We continue our tour of the Gospel Topics Essays and with the essay The Manifesto and the End of Plural Marriage. The Goal – To share the LDS Church’s Gospel Topic Essays and help the both the believing member and the non-believer get a sense of the why these essays were written, who the intended audience is, whether these essays resolve the concerns of the faithful and non-believer and why perhaps these essays even add to the disbelief of those who skeptical of the issues they find in Mormon History.
Co-Hosts of this episode
Lindsay Hansen Park is an American Mormon feminist blogger, podcaster, and the Executive Director for the Salt Lake City-based non-profit Sunstone Education Foundation. She blogs for Feminist Mormon Housewives (FMH) about women’s issues inside and outside of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She is the main voice behind the Year of Polygamy podcast. Her work and voice have been referenced in The Wall Street Journal, The Salt Lake Tribune’s Trib Talk, Salt Lake City Weekly, The Guardian and Quartz.
Allan Mount is Co-host of the Marriage on a Tightrope podcast with his wife Kattie. After 35 faithful years in the church, it was the Gospel Topic Essays that acted as a catalyst to his faith transition. He is a sales director for a technology company in South Jordan Utah. Kattie and Allan have 4 children.
Anthony Miller is an entrepreneur and education enthusiast in Billings, Montana, with Masters degrees in Business Administration and in Financial Services. After a lifetime of faithful membership in the church, he experienced a faith transition after he stumbled across the Gospel Topics Essays and similar materials in 2016, while he was searching for resources to support his adult gay son. Anthony blogs at UnpackingAmbiguity.com and is a frequent contributor to post and progressive Mormon support communities.
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I loved the episode, as usual. It hit close to home. My great-great-grandfather, after serving a prison sentence at the old Sugarhouse Prison, returned to his two wives in their small Central Utah town where they continued to live together until he died in 1932. The wives, who were biological sisters 10 years apart in age, continued to live together for another 10 years before the older one died in 1942. Between them, they had 18 children – nine boys and nine girls. I don’t think they were the only ones in town who lived that way.
Reference to the Third Manifesto? I’ll I’ve seen about it is a 2017 video. (https://gospeltangents.com/2017/10/third-manifesto-causes-schism-apostolic-united-brethren/)