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Join Bryce Blankenagel and Shannon Grover as we walk through deep Mormon doctrine and history, headlines in and out of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormonism), and explore the lighter side of current events. We hope to provide good feels and a burning in your bosom that'll leave you wanting to download the next episode.
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May 11, 2022

We examine the fascinating era of the 1970s feminist Mormon history studies. We focus on the central figure of Claudia Bushman and her push to build a non-existent world within Mormon studies. A group of east-coast women scholars began publishing controversial history in the form of Mormon Sisters and the resulting Exponent II quarterly journal. The official church historian, Leonard J. Arrington, encouraged and assisted where he could, but the General Authorities, especially Ezra Taft Benson, Mark E. Petersen, and Boyd K. Packer, couldn’t handle the prospect of women scholars publishing in academic journals about Mormon women’s issues. The retaliation, blacklisting, and PR fights quickly followed Claudia Bushman, Marueen Ursenbach Beecher, and Laurel Thatcher Ulrich as they worked to advance the burgeoning field. After that we review the movie/book Hidden Figures and discuss the new White House Press Secretary!

 

Links:

Interview w/Claudia Bushman

https://rsc.byu.edu/conversations-mormon-historians/claudia-l-bushman

Some Reflections on the New Mormon History by Bob Flanders

https://www.jstor.org/stable/45224462?seq=2

History of Exponent II by Carrel Hilton Sheldon

https://test.exponentii.org/1999/08/27/history-by-carrel-hilton-sheldon-arlington-massachusetts/

Where to get Mormon Sisters and Confessions of a Mormon Historian

https://www.benchmarkbooks.com/

 

MOGP: 

Hidden Figures: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4846340/?ref_=tttr_tr_tt 

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race, By Margot Lee Shetterly 

 

Happy News: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2022/05/lesbian-karine-jean-pierre-will-become-new-white-house-press-secretary/

 

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Apr 27, 2022

In this episode, we talk about Mormon priestcraft and show just how much they fit into their own description, all while denying it, of course. (Mormons and their leaders are awfully good at that!) This will lead us directly into part 2 of Bruce R McConkie’s book Millennial Messiah. We have an enjoyable time also discussing Martin Luther and the rise of Protestantism. We will also talk about why we think McCrankie hated Catholicism so much.  Then we’ll close it out with some amazing news about a successful Malaria vaccine. Enjoy! 



Show notes

 

Main topic: Priestcraft

Priestcraft:  https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/gs/priestcraft?lang=eng

The Dangers of Priestcraft:    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/teaching-seminary-preservice-readings-religion-370-471-and-475/the-dangers-of-priestcraft?lang=eng 

A Popular History of Priestcraft In All Ages and Nations:    https://archive.org/stream/popularhistoryof00howiuoft/popularhistoryof00howiuoft_djvu.txt

 

MOGP: Millennial Messiah by Bruce R McConkie 

Martin Luther: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther 

The Ninety-Five Theses by Martin Luther: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninety-five_Theses 

Protest Reformation:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reformation 

Catholic Counter-Reformation:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counter-Reformation 

Council of Trent:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Council_of_Trent 

These countries have the most religious freedom:   https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/rankings/religious-freedom 

Tyndale Bible: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyndale_Bible 

Happy News: 

More Than One Million African Children Protected by First Malaria Vaccine:   https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220421-more-than-one-million-african-children-protected-by-first-malaria-vaccine 

 

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Apr 13, 2022

Hey guess what. It’s Gen Con time. AGAIN! It keeps showing up every six months. Go figure.

In this episode we talk about what slipped through the cracks of this General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And yes, the timestamp is accurate. It’s a long listen, but hearing us dissect #GenCON is much, much, MUCH better than actually watching the 10 hours for yourself, right?

This episode has a general content warning as there are talks involving some damaging concepts including death of a child, suicide, and, of course,  LGBTQ+ issues because those mormon leaders just won't stop being bigots. So fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night!

 

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Mar 30, 2022

It’s time to break into our next long-form review of Mormon literature; Bruce R. McConkie’s Millennial Messiah! We get an idea for the purpose and objective of the book as well as McCrankie’s pet issues right off the bat. He speaks of the heresies integral to false prophecy and warns of the various movements and political groups are anti-Christ. But before we crack open the spine of this tome, our main segment is a brief deep-dive into Mormon prophecy. What is it? From where does it come? How reliable are Mormon prophecies and can they be trusted? And the greatest question with which some believers may wrestle, what’s Joseph Smith’s batting average? We round out the show with some happy news about government diversity in Portugal!

 

Show notes

Mormon Prophecy:

https://www.fairlatterdaysaints.org/archive/publications/the-truth-about-the-god-makers/ic

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_prophecies_of_Joseph_Smith

https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/journal-march-september-1838/41

https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/journal-1839/2#historical-intro#josephsmithpapers

https://abn.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/history/topics/prophecies-of-joseph-smith?lang=eng&adobe_mc

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tariff_of_1833

https://www.jstor.org/stable/43200790

https://mit.irr.org/joseph-smith-william-miller-and-prophetic-speculation

 

MOGP

Book of Common Prayer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Common_Prayer 

Edward VI: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_VI 

Indulgences: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indulgence 

Protestant Reformation: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reformation 

 

Happy News

https://www.portugal.com/news/portuguese-government-announced-the-majority-of-ministers-are-women-for-the-first-time-ever/

 

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