You mentioned earlier that you invested
a considerable amount of time and money
to publish the Book of Mormon. You even
worked as one of Joseph ‛s first scribes.
After all this sacrificing, how much money
did you end up making on the deal ?
 
  In order to finish printing the Book of
Mormon, I was instructed by God to guarantee payment to the printer by putting
up 151 acres of my farm and my largest
house, as security for the $3,000 printing
bill.* ( D&C 19:25-26, 33-35 )
 
     
  No matter what
the cost, Joseph,
it is worth it !
 
     
   
  $ 3,000 ? Using the Consumer Price
Index as a standard, that would calculate
to approximately $ 51,914 in
February 2006 dollars.1
 
   
  My estimate is closer to $ 86,395 using the price of gold. By either scenario that ‛s a lot of money for a
high risk venture !
 
  I had originally hoped that the sale of the Book of Mormon would pay the printer ‛s cost. However, a local committee ( including ministers ) organized a boycott against the Book of Mormon, telling the printer that it would never sell ; and therefore he would never get paid. When the payment came due in 1831, I agreed to sell my land and house to pay off the debt.2  

 

1 http://www.westegg.com/inflation/
2 James ; “ The Man Who Knew,” Pgs 161, 163

 

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