凯瑟琳·梅洛纳科斯（Kathleen Melonakos）’s book Secret Combinations: Evidence of Early 摩门教徒 Counterfeiting (1800-1847) 在许多在线摩门教徒社区引起了轩然大波，我们很高兴与Kathleen合作推出我们的系列’s expertise and careful research. Her book chronicles 的 evidence that early 摩门教徒 leaders, starting with 约瑟·史密斯 Sr., dealt in counterfeit money beginning in Vermont, and continuing throughout Joseph and Hyrum’s careers. It places 的 Smith brothers in 的 early American context where counterfeiting networks and some of 的ir CEO-like bosses posed as preachers. It is 的 only book of its kind that uncovers 的 problems counterfeiters caused in early America and what really happened before, during and after 的 Book of 摩门教徒 appeared on 的 scene. Her book is both fact-based and fast moving, supported by more than 1400 footnotes and over 100 photos and illustrations. It is also based on nearly 10 years of research conducted in Vermont, New York, Illinois, Missouri, and Utah.
In this interview, Kathleen attempts to provide 的 historical context for 的 life of 的 Smith family and 的 founding of 的 LDS Church. In particular, we focus on 的 假冒文化 of 的 time period (Part 1), treasure digging as a practice (Part 2), 的 origins of 的 Book of 摩门教徒 (Part 3), and finally we delve into how her research and work influences Kathleen’个人的信念（第4部分）。
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第1部分– Kathleen discusses “假冒文化” as an influence in early 摩门教徒ism:
第三部分– Kathleen discusses 的 origin of 的 Book of 摩门教徒: