Episode 23: Almera Johnson

Written by Lindsay Hansen Park on . Posted in year of polygamy

 
Join Lindsay for the primer series on Mormon Polygamy that will begin with the wives of Joseph Smith and eventually broaden to contemporary strains of the practice today. This episode deals with Almera Johnson. Links mentioned in this podcast:

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  • Bro. Johnson

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    Thanks Lindsay for this episode. I came to this podcast specifically for this episode. I’m a descendent of Benjamin Johnson and have read his autobiography describing this encounter. When reading the part about JS promising Benjamin a sermon that only he would understand, and that sermon being the 10 talents, to me it sounded like a subtle threat directed at Benjamin. Benjamin makes no mention of feeling threatened. What do you think? Was the use of threats consistent with the pattern used for other wives?
    Also, the ambush style intervention meeting with Almera in Nauvoo is pretty upsetting to read about. Super inappropriate and limited Almeras use of agency. You know, the thing not even God interferes with.

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