and Benchmark Books’ Bryan Buchanan as they discuss the origins of the creation story in Mormonism, and the tensions between science and Mormonism. Listen to this episode here.   Additional resources and information about topics discussed in this episode: “The 1911 Evolution Controversy at Brigham Young University” (Gary J. Bergera) http://signaturebookslibrary.org/the-1911-evolution-controversy-at-brigham-young-university/ The B. H. Roberts/Joseph Fielding Smith/James E. Talmage Affair (Richard Sherlock and Jeffrey E. Keller) http://signaturebookslibrary.org/the-b-h-robertsjoseph-fielding-smithjames-e-talmage-affair/ Seers, Savants, and Evolution: The Uncomfortable Interface (Duane E. Jeffery) http://signaturebookslibrary.org/seers-savants-and-evolution-the-uncomfortable-interface/
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