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Aerial view of Tel Motza and drawing of Nephi's Temple by Jody Livingston.
The Book of Mormon reports that Nephi and his followers built a temple “after the manner of the temple of Solomon save it were not built of so many precious things” upon their arrival in the land of promise ( 2 Nephi 5:16 ). As explored in a past KnoWhy (#31, “Did Ancient Israelites Build Temples Outside of Jerusalem?” ), the Book of Mormon was criticized during Joseph Smith’s lifetime...