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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, has been around for almost two centuries. It has ebbed and fluctuated in such a predictably adaptive manner throughout it's relatively short life in the religious realm. This Church has a very sordid past, which it does a very good job of teaching for itself, whether the history is slanted or not, is yours to decide. Join me on a journey through the history of the LDS Church through the eyes of the people that were actually there. We will lear ...
 
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Join me, Marie Kent, as I read all the Mormon canonical texts for the very first time. The Book of Mormon is done, now it's the fabulous world of the Doctrine and Covenants. Millions of people believe these books and live their lives by them… let’s see if we can find out why.
 
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On this episode, we dive into the women’s perspective of the endowment ceremony as introduced by Joseph and Hyrum Smith and streamlined by Brigham Young. We rely on exposes published after 1845 when thousands were initiated as the original endowment ceremony was successfully kept under wraps by the Mormon elite. What must it have been like for ...…
 
The Emmy winner on an “Orphan Black” reunion and her timely new stage role.
 
On this episode, Joseph Smith introduces the endowment ceremony and forms the Quorum of the Anointed, or the Holy Order. Jo had been practicing esoteric rites from his earliest days in Kirtland, but this was the codification of the ceremony which would come to be practiced in every Mormon temple after Smith’s death. We read through one of the e ...…
 
On this episode, Nauvoo has a lot of secrets to hide. We talk about Orrin Porter Rockwell and his trip to Missouri in May 1842. We discuss his “confrontation” with Governor Lilburn Boggs, of which Boggs was none the wiser until he awoke days later with multiple gunshot wounds. We cover Port’s quick flight from Missouri back to Nauvoo after the ...…
 
Producer Ken Davenport dissects his unexpected Tony triumph and blurs the lines with "Gettin' The Band Back Together."
 
On this episode, Jo writes an epistle to the Relief Society. What were women’s roles in the Nauvoo Church? Did they have priesthood power? Was their society separate but equal to the men’s? Turns out Jo was a product of his time and he uses religions led by women in his day as an example of what terrible fate awaits a female-run church. But, is ...…
 
The Tony-winning actor, now returning to the New York stage in "The Great Leap," talks basketball in Beijing, dinosaurs, mad scientists, Whiterose, and the secret origin of his name.
 
On this episode, we take a time warp back to episode 2 to revisit an aspect of Mormon history largely ignored in our timeline to this point, Emma Hale Smith. Little of her own writings survive the years and she left no journal or diary. We’re forced to construct an image of Emma to live in our minds through other peripheral mentions in the hand ...…
 
Two stars of the big-name revival of the landmark gay drama "The Boys in the Band" talk Broadway debuts, Tony parties, Rannells' new book and why Bomer's next Broadway show should be a musical.
 
This was originally the appendix/closing of the Book of Commandments. Since the BoC was never fully published, it was included as part of the revelations instead of a separate appendix. It's the return of Pangea at the end of days, with a brief visit to Canada first. Eternity is singing to god. That god is having a big ol' tantrum because his c ...…
 
On this episode, we wrap up our logical deconstruction of the Book of Abraham. We focus our petrifying gaze on the lds.org essay titled, ‘Translation and Historicity of the Book of Abraham,’ the LDS Church’s official statement on this challenging piece of Mormon scripture. Is it merely more apologetics, or is there something special with this e ...…
 
The puppeteer, a MacArthur genius grant winner, explains the difference between working downtown and working on Broadway, and spills the secrets behind the new revival of his 20-year-old breakout show, "Symphonie Fantastique."
 
D&C 101 was in the 1835 and 1844 versions of the D&C... and then was removed. You can't find it referenced on LDS.org, so it's almost as if it was *gasp* removed entirely so that it wouldn't conflict so drastically with modern day D&C 132. Here's what it says: You can get married to a non-believer, you'll just be marked as "weak". When you get ...…
 
On this episode, we jump into the logical deconstruction of the Book of Abraham. We deal with the apologetic arguments made to claim the Book of Abraham is ‘historically plausible’. Historically plausible doesn’t mean probable or authentic, so what does it really mean? Can one believe in a book of scripture if it’s ‘historically plausible,’ eve ...…
 
The actor, nominated for a Tony Award for his leading role in "Angels in America," compares the Tonys and the Oscars, talks up the timeliness of "Angels" and reveals what is, for him, "the greatest privilege in playing this part."
 
