Episode 37a: The Nauvoo Expositor For Dummies Part 1

John Larsen is joined by regular panelists, George, Mike, Nyal and Jim to discuss the Nauvoo Expositor.

Expositor Text: http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Nauvoo_Expositor
Facsimile of Expositor: http://www.solomonspalding.com/docs/exposit1.htm

Books Mentioned:
Among the Mormons: Historic Accounts By Contemporary Observers
The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power
Nauvoo: KINGDOM ON THE MISSISSIPPI

Episode 37a

11 comments on “Episode 37a: The Nauvoo Expositor For Dummies Part 1”

  1. Mister IT Reply

    Wow! I’m surprised I have any rear teeth left after the teeth grinding that I did listening to Mike’s twisting in the wind rationalization for every single point that the publishers of the Nauvoo Expositor made regarding the abuse of power, corruption, and generally bad behavior of Joseph Smith and the other LDS Leaders. Wow!

    And regarding Mike’s ‘interesting’ spin that William Law was involved with a brothel there’s only one word for it: absurd

    Rather, here’s a good summation of what the historical record shows:

    “On May 14, 1842 the city council passed an ordinance prohibiting brothels in the city. An eyewitness later claimed that Bennett had built one. The city council ordered it ripped down as a public nuisance. Lorenzo D. Wasson, Smith’s nephew, reported that he had knowledge of “Bennett and his prostitutes.” Whatever Bennett’s connnection to the brothel, if any, it is unimaginable that it could have survived without the knowledge of the leaders of the church, yet due to a tacit acceptance, perhaps because the brothel was protected by Bennett, or it might have been an integral part of an emerging system of sexual experimentation then underway in Nauvoo, as Bennett later implied.

    On May 17, 1842 Bennett resigned as mayor and voluntarily left the Mormon church. Two days later Joseph Smith was elected Mayor and Hyrum Smith was elected as vice-mayor.”
    (“The Saintly Scoundrel – The Life and Times of Dr. John Cook Bennett” by Andrew F. Smith; p.86)

    There is, in fact, no established historical correlation between William Law and John C. Bennett’s Brothel that I can find. In fact, I can’t find this “spin” anywhere but Mike’s comments in this podcast.

    Never-the-less I am open to correction if Mike can produce corroborating evidence to support his claims.

  2. Mister IT Reply

    Wow! I’m surprised I have any rear teeth left after the teeth grinding that I did listening to Mike’s twisting in the wind rationalization for every single point that the publishers of the Nauvoo Expositor made regarding the abuse of power, corruption, and generally bad behavior of Joseph Smith and the other LDS Leaders. Wow!

    And regarding Mike’s ‘interesting’ spin that William Law was involved with a brothel there’s only one word for it: absurd

    Rather, here’s a good summation of what the historical record shows:

    “On May 14, 1842 the city council passed an ordinance prohibiting brothels in the city. An eyewitness later claimed that Bennett had built one. The city council ordered it ripped down as a public nuisance. Lorenzo D. Wasson, Smith’s nephew, reported that he had knowledge of “Bennett and his prostitutes.” Whatever Bennett’s connnection to the brothel, if any, it is unimaginable that it could have survived without the knowledge of the leaders of the church, yet due to a tacit acceptance, perhaps because the brothel was protected by Bennett, or it might have been an integral part of an emerging system of sexual experimentation then underway in Nauvoo, as Bennett later implied.

    On May 17, 1842 Bennett resigned as mayor and voluntarily left the Mormon church. Two days later Joseph Smith was elected Mayor and Hyrum Smith was elected as vice-mayor.”
    (“The Saintly Scoundrel – The Life and Times of Dr. John Cook Bennett” by Andrew F. Smith; p.86)

    There is, in fact, no established historical correlation between William Law and John C. Bennett’s Brothel that I can find. In fact, I can’t find this “spin” anywhere but Mike’s comments in this podcast.

    Never-the-less I am open to correction if Mike can produce corroborating evidence to support his claims.

  3. Troy M Morrell Reply

    Great interview of a very articulate and wonderful lady! I will listen to this one again with my wife. And I’m so jealous of your current locale and occupation! While living in England I developed a fascination with Roman Britain, and realizing that it should have been a model of Book of Mormon historicity in many ways are what started the ticking time bomb of my disaffection, so I’m envious of your studies and future digging up the past in the soil of Britain.

  4. sonya_d Reply

    I could relate so much to the discussion of the missionary work in the inner city. When I came home from my mission, where we had 100 baptisms in a year, I went to a branch where they had 100 baptisms each month, but still had less than 200 people attend each week. I was in the YW presidency and we had planned our New Beginnings program for months (do they still do that??), but the elders came in and told us we had to put it on hold because they were going to have a baptism. It was an argument I lost, and we had to hold off our meeting until they were done. So silly. I always always hated the numbers game!

  5. pierregascon83 Reply

    wow. this was an entertaining story told well. he sounds like a cool guy. sorry about the break up though

  6. articulett Reply

    Excellent story. I wish Richard the best in his new life. I hope we hear from him in the future!

  7. simplysarah Reply

    Thanks for sharing. Your story was very engaging. I found it hopeful that when your employment didn’t work out as a newlywed/young dad, you had to start over and actually found a satisfying career. I hope that this new “second chance” at life will be just as good! I wish you the best as you move forward.

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