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The Goodness and the Mysteries

On the Path 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 Jay, who pointed out what the most precious thing is. And for Brandon, who kept insisting on the Word. And for Dr. Dave, who hoped I would someday join the conversation.


It may be years before my kids realize how truly odd their dad is, and how unusual our scripture reading together has been. Many of the observations that lie behind the argument of this book were first made by me during family scripture time. Hopefully the children haven’t been harmed. Special thanks again to those who volunteered to read the manuscript: Dick, Carol, Gary, Nathan, Emily, and Ryan. The mistakes, as ever, are all mine.

But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

—Matthew 23:13

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