This is an Interpreter Radio Roundtable for Come, Follow Me Doctrine and Covenants Lesson 31, “The Power of Godliness” on D&C 84. The panelists for this roundtable were Kris Fredrickson and Martin Tanner. This roundtable was extracted from the June 20, 2021 broadcast of Interpreter Radio. The complete show may be heard at https://interpreterfoundation.org/interpreter-radio-show-june-20-2021/. The Interpreter Radio Show can be heard Sunday evenings from 7 to 9 PM (MDT), on K-TALK, AM 1640, or you can listen live on the Internet at ktalkmedia.com. Call in to 801-254-1640 with your questions and comments during the live show.
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With regard to Kris’s comment about Anne Boleyn, which could seem to imply that Anne was Henry VIII’s mistress before their marriage, details that could confirm this are sketchy. However, we know that Henry applied to the pope for a dispensation to marry Anne in August 1527, after Anne refused to become his mistress. When this was not forthcoming, Henry and Anne were married secretly by Rowland Lee at Whitehall, on 14 November 1532, or thereabouts, with at least three witnesses present. Henry asserted he had the proper authorisation from the pope, but did not show it to Lee. Henry and Anne certainly began cohabiting after this secret marriage. There was an official ceremony on 25 January 1533, by which time Anne was pregnant. Henry was therefore under pressure to find a way to annul his marriage to Catherine of Aragon without involving the pope. This was granted at a special court presided over by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer in May 1533. Henry and Anne’s daughter, Elizabeth, was born on 7 September 1533.
Incidentally, it seems that Henry gave a great deal of genuine thought to the problem of Catherine’s failure to provide him with a male heir, and came to the conclusion that God was punishing them for the incestuous nature of their relationship. How much that conclusion was influenced by his infatuation with Anne is impossible to say.