Journal of Book of Mormon Studies


Don Bradley


temple, Disciples of Christ, New Testament, Mormonism, Joseph Smith


As a new faith's purported "Gold Bible" began rolling off the presses at the E. B. Grandin print shop, the public was curious to know the nature of that faith. Protestant sects proliferated wildly during the Second Great Awakening, particularly in the fertile soil of upstate New York's "Burned-over District:' And restorationists, like the Christian primitivist Disciples of Christ, who aimed to restore the New Testament Church, were a familiar breed among them. Such sects provided the best model for what the public might expect Palmyra's new faith to become, but actual information was still hard to come by.