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19th Century Joseph Smith Latter-day Saint History

The Council of Fifty: A Constitution for the Kingdom of God

The Council of Fifty minutes reveal that Joseph Smith asked a committee to draft a replacement to the U.S. Constitution. The effort was eventually replaced by a revelation from God wherein the Prophet was told that the council itself was to be a living constitution. Legal scholar Nathan B. Oman explains what that means—and what was going on behind the scenes.

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Latter-day Saint History

13 Things You Need to Know about FX’s ‘Under the Banner of Heaven’

Under the Banner of Heaven is an FX miniseries based on a book of the same name by Jon Krakauer. While the book has a controversial history stemming from factual errors, it tells a riveting story. The miniseries stars Andrew Garfield as Detective Jeb Pyre, a fictional Latter-day Saint detective who struggles with his beliefs after coming across the shocking murders committed by Dan Lafferty and Ron Lafferty.

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Latter-day Saint History Scriptures

Is the Song of Solomon Scripture? For Latter-day Saints, It’s an Open Question

The Song of Solomon (also called the Song of Songs) has a controversial history. Its sensual themes have been interpreted as both scriptural pornography and inspired allegory.

The division manifests itself in Latter-day Saint thought. Joseph Smith made only one comment about the Bible book, and leaders have made statements on both sides of the issue. BYU’s Dana Pike expounds on a recent BYU Studies article focused on the nature of “open questions.”

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Ancient history

Secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls

The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered 75 years ago in a series of caves near the ancient settlement of Masada in the Judean Desert. The manuscripts include the influential Book of Enoch and Book of Isaiah, and have even inspired modern forgeries. Scholars continue to debate related mysteries, such as who wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls. Professor Jean-Pierre Isbouts discusses his National Geographic special feature, The Dead Sea Scrolls: 75 Years Since Their Historic Discovery.

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19th Century 20th Century Latter-day Saint History Polygamy

See How the Church Changed in Remarkable ‘Saints 3’

Saints 3 is the third volume in the new official history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Scott Hales (General Editor and lead writer) and Jed Woodworth (General Editor and lead historian) discuss the Saints book and tease Saints Volume 4.

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Devotional

Behind the Scenes of the All In Podcast with Morgan Pearson

The LDS Living All In podcast hosted by Morgan Pearson (formerly Morgan Jones) has a simple premise: What does it mean to be all in the gospel of Jesus Christ? Her companion book takes readers behind the scenes of her inspirational experiences.

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19th Century American History American West Latter-day Saint History

Winter Quarters: A Pioneer Legacy of Faith

Winter Quarters played a key role in the pioneer exodus of the Latter-day Saints. As many as one thousand pioneers died during the settlement’s temporary existence. It was also there that Brigham Young received his only canonized revelation. In this interview, Richard Bennett, president of the Mormon Trail Center at Winter Quarters, discusses the history and legacy of Winter Quarters.