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Da Silva, Wlaldiane Kássia Bandeira Barros. “How the Book of Mormon Helped Me through Social Isolation.” Ensign, December 2020.
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Dadson, Andrew E. “With Real Intent: A Priceless Gem.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 12 no. 1 (2003).
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Dadson shares his experience of gaining a testimony of the Book of Mormon while a young teenager at boarding school in Ghana. He was blessed through clean living, studying the Book of Mormon, and paying his tithing.

ID = [3116]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size: 20327  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:53
Dahl, Curtis. “Mound-Builders, Mormons, and William Cullen Bryant.” New England Quarterly 34 (June 1961): 178-90.
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Dahl reviews many of the major works of numerous authors who between 1800 and 1840 were using archaeology and conjecture to explain the origins of the mound-builders. He compares these works to Bryant’s poems “The Prairies” and “Thanatopsies” Concerning the Book of Mormon, Dahl writes that it is “certainly the most influential of all Mound-Builder literature,” and that “whether one wishes to accept it as divinely inspired or as the work of Joseph Smith, it fits exactly into the tradition”

ID = [79855]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1961-06-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:53
Dahl, Larry E. “The Concept of Hell.” In A Book of Mormon Treasury: Gospel Insights from General Authorities and Religious Educators, 262-279. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2003.
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Keywords: Amulek; Hell; Spirit Prison; Spirit World
Topics:    RSC Topics > G — K > Hell
RSC Topics > L — P > Plan of Salvation
RSC Topics > Q — S > Spirit World
ID = [36168]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,rsc-books  Size: 37520  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:57:54
Dahl, Larry E. “The Concept of Hell in the Book of Mormon.” In Doctrines of the Book of Mormon: The 20th Annual Sidney B. Sperry Symposium, edited by Bruce A. Van Orden and Brent L. Top, 42-56. Salt Lake City: Randall Book, 1992.
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The concept of hell plays a prominent role in the Book of Mormon. The term “hell” is attested sixty-two times in the Book of Mormon. Addresses the following questions regarding hell: Is hell temporary or permanent? What does it mean to die in our sins? Can one repent in hell? Can one receive the gospel and improve his/her condition between death and the resurrection?

ID = [81055]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books,rsc-sperry  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:11
Dahl, Larry E. “The Doctrine of Christ: 2 Nephi 31–32.” In The Book of Mormon: Second Nephi, The Doctrinal Structure, ed. Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate Jr., 355–75. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1989.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 2 Nephi
RSC Topics > G — K > Gospel of Jesus Christ
RSC Topics > G — K > Holy Ghost
RSC Topics > Q — S > Repentance
ID = [36885]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1989-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-bom,rsc-books  Size: 40592  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:00
Dahl, Larry E. “Faith, Hope, and Charity.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1994. Transcript of a lecture given at the FARMS Book of Mormon Lecture Series.
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Larry Dahl explores some of the teachings of the Book of Mormon concerning faith, hope, and charity. He discusses the meanings of these words, their relationships to each other, how they are acquired, and what their fruits are. Faith, hope, and charity must be centered in Christ. The first principle of the gospel is not just faith, it is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We must obtain not just hope, but a hope in Christ. Likewise, charity is not just love, it is the pure love of Christ.

Keywords: Book of Mormon Teachings
ID = [8411]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1994-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-reports  Size: 213  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/24/24 7:53:56
Dahl, Larry E. “Faith, Hope, Charity.” In The Book of Mormon: The Keystone Scripture, ed. Paul R. Cheesman, 137–50. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1988.
Topics:    RSC Topics > A — C > Charity
RSC Topics > D — F > Faith
RSC Topics > G — K > Hope
ID = [36977]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1988-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-bom,rsc-books  Size: 28158  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:01
Dahl, Larry E., and Charles D. Tate Jr., eds. The Lectures on Faith in Historical Perspective. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1990.
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The Lectures on Faith are among the oldest of LDS writings. They formed the basis for doctrinal studies in the School for the Elders during the winter of 1834–35 and ever since have been highly valued in the Church. They constitute a substantial historical and doctrinal heritage from early Restoration years. Bringing together in one volume the background, the history, the text, and an informed and stimulating commentary, this book makes a major contribution to an understanding of the subject and therefore to the reader’s efforts to live the great principle of faith in Jesus Christ. ISBN 0-8849-4725-4

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
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McConkie, Joseph Fielding. “Authorship and History of the Lectures on Faith.” In The Lectures on Faith in Historical Perspective, ed. Larry E. Dahl and Charles D. Tate Jr., 1–21. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1990.
Topics:    RSC Topics > A — C > Church History 1820–1844
RSC Topics > D — F > Doctrine and Covenants
ID = [36859]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size: 35324  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:00
Turner, Rodney. “A Discussion of Lecture 1.” In The Lectures on Faith in Historical Perspective, ed. Larry E. Dahl and Charles D. Tate Jr., 163–77. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1990.
Topics:    RSC Topics > D — F > Doctrine
RSC Topics > D — F > Faith
RSC Topics > G — K > Happiness
RSC Topics > G — K > Hope
RSC Topics > T — Z > Virtue
ID = [36860]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size: 31608  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:00
Millet, Robert L. “A Discussion of Lecture 2.” In The Lectures on Faith in Historical Perspective, ed. Larry E. Dahl and Charles D. Tate Jr., 179–97. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1990.
Topics:    RSC Topics > D — F > Dispensations
RSC Topics > D — F > Doctrine
RSC Topics > D — F > Faith
RSC Topics > L — P > Priesthood
RSC Topics > Q — S > Salvation
ID = [36861]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size: 40304  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:00
Matthews, Robert J. “A Discussion of Lectures 3 and 4.” In The Lectures on Faith in Historical Perspective, ed. Larry E. Dahl and Charles D. Tate Jr., 179–97. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1990.
Topics:    RSC Topics > D — F > Faith
RSC Topics > G — K > God the Father
RSC Topics > L — P > Mercy
ID = [36862]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size: 43030  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:00
Kapp, Ardeth Greene. “A Discussion of Lecture 5.” In The Lectures on Faith in Historical Perspective, ed. Larry E. Dahl and Charles D. Tate Jr., 221–40. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1990.
Topics:    RSC Topics > D — F > Faith
RSC Topics > G — K > God the Father
RSC Topics > G — K > Godhead
RSC Topics > G — K > Joseph Smith
ID = [36863]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size: 42237  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:00
Dahl, Larry E. “A Discussion of Lecture 6.” In The Lectures on Faith in Historical Perspective, ed. Larry E. Dahl and Charles D. Tate Jr., 241–62. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1990.
Topics:    RSC Topics > D — F > Eternal Life
RSC Topics > D — F > Faith
RSC Topics > Q — S > Sacrifice
ID = [36864]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size: 45611  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:00
Rasmussen, Dennis F. “A Discussion of Lecture 7.” In The Lectures on Faith in Historical Perspective, eds. Larry E. Dahl and Charles D. Tate Jr. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1990.
Topics:    RSC Topics > A — C > Adversity
RSC Topics > D — F > Faith
RSC Topics > Q — S > Salvation
RSC Topics > T — Z > Testimony
ID = [36865]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size: 44819  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:00
Dahl, Larry E., ed. Modern Perspectives on Nauvoo and the Mormons: Interviews with Long-Term Residents. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2003.
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After the announcement of the intent to rebuild the Nauvoo Temple, there was much discussion in the town about why The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints would want to build such a large building in such a small place and what impact it might have on Nauvoo. Questions were raised about the vast potential increase in the number of visitors to Nauvoo, as well as whether large numbers of Church members would come to settle in Nauvoo permanently, significantly affecting the political and cultural environment. Additional interest focused on the whole history of the Mormons in Nauvoo. Those ideas, attitudes, and feelings of residents were captured in this collection of interviews. Twenty-six Nauvoo residents were interviewed and their answers recorded in this volume. ISBN 978-0-8425-2526-8

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
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Dahl, Larry E. “Foreword.” In Modern Perspectives on Nauvoo and the Mormons, ed. Larry E. Dahl. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2003.
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Dahl, Larry E. “The Editors’ Role.” In Modern Perspectives on Nauvoo and the Mormons, ed. Larry E. Dahl. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2003.
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Dahl, Larry E. “Oral History Project.” In Modern Perspectives on Nauvoo and the Mormons, ed. Larry E. Dahl. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2003.
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Dahl, Larry E. “Ralph Arnold.” In Modern Perspectives on Nauvoo and the Mormons, ed. Larry E. Dahl. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2003.
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Dahl, Larry E. “Lynn and Wanitta Barritt.” In Modern Perspectives on Nauvoo and the Mormons, ed. Larry E. Dahl. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2003.
ID = [37506]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size: 24950  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:05
Dahl, Larry E. “Richard Bolton.” In Modern Perspectives on Nauvoo and the Mormons, ed. Larry E. Dahl. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2003.
ID = [37507]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size: 17229  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:05
Dahl, Larry E. “Dean Gabbert.” In Modern Perspectives on Nauvoo and the Mormons, ed. Larry E. Dahl. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2003.
ID = [37508]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size: 17350  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:05
Dahl, Larry E. “Lucille Gano.” In Modern Perspectives on Nauvoo and the Mormons, ed. Larry E. Dahl. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2003.
Topics:    RSC Topics > D — F > Family History
ID = [37509]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size: 43256  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:05
Dahl, Larry E. “Lucile Harsch.” In Modern Perspectives on Nauvoo and the Mormons, ed. Larry E. Dahl. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2003.
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Dahl, Larry E. “Dorothy Hart.” In Modern Perspectives on Nauvoo and the Mormons, ed. Larry E. Dahl. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2003.
ID = [37511]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size: 29876  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:05
Dahl, Larry E. “David W. Knowles.” In Modern Perspectives on Nauvoo and the Mormons, ed. Larry E. Dahl. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2003.
ID = [37512]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size: 19560  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:05
Dahl, Larry E. “John LaCroix.” In Modern Perspectives on Nauvoo and the Mormons, ed. Larry E. Dahl. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2003.
ID = [37513]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size: 10125  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:05
Dahl, Larry E. “Mary Eleanor Logan.” In Modern Perspectives on Nauvoo and the Mormons, ed. Larry E. Dahl. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2003.
ID = [37514]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size: 29269  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:05
Dahl, Larry E. “John McCarty.” In Modern Perspectives on Nauvoo and the Mormons, ed. Larry E. Dahl. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2003.
ID = [37515]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size: 43678  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:05
Dahl, Larry E. “Paul J. McKoon.” In Modern Perspectives on Nauvoo and the Mormons, ed. Larry E. Dahl. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2003.
ID = [37516]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size: 19341  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:05
Dahl, Larry E. “James W. Moffitt.” In Modern Perspectives on Nauvoo and the Mormons, ed. Larry E. Dahl. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2003.
ID = [37517]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size: 34111  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:05
Dahl, Larry E. “Estel Neff.” In Modern Perspectives on Nauvoo and the Mormons, ed. Larry E. Dahl. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2003.
ID = [37518]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size: 38355  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:05
Dahl, Larry E. “Edward J. Newton.” In Modern Perspectives on Nauvoo and the Mormons, ed. Larry E. Dahl. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2003.
ID = [37519]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size: 18978  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:05
Dahl, Larry E. “Florence Ourth.” In Modern Perspectives on Nauvoo and the Mormons, ed. Larry E. Dahl. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2003.
ID = [37520]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size: 29051  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:05
Dahl, Larry E. “Ken and Karolyn Nudd.” In Modern Perspectives on Nauvoo and the Mormons, ed. Larry E. Dahl. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2003.
ID = [37521]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size: 15455  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:05
Dahl, Larry E. “Lee and Carmen Ourth.” In Modern Perspectives on Nauvoo and the Mormons, ed. Larry E. Dahl. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2003.
ID = [37522]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size: 44073  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:05
Dahl, Larry E. “Donald Elbert Pidcock.” In Modern Perspectives on Nauvoo and the Mormons, ed. Larry E. Dahl. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2003.
ID = [37523]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size: 40876  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:05
Dahl, Larry E. “Louis Pilkington.” In Modern Perspectives on Nauvoo and the Mormons, ed. Larry E. Dahl. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2003.
ID = [37524]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size: 20973  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:05
Dahl, Larry E. “Dr. Lillian M. Snyder.” In Modern Perspectives on Nauvoo and the Mormons, ed. Larry E. Dahl. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2003.
Topics:    RSC Topics > T — Z > Youth
ID = [37525]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size: 58066  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:05
Dahl, Larry E. “Lloyd S. Starr.” In Modern Perspectives on Nauvoo and the Mormons, ed. Larry E. Dahl. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2003.
ID = [37526]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size: 17830  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:05
Dahl, Larry E. “LeRoy Ufkes.” In Modern Perspectives on Nauvoo and the Mormons, ed. Larry E. Dahl. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2003.
ID = [37527]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size: 19295  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:05
Dahl, Larry E. “Jim Webb.” In Modern Perspectives on Nauvoo and the Mormons, ed. Larry E. Dahl. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2003.
ID = [37528]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size: 39621  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:05
Dahl, Larry E. “Leon Wilkinson.” In Modern Perspectives on Nauvoo and the Mormons, ed. Larry E. Dahl. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2003.
ID = [37529]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size: 24894  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:05
Dahl, Larry E. “Thomas Wilson.” In Modern Perspectives on Nauvoo and the Mormons, ed. Larry E. Dahl. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2003.
ID = [37530]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size: 14218  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:05
Dahl, Larry E. “Epilogue.” In Modern Perspectives on Nauvoo and the Mormons, ed. Larry E. Dahl. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2003.
ID = [37531]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size: 1581  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:05
Dahl, Larry E. “Appendix.” In Modern Perspectives on Nauvoo and the Mormons, ed. Larry E. Dahl. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2003.
ID = [37532]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size: 8965  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:05
Bradshaw, Jeffrey M., and Ryan Dahle. “Could Joseph Smith Have Drawn on Ancient Manuscripts When He Translated the Story of Enoch?: Recent Updates on a Persistent Question.” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 33 (2019): 305-374.
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Abstract: In this article, we offer a general critique of scholarship that has argued for Joseph Smith’s reliance on 1 Enoch or other ancient pseudepigrapha for the Enoch chapters in the Book of Moses. Our findings highlight the continued difficulties of scholars to sustain such arguments credibly. Following this general critique, we describe the current state of research relating to what Salvatore Cirillo took to be the strongest similarity between Joseph Smith’s chapters on Enoch and the Qumran Book of Giants — namely the resemblance between the name Mahawai in the Book of Giants and Mahujah/Mahijah in Joseph Smith’s Enoch account. We conclude this section with summaries of conversations of Gordon C. Thomasson and Hugh Nibley with Book of Giants scholar Matthew Black about these names. Next, we explain why even late and seemingly derivative sources may provide valuable new evidence for the antiquity of Moses 6–7 or may corroborate details from previously known Enoch sources. By way of example, we summarize preliminary research that compares passages in Moses 6–7 to newly available ancient Enoch texts from lesser known sources. We conclude with a discussion of the significance of findings that situate Joseph Smith’s Enoch account in an ancient milieu. Additional work is underway to provide a systematic and detailed analysis of ancient literary affinities in Moses 6–7, including an effort sponsored by Book of Mormon Central in collaboration with The Interpreter Foundation.

Topics:    Book of Moses Topics > Joseph Smith Translation (JST) > Translation
Book of Moses Topics > Chapters of the Book of Moses > Moses 6:13–7 — Enoch
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Rockwood, David L., and J. Gordon Daines III. “Contrasting the Leadership Styles of Moroni and Amalickiah.” Religious Educator Vol. 21 no. 2 (2020).
Topics:    RSC Topics > A — C > Book of Mormon
Book of Mormon Scriptures > Moroni
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Daines, Robert H. “Cotton and the Book of Mormon.” Improvement Era 65, no. 10 (1962): 722-724, 751-753.
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This article gives evidence that indicates that cotton seeds from the Old World were transported across the ocean and interbred with wild cotton plants to produce a superior New World plant that was then cultivated.

Keywords: Agriculture, Fabric, Textiles
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Daines, Robert H. “The Globe-Trotting Sweet Potato.” Ensign, March 1975.
ID = [42621]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1975-03-01  Collections:  bom,ensign  Size: 5470  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:23
Dale, Bruce E., and Brian Dale. “Joseph Smith: The World’s Greatest Guesser (A Bayesian Statistical Analysis of Positive and Negative Correspondences between the Book of Mormon and The Maya).” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 32 (2019): 77-186.
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Abstract: Dr. Michael Coe is a prominent Mesoamerican scholar and author of a synthesis and review of ancient Mesoamerican Indian cultures entitled The Maya.
Dr. Coe is also a prominent skeptic of the Book of Mormon. However, there is in his book strong evidence that favors the Book of Mormon, which Dr. Coe has not taken into account. This article analyzes that evidence, using Bayesian statistics. We apply a strongly skeptical prior assumption that the Book of Mormon “has little to do with early Indian cultures,” as Dr. Coe claims. We then compare 131 separate positive correspondences or points of evidence between the Book of Mormon and Dr. Coe’s book. We also analyze negative points of evidence between the Book of Mormon and The Maya, between the Book of Mormon and a 1973 Dialogue article written by Dr. Coe, and between the Book of Mormon and a series of Mormon Stories podcast interviews given by Dr. Coe to Dr. John Dehlin. After using the Bayesian methodology to analyze both positive and negative correspondences, we reach an enormously stronger and very positive conclusion. There is overwhelming evidence that the Book of Mormon has physical, political, geographical, religious, military, technological, and cultural roots in ancient Mesoamerica. As a control, we have also analyzed two other books dealing with ancient American Indians: View of the Hebrews and Manuscript Found. We compare both books with The Maya using the same statistical methodology and demonstrate that this methodology leads to rational conclusions about whether or not such books describe peoples and places similar to those described in The Maya.

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
ID = [3577]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,interpreter-journal  Size: 64863  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:57
Dale, Bruce E., and Brian Dale. “Joseph Smith: The World’s Greatest Guesser – A Bayesian Statistical Analysis of Positive and Negative Correspondences Between the Book of Mormon and The Maya, 9th Edition.” Paper presented at the 2020 FairMormon Conference. August, 2020.
ID = [32680]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 2020-08-01  Collections:  bom,fair-conference,smith-joseph-jr  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/27/24 20:56:18
Dale, Bruce E. “How Big A Book? Estimating the Total Surface Area of the Book of Mormon Plates.” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 25 (2017): 261-268.
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Abstract: We do not have the Book of Mormon metal plates available to us. We cannot heft them, examine the engravings, or handle the leaves of that ancient record as did the Three Witnesses, the Eight Witnesses, and the many other witnesses to both the existence and nature of the plates. In such a situation, what more can we learn about the physical nature of the plates without their being present for our inspection? Building on available knowledge, this article estimates the total surface area of the plates using two independent approaches and finds that the likely surface area was probably between 30 and 86 square feet, or roughly 15% of the surface area of the paper on which the English version of the Book of Mormon is now printed.

ID = [3696]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2017-01-01  Collections:  bom,interpreter-journal  Size: 17995  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:58
Dale, Bruce E., and Brian Dale. “Joseph Smith: The World’s Greatest Guesser (A Bayesian Statistical Analysis of Positive and Negative Correspondences between the Book of Mormon and The Maya).” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 32 (2019): 77-186.
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Abstract: Dr. Michael Coe is a prominent Mesoamerican scholar and author of a synthesis and review of ancient Mesoamerican Indian cultures entitled The Maya.
Dr. Coe is also a prominent skeptic of the Book of Mormon. However, there is in his book strong evidence that favors the Book of Mormon, which Dr. Coe has not taken into account. This article analyzes that evidence, using Bayesian statistics. We apply a strongly skeptical prior assumption that the Book of Mormon “has little to do with early Indian cultures,” as Dr. Coe claims. We then compare 131 separate positive correspondences or points of evidence between the Book of Mormon and Dr. Coe’s book. We also analyze negative points of evidence between the Book of Mormon and The Maya, between the Book of Mormon and a 1973 Dialogue article written by Dr. Coe, and between the Book of Mormon and a series of Mormon Stories podcast interviews given by Dr. Coe to Dr. John Dehlin. After using the Bayesian methodology to analyze both positive and negative correspondences, we reach an enormously stronger and very positive conclusion. There is overwhelming evidence that the Book of Mormon has physical, political, geographical, religious, military, technological, and cultural roots in ancient Mesoamerica. As a control, we have also analyzed two other books dealing with ancient American Indians: View of the Hebrews and Manuscript Found. We compare both books with The Maya using the same statistical methodology and demonstrate that this methodology leads to rational conclusions about whether or not such books describe peoples and places similar to those described in The Maya.

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
ID = [3577]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,interpreter-journal  Size: 64863  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:57
Dale, Bruce E., and Brian Dale. “Joseph Smith: The World’s Greatest Guesser – A Bayesian Statistical Analysis of Positive and Negative Correspondences Between the Book of Mormon and The Maya, 9th Edition.” Paper presented at the 2020 FairMormon Conference. August, 2020.
ID = [32680]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 2020-08-01  Collections:  bom,fair-conference,smith-joseph-jr  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/27/24 20:56:18
Toit, Herman du, and Doris R. Dant. Art and Spirituality: The Visual Culture of Christian Faith. Provo, UT: BYU Studies, 2006.
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Since 1998 the Brigham Young University Museum of Art has hosted the biennial Art, Belief, Meaning Symposium. The purpose of the symposium is to provide an opportunity for Latter-day Saint artists, critics, and commentators to contribute to the ongoing discussion about issues related to art and spirituality. Our goal is to articulate our interest in the making of art that not only is relevant and meaningful for our day, but which also bears witness and gives perspective to the realities that flow from the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. The symposium provides a welcome forum for discussion regarding issues that have always concerned serious religious artists: • What is the role of the artist in relation to the mission of the Church? • What is the place of self expression, belief, and inspiration in religious art? • Do artists have a “mission” through their work? • How does individual testimony find expression in the work of the artist? • Does religion create untenable tensions in the expression of the artist? • What is the relationship between idea and technique in religious art? • Can religious art find expression through contemporary art movements? This series provides an opportunity for like-minded believers, those with deep and often passionate interests in the arts, to come together, reason together, and benefit from each others’ points of view. Hopefully others who find themselves confronted by similar issues will benefit from a careful reading of these essays.

ID = [75253]  Status = Type = book  Date = 2006-01-01  Collections:  bom,byu-studies  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:19
Dant, Doris R., and John W. Welch. The Book of Mormon Paintings of Minerva Teichert. Provo, UT: BYU Studies, 1997.
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For Minerva Teichert there were only two reasons to paint--“either a thing must be very beautiful or it must be an important story.” She loved and lived the truths of the Book of the Mormon; it was the important story she felt determined to tell through her masterful art. The Book of Mormon Paintings of Minerva Teichert is her complete series of Book of Mormon murals--each one a story by itself. From the sons of Lehi, presenting their wealth to Laban in exchange for the brass plates, to Christ appearing at the temple in Bountiful, Minerva Teichert captured the teachings and drama of the Book of Mormon. From the beginning her dream was to teach the Book of Mormon through her painting. She adopted a statement from the dean of American mural painters, Edwin H. Blashfield, as her own: “The decoration in a building which belongs to the public must speak to the people--to the man on the street. It must embody thought and significance, and that so plainly that he who runs may read.” This was her goal for her Book of Mormon murals. She also dreamed of publishing the series in a book but never realized that goal. This publication is, in some measure, a fulfillment of that dream. One hundred color plates, assembled here for the first time, tell the story Teichert felt inspired to share through her painting. An overview of Teichert’s mural techniques and personal motivations complements the paintings and sketches. Scriptures, captions, and excerpts from her letters enrich the presentation of these works throughout the book. The Book of Mormon Paintings of Minerva Teichert is certain to inspire any reader--expert or novice. More important, this collection displays the truths that Teichert so strongly believed: that Jesus is the Christ and the Book of Mormon is the word of God.

Keywords: Visual arts, painting; Teichert, Minerva
ID = [81473]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1997-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:14
Darling, Joseph W. “The Book Will Prove Itself.” The Latter-day Saints’ Millennial Star 111, no. 9 (September 1949): 282-83.
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Discusses attempts to discredit the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith. Refers to Alexander Campbell, the Spaulding theory, and the Woodbridge Riley Theory. The best evidences of the divinity of the Book of Mormon are found within its own pages.

ID = [81308]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1949-09-01  Collections:  bom,millennial-star  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:12
Darter, Francis M. “The Gathering of Israel: . . . From a Scriptural Standpoint.” Long Beach, CA: n.p., 1915.
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The Book of Mormon came by way of the Gentiles because of the destruction of the Nephites and rejection by the House of Israel. The book is to be used to gather Israel.

ID = [78490]  Status = Type = manuscript  Date = 1915-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:42
Davidson, Gustav. A Dictionary of Angels, Including the Fallen Angels. New York: Free Press, 1967.
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A dictionary dealing with angels. Includes an entry on Moroni, describing him as “the Mormon angel of God, son of Mormon, the last great leader of the Nephites” Notes the statue of Moroni on the Hill Cumorah.

ID = [77409]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1967-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:34
Davidson, Karen Lynn. “The Book of Mormon in Latter-day Saint Hymnody.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 9, no. 1 (2000): 14-27, 76-77.
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A church member who has loved the Book of Mormon since childhood and who takes it for granted that the Book of Mormon is central to LDS class instruction, general conference addresses, and missionary discussions is likely to be surprised that we have only six Book of Mormon hymns in our 1985 hymnbook. Early hymn writers turned to the Book of Mormon itself for their texts. Twelve Book of Mormon hymns were introduced into Mormon hymnody by Emma Smith’s first hymnal, but the Book of Mormon as a theme almost disappeared from later hymnals. Only one hymn relating to the Book of Mormon was among the forty-nine new hymns added to the 1985 hymnal. In this article, Book of Mormon hymns are listed, discussed, and categorized. Most of the Book of Mormon hymns that have been written are narrative, rather than devotional. Each new hymnbook must meet the needs of its age. Devotional hymns are likely to be more forthcoming as literary appreciation of the Book of Mormon continues to grow.

Keywords: Hymn; Literary; Literature; Music
ID = [3019]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2000-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 1950  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:53
Davidson, Karen Lynn. “Marilyn Arnold. Sweet is the Word: Reflections on the Book of Mormon-Its Narrative, Teachings, and People.” FARMS Review of Books 9, no. 1 (1997): Article 3.
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Review of Sweet is the Word: Reflections on the Book of Mormon? Its Narrative, Teachings, and People (1996), by Marilyn Arnold

ID = [256]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1997-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-review  Size: 6522  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:30
Davidson, Matilda Spaulding. Folly and Falsehood of the Book of Mormon. Hexham: E. Pruddah, 1839.
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The wife of Solomon Spaulding, Matilda Spaulding Davidson, provides reasons why Spaulding wrote Manuscript Found. She believes that the Book of Mormon is built on Manuscript Found and that Sidney Rigdon had access to the manuscript left by Spaulding at the printing office of Mr. Patterson sometime between the years 1812 and 1816.

ID = [79456]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1839-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:50
Davidson, Matilda Spaulding. “The Mormon Bible.” Millennial Harbinger 3 (1839): 265-68.
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The wife of Solomon Spaulding, Matilda Spaulding Davidson, provides reasons why Spaulding wrote Manuscript Found. She believes that the Book of Mormon is built on Manuscript Found and that Sidney Rigdon had access to the manuscript left by Spaulding at the printing office of Mr. Patterson sometime between the years 1812 and 1816.

ID = [80547]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1839-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:07
Davidson, Matilda Spaulding. “The Mormon Bible.” The Family Magazine 6 (1839): 429-30.
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The wife of Solomon Spaulding, Matilda Spaulding Davidson, provides reasons why Spaulding wrote Manuscript Found. She believes that the Book of Mormon is built on Manuscript Found and that Sidney Rigdon had access to the manuscript left by Spaulding at the printing office of Mr. Patterson sometime between the years 1812 and 1816.

