The LDS church has a complicated history in race relations, and that history continues to shape the experience of church members today. But what does LDS racial history look like, and how do church members today experience its effects?
Join Kaimi, Janan, Trine and Danielle for a discussion about the experience of race and the LDS community (with a particular focus on women’s issues), both through church history and into the 21st Century. Continue reading
In this episode, Lindsay and Alyssa are joined by Liz Hammond (who blogs as Elisothel at FMH) as Liz relates the fascinating story of Ellis Shipp, a Mormon woman (1847-1939) who was one of the first female doctors in the Utah territory. As part of the growing national feminist movement during this era, new organizations known as the Ladies Physiological Reform Societies called for the need to educate women physicians. These benevolent societies were instrumental in the formation of the Boston Female Medical College and the Female Medical College of Philadelphia in 1850. These two colleges graduated hundreds of female physicians, including Ellis Shipp who is the subject of our podcast today. Come listen to this fascinating and inspiring story of one of our female foremothers and all the tremendous work she accomplished in Utah during her lifetime.
Join Alyssa as she interviews George Miller, an expert in historical research about the connections between Mormonism and Masonry. This episode is part of the Daughters in My Kingdom series, a monthly series devoted to exploring a scholarly, uncorrelated history of women in the church. In this two-part episode, they discuss the history of the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo (1842-1844). In the second episode, George and Alyssa discuss the strong Masonic imagery that Joseph Smith employed when addressing the Relief Society and what these allusions reveal about Joseph Smith’s possible intentions for the future of women in the church. Also be sure to check out part one!
Image credit: A photograph of the first page in the Official Nauvoo Relief Society Minute Book, containing a frontispiece that was reportedly found open on the Bible when the Nauvoo Relief Society was first formed. This frontispiece is a Masonic prayer used to open a new lodge: “O, Lord! help our widows, and fatherless children! So mote it be. Amen. With the sword, and the word of truth, defend thou them. So mote it be. Amen.”
Episodes in George Miller’s podcast series on Mormons and Masonry:
- Mormonism and Masonry: The Background Part 1
- Mormonism and Masonry: The Background Part 2
- Mormonism and Masonry: Into the Restoration Part 1
- Mormonism and Masonry: Into the Restoration Part 2
- Mormonism and Masonry part 3: The Book of Abraham and Nauvoo
- Mormonism and Masonry part 4: Joseph Smith and Beyond
D. Michael Quinn’s “Mormon Women Have Had the Priesthood Since 1843″
Join Alyssa, Lindsay, Kaimi and George Miller for another installment in the Daughters in My Kingdom series. This is a monthly series devoted to exploring a scholarly, uncorrelated history of women in the church. In this two-part episode, they discuss the history of the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo (1842-1844). In the first episode, they discuss how the Relief Society was first formed, how the practice of polygamy had a strong impact on the proceedings of the early Relief Society meetings, and propose different theories about why the Relief Society was disbanded for the next 23 years of church history. Be sure to check out part two!
Image credit: Portrait of Emma Hale Smith, 1st President of the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo and wife of Joseph Smith. This portrait was painted by Lee Green Richards.
Previous podcasts in this series:
- Daughters in My Kingdom Chapter One – Women in Early Christianity featuring Jana Riess and Jared Anderson.
- Daughters in My Kingdom – The Lost Chapter featuring Claudia Bushman, George Miller and Kaimi.
Linda King Newell and Valeen Tippetts Avery’s Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith
Lindsay’s blog series: Remembering the Forgotten Women of Joseph Smith
Anne Frior Scott’s Natural Allies: Women’s Associations in American History
Daughters in My Kingdom Chapter Two: “Something Better”: The Female Relief Society of Nauvoo
Join Alyssa, Claudia Bushman, George Miller and Kaimi as they kick off the next podcast in the Daughters in My Kingdom series. This monthly series is devoted to exploring a scholarly, uncorrelated history of women in the church. It mirrors the chapter structure of the LDS Church’s recent publication by the same name. In this episode, they cover the sealed portion of the Daughters in My Kingdom book. (Just kidding.) But in all seriousness, since women were actively involved in Mormonism long before the organization of the Relief Society in Nauvoo, we decided that there needed to be a discussion of women’s participation in Mormonism in the early decades of the church—hence this is called “The Lost Chapter” of the Daughters in My Kingdom book. As such, this podcast covers the history of Mormon women in the New York, Kirtland, and Missouri periods of the church as well as the historical context in which Mormonism emerged. For example, did you know that Mormonism came into being in the same geographical location and time period as the early American women’s rights movement? Did you know that Lucy Mack Smith was occasionally referred to as a Prophetess by the Mormon community? Did you know that women spoke loudly against the fact that men were receiving ordinances in the Kirtland temple without them? All of that and more is covered in this episode, so keep listening!
Image credit: Portrait of Lucy Mack Smith holding a Book of Mormon and sitting under a framed portion of the Egyptian papyri in the Book of Abaraham. This portrait was painted by Sudcliffe Maudsley.
Listen to the first episode in this series: Daughters in My Kingdom Chapter One – Women in Early Christianity featuring Jana Riess and Jared Anderson.
Richard Bushman’s Rough Stone Rolling
Kenneth Godfrey, Audrey Godfrey, and Jill Mulvay Derr’s Women’s Voices: An Untold History of the Latter-day Saints, 1830-1900
Linda King Newell and Valeen Tippetts Avery’s Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith
Join Alyssa, Jana Riess and Jared Anderson as they kick off the first podcast in the Daughters in My Kingdom series. This monthly series is devoted to exploring a scholarly, uncorrelated history of women in the church. It mirrors the chapter structure of the LDS Church’s recent publication by the same name. In this episode, they trace the surprising history of women in early Christianity. They discuss the textual and historical evidence for women as spiritual leaders in the Old Testament, how Christ’s theology subverted the gender norms of his day, and the women who held the top positions of power in the early Pauline communities. They also explain how women gradually became oppressed and stripped of their high-profile roles in subsequent orthodox Christian cultures.
Image credit: A 9th century Christian mosaic from the Chapel of Zeno of Verona in Rome. The mosaic portrays four female figures: the women saints Prudentiana and Praxedis, the virgin Mary, and “a fourth woman whose hair is veiled and whose head is surrounded by a square halo—an artistic technique indicating that the person was still living at the time the mosaic was made. … A carefully lettered inscription identifies the face on the far left as Theodora Episcopa, which means Bishop Theodora. The masculine form for bishop is episcopus; the feminine form is episcopa. … But the a on Theodora has been partially effaced by scratches across the glass tile of the mosaic, leading to the disturbing conclusion that attempts were made to deface the feminine ending, perhaps even in antiquity” (Karen Jo Torjesen, When Women Were Priests 9-10).
Podcast Prologue Credit: Misquoting Jesus: The Story of Who Changed the Bible and Why by Bart Ehrman
Daughters in My Kingdom Chapter One: A Restoration of an Ancient Pattern
Deborah’s representation in the Old Testament Gospel Doctrine manual
Junia is Not Alone by Scot McKnight
Women and Christian Origins by Ross Kraemer and Mary Rose D’Angelo
Notable Extra-Canonical Biblical Texts: