An example of that companionship is found in both the foretelling of christs birth and in christs visit to the americas. The book of mormon is said to have been discovered and translated by the mormon prophet joseph smith in the early 1800s. What jesus christs visit to the americas means for us. David hocking managing editor, annotated edition of the book of mormon. The book of mormon is a pillar of revealed truth supporting and upholding the chief cornerstone, who is jesus christ. Learn about the book of mormon with verse by verse commentaries from renowned book of mormon scholars like john w. I would that ye should understand that god himself shall come down among the children of men, and shall redeem his people. God himself who shall come down among the children of men, and shall redeem his. Because a holy book or prophet says so is insufficient justification, every religion has its own version of whatever their prophet or holy book said, so im disinclined to just permit that some religions dont think that gods origin needs an explanation several religions diddo have a god origin explanation.
The coming forth of the book of mormon, foretold by ancient prophets, began with an angelic visitation in 1823 to 17yearold joseph smith. Mormon was the primary author, editor, and compiler of the book of mormon. All my life in the church i heard the story about pee. The book of mormon teaches about god and jesus christ. In approximately sixty working days, he completed the book of mormon a work in excess of 500 printed pages and did not return to revise the text, beyond minor adjustments mostly spelling. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask god, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
The mormon belief in black skin being a curse is found in uniquely mormon books they call scripture. Nephi and his brothers have been sent by their father, lehi, to retrieve a sacred record contained on brass plates which are in the possession of a man named laban. In orthodox mormonism, the term god generally refers to the biblical god the father, whom. The rest of gods spirit children have been privileged to come to the earth and. According to this work, kolob is the heavenly body nearest to the throne or residence of god. This is why the bible refers to god as spirit see john 4.
Reynolds and sjodahl, commentary on the book of mormon, vol. Why did the book of mormon come forth as a miracle. Read in that spirit, they fill the soul with a sweet and heavenly joy which only the spirit of god can produce. Mormon was one of the last prophets to record his revelations from god, and also compiled the works of the other ancient prophets into one book, which he named the book of mormon.
For example, critics of mormonism have shown convincing proof that the book of mormon is a synthesis of earlier works written by other men, of the vivid imaginings of joseph smith, and of plagiarisms from the king james bible. There are conflicting stories, which the church is trying to patch together, about how the translation from supposed ancient golden plates happened. The works, and the designs, and the purposes of god cannot be frustrated, neither can they come to naught, joseph learned from a july 1828. It was written in an ancient language on gold plates by prophets in ancient america. Concerning this record the prophet joseph smith said. Kolob is a star or planet described in mormon scripture. Why would god choose an uneducated man to translate the. I told the brethren that the book of mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to god by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book, history of the church, vol. We can also come to know our father by learning about his beloved son and applying the. Mormon church finally says dark skin is not a sign of god. His doctrinal teachings are some of the most valuable in the book of mormon, clarifying the purpose of the law of moses, identifying who the redeemer would be, and declaring some facts about the resurrection not previously mentioned in the. Such claims at the time of joseph smith seemed irrefutable. The term, mormon, was invented to describe members of the church of jesus christ of latterday saints.
The book of mormon is the most correct of any book on earth, joseph smith stated, and the keystone of our religion. Near the beginning of the book of mormon, there is a troubling story. According to the book of mormon where did the native. According to smith, god the father and jesus appeared to him in a vision and told him that the christian church had been corrupted and they were giving him a new revelation so that he might lead the church back into the truth.
In the book of mormon, the word lord generally refers to christ, but there are. God the father the church of jesus christ of latterday saints. The biblical books of the old testament come from several to many centuries before jesus, while the new testament books were written within the first century after jesus. 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. Why is the book of mormon named after mormon, who is he. Lds are here assuming that every particular intelligence may become exalted as a god for a particular world. Book of mormontextual changesthe son of fairmormon.
The nephite prophet abinadi holds a singular place in the book of mormon. These books, known as the book of mormon and pearl of great price published by the church of jesus christ of latterday saints are racist as the list of verses below show. For the fulness of mine intent is that i may persuade men to come unto the god of abraham, and the. See book of mormon central, why did the book of mormon come forth as a miracle. Where did the black race come from according to the book.