ID = [80548]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1839-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:07
Davidson, Matilda Spaulding. “The Mormon Bible.” The Family Magazine 7 (1840): 38-39.
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The wife of Solomon Spaulding, Matilda Spaulding Davidson, provides reasons why Spaulding wrote Manuscript Found. She believes that the Book of Mormon is built on Manuscript Found and that Sidney Rigdon had access to the manuscript left by Spaulding at the printing office of Mr. Patterson sometime between the years 1812 and 1816.

ID = [80549]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1840-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:07
Davies, Charles A. “A Testimony of the Book of Mormon.” Saints’ Herald 110 (1 March 1963): 152-54.
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A presentation of Davies’s testimony of the divinity and truthfulness of the Book of Mormon.

ID = [78938]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1963-03-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:46
Davies, Charles A. “View of the Hebrews and the Book of Mormon.” Saints’ Herald, August 1962.
ID = [77260]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1962-08-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:33
Davies, Charles A. “View of the Hebrews and the Book of Mormon.” Saints’ Herald 109 (1 August 1962): 9-11.
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Fawn Brodie’s statement in her book No Man Knows My History that “it may in fact have been [Ethan Smith’s] View of the Hebrews that gave Joseph Smith the idea of the Book of Mormon” is not based upon sound reasoning nor is it a historical fact.

ID = [80772]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1962-08-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:08
Davies, Horton. Christian Deviations: Essays in Defense of the Christian Faith. London: SCM Press, 1954.
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A polemical attack on various religious groups that the author considers heretical. Chapter seven is devoted to Mormonism. He finds repugnant the LDS “doctrine of progressive revelations” and considers the Book of Mormon to be a forgery that plagiarizes the Bible, Shakespeare and the Westminster Confession of Faith. This work is reviewed in B.015.

ID = [77691]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1954-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:36
Davies, Richard. Mormonism Unmasked: Being a Statement of Facts Relating to the Self-Styled “Latter-day Saints” and the Book of Mormon. Burnley: J. Clegg, 1841.
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In this tract the author sets about to prove that Mormonism is false and that the Book of Mormon is “a silly fabrication of falsehood and wickedness” States that the Book of Mormon story is fictitious and believes that it represents a plagiarism of Solomon Spaulding’s Manuscript Found.

ID = [78067]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1841-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:39
Davies, William J., and Shelley L. Davies. “From Moroni to Massasoit.” Ensign, April 1988.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Moroni
ID = [48547]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1988-04-01  Collections:  bom,ensign  Size: 4385  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:00:40
Davies, W. D. “Reflections on the Mormon ‘Canon’” Harvard Theological Review 79 (January, April, July 1986): 44-66.
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Mormon scriptures are unusual, unique from any other. They claim the Book of Mormon to be the word of God, the translation of which was done through the Urim and Thummim. The book purports to be the records of pre-Columbian Americans. In reality, it is a fraud or forgery. Mormons have a large amount of written material in their canon that has become as important as the biblical writings.

ID = [80054]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1986-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:03
Davies, William J., and Shelley L. Davies. “From Moroni to Massasoit.” Ensign, April 1988.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Moroni
ID = [48547]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1988-04-01  Collections:  bom,ensign  Size: 4385  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:00:40
Embry, Jessie, J. Spencer Fluhman, and D. Morgan Davis. “End Matter.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 27 (2018).
ID = [81918]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2018-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:17
Davis, D. Morgan. “The Perspective of History.” Insights 31, no. 3 (2011).
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The perspective of history can be sobering, even humbling. Not so recently, two men from the same faith tradition but different perspectives joined in a debate about whether and how a man whom they both acknowledged as a prophet could have seen what he said he saw and be who he claimed to be. As it unfolded, their discussion touched upon many aspects of what it means to have faith in such a person and in his revelations. The role of reason in relation to revelation, the relevance of history to faith, and the connection of language to perception were all explored. The power of poetry and other idioms of popular culture in establishing the credibility of one’s chosen narrative were on display. Their debate was not an isolated event; it was just one of many in an ongoing phenomenon of cultural and spiritual contestation and negotiation. And although the two men in this case lived eleven hundred years ago, that same process of debate that they engaged in is still under way in our own times and is very much a part of our cultural climate today.

Keywords: history; perspective; revelations; faith; popular culture
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
ID = [66980]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2011-01-03  Collections:  bom,farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:10
Davis, D. Morgan. “Prophets and Prophecy in the Qur’an and the Book of Mormon.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 29 (2020): 50-84.
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This article discusses the potential for comparision between the Book of Mormon and texts of other world religions. Acknowledging the extent of such a project, the author focuses only on comparing prophets and prophecy in the Qur’an and Book of Mormon.

Keywords: Comparative religion, Islam; Doctrinal history, prophets; Book of Mormon; Prophecies
ID = [81938]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2020-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:17
Davis, Garold N. “Book of Mormon Commentary on Isaiah.” Ensign, September 1998, 54–60.
Topics:    Old Testament Scriptures > Isaiah
Old Testament Topics > Book of Mormon and the Old Testament
ID = [53532]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1998-09-01  Collections:  bom,ensign,old-test  Size: 20711  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:05:17
Davis, Garold N., and Mark J. Johnson. “H. Clay Gorton, The Legacy of the Brass Plates of Laban: A Comparison of Biblical and Book of Mormon Isaiah Texts.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 7, no. 1 (1995): Article 10.
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Review of The Legacy of the Brass Plates of Laban: A Comparison of Biblical and Book of Mormon Isaiah Texts (1994), by H. Clay Gorton.

Topics:    Old Testament Scriptures > Isaiah
ID = [202]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1995-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-review,old-test  Size: 12973  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:30
Davis, George E. “The United States in Prophecy.” Saints’ Herald 48 (31 July 1901): 616.
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The Book of Mormon records many of the prophecies of Isaiah, which teach that Zion will stand and not the United States of America.

ID = [80692]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1901-07-31  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:08
Davis, H. N. “Where Is the Land of Cumorah.” Saints’ Herald 49 (22 October 1902): 1030-33.
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Attempts to locate the Hill Cumorah in the Northeastern United States, arguing that such a location more fully fits the criteria of the Book of Mormon than other areas of the continent.

ID = [80807]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1902-10-22  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:09
Davis, Howard A., D. R. Scales, W. L. Cowdery, and G. Passantino. Who Really Wrote the Book of Mormon?. Santa Ana: Vision House, 1977.
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A detailed polemic against the Book of Mormon that claims that the Spaulding manuscript was the primary source of the Book of Mormon. Includes background historical material, a brief bibliography, and eight appendices. Attempts to demonstrate a connection between Sidney Rigdon and Solomon Spaulding.

ID = [78776]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1977-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:44
Cowdrey, Wayne L., Howard A. Davis, and Arthur Vanick. Who Really Wrote the Book of Mormon?: The Spalding Enigma. St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2005.
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Authors determine that The Book of Mormon is an “adaptation of an obscure historical novel.”

Keywords: Book of Mormon, authorship, Spaulding theory; Authorship, stylometric analysis; Book of Mormon, authorship
ID = [81472]  Status = Type = book  Date = 2005-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:14
Davis, Joseph H. “The Book of Mormon.” The Latter-day Saints’ Millennial Star 73, no. 51 (21 December 1911): 804-6.
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Biblical prophets foretold the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. Includes a brief synopsis of the Book of Mormon story line. Mentions Martin Harris’s visit to Professor Anthon. Joseph Smith had divine aid in translating.

ID = [81346]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1911-12-21  Collections:  bom,millennial-star  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:13
Davis, Lorie N. “Togetherness Time.” Ensign, October 1983.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
ID = [46408]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1983-10-01  Collections:  bom,ensign  Size: 2913  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:00:23
Davis, Mark, and Brent Israelson. “International Relations and Treaties in the Book of Mormon.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1982.
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The Book of Mormon chronicles the wars and other relations between the two major nations of Ancient America. This paper identifies certain principles evident in the relations between these nations and compares the principles found in the Book of Mormon with international practice of Ancient Israel in the old world. This paper is not want to be a study of the law of nations of the ancient Near East; rather, our purpose is to identify, if possible, principles of the law of nations in the Book of Mormon. Ccmparisons to the culture of the ancient Near East are not meant to function as proof (or disproof) of the old-world origin of the Book of Mormon culture. They should be taken as interesting illuminations of the principles of international relations which appear in the history of the ancient American nations.

ID = [8418]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1982-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-reports  Size: 998  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/24/24 7:53:56
Davis, Nora A. “Moroni the Faithful.” Relief Society Magazine 18 (May 1931): 279-80.
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Moroni was a man who was faithful in life, in death, and as a resurrected being. Under the most difficult circumstances during and after the Nephite civil war, he lived as an outcast rather than deny his testimony.

ID = [79847]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1931-05-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:53
Eastwood, Laura Teichert, and Robert O. Davis. Rich in Story, Great in Faith: The Art of Minerva Kohlhepp Teichert. Salt Lake City: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1988.
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A booklet containing a photographic essay on the life and paintings of Minerva Teichert. Created to accompany an exhibition at the Museum of Church History and Art, the work contains representations of several of Teichert’s Book of Mormon paintings.

ID = [78214]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1988-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:40
Davis, Ryan W. “For the Peace of the People: War and Democracy in the Book of Mormon.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 17, no. 1 (2007): 42-55, 85-86.
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King Benjamin, in an attempt to establish and promote peace, created a form of government that may be understood as democratic. The political system is not a democracy in the way the term is understood today, but the democratic elements become especially clear when viewed next to its autocratic Lamanite counterpart. Davis demonstrates how a democratic system tends to bring more peace to a nation and, interestingly, also more victory when war does come upon them. The young Nephite state encountered the types of risks experienced in the modern progression to democracy, further illustrating how difficult a task it would have been for Joseph Smith to create this world. Although the democratic state played a role in the Nephite nation, the most important lesson in the Book of Mormon’s politics is that God makes all the difference.

Keywords: Democracy; Peace; Politics; Warfare
ID = [3204]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2007-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 59666  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:54
Davis, S. J. S. Origin of the Book of Mormon, together with an Account of the Rise and Progress of the Mormon Church. Louisville, KY: Pentecostal, 1899.
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A polemical work against the Book of Mormon. The author notes the common interest of many nineteenth-century Americans regarding the origins of the American Indians. He views Joseph Smith as having borrowed from the Spaulding romance and the common theories regarding Indian origins in formulating the Book of Mormon.

ID = [78117]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1899-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:39
Davis, Tal. “The Book of Mormon: Is It ‘Another Testament of Jesus Christ’?” The Evangel 39 (April, May-June 1992): 8-9, 8-9.
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Brief summary of LDS beliefs, history, and the Book of Mormon story line. Points out lack of corroborating archaeological evidence for the Book of Mormon. Concludes that Joseph Smith authored the book, that it does not agree with current LDS doctrines, and that therefore it cannot be recognized as “another testament of Jesus Christ”

ID = [80398]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1992-04-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:06
Davis, William L. “The Limits of Naturalistic Criteria for the Book of Mormon: Comparing Joseph Smith and Andrew Jackson Davis.” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 53, no. 3 (Fall, 2020): 73-103.
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This article explores the translation process of the Book of Mormon, examining evidence of Joseph’s inability to produce the book of his own accord. It draws comparisons between Joseph and Andrew Jackson Davis, eventually concluding that naturalistic evidence is insufficient to prove or disprove the authenticity of the Book of Mormon.

Keywords: Smith, Joseph, Jr., education; Smith, Joseph, Jr., translator; Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith’s translation of
ID = [82015]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2020-09-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:18
Davis, William L. “Performing Revelation: Joseph Smith and the Creation of The Book of Mormon.” PhD diss., Los Angeles: University of California, Los Angeles, 2016.
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In 1830, Joseph Smith Jr. published The Book of Mormon and subsequently founded a new American religion. According to Smith, The Book of Mormon represented the English translation of an authentic record, written in “Reformed Egyptian,” concerning ancient Israelites who migrated to the Americas in approximately 600 B.C.E. Smith’s purported translation of this sacred history, however, did not occur by traditional means. Rather than directly consulting the record and providing an English rendition, Smith employed a method of divination by placing a “seer stone” into the bottom of his hat, holding the hat to his face to shut out all light, and then he proceeded to dictate the entire text of The Book of Mormon in an extended oral performance, without the aid of notes or manuscripts. By his side, Smith’s scribes wrote down the entire text verbatim in the moment Smith uttered them. As a result, at over 500 printed pages, The Book of Mormon stands as one of the longest recorded oral performances in the history of the United States. This dissertation aims to uncover some of the primary techniques of oral performance that Smith used in the construction of his work. Oratorical skill constituted a critical mode of public and private discourse in the culture of the early American nation; and, as I will argue, the text of The Book of Mormon reveals key characteristics of Smith’s techniques in oral performance that, in turn, reflect the oratorical training of the age. Drawing on Smith’s exposure to a kaleidoscope of cultural institutions that inculcated oratorical skills--focusing specifically on formal and informal education, Sunday school training and revivalism, folk magic practices, semi-extemporaneous Methodist preaching and exhorting, and the fireside storytelling culture of early America--this dissertation will demonstrate how these related cultural streams of oral performance converged in Smith’s production of The Book of Mormon, providing him with the necessary skills and techniques to produce and recite his massive Christian epic through the medium of the spoken word.

Keywords: Performing arts; Revelation and revelations; Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith’s translation of
ID = [81550]  Status = Type = thesis  Date = 2016-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:14
Davis, William L. Visions in a Seer Stone: Joseph Smith and the Making of the Book of Mormon. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2020.
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This book examines Joseph Smith’s oral recitation of the Book of Mormon in the context of the prominance and importance of orality in nineteenth-century America. “The focus of this study is the oral per­for­mance techniques that Smith used to dictate the Book of Mormon, with specific attention to the methods of preaching in Smith’s contemporary sermon culture. Thus, the central issues revolve around the methods of oral composition, rather than narrative content.” [Author]

Keywords: Social and cultural history, American setting; Religion, American setting; Book of Mormon; Smith, Joseph, Jr., American setting; Smith, Joseph, Jr., translator
ID = [81474]  Status = Type = book  Date = 2020-05-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:14
Day, Afton J. “Then I Could Touch People’s Hearts.” Ensign, September 1977.
ID = [43805]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1977-09-01  Collections:  bom,ensign  Size: 5000  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:34
De Hoyos, Arturo. The Old and the Modern Lamanite. Provo, UT: Institute of the American Indian Services and Research, 1970.
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The term Lamanite applies to the native inhabitants (the Indians) of the American continent, the Eskimos, the Samoans of the Pacific Islanders, and other groups.

ID = [78608]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1970-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:43
De Hoyos, Benjamín. “Book of Mormon Principles: Submitting Our Will to the Father’s.” Ensign, July 2004.
ID = [56123]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 2004-07-01  Collections:  bom,ensign  Size: 8378  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:01:17
De Hoyos, Genevieve. “Cultural Pluralism or Assimilation? A Dilemma of Our Times.” In By Study and Also By Faith, Volume 2, edited by John M. Lundquist and Stephen D. Ricks, 335-352. Vol. 2. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies/Deseret Book, 1990.
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This second of two volumes of essays honoring Hugh Nibley includes scholarly papers based on what the authors have learned from Nibley. Nearly every major subject that Dr. Nibley has encompassed in his vast learning and scholarly production is represented here by at least one article. Topics include the sacrament covenant in Third Nephi, the Lamanite view of Book of Mormon history, external evidences of the Book of Mormon, proper names in the Book of Mormon, the brass plates version of Genesis, the composition of Lehi’s family, ancient burials of metal documents in stone boxes, repentance as rethinking, Mormon history’s encounter with secular modernity, and Judaism in the 20th century.
An essay written with the purpose to shd some light on problems related to ethnic and racial relations, via a few different channels.

Keywords: Assimilation; Immigration; United States History
Topics:    Hugh W. Nibley Topics > Hugh Nibley > Scholarship, Footnotes, Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, CWHN, Editing > Politics, Social Issues
ID = [2362]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-02  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-books,nibley  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:48
De La Mare, Phillip. A Brief Account of the Life of Phillip De La Mare. Salt Lake City: Phillip De La Mare, 1852.
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An historical sketch of the life of the man who translated the Book of Mormon into French under the direction of John Taylor and with the assistance of L. A. Bertran, C. C. Bolton, and John Peck.

ID = [77389]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1852-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:34
Deane, Morgan. “Climbing a Tree to Find a Fish: Insurgency in the Book of Mormon.” Paper presented at the 2016 FairMormon Conference Conference. August, 2016.
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Keywords: Gadianton Robbers; Insurgency; Robbers; Thieves; Warfare
ID = [32552]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 2016-08-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,fair-conference  Size: 43234  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:59:47
Deane, Morgan. “Experiencing Battle in the Book of Mormon.” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 23 (2017): 237-252.
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Abstract: Historical chronicles of military conflict normally focus on the decisions and perspectives of leaders. But new methodologies, pioneered by John Keegan’s Face of Battle, have focused attention on the battle experience of the common soldier. Applying this methodology to a careful reading of details within the Book of Mormon shows an experience in battle that is just as horrific as it is authentic.

ID = [3715]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2017-01-01  Collections:  bom,interpreter-journal  Size: 40618  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:58
Deane, Morgan. “Greater Portion of the Word: The Decisive Book of Mormon in the Debates on War and Peace.” Paper presented at the 2023 FAIR Defending the Book of Mormon Conference. September 22-23, 2023.
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As a relatively new major scripture, the Book of Mormon is often neglected in a discussion about the principles of just war. LDS scholars haven’t helped by rarely engaging with seminal just war thinkers. Their engagement usually becomes a perfunctory review that serves as a platform for dismissing just war theories and theorists as insufficient in favor of their preferred theories and handful of proof texts, or because of a chauvinistic attitude that disregards non restoration texts. This is tragic because of the Lord’s command to seek ye out of the best books [and] words of wisdom (D&C 88:118). And because the Book of Mormon doesn’t simply show congruency with just war beliefs but offers important commentary and insights about those theories. In contrast to just war theorists who had to discern their insights through expertly reasoned, but still extra Biblical theorizing, insights from the Book of Mormon come within holy text and thus should assume stronger importance. Studying the Book of Mormon’s interactions with just war theory shows how the Book of Mormon conclusively resolves a seeming contradiction regarding how a soldier with a peaceful heart can wield the sword and be a peacemaker (or renounce war). This, in turn, forms a much stronger foundational outlook regarding war and peace.

ID = [81868]  Status = Type = talk,website article  Date = 2023-09-22  Collections:  bom,d-c,fair-conference  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:16
Deane, Morgan. “A Nourishing and Accessible Read.” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 32 (2019): 305-306.
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Review of Michaela Stephens, To Defend Them By Stratagem: Fortify Yourself with Book of Mormon War Tactics (Gilbert, AZ: Lion’s Whelp Publications, 2018). 246 pp. $12.99 (paperback).
Abstract: Sometimes it is easy to overlook, disregard, or discount the “war chapters” in the Book of Mormon. Michaela Stephens’ new book about these chapters deserves wider attention, as it is an excellent study resource that provides valuable devotional and academic insights while remaining accessible to lay readers.

ID = [3585]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,interpreter-journal  Size: 3334  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:57
Dearden, David V. “The Sacred Gift of Agency.” Devotional, Brigham Young University, March 31, 2009.
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Well-meaning people may honestly disagree with my interpretation of how the universe is put together. Agency allows and requires this possibility. But for me, as I noted above, science is faith affirming because I choose to believe, and everything else follows.

Keywords: Agency
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
ID = [69671]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 2009-03-31  Collections:  bom,byu-speeches  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:29
Decker, J. Edward, and Dave Hunt. The God Makers: A Shocking Exposé of What the Mormon Church Really Believes. Eugene, OR: Harvest, 1984.
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A sensationalistic exposé of Mormonism. Pages 99-115 discuss the Book of Mormon. Among the numerous “problems” discussed by the authors are the Kinderhook plates, the credulity of the Book of Mormon witnesses, possible Satanic connections, textual changes, Bible plagiarism, King James English, and possible dependence upon the View of the Hebrews.

ID = [78497]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1984-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:42
Decker, J. Edward. The Massive Mormon Scripture Mess. Issaquah, WA: Saints Alive,n.d.
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A polemical attack on Mormon scriptures, including the Book of Mormon. There is no archaeological evidence for the Book of Mormon. Various anachronisms found in the Book of Mormon, such as the use of steel and Nephi’s temple in America, are discussed.

ID = [78555]  Status = Type = book  Date = 0000-00-00  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:42
Decker, J. Edward. Those Plain and Precious Things. Issaquah, WA: Saints Alive, 1982.
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A slender polemical tract. Notes that several “plain and precious things” taught in the LDS church are not found in the Book of Mormon, and that both the Bible and the Book of Mormon oppose doctrines taught in the Church.

ID = [78714]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1982-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:44
Decker, J. Edward. To Moroni with Love. Seattle: Life Messengers, 1980.
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An anti-Mormon pamphlet designed to encourage members of the LDS church to leave their religion. The Book of Mormon adds to God’s word in the Bible.

ID = [78718]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1980-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:44
Dee, Genet Bingham. “A Voice from the Dust.” Improvement Era 42, no. 12 (1939): 750.
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This article consists of comments regarding A Voice from the Dust, an edition of the Book of Mormon that the author edited and rearranged.

Keywords: Book of Mormon Formatting, Scripture Study, Study Aids
ID = [76751]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1939-12-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:29
Dee, Genet Bingham, ed. A Voice from the Dust, A Sacred History of Ancient America. Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, 1939.
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A recreation of the entire text of the Book of Mormon. Contains commentary and pictures of sites in Mexico that may correspond with Book of Mormon lands.

ID = [77471]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1939-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:34
Dellenbach, Robert K. “Hour of Conversion.” Delivered at the Saturday Afternoon Session of the General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, October 1990.
ID = [16539]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 1990-10-01  Collections:  bom,general-conference  Size: 6715  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:01
Dellenbach, Robert K. “Hour of Conversion.” Ensign, November 1990.
ID = [49757]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1990-11-01  Collections:  bom,ensign  Size: 6655  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:00:49
Dellenbach, Robert K. “The Translation Miracle of the Book of Mormon.” Delivered at the Saturday Morning Session of the General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, April 1995.
ID = [17584]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 1995-04-01  Collections:  bom,general-conference  Size: 7608  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:05
Dellenbach, Robert K. “The Translation Miracle of the Book of Mormon.” Ensign, May 1995.
ID = [51938]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1995-05-01  Collections:  bom,ensign  Size: 8260  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:05:06
DeLong, Richard A. Chiasmus, Internal Evidence of Book of Mormon Authorship. Independence, MO: Foundation for Research on Ancient America, 1984.
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RLDS professor at Graceland College defends the authenticity of the Book of Mormon by showing examples of chiasmus.

ID = [77682]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1984-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:36
DeLong, Richard A. “Maya Glyphs May Identify Hill Cumorah.” The Witness: Newsletter of the Foundation for Research on Ancient America 67 (Winter 1989): 4-5, 14.
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The temple of inscriptions at Palenque in Mexico has a glyph that “can be interpreted as meaning Hill Ramah or Hill Cumorah” Delong believes that Cerro Rabon is a prime candidate for the Hill Cumorah in Mesoamerica.

ID = [79743]  Status = Type = newsletter article  Date = 1989-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:52
Demos, Rosemary. “Angels and a Theology of Grace.” In A Preparatory Redemption: Reading Alma 12-13, edited by Bowman, Matthew, and Demos, Rosemary. Provo, UT: Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2018.
ID = [81738]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2018-01-01  Collections:  bom,mi  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:15
Bowman, Matthew, and Rosemary Demos. A Preparatory Redemption: Reading Alma 12-13. Provo, UT: Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2018.
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The twelfth and thirteenth chapters of the Book of Mormon’s Alma contain a theologically rich and often misunderstood text—a brief discourse to the people of Ammonihah exploring the nature of redemption and the establishment of God’s holy order of priesthood. In this collection of essays, eight scholars examine Alma’s words from a broad range of disciplines and analytical approaches, from literary criticism to philosophy to comparative religious history. Their interpretive experiments open this text up to theological insights that inform devotion and prompt deep inquiry.

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Alma
ID = [81707]  Status = Type = book  Date = 2018-01-01  Collections:  bom,mi  Size:   Children: 10  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:15

Articles

Bowman, Matthew. “Introduction.” In A Preparatory Redemption: Reading Alma 12-13, edited by Bowman, Matthew, and Demos, Rosemary. Provo, UT: Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2018.
ID = [81734]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2018-01-01  Collections:  bom,mi  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:15
Bowman, Matthew, and Rosemary Demos. “Summary Report.” In A Preparatory Redemption: Reading Alma 12-13, edited by Bowman, Matthew, and Demos, Rosemary. Provo, UT: Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2018.
ID = [81735]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2018-01-01  Collections:  bom,mi  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:15
Bowman, Matthew. “The Profession of Nehor and the Holy Order of God: Theology and Society in Ammonihah.” In A Preparatory Redemption: Reading Alma 12-13, edited by Bowman, Matthew, and Demos, Rosemary. Provo, UT: Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2018.
ID = [81736]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2018-01-01  Collections:  bom,mi  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:15
Gore, David Charles. “Conversing and Calling in Alma 12 and 13.” In A Preparatory Redemption: Reading Alma 12-13, edited by Bowman, Matthew, and Demos, Rosemary. Provo, UT: Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2018.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Alma
ID = [81737]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2018-01-01  Collections:  bom,mi  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:15
Demos, Rosemary. “Angels and a Theology of Grace.” In A Preparatory Redemption: Reading Alma 12-13, edited by Bowman, Matthew, and Demos, Rosemary. Provo, UT: Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2018.
ID = [81738]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2018-01-01  Collections:  bom,mi  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:15
Rees, Robert A. “The Heart in Alma 12 and 13.” In A Preparatory Redemption: Reading Alma 12-13, edited by Bowman, Matthew, and Demos, Rosemary. Provo, UT: Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2018.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Alma
ID = [81739]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2018-01-01  Collections:  bom,mi  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:15
Taylor, Sheila. “Obtaining Divine Mercy.” In A Preparatory Redemption: Reading Alma 12-13, edited by Bowman, Matthew, and Demos, Rosemary. Provo, UT: Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2018.
ID = [81740]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2018-01-01  Collections:  bom,mi  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:15
Spencer, Joseph M. “Seams, Cracks, and Fragments: Notes on the Human Condition.” In A Preparatory Redemption: Reading Alma 12-13, edited by Bowman, Matthew, and Demos, Rosemary. Provo, UT: Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2018.
ID = [81741]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2018-01-01  Collections:  bom,mi  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:15
Miller, Adam S. “A Preparatory Redemption.” In A Preparatory Redemption: Reading Alma 12-13, edited by Bowman, Matthew, and Demos, Rosemary. Provo, UT: Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2018.
ID = [81742]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2018-01-01  Collections:  bom,mi  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:15
Jeffries, Bridget Jack. “Called and Ordained: A Priesthood of All Believers in Alma 13.” In A Preparatory Redemption: Reading Alma 12-13, edited by Bowman, Matthew, and Demos, Rosemary. Provo, UT: Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2018.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Alma
ID = [81743]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2018-01-01  Collections:  bom,mi  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:15
Bowman, Matthew, and Rosemary Demos. “Summary Report.” In A Preparatory Redemption: Reading Alma 12-13, edited by Bowman, Matthew, and Demos, Rosemary. Provo, UT: Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 2018.
ID = [81735]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2018-01-01  Collections:  bom,mi  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:15
Dennis, Ronald D. “The Book of Mormon—first treatise.” In Defending the Faith, ed. Ronald D. Dennis. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2003.
Topics:    RSC Topics > A — C > Book of Mormon
ID = [37461]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size: 29767  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:05
Dennis, Ronald D. “The Book of Mormon—second treatise.” In Defending the Faith, ed. Ronald D. Dennis. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2003.
ID = [37462]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size: 30225  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:05
Dennis, Ronald D. “Llyfr Mormon: The Translation of the Book of Mormon into Welsh.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 11 no. 1 (2002).
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In 1840, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints established its first branch in Wales. The branch had been organized and converts baptized without the help of Welsh translations of the Book of Mormon and other church materials. In this specific area in Wales, English was widely spoken; thus translating the Book of Mormon into Welsh had not been a priority. However, after being sent to a different area of Wales by Elder Lorenzo Snow of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, William Henshaw quickly realized that such a translation was imperative to the spreading of the gospel throughout the rest of Wales. In 1845, Captain Dan Jones arrived in Wales as a new missionary. Elder Jones used a press belonging to his brother, a Welsh clergyman, to print church pamphlets that he had translated into Welsh. One of the employees who worked at the press, John S. Davis, eventually was baptized. In 1850, Davis translated the Doctrine and Covenants into Welsh. The next year, he asked the Welsh Saints to subscribe to the official Mormon periodical, which would publish a part of the Book of Mormon each week. The subscriptions would provide the funds necessary to do so. The Saints responded enthusiastically, and as a result, the Welsh translation of the Book of Mormon was eventually all published.

