An insider's view of Mormon origins

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Signature Books, 2002 - Religion - 281 pages
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Here is a frank discussion of current issues occupying historians of Mormon origins. The author is a recently-retired LDS Institute director. He looks at parallels to Mormon thought and lends a critical eye to claims from all sides. In particular, he considers the Book of Abraham, E. T A. Hoffman, the Eleven Witnesses, the First Vision, priesthood, and the reliability of spiritual feelings as a guide to historical truth. This is a must-read for historians and beginners alike.

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User Review  - Liz - Goodreads

Well researched examination of the origins of the LDS church. Mormonism has consolidated and, in some cases, white-washed its history. Palmer traces what actually happened, rather then the feel good ... Read full review

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User Review  - Austin Archibald - Goodreads

Definitely not a comprehensive, critical look into Mormon's origins. While he claims to be a historian and a faithful Mormon, he is most definitely not either one of these. It's clear the purpose of ... Read full review


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Palmer recently retired from the LDS Church Educational System, was most recently director of the Inst. of Religion at the Salt Lake County jail.

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