We are excited to announce that Michael Hubbard MacKay and Nicholas J. Frederick, authors of Joseph Smith’s Seer Stones (published by the Religious Studies Center in cooperation with Deseret Book), will be here on Wednesday, November 30, to discuss the book. They will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will speak at 6:00 and will answer questions and sign books before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make it that night but, if not, we can mail a signed copy or hold one here at the store for pick-up. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.

When the Church released photos of the brown seer stone that was owned and used by Joseph Smith, the news ignited a firestorm of curiosity and controversy. People wanted more information and wondered why they hadn’t been aware of the stone’s existence.

This book discusses the origins of Joseph Smith’s seer stones and explores how Joseph used them throughout his life in a way that goes beyond translating the Book of Mormon. It also traces the provenance of his stones once they left his possession.

The authors examine how the Book of Mormon itself provides a storyline about the history of seer stones and how this helped Joseph Smith learn about his own prophetic gifts. Finally, this book explores how Joseph Smith took his own experiences and created a theology of seer stones that became closely linked with his unique doctrines of exaltation.

“The LDS community needs this book. It is a model of how responsible and faithful scholarship should be written.”
—Ben Park

Michael Hubbard MacKay received an engineering degree from the US Air Force and a master of arts degree from the University of York in England. His doctorate of philosophy degree was also awarded by the University of York. He is now an assistant professor in the department of Church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University.

Nicholas J. Frederick received his BA in classics and his MA in comparative studies. He received his PhD in the history of Christianity, with an emphasis in Mormon studies from Claremont University. As a professor at BYU, he enjoys teaching courses on the Book of Mormon and the New Testament, particularly the writings of Paul and the Book of Revelation.


Joseph Smith’s Seer Stones by Michael Hubbard MacKay and Nicholas J. Frederick. Religious Studies Center in cooperation with Deseret Book, 2016. 243pp. Hardback. $24.99


Other Titles by MacKay:

From Darkness unto Light: Joseph Smith’s Translation and Publication of the Book of Mormon. Religious Studies Center/Deseret Book, 2015. Hardback. $24.99

Joseph Smith Papers Volumes to Which MacKay Contributed

The Joseph Smith Papers: Documents, vol. 1: July 1828 – June 1831. The Church Historian’s Press, 2013. Hardback. $54.95

The Joseph Smith Papers, Documents Vol. 3: February 1833-March 1834. The Church Historian’s Press, 2014. Hardback. $54.95

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Other Title by Frederick:

The Bible, Mormon Scripture, and the Rhetoric of Allusivity (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press Mormon Studies Series). Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2016. Hardback. $75.00 **this title is a special order only—please let us know as soon as possible if you want to order a copy**

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