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Sunstone Mormon History Podcast podcast

Sunstone Mormon History Podcast

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There’s the Mormon history you do know … and the Mormon history you don’t. Join Lindsay Hansen Park (Year of Polygamy) and historian Bryan Buchanan as they dig into all aspects of Mormonism’s astonishing 200-year past—uncovering the little-known stories that chronicle how a six-person church grew into a multi-billion-dollar religion.

There’s the Mormon history you do know … and the Mormon history you don’t. Join Lindsay Hansen Park (Year of Polygamy) and historian Bryan Buchanan as they dig into all aspects of Mormonism’s astonishing 200-year past—uncovering the little-known stories that chronicle how a six-person church grew into a multi-billion-dollar religion.

 

#86

E86: The Upper California

In this episode, Lindsay and Bryan discuss the Mormons' first venture heading west: Samuel Brannan's expedition to the so-called, "Upper California." Special thanks to Matt Riley for the cameo on this episode. Music mentioned and used in this episode: [Mormon Symphony & Mormon Youth Chorus - The Upper California] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2BXgdteNao) ... Read more

18 Nov 2022

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18 Nov 2022


#85

E85: The Quincy Convention

After the death of Joseph Smith, things got even wilder in Nauvoo. Bryan and Lindsay talk about the crazy chaos and sit down with historian Dr. Benjamin Park to unpack it all. ... Read more

04 Nov 2022

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04 Nov 2022


#84

E84: BONUS EPISODE: Shadow Succession Crisis

Remember when Brigham Young disbanded the Relief Society shortly after Joseph Smith's death? We do. Or do we...? In this long-awaited and teased BONUS episode, Bryan and Lindsay sit down with historian Katie Ludlow Rich to discuss her research and paper, The Shadow Succession Crisis: Challenging the Claim that Brigham Young Disbanded the Relief Society in 1845. ... Read more

01 Nov 2022

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01 Nov 2022


#83

E83: BONUS EPISODE: Death of a Founder

In this special bonus episode, historian Christopher C. Smith interviews Joseph West about a paper he coauthored with Eric W. Schoon, titled, "From Prophecy to Practice: Mutual Selection Cycles in the Routinization of Charismatic Authority." We dig into the "death of a founder syndrome" and how schismatic movements form. Shownotes: [Link to the paper: From Prophecy to Practice: Mutual Selection Cycles in the Routinization of Charismatic Authority] (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/jssr.12483) ... Read more

26 Oct 2022

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26 Oct 2022


#82

E82: Succession Crisis Showdown

It's finally here; the story of how Brigham Young took over the church after Joseph Smith's death. We've shown you the candidates, and now it's time for the Succession Crisis showdown. ... Read more

21 Oct 2022

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21 Oct 2022


#81

E81: The True Mission of Captain Cutler

Alpheus Cutler broke with Brigham Young but his timing couldn't have been worse. Join Bryan and Lindsay as they discuss Cutler's role in the succession crisis in Mormonism and the Cutlerite movement. ... Read more

07 Oct 2022

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07 Oct 2022


#80

E80: Tinseltown and the Curse of Beaver Island

In the final part of the James Strang saga, Bryan and Lindsay discuss the rise and downfall of the growing Mormon congregation on Beaver island known as the Strangite movement. ... Read more

23 Sep 2022

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23 Sep 2022


#79

E79: Something Strang in the Neighborhood

The James Strang has left the station and things keep getting... stranger. In this episode, Bryan and Lindsay discuss how James Strang's Mormon movement takes off and moves to Beaver Island, causing all sorts of problems. ... Read more

09 Sep 2022

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09 Sep 2022


#78

E78: I’ve Got a Strang Feeling About This…

Join Bryan and Lindsay as they dive back into the Mormon history timeline and the contenders for the Nauvoo succession crisis. Today's candidate? None other than James Jesse Strang. ... Read more

26 Aug 2022

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26 Aug 2022


#77

E77: Keep Sweet: The Final Episodes

In this episode, Bryan, Lindsay and Cristina Rosetti discuss Netflix's new series Keep Sweet which tells the story of two sisters and their upbringing in the FLDS. This episode covers the historical context and stories featured in the rest of the mini series. ... Read more

12 Aug 2022

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12 Aug 2022


#76

E76: Keep Sweet: Covering Episode One

In this episode, Bryan, Lindsay and Cristina Rosetti discuss Netflix's new series Keep Sweet which tells the story of two sisters and their upbringing in the FLDS. This episode covers the historical context and stories featured in the first episode in the series. ... Read more

05 Aug 2022

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05 Aug 2022


#75

E75: Keep Sweet: Introduction to Mormon Fundamentalism

In this episode, Bryan, Lindsay and Cristina Rosetti discuss Netflix's new series Keep Sweet which tells the story of two sisters and their upbringing in the Flds. We go into the background of Mormon Fundamentalism and how it started to explain to listeners how stories like those featured in Keep Sweet, could have possibly happened. ... Read more

22 Jul 2022

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22 Jul 2022


#74

E74: UTBOH Fact, Fiction and Episodes Six and Seven

Join consultant for the series Lindsay Hansen Park as she discusses the portrayals in the show, along with co-host Bryan Buchanan. In this final episode discussing the series, Bryan and Lindsay discuss what is happening in episode six and seven of Under the Banner of Heaven and sort fact from fiction. Shownotes: [Robert Crossfield/Onias statement on the Lafferty brothers] (http://www.2bc.info/pdf/Laffertys.pdf) ... Read more

15 Jul 2022

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15 Jul 2022


#73

E73: UTBOH Fact, Fiction and The Peacemaker

Join consultant for the series Lindsay Hansen Park as she interviews Mormon Fundamentalist Moroni Jessop about the Peacemaker, the document that informed Dan Lafferty's doctrine. ... Read more

