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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: 4/17/24 16:58:57
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: 4/17/24 16:58:57
Larson, Kenneth Lloyd. “UFO’s and Time of the End Patterns: Some Comments on the Bible and the Book of Mormon.” Flying Saucers 80 (Spring 1973): 14-24.
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Sightings of flying saucers in specified years are tied in with the advent of the Book of Mormon, the coming judgments, and the establishment of Zion.

ID = [80761]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1973-04-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:58:57
Gabbott, Mabel Jones. “The Un-named Soldier.” Children’s Friend 62 (April 1963): 16-17.
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A story for children. One of Moroni’s soldiers, during a war with the Lamanites, smote and raised Zerahemnah’s scalp up with his sword, which led to a covenant of peace.

ID = [80694]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1963-04-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:58:56
Roper, Matthew P. “Unanswered Mormon Scholars.” FARMS Review of Books 9, no. 1 (1997): 87-145.
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Review of Answering Mormon Scholars: A Response to Criticism Raised by Mormon Defenders (1996), by Jerald and Sandra Tanner

Keywords: Alcohol; Ancient America; Anti-Mormon; Apologetics; Archaeology; B.H.; Book of Mormon Geography; Botany; Criticism; Doctrine; Early Church History; Folk Magic; Forgery; Hoax; Onomastics; Plagiarism; Roberts; Scholarship; Translation; Wine
ID = [266]  Status = Type = review  Date = 1997-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size: 132576  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 8:42:18
Hales, Brian C. “Unavailable Genetic Evidence, Multiple Simultaneous Promised Lands, and Lamanites by Location? Possible Ramifications of the Book of Mormon Limited Geography Theory.” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 56 (2023): Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 56 (2023): 73-124.
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Abstract: This paper is composed of three parts connected consecutively because their conclusions build upon each other. The first part investigates the transportation methods used in the Book of Mormon, concluding that horse and river travel contributed little and that foot travel dominated all journeying. The second part uses that conclusion to estimate the overall dimensions of the Promised Land by examining Alma the Elder’s journey from Nephi to Zarahemla. This exercise reaffirms the 200-by-500-mile size promoted by John L. Sorenson decades ago. The third part looks at four ramifications of this 100,000 square-mile Promised Land footprint when stamped upon a map of the Western Hemisphere. (1) It allows for more than one Promised Land (occupied by other God-led immigrants) to exist simultaneously in the Americas. (2) It predicts that no matter where the Book of Mormon Promised Land was originally located, most Native Americans today would have few or no direct ties to the Jaredites-Lehites-Mulekites. (3) It demonstrates that research efforts to identify evidence of the Book of Mormon peoples could be exploring locations thousands of miles away from their original settlements. And (4) If any of the post-400 ce localized population losses in the Americas due to disease, war, or unknown causes involved the original Promised Land location, then the primary locus of organic evidence of the existence of the Jaredite-Lehite-Mulekite populations might have been largely destroyed.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; DNA; limited geography model
ID = [81221]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2023-01-01  Collections:  bom,interpreter-journal  Size: 105488  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:59:00
Seitz, Don C. Uncommon Americans. Indianapolis, Bobbs-Merril, 1925.
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A historical work that discusses Joseph Smith and Mormonism on pages 1-23. The author considers the Book of Mormon to be “crude in style and inane in contents” He accepts the Spaulding Theory regarding its origin.

ID = [78742]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1925-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:44
Bradford, Miles Gerald, and Alison V. P. Coutts, eds. Uncovering the Original Text of the Book of Mormon: History and Findings of the Critical Text Project. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2002.
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This colorful, informative book features reports on the multi-pronged effort to determine as far as possible the original English-language translation of the Book of Mormon. Royal Skousen, the editor and principal investigator of the original and printer’s manuscripts of the Book of Mormon, details the project’s history and some of the more significant findings. Robert Espinosa reviews his team’s painstaking work of preserving and identifying remaining fragments of the original manuscript. Ron Romig narrates the investigation into the printer’s manuscript, and Larry Draper explains how the press sheets for the 1830 edition reveal overlooked details of the printing process. In an insightful response, Daniel C. Peterson interpolates evidence from Skousen’s research to show the divine manner in which the Book of Mormon came forth.

Keywords: Book of Mormon, critical text project; Book of Mormon, manuscripts; Book of Mormon, editions and translations; Faith and scholarship
ID = [7008]  Status = Type = book  Date = 2002-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size: 179717  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 8:45:16
Hanks, Marion D. “Understanding and Explaining the Book of Mormon.” N.p.: n.p., 197?.
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A one-page handout that discusses different approaches to studying the Book of Mormon—relate the Book of Mormon to the Bible, study external evidences, consider the theology, and find the “life lessons” in the book.

ID = [78743]  Status = Type = manuscript  Date = 1970-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:44
Reynolds, Noel B. “Understanding Christian Baptism through the Book of Mormon.” BYU Studies Quarterly 51, no. 2 (2012): 3-37.
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Early Christianity saw a wide proliferation of theories and practices concerning baptism, and now many Christians, including Mormons, commonly understand it as a means to repent and wash away one’s sins. But the Book of Mormon prophets taught that baptism is a covenant and a witnessing to God that one has already repented and commits to follow Jesus Christ, and that sins are remitted by the Holy Ghost.

Keywords: Baptism; Covenant; Remission of Sins
ID = [11015]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2012-01-02  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,byu-studies  Size: 64655  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 10:00:18
Hexham, Irving, and Karla Poewe. Understanding Cults and New Religions. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1986.
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Demeaning description of newer religious movements. Joseph Smith rose from a background of change and confusion, claiming to have discovered records that clarified theological arguments of his day and the origin of the American Indian. The authors rely on the opinions of Fawn Brodie and Thomas O’Dea.

ID = [78744]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1986-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:44
Baird, Brian J. “Understanding Jacob’s Teachings about Plural Marriage from a Law of Moses Context.” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 25 (2017): 227-237.
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Abstract: This paper reviews the Book of Mormon prophet Jacob’s proscription against plural marriage, arguing that the verses in Jacob 24–30 should be interpreted in a Law of Moses context regarding levirate marriage, by which a man was responsible for marrying his dead brother’s wife if that brother died before having an heir. I also review how these verses have been used in arguments for and against plural marriage, and how levirate marriage practices worked in Mosaic tradition.

