1830 first edition Book of Mormon appraised at $100,000 on 'Antiques Roadshow'

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  • ThinksIThink SEATTLE, WA
    Jan. 14, 2014 2:40 a.m.

    "There are thousands of factual proofs of the Truth of the Book of Mormon."

    That's right. I saw hundreds of the factual proofs at the LDS Museum of Ancient History. The museum has a permanent display of artifacts from the Hill of Cumorah and the great battle waged there.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    Jan. 12, 2014 6:02 p.m.

    CA Granny

    Joseph didn't do it in 60 days. You may want to do your research on it. An angel led him to the plates, then repossessed them so that they could never be examined later on? Yes, that sounds like fiction, not truth.

  • CA Granny PETALUMA, CA
    Jan. 11, 2014 5:35 p.m.

    Brahma, the only fiction to your comment is the assumption that one hardly educated kid could have made the whole thing up in 60 days or less. The assumption that he did makes him even more remarkable than he is to those of us who value his prophetic mission in life. Years ago during a short mission in Central America, there were a number of things that seemed unusually remarkable because of an apparent connection to the record in the Book of Mormon. They might actually be real evidence of the people of the Book of Mormon but to us, they were just interesting because of what we know from reading the book. The Holy Ghost, which I assume is what you mean by the spirit that testified to you of it's falseness, doesn't give that testimony or prompting. You got what you wanted to hear or feel, not what was true. The Holy Ghost testifies of truth only, and I don't think you got it.

  • John Locke Ivins, , UT
    Jan. 11, 2014 2:50 p.m.

    The Book itself, not the one of the article, is priceless. And, not just to members of the Church, but to millions of others who will come to know its contents and answer for them, the questions: Where did I come from? Why am I here (on earth)? and Where am I going?

    Not even the Bible does all of that, but has been supplemented by Gospel truths received through revelation, which have been and will be invaluable to the salvation of much of mankind...

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    Jan. 11, 2014 8:17 a.m.


    I know that it isn't true. I have had that confirmed over and over in various ways. I suppose my knowledge that it isn't true has come to me in a very similar way that your knowledge that it is true has come. So to debate who is right is a moot point. All the best

  • Razzle2 Bluffdale, UT
    Jan. 10, 2014 7:50 p.m.

    I love Ken Sanders. I fell upon his store during the Olympics and met him.

    He is a treasure of the city.

  • Razzle2 Bluffdale, UT
    Jan. 10, 2014 7:28 p.m.

    I was watching Antiques Roadshow and someone brought in a really cool table. The appraiser said it was "Mormon" pioneer furniture from the 19th century. Something about the Dutch influenced top with the extra strong legs.
    Anyways, he appraised it very high.

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 10, 2014 5:44 p.m.

    When we were kids we were all told that if we started digging a hole we would eventually reach China. Of course that really would have depended on the angle we take wouldn't it. Anyway as a child I dug in my sandpile to a great depth. It was a monumental task. When I was tired, unable to go on I found I had not reached China. Just because I didn't reach China however did not make China's existence unreal.
    There are thousands of factual proofs of the Truth of the Book of Mormon. When I was in Canada recently with my wife a young man told me there was no factual proof of the Book of Mormon. I said I could give them to him if he wanted them but first I asked him what kind of evidence he would accept. He said nothing from you. But I commend your attempt to find out for your self.
    Now back to the China story....Keep digging. You might want to change your angle. Oh and it's not an emotional prompting. You'll know the difference when you find it.

  • Kelliebelle66 West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 10, 2014 5:00 p.m.

    Ken Sanders was the expert who appraised my Grandmother's first edition Pearl of Great Price at the Antiques Roadshow in 2006 mentioned at the end of the article. Most people when they find out they have something worth in excess of $50,000 would jump up and down and freak out. I don't know if it was because of her age, she was in her 80's, but all she did was say, "Oh," in a very soft voice. Sanders was more excited than she was. But I think for my grandmother what was important wasn't the money. It was the actual book and it's historical and spiritual value. She had no plans to sell it. It is a family heirloom. Her brother inherited a first edition copy of the Book of Mormon which I heard he donated to the church.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    Jan. 10, 2014 4:30 p.m.


    I couldn't agree more with what you said about the monetary system.

    You assume, however, that I haven't thought about, prayed about and investigated the book of mormon. I have. So have millions of others. I have concluded based on thought, reason, and emotional promptings (spirit) that it is false. So have millions of others. Just because some believe it doesn't make it factually true. The evidence simply isn't there.

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    Jan. 10, 2014 3:05 p.m.

    I had the opportunity once to handle an 1830 addition of the Book of Mormon. It was a wonderful experience.

    Sure, I know that I can get a new copy for free -- and it will have all the footnotes in it and all and we have several nice copies around the house that we read and study from. But that copy was history. It was printed in the very beginning when the restoration of the gospel was still in its infancy. Things that people sacrifice to accomplish -- like getting this work translated and then printed --- well, that is truly inspirational and a thrill just to be able to look upon it and recognize how grateful I am that I can now get a copy of this great work even for such a trivial price when some paid such a great price to make it available to me.

