Thanks, everyone, for all of your kindness after the death of my dad. It was a rough first week and a half for me, but the family is doing okay now, and I feel a great sense of affection and gratitude towards so many friends and readers who reached out. Thank you.
Last week, I travelled to New York City where I did some talking, including a stint as a guest on the Brian Lehrer morning show at the big public radio station WNYC, where I talked about Mormonism, Mitt, the upcoming August 7 release of the new and expanded Book of Mormon Girl with the Free Press / Simon & Schuster and other usual subjects. Not twenty minutes after I walked out of the radio station, that email arrived in my inbox.
“You sound like a delightful person,” began the message from a listener in NYC . . . “BUT DON’T YOU KNOW JOSEPH SMITH WAS A PEDOPHILE AND A CON MAN.”
All caps. No joke.
Yes, that email. I get that email all the time.
It usually comes from non-Mormons who take some kind of perverse pleasure in imagining they’ve rocked my Mormon girl world by taking a shot at the prophet Joseph. Like Mr. All Caps in NYC. Or another fellow named “James,” who wrote me last week:
I’ve read at Mormon websites that Joseph Smith translated the Golden Plates by putting a rock in a hat and puting (sic) it over his face. A rock in a hat? I believe miracles can happen, but a rock in a hat? What’s with that? Tell me, Mormon girl, how did that work? It also said that he was paid to do this for people and they took him to court when it didn’t work. Of course, it wouldn’t work, it’s a rock in a hat. Did the prophet do that? If so, why? Continue reading