Before the Civil War, there was another conflict between federal troops and a territory said to be in rebellion. It was the Utah War, and though there were no battles between the army and Brigham Young's Nauvoo Legion, tensions ran high for over a year. Historians David Bigler and Will Bagley have written a new book and they join us to make the case that this was more than just a misunderstanding. They say it was an attempt by Mormon leaders to establish an independent nation in the West.
In June of 1978, leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints received the "Revelation on Priesthood" - granting all men in the church the priesthood regardless of race. Wednesday on RadioWest, Doug talks to the creators of a new documentary called Nobody Knows - The Untold Story of Black Mormons. We'll look at the history that led up to that change, and ask how black members see their position in the church these 30 years later.
Last month, a televangelist based in Tampa, Florida told his followers that "if you vote for Mitt Romney, you are voting for Satan!" Many Evangelicals in the country simply don't believe that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a Christian denomination. A recent Pew Research Center poll indicated that 30% of the public are less likely to support a Mormon for president. Monday on RadioWest, we're asking the very straight-forward question: Are Mormons Christians? For that matter, who is a Christian, and who gets to decide?
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is one of America's fastest growing religions, and its influence circles the globe. A new documentary produced by award-winning filmmaker Helen Whitney ("Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero," "John Paul II: The Millennial Pope") explores the richness, complexities, and controversies of the Mormon story. Doug returns April 30th with Helen Whitney and the new American Experience documentary "The Mormons."
Jewish and Mormon leaders met yesterday in Salt Lake City to discuss what has become the controversial Mormon practice of proxy baptisms for the dead. Leaders say thousands of Jews, many of them Holocaust victims, have continued to be posthumously baptized in Mormon temples despite a 1995 agreement to stop the practice. Doug is joined by the chairman of the World Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, Ernest Michel, amateur genealogist Carol Skydell, and David Rencher, Director of the Records and Information Division for the Family and Church History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
What does science say about the claims of the Book of Mormon? Is there genetic evidence connecting American Indians and the "Lamanites?" Guests, Tom Murphy, facility member at the University of Washington, Scott Woodward, Professor of Molecular Biology at BYU, and Terry L. Givens, author of "By the Hand of Mormon."