The mormon church on trial transcript of the reed smoot hearings michael harold paulos on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers contrary to popular folklore the lds temple ceremony was not performed or recited in the us senate chambers during the 1904 06 challenge to reed smoots election from utah nor was it entered into the congressional record. The reed smoot hearings also called smoot hearings or the smoot case were a series of congressional hearings on whether the united states senate should seat us senator reed smoot who was elected by the utah legislature in 1903 smoot was an apostle in the church of jesus christ of latter day saints lds church one of the top 15 leaders of the church. When reed smoot an lds apostle was elected to the us senate as a republican from utah in 1903 he immediately fell into a quagmire after all when another mormon bh roberts had been chosen for congress in 1899 the political uproar was so great that he was denied his seatbut there was an . The mormon church on trial has 14 ratings and 2 reviews mary etta said aunt anita grandpa parkinsons sister was the daughter in law of senator smoot. The senator reed smoot trial it was a huge deal its like watergate as the 20th century dawned both the nation and the mormon church knew they still had a mormon problem
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