September 2018
Parley P. Pratt and Queen Victoria
In today's world, when leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints interact with world leaders, it is traditionally a pleasant and cordial experience. However, in the nineteenth century, this was not always the case. The following letter was written by Elder Parley P. Pratt while on his first mission to Great Britain, and presented as a message to Queen Victoria. It was later...
1916 First Presidency
In the early 1900s, some discussion arose among Church members about the roles of God the Father and Jesus Christ. The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles issued a combined statement in 1916 to clarify the meaning of certain scriptures where Jesus Christ, or Jehovah, is designated as the Father. This was distributed through the Improvement Era and other Church publications...
Joseph Smith and Books
Some critics have disparaged the Book of Mormon’s language for being too repetitive. This may lead readers to wonder if it has any literary merit at all. The following video demonstrates that the Book of Mormon’s redundancies are actually sophisticated literary features which, in many cases, are similar or identical to literary techniques used by ancient Hebrew authors. A number of other Hebrew...
Near East Map
Check out these new presentations by Book of Mormon Central researchers Jonathon Riley and David Larsen The Book of Mormon and the Ancient Near East - Jonathon Riley The Israelite Temple in the Book of Mormon - David Larsen
Royal Skousen
Royal Skousen has a new volume in his Book of Mormon Critical Text Series. Entitled The Nature of the Original Language , it explores the vocabulary, grammar, and syntax of the earliest text and reinforces the idea that the Book of Mormon was revealed as a tightly-controlled translation in Early Modern English rather than the vernacular of Joseph Smith’s day. Everyone interested is...