There are some active Latter-day Saints who may be surprised to learn about Joseph Smith’s beliefs in magic as well as the connections between freemasonry and LDS Temples to be surprising. Some will even deny
Many people in the 19th century believed in magic. We’re not talking parlor tricks. We’re talking about real magic. In our next conversation with Clair Barrus, we will talk about how these magical spirits and
Historian Don Bradley made some waves in my previous interview when he said there were masonic implements with the Gold Plates. It turns out that Clair Barrus has some similar beliefs, and we will talk
There are many types of masonry. Freemasonry has broken up into several different organizations. In our next conversation with Clair Barrus, he will tell us a little bit about these different organizations and how they
Historian Dan Vogel said the Book of Mormon was very anti-masonic in one of my previous interviews with him. Cheryl Bruno disagreed with that notion, saying the Book of Mormon was anti-spurious masonry. I asked
In the 19th and 20th century, dowsing rods were commonly used to find water. Apparently Oliver Cowdery believed he could get revelation from one of these rods, and Joseph Smith encouraged him to use his
Clair Barrus has been studying Mormon history since before Al Gore invented the internet! Clair: Well, to show my ancientness, I was actually online in 1984, on the internet, when only engineering firms and universities
Rick Bennett is the friendly, independent historian at the heart of Gospel Tangents LDS Podcast: The Best Source for Mormon History, Science, and Theology. When he isn't interviewing Mormon scholars, prophets, and others, he is teaching math and statistics at Utah Valley University. He also freelances as a research biostatistician in the fields of Dermatology and Traumatic Brian Injuries, as well as in the network television/cable T.V. industries as a sports statistician. Rick holds a Master of Statistics Degree from the University of Utah.