In recent decades, some people have wondered if DNA might provide any insight into Book of Mormon origins. Among these, some have proclaimed that DNA science definitively disproves the Book of Mormon, while others have declared just the opposite.
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During the process of translating the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery “went into the woods to pray and inquire of the Lord respecting baptism for the remission of sins”. In response, the Lord sent John the Baptist to confer upon them the Aaronic Priesthood.
Nephi stated that “all are alike unto God, both Jew and Gentile.” This comment comes from Nephi’s last recorded speech to his people, and probably would have been shocking to them. Most people in the ancient Near East, where Nephi and his brothers were from, assumed that each nation had its own god, and that each god only cared about his own people.
There are days when I open the scriptures and just read. It feels good to have the words of the scriptures just flow through my mind. My favorite time with the scriptures comes, though, when I dig deeper: cross-referencing, writing notes, chasing down topic references. Here are some programs that can help you do just that.
On March 1, 1842, the Church newspaper Times and Seasons published a letter that Joseph Smith had written to a Chicago newspaper reporter named John Wentworth. In this letter, Joseph wrote a list of statements about LDS doctrine that would later become the Articles of Faith.
The Book of Mormon is one of the most important sources available in the world today for understanding Christ and His mission. A careful analysis of scriptures from the Book of Mormon, in their contexts, teaches and reveals several interconnections between the Atonement, resurrection, judgment, and redemption that might not be obvious at first.