Saints Podcast

By The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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Each week the Saints podcast features interviews with historians, General Authorities, writers, researchers, and others involved with the new history of the Church, Saints: The Story of the Church of Jesus Christ in the Latter Days.

Episode Date
22: Like Coals of Living Fire
In this week’s episode we learn about the corruption of Walter Gibson in Hawaii. Clint explains how Gibson used his ecclesiastical position to defraud the local Hawaiian saints.
May 22, 2020
21: The Same Great Work
In this week’s episode we learn about the construction of a theater in Salt Lake City and how entertainment fit into the lives of the early Saints.
May 22, 2020
20: Handwriting on the Wall
In this week’s episode Chad helps us understand the Church’s efforts to improve its image in U.S. newspapers. We also discuss Joseph Smith’s prophecy of civil war in the United States.
May 22, 2020
19: The Chambers of the Lord
We discuss the conditions leading up to the so-called Utah War, the political climate of the day, and the aftermath.
May 22, 2020
18: Too Late, Too Late
Matt Grow is a historian and the managing director of the Church History Department. In this week’s episode Matt helps us better understand the Mountain Meadows Massacre. We discuss what we can learn from this terrible tragedy.
May 22, 2020
17: The Folks Are Reforming
In this week’s episode we explore the events that led some Church members to instigate this horrific crime and helps us understand more about the immigrants who were the victims.
May 22, 2020
16: Not Doubting nor Despairing
In this week’s episode we learn more about the effort to rescue the stranded handcart pioneers.
May 22, 2020
15: In Storms and in Calms
In today's episode we discuss the often-misunderstood timeline of the Willie and Martin companies and their rescuers.
May 22, 2020
14: Hard to Be Separated
In this week’s episode we explore the experiences of Jacob and Ann Eliza Secrist.
May 22, 2020
13: By Every Possible Means
In this week’s episode we learn about what later became known as the Walker War. Chelsea Henrie explains how deceit led to open conflict.
May 22, 2020
12: Their Faces Are Zionward
In this week’s episode we discuss missionary work in South Africa and the priesthood and temple restrictions for people of African descent.
May 22, 2020
11: A Glorious Privilege
In this week’s episode we discuss the harrowing story of Johan Dorius, a missionary serving in Norway, and his soul-stirring defense in front of a skeptical judge.
May 22, 2020
10: Truth and Righteousness
In this week’s episode Tyson Thorpe from the Church History Department joins us to talk about the first petition for Utah statehood.
May 22, 2020
9: As the Spirit Dictates
In this episode Chad Orton explores what it meant to be called as a California gold missionary in 1849.
May 22, 2020
8: This Time of Scarcity
In this week’s episode Nathan Waite discusses Oliver Cowdery’s return to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his journey west to join the Saints.
May 22, 2020
7: Keep Up Good Courage
In this week’s episode Jennifer Lund explores the desperate circumstances that faced the early Saints after crop failures, frost, and infestation by so-called “Mormon Crickets."
May 22, 2020
6: Seven Thunders Rolling
In today’s episode Emily Crumpton explains when and where the First Presidency was reorganized after the martyrdom of Joseph Smith.
May 22, 2020
5: Bowed Down to the Grave
In today’s episode Mark Staker helps illuminate the history of early African-American members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
May 22, 2020
4: An Ensign to the Nations
In this episode Jake Olmstead reviews the first few days when the vanguard company arrived in the Salt Lake Valley. Jake helps disambiguate between lore and the historical record.
May 22, 2020
3: Word and Will of the Lord
In today’s episode Eric Smith helps explain the covenant that the early saints made to ensure that all, including the very poor, could make.
May 22, 2020
2: Glory Enough
Brandon Metcalf is a researcher and writer with the Church History Department. In today’s episode Brandon explains why Brigham Young and other Church leaders were concerned about the early saints going back and forth from the trail to Nauvoo.
May 22, 2020
1: Gather Up a Company
Jed Woodworth is the Managing Historian for the Saints project. In today’s episode Jed explains how the migration from Nauvoo began with saints heading west and east.
