SUGGESTED READINGS

Ignorance, according to the dictionary, is "lack of knowledge or information." This can only be remedied with an increase of knowledge or information. Despite popular opinion, Mormons are not ignorant simpletons who have been duped simply because they were born into their religion. On the contrary, there is a great deal of scholarly information about Mormonism available to those who look. Below are some good places to start learning about the themes discussed in this book. Please note that I have not duplicated the resources from the extensive footnotes contained in this book.

Section 1: A Young Man's Search for Answers

  1. Were there revivals in the Palmyra area in 1820? (FairMormon) (http://en.fairmormon.org/Burned-over_district)
  2. "B.H. Roberts: Seeker After Truth." John W. Welch, Ensign, Mar. 1986. (https://www.lds.org/ensign/1986/03/b-h-roberts-seeker-after-truth?lang=eng)
  3. "View of the Hebrews: Substitute for Inspiration?" Spencer J. Palmer and William L. Knecht, BYU Studies. 5, (Winter 1964), pp. 105-113.
  4. "The Comparative Method. Hugh Nibley, Improvement Era, Oct. 1959, pp. 744-759 and Nov. 1959, pp. 848, 854, 856. (http://www.mocavo.com/The-Improvement-Era-1959-Volume-62-4/767488/34). Also available in a compilation of Nibley's works, entitled The Prophetic Book of Mormon.
  5. "No Ma'am That's Not History," Tinkling Cymbals and Sounding Brass. Hugh Nibley, SLC: Bookcraft, 1946. (http://publications.maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/fullscreen/?pub=971)
  6. "Analysis of Ethan Smith's View of the Hebrews: A Comparison with the Book of Mormon," About the Book of Mormon. Ariel L. Crowley, SLC: Deseret News Press, 1961. (http://www.amazon.com/About-Book-Mormon-compilation-extraordinary/dp/B0007FFH88/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=140175779&sr=8-1-fkmr0)

Section 2: Golden Plates and a Prophet

  1. Did Lehi Use Egyptian? Examining Jewish-Egyptian Relations in the Seventh Century B.C. by Ben McGuire. (PDF, FairMormon) (http://www.fairmormon.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/mcguire-did-lehi-use-egyptian.pdf)
  2. "Four Peruvian Versions of the White God Legend." Kirk Magleby, New Era, Dec. 1978. (https://www.lds.org/liahona/1984/01/four-peruvian-versions-of-the-white-god-legend?lang=eng)
  3. "He Walked the Americas." L. Taylor Hansen, SLC: Bookcraft. (http://www.amazon.com/He-Walked-Americas-Trail-Prophet/dp/1939149193/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1401576722&sr=8-1)
  4. "Another Gold Book Found", Out of the Dust, Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 14/2 (2005). (http://publications.maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/fullscreen/?pub=1383&index=9)
  5. An Approach to the Book of Mormon, Hugh Nibley. (http://publications.maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/book/an-approach-to-the-book-of-mormon/)
  6. Lehi in the Desert; The World of the Jaredites; There Were Jaredites, Hugh Nibley. (http://publications.maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/book/lehi-in-the-desert-the-world-of-the-jaredites-there-were-jaredites/)
  7. Echoes and Evidences of the Book of Mormon (Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship) (http://publications.maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/book/Echoes-and-Evidences-of-the-Book-of-Mormon/)
  8. Book of Mormon Evidence (http://www.bookofmormonevidence.org)
  9. The Book of Mormon and Other Hidden Books: Out of Darkness Unto Light (Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship) (http://publications.maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/book/the-book-of-mormon-and-other-hidden-books-out-of-darkness-unto-light/)
  10. Peace and Violence among 19th-Century Latter-day Saints (lds.org) (https://www.lds.org/topics/peace-and-violence-among-19th-century-latter-day-saints?lang=eng&query=scholar)
  11. Plural Marriage (Encyclopedia of Mormonism) (http://eom.byu.edu/index.php/Plural_Marriage)
  12. The Myth Makers. Hugh Nibley, SLC:Bookcraft, 1961. (http://www.amazon.com/The-Myth-Makers-Hugh-Nibley/dp/B000PG64VS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1401492589&sr=8-1)

Section 3: The Church Survives Its Prophet

  1. Succession in the Presidency (Encyclopedia of Mormonism) (http://eom.byu.edu/index.php/Succession_in_the_Presidency)
  2. "I Roll the Burthen and Responsibility of Leading This Church Off from My Shoulders on to Yours": The 1844/1845 Declaration of the Quorum of the Twelve Regarding Apostolic Succession, by Alexander L. Baugh, Richard N. Holzapfel. (BYU Studies) (https://byustudies.byu.edu/showTitle.aspx?title=8622)

Section 4: The Mormon Church- A Restoration of All Things?

