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The Book of Mormon by Joseph Smith

The Book of Mormon (1830)

by Joseph Smith (Translator)

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The cover of my copy of The Book of Mormon proclaims it to be "Another Testament of Jesus Christ". As I read the book, I had in mind the other testaments, namely the Bible. I was especially mindful as to how well the three testaments fit together. The problem was, The Book of Mormon never quite fit. It tells the tale of Lehi, an Israelite from one of the tribes of Joseph. He is a righteous man, living in Jerusalem around 600 BC, soon before the Babylonians will come and destroy the city and take the people into captivity. God calls Lehi to take his family and leave Jerusalem, which they do, and head towards a new promised land across the waters. They settle in this new country, but troubles arise even as they leave Jerusalem. Sons Laman and Lemuel go along but are not totally on board with Dad and his spirituality. The younger Nephi, however, is a faithful son and heir to his father's faith. The reader is then treated to about a thousand years worth of rebellions and revivals among the children of Lehi, punctuated by prophecies and then a post-resurrection appearance of Jesus Christ.

So that kind of sounds like the history of the children of Israel, right? Well, compare my pedestrian prose above to the rich text of the Old Testament, and you can start to understand my big beef with The Book of Mormon. Except where it quotes the Bible, the text of The Book of Mormon is very bland. Instead of the thought provoking imagery of Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel detailing the transgressions of Israel, you get a regular refrain of "Repent ye, repent ye!" over a generic set of sins. Instead of complex characters like David, Ahab or Nebuchadnezzar, you get guys like Nephi or Ammoron who come across as complex as 1950s television characters.

Of course, beyond that, there's the theology. I'm a Lutheran Christian, so I was raised hearing that we're saved by faith in Jesus, not by our own good works. In The Book of Mormon, it's all about the good pious people versus the nasty rebels. Jesus will forgive you, sure, but only after you turn yourself around and start behaving. It goes against what I've been taught. And since The Book of Mormon doesn't read like it's in the same class as the Bible, I'm not inclined to question my current beliefs.
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1 vote Hamburgerclan | Nov 7, 2015 |
Terribly repetitive, racist at it's core, anachronistic, boring, and wholly unoriginal.

It lifts big chunks, word for word, straight out of the KJ Old Testament. What isn't stolen from the Bible seems to be taken from 1. [b:View of the Hebrews 1825: Or the Tribes of Israel in America|981827|View of the Hebrews 1825 Or the Tribes of Israel in America|Ethan Smith|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1349044745s/981827.jpg|966716] 2. [b:The Late War Between the United States and Great Britain: From June 1812 to February 1815, Written in the Ancient Historical Style: Containing Also, a Sketch of the Late Algerine War ... the Commercial Treaty with Great Britain, and the Treaty...|14219538|The Late War Between the United States and Great Britain From June 1812 to February 1815, Written in the Ancient Historical Style Containing Also, a Sketch of the Late Algerine War ... the Commercial Treaty with Great Britain, and the Treaty...|Gilbert J. Hunt|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1349068390s/14219538.jpg|19858281] and 3. [b:The First Book of Napoleon, the Tyrant of the Earth|14450358|The First Book of Napoleon, the Tyrant of the Earth|Anonymous|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1348271326s/14450358.jpg|20092752].

The linguistic, anachronistic, scientific and archaeological evidence against this being an accurate history of the Americas is absolutely staggering. That being said, a lot of people get a lot of hope out of this book, so they must not mind picking the rotten parts to get to a morsel of decency here and there.

p.s. If you absolutely must read it, try to get your hands on the 1st edition text, it's quite a bit different than what is published today. ( )
  heradas | May 31, 2015 |
Ok, I read this some years ago, when I used to attend to lds church. At first sight this book can pass as a good fiction historical novel, but give me a second, this isn't supposed to be the base of a religion? mm seriously the book is full of flaws and inconsistencies, even shit like the doctrine of scientology is more consistent, nuff said...
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  zkazy | Apr 24, 2015 |
1830 Reprint 1970 edition, RLDS
  QAC | Mar 8, 2015 |
Seldom have I encountered such hog-wash disguised as a religious tract. Come on! Who in their right mind would believe this junk?
A synopsis: During America's Great Religious Revival in the late 1820's, a New York farmer, plowing his field, uncovers gold plates upon which are written an archaic script. The angel Moroni appears and helps the farmer (Joseph Smith) decode this text. Once decoded, the plates disappear! It turns out to be the account of the Lost Tribe of Israel who had landed on the shores of North America after becoming lost in the Sinai when following Moses in the flight from Egypt! Yes, sir. It describes how the tribe found themselves lost on the shore of the Mediterranean, how they cut down a great forest to make ships that would transport them to the Land of Milk and Honey - Canaan. (Nobody thought of following the shore eastward?) Then they set sail, passed between Sicily and Tunisia (OK they might have been right in the middle of the 90 mile gap and didn't see either shore.) and out through the Pillars of Hercules (less than a 10 mile gap) to land on the east coast of what became the United States where they founded a vast civilization of advanced cities but, because of conflict within the tribe, wars of attrition involving chariots and cavalry, ruined the civilization. Later, during the three days Jesus had descended into Hell (according to all Christian catechisms)he actually visited North America where he preached the Gospel to redeem the descendants of the Lost Tribe.
Seriously? Has anyone discovered any such ancient city? What about horses? There is no evidence of horses in the New World until the Conquistadors arrived.
I do not doubt the sincerity of any Mormon, but, God gave us brains.
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2 vote JVioland | Jul 14, 2014 |
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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.
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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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