This Forgotten Restoration Will Sound Amazingly Familiar—Except for the Female Prophets

The prophet drew opinions the way a sweaty horse draws flies. Some reverenced him as God’s sainted mouthpiece, while others called him heretic, madman, and scoundrel. Critics charged that he added to the scriptures, taught a heretical notion of the … Continue reading

The Polygamy Revelations of Joseph Smith

The recent gospel topics essays by the church on plural marriage provide an unprecedented, frank look at a number of aspects of plural marriage previously not included in church discourse. With an announcement in the Church News, a letter to … Continue reading

Emma’s Awareness: A Response to Brian Hales’ JMH Letter to the Editor

It has come to my attention that Brian Hales has commented on my article Keeping a Secret: Freemasonry, Polygamy, and the Nauvoo Relief Society, 1842-1844 which was published in the Fall 2013 issue of Journal of Mormon History. Brian’s comments … Continue reading

Gadianton Robbers and Spiritual Wives: John Whitmer on the Kirtland Church

The Joseph Smith Papers website recently posted an exciting addition to their collection: the John Whitmer history of the Church, which he kept from roughly 1831-1847.[1] Whitmer’s understanding of the events in Kirtland and Missouri may shed light on two … Continue reading