Episode 8: Joseph Smith Founds a Church (Part 3)

20 Aug

The concluding part of our discussion about Joseph Smith founding the Mormon church. That’s right: the Mormons aren’t going to come up again for a little while.

Forced out of Ohio on charges of bank fraud, Smith takes his followers to Missouri, where escalating violence forces them to Nauvoo, Illinois. As mayor of Nauvoo and president of the church, Joseph tries to construct his theocratic Mormon paradise, which eventually brings him to his voilent end.

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Why doesn’t the Community of Christ affirm the divine origin of The Book of Abraham? What are some highlights from Joseph’s life that we missed out on? Do you have Mormon ancestry going back to Nauvoo? Post your thoughts in the comment section below!


Posted by on August 20, 2012 in Mormonism, New Episode


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3 responses to “Episode 8: Joseph Smith Founds a Church (Part 3)

  1. Alexander

    September 13, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    You guys need to actually educate yourselves about evolution, rather than just talking casually because your lack of research and preparation really shows through. There is a lot of science behind this stuff, and you are getting it wrong. Check out these websites that really helped me in my journey out of my previously uneducated confidence.

  2. wewewwewe

    January 25, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    I may have missed it but didn’t you overlook Champollion and the Rosetta Stone when talking about Smith and his so called ‘Book of Abraham’? When he acquired and ‘translated’ the papyrus nobody could read Egyptian hieroglyphics so nobody could challenge what he claimed was a book written by Abraham. However, when it was examined by scholars AFTER Champollion had decoded ancient Egyptian it turned out to be a part of the Book of the Dead. It’s not often that the religious can be caught in such an outright lie but I’m sure Mormons have their own manner of explaining this away.

    As for the comments of Alexander and his link above… what a joke. ;^)

    • nontheology

      January 27, 2013 at 12:25 am

      Yeah, that is definitely true, and I think one of the funnier threads in the fabric of Mormon history. That came after the time period we were trying to focus on though, so I didn’t think it was essential to the episode. We want to do an episode in the future about Joseph Smith’s translations, so that will come up in the future.


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