I was invited to be a guest contributer over at Mormon Matters. In 1838, there was a crisis in the church. A bank failure in Kirtland caused many church members to question the leadership ability of Joseph Smith. Lesson 27 deals with the crisis in very general terms, but I’ve learned much more. Five apostles were excommunicated, the Three Whitnesses were excommunicated, and some breakaway members actually excommunicated Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon. It was a very tumultious period for the church. The full post can be found here. Anyway, how would you have reacted in those circumstances?