May 22, 2020
Season 2: No Unhallowed Hand
Welcome to Season 2 of the Saints podcast. We are excited to be back! In our inaugural episode we talk with Church Historian and Recorder, Elder LeGrand R. Curtis Jr. about the reception of Saints volume 1 and what to expect in volume 2.
May 22, 2020
35: Conclusion and Sneak Peek into Volume 2
Ben Godfrey, Sarah Eyring and Scott Hales, the Senior Story Editor for the Saints Project, talk about their favorite parts of Saints Volume 1. What did we learn? Who are the favorite people we met along the way?
May 22, 2020
34: Endowed with Power
The Nauvoo Charter is repealed leaving the saints with no official government or police force. Sydney Rigdon is excommunicated. Faced with uncertainty the Lord gives direction through Brigham Young, “Stay and finish the Temple.”
May 22, 2020
33: Like a Lamb to the Slaughter
The Prophet Joseph Smith and his Brother Hyrum are killed while imprisoned in Carthage, Illinois. Several individuals offer themselves up as leaders for the Church.
May 22, 2020
32: A Public Nuisance
William Law and others conspire to kill Joseph Smith. Joseph reveals new doctrine about the potential of humankind in a funeral sermon for King Follett.
May 22, 2020
31: Round Up Your Shoulders
Joseph Smith announces his candidacy for the Presidency of the United States under a platform of religious liberty for all.
May 22, 2020
30: Plural Marriage in Nauvoo
Plural Marriage in Nauvoo tests the faith of Church members and leaders including Joseph Smith’s wife Emma Hale Smith and his brother Hyrum.
May 22, 2020
29: Joseph Smith’s 1843 Trial
Joseph is taken to Springfield, Illinois for trial. His appearance fascinates its citizens, including one Mary Todd Lincoln
May 22, 2020
28: We Will Prove Them
The founding of the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo - Margaret Cook’s desire to contribute to the effort of building the Nauvoo Temple leads to the organization of the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo.
May 22, 2020
27: Incline Them to Gather
In England, newlywed Mary Davis loses her husband to mob violence but courageously sets sail for Nauvoo on her own.
May 22, 2020
26: A Beautiful Place
Joseph Smith speaks at the funeral of Seymour Brunson and introduces proxy baptism for the dead.
May 22, 2020
25: Build up a City
The Saints move to Commerce, Illinois. Sickness envelops the settlers. Joseph travels to Washington, D.C. seeking restitution from President Martin Van Buren for the losses in Missouri.
May 22, 2020
24: O God, Where are Thou
Joseph Smith is imprisoned in Liberty Jail, accused of treason. In this low point in his life and in the lives of the faithful Saints, the Lord shares a personal yet universal message of comfort.
May 22, 2020
23: How Will This End
Missouri Militia General refuses to kill innocent Latter-day Saint Men. Joseph Smith rebukes the vile guards in the Richmond Prison. Amanda Barnes Smith sees her son miraculously healed from the wound he received at Hawn’s Mill.
May 22, 2020
22: The Missouri, “Mormon War”
Tensions between the citizens of Missouri and the newly located Saints reach tragic conclusions at the Battle of Crooked River and Hawn’s Mill.
May 22, 2020
21: The Church Grows from Missouri to Great Britain
While Joseph Smith reveals the place in Missouri where Adam gathered his posterity, Heber C. Kimball and others preach in Britain. A British convert, Janetta Richards meets Willard Richards who proposes marriage.
May 22, 2020
20: The Kirtland Safety Society Bank
Church members organize the Kirtland Safety Society bank which ultimately fails. Mary Fielding joins the Church in Canada and moves to Kirtland where she marries Hyrum Smith. Missionaries are sent to England and find great success.
May 22, 2020
19: The Spirit of God
After much work and sacrifice the Kirtland Temple is dedicated. The Saints are endowed with power not shared since the days of God’s ancient prophets.
May 22, 2020
18: The Kirtland Temple and the Twelve Apostles
The Saints sacrifice to build the Kirtland Temple. The first Twelve Apostles of the Restoration are chosen by the three witnesses. Joseph Smith and his brother William resolve a difficult personal conflict.
