Author Interview & Book Giveaway: In Search of Truth by Robert L. Smith

Welcome to Author Robert L. Smith

Robert L. Smith has been a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 1971. He has served as a bishop and is presently serving as a seminary teacher. He speaks at youth and single adult conferences on archeological evidences of the Book of Mormon and has published articles on related subjects on the Ancient America Foundation (AAF) website, and in numerous issues of the Internet-based news magazine The New Archaeology Review. His first book, In Search of Truth: From the Creation to the Restoration, is a result of extensive research and study of acclaimed current and past LDS authors on the history of the early Church established by Jesus Christ and his apostles and the subsequent apostasy leading to the Protestant Reformation and the restoration of the gospel by the Lord through Joseph Smith.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
My book shows through historical facts and Bible scriptures that the Bible predicted a falling away from the true gospel taught by Jesus, and therefore a restoration of the primitive Church of Jesus Christ was needed to prepare for the Lord’s Second Coming.

If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why?
I would live in the United States of America in this time period because of the restoration of the Gospel and the true Church of Jesus Christ.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
For 30 years I have collected archaeological evidences of the Book of Mormon, and began speaking at Youth and Single Adult Conferences in the Church. I was invited by a friend to write articles about the Book of Mormon on his internet news magazine, The New Archaeology Review. I also wrote an article which is currently posted on the Ancient America Foundation(AAF) web site.

How did you know you should become an author?
I became interested in the history of the primitive Christian Church between the death of the Apostles and the formation of the Universal Church by Constantine. I did a lot of personal research in recent books by BYU Professors of Ancient Scripture, and discovered so much that I did not know previously, so I wanted to do an overview of the history of Christianity from the Creation to the Restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Several people have told me how much they love the book and want to share it with their friends who are not yet LDS. My purpose in writing this book was to strengthen testimonies of new coverts and provide new historical data to seasoned members, and tell the story of the apostasy and the need for the restoration in away that all Christians could understand ti.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
I would advise any new author to pay an editor before submitting their manuscript to a publisher, and then to filter the advice of the editor, and make the book as final as possible, including foot notes and sources before submitting it to publishers. The editor can provide valuable grammatical, structure, and technical advise on how to document sources, but the author needs to retain control of his or her themes, messages and ultimate story to be told.

Which authors have influence you most how?
Hugh Nibley’s extensive writings on the primitive church provide deep insight into ancient documents and the workings of early Christianity. Elaine Pagel’s book, the Gnostic Gospels gave me an excellent summary and intimate details of the persecutions of the early Christians and the heretical beliefs of the Gnostics who fabricated gospels and exalted themselves above the apostles, while they wrote false gospels in the names of long deceased apostles.

Give us a glimpse into a typical day in your day starting when you wake up till you lie down again.
I am an early-morning Seminary Teacher for High School students, so my alarm goes off at 4:25 AM. I drive to the Church to set up my classroom, then take a 20-minute round trip to pick up a student who has not transportation to Seminary. Class begins at 5:45 AM and lasts until 6:35 AM, after which I drive a student 15 minutes to his High School. I sometimes go to a Gymn near my work for a 30-minute workout before starting work as an aerospace engineer at Honeywell from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM, followed by a 30 minute drive home for dinner, and then starting on my Seminary Lesson for the next day, with bed-time target of 10:00 PM.

I finalized the book in my spare time on week-ends and summer vacations from Seminary. I am married with only me and my wife at home, but I have an 88 year-old mother in a nursing home who requires a lot of my attention. I am also the Scout Committee Chairman for the Boy Scout Troop and Varsity Team for my Ward.

What do you do in your free time? 

I have very little free time. When I have some, I read or rest.

Who or what inspired you to become an author?
I love to write and I had a story to tell about all of the new information that I learned from my personal study of the primitive Christian Church. I read dozens of books which are cited in my book, In Search of Truth from the Creation to the Restoration, an Overview of the History of Christianity. I wanted to summarize this history in a high-level form for some events, and drill down to reveal great detail for the history of the primitive church, the causes and results of the apostasy, the need for continuing revelation to prophets in our day, and the story of the restoration of the gospel through the Prophet Joseph Smith. There are so many Christianls today who have been falsely taught the Mormon’s are not Christians, yet they know very little truth about the predicted apostasy, the need for a restoration, or the detailed story of the formation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints or the contents of the Book of Mormon.

In Search of Truth

Travel back in time and discover the true gospel as taught by the earliest prophets. Well-researched and skillfully written, this intriguing read compares modern revelation with ancient sources like the Clay Tablets of Elba and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Perfect for all Church members, it’s an inspiring reminder of God’s love for all his children, no matter where or when they lived.

Giveaway Details
1 copy of In Search of Truth
Open to US only
Ends 8/15/12

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