Grant H. Palmer is author of the book, "An Insider's View of Mormon Origins". Palmer is a retired CES employee. He was the director of LDS Institutes of Religion at colleges in California, Utah and New Zealand. He formerly instructed the high priest group in his local congregation in Sandy, Utah, and has been active in the Mormon History Association and on the board of directors of the Salt Lake Legal Defenders Association.
On December 12, 2004 at the Willow Creek Stake Center in
Sandy, Utah, a church disciplinary council disfellowshipped Palmer.
The book in its basic form is a distillation of what has been
known in LDS historical circles for many years. One of the criticism of
the book is precisely that - there is little that is new. It seems very
odd that Grant is being disciplined for something that was published over two
years ago that is mainly a rehash of existing facts.
Palmer, despite what happened on December 12th, is a heretic,
not an apostate. Heresy is believing differently than orthodox teachings.
Apostasy is actively opposing and attempting to destroy the church.
Apostasy is punishable, and justifiably so, in a few religions. Heresy is
historically not punishable. I am reminded of President David O. McKay's
defense of Sterling McMurrin, and commissioning of Obert Tanner to write
Christ's Ideals for Living, regardless of their well-known lack of belief in the
founding events of the church.
Frankly, until the Murphy and Palmer episodes, the hope was that the church had ended this phase of our history.
The best site for getting accurate information about the situation is found at http://www.geocities.com/defend_grant_palmer
Gordon B. Hinckley's FAX number is 801-240-2033
The address of the stake center is Willow Creek Stake Center, 2350 E Creek Rd. (8200 S), Sandy, UT 84093
Grant Palmer's Stake President is Keith Adams. His email address is email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>
More information on Stake President J. Keith Adams:
Radio or TV interviews and articles:
2. Grant Palmer appeared on RadioActive, December 9, 12:00 MST, KRCL 90.9 FM. You can hear this interview by clicking here, or by going to http://www.think-link.org/think/grant_palmer.htm , or read the transcript at http://www.tungate.com/palmer_interview.htm
1. For a news report from Channel 2 in Salt Lake City
Go part way down the page to find: Retired LDS Seminary Teacher Faces
Excommunication Over Book
8. Mormon Church Disciplines Author for Book. Associated Press. December 13, 2004. http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4669266,00.html or here.
5. Mormon Author Says He's Facing Excommunication.
Los Angeles Times. December 9, 2004. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-mormon9dec09,0,1094966.story?coll=la-headlines-nation
1. Ex-LDS Church Teacher May Face Excommunication. Deseret News. December 8, 2004. http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,595110832,00.html or here.
General information about the book and Grant Palmer:
Palmer's book is published by Signature Book. It was basically at the end of its publishing life before the December hearing. Stake President Adams' actions here have re-excited the publishing of the book - probably a thousand copies will be sold in December alone as a result of the PR generated by President Adams' actions.
Signature's website about the book is http://www.signaturebooks.com/Insider's.htm#grant
Signature's press release about the ( at that time ) pending excommunication hearing is found at www.tungate.com/s
A brief synopsis of Palmer's life, in his words, is found at http://www.signaturebooks.com/excerpts/insider's2.htm
Amazon link to Grant Palmer's book, "An Insider's View of
Mormon Origins": http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1560851570/002-3196380-4231233
Farms has published ad hominem attacks on Palmer, and to a much lesser extent, comments on the contents of the book. Their reviews can be found at:
1) Statement from the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for
Latter-day Saint History http://farms.byu.edu/display.php?table=review&id=510
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