The history department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced the acquisition within the past two months of yet more fragments from the original manuscript of the Book of Mormon.
An independent group is running a Kickstarter campaign to fund a concept short of a potential feature-length blockbuster film on the Book of Mormon during the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi.
Mormons and Muslims in Marietta, Georgia have been quietly coming together this summer to understand each other, work together, learn about each other’s religions and bring more peace to the community.
Two renowned art studios are contributing significantly to the corpus of Book of Mormon art. One is Al Young Studios who have a special section dedicated to Book of Mormon people and events, the other is Glery Becerra Art. Click on the names of the studios to go to their amply illustrated websites.
Artist Chad Wicks points out, "There may be some slight issues referencing the death mask because it looks as though, from his skull and other accounts, that after he fell out of the window from being shot, he was struck in the face. This could have broken his jaw or disfigured him in other ways. However, no accounts from those who knew him suggest it looks nothing like him, so as far as what exactly Joseph looked like, the death mask is the best thing we have."
In 2015, the Church released an essay detailing the methods and circumstances of the translation of the Book of Mormon. Some are shocked to find out that Joseph often used a seer stone in a hat (in addition to the Nephite Interpreters/Urim and Thummim) and that the gold plates were sometimes not even present (contrary to what is shown in paintings). This surprise is sometimes the catalyst that launches doubt and skepticism and some leave the church. The author gives several important explanations culminating in a discussion of "presentism."
Book of Mormon Art Selections from the Church History Museum's collection are available online to enrich your study of The Book of Mormon. The Church History Museum recently launched its fifth online exhibit in 2016 titled “ ‘Behold My Beloved Son’: The Savior in the Americas.” The artwork portrays the mercy and majesty of Christ’s appearance to His people in the the Western Hemisphere. In addition to current exhibitions, the Church History Museum also maintains an online collection of fine art and historic images including past exhibits.
LDS Daily, in their June 9 issue reports on a book by Claude Richards written in 1934 titled J. Golden Kimball; the story of a unique personality. The book is available in libraries or you can download a PDF from the LDS Daily website. Among his humorous statements is this gem about the Book of Mormon: “We have the Book of Mormon, and if there is anything on earth that has made trouble for this people, it is that book…But I am prepared to testify that it contains the word of God.”