If you have an interest in Mormon History, the early Latter Days Saints, or Book of Mormon Origins, you've come to the right place. It is our goal to present here a candid and informed overview of this entire subject. Our mission is simply to recognize here the widely-held divergent viewpoints on this topic -- and to encourage some convergence of those viewpoints by examining new accumulations of historical facts and interpretations. This is a process we invite all visitors to this web-site to participate in. We are happy to read (and possibly even reproduce here) any considerate input e-mailed to the Spalding Research Associates.

We thank Richard Stout for his article "A Singular Discovery: the Curious Manuscript, Mitchill, and Mormonism."

In the days to come we'll be adding more articles and other interesting historical treats.

We are proud to offer the Ex-Mormon Foundation DVD "Line Upon Line" - an excellent documentary about how Mormonism treats those who question or leave the church.

The DVD is $10.00 plus shipping. Payments are made through Paypal. To purchase, use the Add To Cart button below.

We regret that we are out of books. We are, however, looking for a new publisher. Be sure to visit our site in the future for updates.

We are the Spalding Research Associates, a group of part-time researchers and writers living primarily in Southern California. The back cover of our 2005 book, Who Really Wrote the Book of Mormon? - The Spalding Enigma, provides this brief attribution: "Wayne L. Cowdrey, Howard A. Davis, and Arthur Vanick have conducted extensive research into the origin of The Book of Mormon. As members of Spalding Research Associates, they have investigated documents in historical societies, libraries, and consulted with regional historians...."

 L to R: Howard, Art, Wayne, Bill 

In the first of the two following interviews, Art Vanick and his ex-Mormon friend Richard Williamson describe what it is like to lead the life of a Mormon. In the next interview, Richard Williamson talks about the events and thought processes that caused him to leave Mormonism. Richard Williamson has held important positions in the Mormon organization, and draws from over 30 years of membership in that faith.

Life As A Mormon
Leaving Mormonism

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