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September 26, 2017
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  • Why Did the Book of Mormon Come Forth as a Miracle?

    …ounts of Divine Manifestations, 1820–1844, ed. John W. Welch (Salt Lake City and Provo, UT: Deseret Book and BYU Press, 2005), 76–213. Daniel C. Peterson, “A Response: ‘What the Manuscripts and the Eyewitnesses Tell Us about the Translation of the Book of Mormon,’” in Uncovering the Original Text of the Book of Mormon: History and Findings of the Critical Text Project, ed. M. Gerald Bradford and Alison V. P. Coutts (Provo, UT: FARMS, 2002),…

  • What Unique Doctrines Did the Lord Reveal through the Book of Mormon?

    …o the Prophet Joseph Smith in 1829, at the request of Martin Harris, the Lord declared to Joseph that “this generation shall have my word through you” (Doctrine and Covenants 5:10). The revelation was given in the context of the translation of the Book of Mormon, which represented God’s “words that are given through [Joseph]” (Doctrine and Covenants 5:11). The Book of Mormon represents a great outpouring of truth delivered to the world through…

  • To Whom Shall We Go? From “Apologetics” to “Mormon Studies”

    …respectable scholarly opinion: let’s call them 1) history and 2) sex. Mormonism, in its own self-understanding, stands or falls with its claims to the historicity of its founding events. The most concrete of these is surely the translation of the Book of Mormon from ancient golden plates, the existence of which was testified to by at least 11 eyewitnesses. As Elder Holland has written, “everything in the Church—everything—rises or falls on the…

  • How Much Could Joseph Smith Have Known about Chiasmus in 1829?

    …epanodos, or introverted parallelism in this vast array is difficult, even when one knows what to look for.”[18] The Why These sources indicate that there was some knowledge of chiasmus and parallelisms in the Bible prior to the translation of the Book of Mormon in 1829. Despite Joseph Smith’s potential access to these sources, however, there is no direct evidence that he ever heard of chiasmus or came into contact with the works of Jebb or Boys…

  • Lesson 4: The Book of Mormon and the Restoration

    …be Joseph’s scribe, and in June they moved to the Whitmer farm in Fayette , New York to finish the translation. There in the peaceful environment of the Whitmer farm in Fayette , New York , Joseph and Oliver completed the translation of the Book of Mormon. The dates of their beginning in Harmony, Pennsylvania , and of their finishing in Fayette , New York are a matter of public record. All told, they accomplished their work of translating…

  • How Did Martin Harris Help Bring Forth the Book of Mormon?

    …ly convinced him of the divine origins of the Book of Mormon, and his overall experience remains convincing today for many who study the life of this cautious witness. Further Reading John W. Welch, “The Miraculous Timing of the Translation of the Book of Mormon,” in Opening the Heavens: Accounts of Divine Manifestations, 1820–1844, ed. John W. Welch, 2nd edition (Salt Lake City and Provo, UT: Deseret Book and BYU Press, 2017), 145–156, primary…

  • Things You May Not Know about the Book of Mormon–What More Might the Ensign Have Said?

    …, or who simply want an overview of what LDS scholars have discovered in the last few decades: 1. Noel B. Reynolds, Book of Mormon Authorship Revisited: The Evidence for Ancient Origins (Provo: FARMS, 1997), with chapters on the translation of the Book of Mormon, chiasmus, wordprints, Lehi’s journey through Arabia, and a Mesoamerican historical context. Many of these articles were written by the preeminent researcher in the field. 2. John…

  • How Important was Oliver Cowdery in Bringing Forth the Book of Mormon?

    …the Book of Mormon and the restoration of the gospel as Oliver Cowdery.[16] According to Larry E. Morris, “Oliver is rightly described as the cofounder of Mormonism.”[17] After the loss of the 116 pages in 1828, the work on the translation of the Book of Mormon had only been done in fits and starts before Oliver came onto the scene, and once he arrived, it progressed at an unprecedented pace. In later years, Oliver fondly reflected on his time…

  • Lesson 4

    …be Joseph’s scribe, and in June they moved to the Whitmer farm in Fayette , New York to finish the translation. There in the peaceful environment of the Whitmer farm in Fayette , New York , Joseph and Oliver completed the translation of the Book of Mormon. The dates of their beginning in Harmony, Pennsylvania , and of their finishing in Fayette , New York are a matter of public record. All told, they accomplished their work of translating…

  • Why Did the Lord Quote the Book of Mormon When Reestablishing the Church?

    …organize Christ’s church on the earth in modern times.[1] Joseph and his associates had been anticipating and preparing for this day well in advanced of that time. Nine months earlier, in June 1829, as they were finishing up the translation of the Book of Mormon, the Lord told Oliver Cowdery to “rely upon the things which are written,” meaning the Book of Mormon, “for in them are all things written concerning the foundation of my church, my…