ID = [3694]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2017-01-01  Collections:  bom,interpreter-journal  Size: 25926  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 8:42:43
Probert, Josh E. “Understanding Mazmuur Naafi: The Arabic Psalm of Nephi.” BYU Studies 45, no. 4 (2006): 185.
ID = [11376]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2006-01-04  Collections:  bom,byu-studies  Size: 13547  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 10:00:21
Spendlove, Loren Blake. “Understanding Nephi with the Help of Noah Webster.” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 11 (2014): 97-159.
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Abstract: Dictionaries, especially Noah Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language, can be useful and informative resources to help us better understand the language of the Book of Mormon. This article compares definitions of words and phrases found in the book of 1 Nephi, using Webster’s 1828 dictionary and the New Oxford American Dictionary as references. By comparing these two dictionaries, we can see how word usage and meanings have changed since the original publication of the Book of Mormon in 1830. We can also gain a greater appreciation of the text of the Book of Mormon in a way that its first readers probably understood it.

ID = [4287]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2014-01-01  Collections:  bom,interpreter-journal  Size: 64968  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 8:44:56
Horton, George A., Jr. “Understanding Textual Changes in the Book of Mormon.” Ensign, December 1983.
ID = [46479]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1983-12-01  Collections:  bom,ensign  Size: 14275  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 10:57:45
Reynolds, Noel B. “Understanding the Abrahamic Covenant through the Book of Mormon.” BYU Studies Quarterly 57, no. 3 (2018): 39-74.
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The revival of scholarly interest in Abraham in recent decades provides a timely opportunity to explore the contemporary findings of biblical scholars from a Latter-day Saint perspective. This review leads to an in-depth exploration of how the Lord’s covenants with Abraham were understood by the Nephite prophets in the Book of Mormon, how their perspectives compare with contemporary biblical scholarship, and how the Nephite perspective may modify or expand standard Latter-day Saint approaches to understanding the Abrahamic covenant. This article identifies three interrelated streams of covenant discourse in the Book of Mormon—each defined by its respective focus on the (1) Lehite covenant, (2) Abrahamic covenant, or (3) gospel covenant. Though these three streams of covenant discourse are closely related, each is distinct in purpose. Nephite prophets integrated these three in unique ways to develop one larger understanding of God’s use of covenants to bring salvation to the world.

Keywords: Abraham (Prophet); Abrahamic Covenant; Covenant; Salvation
ID = [10614]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2018-01-03  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,byu-studies,old-test  Size: 64582  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 10:00:15
Fenton, Elizabeth. “Understanding the Book of Mormon.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 25, no. 1 (2016): 37-51.
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This essay evaluates Grant Hardy’s Understanding the Book of Mormon, particularly assessing Hardy’s claim that narrative theory can allow readers from a variety of perspectives to (at least temporarily) sidestep the Book of Mormon’s controversial history and engage with the text as a literary artifact. The paper argues that Hardy’s approach facilitates a deeper understanding of the book’s complex deployments of narrative voice and temporality but ultimately cannot efface the interpretive differences that stem from such divergent positions as belief and unbelief.

Keywords: Mormon (Prophet); Moroni (Son of Mormon); Narrative Theory; Narrator; Nephi (Son of Lehi); Scripture Study
ID = [3340]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2016-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 35856  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 8:42:40
Hardy, Grant R. Understanding the Book of Mormon: A Reader’s Guide. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.
ID = [77193]  Status = Type = book  Date = 2010-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:32
Hardy, Grant R. Understanding the Book of Mormon: A Reader’s Guide. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.
ID = [76453]  Status = Type = book  Date = 2010-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:27
Walker, Steven C. “Understanding the Book of Mormon: A Reader’s Guide.” BYU Studies 50, no. 3 (2011): 165.
ID = [11064]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2011-01-03  Collections:  bom,byu-studies  Size: 23345  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 10:00:19
McGuire, Benjamin L. “Understanding the Book of Mormon? He ‘Doth Protest Too Much, Methinks’” FARMS Review 22, no. 1 (2010): 163-180.
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Review of Ross Anderson. Understanding the Book of Mormon: A Quick Christian Guide to the Mormon Holy Book.

Keywords: Articles of Faith; Book of Mormon; Christianity; Criticism; Early Church History; Grace; Joseph; Jr.; Salvation; Smith; Trinity
ID = [645]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2010-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-review  Size: 38373  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 8:42:21
Jones, Clifford P. “Understanding the Lamanite Mark.” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 56 (2023): Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 56 (2023): 171-258.
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Abstract: The Book of Mormon describes a dark mark on the skin that distinguished people who rebelled against God and his laws from those who obeyed God. The Old Testament refers to a mark that fits this description and has nothing to do with natural skin color. The law of Moses prohibited the Lord’s covenant people from cutting sacrilegious marks (ancient tattoos) into their skin. The Bible simply calls these prohibited tattoos “marks” (Leviticus 19:28). This biblical meaning of the word mark, together with biblical meanings of other related words, helps us understand all Book of Mormon passages associated with the Lamanite mark.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; curse; dark mark; genetics; Lamanites
ID = [81223]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2023-01-01  Collections:  bom,interpreter-journal  Size: 229166  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:59:00
Walker, Jeffrey N. “Understanding the Legal Aspects to Financing the Book of Mormon.” Mormon Historical Studies 22, no. 1 (Spring, 2021): 1-35.
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This article examines the arrangement entered into by Joseph Smith and Martin Harris to finance the printing of the Book of Mormon. It focuses on Harris’s property rights to the land he pledged in order to insure the printing, as well as his wife’s claim to a portion of that property.

Keywords: Harris, Martin; Book of Mormon, printing; Harris, Lucy
ID = [82037]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2021-03-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:59:06
Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. “Understanding Understanding the Book of Mormon: An Interview with Grant Hardy.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 25, no. 1 (2016).
ID = [3339]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2016-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-jbms  Size: 36974  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 8:42:40
Phillips, Arthur B. “The Undiscovered Book of Mormon.” Saints’ Herald 74 (23 November 1927): 1365-74.
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Benefits derived from studying the Book of Mormon depend upon the individuals who read it. For many of its believers, it is still an undiscovered book. Advisable methods of study are to read the book from beginning to end or topical reading.

ID = [80691]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1927-11-23  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:58:56
Hawk, Larry Echo. “An Unexpected Gift.” Devotional, Brigham Young University, August 7, 2007.
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I remember slipping out of bed to my knees. It was the first time in my life that I had ever prayed intently. There I was, with bandages on my eyes, alone in my bedroom, praying for help.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; BYU Football; Gospel; Testimony
ID = [69589]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 2007-08-07  Collections:  bom,byu-speeches  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 11:06:02
Widtsoe, Osborn J. P. “The Unfair Fairness of Rev. Spalding.” Improvement Era 16, no. 6 (1913): 593-603.
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This article explains why Reverent Spaulding’s testing of the Book of Mormon by examining the authenticity of the book of Abraham as an ancient Egyptian text is unfair. Latter-day Saints do not value the Bible less than the Book of Mormon. The belief of the Church is that both were divinely inspired of God and are placed on the same plane, though it is recognized that the Bible may have copyists’ errors.

