Category Archives: Mormon History 1845-1899

The Church History Museum: A Tour through the Main Floor

By Eric Johnson Listen to a 3-part podcast that aired Mon-Wed, Oct. 19-22, 2015.  Part 1   Part 2   Part 3 Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City is the number-one tourist site for all of Utah. More tourists come here than Zion. More than Bryce. And even more than Moab. Fly into Salt Lake City’s International Airport and, with few […]

Peace and Violence among 19th-Century Latter-day Saints

By Eric Johnson This particular Gospel Topics essay was published in May 2014 under the Gospel Topics section on the LDS Church website. The original full article is underlined, with my response following. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is founded on the teachings of Jesus Christ. The virtues of peace, love, and forgiveness are at the center […]

Were Mormons ever expelled from the United States?

By Sharon Lindbloom The following was originally printed in the March-April 2009 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here.  Mormonism has a history of changing history. From the written history of the LDS Church to its recorded revelations, changes are ever-present. Today a new spin on a historical LDS event is in the […]

Journal of Discourses Gems

The Journal of Discourses provides an excellent window into the actual Mormonism of 19th century Utah. Whether or not you agree with their views of Brigham Young, John Taylor, and many other LDS general authorities, there is no doubt that what they believed and taught, authoritatively, was believed by the vast majority of Latter-day Saints. The information found in this article was used in radio broadcasts by Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson from August into October 2012. For access to these broadcasts, please check out our podcast page.

Persecution and Polygamy: How Many Mormons Actually Died as a Result of 19th Century Persecution?

By Bill McKeever


It is rare to hear a Mormon tell of his church’s history without a reference being made to the persecution the Mormons faced in Missouri and Illinois during the 1830s and 1840s. That Mormons were mistreated is a matter of actual history, and I certainly have no intention to downplay any atrocities against the LDS people during that period (despite the fact that some LDS historians have admitted that the Saints were not always without blame when it came to conflict between them and their “Gentile” neighbors).

Aliens? LDS Leaders Insist "We are Not Alone"

For whatever reason, science fiction has definitely made a comeback in American culture. Filmmakers have found that movies depicting aliens from space are big money makers. Interestingly enough, Hollywood is not the only one touting the phrase, “We are not alone.” Long before black and white film captured plastic rocket ships hanging by a string, leaders of the Mormon Church were declaring that life existed on other planets. The big difference lies in the fact that Hollywood likes to portray life in outer space as creatures with big, oval-shaped heads and skinny torsos. Mormon leaders, on the other hand, have insisted that life on other worlds is made up of literal human “brothers and sisters.”

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