Meeting the Author of the BoM

A friend of mine attended the funeral of Robert Matthews this past Thursday. He told me that his favorite story came from one of the daughters. She says that her father was on an airplane a number of years ago, reading his triple combination (leather, with his name embossed on the cover in gold). The woman seated next to him was quite talkative, so he eventually closed his scriptures and had a pleasant conversation with her. When they arrived, as they were headed toward luggage pick-up, she shook his hand and remarked that she had really enjoyed meeting him, and congratulated him on his book. He was puzzled at first, and then realized that she meant his scriptures. “Oh, no,” he said. “I didn’t write that book.” “Don’t be modest,” she responded. “Your name is on the cover. The Book of Mormon is a very famous book, and it’s been a great honor to meet its author.”


  1. I have been so out of blogging these past days that I haven’t seen posts in quite awhile. I didn’t know Robert Matthews passed away. Great man, who made great contributions.

  2. Thanks for sharing. What a delightful anecdote.

  3. I remember him sharing this story at a BYU engineering dinner several years ago. Wonderful sense of humor.

  4. StillConfused says:

    That is so funny!! When my foster brother was called on his mission, he was sent to Okinawa. He is 6’6″ and blond. He would start to tell people about Jesus and they would think HE was Jesus. Funny stuff.

  5. Kevin Barney says:

    Oh, StillConfused, that is hilarious!

  6. Great story. :D

  7. Joseph Smith Jr. says:

    I used to get that all the time.

  8. Wonderful! :)

    Thanks for sharing.

  9. This was very funny.

    #4: The guy who played Jesus in the Passion of the Christ got that a lot in Mexico. People wanted him to bless their kids, like he was a saint.