Posts Tagged ‘Council of Fifty’

Reviews – The Council of Fifty

Reviewed by Adam Jortner, Mormon Studies Review Mormon scholars and conspiracy theorists have been salivating over the publication of The Council of Fifty: A Documentary History—a formidable collection of primary sources edited by Jedediah S. Rogers. The recondite Council of Fifty...

Mormon News, March 2–6

Ornamentation from the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.
Kate Kelley, founder of Ordain Women, was told last Saturday that the LDS First Presidency had denied her appeal to be reinstated as a member of the LDS Church. Her stake president, Scott Wheatley, denied her request to let...

Mormon News, January 12—16

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John Dehlin, host of the popular “Mormon Stories” podcast, has been summoned to a church court on January 25th for encouraging people to air grievances with some church doctrines and policies. In speaking with his stake president, he says,...

Mormon News, November 24–28

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Ralph Hancock, a political science professor at Brigham Young University, is speaking out against what he sees as a creeping secularism into Mormon scholarship and intellectualism.

Long Sought-after Mormon Documents Published

The Council of Fifty: A Documentary History
For over half a century, historians have tried to unravel the story of a secret Mormon political body called the “Council of Fifty” established by Mormon founder Joseph Smith. Now two events offer a breakthrough: the release by Utah...

excerpt – The Council of Fifty

The Council of Fifty: A Documentary History
The Council of Fifty was organized in the spring of 1844 to oversee political and temporal affairs such as Joseph Smith’s candidacy for the presidency of the United States. After the founder’s murder, the council was reconstituted under the...

The Council of Fifty

The Council of Fifty: A Documentary History
The original duties of the Council of Fifty were to help elect Mormon founder Joseph Smith to the presidency of the United States, to scout locations for colonies in Texas and Oregon, and to form the political kingdom of...