Come follow me 2020 podcasts with rod meldrum book of. The stone box that held the gold plates ask gramps. Some critics assume that the golden plates are pure gold, or that they are a solid block of gold. The distance between the farm and the hill cumorah is only 1. When adding biographies, be sure to add a category link seen at bottom of this edit page so that it will be added. The book of mormon seems specifically designed to answer the sorts of questions which red jacket raised about the relationship between the new world indians and old world christianity. The translation of the gold plates is called the book of mormon. The book of mormon is the earliest of the unique writings of the latterday saint movement, the denominations of which typically regard the text primarily as scripture, and secondarily as a historical record of gods dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the americas. The book of mormon itself portrays the golden plates as a historical record, engraved by two precolumbian prophethistorians from around the year ad 400. The book was written by many ancient prophets by the spirit of prophecy and revelation. Supporters of the book of mormon claim it uses chiasmusa figure of speech utilizing inverted parallelismand claim it is evidence to support the books ancient origin. Smith, they will say, translated the book of mormon from golden plates he dug up in a hill in new york in the early 1800s. Book of mormon, work accepted as holy scripture, in addition to the bible, in the church of jesus christ of latterday saints and other mormon churches. Book of mormon sets new record for most expensive manuscript.
Learn all about the tonywinning smash hit musical comedy thats one of broadways biggest blockbusters ever. Mormons use musical the book of mormon to promote religion. Once joseph hid them under the bricks of the fireplace. Before i get flamed i would like to point out three of the more glaring anachronistic errors.
Joseph smith and martin harris began by translating the plates of mormon, and when they had reached the reign of king benjamin, they had 116 pages of translation. The washington post says, it is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals. It was first published in march 1830 by joseph smith as the book of mormon. The gold plates and the translation of the book of mormon. The book of mormon is a volume of holy scripture comparable to the bible. The book of mormon teaches about god and jesus christ. From golden plates to which he claimed an angel led him, joseph smith dictated the bulk of the book of mormon from early april to late june 1829the book of mormon can be seen as an extension of the bible, as a mammoth apocryphal work. A true testimony of the book of mormon comes from reading it and, as counseled by moroni in a promise he left to us in moroni 10. Book of mormontranslationweight of the gold plates fairmormon. How the book of abraham exposes the false nature of.
He got his idea for the book from ethan smiths view of the hebrews, or the tribes of israel in america. Instead of picketing the book of mormon musical, for example, the mormon church. Given that ziff is mentioned twice in the book of mormon, once in the middle of a list of metals that were taxed, a fifth part of their gold and of their silver, and a fifth part of their ziff, and of their copper, and of their brass and their iron mosiah 11. A book of mistakes, error, and fraud by jon gary williams introduction the mormon church promotes the book of mormon as an inspired writing. It was first published in 1830 in palmyra, new york. Book of mormontranslationlocation of the plates fairmormon. According to latter day saint belief, the golden plates also called the gold plates or in some 19thcentury literature, the golden bible are the source from which joseph smith claimed to have translated the book of mormon, a sacred text of the faith. We have the best selection of the book of mormon tickets available on the web. Mormon gold book mormons in the california gold rush contributing to the development of california and the monetary solvency of early utah second edition by j. Roberts use of the bible in the book of mormon the, by m.
After the translation was completed, however, joseph. In 1829, lucy mack smith wrote a letter to mary smith pierce explaining how god showed joseph where he could dig to obtain an ancient record. Brown connects many littleknown historical fragments with more familiar accounts to present the most complete narrative to date on the restoration and. The golden plates couldnt be made of pure gold the golden plates couldnt be made of pure gold, new era, july. Why did the wise men give jesus gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The book of mormon musical official london website tickets. What happened to the golden plates after joseph smith. Not long after the book of mormon was published, latterday saints began speculating about the location of this hill.
Joseph smith claimed that the book of mormon is his translation of an ancient book written on gold plates that he found buried in a hill. Where are the book of mormon gold plates at now answers. Yea, we have hid up our treasures and they have slipped away from us, because of the curse of the land book of mormon, helaman. The plates are made of a copper gold alloy and are held together by three dshaped rings, forming a sort of book. Book of mormon evidence come follow me supplementary study podcasts. Regarding this book, joseph smith said, the book of mormon is the most correct of any book. Strangely enough we find inserted in the middle of the book of mormon, pages 141143 bom p. The pinnacle event in the book of mormon is a visitation from christ, himself. Hagoth and the polynesians religious studies center. Attacks against the book of mormon have experienced a kind of mission creep since its publication in 1830.
The book of mormon claims that jesuss atonement provided for the immortality for all people. Most latterday saints know the essential story of the coming forth of the book of mormon, but there are scores of fascinating details of the saga that are seldom told. Language the language on the plates is called reformed egyptian. Mormons believe joseph smith found gold plates engraved with writing in. But to achieve exaltation or godhood it is available only to mormons who obey the teachings specific to the book of mormon. The individual book of mormon within the book of mormon, is the the third to last book, preceeding moroni and ether. Book of mormon plates and records the encyclopedia of. Heres a behindthescenes look at the filming of the book. If mormon s book of mormon plates were made of tumbaga, their weight would have been much less than had they been made of pure gold. It was written in an ancient language on gold plates by prophets in ancient america. The book of mormon, journal editions can help with both your daily study and your journaling efforts. We first learn about them from the visit of the angel moroni to joseph smith on september 21, 1823. While the men were viewing these things, they heard a.
