Too Much Monkey Business: Reconstructing Joseph Smith’s Polygamy for the Unsettled Latter-day Saint

Title: Joseph Smith’s Polygamy: Toward a Better Understanding Authors: Brian C. Hales and Laura H. Hales Publisher: Greg Kofford Books Genre: Religion Year Published: 2015 Number of Pages: 204 Binding: Paperback ISBN13: 978-1-58958-723-6 Price $19.95 Reviewed by: Cheryl L. Bruno … 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

First Thoughts on Joseph Smith’s Polygamy by Brian Hales

Title: Joseph Smith’s Polygamy, Vol. 1: History Author: Brian C. Hales with Don Bradley Publisher: Greg Kofford Books Genre: Religious Studies Year: 2013 Pages: 623 Binding: Hardcover ISBN-10: 158958189X ISBN-13: 978-15895818904 Price: $36.95 Brian Hales may have a tough audience for his new 3-volume set entitled Joseph … Continue reading