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    Quote Originally Posted by John McClain View Post
    On a side note, the term of use in the Church for non-actives is "Jack" Mormon. I am not sure where that comes from,
    My understanding is that it was in reference to Jack Dempsey, former heavyweight boxing champion. That said, I'm not going to swear to the veracity of that claim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim View Post
    I'm about 50 minutes into part 1 and I have a question. If Emma and Joseph's kids were so opposed to polygamy, why would they want to continue to participate in or lead a religion that had endorsed it? If they hated polygamy, why would they want to carry on Joseph's legacy/religion/faith/whatever if he was the leader of the polygamist idea?
    I'm not sure I understand the question, but Emma raised her children to believe that Joseph never participated in polygamy. One of the reasons we know as much about Joseph's Navou polygamy as we do is that RLDS missionaries came to Salt Lake claiming that polygamy was Brigham's invention which prompted church leaders to secure affidavits from his still living wives.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Indy Coug View Post
    My understanding is that it was in reference to Jack Dempsey, former heavyweight boxing champion. That said, I'm not going to swear to the veracity of that claim.
    Having served 4 1/2 months of my mission in the very town where he earned his nickname, I can tell you that he popularized the term though I think it's older than that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Surfah View Post
    Having served 4 1/2 months of my mission in the very town where he earned his nickname, I can tell you that he popularized the term though I think it's older than that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scottie View Post
    John, just FYI that we have really good and open Mormon religious discussions here on CougarUteForum (we're not all about sports). I know you're a busy man, but you'd be MVP of The Foyer category here if you started participating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John McClain View Post
    The Manassas Mauler? I hope the time you spent there was in the summer and not the winter cause that is one cold place.
    Oh no. I got transferred there 4 days before Christmas. A San Luis Valley winter is brutal. I have never felt cold like I did there. Not before, and not since. I got to hike Zapata Falls though and see them iced over which was cool. Also got to walk across the Rio Grande when it was iced over. Probably not the smartest thing looking back.
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    San Luis valley is a climatological anamoly. It gets so freaking cold there in the winter. I always admired the old Mormon pioneers who stuck it out there. My secretary, as well as my former Stake President, hail from that area. Back in the days when I was young and played basketball it seemed that every year at the regional championships we would run up against a ward from the Alamosa Stake - always a bunch of bruisers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johndehlin View Post
    Hey Scottie,

    Any time you want me to join the party, just shoot me the URL. Happy to join in!!!!!
    I hope you'll come back. We could use a man like you to elevate our discourse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UtahDan View Post
    I'm not sure I understand the question, but Emma raised her children to believe that Joseph never participated in polygamy. One of the reasons we know as much about Joseph's Navou polygamy as we do is that RLDS missionaries came to Salt Lake claiming that polygamy was Brigham's invention which prompted church leaders to secure affidavits from his still living wives.
    You have to wonder, then, why the leaders of the RLDS church would allow their missionaries to go to SLC under the pretense of pinning polygamy on Brigham Young if the very people that could "point fingers" at Brigham Young wouldn't/shouldn't have any problem also pointing fingers at Joseph Smith. Unless, of course, Emma and Joseph III and everyone else leading the RLDS church *genuinely* didn't believe that Joseph had been involved with polygamy. That's unlikely, of course, so I go back to wondering why, if some people in the RLDS church knew the true history, they would willingly allow/encourage their people to go on missions to Utah and have the proverbial rug pulled out from under them once they arrived there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim View Post
    You have to wonder, then, why the leaders of the RLDS church would allow their missionaries to go to SLC under the pretense of pinning polygamy on Brigham Young if the very people that could "point fingers" at Brigham Young wouldn't/shouldn't have any problem also pointing fingers at Joseph Smith. Unless, of course, Emma and Joseph III and everyone else leading the RLDS church *genuinely* didn't believe that Joseph had been involved with polygamy. That's unlikely, of course, so I go back to wondering why, if some people in the RLDS church knew the true history, they would willingly allow/encourage their people to go on missions to Utah and have the proverbial rug pulled out from under them once they arrived there.
    I think it was the case that most didn't truly know. Nauvoo polygamy was underground polygamy and the people who knew about it were those who participated in it. It was not practiced in the open and Joseph himself denied it publicly. There was a lot or rumor, speculation, innuendo and denial that surrounded it. I think it is fair to say that the average member of the church today has far, far more access to information about it than any Nauvoo saint not practicing it ever did.

