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More on “Hidden” History: The First Vision and Reactions to My Satire

It seems my little satire earlier this week ruffled a few feathers in the ex-Mormon community. Thanks to that, it quickly became the most viewed post in the history of this little, irrelevant web-space. At present, it has garnered nearly twice as much traffic than any other post I’ve written in the last 2-plus years. So, I thought another post on the so-called hidden history of the Church is in order. This time, I’d like to focus in on the First Vision.

Top Secret Research Hidden on YOUR Coffee Table!

That is right! For many years, the Church has been searching desperately for a place to hide some of the most damning facts in the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. Despite their best efforts, however, it seemed that people – especially the most malicious of anti-Mormons – always seemed to find them. They tried, over and over, to hide these kinds of historical blemishes in the Church magazines to no avail. They needed a better hiding place. Finally, last year, assistant Church historian Richard E. Turley, Jr. came up with a brilliant idea: hide them on member’s coffee tables! After all, what else is a Mormon’s coffee table good for? They obviously aren’t using it to as a place to set their coffee! So Turley and photographic historian William W. Slaughter put together the handsomely produced How We Got the Book of Mormon (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book, 2011) and marketed it toward general Latter-day Saint readers (pp. vii-viii). Bound up in this beautifully illustrated (don’t let…