The remaining plates are of a paper composite material colored gold but with no inscriptions. Book of mormon characters mormonism, the mormon church. These include endowments, celestial marriage, and specific tithing. Typically bound in a blue leather cover with the name inscribed in gold it resembles. Ethan equates the whitebearded god, quetzalcoatl, with moses.
We will be monitoring the situation and will keep audiences updated in regards to. The book of mormon was translated and published in 1830. Did the eleven witnesses actually see the gold plates. Nov 15, 2017 latent antimormon bias may seem harmless enoughafter all, mormons are reluctant to call others out on it. Upon first glance, the book of mormon appears rather unthreatening. Without the gold plates, the book of mormon is relegated to nothing more than a nineteenthcentury fictional novel. The book is made of a set of twelve metal plates, each measuring six inches 15 cm in width, eight inches 20 cm in length approximately half an inch 1. Buy book of mormon hardcover or softcover book of mormon.
Joseph smith claimed he translated the book of mormon from a set of golden plates that were given to him by an angel named moroni. Sep 26, 2017 book of mormon sets new record for most expensive manuscript ever sold this article is more than 2 years old founding text of the church of jesus christ of latterday saints returned to followers. Problems with the gold plates of the book of mormon christian. Archaeologists discover golden plates believed to be. Witnesses of the book of mormon were consistent in their witness that the plates weighed 4060 pounds. Pure gold plates would be too soft to hold engraving well. The critics use this quote to state that orson pratt admitted that the book of mormon. Alma 11 the numbers in brackets are chapters in the boms alma 3,7 senum of silver 1 senine of gold. The book of mormon is one of the most influential, as well as controversial, religious documents in american history, and is regarded as sacred scripture by followers around the world, including members of the church of jesus christ of latterday saints, the fourthlargest. Critics began by labeling the book bungling and stupid, joe smith a perfect ignoramus, and they claimed any blunderhead, with the bible at his side, might have written it. If you do not want to buy this expensive version with the fancy gold foil cover, please do a search on amazon for a regular paper back copy of the book. The book of mormon is a musical comedy with music, lyrics and book by trey parker, robert lopez, and matt stone first staged in 2011, the play is a satirical examination of the church of jesus christ of latterday saints beliefs and practices that ultimately endorses the positive power of love and service.
Smith told him that he would go into the woods where the book of plates was, and that after he came. Every latterday saint mormon is aware of joseph smiths claim that he discovered golden plates from which the book of mormon was translated. The book of mormon, a record of holy scripture written by ancient prophets, gives an account of gods dealings with the former inhabitants of the american continent. Some claim that since the original plates of the book of mormon are unavailable for scholarly inspection, it cant reasonably be studied as an.
While it has been commonly believed that the hill in new york where joseph smith received the gold. Mormons accept the king james version of the bible as their bible. A seon of gold uncirculated from the book of mormon c ourtesy british museum. Etsy is the home to thousands of handmade, vintage, and oneofakind products and gifts related to your search. Mormon gold book california pioneer heritage foundation. He supposedly used a pair of spectacles to translate the plates for the book of mormon, friends and relatives said he used the same stone he used in his former money digging scheme. Much is made of the fact that joseph used a seer stone, which he placed in a hat, to dictate the text of the book of mormon without viewing the plates directly. We first learn about them from the visit of the angel moroni to joseph smith on.
However, these measures were also comparable to measures of grain, for the text says. The false translation of the book of abraham, therefore, casts serious doubt on the book of mormon as well, forever debilitating josephs claim he was a true, inspired prophet of god. The book of mormon is a sacred text of the latter day saint movement, which, according to adherents, contains writings of ancient prophets who lived on the american continent from approximately 2200 bc to ad 421. The book of mormon ends by describing the demise of the nephite people at the hands of their lamanite counterparts. The book of mormon is set in north america in the first century.
The book of mormon, therefore, is the only record professing to be divine which condemns the plurality of wives as being a practice exceedingly abominable before god. As francis kirkham, an lds missionary to the maori in the 1890s remembered, we would go to them, hold up a copy of the book of mormon and tell them that we had a book. It contains the words of jesus christ, and even has an account of a visit that jesus christ made to the american continent after his resurrection. Feb 02, 2017 in a surprising move, the mormon church is using satirical musical the book of mormon to promote the religion in australia, despite its offensive, blasphemous content. The story of the gold plates is an absolutely essential part of the mormon narrative, for in the eyes of many latterday saints, the coming forth of this record, and its subsequent translation into the book of mormon. Check out the viewpoint on mormonism podcast series 15 witnesses to the book of mormon part 1 part 2 part 3 part 4 february 1518, 2016 joseph smith claimed that in 1823 he was visited by an angel named moroni and that this angel told him that there was a book deposited, written upon gold. After several unsuccessful attempts, smith said he dug up the gold plates on september 22, 1827. Additional convergences are found in the book of mormon account, including the destruction in 3 nephi 810, which is consistent with volcanic events accompanied by earthquakes. The angel moroni showed joseph smith where to find the golden plates. Putnam made that point in mathematical detail and concluded that the total weight of the plates in joseph smiths charge would have been near the 60pound figure reported by several witnesses.
