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I, Nephi

posted on August 8, 2012

At The New Yorker, Adam Gopnik chronicles the history of Mormonism and its interactions with American society. According to him, the Book of Mormon is more than a holy text; it is a sacred object “meant to be venerated.” However, “It isn’t the truth of the Book, or the legends of Nephi, that undergird Mormon solidarity even among lapsed or wavering believers,” Gopnik writes, “it’s the memories of what other people were prepared to do in order to prevent your parents from believing.”

Read at The New Yorker