I wanted to tell you a story. Back in 1979 a great man named John W. Welch and some others got together and decided that there was a need for a place for LDS scholars could publish their findings about Mormon things, in a way that could be easily distributed to any members of the Church (and anyone else) who were interested. Shortly thereafter an organization called The Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies(FARMS for short) was born. Over the years this organisation published a great deal of scholarly work on topics ranging from Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon in a Mesoamerican context, the Pearl of Great Price and how it came about, and what modern archaeology has to tell us about the Book of Mormon, Bible, and Pearl of Great Price. They also contributed in a big way to publishing and preserving the works of Hugh Nibley.
An overarching theme and focus of the works published