    There was significant opposition to polygamy in the early church and numerous leaders when they were brought in on the secret left the church. William Law is one of the best examples (he who then established the Nauvoo Expositor for the purpose of exposing polygamy). So many of those who didn't accept Brigham's claim that there would be no new prophet and that the 12 would govern with him at the head gravitated toward some of the other options who were denouncing polygamy, though of course several of those options either were or ended up practicing polygamy themselves. The point is that the RLDS church, which remember didn't really hit its stride until 1860 which J.S., III was finally old enough to accept the mantle of prophet, vigorously denied that any of it had happened and it appears that most didn't know. It is hard to think that Emma didn't know, but I imagine that on the strength of her denials most people around that church could hang their hat on that.

    If you google around you will find essays created recently where people make the case that J.S., Jr. was not involved in polygamy. As we know, the fact of it is something that most LDS have only become acquainted with in recent times as the history began to be done and the evidence became overwhelming. I mean, just look around here and other places and see how some people will deny almost anything if they have an interest in doing so and there is even a plausible ground for doing so (Brigham and MMM is a good example of that, there are many others). They just really didn't want it to be true and no one could "prove" to them that it was. Again, Emma was key.

    Sorry for the long explanation, anyone can correct me if I have missed something there but that is my understanding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surfah View Post
    I like this. I have many friends who are not active and lead lifestyles in conflict with the teachings of the Church, but they still consider themselves Mormon.

    Robin I still think of you as Mormon. Accordingly, I also think of SU as Mormon. Though that is mostly because I like to think that makes SU wince.
    SU is most assuredly Mormon since his records are still intact (or so we are led to believe). If RF is still Mormon, then I want him to have a calling. There should be some kind of price attached to continued use of the heritage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UtahDan View Post
    I think it was the case that most didn't truly know. Nauvoo polygamy was underground polygamy and the people who knew about it were those who participated in it. It was not practiced in the open and Joseph himself denied it publicly. There was a lot or rumor, speculation, innuendo and denial that surrounded it. I think it is fair to say that the average member of the church today has far, far more access to information about it than any Nauvoo saint not practicing it ever did.

    There was significant opposition to polygamy in the early church and numerous leaders when they were brought in on the secret left the church. William Law is one of the best examples (he who then established the Nauvoo Expositor for the purpose of exposing polygamy). So many of those who didn't accept Brigham's claim that there would be no new prophet and that the 12 would govern with him at the head gravitated toward some of the other options who were denouncing polygamy, though of course several of those options either were or ended up practicing polygamy themselves. The point is that the RLDS church, which remember didn't really hit its stride until 1860 which J.S., III was finally old enough to accept the mantle of prophet, vigorously denied that any of it had happened and it appears that most didn't know. It is hard to think that Emma didn't know, but I imagine that on the strength of her denials most people around that church could hang their hat on that.

    If you google around you will find essays created recently where people make the case that J.S., Jr. was not involved in polygamy. As we know, the fact of it is something that most LDS have only become acquainted with in recent times as the history began to be done and the evidence became overwhelming. I mean, just look around here and other places and see how some people will deny almost anything if they have an interest in doing so and there is even a plausible ground for doing so (Brigham and MMM is a good example of that, there are many others). They just really didn't want it to be true and no one could "prove" to them that it was. Again, Emma was key.

    Sorry for the long explanation, anyone can correct me if I have missed something there but that is my understanding.
    That's exactly what I was trying to say, though. Emma knew about polygamy (she HAD to know about it!) and she was involved with the RLDS movement, obviously more as a leading member than any type of authority figure. So when the RLDS leaders began to take missions to Utah to essentially put polygamy onto BY's shoulders, why didn't she stop them (since she knew their message was incorrect)? Was she protecting Joseph? Was she protecting herself? That really takes me back to my first point, which is to wonder how she (or any of the other RLDS leaders who "knew") could let the RLDS missionaries go to Utah KNOWING what they were going to find out once they got there and started talking about it.

    It's interesting that one of the goals of the RLDS church in taking missions to Utah was to further disassociate itself from the LDS church and the practice of polygamy, yet it was their missions that eventually led to the mass publicizing of the knowledge about Mormon polygamy, and the public even to this day doesn't care about differentiating between all the branches of Mormonism as much as Mormons do. Their mission to rid themselves of any tie to polygamy only resulted in them being forever included in the bucket of religions involved with the practice.

