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Book of Mormon 

I can't think of anything more fascinating than the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. It is an extraordinary tale involving angels, gold plates and seer stones.  That must have been an amazing thing to have been visited three times that night and taught wonderful things about the restoration of the gospel.

Of course, we don't have the gold plates because they were returned to Moroni but we do have the testimony of the three witnesses and the eight witnesses that they saw the plates.  We also have anecdoctal historical evidence from other sources that Joseph had the gold plates for a period of time.

The Book of Mormon was translated by the gift and power of God, as we read in the revelations of the Doctrine and Covenants.  The particular details of how this was done are not nearly as important as the evidence of the Book itself.  The Book of Mormon is what it says it is - another witness for Christ.

Links to a few of my essays on the subject of the Book of Mormon:

Changes to the Book of Mormon - I never could understand why critics make such a big deal about this.  Their interpretation of "The most correct book" and mine disagree.

Seer Stone in a Hat - Book of Mormon Translation - This is another problematic area for some people that has never bothered me.  Critics make it seem like it's a big deal.

The Book of Mormon Brings us Closer to Christ - I wrote this in response to a visitor who claimed we couldn't be Christians and teach that Christ visited ancient America.

If I Could Only Get Through Those Isaiah Chapters - I lament that some well meaning teachers in the Church perpetuate the myth that Isaiah is beyond comprehension.

Three Effects of the Mists of Darkness - An early essay in which I analyzed a single verse in 1st Nephi that explains so much to me as to why the world is the way it is.