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May 25, 2019
Episode 7: The Bad Girls of Early Mormonism
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”
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64 min
May 10, 2019
Episode 6: Bad Boys of Early Mormonism
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
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73 min
April 26, 2019
Episode 5: History of the Scriptures
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.
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106 min
April 12, 2019
Episode 4: Magic and Mormonism
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  
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113 min
March 29, 2019
Episode 3: The Smith Family
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
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78 min
March 15, 2019
Episode 2: The First Mother in Israel
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):
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71 min
February 20, 2019
Episode 1: The Creation
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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49 min
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