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An Insider's View of Mormon Origins

by Grant Palmer

ISBN 1560851570 / 9781560851578 / 1-56085-157-0
Publisher Signature Books
Language English
Edition Softcover
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Over the past thirty years, an enormous amount of research has been conducted into Mormon originsJoseph Smiths early life, the Book of Mormon, the prophets visions, and the restoration of priesthood authority. Longtime LDS educator Grant H. Palmer suggests that most Latter-day Saints remain unaware of the significance of these discoveries, and he gives a brief survey for anyone who has ever wanted to know more about these issues.

He finds that much of what we take for granted as literal history has been tailored over the yearsslightly modified, added to, one aspect emphasized over anotherto the point that the original narratives have been nearly lost. What was experienced as a spiritual or metaphysical event, something from a different dimension, often has been refashioned as if it were a physical, objective occurrence. This is not how the first Saints interpreted these events. Historians who have looked closer at the foundational stories and source documents have restored elements, including a nineteenth-century world view, that have been misunderstood, if not forgotten.   [via]