In offering The Book of Mormon, with its multitudes of interacting characters, scores of place names and geographical descriptions, and complicated story and chronology, a fraud would have exposed Joseph Smith to a host of risks. Additionally,
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."
"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.
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.”
The fear that Moroni’s soldier’s speech (Alma 44:14) aroused in the Lamanite soldiers and the intensity of Zerahemnah’s subsequently redoubled anger are best explained by the polysemy (i.e., multiple meanings within a lexeme’s range of meaning) of a single word translated “chief” in Alma 44:14 and “heads” in Alma 44:18. As editor of a sacred history, Mormon was interested in showing the fulfilment of prophecy when such fulfilment occurred.
The introductory material includes lists of illustrations and maps, an introduction and statement of editorial procedures, and a timeline of Joseph Smith’s life. It also includes a chronology of texts in today’s edition of the D&C and a correspondence chart to the JSP volumes.