Author of Controversial Book Disfellowshipped in Hearing

The author of a book that questions the origins of Mormon scripture was disfellowshipped at a church hearing Sunday.

Grant Palmer could have been excommunicated from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Book of Mormon

Mormons claim that the Book of Mormon is “Another testament of Jesus Christ,” and try to pass it off as a companion to the Bible. Over and over again, those claims have been disproven.

Is the Book of Mormon “the most correct of any book on earth” as Joseph Smith claimed it to be? Watch the online video, DNA vs. The Book of Mormon

Theologically, the Mormon Church is a cult of Christianity

Palmer wrote “An Insider’s View of Mormon Origins” two years ago. The book questions whether founder Joseph Smith misrepresented his authority as a prophet and revised church scripture to his advantage.

It suggests that Smith didn’t actually translate the Book of Mormon. Instead, it suggests Smith penned it himself, leaning heavily on the King James Bible, emotional Methodist tent revivals, Masonry and other personal experiences in a highly superstitious era of American history.

Palmer said he still loves the church, and he’s pleased he wasn’t excommunicated.

A disfellowshipped member retains church membership but loses certain privileges, such as being able to go into the temple or serve a church calling.

Vacation? Short break? Day trip? Get Skip-the-line tickets at GetYourGuide.


(Listed if other than Religion News Blog, or if not shown above)
Dec. 12, 2004

Religion News Blog posted this on Sunday December 12, 2004.
Last updated if a date shows here:


More About This Subject


Our website includes affiliate links, which means we get a small commission -- at no additional cost to you -- for each qualifying purpose. For instance, as an Amazon Associate, Religion News Blog earns from qualifying purchases. That is one reason why we can provide this research service free of charge.

Speaking of which: One way in which you can support us — at no additional cost to you — is by shopping at