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Grant Palmer

This web page is dedicated to the accomplishments of the amazing and incomparable Grant Palmer and his dealings with the Mormon Church.

Who is Grant Palmer?






Grant Palmer was employed by the LDS Church as a Church Education System (CES) teacher for 34 years. He retired in 2001. Grant Palmer thankfully helped me to finally leave the church after months of intensive study, after confirming most of what I already knew and then adding much more to it. He helped me to have no more doubt whatsoever, as to the complete fraud and lies of Mormonism, specifically their founding story & claims.

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An Insider's View of Mormon Origins, by Grant Palmer

Book authored by Grant: “An Insider’s View of Mormon Origins”. Published in 2002 and available at Signature Books.com. It was sold at Deseret Books for almost 2 years and is still available there by special order, as I’ve personally confirmed in a recorded phone call, available here on my site under “calls.” It was also sold at the BYU bookstore. This book had a huge impact on my life & was the final nail in my Mormon coffin. I’d left it for last, because I was still desperately clinging to my belief in the Book of Mormon and I knew from what I’d read, that this great book would quickly put an end to my belief that the Book of Mormon was revealed from God and an actual  history of people that once lived in the Americas. In June of 2005, I finally read the book, which confirmed much of what I already knew or suspected and that was it..my Mormon fantasy land was gone, which I’m now very grateful for. So that you Grant Palmer for helping me so much during that most difficult time in my life!

Summary: Over the past thirty years, an enormous amount of research has been conducted into Mormon origins—Joseph Smith’s early life, the Book of Mormon, the prophet’s visions, and the restoration of priesthood authority. Longtime LDS educator Grant H. Palmer suggests that most Latter-day Saints remain completely unaware of the significance of these discoveries, and he gives a thorough examination for anyone who has ever wanted to know more about these issues.

He finds that much of what we take for granted as literal history has been tailored over the years—slightly modified, added to, one aspect emphasized over another—to the point that the original narratives have been nearly lost. What was experienced as a spiritual or metaphysical event, something from a different dimension, often has been refashioned as if it were a physical, objective occurrence. This is not how the first Saints interpreted these events and certainly not what I and many people were taught from birth & our entire lives. Historians who have looked closer at the foundational stories and source documents have restored elements, including a nineteenth-century world view, that have been misunderstood, if not forgotten.

I was NEVER taught these things in any church meeting in my 35+ years as a member, including 4 years of seminary, 2 months in the MTC, 2 years on my mission & then 5 years at BYU, including many institute classes. It’s called “whitewashing” their TRUE history & doctrine and that is what the Mormon Hierarchy do best, out of necessity, in order to assure their survival in a modern world.

Excerpt: Excerpt from An insider’s View

Reviews: Several scholarly reviews of An Insider’s View

Response to FARM’s critical review: A Reply to FARMS and the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute

Notes: on the “Golden Pot” Chapter. This is the most original and perhaps controversial chapter in An Insider’s View.

Salt Lake Tribune: Article on his church court, before the court took place.



Book authored by Grant: “The Incomparable Jesus”. Published in 2005 and available at Kofford Books.com

Summary: Grant Palmer closed his thirty-four-year career teaching for the LDS Church Educational System with the final thirteen years as a chaplain and the LDS Institute director at the Salt Lake County Jail. Distilled from his personal and teaching experiences, this tender testament to the incomparable Jesus describes a Savior who walked the halls with him, succoring those in need.

In this slim volume, Palmer sensitively shares his understanding of what it means to know Jesus by doing his works. He lists the qualities of divine character attested to by the Apostles Peter and Paul, and also those that Jesus revealed about himself in his masterful Sermon on the Mount, particularly in the beatitudes.

With reverence Palmer shares personal spiritual experiences that were life-changing assurances of Jesus’s love for him–a love poured out unstintingly in equally life-changing blessings on prisoners whose crimes have not stopped short of sexual abuse and murder. Reading this book offers deeper understanding of the Savior’s mercy, a stronger sense of his love, and a deeper commitment to follow him.

I admit that I don’t have an opinion of this book because I haven’t read this book and don’t know when I’ll have the time or desire or if I will ever read this book, since I’m now an Atheist & don’t believe in the Biblical Jesus/Jehovah and I believe that there are serious doubts that he was even a literal person let alone a God or the son of God and is likely a fabrication of man, to give them power, control & money. If I ever do read this book, it will be out of respect for Grant Palmer, because he is a good, honest man with integrity & I wouldn’t mind reading his personal views and research on Jesus. Who knows, maybe he could convince me that Jesus was a real man and at least inspirational but at this point, I seriously doubt it.

