While Mormons claim Joseph Smith as the founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it is still very much Brigham Young’s church. Brigham’s leadership was formative in shaping the LDS movements as it is today. The husband of 55 wives Brigham’s influence was more than organisational. He was also responsible for establishing a patriarchal structure and suite of doctrines and practices that affirmed that loyalty to the highest priesthood office in the church was the church’s primary orthodoxy, and the feminine role was to honour that priesthood.
So, what of those who directly inherited Brigham’s legacy. What of his female posterity?
Great, great, great granddaughters of Brigham, Kristen Jensen and Crystal Chamberlain along with the great great great granddaughter of Zina Huntington (one of Brigham’s wives) join me to discuss what it means to have inherited Brigham’s legacy along with the wounds of their grandmothers.