Book of Mormon about to come out from… Doubleday? Say What?

Nope, I have NOT lost my mind. In an unprecedented move by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a deal was inked with Doubleday to print the Book of Mormon.

Consider this, from the Deseret News. Keep in mind, of course, that the Deseret News is OWNED by the Mormon Church. There is a definite bias.

“Deseret Book chief Sheri Dew, who acted as agent in the deal, says: ‘The Lord doesn’t need Doubleday’s endorsement, but there are some for whom that imprint on the spine says . . .this is a legitimate book of scripture.'”

Apparently more than 100,000 copies will be printed (a damn good print run, mind you).

Needless to say, the Mormons are thrilled. And I can certainly understand why Doubleday has chosen to take this on. After all, they can see how powerful the LDS Church is, how many members hand over 10 percent of their income every year. Just think about it! A guaranteed readership base. “Go buy this book. Make it a bestseller, so that we can tell the world how legitimate we are now.” And they will. En masse. I virtually guarantee it. The bottom line in publishing is ALWAYS about the money, no matter what anyone says.

But the Deseret News article also said this:

“Though terms of the publishing contract and its associated royalties are confidential, Dew said the biggest challenge was the fact that the church, to Doubleday, ‘was an anomaly. They’re used to dealing with authors who have profit as their primary motive, and the church’s motive is so different. Just bridging that gap and getting work together was interesting process.'”

Say WHAT? Come on, Sheri, stop dissing us “authors.” We should all be offended. Book writers UNITE! Listen to what she’s saying. We are all mercenary money-grubbers, while the LDS agenda is pure of heart and Godly.

Their motive isn’t profit?

Puh-lease. Consider all of those potential new members adding their 10 percent to the Church’s coffers every year, so LDS, Inc., can go out and proselyte for more new members, buy up more property in Salt Lake City until they have total control over the entire city, control MORE media outlets, and hire an even BIGGER public relations corps to show their discontent when someone dares to take them on with a differing viewpoint that isn’t “faith promoting.”

Despite all of this, I’m not that worried. This book will NOW be available for review. And reviewers can be nasty. Consider the very first review of the Book of Mormon, many, many years back. You have all heard of this reviewer. His name was Mark Twain.

“ALL men have heard of the Mormon Bible, but few except the ‘elect’ have seen it, or, at least, taken the trouble to read it. I brought away a copy from Salt Lake. The book is a curiosity to me, it is such a pretentious affair, and yet so ‘slow,’ so sleepy; such an insipid mess of inspiration. It is chloroform in print. If Joseph Smith composed this book, the act was a miracle — keeping awake while he did it was, at any rate. If he, according to tradition, merely translated it from certain ancient and mysteriously-engraved plates of copper, which he declares he found under a stone, in an out-of-the-way locality, the work of translating was equally a miracle, for the same reason.”

Chloroform in print. Heh.

You can read all of what Twain had to by clicking here.


About Natalie R. Collins

Natalie has more than 30 years writing, editing, proofreading and design experience. She has written 20 books (and counting), has worked for the Sundance Film Festival, and as an investigative journalist, editor, and proofreader. She embraces her gypsy-heart and is following her new free-thinking journey through life. Follow her as she starts over and learns a bunch of life's lessons--some the hard way.
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