Telling the story of joseph smith's polygamy from the records of those who knew him best, augmented by those who observed him from a distance, may have produced the most useful view of all. Drawing on every known historical account, emma smith's poignant response, polyandry, whether by supporters or opponents, the "angel with a sword" accounts, Volumes 1 and 2 take a fresh look at the chronology and development of Mormon polygamy, including the difficult conundrums of the Fannie Alger relationship, and the possibility of Joseph Smith offspring by his plural wives.
Joseph Smith's Polygamy, Volume 2: History #ad - Born in 1805 and silenced thirty-nine years later by assassins' bullets, he dictated more than one-hundred revelations, organized several new cities, built a temple, published books of new scripture, and became the proclaimed prophet to tens of thousands during his abbreviated life. Among his many novel teachings and practices, none is more controversial than plural marriage, a restoration of the Old Testament practice that he accepted as part of his divinely appointed mission.
Few american religious figures have stirred more passion among adherents and antagonists than Joseph Smith. By then, thousands of Mormons were engaged in the practice that was seen as essential to salvation. However, the private writings of Nauvoo participants and other polygamy insiders tell another, more complex and nuanced story.
Joseph Smith's Polygamy, Volume 1: HistoryGreg Kofford Books, Incorporated #ad - Among his many novel teachings and practices, none is more controversial than plural marriage, a restoration of the Old Testament practice that he accepted as part of his divinely appointed mission. Among the most intriguing are the newly available Andrew Jenson papers containing not only the often-quoted statements by surviving plural wives but also Jenson's own private research, conducted in the late nineteenth century.
Drawing on every known historical account, emma smith's poignant response, the "angel with a sword" accounts, polyandry, Volumes 1 and 2 take a fresh look at the chronology and development of Mormon polygamy, including the difficult conundrums of the Fannie Alger relationship, whether by supporters or opponents, and the possibility of Joseph Smith offspring by his plural wives.
Many of these accounts have never been published. Telling the story of joseph smith's polygamy from the records of those who knew him best, augmented by those who observed him from a distance, may have produced the most useful view of all. Born in 1805 and silenced thirty-nine years later by assassins' bullets, organized several new cities, published books of new scripture, built a temple, he dictated more than one-hundred revelations, and became the proclaimed prophet to tens of thousands during his abbreviated life.
Joseph Smith's Polygamy, Volume 1: History #ad - Victorian america saw plural marriage as immoral and Joseph Smith as acting on libido. However, the private writings of Nauvoo participants and other polygamy insiders tell another, more complex and nuanced story. Although rumors and exposés multiplied, it was not until 1852 that Mormons in Brigham Young's Utah took a public stand.
Joseph Smith's Polygamy, Volume 3: TheologyGreg Kofford Books, Incorporated #ad - As a result, reconstructing Joseph Smith's theology of plurality is a task that has seldom been undertaken. Attempts to explain the history of Joseph Smith's polygamy without comprehending the theological principles undergirding its practice will always be incomplete and skewed. It was long abandoned, christians understood, by the time Jesus set forth the dominating law of the New Testament.
But how did joseph smith understand it? where did it fit in the "restitution of all things" acts 3:21 predicted in the New Testament? What part did it play in the global ideology declared by this modern prophet who produced new scripture, new revelation, and new theology? During Joseph Smith's lifetime, polygamy was taught and practiced in intense secrecy, with the result that he never fully explained its doctrinal underpinnings or systematized its practice.
Most theological examinations have either focused on its development during Brigham Young's Utah period, with its need to resist increasing federal legislative and judicial pressures, or the efforts of twentieth-century and contemporary "fundamentalists" who continue to marry a plurality of wives. Volume 3 of this three-volume work builds on the carefully reconstructed history of the development of Mormon polygamy during Joseph Smith's lifetime, the diary entries of those closely associated with him, marriage and family relations, then assembles the doctrinal principles from his recorded addresses, and the mechanics of eternal progression, and his broader teachings on the related topics of obedience to God's will, salvation, and exaltation.
