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Episode 85 – Joseph Smith is a Mormon

In honor of pioneer day and related Mormon history, Bobby and Jordan devote this episode to a discussion of the recently discovered daguerreotype photograph that has surfaced purporting to be a likeness of Joseph Smith. The discussion culminates in interesting commentary on counterfeits and the dog days of summer.

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  1. Pepé Le Pew
    Pepé Le Pew July 28, 2022

    My 1st reaction to the headline and photo was …meh!! Probably photoshop 😉 ! Why? When I lived in NYC during my teen years and took the subway between Grand Central Station and Times Square, I used to see this group of blank people with robes that had tables with aromatic reed diffuser sticks and images of a black Jesus and his black apostles (for sale, of course !!! LOL). They argued heavily that Jesus and his apostles came from Africa. Therefore, they were black! I thought to myself….whether Jesus and his Apostles were black or white (skin color), Does the message change? Nope!!! So, does it really matter? I guess for some people. I just stick to the message. Love the this episode! As always, very informative which I really like because…I’m learning!!!

    • Pepé Le Pew
      Pepé Le Pew July 28, 2022

      You know, is there and edit option when commenting? I feel a bit embarrassed about my spelling and grammar that after I checked my comments several times before posting, there is a word/phrased wrongly written that sneaked through! Immediately my best impression of Homer Simpson is exclaimed! 🙂

  2. Dr Nick Riviera
    Dr Nick Riviera July 28, 2022

    I think it’s a cool photo, and may indeed be a member of the Smith family. Personally, I’m not persuaded it’s Joseph, but that’s just me.

    • Whitaker
      Whitaker July 29, 2022

      I agree. It looks like a Smith but not Joseph. The biggest thing I point to is the eye size. The painting could have made his eyes look bigger than they are but the eye socket size from the death mask seems to match the painting but not this picture. Probably Samuel Smith or something.

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