ID = [3085]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2002-01-01  Collections:  bom,d-c,farms-jbms  Size: 23620  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:53
Dennis, Ronald D. “Proofs—Book of Mormon.” In Defending the Faith, ed. Ronald D. Dennis. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2003.
Topics:    RSC Topics > A — C > Book of Mormon
ID = [37438]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size: 38182  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:05
Densley, Steven T., Jr. “Heralding a New Age of Book of Mormon Scholarship.” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 27 (2017): 223-228.
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A review of John W. Welch, Neal Rappleye, Stephen O. Smoot, David J. Larsen, and Taylor Halverson, eds., Knowing Why: 137 Evidences That the Book of Mormon is True. Covenant Communications, Inc., 2017, 380 pages including endnotes and biographical material. $34.99 (paperback).
Abstract: Book of Mormon Central has produced a fantastic resource for students and teachers of the Book of Mormon. Knowing Why updates prior discoveries and provides new and interesting insights based upon solid scholarship.

ID = [3673]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2017-01-01  Collections:  bom,interpreter-journal  Size: 12167  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:58
Densley, Steven T., Jr. “New Website: ‘Witnesses of the Book of Mormon’” The Interpreter Foundation website. January 25, 2021.
ID = [5903]  Status = Type = website article  Date = 2021-01-25  Collections:  bom,interpreter-website  Size: 1115  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:44
DePillis, Mario S. “The Quest for Religious Authority and the Rise of Mormonism.” Dialogue 1 (Spring 1966): 68-88.
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An attempt to understand how Mormonism’s idea of “religious authority” appealed to early converts. Refers to the Book of Mormon to describe Mormonism’s idea of religious authority. Discusses the role of the book in the formulation of Joseph Smith’s philosophy and doctrine.

ID = [80614]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1966-04-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:07
DePillis, Mario S. “The Social Sources of Mormonism.” Church History 37 (March 1968): 52-79.
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An attempt to understand Mormonism and its nineteenth-century context. The idea of “religious authority” may have had great appeal for early converts to Mormonism.

ID = [80642]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1968-03-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:08
Derbidge, Gertrude. “The Women of the Book of Mormon.” Young Woman’s Journal 8 (November 1896): 80-82.
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Celebrates the noble women in the Book of Mormon, notably Sariah and the mothers of the stripling soldiers who fought under Helaman.

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Helaman
ID = [80707]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1896-11-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:08
Derbridge, Gertrude. “The Women of the Book of Mormon.” The Young Woman’s Journal 8, no. 11 (1896): 80-82.
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Celebrates the noble women in the Book of Mormon, notably Sariah and the mothers of the stripling soldiers who fought under Helaman.

Keywords: Mothers of the Stripling Warriors, Sariah, Women
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Derbridge, Gertrude. “The Women of the Book of Mormon.” The Young Woman’s Journal 8, no. 11 (1896): 80-82.
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Celebrates the noble women in the Book of Mormon, notably Sariah and the mothers of the stripling soldiers who fought under Helaman.

Keywords: Mothers of the Stripling Warriors, Sariah, Women
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Derry, George. “Importance and Necessity of Book of Mormon.” Saints’ Herald 47 (4 July 1900): 435-37.
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Quotes relevant passages from the Doctrine and Covenants showing the importance of the Book of Mormon. Ends with a charge to study the Book of Mormon, and a testimony of its truthfulness.

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Derry, George. “Twelve Nephite Apostles.” Saints’ Herald 55 (11 November 1908): 1095-97.
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Summarizes the main events of Christ’s visit to the Americas and determines that the Nephite twelve apostles were on the same level as the twelve in Jerusalem.

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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets.” Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 31 - The Visit of Jesus to the Nephites.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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After Jesus’ resurrection and ascension into heaven He appeared to the Nephites in fulfillment of the words of a number of their ancient prophets. The people to whom He came were those who had assembled near the temple in the Land Bountiful. They were conversing about the marvelous changes that had taken place on the face of the land by reason of convulsions that occurred at the death of the Savior. While thus engaged they heard a voice from heaven. At first they did not understand it, but the third time they understood that it was the voice of the Father calling upon them to behold His beloved Son. They then cast their eyes toward heaven and beheld a man, clothed in a white robe coming down out of heaven. He announced Himself to be Jesus Christ the Son of God, who was slain for the sins of the world. He then permitted them to feel the prints of the nails in His hands and feet and thrust their hands into His side, that they might be fully satisfied that it was He of whom the prophets had testified. And the people fell at His feet and worshiped Him.

Keywords: Bountiful (Polity), Jesus Christ, Scripture Study, Sermon at the Temple, Temple
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 40 - The Ancestry and Birth of Joseph Smith.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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For several generations, previous to the birth of the Prophet, his forefathers had been honest, industrious farmers in New England. The first of his ancestors to come to America, from England, was Robert Smith, who emigrated to this country about the middle of the seventeenth century. He settled in New England, and there his descendants lived for five generations. Joseph Smith, who was the fourth in descent from Robert, married Lucy Mack, Jan. 24, 1796. Her ancestors had also been husbandmen, and therefore ail of the sturdy qualities attaching to that class were inherited by the Prophet. During the early part of their married life Joseph and Lucy (who had settled in the town of Tunbridge, Vermont,) were prosperous in a worldly sense, but through the treachery of a friend they were deprived of all their property. Soon afterward they removed to Sharon, in the same State, where they lived under very unfavorable circumstances until after the birth of their son Joseph, which occurred at Sharon, Windsor Co., Vermont, December 23, 1805. The poverty, ill health and other chastenings of the parents of Joseph were effectual in teaching the family to be humble and dependent upon their Heavenly Father. Had it been otherwise—had Joseph and his parents been successful ’in obtaining wealth, the young man’s spirit might have been less perfectly moulded to suit the purposes of his Heavenly Father. Pride might have taken the place of humility, and self-conceit, of faith and trust. It is a significant fact that Joseph’s grandfather, Asael Smith, possessed sufficient of the spirit of prophecy to declare that one of his descendants should exert a great influence on the religious belief of his associates. Said he, “ It has been borne in upon my soul that one of my descendants will promulgate a work to revolutionize the world of religious faith.” How literally has this been fulfilled! How completely is the faith established by our Heavenly Father through the Prophet Joseph revolutionizing the religious belief of this day! And Asael Smith lived to witness the commencement of the fulfillment of his prediction, for a short time before his death he was permitted to behold a copy of the Book of Mormon; and as he was about to depart from this earth, he warned his descendants to take heed of this work and to accept the ministry of Joseph, for that which he was about to bring forth was of God. The birth of Joseph Smith marks an important era in the world’s history. Thousands can testify at the present time that he was one of the greatest prophets the world has ever known. To him were entrusted the keys of the dispensation of the fullness of times. His work will yet be known and his praises sung in all nations under heaven. And yet the man destined to such high honor was born of humble parents, in poverty, in an obscure town among the backwoods of Vermont. Truly the ways of God are past the comprehension of feeble, mortal man.

Keywords: Early Church History, Prophet, Restoration, Scripture Study, Smith, Joseph, Jr.
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 41 - The Testimony of Three Witnesses.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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Our lesson today is the testimony of three men that the prophecy of the coming forth and translation of the Book of Mormon had been fulfilled. When Moroni finished the record of the Nephites he closed with the prophetic words which formed our last lesson; we here have a solemn statement of the manner of their accomplishment. It appears, from this testimony, that these three witnesses saw the sacred plates and the engravings thereon, that an angel of God, who is generally understood to be Moroni himself, came down from heaven and showed them to the witnesses; also, that the voice of the Lord declared unto them that the engravings had been translated by the gift and power of God, and that He commanded them to bear record of these things. (Doc. and Cov., Sec. 17.) And to be obedient to that commandment they send this testimony forth to all the world, that all men may know what great things God had done and was now doing for His children on this earth. It is worthy of especial note that though these witnesses all left the Church, and for a time entertained very bitter feelings towards the Prophet Joseph Smith, yet they never denied this testimony nor faltered in their allegiance to the Book of Mormon; though often strongly urged by apostates and unbelievers to do so. But their unvarying reply was that they had seen and heard the angel and that their testimony, as printed,, was true in every particular.

Keywords: Cowdery, Oliver, Early Church History, Gold Plates, Harris, Martin, Scripture Study, Three Witnesses, Whitmer, David
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 43 - The Prophet Lehi.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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At the commencement of the reign of Zedekiah, the last king of Judah, there lived in Jerusalem a worthy, prayerful man named Lehi. At that time many prophets of God came to the Jews, calling upon them to repent of their sins, or the great city of Jerusalem would be destroyed. Lehi, hearing these prophecies, prayed to the Lord with all his heart in behalf of his people. As he prayed a pillar of fire came and dwelt on a rock before him, and many things were then shown him by the Lord which caused him much sorrow and fear. When he returned to his home in Jerusalem he was carried away in a vision. The heavens were opened to his view, and he saw God sitting upon His throne, surrounded by vast hosts of angels who in songs, were praising the Lord. Then he saw a bright and holy Being who was followed by twelve others, come down out of heaven on to this earth. These were Jesus Christ, our Lord, and His Apostles. Then in the vision, Jesus came to Lehi and gave him a book, which he bade him read. When Lehi did so he found it contained the word of the Lord against Jerusalem; that because of its great wickedness it should be destroyed, many of its people should be slain and many should be carried away 1 captive into Babylon. When Lehi learned these terrible truths he went forth among the people, pleading with them to repent and reform, lest these judgments come upon them. But the inhabitants of Jerusalem, at that time, would not give heed to the warnings of the servants of God, and they mocked at Lehi, and sought to take away his life, as they had the prophets of earlier times, whom they had cast out, and stoned and slain. Elijah they had cast out. Zenos they had slain. Zechariah they had stoned. Isaiah they had sawn asunder, and Jeremiah, who prophesied at the same time as Lehi, they imprisoned and otherwise abused.

Keywords: Jerusalem (Old World), Lehi (Prophet), Prophet, Scripture Study, Vision
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 44 - The Departure into the Wilderness.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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We learned in our last lesson that the Jews at Jerusalem sought to take the life of Lehi, because he bore a message from God which foretold evil to them, unless they repented. It would seem that the wicked who have no desire to repent, almost always act as though the prophet who brings a divine message of chastisement, is responsible, and not they themselves, for the woes pronounced against them. They have, as a rule, sought to slay the servants of God who prophesied of sorrow and trouble, as though the servant and not the Lord was the one who ordained and executed the punishment. So it was with Lehi, but the Lord preserved him from the hands of the wicked; and blessed him, because he had declared the things which He commanded. And the Lord warned Lehi in a dream to leave Jerusalem, and journey in the wilderness, and go where He should direct him. All this Lehi did. He left his home in Jerusalem, with all the riches it contained, and taking his family with him he went into the wilderness. He took nothing with him except such things as were necessary, as provisions and tents, for the comfort of himself and family, which consisted of his wife, Sariah, and his sons, Laman, Lemuel, Sam and Nephi. Which way they traveled we are not informed, but in a few days they reached the borders of the Red Sea, most probably that portion known to us as the gulf of Akabah. They may have journeyed from Jerusalem to the south end of the Dead Sea, thence southerly by the wady (valley) of Arabah, or they may have taken a somewhat more westerly route.

Keywords: Exodus Motif, Jerusalem (Old World), Lehi (Prophet), Scripture Study, Wilderness
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 45 - The Plates of Brass.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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Soon after the arrival of Lehi and his family on the borders of the Red Sea the Lord gave Lehi a commandment that his sons should return to Jerusalem to obtain certain brass plates, upon which was engraven a history of the world, from the creation to the days of Zedekiah, and more particularly a record of the Jews. The plates also .contained the genealogy of Lehi and his family. When the elder sons of Lehi heard this command they objected. They said it was a hard thing that their father required of them; for they had no faith that they could obtain the plates, as they were in the hands of a rich, wicked and powerful man, named Laban, who would not be willing to give them up. Their father told them that it was not he, but the Lord, who desired them to obtain the plates. This did not satisfy them : they still murmured. But Nephi, when he heard the command, at once consented to go, for, he told his father, he had learned that God gave no commandments to men, unless He prepared a way for them to accomplish the thing which He required. When Lehi saw how great was the faith of his son, Nephi, he was exceedingly glad, for he knew that the Lord had blessed him. Persuaded by Nephi the brothers consented to go; then with their tents they journeyed back to Jerusalem. After two unsuccessful attempts Nephi, on the third effort obtained the plates, and the young men returned with them to the tents of the family in the wilderness. Lehi greatly rejoiced when the plates were given into his charge, and offered up a sacrifice to the Lord in token of his gratitude. These plates remained with the people of Nephi from this time to the destruction of the race at Cumorah, nearly a thousand years later.

Keywords: Brass Plates, Genealogy, Jerusalem (Old World), Laban (Old World), Laman (Son of Lehi), Lemuel (Son of Lehi), Nephi (Son of Lehi), Sam (Son of Lehi), Scripture Study
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 46 - Ishmael and His Daughters.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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Soon after the return of the sons of Lehi with the plates of brass to the tent of their father, on the borders of the Red Sea, they were commanded of the Lord to return once more to Jerusalem. The cause of this command was that God intended to make of the seed of Lehi a great people; but his sons were all unmarried, and there were no young women in the company who would do for wives for them. So, to fulfill the purposes of the Lord, they were sent to a man of the tribe of Ephraim, named Ishmael who had several marriageable daughters. We do not read that any of the sons of Lehi murmured at this command, but they immediately returned to Jerusalem. There they went to the house of Ishmael and made known their errand. And the Lord gave them favor in the eyes of Ishmael and his family, who left their home and went with the sons of Lehi into the wilderness. On the way they had considerable trouble, for Laman and others were very rebellious and quarrelsome; but, at last, they reached the tent of Lehi in safety, and in thankfulness to the Lord they thereupon offered sacrifice and burnt offerings unto Him. In a very little while four of the daughters of Ishmael married the four sons of Lehi, and the eldest daughter became the wife of Zoram, formerly the servant of Laban.

Keywords: Ancient Near East, Arabia, Daughters of Ishmael, Ishmael, Marriage, Scripture Study
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 47 - The Liahona.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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Shortly after the marriage of his sons to the daughters of Ishmael, Lehi was directed by the Lord to continue his journey the next day towards the Land of Promise. The little colony had been organizing and resting for some time at the place they had first selected on the shores of the Red Sea, near a little stream which Lehi called the river Laman, in honor of his eldest son. The next morning when Lehi arose and went to his tent door he found near by a round ball of curious workmanship. It was made of fine brass and within it were two spindles or needles, one of which pointed the way the company should travel. The country through which they were about to pass was new to them and ’they had no guide who knew the way. They were acquainted with the region between Jerusalem and the Red Sea, and consequently did not need any person or thing to point out that road. From this time it would be different, all was strange to them; without divine help they might die for want of water and food, or fall into the hands of the inhabitants of the land, or entirely lose their way in the desert. So the Lord provided this ball, which they called a Liahona. It had the strange peculiarity of working according to their faith, and, when necessary, writing would appear on it, giving instructions to them what to do in cases of emergency. In fact, it took the place and performed the work of the fiery, cloudy pillar that went before the Israelites when Jehovah led them out of Egypt in the days of Moses. This Liahona first led the company for four days in a direction a little east of south along the.borders of the Red Sea. At the end of these four days they rested. They called the place where they camped Shazer. Here they hunted and killed game for food, and then resumed their journey along the borders of the Red Sea. And so they continued to follow the directions of the ball, which led them through the more fertile parts, of the wilderness. By. and by they changed their direction and traveled almost directly eastward, across the Arabian Peninsula, until they reached the waters of the great ocean. The Prophet Joseph Smith says, “They traveled nearly a south south-east direction until they came to the nineteenth degree of north latitude, then nearly east to the Sea of Arabia.”

Keywords: Lehi (Prophet), Liahona, Scripture Study
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 48 - The Necessity of a Latter-day Prophet.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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Many persons who do not believe in the divinity of Joseph Smith’s mission endeavor to prove that there was no necessity of any prophet being raised up to perform the work which he accomplished. They claim that the work done by Jesus Christ and His apostles rendered the coming of a prophet in this day entirely unnecessary. But there were some particulars in which the dispensation introduced by the Savior, and continued by His apostles, was wanting to make it a complete and final one. In the first place, it was not a gathering dispensation. No attempt was made in those days to gather all who accepted the Gospel to one place, where they could be instructed in the ways of God, build temples to His name, and prepare for the second coming of the Redeemer. Secondly, some of the chief apostles after the time of Christ plainly foretold the falling away, or apostasy of the church, and the restoration of the Gospel in its fullness at a later day. Paul, in his second epistle to the Thessalonians, ii:3, says, “Let no man deceive you by any means; for that day (the day of Christ’s second coming) shall not come except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.” He speaks of evidences of this falling away, Titus i:10-11, “For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, * * * whose mouths must be stopped; who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.” A graphic picture, not only of that day, but also of this day of hireling priests. No doubt the final step of the falling away of the people from the plain truths of the Gospel took place when Constantine, one of the Roman emperors, accepted the Christian faith, and established it as the state religion of Rome. In order that the principles of that faith might be rendered more acceptable to the pagan Romans, many of its most precious truths were changed, and heathen rites introduced. From this union of Christian and pagan belief the Roman Catholic Church originated, the- head of which, the Pope of Rome, professes to have received his authority direct from Peter, the chief apostle after Christ. There are many objections to this claim, chief of which is the fact that none of the popes have ever claimed or exercised the gifts and blessings pertaining to the Priesthood which Peter held. Again, so many changes have been introduced into the Catholic faith, that neither it nor the religions which have sprung from it can well be the everlasting, unchangeable Gospel. If, then, the Priesthood of God was taken from the earth with the death of the apostles, a restoration of that power would be necessary to prepare the people for the second advent of the Savior. This would mean that some person formerly holding that power should restore it to some one upon the earth. It would necessarily be the visit of an angel to a prophet. John, the Revelator (Rev. xiv, 6), says: “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting Gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.” If this angel was to come to the earth, as John declares, there must of necessity have been an individual prepared to receive him and his message. Hence the necessity of a latter- day prophet. Joseph Smith was verily raised up most opportunely for this work. As we shall see in continuing the history of the Prophet, he received the message of that angel (Moroni), and afterward received the Priesthood from other angels (John the Baptist, and Peter, James and John), thus literally fulfilling many prophecies concerning these events.

Keywords: Prophet, Scripture Study
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 49 - Why the Boy Joseph Was Chosen.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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In attempting to prove that Joseph Smith was not a true prophet, his enemies point to the fact that he was a young, ignorant boy at the time he claimed to have received his first vision. They ask how it is that God would choose an unlearned boy for His work, when there was so many thousands of men who had spent their entire time from early youth in teaching the people, who were well versed in the Scriptures, having given up the best part of their lives to their study. “Would it not have been better,” say these persons, “for God to choose one already educated to the ministry, rather than one whom He would have to instruct in the principles of the Gospel?” In answer to this question and these objections, we can say that God showed His infinite wisdom in making choice of so humble an instrument as Joseph Smith to perform the great labor of restoring the Gospel. In the first place, it was necessary that a person should be chosen who had not been taught in the sectarian doctrines of the day, which God Himself has declared to be false. What advantage would it have been, to select a man who had been engaged all his life in teaching false doctrine, to introduce the true Gospel? You can see at once that the idea is absurd? Joseph had not been taught in the religious notions of his time. His mind was a blank, so far as doctrine was concerned, prepared to receive such impressions as God should see fit to make upon it. He was humble, and would willingly receive and treasure up God’s word to him. Besides all this he was comparatively innocent of the sins so prevalent in the world, and God delights in innocence and purity. What wonder is it, then, that He should have chosen the humble boy, Joseph, for the great latter-day work? Again, prophets in ancient times have foretold the work which Joseph has performed, and the instrument chosen to carry it out. One of these was Joseph, who was sold into Egypt. Lehi tells us (II Nephi 3: 14, 15) that Joseph, in speaking of the latter times, said, “Behold, that seer will the Lord bless; and they that seek to destroy . him, shall be confounded * * * * *. And his name shall be called AFTER ME: AND IT SHALL BE AFTER THE name of his father. And he shall be like unto me; for the thing which the Lord shall bring forth by his hand, by the power of the Lord shall bring my I people to salvation. ” Here Joseph not only points out the fact that a prophet should be raised up, but he even declares that the name of that prophet should be the same as his, and that he should be named after his father. All these predictions were fulfilled in Joseph Smith, the prophet. Nor is it a new thing for God to select a boy for an important labor. The boy David, the youngest son of Jesse, was chosen to be king of Israel. The boy Samuel was called to succeed Eli in his important position, and in his more advanced age, he became one of the greatest prophets Israel had ever known. All evidences point to the fact that God showed His supreme wisdom in the selection of the boy Joseph to be His latter-day prophet.

Keywords: Prophecy, Prophet, Scripture Study, Smith, Joseph, Jr.
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 50 - The Ancestry and Birth of Joseph Smith.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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For several generations, previous to the birth of the Prophet, his forefathers had been honest, industrious farmers in New England. The first of his ancestors to come to America, from England, was Robert Smith, who emigrated to this country about the middle of the seventeenth century. He settled in New England, and there his descendants lived for five generations. Joseph Smith, who was the fourth in descent from Robert, married Lucy Mack, January 24, 1796. Her ancestors had also been husbandmen, and therefore all of the sturdy qualities attaching to that class were inherited by the Prophet. During the early part of their married life, Joseph and Lucy (who had settled in the town of Tunbridge, Vermont,) were prosperous in a worldly sense, but through the treachery of a friend they were deprived of all their property. Soon afterward they removed to Sharon, in the same State, where they lived under very unfavorable circumstances until after the birth of their son Joseph, which occurred at Sharon, Windsor Co., Vermont, December 23, 1805. The poverty, ill health and other chastenings of the parents of Joseph were effectual in teaching the family to be humble and dependent upon their Heavenly Father. Had it been otherwise—had Joseph and his parents been successful in obtaining wealth, the young man’s spirit might have been less perfectly moulded to suit the purposes of his Heavenly Father. Pride- might have taken the place of humility, and self-conceit, of faith and trust. It is a significant fact that Joseph’s grandfather, Asael Smith, possessed sufficient of the spirit of prophecy to declare that one of his descendants should exert a great influence on the religious belief of his associates. Said he, “It has been borne in upon my soul that one of my descendants will promulgate a work to revolutionize the world of religious faith.” How literally has this been fulfilled! H ow completely is the faith established by our Heavenly Father through the Prophet Joseph revolutionizing the religious belief of this day! And Asael Smith lived to witness the commencement of the fulfillment of his prediction, for a short time before his death he was permitted to behold a copy of the Book of Mormon; and as he was about to depart from this earth, he warned his descendants to take heed of this work and to accept the ministry of Joseph, for that which he was about to bring forth was of God. The birth of Joseph Smith, marks an important era in the world’s history. Thousands can testify at the present time that he was one of the greatest prophets the world has ever known. To him were entrusted the keys of the Dispensation of the Fullness of Times. His work will yet be known and his praises sung in all nations under heaven. And yet the man destined to such high honor was born of humble parents, in poverty, in an obscure town among the backwoods of Vermont. Truly the ways of God are past the comprehension of feeble, mortal man.

Keywords: Prophecy, Prophet, Scripture Study, Smith, Joseph, Jr.
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 52 - The Visit of the Angel Moroni.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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After receiving his first vision, as related in the last lesson, Joseph continued his usual labor, withstanding the attacks of his enemies, and cherishing in his heart the remembrance of the vision he had seen. Many attempts were made to cause him to deny having received this revelation, but they were all unsuccessful. For three years and a half he had no further manifestation from heaven, and during all that time he saw himself and those near and dear to him, shunned by those who had formerly been friendly. He was sometimes forced into the society of those who scoffed at all religious beliefs, and many things conspired to rob him of the great testimony he had obtained; but he still held it. On the night of September 21, 1823, he had retired to rest, and was silently praying that God would give him a heavenly manifestation, to dispel all doubts. While thus engaged, he was surprised to observe the room becoming lighter, until the brilliancy exceeded that of the sun at noon. In the midst of this glorious light stood a personage, rather taller than an ordinary man, clothed in a robe of dazzling brightness, with head, face, neck, hands, wrists, feet, and ankles bare, and surrounded by a light even more brilliant than that which filled the remainder of the room. His countenance was most beautiful to behold, bearing an expression of earnest love and tenderness. He moved without touching the floor, for he did not require its support. This glorious personage called Joseph by name, and announced himself as an angel, Moroni, sent of God to deliver a message. He said that God was about to restore the Gospel to the earth, and that Joseph was the instrument chosen for the performance of this work. As a consequence of his accepting this mission, Joseph should be known throughout the earth, being loved by the pure, but reviled by the ungodly. Moroni also stated that in a hill near the town of Manchester were concealed holy records, which contained an account of a people who inhabited this land many centuries before. These records should be delivered to Joseph, in connection with the Urim and Thummim, and with the aid of this instrument he should be enabled to translate the records into the English language. While listening to these instructions, Joseph was enabled to see in vision the hill described by the angel, and the exact spot where the records were concealed. This vision was so distinct that when he afterwards visited the hill he found the place of concealment, without difficulty. Moroni then proceeded to quote from the Bible the prophecies contained there, pointing to the great latter-day work. He impressed upon Joseph’s mind the around, he saw Moroni at his side. The angel informed Joseph that a period of four years must elapse before he would have the privilege of taking the plates, . and that during that time he would be tried and tempted, and instructed in the things of God. The angel further told him that he might visit the hill each year on the 22nd of September, when he would be permitted to view the plates, and receive further instructions and counsel. Moroni then imparted much valuable knowledge to Joseph, and finally showed him some of the glory of the Kingdom of Heaven, and also the followers of the Evil One; Moroni warned Joseph to avoid the influence of Satan, and keep himself pure and unspotted from the world. Joseph, after having restored the stone and the thin cover of earth to their former place, saw the departure of the angel, and then returned to his home.