Joseph smith said that the book of mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to god by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book, history of the church, vol. The first thing is to have a desire to change and have hope that its possible. And when i had spoken these words, the spirit cried with a loud voice, saying. Ludlow, a companion to your study of the book of mormon 1976, 115. God has come out of his hiding place and has commenced to vex the nation that has rejected us, and he will vex it with a sore vexation. Lehi testifies that this assignment came from god, and nephi responds that. But these ideas and similar stories are found in the fictional book called the view of the hebrews published by ethan smith in 1825. The book of mormon is a volume of holy scripture comparable to the bible.
God is the creator and sustainer of everything else that exists. Seven years later, in 1830, this scriptural canon of the latterday saints was published for the world. Read this weeks knowhy connected with the come follow me curriculum, and watch a video elucidating an insight in this weeks scripture reading. So to ask classical theists where god came from is like asking lds, where did intelligence and matter come from. The book of mormon tells us that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass alma 37. Lds often ask this of classical theists jews, christians, and muslims who claim that god has always been god, and is the only god there is period. The book of mormons veracity hinges on the claim that the lost tribes of israel came to america, settled there, and wrote their history on gold plates which joseph smith later translated. The book of mormon is actually not one of the books of the bible. It is a spiritual topic, associated with faith, belief, testimony, emotion, revelation, and personal conviction. Come follow me lesson the keystone of our religion. The book of mormon serves as a companion to the bibles teachings. The book of mormon is a book of scripture that details gods teachings to people who lived in the americas from about 600 bc to ad 400. Joseph smith said the book of mormon was more correct than the bible. We revere mormon in the same way that we revere and respect moses, peter, abraham, john, adam, and.
Where did the book of mormon in the bible come from. The book of mormon was preserved to come forth in these latter days to convince the jew and gentile that jesus is the christ, the eternal god. Once again the book of mormon serves as a witness to its companion scripture, the bible daniel h. Joseph wasnt sure which church god wanted him to join. 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. With god as the literal father and with humans having the capacity to become like him, the basic religious questions where did i come from. For the book of mormons literary complexity, see grant hardy, understanding the book of mormon. I told the brethren that the book of mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to god by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book. So the evidence indicates that the book of mormon is not a true historical record, nor is its message compatible with gods word, the bible. Since he was confused, he decided to read the bible. 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. God the father is the supreme being in whom we believe and whom we worship. Why did joseph smith attempt to secure the book of mormon.
Joseph smith declared that he translated the book of mormon by the gift and power of god. What are some events in your life that testify of gods mercy. God called joseph smith to be a prophet and help restore the church of jesus christ on the earth. Brigham young certainly did not miss the spiritual message and connection when, in the middle of the war, he declared.
An important truth that joseph smith learned as he endeavored to translate and publish the book of mormon was that god would not allow his sacred work to be confounded by the conscious deceits of men. Remember that the mormon version of god is not the god of the bible. Reference to kolob is found in the book of abraham, a work published by latter day saint lds prophet joseph smith, jr. Its purpose is to verify the divine sonship of the nazarene to those who ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in. Josephs prediction is being fulfilled, and we cannot help it. In what ways did nephi use the story of israels exodus to teach laman and lemuel. Book of mormon evidence come follow me supplementary study podcasts. Come follow me 2020 podcasts with rod meldrum book of. After the translation was completed, however, joseph reported.
What the book of mormon tells us about jesus christ. Similarly, if nothing comes from nothing, and god is that by which all other. How can one distinguish the meaning of the word lord in a. He came across a passage in the book of james, chapter 1 verse 5. The book of mormon states that jesus, the father and the holy spirit are one. Members of the church of jesus christ of latterday saints, therefore, are casually called mormons. According to mormon theology, the book of mormon is a translation of a record telling of three relatively small groups that came to the americas, by boat, from the ancient middle east. Later, joseph smith translated the book of mormon into english through the gift and power of god. Nephi, the first prophetwriter in the book of mormon, states. Interesting quotes from joseph smith, the founder of. The only bible that joseph smith relied on was the king james version. Mormons believe the following about the book of mormon. It was joseph smith, born in 1805, who was led to the hidden plates and enabled by the gift god to translate them as the book of mormon. We begin our examination of god in the book of mormon just a few verses before 1 nephi 11.891 408 324 1387 98 350 1432 1413 470 1390 1126 34 694 109 725 382 1399 820 376 1376 1307 911 128 307 1490 848 956 1443 745 638 135 579 661 700 1368 417 937 706 952 628