    In summary: Emma knew and she didn't stop them from going on missions to Utah.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UtahDan View Post
    I'm not sure I understand the question, but Emma raised her children to believe that Joseph never participated in polygamy. One of the reasons we know as much about Joseph's Navou polygamy as we do is that RLDS missionaries came to Salt Lake claiming that polygamy was Brigham's invention which prompted church leaders to secure affidavits from his still living wives.
    Oh the irony.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim View Post
    In summary: Emma knew and she didn't stop them from going on missions to Utah.
    Yeah, you just wonder what she was thinking. Maybe after so many years of telling the lie it became true to her. Funny enough, there is a book about her:

    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Mormon-Enigma-Emma-Hale-Smith/dp/0252062914"]Amazon.com: Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith (9780252062919): Linda King Newell, Valeen Tippetts Avery: Books@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41YAAC32JXL.@@AMEPARAM@@41YAAC32JXL[/ame]

    Interesting title choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim View Post
    You have to wonder, then, why the leaders of the RLDS church would allow their missionaries to go to SLC under the pretense of pinning polygamy on Brigham Young if the very people that could "point fingers" at Brigham Young wouldn't/shouldn't have any problem also pointing fingers at Joseph Smith. Unless, of course, Emma and Joseph III and everyone else leading the RLDS church *genuinely* didn't believe that Joseph had been involved with polygamy. That's unlikely, of course, so I go back to wondering why, if some people in the RLDS church knew the true history, they would willingly allow/encourage their people to go on missions to Utah and have the proverbial rug pulled out from under them once they arrived there.
    Emma knew. If you get the chance read "From Mission to Madness." A biography by Tippets, I think, on David Hyrum Smith, the child Emma was pregnant with when Joseph was martyred. He ended up spending his final years in an institution in Illinois. He went with Joseph III to SLC to reclaim the Brighamites and what he found out really troubled him. I think he still would have had mental issues, but upon his return to Nauvoo he walked up to Emma and said "you lied to us!"

    I think Joseph's kids didn't know but obviously some found out.

    What I always found really interesting is that Emma taught her children nothing about Joseph's role wrt to the restoration. Perhaps that role has taken on greater significance within the LDS culture than it had then and so my frame of reference is very different than hers. I just found it interesting that he kids knew nothing about the priesthood, the Book of Mormon anything really unique to the LDS faith until Joseph III accepted to be the President of the Reorganized Church.

    Of course Emma had a mental breakdown so really we should all ignore her life and existence once Joseph was martyred!
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    Maybe someone can raise Adam from the dead so he can shovel some more dirt on Emma's grave.

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    The first part of the Peter and Mary Danzig interview is up. Listening now...

    http://mormonstories.org/?p=831

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    I have unique perspectives on the September 6. John Dehlin should contact me

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    Quote Originally Posted by UtahDan View Post
    The first part of the Peter and Mary Danzig interview is up. Listening now...

    http://mormonstories.org/?p=831
    Complete interviews up now. Very interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viking View Post
    I have unique perspectives on the September 6. John Dehlin should contact me
    Is this something you've posted on before? I'm interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goatnapper'96 View Post
    Emma knew. If you get the chance read "From Mission to Madness." A biography by Tippets, I think, on David Hyrum Smith, the child Emma was pregnant with when Joseph was martyred. He ended up spending his final years in an institution in Illinois. He went with Joseph III to SLC to reclaim the Brighamites and what he found out really troubled him. I think he still would have had mental issues, but upon his return to Nauvoo he walked up to Emma and said "you lied to us!"

    I think Joseph's kids didn't know but obviously some found out.

    What I always found really interesting is that Emma taught her children nothing about Joseph's role wrt to the restoration. Perhaps that role has taken on greater significance within the LDS culture than it had then and so my frame of reference is very different than hers. I just found it interesting that he kids knew nothing about the priesthood, the Book of Mormon anything really unique to the LDS faith until Joseph III accepted to be the President of the Reorganized Church.

    Of course Emma had a mental breakdown so really we should all ignore her life and existence once Joseph was martyred!
    I think Emma deserves great compassion. There's a song floating around about her called "Emma," and its refrain is "How much can one heart take?" Being Joseph Smith, Jr.'s wife pretty much amounted to one severe trial after another.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LA Ute View Post
    I think Emma deserves great compassion. There's a song floating around about her called "Emma," and its refrain is "How much can one heart take?" Being Joseph Smith, Jr.'s wife pretty much amounted to one severe trial after another.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosebud View Post
    Is this something you've posted on before? I'm interested.
    not here. if anyone knows of a way to contact bryan waterman, let me know

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viking View Post
    not here. if anyone knows of a way to contact bryan waterman, let me know
    You will be able to schedule your super-secret meeting with Bryan Waterman by contacting him at the following email:

    bryan.waterman@nyu.edu

    Should you prefer to have a face-to-face meeting, I suggest that on Monday at about 11am (or Tuesday at about 12:30am, if Monday doesn't work) that you make a quick call to the car service, walk on over to the elevator, hit the button, descend 40 floors, walk out onto the street, get into the waiting car and have it take you the forty blocks over to this address:

    13-19 University Place, room 538
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    It should be an easy drive down Avenue of the Americas to the Village. At that point, you would be able to have your face-to-face meeting from either 11:30-12:30 on Monday or from 1-3 on Tuesday.

