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Saints: The Story of the Church of Jesus Christ in the Latter Days
||Clean10: 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.||9/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9: 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.||9/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8: 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.||9/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7: 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.||8/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6: 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.||8/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5: 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.||8/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4: 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.||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3: 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.||7/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2: 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.||7/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1: 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.||7/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
A responsible approach to Mormon history
I've said for awhile now that I don't think that the Church needs to be dipassionate with regards to its history. I understand that this is a sacred heritage and that they have a vested interest in it being faith-promoting. I don't think we should hold the Church to secular university standards when discussing its past. I understand the need for narrative to be condensed, easy for a general audience to grasp, easily teachable to youth, easily translatable to multiple languages, etc. I've only asked that, when the Church does discuss its history, it does so responsibly. Bias is inherent and to be expected. Devotional history is a given when it comes from a devotional source. But be responsible with the sources. Don't intentionally obscure uncomfortable historical facts for fear that they will lead members away from the Church. Have more faith in your members to understand the nuance of human history.
Without sounding too much like an advertisement, I really do think that the Church is trying to do this with their new Saints material. Yes, it is written to an 8th grade reading level, but in an international Church with millions of members at various levels of reading ability (and interest), I don't see how else they could have done it. That they are rolling out this new history in the Ensign, on the Church website, in the Gospel Library app, and in print form is pretty smart. This history (along with the Gospel Topics essays) will be used to base seminary and institute curriculum on. It will be the history that our kids and probably grandkids will be raised on. And while it may have its weak points, I am very encouraged by what I've read and can say that it is the most responsible treatment offered by the institutional Church so far. While those of us who have done deep dives will still want more, I do think it will better inform and equip the next generation rising up. Not just to innoculate them against historical criticism (although that is definitely part of it), but for their general knowledge of the history of the Church. I do think it will change the relationship that the next generation has with the Church, and hope that they are able to see the history and past leaders in a more human light. Because I believe that seeing the shortcomings of sincere people (even sincerely great people) can build greater empathy and charity.
Church history access
I’m super glad more church history is being broadcasted and that it’s coming to popular mediums that I frequently use
Church History is wonderful
I'm so glad the church has been so transparent in its history because we ought to know it, love it, and preach it to those with common misconceptions!
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