Victims: The LDS Church and the Mark Hofmann Case

Turley’s point is that the Church was a victim not only in more than $100,000 in cash and trade items it gave Hofmann for various spurious documents, but also in the shadows cast on Church origins by his forgeries–particularly the salamander letter–and on the honesty of Church leaders by his planting false news stories that they possessed an embarrassing document written by Oliver Cowdery. Their denials only heightened the imputation of dishonesty. And the adverse publicity could never be wiped out by the later disclosure of Hofmann’s frauds. Everything the Church leaders did was subjected to unfriendly interpretations.

Published in BYU Studies Quarterly 32:4
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