Joseph's Changing Myth with Grant Palmer

At 7pm on November 6, Grant Palmer will be giving a talk on “Joseph Smith's Changing View of God Seen in His First Vision Accounts” at the Salt Lake City Public Library Auditorium. At the end of the presentation, there will be a question and answer session for audience members to participate in.  This lecture is part of the SLC Postmormon Lecture Series.

Grant Palmer received his MA from Brigham Young University in 1968. He was part of the Latterday Saint (LDS) Church Educational System (CES) as a teacher and director for 34 years. He is most famous for writing “An Insider’s View of Mormon Origins”, which details many of the original narratives in early LDS Church history. As a result of this book, Palmer was disfellowshipped (but not excommunicated) from the LDS church. Palmer has also appeared on the PBS documentary, “The Mormons”.

Most recently, Palmer has been the source of many details that are related to the LDS church. Palmer had several meetings with a General Authority of the LDS church who no longer believes in the LDS church, as mentioned in the 2012 Exmormon Foundation Conference. He also predicted of the New York Times article on LDS Area Authority Hans Mattsson several months in advance. 

This talk occurs in preparation for the Joseph Smith Papers Project, which will be a series of Church sponsored books that will address the historical changes of the Joseph Smith First Vision accounts, rumored to be released in 2014. This talk is intended to cover well-documented details and historical accounts that may not be covered by the Papers Project, particularly outlining the changing views of Joseph Smith and how it influenced the First Vision accounts.

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  • Ben

    Fantastic! factual information was presented in an honest straight forward manner, without any tone of bitterness. Truth speaks for itself without being fueled by anger. And this presentation was just the straight truth presented beautifully. THANK YOU a million times over for putting this event together, and THANK YOU to Grant for all the years of research and the professional/respectful manner of presenting it. Awesome!

    2 · November 7, 2013

  • D SKye H.

    This was a great event, The truth IS out there!

    2 · November 7, 2013

  • Shelli

    Thank you Brother Grant! Incredibly informative. Definitely ordering some books this week. I heart PostMos!

    1 · November 7, 2013

  • Tracey E.

    This was our first post mormon event. I was a little nervous but really enjoyed the presentation and thought the audience seemed like a great bunch of folks. Grant Palmer really knew his stuff.

    2 · November 6, 2013

  • Michael

    Excellent presentation. I've studied the history of JS, and I learned many new things. Mostly about the main topic of the changing first vision. But also joseph's changing view of the godhead. and about the actions that top LDS leaders take to hide the embarassing parts of history. I find this stuff fascinating.

    3 · November 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone in Utah county want to carpool?

    November 6, 2013

    • Steve H.

      Coming from Orem, but our car is already full. Hope to meet you tonight Andrew!

      November 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does anybody have any idea how long this presentation will be? I'll be riding TRAX and don't wanna get stranded in SLC or have to leave early. Thanks, Paula

    November 6, 2013

  • Tracy W

    I wish I was able to make it but I have to work. I read his book in 2004 and it was the first to open my eyes. Will the talk be on YouTube?

    November 6, 2013

  • Jordan M.

    This looks really cool!

    November 5, 2013

  • Ben

    I am new to this. I am very excited to go!

    1 · November 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Should be informative, looking forward to seeing everybody.

    1 · November 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Should be informative, looking forward to our

    November 3, 2013

  • Postmormon O.

    Grant Palmer was a former Church Educational System Institute Director and teacher.

    An outline of the talk is available here:

    The outline will also be available via the day of the talk.

    October 30, 2013

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