Episode 136: D&C 37 – Sections 53 and 54

November 26, 2016


Episode 136: D&C 37 – Sections 53 and 54

In the aftermath of the LDS Church’s first major business meeting Joseph Smith continues to solve short-term problems by sending everyone to Missouri. We spend the first half of the episode talking about why the entire country was moving to Missouri because of the absolutely horrid Indian Removal Act just put into place by President Jackson. The Mormons didn’t do anything to influence or support this act! They sure do benefit from it though (in the short-term, at least).

Read about the Indian Removal Act and Andrew Jackson’s positive spin: https://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/ourdocs/Indian.html
Andrew Jackson, America’s 7th President: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Jackson
Presidential is a brilliant podcast by Lillian Cunningham at the Washington Post, so wander on over and listen all about Andrew Jackson: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/business/presidential-podcast/

Drink count – 10, or about a beer and a half, but really, just drink 10 beers!


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Podcastriarchal blessing music is Our Happy Life by Maps and Transit
Show dedication and podcastriarchal blessing: Jonathan U.

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2 Comments on “Episode 136: D&C 37 – Sections 53 and 54”

  1. Joel Kuhn Says:

    I was surprised to hear that Bryce’s version said “oven so”. So I went to check, and behold, verily, verily it is in fact in the source text http://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/book-of-commandments-1833/132. That’s one adjustment I can get behind.

    While I was at it, I finally fixed that annoying bug that was cropping off the “Amen”s at the ends of the sections. I had a bug before that was duplicating the last difference in the text, and I naively just whacked off that last difference, thinking I was always duplicating it for some reason. But in most cases, I was whacking off a non-duplicated difference. So I found the source of the duplication, and now everything is good. If anyone is interested in the code, it’s on https://github.com/joelakuhn/dc-compare/. Fair warning, it does look like something written in a weekend. It’s not super pretty.


  2. MarsGirl Says:

    Poor Leman Copley is having a rough time since he reneged on his arrangement to let the Colesville Saints live on his property “in return for making improvements upon it.” Besides flying through a window and being possessed by an evil spirit Joseph Smith now says it would have been better for Copley to have “drowned in the depth of the sea.” I find this sentiment expressed by Joseph concerning retribution towards Leman so immensely sad, but it is an example of the use of fear by religious leaders to try and keep their members in line. Leman is also excommunicated at this time (of course); he does rejoin the Mormons in 1832, but he never went west with the Brighamites (see Wikipedia).


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