Episode 19: Daughters in My Kingdom – The Lost Chapter

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.

Related links:

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

The Official Daughters in My Kingdom book

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  1. Wow, what an interesting discussion! Everyone’s knowledge on this topic is so impressive. If RS was as interesting as this discussion, I might actually still go. Looking forward to the next one in the series.

  2. Hi, I remember from your podcast that Alyssa told a story about Lucy Mack Smith blessing as well members of the churh after they had received their patriarchal blessing from her husband. I thought it was really neat and I wish to share this story with my aunt who is a patriarch wife. Since her husband as been called to this office she’s been very happy and proud of him but at the same time she is feeling very left out, as now her only calling is only to be his secretary typing out the blessing. She is amazing women and artist who as been struggling in the past decade with teh lost of her sight . I was thinking to nominate her for the Mormon Women project, she has great stories to tell. But meanwhile, I thought this story would cheers her up and give her more confidence in herself that her too blesses people life everytime they are coming for their patriarchal as she speaks to them and introduce them to her world. Where can I find this story of Lucy Mack Smith? What is the reference? Thank you very much!

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