Long before Grant Palmer’s unnamed General Authority lost his testimony in the Mormon church…
Long before Mormon Area Authority Hans Mattsson lost his testimony in the Mormon church….
Long before the CES Letter…
Long before Mormon Stories Podcast…
Long before Grant Palmer….
Long before the Leonard Arrington church history years…
Long before Fawn Brodie wrote “No Man Knows My History”….
….did you know that a high-level Mormon General Authority lost his faith in the historicity of the Book of Mormon — in the early 1900s – after an in-depth study of the scientific problems with the Book of Mormon (e.g., archaeological, anthropological, linguistic, geographic)?
More significantly, did you know that this same General Authority notified the LDS First Presidency of the scientific problems with the Book of Mormon via three separate manuscripts, and in 1922 led a two-day emergency meeting in Salt Lake City with all the top Mormon church leadership — the LDS First Presidency, the Quorum of 12 Apostles, and the Quorum of the Seventy — to candidly discuss what to do about these problems with the Book of Mormon?
Did you know that soon after this General Authority led this meeting with all the top Mormon church leadership, he was sent on a mission — far, far away from LDS Church headquarters?
Did you know that these three, in-depth manuscripts — outlining in great detail the credible scientific problems with Book of Mormon historicity – were intentionally hid from LDS Church membership for over 60 years? Did you also know that after this General Authority died, top LDS Church leaders intentionally did all they could to erase from church membership the memory of this thoughtful, honest, and courageous General Authority?
Did you know that the only reason we know any of this is because progressive Mormon church members quietly delivered copies of these manuscripts to Mormon scholars, and that these manuscripts were eventually published – against the Mormon church’s will – by the University of Illinois Press in the 1980s (and eventually by Signature Books)?
Today’s Mormon Stories Podcast episode covers the rise and fall of Mormon General Authority Brigham Henry (B.H.) Roberts. You will not want to miss this story.
Our interviewee is Mormon historian Shannon Caldwell Montez – who recently completed a Master’s Thesis at the University of Nevada – Reno entitled: “The Secret Mormon Meetings of 1922.”
The song for today’s podcast bumper is called “All is Well” by The Sabre Rattlers.