Keywords: Anti-Mormon, Book of Abraham, Criticism, Egyptology, Pearl of Great Price, Spalding, Franklin
ID = [77010]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1913-04-01  Collections:  abraham,bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:31
Kraus, Spencer. “An Unfortunate Approach to Joseph Smith’s Translation of Ancient Scripture.” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 52 (2022): 1-64.
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Review of Jonathan Neville, A Man That Can Translate: Joseph Smith and the Nephite Interpreters. Salt Lake City: Digital Legends Press, 2020. 385 pages. $22.99 (paperback).
Abstract: This is the first of two papers that explore Jonathan Neville’s two latest books regarding the translation of the Book of Mormon. Neville has long argued that Joseph Smith did not use a seer stone during the translation of the Book of Mormon, and he has more recently expanded his historical revisionism to dismiss the multitude of historical sources that include the use of a seer stone. Neville’s “Demonstration Hypothesis” is explored in A Man That Can Translate, arguing that Joseph recited a memorized text from Isaiah rather than translate Isaiah from the Book of Mormon record. This hypothesis, meant to redefine how Joseph Smith used a seer stone during the translation of the Book of Mormon, however, fails to deal with the historical record seriously or faithfully. Neville, in a purported effort to save Joseph Smith’s character, ironically describes Joseph as a liar, reinvigorating old anti-Latter-day Saint claims that Joseph simply recited a memorized text, even to the point that Neville defends hostile sources while targeting Church-published histories and publications. He further attacks the witnesses of the translation in an effort to discredit their testimonies regarding the seer stone, and repeatedly misrepresents these sources. Coming from a Latter-day Saint, such claims are troubling and demand a response.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; Joseph Smith; seer stone
ID = [12555]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2022-01-01  Collections:  bom,interpreter-journal  Size: 149630  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 10:05:01
Welch, John W. “Unintentional Sin in Benjamin’s Discourse.” In Pressing Forward with the Book of Mormon: The FARMS Updates of the 1990s, edited by Welch, John W., and Melvin J. Thorne, 103-106. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.
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Keywords: Atonement; King Benjamin; Sin
ID = [75666]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,welch  Size: 4822  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:21
Hinckley, Gordon B. “A Unique and Wonderful University.” Devotional, Brigham Young University, January 1, 1988.
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Keywords: BYU
ID = [68844]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 1988-01-01  Collections:  bom,byu-speeches  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 11:05:56
Talmage, James E. “Unique Character of Contents of the Book of Mormon.” Improvement Era 26, no. 11 (1923): 1015-1018.
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This article argues that, while the historical and ethnological information in the Book of Mormon is invaluable, the theological themes are far more important. The theological aspects in the Book of Mormon harmonize with those of the Bible.

Keywords: Book of Mormon, Holy Bible, Sermon at the Temple
ID = [76804]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1923-09-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era,talmage  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:29
Scharffs, Gilbert W. “Unique Insights on Christ from the Book of Mormon.” Ensign, December 1988.
ID = [48844]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1988-12-01  Collections:  bom,ensign  Size: 22402  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 10:58:08
“Unique Method of Recording Book of Mormon Readers.” Saints’ Herald 74 (2 November 1927): 1275.
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Reports on the results of a new reading program and method of reporting pages read.

ID = [80762]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1927-11-02  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:58:57
Bingham, Jean B. “United in Accomplishing God’s Work.” Delivered at the Saturday Evening Session of the General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, April 2020.
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The most effective way to fulfill our divine potential is to work together, blessed by the power and authority of the priesthood.

ID = [23296]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 2020-04-01  Collections:  bom,general-conference  Size: 1786  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 10:10:13
Carmack, John K. “United in Love and Testimony.” Delivered at the Sunday Afternoon Session of the General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, April 2001.
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Church members are unified in Christ through love and testimony. This dispensation’s pathway to our Savior is through Joseph and the Book of Mormon.

ID = [19096]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 2001-04-01  Collections:  bom,general-conference  Size: 7146  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 10:06:18
Young, Brigham. “The United Order is the Order of the Kingdom Where God and Christ Dwell—The Law of the Kingdom of Heaven Protects All People in Their Religious Worship—In Obeying Counsel There is Salvation.” In Journal of Discourses, Volume 17. 1875, 154–160.
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Discourse by President Brigham Young, delivered in the Meetinghouse, at Lehi City, Sunday Afternoon, August 9, 1874. Reported By: David W. Evans.

ID = [29219]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 1874-08-09  Collections:  bom,brigham,jnl-disc  Size: 21050  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 10:12:39
Snow, Erastus. “The United Order—Among the Nephites—Not Incompatible With Individual Responsibility or Stewardship—The Latter-day Saints Gather for Training—Home Manufacture Indispensable.” In Journal of Discourses, Volume 19. 1878, 179–186.
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Discourse by Elder Erastus Snow, delivered at Provo, on Sunday Afternoon, June 3, 1877. Reported By: Geo. F. Gibbs.

ID = [29323]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 1877-06-03  Collections:  bom,jnl-disc  Size: 26116  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 10:12:40
Taylor, John H. “The United Order—We Want the Most Perfect Union—The Working of the Order to Be Such that All Honest Men Can Sustain It—Home Manufacture.” In Journal of Discourses, Volume 17. 1875, 47–50.
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Discourse by Elder John Taylor, delivered in the Meetinghouse, at Nephi, Juab County, Sunday Morning April 19, 1874. Reported By: David W. Evans.

ID = [29201]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 1874-04-19  Collections:  bom,jnl-disc  Size: 11556  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 10:12:39
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: 4/17/24 16:58:56
McConkie, Oscar W. “The Uniting of the Holy Scriptures.” Deseret News Church Section (24 September 1938): 5, 7.
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Address quoting Moroni’s title page, testimony of the Three Witnesses, Ezekiel 37:15-20, 1 Nephi 29:8, Nephi’s vision of the latter days, and various prophecies about the Jews. Exhorts listeners to repent and serve God. Shows how the Book of Mormon and other latter-day scriptures complement the Bible and provide the fullness of the gospel.

