A devout Mormon set out in 1955 on an archaeological expedition to prove the Book of Mormon’s claims. After 15 years instead he found nearly every claim in the BOM was wrong and the papyrus J. Smith claimed written by Abraham was actually just a page ripped out of the Egyptian Book of the Dead

A Mormon Champion’s Loss of Faith

Stan Larson, Quest for the Gold Plates: Thomas Stuart Ferguson’s Archaeological Search for the Book of Mormon (Salt Lake City: Free Thinker Press in association with Smith Research Associates, 1997), 305 pages, paperback, $12.95. ISBN 0-9634732-6-3

This is a candid yet even-handed survey of Book of Mormon (BOM) archaeology, told through the career of Thomas Stuart Ferguson, one of its most ardent twentieth century champions.

The story begins in the fall of 1977 with a telephone call author Stan Larson placed to Ferguson, the author of popular books defending the authenticity of the BOM. Larson, then an employee of the LDS Church’s Translation Services Department, had long followed Ferguson’s work. He was calling to dispel what he as… Continue Reading

Source: http://mit.irr.org/mormon-champions-loss-of-faith