Keywords: Angel Moroni, Early Church History, Prophet, Scripture Study, Smith, Joseph, Jr., Vision
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 54 - Joseph Receives the Records.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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As stated in the last lesson, four years were to pass away from the time Joseph first saw the plates, before they were to be entrusted to him. In other words, Joseph waited until he was nearly twenty-two years old before he received the precious charge. It would perhaps enter the minds of some, that Joseph having received all these manifestations and knowing what his mission was to be, would not have felt inclined to continue the labors of every-day life; but such was not the case. He well knew that the routine of daily toil was all necessary in its place, and he further knew that he must remain humble, or he would fail in fulfilling the purposes of God. Accordingly, Joseph continued working on his father’s farm for nearly two years after the events related in the last lesson, when he received the offer of employment elsewhere. Accepting this offer, Joseph went to his new place of labor in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, where he entered the employ of a man named Josiah Stoal. While laboring there, Joseph boarded at the house of Isaac Hale, who had a daughter named Emma, a very worthy young woman, whom Joseph learned to love sincerely. She returned the affection, and her father was asked to give his consent to their marriage. At first he hesitated, for he knew that Joseph was poor, but finally, in January of the year 1827, his consent was given, and Joseph and Emma were married on the 18th of that month. They left Pennsylvania and traveled northward to the house of Joseph’s parents. He went to work on the farm, in order to obtain means for the support of his family. Nothing of an extraordinary character occurred during the following summer, and at length the 22nd day of September came—the day when the records were to be delivered into Joseph’s hands. During the four years that he had been waiting, he had visited the hill on each anniversary of the angel’s appearance, and there met Moroni and received necessary instruction from him, and hence he was well prepared for the charge about to be conferred upon him. On the morning of that day Joseph again visited the hill Cumorah, and was told by the angel to lift the records out of the box. As he did so he was filled with inexpressible joy, for he knew that the plates thus entrusted to him were of a most precious character. TogEther with the plates was the Urim and Thummim, which was to be used by Joseph in translating the records, and this instrument was fastened to a large breastplate of pure gold. The plates were of gold, and were fastened with rings along one edge, thus presenting the appearance of a book. (As these records have been described in a former lesson, see No. 42, it is not considered necessary to repeat the description here.) Joseph was told by the angel that he alone would be held responsible for the plates, and that the only way he could resist the efforts which would be made to take them from him, would be by remaining faithful to his trust and to the commandments of God. But if he was unfaithful, and by his carelessness permitted the plates to be lost, the displeasure of God should come upon him, and he should be destroyed. Even on the journey toward his home, with the precious records in his charge, Joseph experienced the power of the Evil One, for unknown men under the influence of Satan attacked him three different times, and it was only by the assistance of God that he was enabled to withstand them and keep the records. At length, in a bruised and weary condition he reached his home.

Keywords: Angel Moroni, Early Church History, Gold Plates, Hill Cumorah, Scripture Study, Smith, Joseph, Jr.
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 56 - The Priesthood Restored.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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The work of translation proceeded rather slowly, Martin Harris acting as scribe and writing from the Prophet’s dictation. It is impracticable here to enter into all the details of this labor. During the progress of the work Martin brought very deep trouble upon both himself and Joseph by allowing the first 116 pages of manuscript to be lost. For a time it seemed that Joseph would lose his calling for having allowed Martin to take the manuscript away, but by his sincere repentance he regained the favor of God, although his error cost him great sorrow and much additional labor. Martin Harris, however, was never permitted to be his scribe again. His place was filled temporarily by Emma, the wife of Joseph, but she was so bowed down with sorrow with the death of her babe that she could render but little assistance. It was at this time that Oliver Cowdery, a young school teacher who had received a testimony of the divinity of Joseph’s mission, came and offered to act as a scribe. This offer was most willingly accepted, and the work of translation was resumed April 7, 1829. While proceeding with their work, they came to a passage in the record referring to baptism for the remission of sins, and desiring light on this subject, on the 15 of May, 1829, they went into the woods to pray. As they were thus engaged, an angel appeared to them, announcing himself as John the Baptist, the forerunner of Christ and the one who baptized Him. Laying his hands upon their heads, he said, “Upon you my fellow-servants, in the name of Messiah, I confer the priesthood of Aaron, which holds the keys of the ministering of angels and of the gospel of repentance and of baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; and this shall never be taken again from the earth until the sons of Levi do offer again an offering unto the Lord In righteousness.” He then gave them instructions as to the powers of the Aaronic Priesthood, and told them to baptize each other for the remission of their sins. After John the Baptist left them they followed out his instructions and experienced such joy as they had never before known. During the month following this event the work of translation proceeded, and many persons became convinced of the truth of Joseph’s teaching. Eleven of these were chosen as witnesses to the record, and their testimony is found in the commencement of the Book of Mormon. This record was at last completed and published, and the plates were given back to Moroni. In the month of June, 1829, Peter, James, and John, three of Christ’s apostles appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery, and bestowed upon them the Melchisedek Priesthood, giving them instructions as to its powers. Thus the Holy Priesthood, in all its glory, was restored to the earth in our day.

Keywords: Aaronic Priesthood, Early Church History, John the Baptist, Priesthood, Scripture Study, Smith, Joseph, Jr., Translation
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 57 - Nephi Breaks His Bow.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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While Lehi and his company were traveling in the Arabian desert a slight accident occurred which gave cause for much trouble and discontent. It would appear that Nephi was the chief hunter of the company. Going out one day to slay beasts for food, he broke his bow, which was made of very fine steel. This made his brothers very angry, for they obtained no food, as their bows had lost their spring. Hungry, angry and dejected, they returned to their tents. They were very much fatigued, and, like most men when hungry and tired, they were in a bad humor. Even Lehi so far forgot himself that he also murmured against the Lord. But Nephi, in this ! trying hour, retained his trust in God. He did not murmur nor complain, but, after having reasoned with the rest of the family, he went to work, and out of suitable wood he made a bow, and out of a straight stick he cut an arrow. When he had done this he went to his father, Who had now humbled himself before the Lord and sought forgiveness, and asked him where he should go to obtain food. Then the voice of the Lord came to Lehi and he was truly chastened because of his murmuring. The voice said, “Look upon the ball.” When he looked he was seized with fear because of the things which were written thereon, and the rest of the family also feared and trembled exceedingly when they read the writing. The writing on the ball also directed Nephi to go to the top of a certain high mountain, and there slay game for food. This he did, and brought it with joy to the tents of his people, who humbled themselves and gave thanks unto God. Then they resumed their journey.

Keywords: Arabia, Metallurgy, Nephi (Son of Lehi), Revelation, Scripture Study, Weaponry
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 58 - The Arrival at the Land Bountiful.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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When the people of Lehi reached the sea shore they rejoiced greatly that their tedious wanderings were over; for they had not traveled in a straight line from coast to coast, but had wandered around and about as the Liahona directed them, which worked according to their faith and faithfulness. Eight years had been spent in taking a journey which, had they been as faithful as they should have been, would only have occupied a few weeks or months. They pitched their tents by the sea shore, and after many days, the voice of the Lord came unto Nephi, saying, “Arise, and get thee into the mountain.” As ever, Nephi obeyed the heavenly word. He went up into the mountain, and there cried unto the Lord. Then the Lord commanded him to build a ship, after a manner and pattern that He would show him, that the colony might be carried across the great waters that lay before them. Here a difficulty presented itself to the mind of Nephi. He had no tools, and how was it possible to build a ship without them? So he laid the matter before the Lord, who, in answer to his prayers, told him where he could find ore with which he might make the tools he needed. Nephi at once proceeded to carry out the commands of the Lord. With the skins of beasts he made a bellows to blow the fire, but fire as yet he had none, as the Lord had not permitted fires to be lighted in the wilderness. So he smote two stones togEther, and a fire was lighted. When his forge was made and his fire was lit, Nephi began to melt the ore that he had obtained to make the tools which he needed.

Keywords: Bountiful (Old World), Revelation, Scripture Study
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 59 - The Building of the Ship.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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When his brothers saw that Nephi was about to build a ship, they began to | ridicule him. They would give him no help, for they did not believe he was instructed of the Lord. Nephi became very sorrowful because of the hardness of their hearts. When they saw this they were glad, and tauntingly told him they knew that he was lacking in judgment and could not accomplish so great a work. They reproached him with being like their father, in being led away by the foolish imaginations of his heart. They recited their imaginary grievances against Lehi for leading them out of Jerusalem and bringing upon them the sufferings which they and their wives had endured since leaving that city. Warming up with their complaints, they said it would have been better for their wives to have died before they left Jerusalem than to have had such afflictions as they had borne. While they were suffering all these hardships in the desert they might, they said, have been happily enjoying themselves at home. As for the people of Jerusalem, notwithstanding their father’s condemnation of them, they declared they knew them to be a righteous people; for they kept the statutes and judgments of the Lord, and all His commandments according to the law of Moses. But their father had led them away, because they had hearkened to him, and now Nephi, their brother, was just like him. Nephi, according to his custom when they grumbled and found fault, commenced to reason with and teach them. He cited to them the history of the children of Israel under the leadership of Moses, what the Lord had done and the mighty works He had enabled Moses to do. He did not spare them in his rebukes. The only effect his words and remonstrances appeared to have upon them was to enrage them. They went so far as to attempt to throw him into the depths of the sea; but as they advanced towards him for that purpose, he commanded them in the name of the Almighty God not to touch him. Nephi was filled with the power of God, even unto the consuming of his flesh. He had so much power on this occasion that they dared not lay their hands upon him or et en touch him with their fingers. Neither dared they venture to do so for many days for fear lest they should wither before him.

Keywords: Bountiful (Old World), Scripture Study, Ship, Transoceanic Voyage
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 60 - Nephi’s Ship is Finished.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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A little while after the events had occurred which formed the subject of our last lesson the Lord told Nephi to stretch forth his hand again toward his brethren, and that they should not wither; but the power of God should smite them; and this he was commanded to do that they might know that the Lord was their God. So Nephi stretched forth his hand as he was commanded, and the Lord shook Laman and Lemuel as He had promised. Then they fell down to worship their younger brother, whom in times past they had so much abused; but he would not permit them. He said, “I am your brother, even your younger brother, wherefore worship the Lord thy God, and honor thy father and thy mother. ” Then the brothers of Nephi worshiped the Lord, and showed their repentance by helping Nephi to build the ship; while he, from time to time, received the word of the Lord as to how he should work its timbers; for he did not work after the manner of the shipbuilders of that time, nor after any manner that men were accustomed to. But he built the ship just as the Lord had shown it to him; and we cannot doubt that it was admirably suited for its purpose. Nephi also often went up into the mount and prayed to the Lord, and God showed him many great things. When the vessel was finished, Nephi’s brothers saw that it was good, and its workmanship exceedingly fine, therefore they again humbled themselves before Heaven. Then the voice of the Lord came to Lehi and commanded the company to go on board, which word they willingly obeyed, and at once put forth to sea.

Keywords: Nephi (Son of Lehi), Revelation, Scripture Study, Ship, Transoceanic Voyage
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 61 - The Revolt on the Waters.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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When Nephi had finished the ship all the company went on board, and at once put to sea. The vessel was then driven by the winds towards the promised land. After they had been sailing prosperously for a number of days, the hearts of Nephi’s brothers and of the sons of Ishmael and others grew merry and in their merriment they forgot the Lord. They danced, and sang, and became very boisterous and rude. Nephi reproved them. This opened the old sore. They said they would not have him for their ruler, but would do as they pleased. Then they seized him and bound him, hands and feet, so tightly that he suffered a great deal. The result was that the Lord was angry at their wickedness, and the Liahona ceased to work. A heavy storm arose, a head wind drove them back upon the waters, the waves threatened to engulf them, and they were all in danger of being drowned. For three days the rebels continued stubborn in their anger; during that time they would not loose Nephi, and every one who pled for him or spoke in his favor was threatened with like tortures. But at last, on the fourth day, the danger grew so threatening that they released him; but his legs and arms had swollen so greatly by reason of the way in which he had been tied that he could scarcely use them. Notwithstanding his great weakness and sufferings, as soon as he was loosed he took the Liahona, and in his hands it began to work. Then the wind fell, the storm ceased, and there came a great calm. And Nephi took charge of the ship and guided it without further trouble, to the promised land.

Keywords: Laman (Son of Lehi), Lehi (Prophet), Lemuel (Son of Lehi), Nephi (Son of Lehi), Scripture Study, Transoceanic Voyage
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 62 - Lehi’s Colony Reach The Promised Land.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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When Lehi and his people reached the promised land they landed and pitched their tents, they acknowledged that the Lord had indeed fulfilled His promises unto them. He had guided them through the wilderness, had enabled them to construct a vessel in which He had brought them safely across the mighty breadth of ocean which extended from Arabia to the coast of what is now called South America. The prophet Joseph, in speaking of their place of landing, said it was on the coast of the country now known as Chili—a country which possesses a genial, temperate and healthful climate. They then prepared the ground and put in all the seeds which they had brought with them from the land of Jerusalem. They found the soil admirably adapted for agriculture. Their seeds grew and yielded good crops, and they were blessed with abundance. In exploring the wilderness after their arrival they found animals of every kind — the cow, the ox, the ass and the horse, the goat and the wild goat, and all manner of wild animals which were for the use of man; they also found ores of all kinds, particularly of gold, silver and copper. The animals they tamed for their use, and Nephi and his people raised large flocks and herds of animals of various kinds.

Keywords: Ecology, Horses, Lehi (Prophet), Scripture Study, Transoceanic Voyage
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 63 - The Death of Lehi.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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The people of Lehi were so few in number that they were a quiet and solemn race, with few amusements, but with an oppressing sense of the vastness of the land which they occupied, and of their own insignificance. Nor was there entire peace amongst them, for Laman and Lemuel, with others, were still fractious and turbulent. In course of time Lehi felt that his earthly life was near its close, for he was aged and in failing health. So he called to him his sons and daughters and the other members of his colony, and blessed them in the same manner as his forefather Jacob blessed his family before he died. Lehi also prophesied many things that should happen to his posterity after him, for he was possessed of much of the Spirit of the Lord. After he had done this he died and was buried.

Keywords: Lehi (Prophet), Patriarchal Blessing, Scripture Study
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 64 - The Separation of the Colony.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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Scarcely was Lehi buried than trouble arose. Laman and Lemuel with their friends, would not be led by Nephi. They asserted” that they were the elder brothers, and theirs was the right to rule. They would not recognize Nephi’s authority, though they knew that God had appointed him to be their leader. So, by the command of Heaven, the two parties separated. Nephi, and those who would listen to him, moved away, and left those who clung to Laman in possession of their first home. Those who went with Nephi were his own family, Zoram, Sam, Jacob and Joseph, and their families, and some others whose names the Book of Mormon does not give. Henceforth those who belonged to this branch of Lehi’s house were known as Nephites, after Nephi, their leader; while those who remained with Laman were called Lamanites. The Nephites were those who believed in the warnings and revelations of God; while the Lamanites rejected His word and did not keep His commandments. After many days’ journey the Nephites pitched their tents and began to build up a new home. To the land they now occupied they gave the name of Nephi, while the region they left in the possession of the Lamanites is frequently called “The Land of their First Possession.”

Keywords: Exodus Motif, Lamanite, Nephite, Scripture Study
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 65 - The Temple in the Land of Nephi.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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As soon as possible after the arrival of Nephi and his people at their new home, which they called the Land of Nephi, they commenced to build a temple to the Most High God. This they were compelled to do, in order that they might observe the requirements of the law of Moses, as God had commanded them. For without a temple they could not offer the sacrifices and burnt offer­ings required by that law; and it was then in force to all the house of Israel, of which the Nephites were a branch, and so continued until the great sacri­fice was offered up on Mount Calvary, of which all others were but types. So to fulfill the law, temples were built by the Nephites in every land that they colonized; and in different parts of the Book of Mormon we read of temples being built by them in the lands of Nephi, Lehi-Nephi, Zarahemla, Bounti­ful and other places. Less than fifty years B. C. one historian states (Hela­man 3:14): “But behold a hundredth part of the proceedings of this people, yea, the ac­count of the Lamanites, and of the Nephites, and their wars, and conten­tions, and dissensions, and their preach­ing, and their prophecies, and their shipping, and their building of ships, and their building of temples, and of synagogues, and their sanctuaries * * * cannot be contained in this work. ” That the Nephites by thus building temples in every land in which they dwelt were simply carrying out the commandments of God is proved by His word to His people in these days, wherein he says: “Therefore, verily I say unto you, that your anointings, and your washings, and your baptisms for the dead, and your solemn assemblies, and your me­morials for your sacrifices, by the sons of Levi, and for your oracles in your most holy places, wherein you receive conversations, and your statutes and judgments, for the beginning of the revelations and foundation of Zion, and for the glory, honor, and endowment of all her municipals, are ordained by the ordinance of my holy house which my people are always commanded to build unto my holy name.” (Doctrine and Covenants, Sec. 124:39.) The temple built in the land of Nephi was evidently patterned after that built by Solomon, for it was to be used for the same purposes; but, as the prin­ciples of the Gospel were taught to the Nephites as well as the Mosaic law, it is reasonable to suppose that many of the ordinances now administered in temples were also performed there. The most marked difference between the Temple of Solomon and that of Nephi was that the latter “was not built of so many precious things” as the former. We are also justified in believing, as it was built by a very small people, and was simply intended to meet their needs, that it was probably smaller than the temple at Jerusalem. To build one as large as that of Solomon would have been an almost impossible task for a people so few in numbers. Still this is but conjecture, as Nephi is entirely silent with regard to the dimensions of the building. This temple was occasionally, if not ordinarily, used for the public gatherings of the Nephites. Jacob, the brother of Nephi, used it for such a purpose (Jacob 2:2). This was also the case with the one afterwards erected in the city of Zarahemla; when King Benjamin desired to give his last address to his people’ and present his successor (his son, Mosiah II,) he directed that the people should be gathered at that temple to hear his words. (Mosiah 2:1).

Keywords: Nephi (Polity), Scripture Study, Temple
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 66 - Nephi’s Reign and Death.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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Soon after the arrival of the Nephites in their new home, they desired that Nephi should be their king, which he, in reality, was in all but the name. For he was their leader and guide, their high priest and prophet, and in time of war their general and commander. But Nephi was desirous that they should have no king. He, doubtless, preferred that they should recognize God as their King, but to comply with their wishes he consented, and as their king, did for them all the good that was in his power. Under his wise and beneficent rule the Nephites increased and prospered greatly. So much did they love him because of his goodness, that when he died they called his immediate successors second Nephi, third Nephi, and so on, no matter what their individual names were. How long this practice continued we are not told, but we find that the last three kings (Mosiah I., Benjamin, Mosiah II.) were called by their own particular names. The separation of the followers of Laman and Nephi brought about a further fulfillment of the word of the Lord. He had promised that Nephi should be a ruler and teacher to his brethren, which he was until they strove to kill him after the death of Lehi. Then the Lord commanded him to leave the rebellious portion of the community to themselves and take the obedient to a new land. In this new land he became their king, while the others, by this division, were bereft of the priesthood; they had none who could approach God, and consequently, as had been foretold, they were cut off from His presence. The result of this was that they rapidly sank into barbarism; while the Nephites, enlightened of the Lord and led by His servants, increased in numbers and wealth, and developed many admirable traits of genuine civilization. Shortly before his death Nephi anointed another man to succeed him on the throne.

Keywords: Kingship, Nephi (Son of Lehi), Prophet, Scripture Study
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 67 - The Confusion of Tongues.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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After the flood the whole earth was of one language. As the people journeyed from the east they came into a valley which was called Shinar. In this valley they burned brick, and undertook to build a tower which would reach up to heaven. But the Lord came down and saw that the people were united and all spake one language, and He said, “Let us confound their language that they may not understand one another’s speech.” The Lord thereupon scattered them abroad upon the face of the earth and caused them to speak different lan- guages. Because of this confusion of tongues the place was called Babel. At the time these people were scattered upon the face of the earth there lived among them two great men, Jared and his brother. The account of these men and those that left the valley of Shinar with them is given in the Book of Mormon, in the Book of Ether by Moroni. From the account of Moroni, God scattered the people from the tower of Babel in His anger. The descendants of Jared and his brother and those who followed them to this continent were all ultimately destroyed.

Keywords: Curse, Scripture Study, Tower of Babel
ID = [76071]  Status = Type = manual lesson  Date = 1898-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:24
Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 77 - The Book of Mormon Published.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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The Prophet Joseph was busily engaged in the translation of the Book of Mormon records during the years 1828 and 1829. In this work he was assisted by his wife, Emma Smith, Oliver Cowdery, and Martin Harris, who at various times acted in the capacity of scribe. The Prophet was given some trouble by Martin Harris, who received reluctant permission to take a portion of the manuscript and show it to his relatives. It fell into the hands of the enemies of the work, necessitating the translation of a corresponding portion of the “smaller plates,” as a substitute for the lost manuscript. As a result of Martin’s carelessness, the instruments of translation were taken away from the the Prophet for a time. The work of translation was interrupted occasionally by Joseph’s financial condition, which rendered it necessary for him to labor for the support of himself and wife. These financial difficulties were partially overcome by the generosity of Mr. Joseph Knight Sen., of Colesville, Broome County, New York, who, out of pure kindness of heart and regard for the Prophet, furnished provisions on a number of occasions. David Whitmer also rendered some assistance, inviting Joseph and Oliver to go to his father’s house at Fayette, where they remained until the translation of the Book of Mormon was completed. Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, and Martin Harris received a partial reward for their faithful labors, by being permitted to act as the three chosen witnesses to the divinity of the work. While the translation was in progress, many persons visited the Prophet and his companions, propounding many questions, some for the purpose of learning the truth, but many with the intention of injuring these faithful men. But the power of God was made manifest in the wisdom with which these questions were answered, and the work went on apace. At length the translation was completed, and arrangements were made for the publication. Mr. Egbert Grandin, a printer of Palmyra, Wayne County, New York, issued five thousand copies of the Book of Mormon in the early spring of 1830, charging three thousand dollars for the work. In order to retain the control of all future publications of the book, Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery secured the copyright. And thus one of the most precious records ever issued was published to the world. It has since been translated into fully twelve foreign languages.

Keywords: Cowdery, Oliver, Early Church History, Harris, Martin, Scripture Study, Smith, Emma Hale, Smith, Joseph, Jr., Translation, Whitmer, David
ID = [76072]  Status = Type = manual lesson  Date = 1898-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:24
Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 31 - The Visit of Jesus to the Nephites.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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After Jesus’ resurrection and ascension into heaven He appeared to the Nephites in fulfillment of the words of a number of their ancient prophets. The people to whom He came were those who had assembled near the temple in the Land Bountiful. They were conversing about the marvelous changes that had taken place on the face of the land by reason of convulsions that occurred at the death of the Savior. While thus engaged they heard a voice from heaven. At first they did not understand it, but the third time they understood that it was the voice of the Father calling upon them to behold His beloved Son. They then cast their eyes toward heaven and beheld a man, clothed in a white robe coming down out of heaven. He announced Himself to be Jesus Christ the Son of God, who was slain for the sins of the world. He then permitted them to feel the prints of the nails in His hands and feet and thrust their hands into His side, that they might be fully satisfied that it was He of whom the prophets had testified. And the people fell at His feet and worshiped Him.

Keywords: Bountiful (Polity), Jesus Christ, Scripture Study, Sermon at the Temple, Temple
ID = [76047]  Status = Type = manual lesson  Date = 1898-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:24
Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 40 - The Ancestry and Birth of Joseph Smith.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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For several generations, previous to the birth of the Prophet, his forefathers had been honest, industrious farmers in New England. The first of his ancestors to come to America, from England, was Robert Smith, who emigrated to this country about the middle of the seventeenth century. He settled in New England, and there his descendants lived for five generations. Joseph Smith, who was the fourth in descent from Robert, married Lucy Mack, Jan. 24, 1796. Her ancestors had also been husbandmen, and therefore ail of the sturdy qualities attaching to that class were inherited by the Prophet. During the early part of their married life Joseph and Lucy (who had settled in the town of Tunbridge, Vermont,) were prosperous in a worldly sense, but through the treachery of a friend they were deprived of all their property. Soon afterward they removed to Sharon, in the same State, where they lived under very unfavorable circumstances until after the birth of their son Joseph, which occurred at Sharon, Windsor Co., Vermont, December 23, 1805. The poverty, ill health and other chastenings of the parents of Joseph were effectual in teaching the family to be humble and dependent upon their Heavenly Father. Had it been otherwise—had Joseph and his parents been successful ’in obtaining wealth, the young man’s spirit might have been less perfectly moulded to suit the purposes of his Heavenly Father. Pride might have taken the place of humility, and self-conceit, of faith and trust. It is a significant fact that Joseph’s grandfather, Asael Smith, possessed sufficient of the spirit of prophecy to declare that one of his descendants should exert a great influence on the religious belief of his associates. Said he, “ It has been borne in upon my soul that one of my descendants will promulgate a work to revolutionize the world of religious faith.” How literally has this been fulfilled! How completely is the faith established by our Heavenly Father through the Prophet Joseph revolutionizing the religious belief of this day! And Asael Smith lived to witness the commencement of the fulfillment of his prediction, for a short time before his death he was permitted to behold a copy of the Book of Mormon; and as he was about to depart from this earth, he warned his descendants to take heed of this work and to accept the ministry of Joseph, for that which he was about to bring forth was of God. The birth of Joseph Smith marks an important era in the world’s history. Thousands can testify at the present time that he was one of the greatest prophets the world has ever known. To him were entrusted the keys of the dispensation of the fullness of times. His work will yet be known and his praises sung in all nations under heaven. And yet the man destined to such high honor was born of humble parents, in poverty, in an obscure town among the backwoods of Vermont. Truly the ways of God are past the comprehension of feeble, mortal man.

Keywords: Early Church History, Prophet, Restoration, Scripture Study, Smith, Joseph, Jr.
ID = [76048]  Status = Type = manual lesson  Date = 1898-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:24
Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 41 - The Testimony of Three Witnesses.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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Our lesson today is the testimony of three men that the prophecy of the coming forth and translation of the Book of Mormon had been fulfilled. When Moroni finished the record of the Nephites he closed with the prophetic words which formed our last lesson; we here have a solemn statement of the manner of their accomplishment. It appears, from this testimony, that these three witnesses saw the sacred plates and the engravings thereon, that an angel of God, who is generally understood to be Moroni himself, came down from heaven and showed them to the witnesses; also, that the voice of the Lord declared unto them that the engravings had been translated by the gift and power of God, and that He commanded them to bear record of these things. (Doc. and Cov., Sec. 17.) And to be obedient to that commandment they send this testimony forth to all the world, that all men may know what great things God had done and was now doing for His children on this earth. It is worthy of especial note that though these witnesses all left the Church, and for a time entertained very bitter feelings towards the Prophet Joseph Smith, yet they never denied this testimony nor faltered in their allegiance to the Book of Mormon; though often strongly urged by apostates and unbelievers to do so. But their unvarying reply was that they had seen and heard the angel and that their testimony, as printed,, was true in every particular.

Keywords: Cowdery, Oliver, Early Church History, Gold Plates, Harris, Martin, Scripture Study, Three Witnesses, Whitmer, David
ID = [76049]  Status = Type = manual lesson  Date = 1898-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:24
Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 43 - The Prophet Lehi.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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At the commencement of the reign of Zedekiah, the last king of Judah, there lived in Jerusalem a worthy, prayerful man named Lehi. At that time many prophets of God came to the Jews, calling upon them to repent of their sins, or the great city of Jerusalem would be destroyed. Lehi, hearing these prophecies, prayed to the Lord with all his heart in behalf of his people. As he prayed a pillar of fire came and dwelt on a rock before him, and many things were then shown him by the Lord which caused him much sorrow and fear. When he returned to his home in Jerusalem he was carried away in a vision. The heavens were opened to his view, and he saw God sitting upon His throne, surrounded by vast hosts of angels who in songs, were praising the Lord. Then he saw a bright and holy Being who was followed by twelve others, come down out of heaven on to this earth. These were Jesus Christ, our Lord, and His Apostles. Then in the vision, Jesus came to Lehi and gave him a book, which he bade him read. When Lehi did so he found it contained the word of the Lord against Jerusalem; that because of its great wickedness it should be destroyed, many of its people should be slain and many should be carried away 1 captive into Babylon. When Lehi learned these terrible truths he went forth among the people, pleading with them to repent and reform, lest these judgments come upon them. But the inhabitants of Jerusalem, at that time, would not give heed to the warnings of the servants of God, and they mocked at Lehi, and sought to take away his life, as they had the prophets of earlier times, whom they had cast out, and stoned and slain. Elijah they had cast out. Zenos they had slain. Zechariah they had stoned. Isaiah they had sawn asunder, and Jeremiah, who prophesied at the same time as Lehi, they imprisoned and otherwise abused.