ID = [80693]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1938-09-24  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:58:56
Rencher, Alvin C. “Unity through the Power of Charity.” In The Book of Mormon: Fourth Nephi Through Moroni, ed. Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate Jr., 263–75. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1995.
ID = [36727]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1995-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-bom,rsc-books  Size: 28757  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 10:52:43
Wipper, Frank F. An Unlearned Man: Who “The Lord Should Suffer to Bring These Forth”. Fresno, California: Frank F. Wipper, 196?.
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Wipper’s intent is to glorify God and the unlearned man who brought forth the Book of Mormon.

ID = [77538]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1960-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:35
McAllister, Jack. “The Unlikely Daniel Webster Jones: First Spanish Translations from the Book of Mormon.” Ensign, August 1981.
ID = [45497]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1981-08-01  Collections:  bom,ensign  Size: 8658  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 10:57:36
Ludlow, Victor L. Unlocking Isaiah in the Book of Mormon. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2003.
ID = [29970]  Status = Type = book  Date = 2003-01-01  Collections:  bom,old-test  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 10:12:44
Arnold, Marilyn. “Unlocking the Sacred Text.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 8, no. 1 (1999): 48-53, 79.
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Literary analysis provides useful tools in the study of sacred texts, including the Book of Mormon. For the author, three transforming events that enhanced her study of the Book of Mormon included reading the book in earnest as a complex and masterful literary text, the entrance of the Spirit into her study of the book, and a prayerful desire to experience the great change of heart described by King Benjamin and Alma. Nephi begins his record with sincerity and honesty and serves notice that he intends to prepare a true record. The opposition between Nephi and his brothers Laman and Lemuel illustrates well Lehi’s teachings on the necessity of opposition in all things. More subtly, the reader notes a contrast between the characters and personalities of Nephi and Jacob. Jacob is portrayed as an empathetic and compassionate person who was tutored by exile and isolation.

Keywords: Conversion; Jacob (Son of Lehi); Literary Analysis; Literature; Nephi (Son of Lehi); Opposition; Scripture Study
ID = [2997]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 37343  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 8:42:38
Welch, John W., Spencer J. Palmer, and William L. Knecht. “‘An Unparallel’ and ‘View of the Hebrews: Substitute for Inspiration?’” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1985.“ An Unparallel” © 1985 by John W. Welch. “View of the Hebrews: Substitute for Inspiration?” reprinted with permission from BYU Studies 5/2 (1964): 105-13.
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During 1921 and 1922 B. H. Roberts wrote three papers that listed parallels between the Book of Mormon and the second edition (1825) of Ethan Smith’s View of the Hebrews and constructed the possible argument that the Book of Mormon relied upon the latter. Welch responds to that claim by listing over eighty discrepancies between the two works, and Palmer and Knecht rebut Roberts’s theory by using statistics to show that the passages of Isaiah quoted in both works do not lead to conclusions of plagiarism.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; Answers to Criticisms
ID = [8408]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1985-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-reports,welch  Size: 209  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 9:59:57
Smith, John H. “The Unpardonable Sin and the Three Witnesses.” The Latter-day Saints’ Millennial Star 50, no. 12 (19 March 1888): 177-79.
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Evaluates the Three Witnesses’ lives in respect to Paul’s words on the unpardonable sin (Hebrews 6:4-6). Smith declares that the Three Witnesses did not commit the unpardonable sin as described by Paul. He maintains that “it surely was the purpose of God that they should go the road they had traveled”

ID = [80999]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1888-03-19  Collections:  bom,millennial-star  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:58:58
Sudholt, Jonathan. “Unreadability Is the Reader’s Problem: The Book of Mormon’s Critique of the Antebellum US Public Sphere.” Radical Americas 2, no. 1 (2017): 1-34.
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This article reads The Book of Mormon as an attack on the incoherence of American nationalism – as, specifically, a book about the inevitability of its own irrelevance. That is, its primary objection is that in order for Joseph Smith to get any attention at all within the unruly public sphere of Jacksonian America, he had to write a book that would get him the wrong kind of attention – attention as a religious fanatic rather than as a critic of the culture that creates religious fanatics. Joseph Smith believed there was something rotten at the heart of America, but, being an uneducated farm boy from western New York, he had no way to express his anger in a manner that would allow him to be taken seriously. He could only be an ‘authority’ with regard to religion, and religious authority, being ubiquitous, was no authority at all. Smith tracks the way the American public sphere forced its marginalized persons to criticize it from a disadvantageous position, and the way those critiques were turned to the establishment’s advantage. For Joseph Smith, freedom of speech in America has always been a tool of the political elites to keep the poor from speaking effectively.

Keywords: Smith, Joseph, Jr., thought; Smith, Joseph, Jr., education; Book of Mormon, literary context; Book of Mormon, commentaries
ID = [82065]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2017-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:59:06
Kelley, E. L. “Unreasonable Men: Or, Fallacious Criticisms Against the Book of Mormon.” Saints’ Herald 50 (21 October 1903): 984-86.
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A defense of the Book of Mormon against critics. The author finds that the book is in accord with Old Testament prophecies, it is an additional witness for Jesus Christ, and its claims are sustained by scientific discoveries.

ID = [80763]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1903-10-21  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:58:57
Archambault, Hubert J. “The Unrecognized and the Rejected Truth.” Rock Island, IL: n.p., n.d.
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An 8-page tract that claims that the Mormon Church is false because it does not follow the teachings of the Book of Mormon. Encourages readers to pray and find out the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon for themselves.

ID = [78687]  Status = Type = manuscript  Date = 0000-00-00  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:44
Berkey, Kimberly M. “Untangling Alma 13:3.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 23 (2014): 187-191.
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Alma 13:3 is occasionally cited by LDS commentators as evidence for the doctrine of premortal foreordination—an interpretation that unfortunately overlooks a key feature of the organization and terminology of Alma 13. This brief note begins to sort out this and other interpretive complexities by proposing that Alma 13:3b–9 be read as a clarifying expansion of Alma 13:3a.

Keywords: Alma the Younger; Foreordination; Premortal Life
ID = [3316]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2014-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms  Size: 11488  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 8:42:40
B., S. A. “Untitled.” Saints’ Herald 70 (11 April 1923): 337-38.
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Discusses the instructions issued by the copyright division of the U.S. Patent Office for the title page of the Book of Mormon. The words “author and proprietor”

ID = [80764]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1923-04-11  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:58:57
Bennion, Samuel O. “Untitled talk.” Deseret News (6 April 1918): 42-45.
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Testifies of the promise to receive a testimony of the Book of Mormon by praying as Moroni 10:2-5 exhorts and encourages the Latter-day Saints to read the Book of Mormon regularly.

