Shaun Micallef, Australian journalist, learns about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon, attends general conference, and joins new missionaries for a missionary makeover. He has to get a haircut and lose his beard.
Book of Mormon Archaeological Forum (BMAF) , now a division of Book of Mormon Central, is pleased to announce the cotinuance of it's Book of Mormon Lands confereces, now in its 14th year. It will be held in Provo, Utah this year. There is no fee to attend,. Box lunches can be ordered in advance on the BMAF website (www.bmaf.org)
Twp renowned art studios are coontributing significantly to the corpus of Book of Mormon art. One is Al Young Studios who have a special section dedicated to Book of Mormono 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."
"I think that what Latter-day Saint scholars ... have thought they were doing with the Book of Mormon…is constructing a cumulative case, no one element of which is definitive, no one element of which will simply force or compel unbelievers to suddenly cave in, surrender. I don’t believe that that’s the Lord’s intention. I don’t believe that there will be any such proofs.”
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.
Abstract: "Schooling the Prophet" provides a good survey of many early Latter-day Saint doctrines. It suggests that there is a causal link between the Book of Mormon and those doctrines. Sometimes it makes the case; many times it is close but doesn’t quite support the thesis of the book. "Schooling the Prophet" proposes that early Latter-day Saint doctrine and some practices can be traced to themes in the Book of Mormon. Gerald Smith’s chapters look at specific sets of religious doctrines or practices which he describes and then ties to the Book of Mormon.
Far from being a small, academically incestuous group of Mormon scholars, Book of Mormon Central has drawn from over 650 different sources, by nearly 400 different authors and scholars, of which slightly more than one-third are not Latter-day Saints. Even those who are more frequently cited are still not excessively leaned on, with most (all but two) being cited in less than 16% of all KnoWhys, and even the most frequently cited author appearing in less than half of all KnoWhys.
UPDATE Jeff Lindsay, author of this article says: My earlier exploration of dust-related themes in the Book of Mormon has been refined, expanded, and revised through further work and through the peer review process.