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The Book of Mormon by Joseph Smith

The Book of Mormon

by Joseph Smith

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    Texsain: It is important to understand the creator of the Book of Mormon as you read it.
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I think Hardy has done readers a great service in organizing this edition of the Book of Mormon. I might quibble with some of his choices (some passages rendered as poetry that I think don't quite sustain it), but the clarity of this format is an overwhelming plus. It's wonderful to be estranged to texts you know really well, to approach them with new eyes. This edition facilitates that process. ( )
  jalbacutler | Jan 10, 2017 |
Not many middle-ground reviews of the Book of Mormon on Goodreads. Wow. I'm a devout Mormon, so no surprise that the book is sacred to me and has been pivotal in my spiritual life. It's not a perfect book, though, and as a work of literature only occasionally approaches the sublime poetry of the King James Bible. But those moments--Nephi's psalm, King Benjamin's sermon, Mormon's soliloquy--are more than worth it. ( )
  jalbacutler | Jan 10, 2017 |
I have read it a dozen times since I started counting several years ago. ( )
  CarolJMO | Dec 12, 2016 |
About the book: quoting from Wikipedia, "'The Book of Mormon' is a sacred text of the Latter Day Saint movement, which adherents believe contains writings of ancient prophets who lived on the American continent from approximately 2200 BC to AD 421. It was first published in March 1830 by Joseph Smith as 'The Book of Mormon: An Account Written by the Hand of Mormon upon Plates Taken from the Plates of Nephi.
"According to Smith's account and the book's narrative, "The Book of Mormon' was originally written in otherwise unknown characters referred to as 'reformed Egyptian' engraved on golden plates. Smith said that the last prophet to contribute to the book, a man name Moroni, buried it in a hill in present-day New York, then returned to earth in 1827 as an angel, revealing the location of the book to Smith, and instructing him to translate it into english for use in the restoration of Christ's true church in the latter days. . ." The book includes an introduction and is indexed.
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  uufnn | May 7, 2016 |
This is the book Thomas Mann should have read instead of writing his (betimes) histrionic version of the Old Testament's Joseph of Egypt story. ( )
  evamat72 | Mar 31, 2016 |
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I do not doubt that Mormons are inspired by the words associated with Joseph Smith. But . . . I simply cannot imagine anyone setting those words to music the way Handel did with the Bible in his oratorios. The Book of Mormon has a structure. It does not sing.

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I, Nephi, having been born of goodly parents, therefore I was taught somewhat in the learning of my father; and having seen many afflictions in the course of my days, nevertheless, having been highly favored of the Lord in all my days: yea, having had a great knowledge of the goodness and the mysteries of God, therefore I make a record of my proceedings in my days.
Brief Analysis of the Book of Mormon: Three classes of Record Plates are indicated on the title-page of the Book of Mormon, namely: 1. The Plates of Nephi... 2. The Plates of Mormon... 3. The Plates of Ether...
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This work is for editions that contain the Book of Mormon only. Do not combine with editions that also contain other works such as the Doctrine and Covenants or the Pearl of Great Price.
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A smaller format edition. The cover was described to me as bonded leather. The gold embossing on the front cover is not deeply imprinted.
Thin India paper, Bible Paper. Printed in China
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The Book of Mormon is a volume of 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 fullness 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. On September 21, 1823, the same Moroni, the a glorified, resurrected being, appeared to the Prophet Joseph Smith and instructed him relative to the ancient record and its destined translation into the English language.

In due course the plates were delivered to Joseph Smith, who translated them by the gift and power of God. The record is now published in many languages as a new and additional witness that Jesus Christ is the Sone of the living God and that all who will come unto him and obey the laws and ordinances of his gospel may be saved.

Concerning this record the Prophet Joseph Smith said: "I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book."

In addition to Joseph Smith, the Lord provided for eleven others to see the gold plates for themselves and to be special witnesses of the truth and divinity of the Book of Mormon. Their written testimonies are included herewith as "The Testimony of Three Witnesses" and "The Testimony of Eight Witnesses."

We invite all men everywhere to read the Book of Mormon, to ponder in their hearts the message it contains, and the to ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ if the book is true. Those who pursue this course and ask in faith will gain a testimony of its truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost. (See Moroni 10:3-5.)

Those who gain this divine witness from the holy Spirit will also come to know by the same power that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, that Joseph Smith is his revelator and prophet in these last days, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's kingdom once again established on the earth, preparatory to the second coming of the Messiah.

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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.

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