About the Lecture
Presenter William W. Slaughter shares how Joseph Smith’s First Vision set the stage for a remarkable journey that would include the publication of the Book of Mormon and would ultimately change the lives of millions. Joseph never elaborated on the process used to translate the Book of Mormon, stating, that he translated the record “by the gift and power of God.” However, the coming forth of the Book of Mormon and subsequent editions included the efforts and faith of many people from Joseph Smith to Thomas S. Monson.
William W. Slaughter is a photograph historian and consultation archivist for the LDS Church History Department. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in library science from Brigham Young University. He has authored or coauthored several books, including Joseph Smith’s America, Prophets of the Latter Days, How We Got the Book of Mormon, Life in Zion, Trail of Hope, 40 Ways to Look at Brigham Young, and Camping Out in the Yellowstone, 1882. He enjoys the out-of-doors—hiking, backpacking, bicycle riding—having participated in the Lotoja bike race for several years. He lives in Salt Lake City with his wife Sheri, and they are the parents of two children.
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