Keywords: Jerusalem (Old World), Lehi (Prophet), Prophet, Scripture Study, Vision
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 44 - The Departure into the Wilderness.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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We learned in our last lesson that the Jews at Jerusalem sought to take the life of Lehi, because he bore a message from God which foretold evil to them, unless they repented. It would seem that the wicked who have no desire to repent, almost always act as though the prophet who brings a divine message of chastisement, is responsible, and not they themselves, for the woes pronounced against them. They have, as a rule, sought to slay the servants of God who prophesied of sorrow and trouble, as though the servant and not the Lord was the one who ordained and executed the punishment. So it was with Lehi, but the Lord preserved him from the hands of the wicked; and blessed him, because he had declared the things which He commanded. And the Lord warned Lehi in a dream to leave Jerusalem, and journey in the wilderness, and go where He should direct him. All this Lehi did. He left his home in Jerusalem, with all the riches it contained, and taking his family with him he went into the wilderness. He took nothing with him except such things as were necessary, as provisions and tents, for the comfort of himself and family, which consisted of his wife, Sariah, and his sons, Laman, Lemuel, Sam and Nephi. Which way they traveled we are not informed, but in a few days they reached the borders of the Red Sea, most probably that portion known to us as the gulf of Akabah. They may have journeyed from Jerusalem to the south end of the Dead Sea, thence southerly by the wady (valley) of Arabah, or they may have taken a somewhat more westerly route.

Keywords: Exodus Motif, Jerusalem (Old World), Lehi (Prophet), Scripture Study, Wilderness
ID = [76051]  Status = Type = manual lesson  Date = 1898-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:24
Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 45 - The Plates of Brass.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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Soon after the arrival of Lehi and his family on the borders of the Red Sea the Lord gave Lehi a commandment that his sons should return to Jerusalem to obtain certain brass plates, upon which was engraven a history of the world, from the creation to the days of Zedekiah, and more particularly a record of the Jews. The plates also .contained the genealogy of Lehi and his family. When the elder sons of Lehi heard this command they objected. They said it was a hard thing that their father required of them; for they had no faith that they could obtain the plates, as they were in the hands of a rich, wicked and powerful man, named Laban, who would not be willing to give them up. Their father told them that it was not he, but the Lord, who desired them to obtain the plates. This did not satisfy them : they still murmured. But Nephi, when he heard the command, at once consented to go, for, he told his father, he had learned that God gave no commandments to men, unless He prepared a way for them to accomplish the thing which He required. When Lehi saw how great was the faith of his son, Nephi, he was exceedingly glad, for he knew that the Lord had blessed him. Persuaded by Nephi the brothers consented to go; then with their tents they journeyed back to Jerusalem. After two unsuccessful attempts Nephi, on the third effort obtained the plates, and the young men returned with them to the tents of the family in the wilderness. Lehi greatly rejoiced when the plates were given into his charge, and offered up a sacrifice to the Lord in token of his gratitude. These plates remained with the people of Nephi from this time to the destruction of the race at Cumorah, nearly a thousand years later.

Keywords: Brass Plates, Genealogy, Jerusalem (Old World), Laban (Old World), Laman (Son of Lehi), Lemuel (Son of Lehi), Nephi (Son of Lehi), Sam (Son of Lehi), Scripture Study
ID = [76052]  Status = Type = manual lesson  Date = 1898-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:24
Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 46 - Ishmael and His Daughters.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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Soon after the return of the sons of Lehi with the plates of brass to the tent of their father, on the borders of the Red Sea, they were commanded of the Lord to return once more to Jerusalem. The cause of this command was that God intended to make of the seed of Lehi a great people; but his sons were all unmarried, and there were no young women in the company who would do for wives for them. So, to fulfill the purposes of the Lord, they were sent to a man of the tribe of Ephraim, named Ishmael who had several marriageable daughters. We do not read that any of the sons of Lehi murmured at this command, but they immediately returned to Jerusalem. There they went to the house of Ishmael and made known their errand. And the Lord gave them favor in the eyes of Ishmael and his family, who left their home and went with the sons of Lehi into the wilderness. On the way they had considerable trouble, for Laman and others were very rebellious and quarrelsome; but, at last, they reached the tent of Lehi in safety, and in thankfulness to the Lord they thereupon offered sacrifice and burnt offerings unto Him. In a very little while four of the daughters of Ishmael married the four sons of Lehi, and the eldest daughter became the wife of Zoram, formerly the servant of Laban.

Keywords: Ancient Near East, Arabia, Daughters of Ishmael, Ishmael, Marriage, Scripture Study
ID = [76053]  Status = Type = manual lesson  Date = 1898-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:24
Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 47 - The Liahona.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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Shortly after the marriage of his sons to the daughters of Ishmael, Lehi was directed by the Lord to continue his journey the next day towards the Land of Promise. The little colony had been organizing and resting for some time at the place they had first selected on the shores of the Red Sea, near a little stream which Lehi called the river Laman, in honor of his eldest son. The next morning when Lehi arose and went to his tent door he found near by a round ball of curious workmanship. It was made of fine brass and within it were two spindles or needles, one of which pointed the way the company should travel. The country through which they were about to pass was new to them and ’they had no guide who knew the way. They were acquainted with the region between Jerusalem and the Red Sea, and consequently did not need any person or thing to point out that road. From this time it would be different, all was strange to them; without divine help they might die for want of water and food, or fall into the hands of the inhabitants of the land, or entirely lose their way in the desert. So the Lord provided this ball, which they called a Liahona. It had the strange peculiarity of working according to their faith, and, when necessary, writing would appear on it, giving instructions to them what to do in cases of emergency. In fact, it took the place and performed the work of the fiery, cloudy pillar that went before the Israelites when Jehovah led them out of Egypt in the days of Moses. This Liahona first led the company for four days in a direction a little east of south along the.borders of the Red Sea. At the end of these four days they rested. They called the place where they camped Shazer. Here they hunted and killed game for food, and then resumed their journey along the borders of the Red Sea. And so they continued to follow the directions of the ball, which led them through the more fertile parts, of the wilderness. By. and by they changed their direction and traveled almost directly eastward, across the Arabian Peninsula, until they reached the waters of the great ocean. The Prophet Joseph Smith says, “They traveled nearly a south south-east direction until they came to the nineteenth degree of north latitude, then nearly east to the Sea of Arabia.”

Keywords: Lehi (Prophet), Liahona, Scripture Study
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 48 - The Necessity of a Latter-day Prophet.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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Many persons who do not believe in the divinity of Joseph Smith’s mission endeavor to prove that there was no necessity of any prophet being raised up to perform the work which he accomplished. They claim that the work done by Jesus Christ and His apostles rendered the coming of a prophet in this day entirely unnecessary. But there were some particulars in which the dispensation introduced by the Savior, and continued by His apostles, was wanting to make it a complete and final one. In the first place, it was not a gathering dispensation. No attempt was made in those days to gather all who accepted the Gospel to one place, where they could be instructed in the ways of God, build temples to His name, and prepare for the second coming of the Redeemer. Secondly, some of the chief apostles after the time of Christ plainly foretold the falling away, or apostasy of the church, and the restoration of the Gospel in its fullness at a later day. Paul, in his second epistle to the Thessalonians, ii:3, says, “Let no man deceive you by any means; for that day (the day of Christ’s second coming) shall not come except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.” He speaks of evidences of this falling away, Titus i:10-11, “For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, * * * whose mouths must be stopped; who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.” A graphic picture, not only of that day, but also of this day of hireling priests. No doubt the final step of the falling away of the people from the plain truths of the Gospel took place when Constantine, one of the Roman emperors, accepted the Christian faith, and established it as the state religion of Rome. In order that the principles of that faith might be rendered more acceptable to the pagan Romans, many of its most precious truths were changed, and heathen rites introduced. From this union of Christian and pagan belief the Roman Catholic Church originated, the- head of which, the Pope of Rome, professes to have received his authority direct from Peter, the chief apostle after Christ. There are many objections to this claim, chief of which is the fact that none of the popes have ever claimed or exercised the gifts and blessings pertaining to the Priesthood which Peter held. Again, so many changes have been introduced into the Catholic faith, that neither it nor the religions which have sprung from it can well be the everlasting, unchangeable Gospel. If, then, the Priesthood of God was taken from the earth with the death of the apostles, a restoration of that power would be necessary to prepare the people for the second advent of the Savior. This would mean that some person formerly holding that power should restore it to some one upon the earth. It would necessarily be the visit of an angel to a prophet. John, the Revelator (Rev. xiv, 6), says: “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting Gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.” If this angel was to come to the earth, as John declares, there must of necessity have been an individual prepared to receive him and his message. Hence the necessity of a latter- day prophet. Joseph Smith was verily raised up most opportunely for this work. As we shall see in continuing the history of the Prophet, he received the message of that angel (Moroni), and afterward received the Priesthood from other angels (John the Baptist, and Peter, James and John), thus literally fulfilling many prophecies concerning these events.

Keywords: Prophet, Scripture Study
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 49 - Why the Boy Joseph Was Chosen.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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In attempting to prove that Joseph Smith was not a true prophet, his enemies point to the fact that he was a young, ignorant boy at the time he claimed to have received his first vision. They ask how it is that God would choose an unlearned boy for His work, when there was so many thousands of men who had spent their entire time from early youth in teaching the people, who were well versed in the Scriptures, having given up the best part of their lives to their study. “Would it not have been better,” say these persons, “for God to choose one already educated to the ministry, rather than one whom He would have to instruct in the principles of the Gospel?” In answer to this question and these objections, we can say that God showed His infinite wisdom in making choice of so humble an instrument as Joseph Smith to perform the great labor of restoring the Gospel. In the first place, it was necessary that a person should be chosen who had not been taught in the sectarian doctrines of the day, which God Himself has declared to be false. What advantage would it have been, to select a man who had been engaged all his life in teaching false doctrine, to introduce the true Gospel? You can see at once that the idea is absurd? Joseph had not been taught in the religious notions of his time. His mind was a blank, so far as doctrine was concerned, prepared to receive such impressions as God should see fit to make upon it. He was humble, and would willingly receive and treasure up God’s word to him. Besides all this he was comparatively innocent of the sins so prevalent in the world, and God delights in innocence and purity. What wonder is it, then, that He should have chosen the humble boy, Joseph, for the great latter-day work? Again, prophets in ancient times have foretold the work which Joseph has performed, and the instrument chosen to carry it out. One of these was Joseph, who was sold into Egypt. Lehi tells us (II Nephi 3: 14, 15) that Joseph, in speaking of the latter times, said, “Behold, that seer will the Lord bless; and they that seek to destroy . him, shall be confounded * * * * *. And his name shall be called AFTER ME: AND IT SHALL BE AFTER THE name of his father. And he shall be like unto me; for the thing which the Lord shall bring forth by his hand, by the power of the Lord shall bring my I people to salvation. ” Here Joseph not only points out the fact that a prophet should be raised up, but he even declares that the name of that prophet should be the same as his, and that he should be named after his father. All these predictions were fulfilled in Joseph Smith, the prophet. Nor is it a new thing for God to select a boy for an important labor. The boy David, the youngest son of Jesse, was chosen to be king of Israel. The boy Samuel was called to succeed Eli in his important position, and in his more advanced age, he became one of the greatest prophets Israel had ever known. All evidences point to the fact that God showed His supreme wisdom in the selection of the boy Joseph to be His latter-day prophet.

Keywords: Prophecy, Prophet, Scripture Study, Smith, Joseph, Jr.
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 50 - The Ancestry and Birth of Joseph Smith.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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For several generations, previous to the birth of the Prophet, his forefathers had been honest, industrious farmers in New England. The first of his ancestors to come to America, from England, was Robert Smith, who emigrated to this country about the middle of the seventeenth century. He settled in New England, and there his descendants lived for five generations. Joseph Smith, who was the fourth in descent from Robert, married Lucy Mack, January 24, 1796. Her ancestors had also been husbandmen, and therefore all of the sturdy qualities attaching to that class were inherited by the Prophet. During the early part of their married life, Joseph and Lucy (who had settled in the town of Tunbridge, Vermont,) were prosperous in a worldly sense, but through the treachery of a friend they were deprived of all their property. Soon afterward they removed to Sharon, in the same State, where they lived under very unfavorable circumstances until after the birth of their son Joseph, which occurred at Sharon, Windsor Co., Vermont, December 23, 1805. The poverty, ill health and other chastenings of the parents of Joseph were effectual in teaching the family to be humble and dependent upon their Heavenly Father. Had it been otherwise—had Joseph and his parents been successful in obtaining wealth, the young man’s spirit might have been less perfectly moulded to suit the purposes of his Heavenly Father. Pride- might have taken the place of humility, and self-conceit, of faith and trust. It is a significant fact that Joseph’s grandfather, Asael Smith, possessed sufficient of the spirit of prophecy to declare that one of his descendants should exert a great influence on the religious belief of his associates. Said he, “It has been borne in upon my soul that one of my descendants will promulgate a work to revolutionize the world of religious faith.” How literally has this been fulfilled! H ow completely is the faith established by our Heavenly Father through the Prophet Joseph revolutionizing the religious belief of this day! And Asael Smith lived to witness the commencement of the fulfillment of his prediction, for a short time before his death he was permitted to behold a copy of the Book of Mormon; and as he was about to depart from this earth, he warned his descendants to take heed of this work and to accept the ministry of Joseph, for that which he was about to bring forth was of God. The birth of Joseph Smith, marks an important era in the world’s history. Thousands can testify at the present time that he was one of the greatest prophets the world has ever known. To him were entrusted the keys of the Dispensation of the Fullness of Times. His work will yet be known and his praises sung in all nations under heaven. And yet the man destined to such high honor was born of humble parents, in poverty, in an obscure town among the backwoods of Vermont. Truly the ways of God are past the comprehension of feeble, mortal man.

Keywords: Prophecy, Prophet, Scripture Study, Smith, Joseph, Jr.
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 52 - The Visit of the Angel Moroni.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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After receiving his first vision, as related in the last lesson, Joseph continued his usual labor, withstanding the attacks of his enemies, and cherishing in his heart the remembrance of the vision he had seen. Many attempts were made to cause him to deny having received this revelation, but they were all unsuccessful. For three years and a half he had no further manifestation from heaven, and during all that time he saw himself and those near and dear to him, shunned by those who had formerly been friendly. He was sometimes forced into the society of those who scoffed at all religious beliefs, and many things conspired to rob him of the great testimony he had obtained; but he still held it. On the night of September 21, 1823, he had retired to rest, and was silently praying that God would give him a heavenly manifestation, to dispel all doubts. While thus engaged, he was surprised to observe the room becoming lighter, until the brilliancy exceeded that of the sun at noon. In the midst of this glorious light stood a personage, rather taller than an ordinary man, clothed in a robe of dazzling brightness, with head, face, neck, hands, wrists, feet, and ankles bare, and surrounded by a light even more brilliant than that which filled the remainder of the room. His countenance was most beautiful to behold, bearing an expression of earnest love and tenderness. He moved without touching the floor, for he did not require its support. This glorious personage called Joseph by name, and announced himself as an angel, Moroni, sent of God to deliver a message. He said that God was about to restore the Gospel to the earth, and that Joseph was the instrument chosen for the performance of this work. As a consequence of his accepting this mission, Joseph should be known throughout the earth, being loved by the pure, but reviled by the ungodly. Moroni also stated that in a hill near the town of Manchester were concealed holy records, which contained an account of a people who inhabited this land many centuries before. These records should be delivered to Joseph, in connection with the Urim and Thummim, and with the aid of this instrument he should be enabled to translate the records into the English language. While listening to these instructions, Joseph was enabled to see in vision the hill described by the angel, and the exact spot where the records were concealed. This vision was so distinct that when he afterwards visited the hill he found the place of concealment, without difficulty. Moroni then proceeded to quote from the Bible the prophecies contained there, pointing to the great latter-day work. He impressed upon Joseph’s mind the around, he saw Moroni at his side. The angel informed Joseph that a period of four years must elapse before he would have the privilege of taking the plates, . and that during that time he would be tried and tempted, and instructed in the things of God. The angel further told him that he might visit the hill each year on the 22nd of September, when he would be permitted to view the plates, and receive further instructions and counsel. Moroni then imparted much valuable knowledge to Joseph, and finally showed him some of the glory of the Kingdom of Heaven, and also the followers of the Evil One; Moroni warned Joseph to avoid the influence of Satan, and keep himself pure and unspotted from the world. Joseph, after having restored the stone and the thin cover of earth to their former place, saw the departure of the angel, and then returned to his home.

Keywords: Angel Moroni, Early Church History, Prophet, Scripture Study, Smith, Joseph, Jr., Vision
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 54 - Joseph Receives the Records.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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As stated in the last lesson, four years were to pass away from the time Joseph first saw the plates, before they were to be entrusted to him. In other words, Joseph waited until he was nearly twenty-two years old before he received the precious charge. It would perhaps enter the minds of some, that Joseph having received all these manifestations and knowing what his mission was to be, would not have felt inclined to continue the labors of every-day life; but such was not the case. He well knew that the routine of daily toil was all necessary in its place, and he further knew that he must remain humble, or he would fail in fulfilling the purposes of God. Accordingly, Joseph continued working on his father’s farm for nearly two years after the events related in the last lesson, when he received the offer of employment elsewhere. Accepting this offer, Joseph went to his new place of labor in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, where he entered the employ of a man named Josiah Stoal. While laboring there, Joseph boarded at the house of Isaac Hale, who had a daughter named Emma, a very worthy young woman, whom Joseph learned to love sincerely. She returned the affection, and her father was asked to give his consent to their marriage. At first he hesitated, for he knew that Joseph was poor, but finally, in January of the year 1827, his consent was given, and Joseph and Emma were married on the 18th of that month. They left Pennsylvania and traveled northward to the house of Joseph’s parents. He went to work on the farm, in order to obtain means for the support of his family. Nothing of an extraordinary character occurred during the following summer, and at length the 22nd day of September came—the day when the records were to be delivered into Joseph’s hands. During the four years that he had been waiting, he had visited the hill on each anniversary of the angel’s appearance, and there met Moroni and received necessary instruction from him, and hence he was well prepared for the charge about to be conferred upon him. On the morning of that day Joseph again visited the hill Cumorah, and was told by the angel to lift the records out of the box. As he did so he was filled with inexpressible joy, for he knew that the plates thus entrusted to him were of a most precious character. TogEther with the plates was the Urim and Thummim, which was to be used by Joseph in translating the records, and this instrument was fastened to a large breastplate of pure gold. The plates were of gold, and were fastened with rings along one edge, thus presenting the appearance of a book. (As these records have been described in a former lesson, see No. 42, it is not considered necessary to repeat the description here.) Joseph was told by the angel that he alone would be held responsible for the plates, and that the only way he could resist the efforts which would be made to take them from him, would be by remaining faithful to his trust and to the commandments of God. But if he was unfaithful, and by his carelessness permitted the plates to be lost, the displeasure of God should come upon him, and he should be destroyed. Even on the journey toward his home, with the precious records in his charge, Joseph experienced the power of the Evil One, for unknown men under the influence of Satan attacked him three different times, and it was only by the assistance of God that he was enabled to withstand them and keep the records. At length, in a bruised and weary condition he reached his home.

Keywords: Angel Moroni, Early Church History, Gold Plates, Hill Cumorah, Scripture Study, Smith, Joseph, Jr.
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 56 - The Priesthood Restored.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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The work of translation proceeded rather slowly, Martin Harris acting as scribe and writing from the Prophet’s dictation. It is impracticable here to enter into all the details of this labor. During the progress of the work Martin brought very deep trouble upon both himself and Joseph by allowing the first 116 pages of manuscript to be lost. For a time it seemed that Joseph would lose his calling for having allowed Martin to take the manuscript away, but by his sincere repentance he regained the favor of God, although his error cost him great sorrow and much additional labor. Martin Harris, however, was never permitted to be his scribe again. His place was filled temporarily by Emma, the wife of Joseph, but she was so bowed down with sorrow with the death of her babe that she could render but little assistance. It was at this time that Oliver Cowdery, a young school teacher who had received a testimony of the divinity of Joseph’s mission, came and offered to act as a scribe. This offer was most willingly accepted, and the work of translation was resumed April 7, 1829. While proceeding with their work, they came to a passage in the record referring to baptism for the remission of sins, and desiring light on this subject, on the 15 of May, 1829, they went into the woods to pray. As they were thus engaged, an angel appeared to them, announcing himself as John the Baptist, the forerunner of Christ and the one who baptized Him. Laying his hands upon their heads, he said, “Upon you my fellow-servants, in the name of Messiah, I confer the priesthood of Aaron, which holds the keys of the ministering of angels and of the gospel of repentance and of baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; and this shall never be taken again from the earth until the sons of Levi do offer again an offering unto the Lord In righteousness.” He then gave them instructions as to the powers of the Aaronic Priesthood, and told them to baptize each other for the remission of their sins. After John the Baptist left them they followed out his instructions and experienced such joy as they had never before known. During the month following this event the work of translation proceeded, and many persons became convinced of the truth of Joseph’s teaching. Eleven of these were chosen as witnesses to the record, and their testimony is found in the commencement of the Book of Mormon. This record was at last completed and published, and the plates were given back to Moroni. In the month of June, 1829, Peter, James, and John, three of Christ’s apostles appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery, and bestowed upon them the Melchisedek Priesthood, giving them instructions as to its powers. Thus the Holy Priesthood, in all its glory, was restored to the earth in our day.

Keywords: Aaronic Priesthood, Early Church History, John the Baptist, Priesthood, Scripture Study, Smith, Joseph, Jr., Translation
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 57 - Nephi Breaks His Bow.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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While Lehi and his company were traveling in the Arabian desert a slight accident occurred which gave cause for much trouble and discontent. It would appear that Nephi was the chief hunter of the company. Going out one day to slay beasts for food, he broke his bow, which was made of very fine steel. This made his brothers very angry, for they obtained no food, as their bows had lost their spring. Hungry, angry and dejected, they returned to their tents. They were very much fatigued, and, like most men when hungry and tired, they were in a bad humor. Even Lehi so far forgot himself that he also murmured against the Lord. But Nephi, in this ! trying hour, retained his trust in God. He did not murmur nor complain, but, after having reasoned with the rest of the family, he went to work, and out of suitable wood he made a bow, and out of a straight stick he cut an arrow. When he had done this he went to his father, Who had now humbled himself before the Lord and sought forgiveness, and asked him where he should go to obtain food. Then the voice of the Lord came to Lehi and he was truly chastened because of his murmuring. The voice said, “Look upon the ball.” When he looked he was seized with fear because of the things which were written thereon, and the rest of the family also feared and trembled exceedingly when they read the writing. The writing on the ball also directed Nephi to go to the top of a certain high mountain, and there slay game for food. This he did, and brought it with joy to the tents of his people, who humbled themselves and gave thanks unto God. Then they resumed their journey.

Keywords: Arabia, Metallurgy, Nephi (Son of Lehi), Revelation, Scripture Study, Weaponry
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 58 - The Arrival at the Land Bountiful.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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When the people of Lehi reached the sea shore they rejoiced greatly that their tedious wanderings were over; for they had not traveled in a straight line from coast to coast, but had wandered around and about as the Liahona directed them, which worked according to their faith and faithfulness. Eight years had been spent in taking a journey which, had they been as faithful as they should have been, would only have occupied a few weeks or months. They pitched their tents by the sea shore, and after many days, the voice of the Lord came unto Nephi, saying, “Arise, and get thee into the mountain.” As ever, Nephi obeyed the heavenly word. He went up into the mountain, and there cried unto the Lord. Then the Lord commanded him to build a ship, after a manner and pattern that He would show him, that the colony might be carried across the great waters that lay before them. Here a difficulty presented itself to the mind of Nephi. He had no tools, and how was it possible to build a ship without them? So he laid the matter before the Lord, who, in answer to his prayers, told him where he could find ore with which he might make the tools he needed. Nephi at once proceeded to carry out the commands of the Lord. With the skins of beasts he made a bellows to blow the fire, but fire as yet he had none, as the Lord had not permitted fires to be lighted in the wilderness. So he smote two stones togEther, and a fire was lighted. When his forge was made and his fire was lit, Nephi began to melt the ore that he had obtained to make the tools which he needed.

Keywords: Bountiful (Old World), Revelation, Scripture Study
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 59 - The Building of the Ship.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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When his brothers saw that Nephi was about to build a ship, they began to | ridicule him. They would give him no help, for they did not believe he was instructed of the Lord. Nephi became very sorrowful because of the hardness of their hearts. When they saw this they were glad, and tauntingly told him they knew that he was lacking in judgment and could not accomplish so great a work. They reproached him with being like their father, in being led away by the foolish imaginations of his heart. They recited their imaginary grievances against Lehi for leading them out of Jerusalem and bringing upon them the sufferings which they and their wives had endured since leaving that city. Warming up with their complaints, they said it would have been better for their wives to have died before they left Jerusalem than to have had such afflictions as they had borne. While they were suffering all these hardships in the desert they might, they said, have been happily enjoying themselves at home. As for the people of Jerusalem, notwithstanding their father’s condemnation of them, they declared they knew them to be a righteous people; for they kept the statutes and judgments of the Lord, and all His commandments according to the law of Moses. But their father had led them away, because they had hearkened to him, and now Nephi, their brother, was just like him. Nephi, according to his custom when they grumbled and found fault, commenced to reason with and teach them. He cited to them the history of the children of Israel under the leadership of Moses, what the Lord had done and the mighty works He had enabled Moses to do. He did not spare them in his rebukes. The only effect his words and remonstrances appeared to have upon them was to enrage them. They went so far as to attempt to throw him into the depths of the sea; but as they advanced towards him for that purpose, he commanded them in the name of the Almighty God not to touch him. Nephi was filled with the power of God, even unto the consuming of his flesh. He had so much power on this occasion that they dared not lay their hands upon him or et en touch him with their fingers. Neither dared they venture to do so for many days for fear lest they should wither before him.

Keywords: Bountiful (Old World), Scripture Study, Ship, Transoceanic Voyage
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 60 - Nephi’s Ship is Finished.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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A little while after the events had occurred which formed the subject of our last lesson the Lord told Nephi to stretch forth his hand again toward his brethren, and that they should not wither; but the power of God should smite them; and this he was commanded to do that they might know that the Lord was their God. So Nephi stretched forth his hand as he was commanded, and the Lord shook Laman and Lemuel as He had promised. Then they fell down to worship their younger brother, whom in times past they had so much abused; but he would not permit them. He said, “I am your brother, even your younger brother, wherefore worship the Lord thy God, and honor thy father and thy mother. ” Then the brothers of Nephi worshiped the Lord, and showed their repentance by helping Nephi to build the ship; while he, from time to time, received the word of the Lord as to how he should work its timbers; for he did not work after the manner of the shipbuilders of that time, nor after any manner that men were accustomed to. But he built the ship just as the Lord had shown it to him; and we cannot doubt that it was admirably suited for its purpose. Nephi also often went up into the mount and prayed to the Lord, and God showed him many great things. When the vessel was finished, Nephi’s brothers saw that it was good, and its workmanship exceedingly fine, therefore they again humbled themselves before Heaven. Then the voice of the Lord came to Lehi and commanded the company to go on board, which word they willingly obeyed, and at once put forth to sea.

