Sunday, June 17, 2012

Church History: Podcast 05 - "A Period of Preparation 1823-1829" 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's Follies of Youth
o   Joseph's early friendship with Orrin Porter Rockwell
o   Joseph in flight - Joseph in the blacksmith shop
o   Joseph in fight - Joseph's physical altercation with his neighbour
Religious Instruction by Angels
o   Joseph's repentance and first vision from the angel Moroni
o   The history of Hill Comorah
o   The Urm and Thumim
o   The first site of the plates of Moroni and his subsequent annual visits by angel Moroni
o   Joseph's stories and descriptions of Book of Mormon lands and people including interviews with historical figures
o   Alvin dies due to oral prescription of calamine
o   Joseph's account of finding his "seer stone" while digging a well
o   Joseph's method of translating the plates
o   Martin Harris "stone swap" designed to test the prophets validity 
George Albert Smith
o   His patriarchal blessing  
o   His study at Brigham Young University
o   His calling as an Apostle while at the Utah State Fair
o   His initiation of buying historic church sites

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

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