The Kinderhook Plates

Don Bradley and Mark Ashurst-McGee

Don Bradley and Mark Ashurst-McGee, "Joseph Smith and the Kinderhook Plates," in A Reason for Faith: Navigating LDS Doctrine & Church History, ed. Laura Harris Hales (Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2016), 93-116.

Don Bradley is a writer, editor, and researcher specializing in Latter-day Saint history and scripture. He performed an internship with the Joseph Smith Papers Project and is completing his thesis toward a master’s degree in History at Utah State University. He has published on the translation of the Book of Mormon, plural marriage before Nauvoo, and Joseph Smith’s “grand fundamental principles of Mormonism.” Don’s first book, The Lost 116 Pages: Rediscovering the Book of Lehi, is forthcoming from Greg Kofford Books. He is married to the former Michaelann Gardner and is the father of Donnie and Nicholas Bradley.

Mark Ashurst-McGee is a historian and documentary editor with the Joseph Smith Papers Project at the Church History Library. He holds a PhD in history and has trained at the Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents. He specializes in document analysis and documentary editing methodology. He has coedited several volumes of The Joseph Smith Papers and is the author os scholarly articles on Joseph Smith and early Mormon history. He and Angela Ashurst-McGee are the parents of six chilren. They live in West Jordan, Utah. The author would like to thank the Neil A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship for a research grant.

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