Joseph Smith's Polygamy, Volume 3: Theology #ad - Americans of joseph smith's day, steeped in the stories and prophecies of the King James Bible, certainly knew about plural marriage; but it was a curiosity relegated to the misty past of patriarchs Abraham and Jacob, who never gave reasons for their polygamy. This volume, which takes those principles and evidences with the utmost seriousness, has produced the most important explanation of "why" this ancient practice reemerged among the Latter-day Saints on the shores of the Mississippi in the early 1840s.
The revelation he dictated in july 1843 that authorized the practice of eternal and plural marriage receives unprecedented examination and careful interpretation that illuminate this significant document and its underlying doctrines.
Joseph Smith's Polygamy: Toward a Better UnderstandingGreg Kofford Books, Incorporated #ad - As this episode of mormon history involved more than just Joseph and his first wife Emma, this volume also includes short biographies of the 36 women who were married to the Prophet but whose stories of faith, struggle, and courage have been largely forgotten and ignored over time. Hales wade through the murky waters of history to help bring some clarity to this episode of Mormonism’s past, examining both the theological explanations of the practice and the accounts of those who experienced it first hand.
In this short volume, Brian C. Hales author of the 3-volume Joseph Smith’s Polygamy set and Laura H. For some who were already well aware of this aspect of early Mormon history, the availability of new research and discovered documents has been a wellspring of further insight and knowledge into this topic.
Joseph Smith's Polygamy: Toward a Better Understanding #ad - While we may never fully understand the details and reasons surrounding this practice, Brian and Laura Hales provide readers with an accessible, forthright, and faithful look into this challenging topic so that we can at least come toward a better understanding. In the last several years a wealth of information has been published on Joseph Smith's practice of polygamy.
For others who are learning of joseph’s marriages to other women for the first time, these books and online publications including the LDS Church's recent Gospel Topics essays on the subject can be both an information overload and a challenge to one's faith.
In Sacred Loneliness: The Plural Wives of Joseph SmithSignature Books #ad - After smith’s death in 1844, their lives became even more “lonely and desolate. One even joined a convent. But all considered their lives unhappy, except for the joy they found in their children and grandchildren. . Emma remained a steadfast opponent of polygamy throughout her life. The majority of smith’s wives were younger than he, and one-third were between fourteen and twenty years of age.
These were passionate relationships which also had some longevity, except in cases such as that of two young sisters, one of whom was discovered by Joseph’s first wife, Emma, in a locked bedroom with the prophet. The majority were appropriated by smith’s successors, based on the Old Testament law of the Levirate, and had children by them, though they considered these guardianships unsatisfying.
In Sacred Loneliness: The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith #ad - Others stayed in the Midwest and remarried, while one moved to California. In addition, some of the wives hinted that they bore Smith children—most notably Sylvia Sessions’s daughter Josephine—although the children carried their stepfather’s surname. For all of smith’s wives, the experience of being secretly married was socially isolating, emotionally draining, and sexually frustrating.
Despite the spiritual and temporal benefits, which they acknowledged, they found their faith tested to the limit of its endurance. Beginning in the 1830s, at least thirty-three women married Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism. Another third were already married, and some of the husbands served as witnesses at their own wife’s polyandrous wedding.
Investigating the Book of Mormon WitnessesDeseret Book #ad - Richard lloyd anderson, wherein he presents evidence from original sources on each of the eleven witnesses of the metal plates from which the Prophet Joseph Smith translated the ancient scriptural account known as the Book of Mormon. A carefully researched, thought-provoking book, by Dr.
Shaken Faith Syndrome: Strengthening One's Testimony in the Face of Criticism and DoubtFoundation for Apologetic Information & Research, Incorporated #ad - This second edition of shaken Faith Syndrome is enlarged and expanded from the first edition, incorporating new research and findings into its pages. Backed by extensive research and decades of experience dealing with anti-Mormon allegations, Michael Ash explores how we can be both rational thinkers and devout believers.
Since most members don't have all the answers at their fingertips, LDS-critical claims can be unsettling or create doubt. In today's world an increasing number of Latter-day Saints are encountering anti-Mormon material. Some arguments have caused a few members--even active members with strong testimonies--to lose their faith.