08 Jul 2022

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08 Jul 2022


#72

E72: UTBOH Fact, Fiction and Episodes Four and Five

Join consultant for the series Lindsay Hansen Park as she discusses the portrayals in the show, along with co-host Bryan Buchanan. In this episode Bryan and Lindsay discuss what is happening in episode four and five of Under the Banner of Heaven and sort fact from fiction. ... Read more

01 Jul 2022

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01 Jul 2022


#71

E71: UTBOH Fact, Fiction and the Murder Case

Join consultant for the series Lindsay Hansen Park as she discusses the timeline of the murder of Brenda and Erica Lafferty. Following the details, Bryan Buchanan interviews Creight Horton, the attorney who worked on Ron's retrial. Warning: this episode contains discussions of graphic violence and misogyny.  Show notes: [Court Decision: State vs. Lafferty] (https://caselaw.findlaw.com/ut-supreme-court/1270132.html) [Creight Horton's book: A Reluctant Prosecutor] (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01CTXNDKE/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0) ... Read more

24 Jun 2022

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24 Jun 2022


#70

E70: UTBOH Fact, Fiction and Episode Three

[Join consultant for the series Lindsay Hansen Park as she discusses the portrayals in the show, along with co-host Bryan Buchanan. In this episode Bryan and Lindsay discuss what is happening in episode three of Under the Banner of Heaven and sort fact from fiction.] (https://sunstone.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/SHP_070.mp3) ... Read more

17 Jun 2022

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17 Jun 2022


#69

E69: UTBOH Fact, Fiction and Episode Two

[Join consultant for the series Lindsay Hansen Park as she discusses the portrayals in the show, along with co-host Bryan Buchanan. In this episode Bryan and Lindsay discuss what is happening in episode two of Under the Banner of Heaven and sort fact from fiction.] (https://sunstone.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/SHP_069.mp3) ... Read more

10 Jun 2022

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10 Jun 2022


#68

E68: UTBOH Fact, Fiction and Episode One

[Join consultant for the series Lindsay Hansen Park as she discusses the portrayals in the show, along with co-host Bryan Buchanan. In this episode Bryan and Lindsay discuss what is happening in episode one of Under the Banner of Heaven and sort fact from fiction.] (https://sunstone.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/SHP_068.mp3) ... Read more

03 Jun 2022

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03 Jun 2022


#67

E67: UTBOH Fact, Fiction and the Birth of Fundamentalism

[We're putting a pin in the Succession Crisis history to discuss the accuracy of Hulu's new limited series, Under the Banner of Heaven!] (https://sunstone.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/SHP_067.mp3) [Join consultant for the series Lindsay Hansen Park as she discusses the portrayals in the show, along with co-host Bryan Buchanan. In this episode, Bryan interviews fundamentalist scholar Cristina Rosetti about prophet Onias and the Laffertys and how Mormon fundamentalism began.] (https://sunstone.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/SHP_067.mp3) ... Read more

27 May 2022

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27 May 2022


#66

E66: Sidney Rigdon, the Mormon, Part Two

[In part one, we gave you the origin story of Sidney Rigdon. In this episode Lindsay and Bryan will discuss Rigdon's transformation into early Mormon leader and contender for prophet, seer and revelator after Joseph Smith's death.] (https://sunstone.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/SHP_066.mp3) Show notes: [Richard S. Van Wagoner's 1996 Sunstone presentation of Sidney Rigdon and female ordination.] (https://sunstone.org/sidney-rigdon-and-the-elect-sisterhood/) ... Read more

13 May 2022

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13 May 2022


#65

E65: Sidney Rigdon, The Baptist, Part One

[As we continue our journey through Mormon succession contenders, Bryan and Lindsay offer up Sidney Rigdon for your consideration.] (https://sunstone.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/SHP_065.mp3) ... Read more

29 Apr 2022

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29 Apr 2022


#64

E64: Marking Marks

[For a time, he was THE Stake President and the biggest game in town... but not for long, especially after the death of Joseph Smith. Come learn about the rise and fall of Brother William Marks, another contender in the Mormon succession crisis.] (https://sunstone.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/SHP_064.mp3) ... Read more

15 Apr 2022

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15 Apr 2022


#63

E63: The Mysterious Death of Samuel Smith

[As the podcast begins to gear up for the Mormon succession crisis, Bryan and Lindsay review the major players. One of the unlikely contenders to take over the church after Joseph Smith's murder was his younger brother Sam. But Sam wouldn't survive long himself and his cause of death remains a mystery.] (https://sunstone.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/SHP_063.mp3) ... Read more

01 Apr 2022

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01 Apr 2022


#62

E62: Mission to Hawaii

[The first time Mormonism encountered the Pacific Islands was in the 1840's. Unfortunately for native Hawaiians, the Gospel wasn't the only thing Mormons brought to the Islands. Bryan and Lindsay discuss the first mission to the Sandwich Islands, as well as the Smallpox epidemic.] (https://sunstone.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/SHP_062.mp3) Show notes: [John Hammond's Sunstone speech on the Smallpox epidemic ] (https://sunstone.org/the-mormon-hawaiian-mission-and-the-smallpox-epidemic-of-1853/) ... Read more

18 Mar 2022

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18 Mar 2022


#61

E61: A Tale of Two Josephs

[Come hear the diverging duet of two cousins, Joseph F. Smith and Joseph Smith III and how their paths mirrored and shaped two dominant Mormon sects.] (https://sunstone.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/SHP_061.mp3) ... Read more

04 Mar 2022

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04 Mar 2022