Although its history is compelling by itself, it is a book of scriptural significance that should be received and read under the influence of the holy. The book of mormon online lottery is currently suspended due to the ongoing covid19 situation and uk government advice. Packer, in his article cumorahs cave, printed in the journal of book of mormon studies v. This is supposed to confirm his calling from god as the new prophet on the earth in these latter days. When mormon missionaries properly called latter day saints or simply lds come to your door, they will often offer a free copy of the book of mormon and tell you about its author, joseph smith. Dimensions according to joseph, the book was 6 x 8 x 6 and each plate was thinner than common tin.
If you do not want to buy this expensive version with the fancy gold foil cover, please do a search on amazon for a regular paper back copy of the book of. Josephs preface and a testimonial written by a group of eight witnesses described the plates as having an appearance of gold. The book of mormon on tour the new york times calls it the best musical of this century. David hocking managing editor, annotated edition of the book of mormon. Four years later, joseph and his wife, emma, went in a wagon to get the plates. No matter what youre looking for or where you are in the world, our global marketplace of sellers can help you find unique and affordable options. The prophet joseph smith, the first president of the church of jesus christ of latterday saints, was called by god to restore the gospel of jesus christ on the earth and to translate the ancient record on gold plates that became the book of mormon. Smith, they will say, translated the book of mormon.
The gold plates that the prophet joseph smith received and translated were the plates of mormon on which mormon and his son moroni 2 made their abridgment. A dynamic, interactive, webfriendly presentation of the book of mormon. Popular lds books shelf meet your next favorite book. Two top plates are made of brass and imprinted with reformed egyptian characters. It is a record of gods dealings with ancient inhabitants of the americas and contains the fulness of the everlasting gospel. The book of mormon describes the final battle place between the nephites and lamanites as the land and hill cumorah. The book of mormon never mentions quetzalcoatl or any of ethans details of quetzalcoatls indian traditionssuch as bare feet, pierced ears, fieryflying serpents, green plumage, and more.
The present english book of mormon, however, is not simply a translation of all those gold plates. Mar 27, 2009 the book of mormon is a book with a promise. Mormon challenges could the book of mormon story have come. As church membership mushroomed, and it became clear the book of mormon. According to latter day saint belief, the golden plates are the source from which joseph smith said he translated the book of mormon. I encourage you to read this book to see what i am talking about. Alma 11 the numbers in brackets are chapters in the boms alma 3,7 senum of silver 1 senine of gold 1 measure of barley 1 measure of every kind of grain. Top 40 inspirational book of mormon scriptures the lifey app. Where did joseph smith get his ideas for the book of mormon. The spiritual text that forms the basis of mormonism, in the last edition edited by its founder, joseph smith, jr. Mormon and moroni, the book says, had abridged earlier historical records from other sets of metal plates.
Marquardt use of the old testament in the book of mormon. I have read the book of mormon several times and each time it is like a revelation that enlightens my life in some way. For decades the descendants of lehi, the lightskinned nephites and the darkskinned lamanites, warred against each other until both sides met for a final battle in the land of cumorah. The laws instituted by mosiah provided for the payment of judges, and the book of mormon outlines a monetary system based upon standard measures of gold and silver.
The teachings were etched on gold plates in an ancient reformed egyptian language and later translated by joseph smith into english as the book of mormon. Four years later, joseph and his wife, emma, went in a. The book of mormon is a religious satire musical with a book, lyrics, and music by trey parker, robert lopez, and matt stone. Mormon again leads the nephite armies in battles of blood and carnagethe book of mormon shall come forth to convince all israel that jesus is the christ the lamanites shall be a dark, filthy, and loathsome people they shall receive the gospel from the gentiles in the latter days. All the text of the book of mormon as well as large, lined marginswill give you a large canvas to.
The records of the nephites, from which the book of mormon was translated, the brass plates, the ball or directors, the sword of laban and other plates. The photos also show a weathered leather pouch where the stone was. The golden plates upon which the book of mormon was written have had quite a history, and it is rather well documented. However, after a fair and candid examination of the evidence, many thousands of honest mormons have discovered that this claim simply is not true. But, how many know of accounts of the gold plates story which mention smith first discovered the plates with a seer stone. Problems with the gold plates of the book of mormon. Thereafter, the book s teachings on israelites became a focus for proselyting work among the maori.1459 1143 1286 494 790 1238 946 719 19 42 1182 675 790 1627 1085 327 167 927 465 516 1417 1614 1455 1174 1323 484 863 931 945 636 1414 838 620 40