Review: “This book reminds me why I am proud to be a Christian; and it makes me want to be a better one. This slender volume provides a better insight into the atonement than anything I have ever read. Grant Palmer has given us a timely gem of a book, one that is focused exclusively on the Savior” Dee Benson – Chief Judge, U.S. Federal District Court of Utah.

Excerpts on each chapter of The Incomparable Jesus available here.

Grant’s Other Writings

Salt Lake Tribune article from 2008: “Jesus’ Judgment of Humanity”

Sunstone article from 2007: The “Born Again” Saint

Sources for the Book of Abraham (2009): Five sources Joseph used for composing the Book of Abraham.

Sources for the Book of Mormon (2009): Six sources Joseph Smith used in composing the Book of Mormon

Visions (2009): What Joseph Smith’s Four Foundational Visions have in Common

Associated Press Article (2004): Former LDS Teacher Faces Excommunication for Controversial Book (Under News Stories about 3/4 of the way down)

Los Angeles Times Article (2004): Mormon Author Says He’s Facing Excommunication (Under News Stories about 5/6 of the way down)

Associated Press Article (2004): Mormon Church Disciplines Author for Book (Under News Stories at very bottom of page)

MIDWESTERN JOURNAL OF THEOLOGY Article (2010): Religious Feeling and Truth

Article: Sexual Allegations Against Joseph Smith

Article: Why William and Jane Law Left the LDS Church in 1844

Article: Did Joseph Smith Commit Treason in His Quest for Political Empire in 1844?


Grant’s Timeline of events

Grant kept a detailed journal of the events as they transpired after he wrote An Insider’s View of Mormon Origins. The following shows his thoughts and correspondence he had with his local leadership all throughout his church disciplinary hearing till the present:

Timeline of events



Mormon Stories Podcasts – Grant Palmer was interviewed by John Dehlin of Mormon Stories for a four-part series on Mormonism. Episodes 30-33.

Mormon Expression Podcast – John Larsen talks with former Church Educational System Institute Director, teacher, and author about his journey within Mormonism and his view of Jesus.

Mormon Stories Podcast episodes 324-326 – In this episode Grant Palmer returns to Mormon Stories to discuss: Sexual allegations made against Joseph Smith during his early years The story of William and Jane Law, and An update on Grant’s resignation from the LDS church.

Radio Station Interview

Interview with Grant H. Palmer, 2004
Gena Edvalson, “RadioActive,” KRCL Radio FM 90.9
Click here for: Audio version Typescript


Documentary Appearance

PBS Special “The Mormons” – aired by PBS Frontline on May 1, 2006. Provided commentary in the second part. He appears about 45 minutes into the first hour of Part II, for about two minutes. Here’s a one minute youtube video excerpt.


TV Interview

Grant was interviewed Wed. May 18, 2011 and Wed. May 25, 2011 on live TV by Jason Wallace on Channel 20 in the greater Salt Lake area. Wed May 18, the focus was on An Insider’s View of Mormon Origins and the future of Mormonism. On Wed May 25, the focus was on comparing the Mormon Jesus with the New Testament Jesus, especially their personality, behavior, attitudes and what their doctrinal emphasis is. The format each week was an interview for 30 minutes followed by questions from callers.

First Interview available online Part 1.

Second Interview available online Part 2.


Sunstone Symposiums

Recordings are available from Sunstone for these topics were presented by Grant and others:

The Ethics of Doubt. 2005

Mormon Contributions To Christology And Understanding The Atonement. 2005

How ‘Christian’ Should Mormonism Strive to be? 2004

Author Meets Critics: An Insider’s View of Mormon Origins. 2003

What is Anti-Mormon? 2003.



Grant appears in several small clips in the DVD “LDS Transitions


*Thanks to the creator of Mormon Think for his great site & for all of his hard work and research in creating the Grant Palmer page that I’ve used as a template for my page & for inspiring me to add this page to my site. It was something that I’ve needed to do for a long time & neglected. The more people that can get this info out to the world, the better & Grant Palmer is one of my personal heroes due to his strength & courage & he helped me to have the strength to finally leave the church with no doubts that is was the right thing to do. It was a relief to know that I wasn’t crazy, as all of my friends & family were telling me. I even ordered his book for TBM friends, who have admitted that they didn’t dare to even read a word of the book. Grant Palmer has inspired and given strength and courage to a countless number of people and in my opinion, is one of the most important Ex-Mormons in the history of the church.




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