Grace Is Not God's Backup Plan: An Urgent Paraphrase of Paul's Letter to the RomansCreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform #ad - The king james version, for instance, renders Paul’s letter with uncanny beauty but is opaque as an argument. Their overriding concern is with the letter of the text, not with its logic. But paul’s work is too important, his good news too urgent, to leave so much of him locked in the first century. What follows is not a translation in the ordinary sense of the word.
Rather than worry over the letter of the text, the goal has been to illuminate the large scale patterns that structure it. It’s more like a paraphrase. Paul never quite puts it like this, but he implies it at every turn. As a result, paul’s forest is always getting sacrificed for the sake of his trees. Modern translations tend to have the same problem.
Grace Is Not God's Backup Plan: An Urgent Paraphrase of Paul's Letter to the Romans #ad - This work argues that the deep logic of Romans comes into sharp focus around a single premise: Paul’s claim that grace is not God’s backup plan. We need our renderings to do more than mimic the original, we need them to bleed and breathe.
Joseph Smith: Rough Stone RollingKnopf #ad - Joseph smith, america’s preeminent visionary and prophet, rose from a modest background to found the largest indigenous Christian church in American history. Moving beyond the popular stereotype of smith as a colorful fraud, the book explores the inner workings of his personality–his personal piety, his affection for family and friends, his temper, and his incredible determination.
His enemies maligned him as a dangerous religious fanatic, an American Mohammad, and drove the Mormons from every place in which they settled. It describes how he received revelations and why his followers believed them. Smith was a builder of cities. Adopted as the model for hundreds of mormon settlements in the West, Smith’s urban vision may have left a more lasting imprint on the landscape than that of any other American.
Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling #ad - He was controversial from his earliest years. He sought to form egalitarian, and open communities under God and laid out a plan for ideal cities, just, which he hoped would fill the world. The book evaluates the mormon prophet’s bold contributions to Christian theology and situates him culturally in the modern world.
Published on the two hundredth anniversary of Smith’s birth, Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling is an in-depth portrayal of the mysterious figure behind one of the world’s fastest growing faiths. His followers honored him as a man who spoke for God and restored biblical religion.
Studies of the Book of MormonSignature Books #ad - H. If the book of mormon is not historical, but rather a reflection of the misconceptions current in Joseph Smith’s day regarding Indian origins, then its theological claims are suspect as well, Roberts asserted. In this and other research, it was Roberts’s proclivity to go wherever the evidence took him, in this case anticipating and defending against potential future problems.
Available for the first time fifty years after the author’s death, Studies of the Book of Mormon presents this respected church leader’s investigation into Mormonism’s founding scripture. Roberts considered the evident parallels between the Book of Mormon and Ethan Smith’s View of the Hebrews, a book that predated the Mormon scripture by seven years.
The manuscript is accompanied by a preface and introduction, a bibliography, a biographical essay, correspondence to and from Roberts relating to the manuscript, a history of the documents’ provenances, and an afterword–all of which put the information into perspective. Used book in Good Condition.
Studies of the Book of Mormon #ad - Yet the manuscript was so poorly received by fellow church leaders that it was left to Roberts alone to decide whether he had overlooked some important piece of the puzzle or whether the Mormon scripture’s claims were, in fact, illegitimate. Reflecting his talent for combining history and theology, B.
. Clearly for most of his colleagues, institutional priorities overshadowed epistemological integrity. But roberts’s pathbreaking work has been judged by the editor to be methodologically sound–still relevant today.
Women at Church: Magnifying LDS Women's Local ImpactGreg Kofford Books, Incorporated #ad - Greg kofford Books Inc. Women at church is a practical and faithful guide to improving the way men and women work together at church. Readers will understand how to evaluate possible pain points in current practices and propose solutions that continue to uphold all mandated church policies. Readers will be equipped with the tools they need to have respectful, empathetic and productive conversations about gendered practices in Church administration and culture.
All proceeds from this book go to supporting the Mormon Women Project. Looking at current administrative and cultural practices, the author explains why some women struggle with the gendered divisions of labor. Used book in Good Condition. She then examines ample real-life examples that are currently happening in local settings around the country that expand and reimagine gendered practices.