ID = [80765]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1918-04-06  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:58:57
Roberts, B. H. “Untitled Talk (10 April 1932).” 102nd Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, April, 1932.
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Talks about the role of witnesses. God gave the same commission to the Book of Mormon witnesses in the new dispensation as he did to the ancient witnesses.

Keywords: Eight Witnesses, Three Witnesses, Witnesses
ID = [76695]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 1932-04-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,general-conference,roberts  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:29
Roberts, B. H. “Untitled Talk (4 April 1921).” 91st Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, April, 1921.
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God the Eternal Father and his son Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith in a vision. The Book of Mormon, a new volume of scripture, was revealed. Three Witnesses testified that an angel showed them the original plates.

Keywords: Early Church History, First Vision, Gold Plates, Restoration, Three Witnesses
ID = [76682]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 1921-04-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,general-conference,roberts  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:29
Roberts, B. H. “Untitled Talk (5 April 1924).” 94th Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, April, 1924.
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Nephi had great visions concerning the life and the mission of Christ. He saw that other books would come forth—the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price—to establish the truth of the record of the Twelve Apostles of the Lamb of God.

Keywords: Nephi (Son of Lehi), Prophecy, Vision
ID = [76686]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 1924-04-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,d-c,general-conference,roberts  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:29
Roberts, B. H. “Untitled Talk (5 October 1901).” 72nd Semi-Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, October, 1901.
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Joseph Smith had great courage in declaring that many would believe in the Book of Mormon. In the face of loneliness and persecution he dared to translate the Nephite record. The numerical count of those who believe its words is a fulfillment of this prophecy.

Keywords: Book of Mormon Translation, Early Church History, Missionary Work, Smith, Joseph, Jr.
ID = [76680]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 1901-10-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,general-conference,roberts  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:28
Roberts, B. H. “Untitled Talk (5 October 1926).” 97th Semi-Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, October, 1926.
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Keywords: Book of Mormon Translation, Early Church History, Eight Witnesses, Smith, Joseph, Jr., Three Witnesses, Whitmer, David
ID = [76697]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 1927-10-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,general-conference,roberts  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:29
Roberts, B. H. “Untitled Talk (6 April 1930).” 100th Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, April, 1930.
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Refers to the Book of Mormon as the record of Joseph in the hands of Ephraim that supplies the world with a new witness for Christ and the fullness of the gospel.

Keywords: Early Church History, Prophecy, Stick of Ephraim
ID = [76694]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 1930-04-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,general-conference,roberts  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:29
Roberts, B. H. “Untitled Talk (6 October 1922).” 93rd Semi-Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, October, 1922.
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Discusses the mission of the United States of America as a promised land, the decrees of God concerning the land of Zion, and predictions of calamities if it fails God as an instrument in the accomplishment of his high purposes. The gentile nation is to be a nursing father and mother to the remnants of Israel.

Keywords: Promised Land, Prophecy
ID = [76683]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 1922-10-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,general-conference,roberts  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:29
Roberts, B. H. “Untitled Talk (6 October 1925).” 96th Semi-Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, October, 1925.
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Answers the question that a little boy asked, “Why are people?” It cannot be answered in the Old or in the New Testament The Book of Mormon (2 Nephi 2:24-25) teaches the purpose of God in the creation.

Keywords: Creation, Eternal Life, Immortality, Premortal Life
ID = [76687]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 1925-10-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,general-conference,roberts  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:29
Roberts, B. H. “Untitled Talk (7 April 1923).” 93rd Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, April, 1923.
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Discusses the purpose of the Book of Mormon as stated on the title page: “to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God.” God brought forth the Book of Mormon, which is being called the American scripture. At the time it came forth, the Christian world believed in the divinity of Christ and did not need such a statement, but there are many in the Christian world who now need a testimony and witness that Jesus Christ is God.

Keywords: Jesus Christ, Testimony, Title Page
ID = [76684]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 1923-04-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,general-conference,roberts  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:29
Roberts, B. H. “Untitled Talk (7 October 1923).” 94th Semi-Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, October, 1923.
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Discusses the messages of the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon tells of the visit of the Redeemer to the inhabitants of the western world. It predicts the rise of the great Gentile nation—the United States of America. The Book of Mormon is a new witness for God and Christ and the truth of the gospel.

Keywords: Promised Land, Prophecy, United States
ID = [76685]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 1923-10-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,general-conference,roberts  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:29
Roberts, B. H. “Untitled Talk (7 October 1927).” 98th Semi-Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, October, 1927.
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Moroni warns that anyone who should possess the land of promise must serve God or be swept off (Ether 2:9-12).

Keywords: Laws, Legal, Moroni (Son of Mormon), Obedience, Promised Land, Wickedness
ID = [76689]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 1927-10-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,general-conference,roberts  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:29
Roberts, B. H. “Untitled Talk (8 April 1928).” 98th Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. April, 1928.
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Gives examples of truths the world would have lost if the Book of Mormon had not been brought forth (Alma 41:10; 2 Nephi 2:24-25; 1 Nephi 3:7; Ether 12:26-27). The Book of Mormon corrects some errors in the philosophies and religions of men.

Keywords: Plain and Precious Truths, Restoration, Truth
ID = [76690]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 1928-04-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,general-conference,roberts  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:29
Roberts, B. H. “Untitled Talk (9 April 1933).” 103rd Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, April, 1933.
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The United States of America is a choice land. There are two great prophecies in the Book of Mormon: it is a witness of the divinity of Christ, and it gives prophecies concerning the great gentile nation. If the Gentiles sin against the gospel, it shall be taken from among them. But if they will repent, they shall be numbered among his people.

