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What is the Book of Mormon?
March 24, 2016 11:11PM
The Book of Mormon is a volume of holy scripture comparable to the Bible. It is a record of God's dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas and contains, as does the Bible, the fulness of the everlasting gospel.
The book was written by many ancient prophets by the spirit of prophecy and revelation. Their words, written on gold plates, were quoted and abridged by a prophet-historian named Mormon. The record gives an account of two great civilizations. One came from Jerusalem in 600 B.C., and afterward separated into two nations, known as the Nephites and the Lamanites. The other came much earlier when the Lord confounded the tongues at the Tower of Babel. This group is known as the Jaredites. After thousands of years, all were destroyed except the Lamanites, and they are the principal ancestors of the American Indians.
The crowning event recorded in the Book of Mormon is the personal ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ among the Nephites soon after his resurrection. It puts forth the doctrines of the gospel, outlines the plan of salvation, and tells men what they must do to gain peace in this life and eternal salvation in the life to come.
After Mormon completed his writings, he delivered the account to his son Moroni, who added a few words of his own and hid up the plates in the hill Cumorah.
The Book of Mormon is a book of Scripture used by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (commonly called "Mormons") in addition to the Bible. It is a record of the people that were living on the American continent during Biblical times and records God's dealings with those people. It is considered "Another Testament of Jesus Christ". The time period is from the Tower of Babel until about 400 a.d. It was first published in 1830.
Church members believe that the Book of Mormon was translated from ancient metal plates by the prophet Joseph Smith. He obtained the metal plates buried in a hill near his home in New York after an angelic visitor showed him the place in a vision.
If you'd like to read the Book of Mormon for yourself, it is available for free online, or you can receive a free paperback copy from the Church.
January 08, 2016 11:27PM
The Book of Mormon is a book of scripture used by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly called the "Mormon" church) and other groups within the Mormonism Movement. The Book of Mormon is called "Another Testament of Jesus Christ" and is meant to be used alongside the Bible as a second witness of the divine mission of the Savior, Jesus Christ. Believers claim it is a fulfillment of the Biblical law that states that "in the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established" (Deuteronomy 19:15; Matthew 18:16; 2 Corinthians 13:1) as well as several Biblical prophesies. (Ezekiel 37:15-19; Isaiah 29, etc)
The Book of Mormon, like the Bible, is a collection of writings from several ancient religious and political leaders. The Book of Mormon, however, is a record of God's dealings with His people who lived in the American continents rather than in the old world/Middle East area. It tells the story of several groups of righteous Israelites who escaped such events as the Babylonian Captivity and were lead by God to a new land. It goes on to record the major political and religious events that take place, including a visit of the resurrected Jesus Christ shortly after the crucifixion. (hence the words of Jesus found in John 10:16)
The Book of Mormon was published by Joseph Smith, Jr in 1830. He claimed to have been led by an angel to the spot where an ancient record, inscribed on gold-colored metal plates, was buried. He translated this record by the power of God, with the assistance of the Urim and Thummim and a handful of scribes. It is now published in over 100 languages and used as a book of scripture by tens of millions across several denominations and sects.
You can learn more about the Book of Mormon by visiting Mormon.org/bookofmormon, see a short informational video and article at discover.Mormon.org, read it online at scriptures.lds.org, or request a free paperback copy at Mormon.org/free-book-of-mormon. There is also a free mobile app on every platform, search your app store for "Book of Mormon" or "LDS Gospel Library".