Sunday, June 24, 2012

Church History: Podcast 06 - "Coming Forth of The Book of Mormon" 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 Treasure Hunting Days
o   Rumors of lost gold in Harmony Pennsylvania
o   Peepers
o   William Hale's search for gold on Issac Hales property
o   William Hale hires both Joseph Smith Sr. and Joseph Smith Jr. to help in the search for gold

Joseph's Courtship, Engagement, and Marriage to Emma Hale 
o   Joseph's courtship and attempted engagement to Emma Hale
o   Joseph and Emma elope and move to Palmyra
o   The secret acquisition of Emma's dowery from Issac Hal
o   The friendship between Emma Hale Smith and Lucy Mac Smith
o   Joseph takes Emma to the Hill Cumorah to his annual visit with the angel Moroni
The Acquisition of the Plates and Move to Harmony
o   Joseph obtained the Golden Plates and discusses the matter with Josiah Stole, who was at his house
o   Treasure Hunters seek the Golden Plates through force
o   Joseph and Emma Flees back to Harmony
o   Joseph borrows $50 from Martin Harris
o   Lucy Harris takes Joseph Smith to court for "stealing" $50 from her husband Martin Harris
Joseph and Emma in Harmony
o   Joseph Moves denied stay with the Hales due to refusal to show him the contents of his glass box 
o   Martin Harris goes to Harmony and scribes for Joseph while under the guise of going to New York City to get farm equipment and a dress for Lucy Harris
o   Lucy seeks after her husband and has a altercation with Martin and Joseph, and eventually allies with Issac Hale
o   Martin Harris went to New York to get the Book of Mormon characters authenticated, Charles Anthon transcript incident occurs  
o   Martin Harris obtained the 116 pages and is instructed only to show them to Lucy Harris, his parents, and his brother and sister-in-law
o   Joseph and Emma have their first child -Alvin
o   Martin loses the manuscript, Joseph loses translation powers and plates
o   Issac Hale accepts Joseph now that he is no longer a "looker in stone" and give him an inheritance

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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