Plain and Precious Things

The Temple Religion of the Book of Mormon’s Visionary Men

by D. John Butler

Published by D. John Butler at Smashwords

Copyright 2012 D. John Butler

Cover Painting and Design by Jeffrey V. Brimley

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For Emily, who supported me in writing this eccentric little book.

For my parents, who first introduced me to the writings of Hugh Nibley—as I recall, the first one I read was Enoch the Prophet.

And for Steve, who said “yes” when anyone in his right mind would have said “no.”


I owe thanks to a lot of people. For the moment, in addition to those named above, let me add the friends and family who read this book before I published it: Carol, Nathan, Diane and Dick, Ryan (who also empowered me to do a lot of background cogitation by maintaining The Goodness and the Mysteries), Ellen and Don, Michael, David, Kirk, Matt, David and Katelyn.

I owe a slightly different and special debt of thanks to the members of the Elders Quorum of the First Ward of the Eagle Idaho Stake, who bore with me while I worked out a lot of this stuff standing on my feet. It turns out, guys, you were inside the rough draft of a book, all along.

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