I really don't want to get into an argument about polygamy. The apologetics on this make me want to throw up and I just don't think I can handle a whole day of excuses for why it was OK for Joseph to do what he did.
I was thinking I might say I would go as long as she would prepare for it by reading a number of chapters of "In Sacred Loneliness" as preparation for the event. If she is going to hear the apologetic slant on things I want her to read the real story first.
Any ideas here? We really haven't discussed the church for a couple of years and I am afraid things can get ugly if we have to have discussions about Nauvoo Polygamy. I believe they have had this conference in other locations last year (St. George and Logan I think). Has anyone attended one of these or heard anything about them?
If I do end up going do you have any suggestions for questions I can ask or comments I should make? I think they will avoid the most uncomfortable issues so it may be up to someone like me to bring them up...
Here is the info on the Conference. It is at This is the Place Heritage Park Saturday Feb 15:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/knowing-jo ... 5361679813
Knowing Joseph: Joseph Smith & Nauvoo Plural Marriage (SLC)
by History of the Saints
Date And Time
Sat, February 15, 2020
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM MST
We had so many positive comments and requests from both those who attended and those who were not able to attend, that we've decided to cover this topic again, but at a Salt Lake Location. There will be several of the same speakers with revised materials as well as at least one new speaker at the event.
We were overwhelmed by the reception of at this event in August 2019, and decided that it needed to be done again.
Plural marriage is one of the most controversial and difficult topics in Latter-day Saint history. It was a faith-challenging doctrine and practice in 1840’s Nauvoo, and remains so today. Many people in the Church and out struggle, not only with the doctrine itself but with the fact that the Church ever practiced it.
History of the Saints, producer of the acclaimed documentary television show is bringing together some of the foremost experts and scholars to present on this controversial topic for a ONE-DAY event.
For many, both men and women, the introduction of plural marriage in Nauvoo was a sore trial of faith. The mere proposition offended the delicate sensibilities to such an extent that it brought forth the strongest of feelings. And yet, for those who inquired of the Lord and obeyed the commandment there were remarkable manifestations received. This presentation will focus on some of the individual stories of those required to face this challenging doctrine.
Purpose Of The Event
These seminars have been an ongoing and traveling event that have been held in different cities in Utah.
Each one has had different speakers and topics. All have been devoted to the teaching of the history of the early Restoration, and strengthening the faith of those who attend. The purpose has been to teach the most reliable history from the best-informed scholars, and while doing so, confronting and dealing with the tough questions and controversial moments in that history.
Trusted Sources: Anthony Sweat will talk about those sources of history that can and cannot be trusted.
History & Context: Glenn Rawson will take the discussion into the lives and stories of those who lived plural marriage or rejected it. It is not expected that this event will speak for or against plural marriage, but rather make the doctrine thereof and the historical practice and context as transparent as possible.
Revealed Doctrine: Brian and Laura Hales, world-recognized authorities on Nauvoo plural marriage, will discuss the revealed doctrine of plural marriage and the history of its implementation and practice in Nauvoo.
Transparent. Historically Accurate. Faith Building.
In keeping with presenting history in its proper context and answering troubling questions, the theme for this year’s conference in Layton is Joseph Smith and Nauvoo Plural Marriage.
9:00 AM - Doors Open
10 AM to 12 PM - Speakers
12-2 PM - Lunch break/Free time
2 PM to 4 PM - Afternoon Speakers