A Writer Looks at the Book of Mormon


A Writer Looks at the Book of Mormon


Improvement Era

Publication Type

Magazine Article

Year of Publication




798–801, 834, 836

Date Published

November 1960



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Bibliographic Citation

Jones, Helen Hinckley. "A Writer Looks at the Book of Mormon", Improvement Era, Vol. 63. no. 11 1960:798–801, 834, 836.


This article is a testimony of the Book of Mormon from the point of view of a successful and professional writer, Helen Hinckley Jones. In order to write an excellent book, it takes tremendous research, painstaking effort to build distinct characters, a complex form, a unique style of writing, and an appropriate theme, followed by laborious retracing, redoing, and revising. Joseph Smith had neither the talent nor the time to author the Book of Mormon. Jones concludes that Joseph Smith “was reading the Book of Mormon, not writing it.”

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