Sponsored by BYU Studies—Richard Bennett is a professor of Church History and Doctrine and BYU, and the author of Temples Rising: A Heritage of Sacrifice (Deseret Book, 2019). Continue reading “10 questions with Richard Bennett”
Sponsored by BYU Studies—Devery Anderson is the marketing manager for Signature Books and the author/editor of several books, including the forthcoming “Salt Lake School of the Prophets: 1867-1883” (Signature Books, 2018). Continue reading “10 questions with Devery Anderson”
Sponsored by BYU Studies—Historian Matt Godfrey is the managing historian and general editor of the Joseph Smith Papers.Continue reading “10 questions with Matt Godfrey”
In January 2018, I had the privilege to interview two historians associated with the Joseph Smith Papers Project: Matthew J. Grow and R. Eric Smith. Both scholars served as editors for the 2017 publication, “The Council of Fifty: What the Records Reveal about Mormon History.”
While working on a review of a book about Joseph Smith and seer stones, my daughter came home from church and told me they had talked about seer stones in Sunday School. “The teacher said we should believe Joseph Smith was a prophet,” she said, “even though he made mistakes like using seer stones.”
The comment provided a good opportunity to discuss how seer stones were not a mistake, but rather Continue reading “10 questions and answers about Joseph Smith and seer stones”
In early 2017, I published a short Q&A for the Deseret News on Joseph Smith and seer stones. The article was intended for a general audience and based upon a book by Michael Hubbard Mackay and Nicholas J. Federick, Joseph Smith’s Seer Stones.
The book is rather short, but not necessary entirely conducive to concise and understandable descriptions of common questions about the topic. In an effort to secure quotes about popular questions that could easily fit within the narrative tone of the article, I contacted the authors for an interview.
Frederick consulted with Mackay and responded to the three questions I posed on November 05, 2016.