Colleen Dietz and Miranda Crandall from the Mormon Happy Hour Podcast join us to drink our way through the second half of polygamy. Follow, support, listen, for they are amazing. Joseph Smith shames Emma Smith for even daring to potentially have given a glance at William Law while asserting his own power to "seal" with anyone he desires. Virgin ...…
 
On this episode, we dive into the actual content of the Book of Abraham in our continued examination of the history of the book. We read extracts of each chapter with a bit of study guide along the way. We cover Abraham’s story arc in the book, the deeper doctrines and teachings which come from the Book, and we examine some of the cultural mili ...…
 
The writers of the Tony-nominated "Mean Girls" -- book writer Tina Fey, composer Jeff Richmond and lyricist Nell Benjamin -- take us behind the scenes of their fetch new musical.
 
Polygamy!!! It's happening!!!! Joseph spends all day in a room with William Clayton and Hyrum Smith penning this revelation. It's such an important revelation that if you don't follow it you WILL NOT GET INTO HEAVEN. This is when we find out that men who enter into the principle of plural marriage are the ones who become gods after they die. Ge ...…
 
On this episode, we begin a 3-part deconstruction of the Book of Abraham. We begin with the cultural realm captivated by Egyptian Antiquities with Napoleon’s discoveries and how such discoveries influenced minds in 19th-century America. We trace collections of papyri and artifacts being studied and exhibited all over the country right in Joseph ...…
 
Tony Award winner and current nominee LaChanze dishes on the Tonys, shares what it means to her to play Donna Summer in the bio-musical "Summer," and reveals why she started going by just one name.
 
Welcome to the episode when Marie absolutely CANNOT follow along with what the revelations are saying. The Nauvoo Mormons are being fast-tracked into Masonry, which we should care about, but we care more about how to identify a good or bad spirit. When you meet a spirit, ask to shake its hand. If it's corporeal and takes your hand AND you can f ...…
 
On this episode, we take the opportunity of Mother’s Day to examine the life and struggles of some of the most prominent mothers throughout Mormon history. From Lucy Mack Smith caring for her children in ill health, to Mother Elizabeth Ann Whitney providing a home for Joseph and Emma when they first arrived in Kirtland, Ohio, and well beyond to ...…
 
The Tony-nominated stars of Lincoln Center Theater's "My Fair Lady" talk about performing the classic musical in the era of Time's Up and reveal how Adele helped Ambrose pick up Eliza Doolittle's accent.
 
Is there a specific calling for Baptism for the Dead clerk? Email Marie at comments@mybookofmormonpodcast.com because she really needs to know. More on baptisms for the dead. There should always be at least 2 witnesses, ideally 3, for each baptism. The church recorder should record each one, and also record sealings. This book is somehow also c ...…
 
On this episode, the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo is finally established. We walk through the set and setting of Nauvoo in early 1842 being built on nothing more than credit. Men are the providers, while women are tasked with home chores, raising children, and maybe doing a small money-making hobby on the side to keep the house afloat. We di ...…
 
The two-time Pulitzer Prize winner of "Ruined" and "Sweat" reveals the secret origins of her new play "Mlima's Tale" -- including its surprising link to Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow.
 
Joseph has married another 14 women and managed to turn himself into the mayor of Nauvoo, IL. In celebration, he nopes out of town until his followers repay his debts. He'll make like the apostle Paul and write letters to the believers. Definitely make sure you keep track of who is getting baptized during baptisms for the dead. Drink count - 4 ...…
 
On this episode, we dive into the world of Masonry and Mormonism. In 1842, Joseph ascended to Master Mason “at-sight,” and seven weeks later revealed his Temple Endowment ceremony. If we view more of Joseph Smith’s timeline, we find Masonry was highly influential on the prophet from his earliest years, long before the Book of Mormon ever entere ...…
 
The "Avengers: Infinity War" star reveals how he first got hooked on The Bard and details his recent production of "Hamlet."
 
Evans, now on Broadway in "Lobby Hero" and soon to reprise his signature role as Captain America in "Avengers: Infinity War," reveals his theater-kid roots, details the difficulties of spit management and ponders his future with -- or without -- Captain America.
 
Build up a city on the Iowa side of the river, possibly so that Joseph can escape jurisdiction in Illinois by hopping over the border from Nauvoo to Montrose. Brigham Young has returned from his mission overseas and brought an influx of believers from England. Plural marriage is full-on happening, and it's not always incredibly full of consent. ...…
 
On this episode, we wrap up 1841 and get into early 1842. Jo revises the Book of Mormon and calls it the most correct book of any on the earth. Ebenezer Robinson’s belief in the morality of monogamy likely conflicts with his position as chief editor of the Times and Season so Brigham Young has to step in and stop that from being a problem. The ...…
 
The Olivier-winning star of Broadway's "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" reveals how he got cast as the boy wizard, why he's re-read the books five or six times, and what it's like interacting with the show's international audience of superfans.
 
