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Product Code: XB092
Title: An Insider's View of Mormon Origins
Author: Grant H. Palmer
Publisher: Signature Books
List Price: $24.95
Our Price: $22.50
Date: 2002
Pages: 281
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"Over the past thirty years, an enormous amount of research has been conducted into Mormon origins—Joseph Smith's early life, the Book of Mormon, the prophet's 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 years—slightly modified, added to, one aspect emphasized over another—to 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." (From back cover.)

Table of Contents


  1. Joseph Smith as a Translator/Revelator
  2. Authorship of the Book of Mormon
  3. The Bible in the Book of Mormon
  4. Evangelical Protestantism in the Book of Mormon
  5. Moroni and "The Golden Pot"
  6. Witnesses to the Golden Plates
  7. Priesthood Restoration
  8. The First Vision

Selected Bibliography

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