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A Latter Day Deception

by Martin Wishnatsky

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Author Bio

Chapter One:
The Washington Temple

Chapter Two:
The Princeton Stacks

Chapter Three:
Holy Murder

Chapter Four:
The Prophet

Chapter Five:
Becoming a God

Chapter Six:
Granite Mountain

Chapter Seven:
Kingdom Come


Mormonism: A Latter Day Deception (Introduction)


The events and experiences recorded in this book took place between 1980 and 1982. Except for some excerpts offered on eBay in the year 2000, the manuscript has sat quietly in the closet for 20 years. Its relevance is as great now as it was then. The reason why the author was hesitant to publish it will be evident to the reader.

I hope it will be clear that I did not join the Mormon Church with the object of disclosing its secrets (little did I know there was anything to hide), but rather because I believed in it. The shock of the endowment ceremony in the Mormon Temple in Washington, D.C. determined me to research its history — with results that confirmed my forebodings.

To preserve the flow of the narrative, facts have been left as they were recorded in 1982, when the manuscript was written. Where subsequent events are of interest, a comment is added in brackets to set it off from the original text.

I express my appreciation to the Firestone Library at Princeton University for access to the stacks and manuscript sources.