Sunday, May 13, 2012

Church History: Podcast 03 - "Joseph Smith's New England Heritage" by Susan Easton Black


This podcast is in a series of recordings of Dr. Susan Easton Black lecturing on the life of founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Joseph Smith. To view the initial podcast click HERE.
Dr. Susan Easton Black is a professor of Church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University (BYU) where she has taught since 1978.  She is a past Eliza R. Snow Fellow, Associate Dean of General Education and Honors, and Director of Church History in the BYU Religious Studies Center. She is the recipient of numerous academic awards including the Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award in 2000, the highest award given a professor on the BYU Provo campus. Dr. Black has authored, edited, and compiled more than 100 books and 250 articles.
Dr. Black Specializes in research on Joseph Smith and the early Latter-day Saints, and in particular on the Missouri and Nauvoo periods. Dr. Black is the widow of Harvey B. Black, the mother of eight children and currently serves as a ward Young Women’s president.
For indexing and informational purposes I will detail the contents, topics, stories, and question discussed in the associated podcasts.  In this installment of Dr. Black podcasts many contents, topics, stories, and question are discussed which include:
            Joseph Smith Sr. in Palmyra
      o   His move to Palmyra prior to his families move to scout out the town
o   His employment actions in Palmyra including the use of divining, or witching, rods
o   Smith's Cake and Beer Shop
o   Hired Caleb Howard to pick up his family
The Family Travel to Palmyra
o   Caleb Howard's prejudice against Joseph Smith
o   Caleb's Attempt to steal the Smith's possessions
o   Joseph Smith's abandonment and travel to Palmyra
The Religious Affairs and Demographics of Palmyra
o   The preaching and revivals in the "west" creating "the Burned Over District"
o   The religious presences and makeup of Palmyra
o   The Smith's Sunday Bench -- their only property
o   The religious division in the Smith family
o   Religious teachings and origins leading Joseph Smith to the grove
Different Accounts of the First Vision
1838 Account
o   Released in 1851 by Franklin D. Richards
o   The origins and contents of "Franklin's Pearl of Great price", a precursor of the now official "Pearl of Great Price"
1832 Account 
o   Origins, content, and focus on repentance
o   The grove as if on fire when the Lord appears
1835 Account
o   Origins and content
o   Description of his struggle with a dark being
o   Personages appear separately
1841 Account
 o   Origins and content
o   His struggle with the evil power
o   Two personages appear to Joseph Smith
Reception of the First Vision  
Click HERE to listen to the podcast or click on the banner at the top of the post.  Below is a list of the published podcasts so far. Click on the name to take you to the corresponding post. Enjoy!

Church History Q&A: Podcasts by Susan Easton Black

01 - "The Value of Studying Church History"

02 - "Prelude to the Restoration"

03 - "Joseph Smith's New England Heritage"

04 - "The First Vision"

05 - "A Period of Preperation 1823-1829"

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