Keywords: Nephi (Son of Lehi), Revelation, Scripture Study, Ship, Transoceanic Voyage
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 61 - The Revolt on the Waters.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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When Nephi had finished the ship all the company went on board, and at once put to sea. The vessel was then driven by the winds towards the promised land. After they had been sailing prosperously for a number of days, the hearts of Nephi’s brothers and of the sons of Ishmael and others grew merry and in their merriment they forgot the Lord. They danced, and sang, and became very boisterous and rude. Nephi reproved them. This opened the old sore. They said they would not have him for their ruler, but would do as they pleased. Then they seized him and bound him, hands and feet, so tightly that he suffered a great deal. The result was that the Lord was angry at their wickedness, and the Liahona ceased to work. A heavy storm arose, a head wind drove them back upon the waters, the waves threatened to engulf them, and they were all in danger of being drowned. For three days the rebels continued stubborn in their anger; during that time they would not loose Nephi, and every one who pled for him or spoke in his favor was threatened with like tortures. But at last, on the fourth day, the danger grew so threatening that they released him; but his legs and arms had swollen so greatly by reason of the way in which he had been tied that he could scarcely use them. Notwithstanding his great weakness and sufferings, as soon as he was loosed he took the Liahona, and in his hands it began to work. Then the wind fell, the storm ceased, and there came a great calm. And Nephi took charge of the ship and guided it without further trouble, to the promised land.

Keywords: Laman (Son of Lehi), Lehi (Prophet), Lemuel (Son of Lehi), Nephi (Son of Lehi), Scripture Study, Transoceanic Voyage
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 62 - Lehi’s Colony Reach The Promised Land.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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When Lehi and his people reached the promised land they landed and pitched their tents, they acknowledged that the Lord had indeed fulfilled His promises unto them. He had guided them through the wilderness, had enabled them to construct a vessel in which He had brought them safely across the mighty breadth of ocean which extended from Arabia to the coast of what is now called South America. The prophet Joseph, in speaking of their place of landing, said it was on the coast of the country now known as Chili—a country which possesses a genial, temperate and healthful climate. They then prepared the ground and put in all the seeds which they had brought with them from the land of Jerusalem. They found the soil admirably adapted for agriculture. Their seeds grew and yielded good crops, and they were blessed with abundance. In exploring the wilderness after their arrival they found animals of every kind — the cow, the ox, the ass and the horse, the goat and the wild goat, and all manner of wild animals which were for the use of man; they also found ores of all kinds, particularly of gold, silver and copper. The animals they tamed for their use, and Nephi and his people raised large flocks and herds of animals of various kinds.

Keywords: Ecology, Horses, Lehi (Prophet), Scripture Study, Transoceanic Voyage
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 63 - The Death of Lehi.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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The people of Lehi were so few in number that they were a quiet and solemn race, with few amusements, but with an oppressing sense of the vastness of the land which they occupied, and of their own insignificance. Nor was there entire peace amongst them, for Laman and Lemuel, with others, were still fractious and turbulent. In course of time Lehi felt that his earthly life was near its close, for he was aged and in failing health. So he called to him his sons and daughters and the other members of his colony, and blessed them in the same manner as his forefather Jacob blessed his family before he died. Lehi also prophesied many things that should happen to his posterity after him, for he was possessed of much of the Spirit of the Lord. After he had done this he died and was buried.

Keywords: Lehi (Prophet), Patriarchal Blessing, Scripture Study
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 64 - The Separation of the Colony.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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Scarcely was Lehi buried than trouble arose. Laman and Lemuel with their friends, would not be led by Nephi. They asserted” that they were the elder brothers, and theirs was the right to rule. They would not recognize Nephi’s authority, though they knew that God had appointed him to be their leader. So, by the command of Heaven, the two parties separated. Nephi, and those who would listen to him, moved away, and left those who clung to Laman in possession of their first home. Those who went with Nephi were his own family, Zoram, Sam, Jacob and Joseph, and their families, and some others whose names the Book of Mormon does not give. Henceforth those who belonged to this branch of Lehi’s house were known as Nephites, after Nephi, their leader; while those who remained with Laman were called Lamanites. The Nephites were those who believed in the warnings and revelations of God; while the Lamanites rejected His word and did not keep His commandments. After many days’ journey the Nephites pitched their tents and began to build up a new home. To the land they now occupied they gave the name of Nephi, while the region they left in the possession of the Lamanites is frequently called “The Land of their First Possession.”

Keywords: Exodus Motif, Lamanite, Nephite, Scripture Study
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 65 - The Temple in the Land of Nephi.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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As soon as possible after the arrival of Nephi and his people at their new home, which they called the Land of Nephi, they commenced to build a temple to the Most High God. This they were compelled to do, in order that they might observe the requirements of the law of Moses, as God had commanded them. For without a temple they could not offer the sacrifices and burnt offer­ings required by that law; and it was then in force to all the house of Israel, of which the Nephites were a branch, and so continued until the great sacri­fice was offered up on Mount Calvary, of which all others were but types. So to fulfill the law, temples were built by the Nephites in every land that they colonized; and in different parts of the Book of Mormon we read of temples being built by them in the lands of Nephi, Lehi-Nephi, Zarahemla, Bounti­ful and other places. Less than fifty years B. C. one historian states (Hela­man 3:14): “But behold a hundredth part of the proceedings of this people, yea, the ac­count of the Lamanites, and of the Nephites, and their wars, and conten­tions, and dissensions, and their preach­ing, and their prophecies, and their shipping, and their building of ships, and their building of temples, and of synagogues, and their sanctuaries * * * cannot be contained in this work. ” That the Nephites by thus building temples in every land in which they dwelt were simply carrying out the commandments of God is proved by His word to His people in these days, wherein he says: “Therefore, verily I say unto you, that your anointings, and your washings, and your baptisms for the dead, and your solemn assemblies, and your me­morials for your sacrifices, by the sons of Levi, and for your oracles in your most holy places, wherein you receive conversations, and your statutes and judgments, for the beginning of the revelations and foundation of Zion, and for the glory, honor, and endowment of all her municipals, are ordained by the ordinance of my holy house which my people are always commanded to build unto my holy name.” (Doctrine and Covenants, Sec. 124:39.) The temple built in the land of Nephi was evidently patterned after that built by Solomon, for it was to be used for the same purposes; but, as the prin­ciples of the Gospel were taught to the Nephites as well as the Mosaic law, it is reasonable to suppose that many of the ordinances now administered in temples were also performed there. The most marked difference between the Temple of Solomon and that of Nephi was that the latter “was not built of so many precious things” as the former. We are also justified in believing, as it was built by a very small people, and was simply intended to meet their needs, that it was probably smaller than the temple at Jerusalem. To build one as large as that of Solomon would have been an almost impossible task for a people so few in numbers. Still this is but conjecture, as Nephi is entirely silent with regard to the dimensions of the building. This temple was occasionally, if not ordinarily, used for the public gatherings of the Nephites. Jacob, the brother of Nephi, used it for such a purpose (Jacob 2:2). This was also the case with the one afterwards erected in the city of Zarahemla; when King Benjamin desired to give his last address to his people’ and present his successor (his son, Mosiah II,) he directed that the people should be gathered at that temple to hear his words. (Mosiah 2:1).

Keywords: Nephi (Polity), Scripture Study, Temple
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 66 - Nephi’s Reign and Death.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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Soon after the arrival of the Nephites in their new home, they desired that Nephi should be their king, which he, in reality, was in all but the name. For he was their leader and guide, their high priest and prophet, and in time of war their general and commander. But Nephi was desirous that they should have no king. He, doubtless, preferred that they should recognize God as their King, but to comply with their wishes he consented, and as their king, did for them all the good that was in his power. Under his wise and beneficent rule the Nephites increased and prospered greatly. So much did they love him because of his goodness, that when he died they called his immediate successors second Nephi, third Nephi, and so on, no matter what their individual names were. How long this practice continued we are not told, but we find that the last three kings (Mosiah I., Benjamin, Mosiah II.) were called by their own particular names. The separation of the followers of Laman and Nephi brought about a further fulfillment of the word of the Lord. He had promised that Nephi should be a ruler and teacher to his brethren, which he was until they strove to kill him after the death of Lehi. Then the Lord commanded him to leave the rebellious portion of the community to themselves and take the obedient to a new land. In this new land he became their king, while the others, by this division, were bereft of the priesthood; they had none who could approach God, and consequently, as had been foretold, they were cut off from His presence. The result of this was that they rapidly sank into barbarism; while the Nephites, enlightened of the Lord and led by His servants, increased in numbers and wealth, and developed many admirable traits of genuine civilization. Shortly before his death Nephi anointed another man to succeed him on the throne.

Keywords: Kingship, Nephi (Son of Lehi), Prophet, Scripture Study
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Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 67 - The Confusion of Tongues.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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After the flood the whole earth was of one language. As the people journeyed from the east they came into a valley which was called Shinar. In this valley they burned brick, and undertook to build a tower which would reach up to heaven. But the Lord came down and saw that the people were united and all spake one language, and He said, “Let us confound their language that they may not understand one another’s speech.” The Lord thereupon scattered them abroad upon the face of the earth and caused them to speak different lan- guages. Because of this confusion of tongues the place was called Babel. At the time these people were scattered upon the face of the earth there lived among them two great men, Jared and his brother. The account of these men and those that left the valley of Shinar with them is given in the Book of Mormon, in the Book of Ether by Moroni. From the account of Moroni, God scattered the people from the tower of Babel in His anger. The descendants of Jared and his brother and those who followed them to this continent were all ultimately destroyed.

Keywords: Curse, Scripture Study, Tower of Babel
ID = [76071]  Status = Type = manual lesson  Date = 1898-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:24
Deseret Sunday School Union. “Lesson 77 - The Book of Mormon Published.” In Deseret Sunday School Union Leaflets. Salt Lake City: George Q. Cannon & Sons Company, 1898.
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The Prophet Joseph was busily engaged in the translation of the Book of Mormon records during the years 1828 and 1829. In this work he was assisted by his wife, Emma Smith, Oliver Cowdery, and Martin Harris, who at various times acted in the capacity of scribe. The Prophet was given some trouble by Martin Harris, who received reluctant permission to take a portion of the manuscript and show it to his relatives. It fell into the hands of the enemies of the work, necessitating the translation of a corresponding portion of the “smaller plates,” as a substitute for the lost manuscript. As a result of Martin’s carelessness, the instruments of translation were taken away from the the Prophet for a time. The work of translation was interrupted occasionally by Joseph’s financial condition, which rendered it necessary for him to labor for the support of himself and wife. These financial difficulties were partially overcome by the generosity of Mr. Joseph Knight Sen., of Colesville, Broome County, New York, who, out of pure kindness of heart and regard for the Prophet, furnished provisions on a number of occasions. David Whitmer also rendered some assistance, inviting Joseph and Oliver to go to his father’s house at Fayette, where they remained until the translation of the Book of Mormon was completed. Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, and Martin Harris received a partial reward for their faithful labors, by being permitted to act as the three chosen witnesses to the divinity of the work. While the translation was in progress, many persons visited the Prophet and his companions, propounding many questions, some for the purpose of learning the truth, but many with the intention of injuring these faithful men. But the power of God was made manifest in the wisdom with which these questions were answered, and the work went on apace. At length the translation was completed, and arrangements were made for the publication. Mr. Egbert Grandin, a printer of Palmyra, Wayne County, New York, issued five thousand copies of the Book of Mormon in the early spring of 1830, charging three thousand dollars for the work. In order to retain the control of all future publications of the book, Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery secured the copyright. And thus one of the most precious records ever issued was published to the world. It has since been translated into fully twelve foreign languages.

Keywords: Cowdery, Oliver, Early Church History, Harris, Martin, Scripture Study, Smith, Emma Hale, Smith, Joseph, Jr., Translation, Whitmer, David
ID = [76072]  Status = Type = manual lesson  Date = 1898-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:24
Deseret Sunday School Union. Living Truths from the Book of Mormon. Salt Lake City: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1970.
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[R] 1972. Contains forty-three Sunday School lessons designed for the student. Each lesson contains a commentary on several topics assigned from the reading for that section. Topics include the testimony of the witnesses, the plan of redemption, the allegory of the olive tree, and the abridgment and correlation of sacred records.

ID = [77994]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1970-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:38
Deseret Sunday School Union. Messages for Exaltation: Eternal Insights from the Book of Mormon. Salt Lake City: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1967.
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A Sunday School instructor’s manual containing forty-five Book of Mormon lessons. The lessons feature lesson objectives, commentary, selected related scriptural references, and an assignment for the next class.

ID = [78018]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1967-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:38
Deseret Sunday School Union. Sunday School Outlines, First and Second Years. Salt Lake City: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1903, 1905, 1907.
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Outlines of lessons for Sunday School classes that cover many subjects relating to Mormonism, including the Book of Mormon.

ID = [78303]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1907-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:41
Desmons, Frederic. Essai Historique et Critique du Mormonisme. Strasbourg: Ieuve Berger-Levrault, 1856.
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A polemical work divided in two parts, one dedicated to the history of the Church and the second to the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon contains anachronisms, mistakenly uses Greek words, and presents supernatural and miraculous events that are not to be believed. Joseph Smith’s claim that the Book of Mormon was written in reformed Egyptian does not hold up, and the Book of Mormon introduces new doctrine.

ID = [77777]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1856-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:37
Despain, Goldie B. “The Tapestry of the Ages.” Instructor 103 (November 1968): 458.
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Traces the succession of those who kept the records of the Book of Mormon until Moroni gave them to Joseph Smith.

ID = [80664]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1968-11-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:08
Dew, Sheri L. “It Is Not Good for Man or Woman to Be Alone.” Delivered at the Saturday Morning Session of the General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, October 2001.
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No marriage or family, no ward or stake is likely to reach its full potential until husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, men and women work together in unity of purpose.

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
ID = [19130]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 2001-10-01  Collections:  bom,general-conference  Size: 9571  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:09
Dew, Sheri L. “Stand Tall and Stand Together.” Delivered at the General Relief Society Meeting of the General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, October 2000.
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No woman is a more vibrant instrument in the hands of the Lord than a woman of God who is thrilled to be who she is.

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
ID = [19003]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 2000-10-01  Collections:  bom,general-conference  Size: 11054  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:08
Dew, Sheri L. “Stand Tall and Stand Together.” Ensign, November 2000.
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
ID = [54578]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 2000-11-01  Collections:  bom,ensign  Size: 11003  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:05:24
Dewey, L. Valess. “Regarding Joseph Smith’s Mission.” Improvement Era 29, no. 10 (1926): 1163-1167.
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The prophet Joseph Smith was the instrument through which the Book of Mormon was produced. The gospel of Jesus Christ was revealed through the mind of Joseph in modern scripture—the Book of Mormon, the Pearl of Great Price, and the Doctrine and Covenants. These scriptures are new witnesses for God.

Keywords: Articles of Faith, Prophecy, Revelation, Smith, Joseph, Jr.
ID = [77140]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1926-08-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,d-c,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:32
Dexter, W. R. “The Book of Mormon as a Translation.” Saints’ Herald 60 (11, 18 June 1913): 577-80, 598-601.
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The translation of the Book of Mormon was conducted under the inspiration and direction from God. The eleven witnesses bore testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, never retracting their testimonies even though some became disaffected with the Church.

ID = [80342]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1913-06-11  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:05
di Francesca, Vincenzo. “‘I Will Not Burn the Book!’” Ensign, January 1988.
ID = [48398]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1988-01-01  Collections:  bom,ensign  Size: 11164  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:00:38
Di Marco, Angelico Salvatore. “Review of Chiasmus in Antiquity: Structures, Analyses, Exegesis, edited by John W. Welch.” Revista Biblica 31 (1983): 146-48.
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Book review.

ID = [80080]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1983-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:03
Dias, Laurence C. Jesus Says “It Is Written”: An Address to All Believers in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Erie, PA: Laurence C. Dias of the Church of Christ,n.d.
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Using a compilation of biblical passages supported by Book of Mormon passages, this booklet presents a narrative concerning Christ’s role and doctrine, interspersed with commentary by the compiler.

ID = [77925]  Status = Type = book  Date = 0000-00-00  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:38
Dias, Laurence C. The One True God Revealed: An Address to All Believers in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Erie, PA: Church of Jesus Christ, 1956.
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Maintains that the Book of Mormon is true but that some who believe in it have drifted from its teachings. Presents a compilation of biblical passages in conjunction with Book of Mormon passages to show that God and the Lord are one and the same God—Jesus Christ, there is no other.

ID = [78609]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1956-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:43
Dias, Laurence C., and Lawrence C. Walters. To the Restored Gospel People: An Address to all Believers in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Erie, PA: Church of Jesus Christ,n.d.
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A compilation of scriptural passages from the Bible with supporting Book of Mormon passages and commentary to help believers of the Book of Mormon see they have been led to believe in false doctrine. Subjects include: the gathering of Israel, Adam and Eve, the doctrine of Christ, apostasy from the primitive Church of Christ, a book to come forth, and others. Maintains that God is a spirit and that Joseph Smith and others misinterpreted their experiences. Plurality of wives is forbidden of God and the Book of Mormon. Dislikes baptism for the dead.

ID = [78721]  Status = Type = book  Date = 0000-00-00  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:44
Dibb, Ann M. “Your Holy Places.” Delivered at the General Young Women Meeting of the General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, April 2013.
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Whether [your holy places] are geographic or moments in time, they are equally sacred and have incredible strengthening power.

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
ID = [21937]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 2013-04-01  Collections:  bom,general-conference  Size: 9091  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:55:24
Dibble, Charles A. “Aztec Method of Recording History.” Improvement Era 49, no. 10 (1946): 613, 649.
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A series of brief comments in which the author presents archaeological findings, architectural notes, and myths and legends that deal indirectly with the Book of Mormon. Dibble discusses the wheel, ancient irrigation methods, metals, Mexican and Mayan codices, Quetzalcoatl, ancient buildings, and numerous other related items. The thirtieth part covers Aztec recordkeeping.

Keywords: Ancient America – Mesoamerica, Native Americans – Aztec, Pre-Columbian American History, Recordkeeping
ID = [77002]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1946-10-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:31
Dibble, Charles E. “Ancient America: In the Light of Recent Findings.” Improvement Era 44, no. 1 (1941): 1.
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A series of brief comments in which the author presents archaeological findings, architectural notes, and myths and legends that deal indirectly with the Book of Mormon. Dibble discusses the wheel, ancient irrigation methods, metals, Mexican and Mayan codices, Quetzalcoatl, ancient buildings, and numerous other related items. The second part covers Mayan glyphs.

Keywords: Ancient America – Mesoamerica, Language – Mayan, Native Americans – Maya, Writing System
ID = [76965]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1941-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:31
Dibble, Charles E. “Anthropological Conference.” Improvement Era 46, no. 9 (1943): 522.
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A series of brief comments in which the author presents archaeological findings, architectural notes, and myths and legends that deal indirectly with the Book of Mormon. Dibble discusses the wheel, ancient irrigation methods, metals, Mexican and Mayan codices, Quetzalcoatl, ancient buildings, and numerous other related items. The twenty-sixth part covers the proceedings of an anthropological conference.

Keywords: Ancient America – Mesoamerica, Anthropology, Archaeology, Mexico
ID = [77082]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1943-09-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:32
Dibble, Charles E. “The Arch and the Wheel in Ancient America.” Improvement Era 46, no. 7 (1943): 387.
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A series of brief comments in which the author presents archaeological findings, architectural notes, and myths and legends that deal indirectly with the Book of Mormon. Dibble discusses the wheel, ancient irrigation methods, metals, Mexican and Mayan codices, Quetzalcoatl, ancient buildings, and numerous other related items. The twenty-fourth part covers archaeological findings about the use of arches and wheels in Ancient America.

Keywords: Ancient America – Mesoamerica, Architecture, Native Americans – Maya, Wheels
ID = [76798]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1943-07-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:29
Dibble, Charles E. “Aztec Fasts.” Improvement Era 45, no. 2 (1942): 69.
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A series of brief comments in which the author presents archaeological findings, architectural notes, and myths and legends that deal indirectly with the Book of Mormon. Dibble discusses the wheel, ancient irrigation methods, metals, Mexican and Mayan codices, Quetzalcoatl, ancient buildings, and numerous other related items. The ninth part covers the practice of fasting among the Aztecs.

Keywords: Ancient America – Mesoamerica, Fasting, Native Americans – Aztec
ID = [76967]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1942-02-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:31
Dibble, Charles E. “Aztec Recording—1518.” Improvement Era 46, no. 2 (1943): 71.
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A series of brief comments in which the author presents archaeological findings, architectural notes, and myths and legends that deal indirectly with the Book of Mormon. Dibble discusses the wheel, ancient irrigation methods, metals, Mexican and Mayan codices, Quetzalcoatl, ancient buildings, and numerous other related items. The nineteenth part covers an Aztec codex.

Keywords: Ancient America – Mesoamerica, Codex, Language – Aztec, Native Americans – Aztec, Recordkeeping
ID = [76923]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1943-02-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:30
Dibble, Charles E. “Central American Migration Legend.” Improvement Era 46, no. 6 (1943): 330, 355.
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A series of brief comments in which the author presents archaeological findings, architectural notes, and myths and legends that deal indirectly with the Book of Mormon. Dibble discusses the wheel, ancient irrigation methods, metals, Mexican and Mayan codices, Quetzalcoatl, ancient buildings, and numerous other related items. The twenty-third part covers the “Central American migration legend.”

Keywords: Ancient America – Mesoamerica, Migration, Mythology
ID = [77110]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1943-06-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:32
Dibble, Charles E. “Chiapas Ruins.” Improvement Era 44, no. 10 (1941): 599.
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A series of brief comments in which the author presents archaeological findings, architectural notes, and myths and legends that deal indirectly with the Book of Mormon. Dibble discusses the wheel, ancient irrigation methods, metals, Mexican and Mayan codices, Quetzalcoatl, ancient buildings, and numerous other related items. The seventh part covers ruins in Chiapas.

Keywords: Ancient America – Mesoamerica, Archaeology, Native Americans – Maya
ID = [76826]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1941-10-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:30
Dibble, Charles E. “Compilation of the Indian Languages of America.” Improvement Era 44, no. 8 (1941): 456.
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A series of brief comments in which the author presents archaeological findings, architectural notes, and myths and legends that deal indirectly with the Book of Mormon. Dibble discusses the wheel, ancient irrigation methods, metals, Mexican and Mayan codices, Quetzalcoatl, ancient buildings, and numerous other related items. The fifth part covers Native American languages.

Keywords: Language, Language – Mayan, Language – Uto-Aztecan, Linguistics, Native Americans
ID = [76835]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1941-08-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:30
Dibble, Charles E. “Copilco—Ancient Burying Ground.” Improvement Era 45, no. 10 (1942): 613.
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A series of brief comments in which the author presents archaeological findings, architectural notes, and myths and legends that deal indirectly with the Book of Mormon. Dibble discusses the wheel, ancient irrigation methods, metals, Mexican and Mayan codices, Quetzalcoatl, ancient buildings, and numerous other related items. The seventeenth part covers the ancient cemetery at Copilco.

Keywords: Ancient America — Mesoamerica, Archaeology, Burial, Mexico, Volcanic Eruption
ID = [76946]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1942-10-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:30
Dibble, Charles E. “The Cuicuilco Excavation.” Improvement Era 45, no. 3 (1942): 135.
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A series of brief comments in which the author presents archaeological findings, architectural notes, and myths and legends that deal indirectly with the Book of Mormon. Dibble discusses the wheel, ancient irrigation methods, metals, Mexican and Mayan codices, Quetzalcoatl, ancient buildings, and numerous other related items. The tenth part covers archaeological work in Cuicuilco.

Keywords: Ancient America – Mesoamerica, Archaeology, Mexico, Native Americans – Aztec, Native Americans – Toltec
ID = [77038]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1942-03-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:31
Dibble, Charles E. “Excavations in Mexico City.” Improvement Era 45, no. 6 (1942): 360.
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A series of brief comments in which the author presents archaeological findings, architectural notes, and myths and legends that deal indirectly with the Book of Mormon. Dibble discusses the wheel, ancient irrigation methods, metals, Mexican and Mayan codices, Quetzalcoatl, ancient buildings, and numerous other related items. The thirteenth part covers archaeological work in Mexico City.

Keywords: Ancient America – Mesoamerica, Archaeology, Mexico, Native Americans – Aztec
ID = [76968]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1942-06-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:31
Dibble, Charles E. “Facts on Teotihuacán.” Improvement Era 45, no. 8 (1942): 483.
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A series of brief comments in which the author presents archaeological findings, architectural notes, and myths and legends that deal indirectly with the Book of Mormon. Dibble discusses the wheel, ancient irrigation methods, metals, Mexican and Mayan codices, Quetzalcoatl, ancient buildings, and numerous other related items. The fifteenth part covers archaeological discoveries in Teotihuacán.

Keywords: Ancient America – Mesoamerica, Archaeology, Mexico, Teotihuacan
ID = [77127]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1942-08-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:32
Dibble, Charles E. “The Five Suns in Aztec Mythology.” Improvement Era 46, no. 3 (1943): 133.
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A series of brief comments in which the author presents archaeological findings, architectural notes, and myths and legends that deal indirectly with the Book of Mormon. Dibble discusses the wheel, ancient irrigation methods, metals, Mexican and Mayan codices, Quetzalcoatl, ancient buildings, and numerous other related items. The twentieth part covers the “five suns” of Aztec mytology.

Keywords: Ancient America – Mesoamerica, Mythology, Native Americans – Aztec, Quetzalcoatl, Sun
ID = [77019]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1943-03-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:31
Dibble, Charles E. “Human Sacrifice among the Indians.” Improvement Era 46, no. 11 (1943): 682.
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A series of brief comments in which the author presents archaeological findings, architectural notes, and myths and legends that deal indirectly with the Book of Mormon. Dibble discusses the wheel, ancient irrigation methods, metals, Mexican and Mayan codices, Quetzalcoatl, ancient buildings, and numerous other related items. The twenty-eighth part covers the practice of human sacrifice among the Aztecs.

Keywords: Ancient America – Mesoamerica, Human Sacrifice, Native Americans – Aztec, Pre-Columbian American History
ID = [77173]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1943-11-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:32
Dibble, Charles E. “La Venta Culture.” Improvement Era 46, no. 4 (1943): 197.
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A series of brief comments in which the author presents archaeological findings, architectural notes, and myths and legends that deal indirectly with the Book of Mormon. Dibble discusses the wheel, ancient irrigation methods, metals, Mexican and Mayan codices, Quetzalcoatl, ancient buildings, and numerous other related items. The twenty-first part covers the La Venta culture.

Keywords: Ancient America – Mesoamerica, Archaeology, Native Americans – Olmec
ID = [76837]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1943-04-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:30
Dibble, Charles E. “The Mayan Days…and Their Meaning.” Improvement Era 45, no. 4 (1942): 198.
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A series of brief comments in which the author presents archaeological findings, architectural notes, and myths and legends that deal indirectly with the Book of Mormon. Dibble discusses the wheel, ancient irrigation methods, metals, Mexican and Mayan codices, Quetzalcoatl, ancient buildings, and numerous other related items. The eleventh part covers the Mayan calendar.

Keywords: Ancient America – Mesoamerica, Calendar System, Native Americans – Maya, Timekeeping
ID = [76767]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1942-04-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:29
Dibble, Charles E. “Metal Craft in Ancient America.” Improvement Era 44, no. 3 (1941): 218.
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A series of brief comments in which the author presents archaeological findings, architectural notes, and myths and legends that deal indirectly with the Book of Mormon. Dibble discusses the wheel, ancient irrigation methods, metals, Mexican and Mayan codices, Quetzalcoatl, ancient buildings, and numerous other related items. The fourth part covers Ancient American metallurgy.

Keywords: Ancient America – Mesoamerica, Ancient America – South America, Gold, Metallurgy
ID = [76898]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1941-04-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:30
Dibble, Charles E. “Mexican and Mayan Codices.” Improvement Era 43, no. 8 (1940): 464-465, 504-506.
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A series of brief comments in which the author presents archaeological findings, architectural notes, and myths and legends that deal indirectly with the Book of Mormon. Dibble discusses the wheel, ancient irrigation methods, metals, Mexican and Mayan codices, Quetzalcoatl, ancient buildings, and numerous other related items. The first part covers Mexican and Mayan codices.

