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The Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released a new video exploring Joseph Smith’s use of seer stones in the translation process of the Book of Mormon. In the video (“ Seer Stones and the Translation of the Book of Mormon ”), Mason Allred interviews Dr. Mark Ashurst-McGee of the Joseph Smith Papers Project concerning “the various historical accounts...
Former mission president and YSA bishop Lynn McMurray explains how the Book of Mormon has been the knot at the end of his faith rope when his testimony has waivered.
Attacks against the Book of Mormon have experienced a kind of “mission creep” since its publication in 1830. [1] Critics began by labeling the book “ bungling and stupid ,” [2] Joe Smith a “ perfect ignoramus ,” [3] and they claimed “ any blunderhead, with the Bible at his side, might have written [it] . . .” [4] As Church membership mushroomed, and it became clear the...
A 2,700-year-old clay seal impression which potentially belonged to the biblical prophet Isaiah. (Ouria Tadmor/© Eilat Mazar)
A new archaeological excavation at the south of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem has just barely uncovered an 8 th century seal impression that might have belonged to the biblical prophet Isaiah, revered by Nephi and other Book of Mormon prophets.
Joseph Smith and 19th century authors
These statistical results provide striking support for the Book of Mormon’s own claims about its authorship. In order to fabricate the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith would have needed the ability to create distinct fictional voices, and a talent beyond some of the greatest novelists of his time (Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Mark Twain, and James Fenimore Cooper).
Book of Mormon with Gold Plates
Supporting evidences of the Book of Mormon are broadly identifiable. The volume has long invited scrutiny from all branches of science. Archaeology itself can be divided and subdivided into numerous disciplines. I couldn’t possibly cover every Book of Mormon correlation in one sitting. In this post I wanted to emphasize physical evidences—stuff you can touch, see, feel. Though there are many more than five, I've tried to present a few as a thoughtful cross-section.
View of Tikal above the jungle
Cutting-edge technology has uncovered huge archaeological finds in the heart of ancient Mesoamerica. These finds confirm scriptures found in the Book of Mormon describing the world of the ancient Nephites and Lamanites.
Image by Book of Mormon Central
One of the most persistent questions about the Book of Mormon has been the mention of horses among the Nephites, Lamanites, and Jaredites. Scientists, historians, and other scholars have long maintained the view that there were no horses in the Americas during Book of Mormon times. The most recent issue of BYU Studies Quarterly includes an article by Wade Miller and Matt Roper with new...
Book of Mormon at Christmas. Image by Book of Mormon Central
To help #LightTheWorld this Christmas, Book of Mormon Central had the chance to sit down with the media manager of the Book of Mormon Visual Library, produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These Book of Mormon videos will begin to be published next year and will bring to life the stories of the Book of Mormon. Steven D. King, the media manager of these short Book of Mormon...
John W. Welch presenting on the translation of the Book of Mormon
Professor John W. Welch of Brigham Young University, delivered a powerful address on Wednesday, November 8 on the timing of the translation of the Book of Mormon. Welch gave the annual Book of Mormon lecture entitled "Hours Never to Be Forgotten" for the Laura F. Willes Center for Book of Mormon Studies at the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni Center. In his address he explained what we know about Joseph...