Ep 174 – The Lost Book of Mormon

Panel Discussion

Posted April 21st, 2015

Randy, Matt, John and Glenn review Avi Steinberg’s “The Lost Book of Mormon: A Journey Through the Mythic Lands of Nephi, Zarahemla, and Kansas City, Missouri” – a playful look at Joseph Smith as a prolific American author. Sorry, no singing this time.





  • Bryce Jones

    Good stuff. I don’t know that I would want to read this book, but I’m glad you did the review.

  • Orrin Dayne

    This wasn’t a Smackdown(TM) episode, but John really smacked this book down.

    • Malachi

      While listening I wondered how many books John has bought so he could stomp on them.

      • Matt

        That part still cracks me up. I love the idea of John driving from bookstore to bookstore to stomp on the book only to find it at the public library. But he wouldn’t do anything to risk damaging. Their copy so he just gives it the bird and a stern look. Lol

  • JT

    Talking about how poisonous and dangerous the Spaulding theory is, John sounds nearly identical to my stake presidency. Interesting.

  • hetaira

    As a never-mo I enjoyed this audiobook as a light and entertaining read and not an in-depth exploration. I agree that the more interesting parts were the Mormons’ relationship to their history, the tours (I didn’t know about these), and especially the behind the scenes peek into the pageant.

  • Christina

    A question for John about the comment that the visit of Jesus to the Kirtland Temple was a late recollection. Can you give me more information on that?

    • JT

      Re the vision of Jesus, Elijah, etc in Kirtland Temple, a good read is “Doctrine and Covenants Section 110: From Vision to Canonization” by Trever Anderson. “This thesis answers the question of how a vision recorded in Joseph Smith’s journal found its home in the Doctrine and Covenants and become recognized as canonized scripture.” http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/etd/2120/

      • Christina