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 […]

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 […]

034: Steven Harper: The First Vision

Steven C Harper until recently was a professor of Church History and Doctrine at BYU. He has written several books and has contributed to the Joseph Smith Papers project. In our interview we focus on his book “Joseph Smith’s First Vision – A Guide to Historical Accounts” and discuss the context, differences, unity, and other […]

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 […]

021: Charles Anthon and the Lost 116 pages

This much we know – Martin Harris was sent by Joseph Smith to visit the learned in New York with a Transcript in hand. One of those individuals he met with was professor Charles Anthon. The transcript which allegedly contained “reformed egyptian” straight off the metal plates from the Mormon “Golden Bible” along with a […]