Gospel Topic Essay: 003: Book of Mormon Translation

We continue our tour of the Gospel Topics Essays and with the essay Book of Mormon Translation.  The Goal- To share the LDS Church’s Gospel Topic Essays and help the both the believing member and the non-believer get a sense of the why these essays were written, who the intended audience is, whether these essays […]

228: A Nuanced View to Joseph Smith’s Youth

To the Orthodox Believer who thinks that outside Joseph Smith’s leg surgery that we know very little.  This gets more complex than that.  We actually know a lot more about Joseph’s youth and some of his experiences.  We hope you enjoy this chance to better understand the early life of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Most […]

168: Seer Stones, Folk Magic, and Alvin’s Hand

With The Church releasing photos of the Seer Stone it seems to beg the question what really is at the root of our discomfort with this narrative.  For me the answer is obvious….. Treasure Digging and Folk Magic and the depth of the details of how all the characters involved are just that……. involved. We […]

130: Samuel Brown: Holy Dying

Today we sit down with LDS author and scholar Samuel M. Brown, author of “In Heaven As It Is On Earth”.  We talk about death in Joseph Smith’s culture, Alvin’s Death, Treasure Hunting and Sacrificial circles, and unique views of death that would be strange to us but the norm for Joseph’s culture. http://samuelbrown.net/ Find […]

058: Seer Stones and Treasure Digging

Critics cite The Church as intentionally creating a simple sanitized view of the Translation of the Book of Mormon.  But what really happened?  Here is my personal take on the Translation process and what I think is a very good shot at the real storyline.  Did the Church intentionally hide information?  What are we to […]

031: Brant Gardner: Gift And Power

I sit down with LDS author Brant Gardner to discuss his book “The Gift and Power – Translating the Book of Mormon” and ask him tough questions about the translation process, Joseph’s Scrying or mystical use of the seer stone and skins of blackness in the Book of Mormon. We also touch on the Meso-American […]