Keywords: Promised Land, Prophecy
ID = [76696]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 1933-04-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,general-conference,roberts  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:29
Bowen, Matthew L. “‘Unto the Taking Away of Their Stumbling Blocks’: The Taking Away and Keeping Back of Plain and Precious Things and Their Restoration in 1 Nephi 13–15.” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 53 (2023): Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 53 (2022): 145-170.
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Abstract: In the latter part (1 Nephi 13–14) of his vision of the tree of life (1 Nephi 11–14), Nephi is shown the unauthorized human diminution of scripture and the gospel by the Gentile “great and abominable church” — that plain and precious things/words, teachings, and covenants were “taken away” or otherwise “kept back” from the texts that became the Bible and how people lived out its teachings. He also saw how the Lord would act to restore those lost words, teachings, and covenants among the Gentiles “unto the taking away of their stumbling blocks” (1 Nephi 14:1). The iterative language of 1 Nephi 13 describing the “taking away” and “keeping back” of scripture bears a strong resemblance to the prohibitions of the Deuteronomic canon-formula texts (Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:31 [MT 13:1]). It also echoes the etiological meanings attached to the name Joseph in Genesis 30:23–24 in terms of “taking away” and “adding.” Nephi’s prophecies of scripture and gospel restoration on account of which “[the Gentiles] shall be no more [cf. Hebrew lōʾ yôsîpû … ʿôd] brought down into captivity, and the house of Israel shall no more [wĕlōʾ yôsîpû … ʿôd] be confounded” (1 Nephi 14:2) and “after that they were restored, they should no more be confounded [(wĕ)lōʾ yôsîpû … ʿôd], neither should they be scattered again [wĕlōʾ yôsîpû … ʿôd]” (1 Nephi 15:20) depend on the language of Isaiah. Like other Isaiah-based prophecies of Nephi (e.g., 2 Nephi 25:17, 21; 29:1–2), they echo the name of the prophet through whom lost scripture and gospel covenants would be restored — i.e., through a “Joseph.”

Keywords: apostasy; Book of Mormon; Canon; covenants; Joseph; keeping back; restoration; taking away; wordplay
ID = [81253]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2022-01-01  Collections:  bom,interpreter-journal,old-test  Size: 61085  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:59:00
Lundstrom, Joseph. “‘Unto Three Shall They Be Shown’” Church News 11 (13 July 1968): 10.
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Visitors to the visitor’s center on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, can hear readings of testimonies of the Book of Mormon from the Three Witnesses, Emma Smith, and Lucy Mack Smith.

ID = [78838]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1968-07-13  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:45
“An Unusual Mission.” Church News 43 (8 December 1973): 16.
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A story of a man who sought out the Three Witnesses and heard their testimony of the Book of Mormon.

ID = [79015]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1973-12-08  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:46
Jakeman, M. Wells. “An Unusual Tree-of-Life Sculpture from Ancient Central America.” Bulletin of the UASN 4 (March 1953): 26-49.
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An early description of Stela 5 from Chiapas, Mexico, which depicts a tree of life motif. Compares features on the stone that correspond to similar artistic objects in Mesopotamia. Relates Stela 5 to the tree of life vision in 1 Nephi and concludes that Stela 5 was infiuenced by the Book of Mormon tree of life story.

ID = [79016]  Status = Type = newsletter article  Date = 1953-03-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:46
Nibley, Hugh W. “Unwelcome Voices from the Dust.” In An Approach to the Book of Mormon, Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, vol. 6, 3rd ed. Salt Lake City/Provo, UT: Deseret Book and Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1988.
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The mystery of the nature and organization of the Primitive Church has recently been considerably illuminated by the discovery of the so-called Dead Sea Scrolls. There is increasing evidence that these documents were deliberately sealed up to come forth at a later time, thus providing a significant parallel to the Book of Mormon record. The Scrolls have caused considerable dismay and confusion among scholars, since they are full of things generally believed to be uniquely Christian, though they were undoubtedly written by pious Jews before the time of Christ. Some Jewish and Christian investigators have condemned the Scrolls as forgeries and suggest leaving them alone on the grounds that they don’t make sense. Actually they make very good sense, but it is a sense quite contrary to conventional ideas of Judaism and Christianity. The Scrolls echo teachings in many apocryphal writings, both of the Jews and the Christians, while at the same time showing undeniable affinities with the Old and the New Testament teachings.
The very things which made the Scrolls at first so baffling and hard to accept to many scholars are the very things which in the past have been used to discredit the Book of Mormon. Now the Book of Mormon may be read in a wholly new light, which is considered here in lessons 14, 15, 16, and 17.

ID = [2045]  Status = Type = book chapter  Date = 1988-01-01  Collections:  bom,mi,nibley  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 8:42:31
Kelson, John H. “Unwitting Witnesses.” Deseret Weekly 38 (5, 12, 19, 26 January 1889; 2, 23 February 1889; 16, 23, 30 March 1889; 4 May 1889): 33-35, 66-68, 102-4, 134-35, 169-70, 198-200, 257-59, 355-57, 391-93, 421-23, 577-80.
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A series, comprising a defense of the Book of Mormon from an anthropological and archaeological point of view. Quotes extensively from the Book of Mormon as well as from contemporary scholarship.

ID = [80766]  Status = Type = newspaper article  Date = 1889-01-05  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:58:57
Aston, Warren P. “‘Up to & Down from’ Jerusalem — Further Indicators of a Real-World Origin.” Meridian Magazine, February 8, 2012.
ID = [66551]  Status = Type = website article  Date = 2012-02-08  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 11:05:38
Interpreter Foundation. “Upcoming Lectures: Editing Out the ‘Bad Grammar’ in the Book of Mormon.” The Interpreter Foundation website. March 31, 2016.
ID = [5817]  Status = Type = website article  Date = 2016-03-31  Collections:  bom,interpreter-website  Size: 765  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 8:45:08
Interpreter Foundation. “Update of the Pre-Print of a Discussion of the Book of Mormon Witnesses by Royal Skousen.” The Interpreter Foundation website. August 25, 2021.
ID = [4973]  Status = Type = website article  Date = 2021-08-25  Collections:  bom,interpreter-website  Size: 555  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 8:45:01
Ensign. “Update: Book of Mormon Translations.” Ensign February 1990.
ID = [49425]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1990-02-01  Collections:  bom,ensign  Size: 312  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 10:58:12
Ensign. “Update: Book of Mormon Translations.” Ensign February 1990.
ID = [49428]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1990-02-01  Collections:  bom,ensign  Size: 2349  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 10:58:12
Hoskisson, Paul Y. “Update: The ‘Familiar Spirit’ in 2 Nephi 26:12.” Insights 28, no. 6 (2008).
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There are two ways to read a text, through exegesis and through eisegesis. The first means, approximately, “reading out of the text,” while the second means, approximately, “reading into the text.” Both are legitimate ways of approaching a text. Anyone who reads the scriptures will at times engage in both exegesis and eisegesis, whether knowingly or unwittingly. Therefore, the more conscientiously and consciously we engage in rigorous and careful exegesis and eisegesis, the better the chance that our reading of the scriptures will truly enlighten the mind and provide substance for the soul. I will illustrate both approaches using the term familiar spirit found in 2 Nephi 26:12, Isaiah 29:4, and 1 Samuel 28.

