Tag Archives: Brigham Young

Jacob Hamblin biography captures the many talents of the ‘apostle to the Indians’

This is an era of outstanding biographies of early LDS leaders. Several years ago we got “Rough Stone Rolling,” on Joseph Smith, and more recently there have been well-researched, candid looks at the lives of Parley P. Pratt and Brigham … Read More

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Emma Hale Smith Bidamon remains an enigma to most Mormons

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here.) In the biography, “Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith,” a visit to Nauvoo from Hannah Tapfield King, a Salt Lake City Mormon, to the widow of Joseph Smith is … Read More

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Mormons, Catholics both deal with dark side of their histories

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, go here.) There’s an interesting article in the Fall 2013 issue of The Journal of Mormon History. “Evil in the Family: Mormons and Catholics Struggling with the Dark Side of … Read More

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The prodigal Mormon apostle, Thomas B. Marsh

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here.) The “Milk and Strippings” story as it relates to Thomas B. Marsh, onetime top LDS apostle turned apostate who came to Utah almost 20 years later a broken, … Read More

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In 1845, William Smith, Mormon apostles waged low-key war in the LDS press

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here.) There’s an interesting article in the new summer 2013 issue of the “Journal of Mormon History.” Christine Elyse Blythe has contributed a long article on the tenure of … Read More

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Samuel Brannan: the Mormon leader in California matched wits with Brigham Young

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here.) Samuel Brannan is unique among Mormon historical figures because his role goes beyond his contribution to Mormonism. Brannan (1818-1889) was trusted enough to lead a Mormon colony on … Read More

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Idea that righteous parents can save wayward children a consistent doctrine in Mormon history

Although doctrines and decrees change in the LDS Church — think polygamy and blacks — one consistent teaching from the time of Joseph Smith to today is that the righteousness of parents can provide salvation to wayward (read: unrighteous) children. … Read More

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Elijah Ables, a black Mormon priesthood holder in the 19th century

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here). Elijah Ables is no stranger to Mormon history, although he’s virtually unknown to anyone who relies exclusively on LDS correlation. Ables was a black man who was ordained … Read More

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The first John D. Lee trial was waged in the court of public opinion

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here) In the Winter 2013 “Journal of Mormon History,” there’s an interesting article from Robert H. Briggs, a lawyer and historian from California. “A Seething Cauldron of Controversy: The First … Read More

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The three most significant changes within the LDS Church

It was a big year for Mormonism; it started with Mitt Romney moving away from the pack toward getting the GOP nomination for U.S. president and ended with some women wearing pants to Sunday church services to draw attention to … Read More

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