I’m watching the latest episode of Big Love, and boy is there a lot of Mormony stuff in this one.
The family takes a trip out to see the Palmyra Pageant. On the way they stop at the Carthage Jail. In the upper bedroom, the guide plays a tape of a dramatization of the mob killing of Joseph. (I’ve never experienced anything like that.) The guide says that Joseph’s wife Emma was left bereft. One of the Henrickson boys asks his dad how many widows Joseph left, and Bill says he had 32 wives at the time. The guide says “Uh, I don’t think we know that.” Bill says “Just read Brodie or even Bushman.” Then another guy jumps in, identifyinig himself as “an amateur Mormon historian,” who assures everyone that Joseph did have those wives, but they were widows and orphans. Bill decides not to make a scene.
Later on the trip they run into a black Baptist preacher who reams them out (unaware they’re fundamentalists) and complains that until 20 years ago they wouldn’t even accept people like him.
After that Bill baptizes his first wife by proxy for his third wife’s mother, who had died.
They finally arrive at the pageant, after all sorts of family complications. Bill is having a crisis of faith and praying, and we see the angel Moroni (from the play) arise above his head.
But I got the biggest kick out of Bill in the upper bedroom of the Carthage Jail suggesting people read Bushman!