Keywords: Ancient America – Mesoamerica, Codex, Native Americans – Aztec, Native Americans – Maya, Recordkeeping, Writing System
ID = [77093]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1940-08-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:32
Dibble, Charles E. “Mexican Money-axes.” Improvement Era 45, no. 7 (1942): 442.
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A series of brief comments in which the author presents archaeological findings, architectural notes, and myths and legends that deal indirectly with the Book of Mormon. Dibble discusses the wheel, ancient irrigation methods, metals, Mexican and Mayan codices, Quetzalcoatl, ancient buildings, and numerous other related items. The fourteenth part covers Mexican “money-axes.”

Keywords: Ancient America – Mesoamerica, Archaeology, Metallurgy, Mexico, Money
ID = [76919]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1942-07-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:30
Dibble, Charles E. “The Olmeca Influence in Ancient America.” Improvement Era 45, no. 1 (1942): 6.
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A series of brief comments in which the author presents archaeological findings, architectural notes, and myths and legends that deal indirectly with the Book of Mormon. Dibble discusses the wheel, ancient irrigation methods, metals, Mexican and Mayan codices, Quetzalcoatl, ancient buildings, and numerous other related items. The eighth part covers the Olmecs.

Keywords: Ancient America – Mesoamerica, Archaeology, Native Americans – Olmec
ID = [77155]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1942-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:32
Dibble, Charles E. “Our Word Debt to the Aztecs.” Improvement Era 46, no. 10 (1943): 582.
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A series of brief comments in which the author presents archaeological findings, architectural notes, and myths and legends that deal indirectly with the Book of Mormon. Dibble discusses the wheel, ancient irrigation methods, metals, Mexican and Mayan codices, Quetzalcoatl, ancient buildings, and numerous other related items. The twenty-seventh part covers English words of Aztec origin.

Keywords: Etymology, Language, Language – Aztec, Linguistics, Native Americans – Aztec
ID = [77130]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1943-10-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:32
Dibble, Charles E. “Pre-Columbus Irrigation in the Southwest.” Improvement Era 46, no. 5 (1943): 264.
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A series of brief comments in which the author presents archaeological findings, architectural notes, and myths and legends that deal indirectly with the Book of Mormon. Dibble discusses the wheel, ancient irrigation methods, metals, Mexican and Mayan codices, Quetzalcoatl, ancient buildings, and numerous other related items. The twenty-second part covers pre-Columbian irrigation methods.

Keywords: Agriculture, Ancient America – North America, Irrigation, Pre-Columbian American History
ID = [76800]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1943-05-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:29
Dibble, Charles E. “Priests’ Dwellings in Teotihuacán.” Improvement Era 45, no. 9 (1942): 549, 593.
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A series of brief comments in which the author presents archaeological findings, architectural notes, and myths and legends that deal indirectly with the Book of Mormon. Dibble discusses the wheel, ancient irrigation methods, metals, Mexican and Mayan codices, Quetzalcoatl, ancient buildings, and numerous other related items. The sixteenth part covers priests’ dwellings in Teotihuacán.

Keywords: Ancient America – Mesoamerica, Archaeology, Dwelling, Teotihuacan
ID = [77063]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1942-09-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:31
Dibble, Charles E. “Quetzalcoatl.” Improvement Era 46, no. 1 (1943): 6.
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A series of brief comments in which the author presents archaeological findings, architectural notes, and myths and legends that deal indirectly with the Book of Mormon. Dibble discusses the wheel, ancient irrigation methods, metals, Mexican and Mayan codices, Quetzalcoatl, ancient buildings, and numerous other related items. The eighteenth part covers Quetzalcoatl.

Keywords: Ancient America – Mesoamerica, Mythology, Native Americans – Aztec, Quetzalcoatl
ID = [76868]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1943-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:30
Dibble, Charles E. “Reconstructing Ruins.” Improvement Era 45, no. 5 (1942): 268.
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A series of brief comments in which the author presents archaeological findings, architectural notes, and myths and legends that deal indirectly with the Book of Mormon. Dibble discusses the wheel, ancient irrigation methods, metals, Mexican and Mayan codices, Quetzalcoatl, ancient buildings, and numerous other related items The twelfth part covers ruins in Mexico.

Keywords: Ancient America – Mesoamerica, Archaeology, Mexico, Native Americans – Aztec
ID = [76763]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1942-05-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:29
Dibble, Charles E. “Religious Beliefs of the Aztecs.” The Latter-day Saints’ Millennial Star 110, no. 10 (October 1948): 296-97.
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The Aztecs of Mexico were religious fanatics who eventually were led to human sacrifice. The myths and legends of the Aztec people are perversions from the true gospel of Jesus Christ that was had in the first and second centuries A.D.

ID = [81305]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1948-10-01  Collections:  bom,millennial-star  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:12
Dibble, Charles E. “Some Facts Concerning Costa Rica and Its Ancient Inhabitants.” Improvement Era 44, no. 2 (1941): 68.
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A series of brief comments in which the author presents archaeological findings, architectural notes, and myths and legends that deal indirectly with the Book of Mormon. Dibble discusses the wheel, ancient irrigation methods, metals, Mexican and Mayan codices, Quetzalcoatl, ancient buildings, and numerous other related items. The third part covers Costa Rica.

Keywords: Ancient America – Mesoamerica, Pre-Columbian American History
ID = [76944]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1941-02-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:30
Dibble, Charles E. “Superimposition in Central American Architecture.” Improvement Era 46, no. 8 (1943): 453.
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A series of brief comments in which the author presents archaeological findings, architectural notes, and myths and legends that deal indirectly with the Book of Mormon. Dibble discusses the wheel, ancient irrigation methods, metals, Mexican and Mayan codices, Quetzalcoatl, ancient buildings, and numerous other related items. The twenty-fifth part covers some characteristics about Central American architecture.

Keywords: Ancient America – Mesoamerica, Architecture, Pre-Columbian American History
ID = [77128]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1943-08-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:32
Dibble, Charles E. “The Ten Commandments in Aztec.” Improvement Era 49, no. 7 (1946): 420.
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A series of brief comments in which the author presents archaeological findings, architectural notes, and myths and legends that deal indirectly with the Book of Mormon. Dibble discusses the wheel, ancient irrigation methods, metals, Mexican and Mayan codices, Quetzalcoatl, ancient buildings, and numerous other related items. The twenty-ninth part covers a translation of the Ten Commandments into Aztec characters.

Keywords: Decalogue, Language – Aztec, Ten Commandments, Translation
ID = [76992]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1946-07-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:31
Dibble, Charles E. “Toltec Problems.” Improvement Era 44, no. 9 (1941): 538.
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A series of brief comments in which the author presents archaeological findings, architectural notes, and myths and legends that deal indirectly with the Book of Mormon. Dibble discusses the wheel, ancient irrigation methods, metals, Mexican and Mayan codices, Quetzalcoatl, ancient buildings, and numerous other related items. The sixth part covers the Toltecs.

Keywords: Ancient America – Mesoamerica, Native Americans – Toltec, Pre-Columbian American History
ID = [77172]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1941-09-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:32
Dibble, Jonathan A. “‘Delivered by the Power of God’: The American Revolution and Nephi’s Prophecy.” Ensign, October 1987.
ID = [48288]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1987-10-01  Collections:  bom,ensign  Size: 34833  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:00:37
Dickens, Charles. “In the Name of the Prophet Smith.” Household Words: A Weekly Journal 69 (19 July 1851): 385-89.
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The writer finds Mormon claims to revelation and visions “in the age of railways” somewhat absurd. He notes the similarity in language between the Book of Mormon and the Old Testament and appears to accept the Spaulding theory of its origin.

ID = [79576]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1851-07-19  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:51
Dickinson, Ellen E. “The Book of Mormon.” Scribner’s Monthly 20 (August 1880): 614-16.
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Dickinson, the great-niece of Solomon Spaulding, reports an interview she conducted with Matilda Spaulding McKinstry, daughter of Solomon Spaulding. Gives basic facts about Spaulding’s Manuscript Found. Spaulding was the first to discover the Ohio mound-builder’s Israelite descent. His manuscript contained the names Mormon, Maroni, Lamenite, and Nephi and was taken to Patterson, a publisher in Pittsburg, with whom Sidney Rigdon spent time. In 1834 a man named Hurlburt asked for the manuscript for the purpose of making a comparison and the manuscript was lost.

ID = [80299]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1880-08-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:05
Dickinson, Ellen E. “Communications: The Book of Mormon.” Scribner’s Monthly 22 (October 1881): 946-48.
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This letter to the editor states that Hurlburt had searched out Mrs. Davidson, widow of Rev. Spaulding. The Manuscript Found was reported to be the basis of the Book of Mormon, but upon examination was found to be “nothing of the kind” Includes several affidavits by friends and neighbors of Rev. Spaulding that assure that the Book of Mormon is similar to the Spaulding manuscript.

ID = [79318]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1881-10-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:49
Dickinson, Ellen E. New Light on Mormonism. New York: Funk and Wagnalls, 1885.
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A polemical work on Mormonism. Pages 237-67 contain numerous affidavits relative to the Spaulding hypothesis.

ID = [78103]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1885-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:39
DiFrancesca, Vincenzo. “Burn the Book.” Improvement Era 70, no. 5 (May 1968): 4-7.
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Autobiographical sketch of DiFrancesca’s life-long search for the Church after finding a damaged Book of Mormon in an ash barrel.

ID = [81291]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1968-05-01  Collections:  bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:12
Dike, Charles. “A Comet, Christ’s Birth, and Josephus’s Lunar Eclipse.” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 52 (2022): 279-320.
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Abstract: A comet seen by the Chinese in 5 bc has been considered by some authors as a possibility for the Star of Bethlehem. This article starts with that premise and argues that Book of Mormon evidences reinforce that likelihood. The comet path can account for all events surrounding the Star of Bethlehem. Based on typologies in the scriptures, eyewitness reports, and the comet’s timing, the date of Christ’s birth can be determined. A proposal can then be made as to when and why the wise men began travelling to Jerusalem. The comet left a trail of debris the wise men saw on the night they located the house where Jesus was. The wise men and Joseph and Mary left Judea in mid-June of 5 bc and the slaughter of the innocents occurred later in that month. Using Josephus’s “Antiquities,” this article then argues strongly that Herod’s death occurred sometime after a lunar eclipse on September 15, 5 bc and before the next Passover. This serves also to support his death in the spring of 4 bc, contrary to some scholars who opt for a 1 bc death. This study reaffirms the reality of the Star of Bethlehem.

Keywords: 5 BC comet; birth of Christ; Herod; night without darkness; Star of Bethlehem
ID = [12564]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2022-01-01  Collections:  bom,interpreter-journal  Size: 89285  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/24/24 7:54:23
Dike, Charles. “Observations on Jaredite Ships and Travel to the Promised Land, A Peculiar Journey.” Paper presented at the 2023 FAIR Defending the Book of Mormon Conference. September 22-23, 2023.
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There are a total of 42 verses in the Book of Ether which apply to this discussion. Because of the limited information provided there must needs be some speculation. The Jaredites collected seeds, swarms of bees, fowl, and live fish: this article discusses why they might do that. It is determined that these did not travel to the Americas. The fowl that made the ocean journey were likely descendants of the red jungle fowl (chickens). The Jaredites were early travelers on the Silk Road. The brother of Jared cut a hole in the bottom of an ocean-going boat. The hole is necessary to ensure a safe and healthy ocean passage. An MIT experiment demonstrates the viability of the proposed ventilation system for the boats. The psychological effect on the crews is taken into consideration and the conclusion is that the journey was made in two legs.

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
ID = [81871]  Status = Type = talk,website article  Date = 2023-09-22  Collections:  bom,fair-conference  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:16
Dille, D. B., and Oliver Cowdery. “Testimonies of Oliver Cowdery and Martin Harris.” The Latter-day Saints’ Millennial Star 21, no. 34 (20 August 1859): 544-46.
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A reprint from the Deseret News, this article contains a report of a special conference held at Council Bluffs concerning Oliver Cowdery’s return to the Church. Quotes Cowdery’s testimony of the Book of Mormon from that conference. Includes a report by D. B. Dille who visited Martin Harris and tells of that visit.

ID = [80937]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1859-08-20  Collections:  bom,millennial-star  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:10
Dillon, Bill. A Debate with Mormons. Hazel, KY: Bill Dillon, 1981.
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A correspondence between a Mormon and a Baptist regarding Mormon beliefs. Common criticisms against the Book of Mormon are raised and discussed, such as the Book of Mormon’s condemnation of polygamy, alleged contradictions with the Bible, lack of archaeological evidence, witnesses to the Book of Mormon, and others.

ID = [77408]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1981-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:34
Larson, Stan, and John S. Dinger. Significant Textual Changes in The Book of Mormon: The first printed edition compared to the manuscripts and to the subsequent major LDS English printed editions. Salt Lake City, UT: The Smith-Pettit Foundation, 2013.
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The Book of Mormon is the scripture embraced by followers of Joseph Smith in his 1830s Latter-day Saint movement. Despite the faith of believers that the Book of Mormon is “the most correct of any book,” ever since Smith dictated the text to scribes in 1827, there have been significant modifications with each printing. Here, presented for the first time, is an easy-to-use, single volume correlating all the major changes to English language editions of the Book of Mormon. It includes the original manuscript, printer’s manuscript, and fifteen editions from 1830, 1837, 1840, 1841, 1849, 1852, 1879, 1888, 1902, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1911, 1920, and 1981. The presentation is simple and reader friendly. The base text is from an original 1830 edition, and bold lettering signals the altered text. Footnotes track changes over time, with details from the variant texts. Often these changes simply clarify minor issues of spelling, adding or deleting conjunctions or completing fragmented sentences. But at several important points, the changes transform the meaning of Joseph Smith’s canon. A major character in the book describes the symbolism of a dream he has and refers to “the Lamb of God” (Jesus) as “the Eternal Father,” a generic Trinitarian belief that Mormons now reject. The text was subsequently changed to read “the Lamb of the Son of the Eternal Father,” which reflecting the shift in belief among Mormons at the time, as they came to regard Deity as three separate beings with exalted human bodies. Other changes affect basic understandings of theology, race, and identity, which morph through printings and are tracked here in a clean, straightforward approach.

Keywords: Book of Mormon, manuscripts; Book of Mormon, printing; Book of Mormon; Book of Mormon, editions and translations; Book of Mormon, textual development
ID = [81489]  Status = Type = book  Date = 2013-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:14
Dirkmaat, Gerrit J., and Michael Hubbard MacKay. “Firsthand Witness Accounts of the Translation Process.” In The Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon, eds. Dennis L. Largey, Andrew H. Hedges, John Hilton III, and Kerry Hull. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2015.
Topics:    RSC Topics > A — C > Church History 1820–1844
RSC Topics > G — K > Gold Plates
RSC Topics > T — Z > Urim and Thummim
ID = [34707]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2015-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books,rsc-sperry  Size: 49994  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:59:57
MacKay, Michael Hubbard, and Gerrit J. Dirkmaat. From Darkness unto Light: Joseph Smith’s Translation and Publication of the Book of Mormon. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2015.
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Although both members and academics alike often think of this story as well known, recent insights and discoveries associated with the efforts by the Church History Department to publish The Joseph Smith Papers have provided a fuller, richer understanding of the translation and publication of the Book of Mormon. This book was written to provide a detailed explanation of how Joseph Smith and the scribes who served with him described the process of translating the gold plates and the difficulties encountered as they sought to publish the completed book. ISBN 978-0-8425-2888-7

ID = [33239]  Status = Type = book  Date = 2015-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/25/24 11:52:26
Dirkmaat, Gerrit J., and Michael Hubbard MacKay. “Joseph Smith’s Negotiations to Publish the Book of Mormon.” In The Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon, eds. Dennis L. Largey, Andrew H. Hedges, John Hilton III, and Kerry Hull. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2015.
Topics:    RSC Topics > A — C > Church History 1820–1844
ID = [34712]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2015-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books,rsc-sperry,smith-joseph-jr  Size: 42002  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/27/24 20:56:18
Jensen, Robin Scott, Gerrit John Dirkmaat, and Michael Hubbard MacKay. “The ‘Caractors’ Document: New Light on an Early Transcription of the Book of Mormon Characters.” Mormon Historical Studies 14, no. 1 (Spring, 2013): 131-152.
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The article discusses research concerning a document known as the “Caractors” and its relationship to the “Book of Mormon” and the gold plates associated with the “Book of Mormon,” and its significance to the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS). It discusses the testimony of possible gold plates witness David Whitmer, the interpretative research of historian George Q. Cannon, and whether the document was the same as the document taken to scholar Charles Anthon from LDS convert Martin Harris.

Keywords: Cannon, George Q.; Anthon, Charles; Harris, Martin; Whitmer, John; Book of Mormon, Anthon transcript; Historical documents, importance of; Smith, Joseph, Jr., writing style
ID = [82035]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2013-03-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:18
Dirkmaat, Gerrit John, and Michael Hubbard McKay. From Darkness unto Light: Joseph Smith’s Translation and Publication of the Book of Mormon. Provo, UT : Salt Lake City, UT: Religious Studies Center ; Deseret Book, 2015.
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This book provides a detailed description of the process by which Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon. Drawing from firsthand accounts of Joseph himself and the scribes who served with him, From Darkness unto Light explores the difficulties encountered in bringing forth this book of inspired scripture. Recent insights and discoveries from the Joseph Smith Papers project have provided a fuller, richer understanding of the translation and publication of the Book of Mormon. This book helps readers understand that the coming forth of the Book of Mormon was a miracle. Faith and belief are necessary ingredients for one to come to know that Joseph Smith performed the work of a seer in bringing the sacred words of the Book of Mormon from darkness unto light.

Keywords: Smith, Joseph, Jr.; Book of Mormon; Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith’s translation of
ID = [81475]  Status = Type = book  Date = 2015-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:14
Dirkmaat, Gerrit John, and Michael Hubbard McKay. Let’s Talk about the Translation of the Book of Mormon. Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book, 2023.
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“Ever since it was first published in 1830, the Book of Mormon has been intensely scrutinized by both critics and believers. Part of that scrutiny has included speculation about how the book was produced, and many Latter-day Saints have found themselves confused by the various explanations put forth. How exactly did Joseph Smith translate the Book of Mormon? What is the Urim and Thummim, and how did Joseph use it? Why are there different theories of translation, and do they contradict what Joseph Smith and witnesses of the translation described? Historians Gerrit J. Dirkmaat and Michael Hubbard McKay strip away the noise and answer these questions by focusing on primary, historical sources-- records from the key players in the translation, including witnesses, scribes, and Joseph himself. They tell the story of how Joseph obtained the gold plates and then translated them, addressing many common questions Latter-day Saints have about the process.” [From book flap]

Keywords: Book of Mormon, controversies; Book of Mormon, manuscripts; Book of Mormon, witnesses; Book of Mormon; Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith’s translation of
ID = [81476]  Status = Type = book  Date = 2023-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:14
Dixon, Derek. “A Man Who Knew.” Improvement Era 70, no. 3 (1967): 16.
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This article is about Edward King or Viscount Kingsborough, author of a nine-volume work The Antiquities of Mexico, believed that the Ancient Americans were members of the house of Israel and at some time in their history they had been visited by Jesus Christ.

Keywords: House of Israel, Native Americans, Savior in America
ID = [76925]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1967-03-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:30
Dixon, Riley Lake. Just One Cumorah. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1958.
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Argues that the Hill Cumorah, where the Nephites and Lamanites fought their last battle, was the Hill Cumorah in New York state. The author also believes that the Nephites landed in Chile thirty degrees south latitude, according to a statement attributed to Joseph Smith. This work is reviewed in K.117.

ID = [77953]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1958-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:38
Dobson, J. Laverd, and J. D. Dobson. Omni. Salt Lake City: Dobson Family, 1980.
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An extensive discussion of the book of Omni. Examines the personalities, geography, and plates of Omni, and presents charts and illustrations.

ID = [78112]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1980-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:39
Dobson, J. Laverd, and J. D. Dobson. Omni. Salt Lake City: Dobson Family, 1980.
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An extensive discussion of the book of Omni. Examines the personalities, geography, and plates of Omni, and presents charts and illustrations.

ID = [78112]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1980-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:39
Doddridge, David W. “Fertility, Right?” Sunstone 15 (October 1991): 9.
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Takes issue with John Kunich’s theory that a 2 percent per year population growth in the Book of Mormon is “unheard of” According to newly issued population reports of May 1991, the Mideast is expanding at 2.8 percent, South Asia at 2.3 and Africa and 3 percent. It is possible that this type of population growth can occur.

ID = [79447]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1991-10-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:50
Dogberry, Obediah (pen name of Cole, Abner). “From the Book of Mormon.” The Reflector New Series 2, 3, Extra (2 January, 13 January, 22 January 1830): 9, 17, 27.
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A series: extracts from the pages of the Book of Mormon prior to publication of the book.

ID = [79469]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1830-01-02  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:50
Dogberry, Obediah (pen name of Cole, Abner). “Gold Bible, No. 1.” The Reflector 2 (January 6, 1831): 76.
ID = [79485]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1831-01-06  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:50
Dogberry, Obediah (pen name of Cole, Abner). “Gold Bible, No. 2.” The Reflector 2 (January 18, 1831): 84.
ID = [79486]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1831-01-18  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:50
Dogberry, Obediah (pen name of Cole, Abner). “Gold Bible, No. 3.” The Reflector 2 (February 1, 1831): 92-93.
ID = [79487]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1831-02-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:50
Dogberry, Obediah (pen name of Cole, Abner). “Gold Bible, No. 4.” The Reflector 2 (February 14, 1831): 100-101.
ID = [79488]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1831-02-14  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:50
Dogberry, Obediah (pen name of Cole, Abner). “Gold Bible, No. 5.” The Reflector 2 (February 28, 1831): 109.
ID = [79489]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1831-02-28  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:50
Dogberry, Obediah (pen name of Cole, Abner). “Gold Bible, No. 6.” The Reflector 2 (March 19, 1831): 126-29.
ID = [79490]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1831-03-19  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:50
Dogberry, Obediah (pen name of Cole, Abner). “Mormonism.” The Reflector 2 (March 9, 1831): 116-17.
ID = [79820]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1831-03-09  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:52
Dollahite, David C. “Receiving the Eternal.” Devotional, Brigham Young University, September 27, 2016.
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My friends, wherever you find yourself spiritually, I say to you in love and humility: I know that God lives and will answer your sincere prayers.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; Conversion; Podcast: Come; Follow Me
ID = [70041]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 2016-09-27  Collections:  bom,byu-speeches  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:08:03
Hawkins, Alan J., Thomas W. Draper, and David C. Dollahite, eds. Successful Marriages and Families: Proclamation Principles and Research Perspectives. Provo, UT: BYU Studies, 2016.
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Issued by the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve in 1995, “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” has instructed and inspired Latter-day Saints throughout the world, including many LDS scholars who seek to strengthen and defend marriages and families. This new volume, edited by Alan Hawkins, David Dollahite, and Thomas Draper, all of The School of Family Life at Brigham Young University, draws together the best of their latest findings.

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
ID = [75338]  Status = Type = book  Date = 2016-01-01  Collections:  bom,byu-studies  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/25/24 9:09:48
Donaldson, Lee L. “Benjamin and Noah: The Principle of Dominion.” In The Book of Mormon: Mosiah, Salvation Only Through Christ eds. Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate, Jr., 49–58. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1991.
ID = [36831]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1991-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-bom,rsc-books  Size: 16459  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:00
Donaldson, Lee L. “The Plates of Ether and the Covenant of the Book of Mormon.” In The Book of Mormon: Fourth Nephi Through Moroni, ed. Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate Jr., 69–79. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1995.
Topics:    RSC Topics > A — C > Book of Mormon
Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
RSC Topics > A — C > Covenant
ID = [36713]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1995-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-bom,rsc-books  Size: 22335  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:57:58
Done, Otto. “U.A.S. Members Complete Archaeological Tour of Book of Mormon Lands.” University Archaeological Society Newsletter 26 (31 March 1955): 1-3.
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Tells of viewing the Izapa tree-of-life stone and other places of interest that are identified as the “land Southward” in the Book of Mormon.

ID = [80760]  Status = Type = newsletter article  Date = 1955-03-31  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:08
Done, Otto. “U.A.S. Members Complete Archaeological Tour of Book of Mormon Lands.” In Progress in Archaeology: An Anthology, edited by Christensen, Ross T., 162-65. Provo, UT: Brigham Young University, 1963.
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Tells of viewing the Izapa tree-of-life stone and other places of interest that are identified as the “land Southward” in the Book of Mormon.

ID = [80759]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1963-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:08
Dorius, Guy L., Craig K. Manscill, and Craig James Ostler, eds. Regional Studies in Latter-day Saint Church History: Ohio and Upper Canada. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2006.
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Volume 6 i​n the Regional Studies Series Ohio became the first gathering place for the Saints in this dispensation when the Lord declared, “A commandment I give unto the church, that it is expedient in me that they should assemble together at the Ohio” (D&C 37:3). Members of the Church in New York responded to this command by gathering in and around Kirtland, Ohio, where the Lord promised that He would give them His law and endow them power. Revelation was abundant and sometimes accompanied by the Lord’s presence. Almost half of the revelations in the Doctrine and Covenants were received in Ohio. Soon, stretching northward into Canada, the message of the restored gospel reached the homes of John Taylor, Mary Fielding, and other early converts. This book also tells the story of journalist and political activist William Lyon Mackenzie and his interest in the Saints. Contributors are Richard E. Bennett, David F. Boone, Richard O. Cowan, H. Dean Garrett, William Goddard, Steven C. Harper, Daniel H. Olsen, Craig James Ostler, Kip Sperry, Dennis A. Wright, and Helen Warner. ISBN 978-0-8425-2653-1

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
ID = [33317]  Status = Type = book  Date = 2006-01-01  Collections:  bom,d-c,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 9  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:59:49

Articles

Boone, David F. “A Most Remarkable Family: The Ohio Legacy of the Asael and Mary Duty Smith Family.” In Regional Studies in Latter-day Saint Church History: Ohio and Upper Canada, eds. Guy L. Dorius, Craig K. Manscill, and Craig James Ostler. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2006.
Topics:    RSC Topics > D — F > Family
ID = [35875]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2006-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size: 31637  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:57:52
Cowan, Richard O. “Faith and Devotion in Building the Kirtland Temple.” In Regional Studies in Latter-day Saint Church History: Ohio and Upper Canada, eds. Guy L. Dorius, Craig K. Manscill, and Craig James Ostler. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2006.
ID = [35876]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2006-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size: 16741  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:57:52
Garrett, H. Dean. “The Messengers and the Message: Missionaries to the Lamanites.” In Regional Studies in Latter-day Saint Church History: Ohio and Upper Canada, eds. Guy L. Dorius, Craig K. Manscill, and Craig James Ostler. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2006.
Topics:    RSC Topics > A — C > Baptism
RSC Topics > A — C > Book of Mormon
RSC Topics > T — Z > Testimony
ID = [35877]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2006-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size: 31473  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:57:52
Harper, Steven C. “‘Every Man Walketh in His Own Way’: Individualism, Revelation, and Authority in the Ohio Period.” In Regional Studies in Latter-day Saint Church History: Ohio and Upper Canada, eds. Guy L. Dorius, Craig K. Manscill, and Craig James Ostler. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2006.
Topics:    RSC Topics > A — C > Apostasy
RSC Topics > A — C > Church History 1820–1844
RSC Topics > Q — S > Revelation
ID = [35878]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2006-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size: 30340  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:57:52
Sperry, Kip. “Religion and Ethnicity in the Western Reserve.” In Regional Studies in Latter-day Saint Church History: Ohio and Upper Canada, eds. Guy L. Dorius, Craig K. Manscill, and Craig James Ostler. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2006.
Topics:    RSC Topics > D — F > Family History
ID = [35879]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2006-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size: 52501  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:57:52
Wright, Dennis A. “Caroline Young Harris: The Kirtland Wife of Martin Harris.” In Regional Studies in Latter-day Saint Church History: Ohio and Upper Canada, eds. Guy L. Dorius, Craig K. Manscill, and Craig James Ostler. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2006.
Topics:    RSC Topics > D — F > Family
RSC Topics > L — P > Marriage
ID = [35880]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2006-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size: 27851  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:57:52
Ostler, Craig James, and William Goddard. “A Brief History of the Church in the Mount Pleasant Area, Ontario, before 1850.” In Regional Studies in Latter-day Saint Church History: Ohio and Upper Canada, eds. Guy L. Dorius, Craig K. Manscill, and Craig James Ostler. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2006.
Topics:    RSC Topics > A — C > Baptism
RSC Topics > G — K > Joseph Smith
RSC Topics > L — P > Missionary Work
ID = [35881]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2006-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size: 67249  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:57:52
Warner, Helen K. “William Lyon Mackenzie and the Mormon Connection.” In Regional Studies in Latter-day Saint Church History: Ohio and Upper Canada, eds. Guy L. Dorius, Craig K. Manscill, and Craig James Ostler. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2006.
Topics:    RSC Topics > L — P > Miracles
ID = [35882]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2006-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size: 39530  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:57:52
Bennett, Richard E. “Of Printers, Prophets, and Politicians: William Lyon Mackenzie, Mormonism, and Early Printing in Upper Canada.” In Regional Studies in Latter-day Saint Church History: Ohio and Upper Canada, eds. Guy L. Dorius, Craig K. Manscill, and Craig James Ostler. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2006.
Topics:    RSC Topics > A — C > Book of Mormon
RSC Topics > G — K > Joseph Smith
ID = [35883]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2006-01-01  Collections:  rsc-books  Size: 76846  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:57:52
Doty, Donald B. “Why is the Book of Mormon the ‘most correct of any book on earth’?” Ensign, August 1988.
ID = [48681]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1988-08-01  Collections:  bom,ensign  Size: 6804  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:00:40
Douglas, Alex. “David E. Bokovoy. Authoring the Old Testament: Genesis–Deuteronomy. Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2014.” Studies in the Bible and Antiquity 8 no. 1 (2016).
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David Bokovoy’s most recent book, Authoring the Old Testament: Genesis–Deuteronomy, represents a fresh and much-needed perspective on how Latter-day Saints can simultaneously embrace both scholarship and faith. This book is the first in what is anticipated to be a three-volume set exploring issues of authorship in the Old Testament published by Bokovoy with Greg Kofford Books. Bokovoy uses current scholarship on the Pentateuch as a springboard for discussing LDS perspectives on scripture, revelation, and cultural influence. To my knowledge, this is the first book-length attempt to popularize the classical Documentary Hypothesis among Latter-day Saints, and Bokovoy does an exemplary job of tackling this issue head-on and taking an unflinching view of its implications for how we understand Restoration scriptures such as the Book of Moses, the Book of Abraham, and the Book of Mormon.

