Brant Gardner

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Brant Anderson Gardner (born 1951)[1] is an American researcher, writer and speaker on the Book of Mormon, and Mesoamerican studies.

Biographical background[edit]

Gardner is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). From 1971 to 1973, he served as a missionary for the church in the Spain Madrid Mission.[2]

Gardner received a B.A. in University Studies from Brigham Young University in 1975, and an M.A. in Anthropology from the State University of New York, Albany (SUNY) in 1978.[3] From 1978–80, Gardner continued at SUNY, completing all the course work, but not exams or a dissertation,[3] toward a Ph.D. in Mesoamerican ethnohistory.[4]

In Mesoamerican studies, Gardner has published on classical Nahuatl kinship terminology, ethnohistoric investigation of Coxoh in southern Mexico, and the Aztec Legend of the Suns.[4] He has published with the New World Archaeological Foundation and the Institute for Mesoamerican Studies.[3]

Professionally, Gardner has worked in software consulting[5] and product management.[4]

Gardner lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.[6]

Mormon studies[edit]

Gardner has published widely on the Book of Mormon and its possible geographical settings. He has often written for the FARMS Review of Books[5] and has presented in the conferences of the Foundation for Apologetic Information & Research (FAIR) during 2000–4, and 2008.[7] In 2007 he presented on "DNA and the Book of Mormon" to the Book of Mormon Archaeological Forum.[8]

Gardner is the author of Second Witness: Analytical & Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon (ISBN 1589580478), published by Greg Kofford Books in 2007. This six-volume commentary on the Book of Mormon focuses on its spiritual, theological, cultural, textual, and historical context.[9] For years much of this work was presented online as The Multi-dimensional Commentary on the Book of Mormon, which Gardner further revised for publication and took offline.

Published works[edit]


  1. ^ "Church History Catalog". The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Retrieved 2012-11-11.
  2. ^ "Alumni Address List". Mision de Espana. Spain Madrid Mission Alumni. Archived from the original on 2003-06-27. Retrieved 2009-07-15.
  3. ^ a b c Gardner, Brant. "Academic Vita". Brant Gardner's Page. Archived from the original on 2002-04-19. Retrieved 2009-01-14.
  4. ^ a b c Gardner, Brant (September 2002). "Too Good to be True: Questionable Archaeology and the Book of Mormon" (PDF). FAIR Papers. Mesa, Arizona: Foundation for Apologetic Information & Research. Retrieved 2009-01-14.
  5. ^ a b "Brant Gardner". Authors. The Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. Retrieved 2009-01-14.
  6. ^ "Brant Gardner fireside". LDS Mormon Forums. November 23, 2008. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved 2009-01-14.
  7. ^ "FAIR Conference Speakers". Foundation for Apologetic Information & Research. Retrieved 2009-01-15.
  8. ^ Moore, Carrie A. (October 23, 2007). "DNA claims rebutted on Book of Mormon". Deseret Morning News. Salt Lake City, Utah. Retrieved 2009-01-14.
  9. ^ "Introduction to "Second Witness" with Brant Gardner". Life On Gold Plates. September 3, 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-14.

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