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An American Fraud: One Lawyer's Case against Mormonism Paperback – July 27, 2011
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"An American Fraud," is an historically significant work that calls out the most insidious fraud of American culture for what it is. It is a timeless masterpiece, and will be associated with the beginning of the end of Mormonism in years to come. It is an essential work for any library on the subject matter of Mormonism to be considered complete.
Park B. Romney, Author of The Apostasy of a High Priest-The Sociology of An American Cult
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Additionally, in 2015 the church published photographs of the seerstone used by Smith to translate the Book of Mormon, and admitted that the stone was used for that purpose. According to former LDS Institute Director and author Grant Palmer, the stone had been kept in the LDS vault for decades prior to the hierarchy's release and photograph. (The photograph was published in the Salt Lake Tribune and in a variety of media, worldwide).
In 2016 noted LDS historian Richard Bushman was forced to comment "...that for the Church to remain strong it has to reconstruct its narrative. The dominant narrative is not true; it can't be sustained." Shortly after the book's publication, Park Romney observed: "An American Fraud," is an historically significant work that calls out the most insidious fraud of American culture for what it is. It is a timeless masterpiece, and will be associated with the beginning of the end of Mormonism in years to come..."
Though a successful lawsuit was never brought against the church for the misrepresentation of these purely secular facts (e.g., that the Book of Mormon was inspired by looking at a stone in a hat, as opposed to translated from ancient plates) mostly because statute of limitations issues are problematic and because the risk and cost of such an endeavor to any one firm would be great, I am personally pleased that the church has taken significant steps toward transparency in the narrative of its origins.
Hopefully those considering joining or remaining a part of the religion will study the new narrative and its implications prior to committing to the religion.
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