Keywords: text; scriptures; Book of Mormon; Nephi
ID = [66906]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2008-01-06  Collections:  bom,farms-insights  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 11:05:40
Ensign. “Update: Translations of the Book of Mormon.” Ensign April 1991.
ID = [49973]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1991-04-01  Collections:  bom,ensign  Size: 437  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 10:58:17
Pike, Dana M., and David Rolph Seely. “‘Upon All the Ships of the Sea, and Upon All the Ships of Tarshish’: Revisiting 2 Nephi 12:16 and Isaiah 2:16.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 14, no. 2 (2005): 12-25, 67-71.
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Some Latter-day Saint commentators deem a phrase that appears in 2 Nephi 12:16 but not in the parallel passage in Isaiah 2:16—“and upon all ships of the sea”—as evidence that the Book of Mormon preserves a version of this verse from the brass plates that is more complete than the Hebrew or King James readings. One scholar’s conclusions in this regard are reviewed and then critiqued for ignoring the complexities of the ancient Hebrew and Greek versions of the Bible. The authors examine Isaiah 2:16 in its broader literary context, noting that the 2 Nephi reading alters a pattern of synonymous couplets; analyze the Greek and Hebrew texts of the verse; and relate their findings to the Book of Mormon reading. They discuss the inherent limitations of textual criticism in this kind of study and conclude that LDS and non-LDS scholars are open to different interpretive possibilities owing to the role that faith plays in one’s approach to and interpretation of textual evidence.

Keywords: Brass Plates; King James Bible; Language; Ship; Textual Criticism
ID = [3168]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2005-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-jbms,old-test  Size: 88782  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 8:42:39
Swift, Charles. “Upon Mount Shelem: The Liminal Experience of the Brother of Jared.” In Illuminating the Jaredite Records, ed. Daniel L. Belnap. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2020.
ID = [34005]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2020-01-01  Collections:  bom,rsc-books  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 10:52:42
Welch, John W., and Terrence L. Szink. “Upon the Tower of Benjamin.” In Pressing Forward with the Book of Mormon: The FARMS Updates of the 1990s, edited by Welch, John W., and Melvin J. Thorne, 97-99. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.
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Keywords: King Benjamin; King Mosiah
ID = [75664]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1999-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books,welch  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:21
Bowen, Matthew L. “‘Upon the Wings of His Spirit’: A Note on Hebrew rûaḥ and 2 Nephi 4:25.” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 58 (2023): Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 58 (2023): 19-32.
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Abstract: Nephi, in composing his psalm (2 Nephi 4:15–35), incorporates a poetic idiom from Psalm 18:10 (2 Samuel 22:11) and Psalm 104:3 to describe his participation in a form of divine travel. This experience constituted a part of the vision in which he saw “the things which [his] father saw” in the latter’s dream of the tree of life (see 1 Nephi 11:1–3; 14:29–30). Nephi’s use of this idiom becomes readily apparent when the range of meaning for the Hebrew word rûaḥ is considered. Nephi’s experience helps our understanding of other scriptural scenes where similar divine travel is described.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; Nephi; polysemy; Spirit; wind
ID = [81197]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2023-01-01  Collections:  bom,interpreter-journal,old-test  Size: 31131  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:58:59
Parry, E. F. “The Urim and Thummim.” The Latter-day Saints’ Millennial Star 59, no. 34 (26 August 1897): 540-41.
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Parry argues that Joseph Smith’s description of the Urim and Thummim coincide with the Bible’s description. Since this and other statements of Joseph Smith coincide with the Bible, Joseph Smith was divinely inspired.

ID = [81013]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1897-08-26  Collections:  bom,millennial-star  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:58:58
Ricks, Joel E. “Urim and Thummim.” Improvement Era 18, no. 7 (1915): 611-615.
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This article gives a definition of the Urim and Thummim and discusses its history using the scriptures as a guide.

Keywords: Interpreters, Nephite Interpreters, Urim and Thummim
ID = [77072]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1915-05-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:31
Peterson, J. W. “The Urim and Thummim.” The Rod of Iron 1 (February 1924): 6-7.
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Reports a conversation he had with William B. Smith, brother of Joseph Smith, relative to the Urim and Thummim, the breastplate, and the “two rims of a bow” Gives a fairly detailed statement about the instruments.

ID = [80695]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1924-02-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:58:56
Sonne, Alma. “Urim and Thummim.” The Latter-day Saints’ Millennial Star 111, no. 4 (April 1949): 101, 127.
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Prophets of old used the Urim and Thummim. The claims made by Joseph Smith were not illogical. King Saul used the devices as well as Moses and others. Joseph Smith’s account of using them is not out of harmony with these accounts. They are defined as “lights” and “perfections”

ID = [81306]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1949-04-01  Collections:  bom,millennial-star  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:59:00
Smith, Joseph Fielding. “Urim and Thummim.” Improvement Era 57, no. 6 (1954): 382-383.
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This article presents a brief historical sketch of what is known about the Urim and Thummim, from the brother of Jared, Abraham, Moses, Mosiah, and Joseph Smith.

Keywords: Abraham (Prophet), Brother of Jared, Interpreters, Mahonri Moriancumer, Moses (Prophet), Mosiah the Elder, Nephite Interpreters, Smith, Joseph, Jr., Urim and Thummim
ID = [76761]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1954-06-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,improvement-era,smith-joseph-fielding  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:29
Hoskisson, Paul Y. “Urim and Thummim.” In Encyclopedia of Mormonism, ed. Daniel H. Ludlow, 4:1499. New York: Macmillan, 1992.
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Keywords: Seer, Seer stone, Translation, Urim and Thummim
ID = [75147]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,eom,old-test  Size: 2350  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:18
Reynolds, Arch S. The Urim and Thummim and Other Media Used by the Prophet Joseph Smith to Translate The Scriptures. Springville, UT: Art City, 1950.
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Uses the Bible, Book of Mormon, and historical accounts from the early writers of the Church to show that the Urim and Thummim and other “media” have been used since ancient times to receive communication from God. Joseph Smith also employed such media to translate the scriptures.

ID = [78688]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1950-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:44
Vogel, Dan. “The Use and Abuse of Chiasmus in Book of Mormon Studies.” Sunstone Podcast (2001).
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“This paper will demonstrate that simple Hebraic-type chiasmus does not exist in the Book of Mormon except in rare instances, but that there is a natural explanation for these occurrences. This paper will also examine longer, more complex chiasms.”

