‘Mormon Land’: Historian Richard Bushman explores faith, doubt, the gold plates, prophetic fallibility and feminism

Author of Joseph Smith biography also talks about how he came to believe and how the LDS Church can be a force for good in the world.

(Rick Egan | Tribune file photo) Mormon historian Richard Bushman speaks at Benchmark Books in South Salt Lake in 2018.

In a wide-ranging interview published in Sunday’s Salt Lake Tribune, revered Mormon historian Richard Bushman, author of the acclaimed Joseph Smith biography “Rough Stone Rolling,” talked at length about his childhood in Oregon, his mission in New England and his education at Harvard, where he wrestled with his faith in God.

He also discussed the mystery of the gold plates, from which the Book of Mormon sprang, his understanding of truth, and his perspectives on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — its past, present and future.

Bushman discusses those topics and more on this week’s podcast.

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