First-Edition Book of Mormon Stolen From Mesa Store Recovered in Washington, D.C.; Jay Linford Pegged as Book's Thief

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This is what a first-edition Book of Mormon (or, really, any old book) looks like.
It took help from the U.S. Marshals Service and the FBI, but a first-edition Book of Mormon stolen from a Mesa bookstore has been located in Washington, D.C.

The theft of the book did not make the Mormon community happy, as folks used to stop by Mesa's Rare and Out of Print Books and Art store quite often to take a look at the one-in-5,000 book printed in 1830.

Mesa police say Jay Linford is the guy who stole the book from the store in late May.

Police say Linford was arrested in a Washington, D.C., apartment after the Marshals Service and FBI served search warrants, where authorities believe they recovered the same Book of Mormon stolen from the Mesa shop.

The book's valued between $30,000 and $40,000.

A Mesa police spokesman says the owner of the Mesa store knows Linford, and Linford was in the store when the book was stolen.

Linford is currently in custody on a $40,000 bond, and he was required to give up any passports.

Mesa police don't yet have a mugshot for Linford, and a police spokesman says it's unclear how long the extradition process is going to take.

According to media accounts printed shortly after the theft of the book, storeowner Helen Schlie said she'd been selling individual pages from the book for a few years, fetching between $2,500 and $4,000 a page.

As the story goes within the Latter-day Saint communities, Joseph Smith found gold plates engraved with prophecies and revelations from as far back as 2200 B.C.

Smith found these plates in western New York, and a resurrected being called Moroni showed up to help Smith get these foreign characters into English.

In 1830, three years after finding the plates, Smith got his translation of the plates printed into some books, one of which being the one stolen out of Mesa.

We'll get the rest of the details on Linford's arrest if available, and report back.


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And excuse me for being a little guarded about taking a literary agent at their word when they can't spell "Independent". 

Tubes Fan
Tubes Fan

Yah, but selling one page at a time from a Barbara Cartland novel didn't pay YOUR rent, eh?

Native Guns
Native Guns

Racist in the fact that according to your beloved "prophet" Spencer W. Kimball was quoted in 1960, regarding Natives("Lamanites") converted in the church: "The day of the Lamanites is nigh. For years they have been growing delightsome. and they are now becoming white and delightsome as they were promised." He went on to described different "Lamanite" children in his church who were baptized: "They are becoming white as Anglos". In other words, they want Natives to ditch their cultural identity. To become "white" like them. The racist Brigham Young once quoted: "There is a curse on the aborigines who roam the plains. They are of the House of Israel; They once had the Gospel delivered to them, they had oracles of truth; Jesus came and administered unto them after his resurrection and they receive and delighted unto the Gospel until the 4th generation when they turned away and became wicked that God cursed them with this dark, benighted and loathesome condition." Sounds much like the Christian Identity(or the Creattivity Movement) to me, which is classified as a hate group by the SPLC.

Ross
Ross

Someone's great imagination for a new cult?  Please, let's not bring the Scientologists into this discussion.

Ross
Ross

==As the story goes within the Latter-day Saint communities==   The Gannett newspapers, not wanting to offend their Mormon advertisers, leave out the part about how the golden plates are a matter of faith and not a matter of fact.    They did report, however, that the Mesa bookstore owner had been selling off the book, page by page.  Must not be particularly important to these believers.

g23
g23

An insteresting factoid if I recall a Smith biography correctly, is that the first record of joseph smiths life in the press was in regards to smith being convicted of practicing black magick. Which if one takes into consideration that the seer stones and techniques smith utilized are based in sorcery and occult practices, makes sense.

g23
g23

Heh, having owned an independant bookstore as well as being an independant publisher and literary agent, I would peg the sale of the books pages as probably necessary to the bookstores survival in this new internet age where printed books are found and purchased easier online as well as the rise of ebooks. From my experience, most independant bookstore owners are not in the business due to greed but for the love of books esp since the business has become so difficult for bookstore owners. This is where "assuming" on your part takes you into areas where you have little to no obvious experience and are just basically talking out your ass.

Tubes Fan
Tubes Fan

I'd like to see a NT poll asking how many people think the bible is made-up shit...

Native Guns
Native Guns

The Book of Mormon is someone's great imagination for a new cult, that later became a worldwide foundation. There is so many flaws with this church, including its long racist and prejudiced history.  They just started allowing blacks into their church in the mid-80's. And their "Pearls of Great Price" preaches racist conjecture, mainly against blacks and Natives("Lamanites"). I guess this is why they only have one Native American (Larry Echo Hawk a former Dept, of Interior Secretary) who btw, just resigned from his post in Washington D.C. to serve in their "Quorum of the 70"? He's the only non-white in that religious high sect as far as I know. No doubt its a racist church whose true intent is to whitewash the non-white.

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