Joseph Smith used multiple instruments of translation, Women played an important role in the translation process, In some ways, the publication of the Book of Mormon was as miraculous as its translation, It took time for Church members to fully a
Four International scholars representing Book of Mormon Central (Kirk Magleby and LDS Mexican archaeologist Javier Tovar), Book of Mormon Archaeological Forum (Doug Christensen) and Australian explorer/adventurer Warren Aston recently completed an
BYU team members have combined their knowledge of the scriptures and 3-D animation to help students understand the Book of Mormon more quickly which will bring clarity to spiritual teachings and allow students to grow closer to Jesus Christ.
For just as surely as this director did bring our fathers, by following its course, to the promised land, shall the words of Christ, if we follow their course, carry us beyond this vale of sorrow into a far better land of promise” (Alma 37:44-45).
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 a $20 fee which includes a box lunch. Advance registratii iis available on this website.
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.
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.
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.”