Keywords: Old Testament; Biblical studies; religious scholarship; Book of Mormon
Topics:    Old Testament Scriptures > Genesis
Old Testament Scriptures > Deuteronomy
ID = [7065]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2016-01-01  Collections:  abraham,bom,farms-sba,old-test  Size: 23496  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:53
Douglas, Norman. “The Sons of Lehi and the Seed of Cain: Racial Myths in Mormon Scripture and Their Relevance to the Pacific Islands.” Journal of Religious History 8 (June 1974): 90-104.
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Discusses Mormon racial beliefs regarding polynesians and blacks and their relationship to the Book of Mormon and the book of Abraham.

ID = [80644]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1974-06-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:08
Dowding, Goff. “Word Portraits from Third Nephi, I.” Improvement Era 51, no. 9 (1948): 550.
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A series presenting narrative taken from 3 Nephi 1-28 with accompanying illustrations. Illustrations depict the events surrounding Christ’s birth, death, and visit on the American continent. The first part consists of scenes from chapters 1, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 9.

Keywords: 3 Nephi, Gadianton Robbers, Prophecy, Study Helps
ID = [77111]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1948-09-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:32
Dowding, Goff. “Word Portraits from Third Nephi, II.” Improvement Era 51, no. 10 (1948): 614.
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A series presenting narrative taken from 3 Nephi 1-28 with accompanying illustrations. Illustrations depict the events surrounding Christ’s birth, death, and visit on the American continent. The second part consists of scenes from chapters 6–9.

Keywords: 3 Nephi, Destruction, Natural Disaster, Study Helps
ID = [77040]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1948-10-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:31
Dowding, Goff. “Word Portraits from Third Nephi, III.” Improvement Era 51, no. 11 (1948): 678.
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A series presenting narrative taken from 3 Nephi 1-28 with accompanying illustrations. Illustrations depict the events surrounding Christ’s birth, death, and visit on the American continent. The third part consists of scenes from chapters 11, 15, and 16.

Keywords: 3 Nephi, Savior in America, Sermon at the Temple, Study Helps
ID = [77174]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1948-11-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:32
Dowding, Goff. “Word Portraits from Third Nephi, IV.” Improvement Era 51, no. 12 (1948): 782.
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A series presenting narrative taken from 3 Nephi 1-28 with accompanying illustrations. Illustrations depict the events surrounding Christ’s birth, death, and visit on the American continent. The fourth part consists of scenes from chapters 17–19, 21, and 23.

Keywords: 3 Nephi, Nephite Disciples, Savior in America, Sermon at the Temple
ID = [76787]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1948-12-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:29
Dowding, Goff. “Word Portraits from Third Nephi, V.” Improvement Era 52, no. 1 (1949): 6.
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A series presenting narrative taken from 3 Nephi 1-28 with accompanying illustrations. Illustrations depict the events surrounding Christ’s birth, death, and visit on the American continent. he fifth part consists of scenes from chapters 23, 24, and 26–28.

Keywords: 3 Nephi, Nephite Disciples, Samuel the Lamanite, Savior in America, Sermon at the Temple, Three Nephites
ID = [76901]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1949-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:30
Doxey, Roy W. “I Have a Question: Some passages in the Book of Mormon seem to indicate that there is only one God and that he is a spirit only. How can we explain this?” In A Sure Foundation: Answers to Difficult Gospel Questions, 5-11. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1988.
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Doxey explains, citing many scriptures, how the Book of Mormon “does indeed teach that God the Father, his Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are three separate beings and that the Father and the Son are not personages of spirit”

ID = [81040]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1988-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:11
Doxey, Roy W. “I Have a Question: What was the approximate weight of the gold plates from which the Book of Mormon was translated?” In A Sure Foundation: Answers to Difficult Gospel Questions, 50-52. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1988.
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Citing Joseph Smith’s own description of the physical appearance of the plates as well as several contemporary accounts of persons who were permitted to lift them, the author provides an approximate weight of the gold plates.

ID = [81039]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1988-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:11
Doxey, Roy W. “Modern Fulfillment of a Book of Mormon Prophecy.” Improvement Era 53, no. 11 (1950): 879-880, 924.
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This article discusses a prophecy made by Nephi (2 Nephi 30:3), which states that many Gentiles of the last days will believe the words of the Book of Mormon. The author believes that the great numbers of persons who read and accept the Book of Mormon in this era demonstrate eloquent fulfillment of this prophecy.

Keywords: Ancient America – Mesoamerica, Book of Mormon, Missionary Work, Prophecy
ID = [77132]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1950-11-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:32
Doxey, Roy W. “One of Joseph Smith’s Contributions—Translation of the Book of Mormon.” Relief Society Magazine 56 (November 1969): 857-62.
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The Book of Mormon is a witness to the Bible’s truthfulness, proclaims the reality of Christ’s resurrection, imparts and clarifies gospel truths, and is an instrument for salvation. Having faith in the Book of Mormon increases faith in Christ.

ID = [79938]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1969-11-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:53
Doxey, Roy W. “Satan’s Opposition to the Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon.” Relief Society Magazine 44 (November 1957): 760-64.
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In opposition to the Lord’s great work of saving the souls of mankind, Satan has sought to destroy the same. Joseph Smith was cautioned that temptations would arise concerning the gold plates. The loss of the manuscript was not a frustration to God’s work, it was an important lesson.

ID = [80141]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1957-11-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:04
Doxey, Roy W. “Some passages in the Book of Mormon seem to indicate that there is only one God and that he is a spirit only. How can we explain this?” Ensign, August 1985.
ID = [47207]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1985-08-01  Collections:  bom,ensign  Size: 12023  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:00:29
Doxey, Roy W. “The Three Special Book of Mormon Witnesses.” Relief Society Magazine 45 (January 1958): 49-55.
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The testimonies of the Three Witnesses were strengthened by their spiritual experiences with Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. Oliver Cowdery, Martin Harris, and David Whitmer never denied their testimonies.

ID = [80675]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1958-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:08
Doxey, Roy W. “What was the approximate weight of the gold plates from which the Book of Mormon was translated?” Ensign, December 1986.
ID = [47908]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1986-12-01  Collections:  bom,ensign  Size: 3906  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:00:35
Draper, Larry W. “Book of Mormon Editions.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 11 no. 2 (2002).
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Larry Draper describes his role in providing Royal Skousen with copies of various early editions of the Book of Mormon for use in the critical text project. Draper also describes the printing process of the Book of Mormon, which process was made clearer because of Skousen’s project. Draper explains the stereotyping method of printing that was used for the 1840 Cincinnati/Nauvoo edition and the 1852 Liverpool edition of the Book of Mormon.

ID = [3102]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2002-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size: 17092  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:53
Draper, Maurice L. “Evidences of the Divine Authenticity of the Book of Mormon.” Saints’ Herald 99 (11, 18 August 1952): 749, 776-77.
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Defends the Book of Mormon against the charge that Joseph Smith fabricated it; lists Egyptian and Hebraic influences found in the Book of Mormon; discusses the methods of translating the work and its literary style.

ID = [79430]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1952-08-11  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:49
Draper, Maurice L. The Founding Prophet: An Administrative Biography of Joseph Smith Jr. Independence, MO: Herald House, 1991.
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Deals with the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, including angel Moroni’s visit to Joseph Smith, the obtaining of the gold plates, the book’s translation and publication, and the witnesses to the book and their testimonies.

ID = [78486]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1991-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:42
Draper, Maurice L. “Some Questions and Answers about the Book of Mormon.” Saints’ Herald 98 (12 February 1951): 155-57.
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Writes concerning the translation of the Book of Mormon, its multiple references to Christ, and peculiar phrases found in the Book of Mormon. Discusses the use of King James language and phrases in the book, Joseph Smith’s ability as a translator, and the clarity of Book of Mormon prophecies.

ID = [80190]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1951-02-12  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:04
Draper, Melvin S. “Our Cousins the American Indian.” Santa Maria, CA: n.p., 1962.
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Draws upon cultural and anthropological relationships between ancient American peoples and the civilizations in the Book of Mormon. Discusses Ixtilixochitl, Quetzalcoatl, and the “Fair God” of Mesoamerica.

ID = [78121]  Status = Type = manuscript  Date = 1962-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:39
Rhodes, Richard D., and Michael D. Draper. New Rendition: Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians. Provo, UT: BYU Studies, 2019.
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The New Rendition of the book First Corinthians provides a modern English translation of the Greek text while remaining true to Paul’s intent. This translation is excerpted from Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians by Richard D. Draper and Michael D. Rhodes. This new version clarifies many previously vague or misunderstood passages and enlightens the text for today’s readers. This epistle is particularly interesting and important to faithful Christians interested in the Apostle Paul’s testimonies of knowledge, revelation, purity, gifts of the spirit, the sacrament, charity, the resurrection, baptism for the dead, heavenly glory, and many other topics crucial to the life of righteousness. This Rendition is part of the BYU New Testament Commentary series. This scholarly project aims to create a faithful modern English translation together with a full, in-depth, carefully researched Latter-day Saint commentary for each book on the New Testament. More of the New Rendition and commentary volumes will be added in coming months and years. As of 2019, volumes have been published on Mark, Luke, First Corinthians, and Revelation.

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
ID = [75309]  Status = Type = book  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,byu-studies,new-test  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 17:26:58
Draper, Richard D. “The Book of Mormon on Christ’s Role as Redeemer.” Ensign, January 2000.
ID = [54183]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 2000-01-01  Collections:  bom,ensign  Size: 14969  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:05:21
Draper, Richard D. “The First Coming of the Lord to the Jews: a Book of Mormon Perspective.” The 28th Sidney B. Sperry Symposium, 1999.
ID = [38823]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-sperry,rsc-video  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:58:17
Draper, Richard D. “Hubris and Atē: A Latter-day Warning from the Book of Mormon.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 3 no. 2 (1994).
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Civilizations fall due to complex pressures, but the Book of Mormon points to one sin which assisted if not drove the demise of both the Nephite and Jaredite peoples. This sin was pride. This essay ties pride to the Old World concepts of hubris and at? as a means of revealing the dynamic nature of this sin and exploring its deadly character. It shows that pride leads to hubris, the attempt by individuals and nations to become a law unto themselves, and that the consequence of hubris is at?, a spiritual blindness that impels the individual or society toward its doom. The paper warns the Latter-day Saint about this vice.

ID = [2870]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1994-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size: 49875  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:52
Draper, Richard D. “The Mortal Ministry of the Savior as Understood by the Book of Mormon Prophets.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 2, no. 1 (1993): 80-92.
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The mortal Savior was not man, not human (Alma 34:10). Infinite and eternal, he received his physical life not from a son of Adam but from the Father of Adam, God. He took upon himself the image of man, but in truth he was the model, not the copy. Though mortal, he was still God, able to suffer and to redeem as only a god could. He was Son, because he received physical life from his Father, and Father, because he used his divine powers to give eternal life to others. Though not man, he experienced mortality, which allowed him to understand and love mortals.

Keywords: Condescension of God; Jesus Christ; Mortal Ministry; Mortality; Prophet; Savior
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Alma
ID = [2830]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1993-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 30878  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:51
Rhodes, Michael D., and Richard D. Draper. New Rendition: The Epistle to the Hebrews. Provo, UT: BYU Studies, 2019.
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The rendering of the Greek text of the Epistle to the Hebrews into modern English presents a flowing and easily understood translation of one of the most beautiful biblical studies of the nature and ministry of Christ. The English rendering comes from an extensive and excellent Commentary entitled The Epistle to the Hebrews by Richard D. Draper and Michael D. Rhodes forthcoming in 2019. This translation seeks to correct one of the major problems the King James translators were unable to overcome. These men were classists and knew well the power and beauty of the Attic prose of Plato and Aristotle. Unfortunately, “the rubbed down and difficult Greek” of the New Testament era held a number of mysteries they were unable to solve. This left a number of passages, especially in the dense and difficult writings of the epistles, very hard to understand in their translation. In this new rendering of the Greek text, the current translators have attempted to present the true sense of the New Testament writings as faithfully and clearly as possible in modern English. It strives to balance the esoteric details of a text with the importance of communicating the breadth of its meaning as clearly as possible to English readers. Sometimes grammatical and syntactical forms that make good sense in Greek seem stilted, odd, and even weird when translated word for word into English. The translators’ purpose has been to render the Greek in such a way that an educated reader could readily understand its meaning. They have consistently tried to avoid an overly “literal” translation, which would likely obscure original intents. They have, therefore, followed Bruce Metzger’s dictum to be “as literal as possible, but as free as necessary” in order to communicate to the English reader the meaning of the text. This Rendition is part of the BYU New Testament Commentary series. This scholarly project aims to create a faithful modern English translation together with a full, in-depth, carefully researched Latter-day Saint commentary for each book on the New Testament. As of 2019, volumes have been published on Mark, Luke, First Corinthians, and Revelation. More of the New Rendition and commentary volumes will be added in coming months and years.

ID = [75311]  Status = Type = book  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,byu-studies,new-test  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:19
Rhodes, Michael D., and Richard D. Draper. New Rendition: The Revelation of John the Apostle. Provo, UT: BYU Studies, 2019.
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The New Rendition of the book of Revelation provides a modern English translation of the Greek text while remaining true to the Apostle John’s intent. This translation is excerpted from The Revelation of John the Apostle by Richard D. Draper and Michael D. Rhodes. The text of Revelation in the King James Version seems oblique and in some cases inexplicable, but this New Rendition clarifies many misunderstood or misinterpreted passages and helps make John’s powerful testimony more understandable and applicable to the modern disciple. The authors have studied, taught, and published scholarly works on the book of Revelation for decades and aim to make the text accessible with this version. Insights into the meaning of this grand apocalyptic book are drawn from early Christian perspectives, Latter-day Saint scriptures, and a panoply of references to churches, angels, trumpets, seals, signs, beasts, and elders leading to the great marriage supper of the Lamb of God and the establishment of the celestial New Jerusalem. This Rendition is part of the BYU New Testament Commentary series. This scholarly project aims to create a faithful modern English translation together with a full, in-depth, carefully researched Latter-day Saint commentary for each book on the New Testament. More of the New Rendition and commentary volumes will be added in coming months and years. As of 2019, volumes have been published on Mark, Luke, First Corinthians, and Revelation.

ID = [75313]  Status = Type = book  Date = 2019-01-01  Collections:  bom,byu-studies,new-test  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:19
Draper, Richard D. “Scribes, Pharisees, Hypocrites: A Study in Hypókrisis.” In The Disciple as Scholar: Essays on Scripture and the Ancient World in Honor of Richard Lloyd Anderson, edited by Stephen D. Ricks, Donald W. Parry, and Andrew H. Hedges, 385-427. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2000.
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Keywords: Hypocrisy; Jesus Christ; Pharisees; Scribe
ID = [75506]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2000-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:21
Draper, Thomas W., and Lindsey Kenny. “Book of Mormon Parenting.” The FARMS Review 18, no. 1 (2006): 1-2.
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Review of Geri Brinley. The Book of Mormon: A Pattern for Parenting.

Keywords: Family; Parenthood; Scripture Study
ID = [524]  Status = Type = review  Date = 2006-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size: 3709  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:32
Hawkins, Alan J., Thomas W. Draper, and David C. Dollahite, eds. Successful Marriages and Families: Proclamation Principles and Research Perspectives. Provo, UT: BYU Studies, 2016.
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Issued by the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve in 1995, “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” has instructed and inspired Latter-day Saints throughout the world, including many LDS scholars who seek to strengthen and defend marriages and families. This new volume, edited by Alan Hawkins, David Dollahite, and Thomas Draper, all of The School of Family Life at Brigham Young University, draws together the best of their latest findings.

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
ID = [75338]  Status = Type = book  Date = 2016-01-01  Collections:  bom,byu-studies  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/25/24 9:09:48
Driggs, H. Wayne. “America’s Witness for Christ: a pageant from the stick of Joseph, known to the world as the Book of Mormon.” N.p.: n.p.,n.d.
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This collection includes a script for a pageant entitled The Book of Mormon. It explains the meaning and purpose of the Book of Mormon.

ID = [77493]  Status = Type = manuscript  Date = 0000-00-00  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:35
Driggs, Howard R. “Gospel Messages from the Book of Mormon.” Relief Society Magazine 35 (September 1948): 640-47.
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Treasures of wisdom comparable to the biblical book of Proverbs may be found scattered throughout the Book of Mormon. The author presents many Book of Mormon examples of proverbial sayings.

ID = [79494]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1948-09-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:50
Driggs, Howard R. “The Spaulding Manuscript.” Juvenile Instructor 50 (October 1915): 631-34.
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Provides a history and selections of the Spaulding manuscript with the goal of showing that it was not the source of the Book of Mormon.

ID = [80646]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1915-10-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:08
Driggs, Jean R. “The Palestine of America.” Salt Lake City: n.p., 16 March 1928.
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Argues that the Book of Mormon lands were located in Honduras and Guatemala, extending “no further northward than southern parts of Mexico” Three maps are included.

ID = [78616]  Status = Type = manuscript  Date = 1928-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:43
Hess, Wilford M., Daniel J. Fairbanks, John W. Welch, and Jonathan K. Driggs. “Botanical Aspects of Olive Culture Relevant to Jacob 5.” In The Allegory of the Olive Tree: The Olive, the Bible, and Jacob 5, ed. Stephen D. Ricks and John W. Welch, 484—562. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book; Provo,Utah: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1994.
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Keywords: Ancient Israel; Ancient Near East; Arabia; Botany; Horticulture; Olive Tree
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Jacob
Old Testament Topics > Flora and Fauna
ID = [67905]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1994-01-01  Collections:  bom,old-test,welch  Size: 138609  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:16
Driggs, Lori. “Nephi’s Vision and the Loss and Restoration of Plain and Precious Truths.” In The Things Which My Father Saw, eds. Daniel L. Belnap, Gaye Strathearn, and Stanley A. Johnson. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2011.
Topics:    RSC Topics > A — C > Bible
ID = [35262]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2011-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books,rsc-sperry  Size: 56565  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:57:47
Driggs, William King. ‘The Liahona’; a Dramatic Cantata for Mixed Voices. Los Angeles: The Liahona Choral Society, 1952.
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A cantata paraphrased from 1 and 2 Nephi.

ID = [77371]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1952-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:34
Drummond, Peggy Ann. “Missionary Focus: One Good Conversion Deserves Another.” New Era 5, no. 3 (1975): 43.
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A story of a girl who was converted by the Book of Mormon and she in turn helped convert ten other people.

Keywords: Conversion, Missionary Work
ID = [76625]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1975-03-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:28
Drummond, Peggy Ann. “One Good Conversion Deserves Another.” New Era 5 (March 1975): 43.
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A story of a girl who was converted by the Book of Mormon and she in turn helped convert ten other people.

ID = [79936]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1975-03-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:53
Duckwitz, Norbert H. O. “Amulek.” In Encyclopedia of Mormonism, ed. Daniel H. Ludlow, vol. 1. New York: Macmillan, 1992.
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Keywords: Amulek, Prophet
ID = [74194]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,eom  Size: 2564  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:08:32
Dudley, Alex. The Purpose of Book of Mormon and Bible. Lansing, MI: private, 1957.
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A 19-page, typewritten manuscript addressed to the leaders of the RLDS church, calling them to repentance because they practice priestcraft and deny Christ by not believing that he is Christ the Son and God the Father in one person. The purpose of the Book of Mormon and the Bible is to convince individuals that Christ and God the father are one person.

ID = [78626]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1957-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:43
Duerden, Noel. “Cuban Couple Writes of Ancient Cultures.” Church News 36 (15 January 1966): 11.
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Research proves that the “ancient Indians of the Americas possessed a rich theatrical culture,” an evidence that supports the Book of Mormon.

ID = [79342]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1966-01-15  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:49
Duff, Sean G. “The Four Quadrants.” Zarahemla Record 45 (November 1989): 3-4.
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Proposes a location for the river Sidon and a quadrant system location of the land northward, southward, and eastward. The quadrant system is based on the idea that “the river Sidon divided the east from the west” and “the border between the Nephites and the Lamanites divided the north from the south”

ID = [80465]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1989-11-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:06
Duffin, Stephen J. “Pressing Forward: A Real Feast.” FARMS Review of Books 14, no. 1-2 (2002): 91-97.
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Review of Pressing Forward with the Book of Mormon: The FARMS Updates of the 1990s (1999), edited by John W. Welch and Melvin J. Thorne

Keywords: Commentary; Scholarship
ID = [404]  Status = Type = review  Date = 2002-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size: 13346  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:31
Duffy, John-Charles. “Just How ‘Scandalous’ is the Golden Plates Story?: Academic Discourse on the Origin of the Book of Mormon.” John Whitmer Historical Association Journal 26 (2006): 142-165.
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For this study Duffy analyzed fifty academic texts written in the last twenty-five years about the Book of Mormon’s production and “published outside the Mormon world.” His purpose was to discover what these scholars are saying about its provenance. He organized these writings under the following six rhetorical strategies: open deprecation, disclaiming the truth question, naturalistic explanations, implicit skepticism, distancing devices, and factual language. He then asks if, in the world of academics, LDS scholars can “credibly voice orthodox perspectives” of the Book of Mormon and states that he believes they can if they are not “openly advocating for it.”

Keywords: Book of Mormon, witnesses; Book of Mormon, historicity; Book of Mormon, authorship
ID = [81994]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2006-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:17
Duffy, John-Charles. “Mapping Book of Mormon Historicity Debates:Part 1: A Guide for the Overwhelmed.” Sunstone 151 (2008-10-01): 36-62.
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In this article John-Charles Duffy provides an extensive overview of the place of the Book of Mormon among Church members, scholars, and those inside the Church and out of it over the 19th and 20th centuries. Includes the brief article “Did B. H. Roberts Lose Faith in Book of Mormon Historicity?”

Keywords: Book of Mormon, controversies; Intellectual life; Internal conflict, intellectual; Book of Mormon, origins; Book of Mormon, witnesses; Historiography, Book of Mormon; Book of Mormon, use and influence; Book of Mormon, authorship; Roberts, B. H., thought; Genetics; Book of Mormon, historicity
ID = [81996]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2008-10-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:17
Duke, James T. “The Literary Structure and Doctrinal Significance of Alma 13:1-9.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 5 no. 1 (1996).
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Alma’s sermon at Ammonihah includes a remarkable passage (Alma 13:1–9) that contains a main chiasm as well as four shorter chiasms and four alternates. It also uses synonymia, cycloides, repetition, and an important Nephite idiom (rest). In addition, this passage explains the doctrine of the priesthood and the eternal nature of Christ in conjunction with the priesthood, and introduces the doctrines of a preparatory redemption and the rest of God.

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Alma
ID = [2924]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1996-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size: 28668  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:52
Duke, James T. “Word Pairs and Distinctive Combinations in the Book of Mormon.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 12, no. 2 (2003): 32-41, 112-113.
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The literary richness of the Book of Mormon is attested by the appearance of word pairs, in both parallel and conjoined pairs. On occasion, combinations of three, four, or even more words appear together more than once. Possible reasons for the scriptural use of word pairs include literary functions, echoes of the law of Moses, theological terms, universals (or merisms), repetition, and mnemonic function. Duke builds on previous studies of word pairs in the Book of Mormon by Kevin Barney and John Tvedtnes. The frequency of word pairs and other combinations of words witnesses to the Hebrew roots of the language of the book.

Keywords: Language - Hebrew; Law of Moses; Literary; Literature; Parallelism; Word Pairs
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Ether
ID = [3124]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 52597  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 15:51:54
Duke, K. E. “Meliton Gonzalez Trejo: Translator of the Book of Mormon into Spanish.” Improvement Era 59, no. 10 (1956): 714-715, 753.
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This article is an historical account of the life, sacrifices, and accomplishments of Meliton Gonzalez Trejo, who, being guided by a dream, left his homeland Spain and moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, where he joined the LDS church. Trejo translated the Book of Mormon into Spanish.

Keywords: Foreign Language Translation, Language – Spanish
ID = [77123]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1956-10-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:32
Duncan, Betty L. “The Invitation.” The Restoration Witness 231 (March 1982): 6-10.
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Relates the events of her conversion through reading the Book of Mormon, and shares a personal experience and testimony regarding the coming of Christ to the Americas as recorded in 3 Nephi.

Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > 3 Nephi
ID = [80494]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1982-03-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/23/24 16:04:06
Dundas, Gregory Steven. “Kingship, Democracy, and the Message of the Book of Mormon.” BYU Studies Quarterly 56, no. 2 (2017): 7-58.
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Gregory Steven Dundas offers a detailed reading of governmental forms in the Book of Mormon in the context of other ancient civilizations. He makes the case that democracy was almost unknown in the ancient world and that nearly all people assumed that kingship was the best form of government. This makes King Mosiah’s decision to implement a form of democracy (elected judges) among the Nephites a significant aberration. Dundas also argues convincingly that, contrary to what moderns might assume, this early form of democracy did not fare very well. As soon as the system of judges was in place, significant and repeated challenges to it arose and eventually resulted in the collapse of this particular form of government.

Keywords: Chief Judge; Democracy; Government; Judgeship; King Mosiah; Monarchy; Nephite
Topics:    Book of Mormon Scriptures > Mosiah
ID = [10697]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2017-01