The Lost Plates of Laman

Out of Print

An Account Written by the Hand of Laman upon Plates of Tin, Made by His Own Self—with a Little Help from his Brother Lemuel

by Bob Lewis

The Lost Plates of LamanIf Bob Lewis wrote a novel, it would be along the lines of Gulliver’s Travels to the Narrow Neck of Land. If he concocted a narrative poem, it would sound like Homer (Simpson, not the Greek guy).

But what fell miraculously into his lap, or rather his back yard, was a heap of tin that turned out to be the long-lost diaries of that Book of Mormon malcontent Laman, the oldest and most misunderstood of Nephi’s brothers. (Who names their first-born Laman?)

After all these years (2,541 to be exact), Laman finally gets to tell his side of the story. It sounds vaguely like Nephi’s account, but it takes on a strangely modern, quirkily idiomatic style resembling that of its translator—which only proves its provenance.

Bob Lewis was raised in Logan, Utah, and graduated from Utah State University (B.S., M.A.). He holds a Ph.D. from St. John’s University, New York, has taught English at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, and DeAnza College in Cupertino, California, and is the founder of The Mind’s Eye, a pioneer in audio publishing. He now makes his home in Salt Lake City and Torrey, Utah.