Love Magic among the Mormons: The Legacy of the Logan Peepstone Woman

Millie Tullis (Utah State University)

While love magic is recognized as a major folk magical practice, scholars have not focused on the role love magic has played in Mormon communities. Therefore, this research focuses on a 19th century Mormon woman who practiced love magic through peepstone divination [scrying], utilizing both archival materials and contemporary fieldwork through family oral histories. Because Mormons marry for eternity, when it comes to marrying the “right one,” the stakes are high. Many Mormon families tell marriage narratives that utilize peepstone divination. Therefore, this research examines the Logan peepstone woman’s influence on family narratives in the 20th and 21st centuries.

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