Joseph Bates Noble : Polygamy and the Temple Lot Case

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  • Copyright: 2009-01-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Utah Pr
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In 1892, a deposition was taken in a Salt Lake City courtroom to gather evidence in a land ownership battle between two offshoot branches of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) The dispute centered on ownership of land purchased to build a temple, known as the Temple Lot property, in Independence, Missouri. Although a key witness at the deposition, Joseph Bates Noble had little knowledge of land purchases dating back to 1832, yet his testimony was critical for validation of standing for the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (RLDS) or for the Church of Christ (Temple Lot). In fact, at the age of 82, Noble had been thrust into the limelight of LDS Church history because of his claim to have presided over the first polygamous marriage of Mormon prophet Joseph Smith. Noble officiated at the marriage in 1841 that united his sister-in-law with Smith, an event now cited as the beginning of the practice of polygamy in the church. His testimony would either validate Joseph Smithrs"s polygamist background for the Temple Lot Church or expose his recollections as falsehoods for the RLDS Church. Noblers"s service to his church dated back to the very beginnings of Mormonism, marching with Smith and Zionrs"s Camp, helping to build Kirtland, defending the church in Missouri, and working to build Nauvoo. While he never held an official church position of major importance, Noblers"s devotion to Joseph Smith and his close association with later church leaders entwined his life with the founding events of Mormonism. Author David Clark sets Noblers"s life story in the context of the court deposition, visiting the remarkable events in the life of this Mormon 'foot soldier.'

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction: Temples and Temple Lotsp. 1
Discovery Techniquesp. 7
Making Hay with a Prophetp. 14
Zion's Camp and Zion's Scampsp. 21
Love, Marriage, and Kirtlandp. 34
Far West Miseryp. 51
The Nobles and the Riverp. 59
Nauvoo and a Plurality of Problemsp. 69
1844 Death by Murderp. 88
Mud Roofs in Winter Quartersp. 104
Crossing the Plains with Eliza and Josephp. 115
"The Place" as Homep. 133
Reformation, Wives, and Warp. 141
A Bountiful Harvestp. 151
There Is an End to Nonsensep. 162
A Noble Endingp. 166
Notesp. 171
Bibliographyp. 199
Indexp. 207
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