The Mormon Grail

God's Valley Part 1

by R. Curtis Burnett

 

Book Details


The Mormon Grail takes readers on a dangerous, DA VINCI CODE-like journey involving an ancient artifact that could shake the religious world. The “Mormon Grail” – like the legendary “Holy Grail” – is believed to have MIRACULOUS powers. The artifact affects people in different ways – turning some into thieves and murderers while providing others with TANGIBLE EVIDENCE OF GOD’S EXISTENCE. The Mormon Grail is an alternative retelling of the AMAZING SAGA of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon), complete with visions, ANGELS, SEER STONES, the “Urim and Thummim,” MIRACLES, persecutions, insect plagues, handcart treks, atheistic dictators and the coming forth of a NEW SCRIPTURE on par with the Bible. Readers are taken to “God’s Valley” – so named by federal agents because it’s the home of Cyrus Davidson, a charismatic CULT LEADER who says he is the Messiah, and Joseph Smithfield, who claims to SPEAK WITH DEITY and translate records of LOST CIVILIZATIONS inscribed on gold plates. Readers will also go to a second “God’s Valley” in a sweltering Mexican jungle, where “legend-keepers” guard a treasure that MEN WILL KILL FOR. The Mormon Grail is historical fiction with a twist – it’s INSPIRED BY REAL people and historical events that are moved into a contemporary time frame. It will appeal to general and Mormon audiences – to anyone, really, who LOVES RELIGIOUS FICTION like The Da Vinci Code, The Name of the Rose, and the The Clowns of God.

 

Book Excerpt

Prologue The young Mayan archaeologist gasped when his flashlight illuminated the “Mormon Grail” in the legendary “roomful of golden plates.” Dr. Cortez Ixatotal knew the ancient artifact’s name derived from of its supposedly miraculous powers, like the mystical “Holy Grail.” According to legend, the Holy Grail was a cup or chalice used by Jesus at the Last Supper. Anyone who drank from the chalice would be granted eternal life. The Mormon Grail, Ixatotal thought, would grant him eternal wealth in this life. He’d worry about eternal life somewhere down the road, if ever. Ixatotal planned to sell it to wealthy artifact collectors on the black market. For a fleeting moment, his inner archaeologist prevailed over the gold-seeker, who had committed murder in his quest for treasure. He thought about turning it over to the archaeological community, where it would have inestimable worth. The artifact would force archaeologists to rethink misguided theories about pre-Columbian indigenous peoples like the Maya. However, he would only receive a nominal finder’s fee – far below what the black market would bring. Reverting to the inner gold-seeker, Ixatotal decided that increasing his net worth trumped any scientific altruism. His flashlight suddenly flickered and dimmed sharply, and he realized that he had lost track of time in the cavernous mountain chamber. When the flashlight went dead, his life-long claustrophobia kicked in and panic welled up in his throat in the form of acrid bile. He was forced to crawl over the stone floor in total darkness, groping blindly for the backpack that contained a back-up flashlight. His only desire now was to re-emerge from the chamber into “El Valle de Dios” – “God’s Valley.” That’s what the locals had called the sweltering jungle valley for 2,000 years since the miraculous appearance of a white, bearded man “who descended from the heavens.” He identified himself as Jesus Christ; over time, he would become known as Quetzalcoatl in Central American legends. There was another “God’s Valley” 5,000 miles to the north in the desert environment of the State of Yutah. It was officially known as Morgan Valley – a sagebrush-covered expanse about 50 miles southwest of Ogden City, Yutah’s state capital. Federal agents derisively called it “God’s Valley” because of the “spiritual nut jobs ” who lived there, especially the New Branch religious cult and its crazed leader, Cyrus Davidson. Then there was Joseph Smithfield, who claimed to have seen and spoken to God the Father and Jesus Christ. He also purportedly received gold plates – from an angel, no less – containing the history of undiscovered ancient American civilizations.

 

About the Author

R. Curtis Burnett

Curtis Burnett loves religious fiction because “it takes readers into transcendent realms and allows us to speculate on the great mysteries of human existence.” As a life-long member of the Mormon Church, he believes the “Mormon saga is one of the most amazing and largely untold stories in the religious genre.” Curtis is part of an “eternal family” with a beautiful wife, Dody, seven children and step-children, and 13 grandchildren (and counting).