  1. The Spirit on Temple Square (video, lds.org) (https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2011-10-78-the-spirit-on-temple-square?lang=eng)
  2. Family (Encyclopedia of Mormonism) (http://eom.byu.edu/index.php/Family)
  3. Self-Sufficiency (Self-Reliance) (Encyclopedia of Mormonism) (http://eom.byu.edu/index.php/Self-Sufficiency_(Self-Reliance)
  4. Too Sacred to Discuss (video, lds.org) (https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2012-08-2980-too-sacred-to-discuss?lang=eng)
  5. "From Apostasy To Restoration." Kent P. Jackson, SLC:Deseret Book, 1996. PDF. (http://emp.byui.edu/OpenshawR/Class%20Articles/Apostasy%20to%20Restoration%20Kent%20P%20Jackson%20selected%20chapters.pdf)
  6. "The Restoration of all Things." Joseph Fielding Smith, SLC: Deseret Book, 1945. (http://www.amazon.com/Restoration-Things-Joseph-Fielding-Smith-ebook/dp/B002NT3BFW)
  7. "Mormonism and Early Christianity." Hugh Nibley, SLC: Deseret Book and FARMS, 1987. (http://publications.maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/book/mormonism-and-early-christianity/)

Section 5: Joseph Smith's Church Today

  1. Restoration of Jesus Christ’s Church (mormon.org) (http://www.mormon.org/beliefs/restoration)
  2. The Restoration (video, lds.org) (https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2008-06-01-the-restoration)
  3. Restoration of the Priesthood (lds.org) (https://www.lds.org/topics/restoration-of-the-gospel?lang=eng)
  4. Duties and Blessings of the Priesthood: Basic Manual for Priesthood Holders, Part A (lds.org) (https://www.lds.org/manual/duties-and-blessings-of-the-priesthood-basic-manual-for-priesthood-holders-part-a?lang=eng)
  5. Duties and Blessings of the Priesthood: Basic Manual for Priesthood Holders, Part B (lds.org) (https://www.lds.org/manual/duties-and-blessings-of-the-priesthood-basic-manual-for-priesthood-holders-part-b?lang=eng)
  6. Lay Leadership: Volunteer Ministry of the Church (mormonnewsroom.org) (http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/mormon-lay-ministry)
  7. Garments (Encyclopedia of Mormonism) (http://eom.byu.edu/index.php/Garments)
  8. "Sacred Vestments," Temple and Cosmos, Hugh Nibley. (Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship) (http://publications.maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/fullscreen/?pub=1123&index=6)
  9. Marriage: Eternal Marriage (Encyclopedia of Mormonism) (http://eom.byu.edu/index.php/Marriage#Eternal_Marriage)
  10. Eternal Lives, Eternal Increase (Encyclopedia of Mormonism) (http://eom.byu.edu/index.php/Eternal_Lives,_Eternal_Increase)
  11. God the Father (Encyclopedia of Mormonism) (http://eom.byu.edu/index.php/Heavenly_Father)
  12. Godhood (Encyclopedia of Mormonism) (http://eom.byu.edu/index.php/Godhood)
  13. Welfare and Self Reliance (mormonnewsroom.org) (http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/topic/welfare-and-self-reliance)
  14. Welfare (Encyclopedia of Mormonism) (http://eom.byu.edu/index.php/Welfare)
  15. Fasting (Encyclopedia of Mormonism) (http://eom.byu.edu/index.php/Fasting)
  16. Fast Offerings (Encyclopedia of Mormonism) (http://eom.byu.edu/index.php/Fast_Offerings)
  17. Consecration (Encyclopedia of Mormonism) (http://eom.byu.edu/index.php/Consecration)
  18. Missionary, Missionary Life (Encyclopedia of Mormonism) (http://eom.byu.edu/index.php/Missionary,_Missionary_Life)
  19. The District (video, lds.org) (https://www.lds.org/callings/missionary/the-district)
  20. Be Not Deceived: A Scriptural Refutation of the Adam-God Theory. Elwood G. Norris, Horizon Publishers, 1978. (http://www.amazon.com/Be-Not-Deceived-Spiritual-Refutation/dp/088290101X/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1401782483&sr=8-1-fkmr1)

Section 6: The Mormons and the Bible

  1. Scripture, Interpretation Within Scripture (Encyclopedia of Mormonism) (http://eom.byu.edu/index.php/Scripture,_Interpretation_Within_Scripture)