  • PMark Tomball, TX
    Jan. 10, 2014 2:49 p.m.


    So what do you have against fiction? If you wouldn't pay $75,000 for what you consider to be a fictional book, would you pay that much for a book you considered non-fiction? They're available, you know.

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 10, 2014 2:08 p.m.


    Value is capricious and a fickle thing. In actuality the $100,000 is a fictional work. Money, US currency, is not backed by anything except the faith and trust of those who use and accept it. It is a fabric/wood pulp tissue of no value unless you accept that it is stored labor of others. There is no value except what you put in it.

    The Book of Mormon that you are aware of is a work of fiction, to you. You have no faith or trust in it. However for the millions who have investigated it, tested it and proven it not only by faith but through direct revelation of him who commisioned the work they have found it to be a true work of divinity. Some would not trade theirs for any price in the world let alone a bunch of fabric/wood pulp tissue that you place so much trust in. Keep you tissues with you as long as you can, you can't take it with you when you leave. Those who trust the Book of Mormon will carry it's message into eternity.

  • davewhittle Springville, UT
    Jan. 10, 2014 1:21 p.m.

    Hard to believe those of you who are wondering why anyone would pay $100K for a first edition Book of Mormon are being sincere in your question.

    You could have also asked why someone would pay millions of dollars for a Gutenburg Bible, or $50,000 for a single page from one.

    Same answer to both questions.

    I'm thinking what you are really trying to communicate is that you're hostile towards the church.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    Jan. 10, 2014 12:23 p.m.

    There have been several copies online that haven't sold and they are only $75k. Either way, it is a steep price for a fictional work.

  • Gregorio Norco, CA
    Jan. 10, 2014 9:05 a.m.

    The Book of Mormon how rare a possession! It has guided my life throughout these past fifty years with much fruit of its truthfulness. For a free book to many, the opportunity it gives it's readers is priceless. Wisdom literature is always useful.

  • grandmagreat Lake Havasu City, AZ
    Jan. 10, 2014 8:26 a.m.

    Boy, someone does not understand the value of a great piece of work. True you can get a copy of the Book of Mormon Free, however, I have in my personal possession several copies of the Book of Mormon which I treasure because of the markings, or previous ownership. This is not just a Book, but a rare piece of American and LDS Church History. In this throw away society, many of the younger generation do not really treasue keepsakes. I have a Book called Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman that I purchased over 70 years ago, when I was earning .25 cents an hour. It was a big purchase for me, but I would not trade it today for much more than I paid for it back then. And it is just a book of poems.

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    Jan. 10, 2014 8:23 a.m.

    The book is worth $100K.

    A testimony of it is priceless.

  • lledwards38 Canandaigua, NY
    Jan. 10, 2014 8:19 a.m.

    Original copies of the Book of Mormon have sold for far more than that when they are auctioned.

  • antodav TAMPA, FL
    Jan. 10, 2014 7:54 a.m.

    It's worth far more than that. You can't put a price tag on the fullness of the Gospel.

  • Ranch Here, UT
    Jan. 10, 2014 7:20 a.m.

    Connell is right.

    I noticed that the cover is missing the little angle embossing that usually accompanies the book. A few years ago, if I'm remembering this correctly, somebody brought a first edition PoGP and it was appraised pretty high back then.

  • Connell O'Donovan Santa Cruz, CA
    Jan. 10, 2014 12:07 a.m.

    Reporter Sarah Petersen obviously did not understand the Antiques Roadshow segment she watched and does not know of Ken Sander's decades long career of dealing in early Mormon and early Utah books. She rather insultingly claimed that the Book of Mormon was "something new to the appraiser but familiar to members" of the LDS Church. Sanders not only knows what the Book of Mormon is but has handled many first editions of the Book of Mormon. He quite clearly explained that the only thing "new" to him was seeing a first edition stay within the same family for multiple generations of ownership. I realize she wanted a catchy hook for her opening statement, but she need not have disrespected a great scholar (and a Utah state treasure in his own right) like Ken Sanders.

  • Ken Sandy, UT
    Jan. 9, 2014 5:07 p.m.

    Wally, I see 3 comments other than yours and only one could be described as professing some sort of expertise.

    How many do you see?

  • Wally Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 9, 2014 4:58 p.m.

    It is amazing how many "experts" are commenting on this.

  • rightascension Provo, UT
    Jan. 9, 2014 4:48 p.m.

    and then right after the appraisal of the ancient Book of Mormon came an appraisal of some supposedly ancient central American figurines. The guy who owned the figurines clearly stated that he showed them to [and it left me with the impression of ] Brigham Young University professors of archeology. He said BYU clear and precise enough, that's for sure, and whoever that was told him the figurines were ancient and authentic -- when they were obviously fakes even to me. It would be interesting to know who in BYU archeology does not know the different between ancient central American figurines and fakes.

  • Commodore West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 9, 2014 4:28 p.m.

    I'd love to have a 100k version. I'd pay off my house in a heartbeat.

  • truth in all its forms henderson, NV
    Jan. 9, 2014 4:20 p.m.

    Why would you pay 100,000 dollars for a book of Mormon, when you can get one for free?