    If that is inconvenient for you (it is, after all, the middle of the very busy working day) you should be able to find him at home in the evening. Simply finish dinner with the wife, kids, and mil around 8 and then grab a cab for the 15-20 min. ride over to this address:

    400 Broome St. New York, NY 10013

    Where you should be able to find him, his wife, their daughters, and their son. There will also probably be a mass of college kids wandering around. I'm sure that he would be more than happy to take your story down at that point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I.J. Reilly View Post
    You will be able to schedule your super-secret meeting with Bryan Waterman by contacting him at the following email:

    bryan.waterman@nyu.edu

    Should you prefer to have a face-to-face meeting, I suggest that on Monday at about 11am (or Tuesday at about 12:30am, if Monday doesn't work) that you make a quick call to the car service, walk on over to the elevator, hit the button, descend 40 floors, walk out onto the street, get into the waiting car and have it take you the forty blocks over to this address:

    13-19 University Place, room 538
    New York, NY 10003

    It should be an easy drive down Avenue of the Americas to the Village. At that point, you would be able to have your face-to-face meeting from either 11:30-12:30 on Monday or from 1-3 on Tuesday.

    If that is inconvenient for you (it is, after all, the middle of the very busy working day) you should be able to find him at home in the evening. Simply finish dinner with the wife, kids, and mil around 8 and then grab a cab for the 15-20 min. ride over to this address:

    400 Broome St. New York, NY 10013

    Where you should be able to find him, his wife, their daughters, and their son. There will also probably be a mass of college kids wandering around. I'm sure that he would be more than happy to take your story down at that point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scottie View Post
    Wait, did I not do enough of the work? Should I include more? Was it confusing in some way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by I.J. Reilly View Post
    You will be able to schedule your super-secret meeting with Bryan Waterman by contacting him at the following email:

    bryan.waterman@nyu.edu

    Should you prefer to have a face-to-face meeting, I suggest that on Monday at about 11am (or Tuesday at about 12:30am, if Monday doesn't work) that you make a quick call to the car service, walk on over to the elevator, hit the button, descend 40 floors, walk out onto the street, get into the waiting car and have it take you the forty blocks over to this address:

    13-19 University Place, room 538
    New York, NY 10003

    It should be an easy drive down Avenue of the Americas to the Village. At that point, you would be able to have your face-to-face meeting from either 11:30-12:30 on Monday or from 1-3 on Tuesday.

    If that is inconvenient for you (it is, after all, the middle of the very busy working day) you should be able to find him at home in the evening. Simply finish dinner with the wife, kids, and mil around 8 and then grab a cab for the 15-20 min. ride over to this address:

    400 Broome St. New York, NY 10013

    Where you should be able to find him, his wife, their daughters, and their son. There will also probably be a mass of college kids wandering around. I'm sure that he would be more than happy to take your story down at that point.
    fantastic. i live in NYC. he and I have A LOT to discuss...

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    Quote Originally Posted by I.J. Reilly View Post
    You will be able to schedule your super-secret meeting with Bryan Waterman by contacting him at the following email:

    bryan.waterman@nyu.edu

    Should you prefer to have a face-to-face meeting, I suggest that on Monday at about 11am (or Tuesday at about 12:30am, if Monday doesn't work) that you make a quick call to the car service, walk on over to the elevator, hit the button, descend 40 floors, walk out onto the street, get into the waiting car and have it take you the forty blocks over to this address:

    13-19 University Place, room 538
    New York, NY 10003

    It should be an easy drive down Avenue of the Americas to the Village. At that point, you would be able to have your face-to-face meeting from either 11:30-12:30 on Monday or from 1-3 on Tuesday.

    If that is inconvenient for you (it is, after all, the middle of the very busy working day) you should be able to find him at home in the evening. Simply finish dinner with the wife, kids, and mil around 8 and then grab a cab for the 15-20 min. ride over to this address:

    400 Broome St. New York, NY 10013

    Where you should be able to find him, his wife, their daughters, and their son. There will also probably be a mass of college kids wandering around. I'm sure that he would be more than happy to take your story down at that point.
    oh, he knows the story!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viking View Post
    oh, he knows the story!
    but what is the story?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pellegrino View Post
    but what is the story?
    i should amend. bryan knows half the story...what he doesn't know is the other half and the revenge that so many probably sought, unknowingly got. can't wait to speak with him. it's been a long time.

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