Ever heard about a Council of 50 men in the Mormon church that was discussing an invention of liquid fire that could destroy an army or a navy? Did you know there was a Mormon Council that sometimes wrote its minutes in code, and its members took oaths of secrecy complete with penalties? Come listen to Jedediah Rogers talk about his new book “The Council of 50, A Documentary History.” In this podcast we discuss the Council of 50 functioning for 40 years under three different Mormon Prophets, who all had themselves crowned as prophet, priest and king. Joseph Smith created this secret council to guard the church and polygamy and help campaign for his US presidential bid. After the succession crises, Brigham Young used the Council to help plan the trek West and it then became the secret de facto political government of Utah. John Taylor then reconstituted the council during a period of opposition in regards to polygamy. This book is available through Signature Books and is a must read for anyone interested in early Mormon history.
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LGBTQ Mormon Crisis
Two Printable handout for bishops and stake presidents that talks empirically about LGBTQ suicides:
The LGBTQ Mormon Crisis: Responding to the Empirical Research on Suicide
Youth Suicide Rates and Mormon Religious Context: An Additional Empirical Analysis
The Barker Brothers’ Projects
“…we are asking our Church leaders to inquire of the Lord if the one year wait on the temple sealing can be changed…”
These videos were created for Latter-day Saint parents and allies to voice their love for their LGBT brothers and sisters, sons and daughters. They want to give a message of comfort and support to other parents who are navigating the difficult conflicts that can arise in families around this issue.
“Cogito!” (“I think!”) follows the intellectual adventures of a recovering academic outside the walls of academia.
Quote of the Month
"It is not as a child that I believe and confess Jesus Christ. My hosanna is born of a furnace of doubt." (Fyodor Dostoevsky)