May 22, 2020
17: Missouri and The Camp of Israel
The residents of Missouri become anxious as the church grows both in numbers and in strength. Two teenage girls, Mary Elizabeth and Caroline Rollings, risk their lives to save pages of the newly printed Book of Commandments.
May 22, 2020
16: Holy Places
Joseph Smith and Brigham Young meet for the first time. Joseph prophecies of the Civil War. The School of the Prophets is organized. The revelation known as the Word of Wisdom is received.
May 22, 2020
15: Visions and Nightmares
Insights regarding “The Vision” given to Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon. Early Saints had questions about this new and unfamiliar doctrine. Their seeking for understanding is an example of how to address questions today.
May 22, 2020
14: The Gift Has Returned
Sidney Rigdon, Oliver Cowdery, and William McLellin attempt to write a preface to The Book of Commandments. Their unsuccessful efforts, along with the subsequent revelation the Lord gives Joseph Smith are discussed.
May 22, 2020
13: After Much Tribulation
From the steadfast faithfulness of Edward Partridge to the skepticism of Ezra Booth; the events discussed in this chapter detail the challenges of establishing the Church in a backwater trading post known as Independence, Missouri.
May 22, 2020
12: Ye Shall Receive My Law
Joseph Smith teaches the Saints the proper use of spiritual gifts. Lucy Mack Smith uses her faith to lead 80 Saints along the Erie Canal from New York to Ohio.
May 22, 2020
11: Gathered In
The gathering begins. Missionaries arrive in Ohio and introduce Isaac Morely, Sydney Rigdon and Edward Partridge to the restored gospel.
May 22, 2020
10: Come Life or Come Death
Emma Smith is baptized. Joseph Smith miraculously heals Newel Knight. Oliver Cowdery brings the message of the Book of Mormon to the American Indians.
May 22, 2020
9: The Rise of the Church of Christ
The Book of Mormon is published and the Church is officially organized. These monumental events put into historical perspective by Women’s History Specialist Brittany Chapman Nash of the Church History Library.
May 22, 2020
8: Fellow Servants
Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery pray to learn about baptism. In answer to their prayer, John the Baptist appears and restores the Aaronic priesthood.
May 22, 2020
7: The Gift and Power of God
What did the translation process of the Book of Mormon look like? In this episode of “Saints” story editor Angela Hallstrom explains what we know about how the Book of Mormon was translated.
May 22, 2020
6: All is Lost
Emma and Joseph lose their first child. 116 pages of the Book of Mormon are lost. In this episode, “Saints" writers Scott Hales and Angela Hallstrom share the background on these sorrowful events.
May 22, 2020
5: Be Watchful
20-year old Joseph Smith meets Emma Hale. The story of how they meet and their courtship is just one of the events discussed.
May 22, 2020
4: Plates of Gold
The visit of the Angel Moroni, the discovery of the Gold Plates, the meaning and usage of seer stones - These are just three topics Scott A. Hales discusses in this episode.
May 22, 2020
3: Hear Him
In this episode, Historian Steven C. Harper discusses several of the accounts Joseph left throughout his lifetime of the event that ushered in the beginning of the Restoration.
May 22, 2020
2: Ask in Faith
Saints begins with the 1815 explosion of the volcano Mt. Tambora in faraway Indonesia. With this fiery beginning, Historian Lisa Olsen Tait discusses how an eruption, half-way around the world, plays an important part in the restoration.
May 22, 2020
1: Saints: The Story of the Church of Jesus Christ in the Latter Days
Historian Steven C. Harper shares an insider’s peek into the groundbreaking new series, Saints. Steve is the managing historian of Saints. His rare perspective brings fascinating insights to the telling of this remarkable story.
May 22, 2020
17: The Folks Are Reforming
In this week’s episode we explore the events that led some Church members to instigate this horrific crime and helps us understand more about the immigrants who were the victims.
Apr 16, 2020
13: By Every Possible Means
In this week’s episode we learn about what later became known as the Walker War. Chelsea Henrie explains how deceit led to open conflict.
Mar 20, 2020