Section 7: As God Now Is, Man May Become

  1. "Ye Are Gods: Psalm 82 and John 10 as Witnesses to the Divine Nature of Humankind," The Disciple as Scholar, (Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship) (http://publications.maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/fullscreen/?pub=1091&index=17)
  2. FALL OF ADAM AND EVE, The Guide to the Scriptures (lds.org) (https://www.lds.org/scriptures/gs/fall-of-adam-and-eve)
  3. Abraham 3:22-25

Section 8: The Book of Mormon- Keystone of the Faith

  1. An Approach to the Book of Mormon, Hugh Nibley. (http://publications.maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/book/an-approach-to-the-book-of-mormon/)
  2. Teachings of the Book of Mormon, Semester 1, Hugh Nibley. (http://publications.maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/book/teachings-of-the-book-of-mormon-semester-1/)
  3. Teachings of the Book of Mormon, Semester 2, Hugh Nibley. (http://publications.maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/book/teachings-of-the-book-of-mormon-semester-2/)
  4. Teachings of the Book of Mormon, Semester 3, Hugh Nibley. (http://publications.maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/book/teachings-of-the-book-of-mormon-semester-3/)
  5. Teachings of the Book of Mormon, Semester 4, Hugh Nibley. (http://publications.maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/book/teachings-of-the-book-of-mormon-semester-4/)
  6. "Hebrew Poetry in the Book of Mormon. Angela Crowell, Zarahemla Record, 32-33 (1986):2-9, 34 (1986): 7-12. (http://www.restoredcovenant.org/Document.asp?CAT=Hebrew+Nature&DOC=Hebrew+Poetry)
  7. Chiasmus in Antiquity: Structures, Analysis, Exegesis, John W. Welch, ed. Hildesheim: Gerstenberg, 1981. (http://publications.maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/book/chiasmus-in-antiquity/)
  8. Finding Biblical Hebrew and Other Ancient Literary Forms in The Book of Mormon, Hugh W. Pinnock. (Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship) (http://publications.maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/book/finding-biblical-hebrew-and-other-ancient-literary-forms-in-the-book-of-mormon/)
  9. Chiasmus in the Book of Mormon. (BYU Studies) (https://byustudies.byu.edu/Features/BookOfMormon/bofm.aspx)
  10. The Original Manuscript of the Book of Mormon, Royal Skousen. (Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship) (http://publications.maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/book/the-original-manuscript-of-the-book-of-mormon/)
  11. The Prophetic Book of Mormon, Hugh Nibley. (Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship) (http://publications.maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/book/the-prophetic-book-of-mormon/)

Section 9: Historical Enigmas

  1. "Digging into the Book of Mormon: Our Changing Understanding of Ancient America and Its Scripture", John L. Sorenson, Ensign, Sept. 1984. (https://www.lds.org/ensign/1984/09/digging-into-the-book-of-mormon-our-changing-understanding-of-ancient-america-and-its-scripture?lang=eng)
  2. Discovering Lehi: New Evidence of Lehi and Nephi in Arabia, Lynn M. Hilton, Hope A. Hilton, Cedar Fort, Jan 1, 1996, pg 75. (http://books.google.com/books?id=m7mo6uhI_ooC&pg=PA90&lpg=PA90&dq=Temple+of+Lihyanites&source=bl&ots=HZBvPcPRFU&sig=kkNg75UnyypfwpBpFh_nMxZXLLE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=wjt9U6ONGMzgoATws4HwCg&ved=0CFYQ6AEwCg#v=onepage&q=Temple%20of%20Lihyanites&f=false) Discusses the Lihyanites in great detail. You can read this book online.
  3. Archaeology and the Book of Mormon. Milton R. Hunter, SLC: Deseret Book, 1956. (http://www.amazon.com/ARCHAEOLOGY-AND-THE-BOOK-MORMON/dp/B0014K4TZM)
  4. The FIRM Foundation (Foundation for Indigenous Research and Mormonism) (http://www.firmlds.org/index.php)
  5. Ancient Burials of Metal Documents in Stone Boxes. H. Curtis Wright. PDF. (http://files.lib.byu.edu/exhibits/romanplates/documents/ancient_burials.pdf)
  6. Ancient Ruins of America. Jack West. Film, Sounds of Zion. (http://www.worldcat.org/title/ancient-ruins-of-america/oclc/80776321)
  7. Glimpses of Lehi’s Jerusalem Edited by Jo Ann H. Seely, David Rolph Seely, John W. Welch. (Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship) (http://publications.maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/book/glimpses-of-lehi-s-jerusalem/)

