“The Lost 116 Pages: Reconstructing the Book of Mormon’s Missing Stories”

“The Lost 116 Pages: Reconstructing the Book of Mormon’s Missing Stories” November 27, 2019


Don Bradley's book
The cover of an important new book, from the Amazon.com website.


I would like to call your attention to a remarkable new book, which is now available on Kindle and which will shortly appear in hard copy:


Don Bradley, The Lost 116 Pages: Reconstructing the Book of Mormon’s Missing Stories


Here’s the book description that appears on the publisher’s website:


On a summer day in 1828, Book of Mormon scribe and witness Martin Harris was emptying drawers, upending furniture, and ripping apart mattresses as he desperately looked for a stack of papers he had sworn to God to protect. Those pages containing the only copy of the first three months of Joseph Smith’s translation of the golden plates were forever lost, and the detailed stories they held forgotten over the ensuing years—until now.

In this highly anticipated work, author Don Bradley presents over a decade of historical and scriptural research to not only tell the story of the lost pages but to reconstruct many of the detailed stories written on them. Questions explored and answered include:

  • Was the lost manuscript actually 116 pages?
  • How did Mormon’s abridgment of this period differ from the accounts in Nephi’s small plates?
  • Where did the brass plates and Laban’s sword come from?
  • How did Lehi’s family and their descendants live the Law of Moses without the temple and Aaronic priesthood?
  • How did the Liahona operate?
  • Why is Joseph of Egypt emphasized so much in the Book of Mormon?
  • How were the first Nephites similar to the very last?
  • What message did God write on the temple wall for Aminadi to translate?
  • How did the Jaredite interpreters come into the hands of the Nephite kings?
  • Why was King Benjamin so beloved by his people?

Despite the likely demise of those pages to the sands of time, the answers to these questions and many more are now available for the first time in nearly two centuries in The Lost 116 Pages: Reconstructing the Book of Mormon’s Missing Stories.


I read the pre-publication manuscript, and here’s the endorsement that I wrote for the jacket cover of the soon-to-appear hardcopy book:  “Extraordinary. Sparkling with fresh and important insights into the history, nature, and contents of the lost portion of the Book of Mormon—and of the portion that we still have.”


And, incidentally, if you choose to order the book, and if you choose to do so through Amazon.com, I hope that you’ll use AmazonSmile to place your order.  There is absolutely no reason for you not to do so, whether you designate the Interpreter Foundation or some other worthy cause as the recipient of Amazon.com’s money.



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