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ID = [81973]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2001-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:59:05
Ensign. “Use Book of Mormon to Counter Error, President Benson Teaches.” Ensign January 1989.
ID = [48903]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1989-01-01  Collections:  bom,ensign  Size: 3290  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 10:58:08
Christenson, Allen J. “The Use of Chiasmus in Ancient Mesoamerica.” Preliminary Report. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1988.
ID = [8336]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1988-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-reports  Size: 998  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 9:59:57
Van Orden, Bruce A. “The Use of King Benjamin’s Address by Latter-day Saints.” In King Benjamin’s Speech: “That Ye May Learn Wisdom”, edited by Welch, John W., and Stephen D. Ricks, 411-477. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1998.
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Keywords: Doctrine; King Benjamin; Speech
ID = [75721]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1998-01-01  Collections:  bom,farms-books  Size: 54156  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:22
Johnson, Roy. The Use of Oaths in the Old Testament and the Book of Mormon. Provo, Utah: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1982.
ID = [29959]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1982-01-01  Collections:  bom,old-test  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 10:12:44
Marquardt, H. Michael. “The Use of the Bible in the Book of Mormon.” Journal of Pastoral Practice 2/2 (1978): 95- 117.
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A polemical article attempting to show that the Book of Mormon uses biblical material anachronistically and that the Book of Mormon plagiarizes biblical material. Numerous examples are listed. The writer also suggests that many Book of Mormon events are patterned after events in the Bible.

ID = [80696]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 1978-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:58:56
Marquardt, H. Michael. The Use of the Bible in the Book of Mormon and Early Nineteenth Century Events Reflected in the Book of Mormon. Salt Lake City: Modern Microfilm Company, 1979.
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Two articles reprinted from the Journal of Pastoral Practice

ID = [78689]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1979-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:44
Walters, Wesley P. “The Use of the Old Testament in the Book of Mormon.” M.A. thesis, Covenant Theological Seminary, 1981.
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The Book of Mormon incorrectly mingles Old and New Testament teachings and ideas. Walters attempts to show how the Old Testament provided models for the proper names and events of the Book of Mormon. He shows anachronistic uses of Old Testament passages in the Book of Mormon, including Isaiah variants. Joseph Smith incorrectly applied modern eschatological themes, such as those borrowed from Ethan Smith’s View of the Hebrews, to Book of Mormon peoples living before the time of Christ. This work is reviewed in R.259, and in T.340.

ID = [80697]  Status = Type = thesis  Date = 1981-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:58:56
Walters, Wesley P. The Use of the Old Testament in the Book of Mormon. Salt Lake City: Utah Lighthouse Ministry, 1990.
ID = [77216]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1990-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:33
Ensign. “‘Use the Book of Mormon,’ President Benson Tells Michigan Area Conference.” Ensign December 1986.
ID = [47910]  Status = Type = magazine article  Date = 1986-12-01  Collections:  bom,ensign  Size: 3614  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 10:57:58
Merrill, Gary. “Using DNA to Discover the Origins of Hiram Page, Witness to the Book of Mormon.” John Whitmer Historical Association Journal 35, no. 2 (Fall, 2015): 181-189.
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The article describes how DNA was used to discover the probable identity of the parents and family of Hiram Page, a central figure of the early Mormon movement. The primary subjects of the DNA study were a 5th generation descendant of Hiram Page and a 5th generation descendant of Philander Page and the testing was done by Family Tree DNA while the Page DNA surname project was used for comparison together with YSearch, the online Y-DNA database.

Keywords: Page, Hiram; Family history; Book of Mormon, witnesses
ID = [82006]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2015-09-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:59:05
Reed, John. “Using The Book of Mormon in Our Lives.” Devotional, Brigham Young University—Idaho, January 25, 2022.
ID = [72193]  Status = Type = talk  Date = 2022-01-25  Collections:  bom,byui-speeches  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:46
Peterson, Clark A. Using the Book of Mormon to Combat Falsehoods in Organic Evolution. San Jose, CA: Clark A. Peterson, 1992.
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Cites Book of Mormon, scientific, and other sources to argue against the theories dealing with organic evolution. Believes that the Book of Mormon is opposed to organic evolution.

ID = [78745]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1992-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:44
Williams, Clyde J. “Using the Book of Mormon to Meet Today’s Challenges.” In Living the Book of Mormon: Abiding by Its Precepts, eds. Gaye Strathearn and Charles Swift. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2007.
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Prophets and apostles have counseled us how to use the Book of Mormon. In April 1986, President Ezra Taft Benson pleaded: “I would particularly urge you to read again and again the Book of Mormon and ponder and apply its teachings. . . . [One] who knows and loves the Book of Mormon, who has read it several times, who has an abiding testimony of its truthfulness, and who applies its teachings will be able to stand against the wiles of the devil and will be a mighty tool in the hands of the Lord.”

Keywords: Promise; Prophecy; Scripture Study
ID = [35801]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 2007-01-01  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,rsc-books,rsc-sperry,rsc-video  Size: 31458  Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 10:52:36
Ferris, Benjamin G. Utah and the Mormons. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1856.
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A polemical work against Mormonism. Argues that Solomon Spaulding is responsible for most of the text of the Book of Mormon, through the agency of Sidney Rigdon; the 1834 Anthon denial is cited; the testimonies of the Book of Mormon witnesses are discredited on the grounds that they had disreputable characters; and the author claims that Mormons have departed from the doctrines of the Book of Mormon.

ID = [78746]  Status = Type = book  Date = 1856-01-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:53:44
Tate, George S. “Utopia and Garden: The Relationship of Candide to Laxness’s Paradísarheimt.” In By Study and Also By Faith, Volume 2, edited by John M. Lundquist and Stephen D. Ricks, 619-637. 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.

Keywords: Enlightenment; Literature
ID = [2371]  Status = Type = book article  Date = 1990-01-02  Collections:  bmc-archive,bom,farms-books,nibley  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 8:42:34
Bolton, Andrew. “Utopial Vision and Prophetic Imagination: Reading the Book of Mormon in a Nineteenth-century Context.” Restoration Studies 10 (Fall, 2009): 144-153.
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Bolton explores the origins and societal implications that arise from the Book of Mormon when viewed in an early nineteenth century context. Bolton describes the society in the Book of Mormon as a religious utopia, and explores the positive and negative utopian stories from that society.

Keywords: Book of Mormon; Book of Mormon, American setting
ID = [82042]  Status = Type = journal article  Date = 2009-09-01  Collections:  bom  Size:   Children: 0  Rebuilt: 4/17/24 16:59:06

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