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Does the Book of Mormon Contain Mistakes?

Does the Book of Mormon Contain Mistakes?

Joseph Smith said that the Book of Mormon was the most correct book on the earth. This has been a major topic of conversation for many people who are not Mormon and do not understand what this statement means. The purpose of scripture is to teach the word of God. Mormons (a nickname sometimes applied to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) use four books of scripture: The Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Pearl of Great Price, and the Doctrine and Covenants. Each came to the world in different ways. To understand the impact and meaning of Joseph Smith’s statement, we need to look at how both the Bible and the Book of Mormon came to be. How We Got the Bible The Bible was written in ancient times by a variety of people. In fact, we don’t always know who actually wrote each section. It was not written as a single book, but was compiled from a large number of manuscripts by committee. There has never been just one canon for the Bible and various groups include different... Read the rest of this entry »

How Can I Know if the Book of Mormon is True?

How Can I Know if the Book of Mormon is True?

Most people grow up believing in the Bible. They never really think about it or wonder if it was true. They never have to figure out how to tell if it was true. They just believe in it because they always have. However, when confronted with a book of scripture that was not part of their childhood experiences, they aren’t sure how to approach it. Not having put the Bible to the test, they don’t really know how to put other possible scriptures to the test. The Bible offers a clue to people who want to know if the Bible is true: If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. (James 1:5, King James version of the Bible) The Bible promises that if we need to know something important, we can ask God and He will tell us if we ask in faith. This same promise applies to the Book of Mormon. In fact, the Book of Mormon comes with its own promise: 3 Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things,... Read the rest of this entry »

The Book of Mormon Musical

The Book of Mormon Musical

The media has spent a lot of time on the Book of Mormon Musical, a Broadway production people either love or hate. The reviews have often demonstrated the biases of the reviewers. One rejoiced that the musical showed that religion believes in a lot of silly things (not just Mormonism, but all religion). Another suggested the message was that blind faith is a sin, with his unspoken message being that religious faith is always blind. A Jewish writer argued that Jewish people, with their great knowledge of the dangers of religious persecution, should speak out loudly against the musical. Other writers have noted that the musical attacks all religions, even though it focused on only one. Some have noticed it is an inherently vicious portrayal of Africans, mocking their poverty and suffering. The official statement of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was a single sentence: “The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but the Book of Mormon as a volume of... Read the rest of this entry »

Is There a God and How Can I Know?

Is There a God and How Can I Know?

The journey to prove God’s existence is a personal journey. He cannot be proven through a scientific study, although some studies have hinted at . Each person must take the journey for himself and find in his own way that God is real. Some who ask this question are interested in a sincere journey to find out whether or not there is a God. Others ask as a challenge, hoping to prove the faithful wrong. First we’ll deal with the concerns of the sincere seeker of truth. Then we’ll focus on the concerns of the challengers. One reason God sent us here to live on earth was to gain faith. Mormon beliefs teach that we lived with God, as spirits, before we were born. Because He was with us then, we didn’t need faith. The apostle Paul, who served as Jesus’ apostle during the Savior’s lifetime, taught, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1, King James version of the Holy Bible) Read the rest of... Read the rest of this entry »

How Do I Know That the Book of Mormon Is True?

How Do I Know That the Book of Mormon Is True?

Personal Response by Lance I have known for a long time that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, but only in the last couple of years, while serving as a Mormon missionary, was I finally able to put into words the way that my answer came. There is a promise given by Moroni at the end of the Book of Mormon that if a person reads, ponders, and prays to know the Book of Mormon is true, the truth will be manifest to them by the power of the Holy Ghost. (See Moroni 10:3-5) I read the Book of Mormon a few times growing up and I always felt that it was true, but I could never clearly express how I had come to that knowledge. I could honestly say that I knew by the power of the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, but I couldn’t describe what that meant. It was more than just a simple feeling. It was a strong conviction. As a missionary I came across people who had highly varying beliefs about the Holy Ghost and the way that the Holy Ghost affects us. This caused me... Read the rest of this entry »

What is the Book of Mormon?

What is the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is a record of the Savior’s teachings to His “other sheep”–the ancient inhabitants of the Americas. it is a volume of scripture that God prepared for over a thousand years to come forth in our day, and it is a second witness, or testament, of Jesus Christ. It includes the spiritual history of the descendants of a prophet, Lehi, who lived at the time of Zedekiah’s rule in Jerusalem. Lehi was warned of God that Jerusalem would be destroyed, and was told to flee the land. The Book of Mormon includes a moving account of the Savior’s literal appearance on this continent after His resurrection. The record was translated by Joseph Smith through the gift and power of God. It stands as a second witness, with the Bible, of Christ’s love, divinity, sacrifice, and teachings. Personal Response by Kent Brown The Book of Mormon preserves records of three ancient peoples who came to the Americas and flourished. The high point of the book rests... Read the rest of this entry »