The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, has been around for almost two centuries. It has ebbed and fluctuated in such a predictably adaptive manner throughout it's relatively short life in the religious realm. This Church has a very sordid past, which it does a very good job of teaching for itself, whether the history is slanted or not, is yours to decide. Join me on a journey through the history of the LDS Church through the eyes of the people that were actually there. We will learn about the founding members, where the practices came from, where the Book of Mormon (Mormon Bible) came from, and most importantly, we will examine Joseph Smith in every aspect possibly available to us today.

On this episode, we take a break from the historical timeline to examine a person that has been shrouded in mystery since making his way onto the Mormon historical scene in 1978; Mark Hofmann. He’s a man responsible for manufacturing an unknowable number of forgeries and selling them to the Church and other private collectors. All of his actions eventually lead up to 3 bombs going off, killing two people and severely injuring Hofmann himself. This is part one and it gets us up to the Salamander Letter in 1984, a year and a half before bombs start going off.

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Outro music by Jason Comeau

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Second Anointing

Joseph Smith III Blessing

Gordon B. Hinckley Conference Talk

September 9, 1984 Deseret News “Church” section

Dallin Oaks CES Symposium defending Salamander letter

Tracking the White Salamander with color coded source texts of Salamander Letter'S INVESTIGATION

September 1, 1984 Deseret News article titled “Letter”

Direct download: CC_Mark_Hofmann_pt1.mp3
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