Sidney Rigdon has been hitting the bottle a bit too hard and is considering going back to Ohio. Joseph strikes that down by telling him to not only stay in Illinois, but to move closer to Joseph's soon-to-be built mansion. Robert D. Foster enters the timeline! Don't spoil it for Marie, just google him and leave zero comments about it. Also, Nau ...…
 
On this episode, we talk General Conference of October, 1841. Some financial problems within the Church are dealt with when Bloody Brigham Young rips up an old bank note and gives it to the wind. Jo offers a profound sermon concerning Baptisms for the Dead and then proceeds to hold it hostage until Talos’ temple crown is complete. A schismatic ...…
 
Joshua Jackson ("Dawson's Creek," "Fringe") and newcomer Lauren Ridloff, the stars of the new Broadway revival of "Children of a Lesser God," sound off on accessibility, representation, communication and why "Children" is still so relevant today.
 
The Nauvoo house is owned by the Community of Christ today, but now is when the saints are told to build it. The church issues "investments" into the creation of the Nauvoo house, which looks suspiciously like a terrible idea. Oliver Cowdery is replaced by Hyrum Smith and William Law is given a few too many superpowers. Drink count - lots? I wa ...…
 
On this episode, we take a step back and try to view the recent headlines with a little bit of historical perspective. From the current rape scandal, to general conference, to the Protect LDS Children march, we try to put historical context on everything which happened this past week. We’ll resume our historical timeline of early Mormonism next ...…
 
The "Doctor Who" star talks about reprising her Olivier Award-winning role in "Yerma," along the way touching on her pop-star past, the film she's directing and the musical that might be in her future.
 
If you build a temple, they will come. *channels Field of Dreams* Baptism for the dead is mentioned for the first time! It has to be done, but only AFTER the Nauvoo Temple is built, so give us all your resources to build that before we build houses for our own. No specific timeline, god understands that bad people may try to stop the Saints, do ...…
 
On this episode, we dive into the recent leak from Mormon Leaks of Jane Doe interviewing Joseph L. Bishop wherein she accuses him of sexually assaulting her. There’s a lot to parse out with this story as it broke at a crucial time ramping up to the Protect LDS Children March happening at the end of this month. Links: PROTECT LDS CHILDREN MARCH ...…
 
There are several characters in the Off Broadway thriller "Harry Clarke." But they're all played by Billy Crudup -- who sure does get lonely up there sometimes.
 
Mormonism is about to become entwined with Masonry. Joseph Smith now can say he's Joseph Smith Sr since his dad has passed away, which is kinda sneaky, but works. April 6 is Jesus's birthday, God loves Hyrum Smith, and the Nauvoo House is decreed to be built. Obviously, it doesn't go as planned. Don't worry everyone, it'll all end up okay becau ...…
 
On this episode, we examine when Jo’s Mormonism became a business venture as much as a religion. It didn’t take long into Mormon history before God felt the need to interfere with Church finances. From that time forward, revelation after revelation centered on money just as much as ecclesiastical matters. We discuss the nuances of the land cont ...…
 
The chairman of NBC Entertainment is the man responsible for the network's embrace of theater, performance and live programming, from the new "Rise" to the upcoming "Jesus Christ Superstar" to "Smash" -- and he's also a theater fan and producer.
 
On this episode, we dive into our historical timeline by examining the power of the press in early Mormonism. From the BoM to the Times and Seasons, the Mormons were publication fiends in absolute control of the information going out of Nauvoo through public literature. Ebenezer Robinson, Robert B. Thompson, and Don Carlos Smith work as editors ...…
 
Pace, the "Halt and Catch Fire" star who's now appearing on Broadway in "Angels in America," takes listeners behind the scenes of the "massive" Tony Kushner play -- and explains why he'd love it if Donald Trump came to see the show.
 
Joseph and his BFFs escape/bribe the guards to get out of jail and run off to a malaria-ridden swamp in Illinois. He heads to D.C. to take the saint's grievances to Pres. Van Buren, saving the passengers of a runaway coach along the way. Van Buren doesn't help them, so they start the trek back to Illinois. John C. Bennett enters the timeline by ...…
 
On this episode, we invite Sam Young of the Protect LDS Children campaign. Currently, Sam’s petition has over 16,000 signatures urging the LDS Church to change its policy concerning how Bishop’s interviews are conducted. As it currently stands, Bishops frequently ask sexually explicit questions during regular interviews in a child’s development ...…
 
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