Section 10: The Basis for Restoration

  1. Jesus the Christ by James E. Talmage. In particular, chapters 2-5. Audiobook, free download at lds.org. (https://www.lds.org/media-library/audio-interim/jesus-the-christ)
  2. Search Query: Discipleship (lds.org) (https://www.lds.org/search?lang=eng&query=discipleship)
  3. The Restoration of All Things, James E. Faust, Apr. 2006 General Conference. (https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2006/04/the-restoration-of-all-things?lang=eng)
  4. Latter-day Christianity: 10 Basic Issues by Robert L. Millet, Noel B. Reynolds. (Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship) (http://publications.maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/book/latter-day-christianity-10-basic-issues/)
  5. Offenders for a Word: How Anti-Mormons Play Word Games to Attack the Latter-Day Saints by Daniel C. Peterson, Stephen D. Ricks. (Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship) (http://publications.maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/book/offenders-for-a-word/)

Section 11: Mormon Holy Writings

  1. Accounts of the “King Follett Sermon” (Joseph Smith Papers Project) (http://josephsmithpapers.org/site/accounts-of-the-king-follett-sermon)
  2. Old Testament and Related Studies. Hugh Nibley. (Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship) (http://publications.maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/book/old-testament-and-related-studies/)
  3. Since Cumorah. Hugh Nibley. (Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship) (http://publications.maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/book/since-cumorah/)
  4. The Hor Book of Breathings: A Translation and Commentary. Michael D. Rhodes. (Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship) (http://publications.maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/book/the-hor-book-of-breathings/)
  5. A Guide to the Joseph Smith Papyri. John Gee, FARMS, 2001. (http://publications.maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/book/a-guide-to-the-joseph-smith-papyri/)
  6. Selections from the Joseph Smith Translation (lds.org) (https://www.lds.org/scriptures/jst?lang=eng)
  7. Joseph Smith’s Inspired Translation of the Bible, by Robert J. Matthews. (lds.org) (https://www.lds.org/ensign/1972/12/joseph-smiths-inspired-translation-of-the-bible?lang=eng)
  8. "Chapter 5: The Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible: A Panel," Scriptures for the Modern World. Edited by Paul R. Cheesman and C. Wilfred Griggs. (BYU Religious Studies Center) (http://rsc.byu.edu/archived/scriptures-modern-world/5-joseph-smith-translation-bible-panel)
  9. Joseph Smith Translation Of The Bible - Episode 12 (Mormon Identities) (http://www.mormonchannel.org/mormon-identity/12)
  10. The Joseph Smith Translation Of The Bible - Episode 24 (Past Impressions) (http://www.mormonchannel.org/past-impressions/24)
  11. Joseph's New Translation - Part 1 - Episode 20 (The Joseph Smith Papers) (http://www.mormonchannel.org/joseph-smith-papers-season-1/20)
  12. Joseph's New Translation - Part 2 - Episode 21 (The Joseph Smith Papers) (http://www.mormonchannel.org/joseph-smith-papers-season-1/21)
  13. How We Got the Book of Moses, by Robert J. Matthews. (lds.org) (https://www.lds.org/ensign/1986/01/how-we-got-the-book-of-moses?lang=eng)
  14. The Book of Abraham. The Pearl of Great Price Student Manual, (2000), 28–41. (https://www.lds.org/manual/the-pearl-of-great-price-student-manual/the-book-of-abraham?lang=eng)
  15. Understanding the Book of Abraham by Kerry Muhlestein, Ph.D. (Deseret Book) (http://deseretbook.com/Understanding-Book-Abraham-Kerry-Muhlestein/i/5120405)

Section 12: The Mormon Family of Gods

  1. Conflict in the Churches between the God of the Bible and the God of the Philosophers Hugh Nibley. (Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship) (http://publications.maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/fullscreen/?pub=1049&index=1)

Section 13: The Mormons, Nationalism, and Politics

  1. The Journal of Modern History, Vol. 57, No. 1 (Mar. 1985) Book Review: The Nazi State and the New Religions: Five Case Studies in Non-Conformity by Christine E. King. by Ernst Nolte. (JSTOR) (http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/1898976?uid=3739560&uid=2&uid=4&uid=3739256&sid=21104063480127)
  2. From the Valley of Despair to the Mountain Peaks of Hope, Harold B. Lee. (lds.org) (https://www.lds.org/new-era/1971/08/from-the-valley-of-despair-to-the-mountain-peaks-of-hope?lang=eng)
  3. Books about Helmut Huebener, most of them written by his co-conspirators:

Section 14: The Bible and Mormon Writings- A Study in Contrasts

  1. "Law of Consecration," Approaching Zion, by Hugh Nibley. (Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship) (http://publications.maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/fullscreen/?pub=1114&index=17)

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