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Dear 100 Hour Board,

What can you tell me about today's title bar quote?: "'Truth does not appease but inflames the curiosity.' -Joseph Smith, The Book of Gold"

What's the Book of Gold referred to here? The only thing I can think of is that it might have been a play/work of fiction about Joseph Smith, and this was a line from it.

I googled around a bit, and the only thing I found outside the 100 Hour Board was this somewhat similar quote by Emerson:

"The wonderful tidings our glasses and calendars give us concerning the hospitable lights that hang around us in the deep, do not appease but inflame our curiosity; and in like manner, our culture does not lead to any goal, but its richest results of thought and action are only new preparation."

-A. Carton de Wiart


Dear indestructible british war vet,

Shout out to the HBLL Media Center desk, who gave me the crucial information I needed to crack this case. The Book of Gold was an opera about the prophet Joseph Smith and the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. With lyrics by Glen Nelson and music by Murray Boren, it premiered November 4, 2005 in BYU's de Jong Concert Hall. It was created to commemorate the two hundredth anniversary of Joseph Smith's birth. According to a BYU news release:

The opera brings to life the adventures of saints and scoundrels, love and death and treachery and miracles surrounding the publication of the "Book of Mormon."
"The Book of Gold" is based on original documents and never-before published historical records from the events of 1827-1830."I wanted to show Joseph grow from a young man to a prophet," said Nelson, who immersed himself in research to write the text. "It did not happen in a single day. To my mind, this span of time, 1828-1829, shows the miracle of one man's development." While the coming about of the "Book of Mormon" is the setting, one of the main themes of the opera is the refinement process that Joseph endures."I hope the audience takes home the fact that none of us are protected from difficulties," Sorensen added. "These journeys are hard, but with faith we can make it through."

If you are interested in watching the Book of Gold, the Media Center has a recorded performance available for checkout on DVD. If you would like to read the complete text and lyrics of the opera, the library has a copy in their general collection and another in Special Collections.


--Ardilla Feroz