In the 1980s the LDS Church produced a movie, “How Rare a Possession.” An Italian man finds a book with no cover, only to learn decades later that it was the Book of Mormon. It is probably a case of mistaken identity. Did Vincenzo join wrong church? We’ll learn more about this story in our final segment with Dr. Daniel Stone, check out our conversation…
GT: Here’s the part that John Hamer told me that nobody knows. Apparently the Bickertonites had a mission in Italy because the Mormon Church did not publish the Book of Mormon in Italian.
Daniel: No, as far as I know, they didn’t.
GT: Yeah, and so it was actually a Bickertonite Book of Mormon that he found that he searching for it, and so he joined the wrong church.
Daniel: Oh, that’s hilarious. You know what? I can’t say for sure. John would know more than me, but yes, as far as I know the Bickertonites were the first church to publish the Book of Mormon in Italian, and if that is the book that that Italian man picked up the join the LDS church, that is the epitome of irony.
GT: Just like William Bickerton, he joined with the Brighamites.
Daniel: That’s right. If that’s really true, then go John Hamer! If he actually looked like check the dates and to make sure because I’m not sure when. I know the LDS church now has their own Book of Mormon in Italian, but yeah, I believe the Bickertonites were the first one and if that was before then. Oh my gosh. Yeah. That is ironic. My goodness.
Here is the short part of the video describing Vincenzo’s experience.
I’d like to thank Daniel for talking with us. Don’t forget to buy his book! Wikipedia has some interesting background, including his correspondence with Heber J. Grant! And if you missed any part of our interview, please check them out!
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204: Writing History Without Getting in Trouble (Stone)
203: Reuniting the Bickerton Break (Stone)
202: Ousting a Prophet (Stone)
201: False Prophecies Are Possible! (Stone)
200: Civil War Prophecy Leads to Black Ordination (Stone)
199: Biblical Support to Ordain Women (Stone)
198: Bickerton Becomes Prophet (Stone)
197: Sidney’s Church Falls Apart (Stone)
196: Rigdon/Spalding Manuscript Theory (Stone)