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The problem is that the Bible doesn't really have an infallible table of contents. So, while there is nothing in the Bible definitively suggesting that there is another set of infallible documents inspired by God which relate to the Old Testament, the Bible also doesn't exclude that possibility either. Because I have seen multiple comments on this, I ...


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Cwallenpoole made it clear, that the Bible, as we have it today, is not complete. If one is not careful, it is easy to run into a negative evidence fallacy by supposing that simply because the Bible doesn't mention something, that something must be false. (That would be like saying "Jesus Christ" of the New Testament is false because that Name is never ...


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What is considered scripture The Standard Works The LDS Church accepts 4 volumes as "standard works" of scripture: The KJV Bible (minus Apocrypha) The Book of Mormon The Pearl of Great Price The Doctrine and Covenants Each book is esteemed basically equally with the others as pertaining to their scriptural value. Of course, Mormons will emphasize the ...


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The testimonies of these "lists of witnesses" is included in the introduction to the Book of Mormon, in which they explain what they saw and experienced. From the testimony of the Three Witnesses: And we also testify that we have seen the engravings which are upon the plates; and they have been shown unto us by the power of God, and not of man. And ...


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First, here's the simple version: Buried together with the golden plates was a device known as the Urim and Thummim, described by Joseph Smith as: two stones in silver bows—and these stones, fastened to a breastplate, constituted what is called the Urim and Thummim—deposited with the plates; and the possession and use of these stones were what ...


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Essentially, the Book of Mormon starts at about the time that Isreal was being scattered. It follows a prophet not mentioned in the Bible named Lehi, and his family, as they leave Isreal, and eventually travel to somewhere in the Americas. They have a copy of the teachings of the prophets with them that, as stated in 1 Nephi 5:11-14 11 And he beheld ...


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According to the Encyclopedia of Mormonism, chapter summaries first appeared in an edition published in 1920, under the editorship of James E. Talmage, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, but the chapter summaries in modern printings of the Book of Mormon, as well as the footnotes and cross-references, date to the 1981 printing, which was "edited by a ...


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To understand the answer, it's important to understand the actual invitation. It can be found in the last chapter of the Book of Mormon: Moroni 10: 4-5 4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere ...


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Why did Joseph Smith change those verses? For clarity. The December 1983 edition of the LDS-published Ensign magazine included the article Understanding Textual Changes in the Book of Mormon. The article addresses several types of changes including the specific ones asked about by the OP. In a few places, however, Joseph Smith did intentionally add to ...


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If any such "unofficial canon within a canon" existed in the Book of Mormon, it would have to be in 3rd Nephi, from chapter 11 to approximately chapter 28. This is from the record of Nephi, a distant descendant of the Nephi from the beginning of the book, who lived through a time period that our modern calendar counts as the 0030s AD: the time of Christ's ...


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Because Mormons believe in an open canon of scripture (i.e., that God continues to provide scripture through His living prophet), the words of the living prophet (or president of the church) are esteemed more valuable than ancient records. Every six months the leaders of the church formally address the church and their words in these general conferences are ...


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As mentioned over in this answer, they're not regarded higher or lower than the others, since they are all the word of God. Everyone's individual experience will vary with which scriptures are emphasized. Usually, the Book of Mormon and Bible are read from most often. The Doctrine & Covenants are mentioned for a more recent, historical account of God's ...


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Matt briefly mentioned Ezekiel 37:15-23 in his answer, but it deserves greater emphasis. The linked article starts out by very briefly mentioning writing on staves, and then discounts it, saying that had Ezekiel meant a staff, he would have used a different word. And then it goes and gives several examples of 'ets meaning all sorts of things, many of which ...


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You're right, the golden plates were returned to the angel Moroni at the conclusion of the original translation into English. First, we have to understand the translation process (this link is the source to the quotes below). There are some original translation manuscripts still in existence, but these are hardly legible anymore and, for several reasons ...


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As a member of the LDS faith, I am a bit uncomfortable with parts of Daniel's answer. We do have a statement which says, We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. Articles of Faith 1:8 Further, the Book of Mormon itself states that its purpose is to ...


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Wikipedia helps here: The Book of Mormon is one of four sacred texts or standard works of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). The other texts are the Bible (the King James Version), the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. Church members officially regard the Book of Mormon as the "most correct" book of ...


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Depending on the scope of this question, it can be very difficult to give any satisfactory answer to. Archaeology primarily concerns itself with artifacts that have been left behind from ancient days, whereas the Book of Mormon deliberately avoids going into too much detail on the culture of its people and explaining details that might aid archaeological ...


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According to LDS history, Joseph Smith was meditating on James 1:5 when he had his first encounter with Jesus. That verse says: If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. That guiding principle has underscored much of Mormon theology since - God gives wisdom to those ...


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Currently, 150 million+ copies in any of 82 languages. (from the Mormon Newsroom) Since it was first published in English in 1830, the Book of Mormon has been fully translated into 82 languages, and printed copies have totaled more than 150 million. I'll add a note that I've seen at least a dozen incomplete translations ("Selections from the Book ...


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That phrase does appear to be an "imperfection" (as it is called) which existed in the original text. And in fact, it was quite difficult to take back words that were already written—so difficult, perhaps, that they decided to re-state the entire idea correctly. According to LDS Church history, The Book of Mormon has unique origins as a volume of scripture. ...


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First, to clarify, the ancient record was recorded on plates, bound by rings, not on tablets. I've never seen official or first-person historical sources refer to them as tablets and have only seen that term used in sources which have either strong or subtle sentiments against the Mormon church, or a political agenda. From every reliable source I have ever ...


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The Book of Mormon does not have a "story of Christmas" in the same sense as the Bible does, because it was not set in the land of Israel (except for the very beginning of the book.) Therefore, there is no coverage of the birth of the baby Jesus and the events surrounding it. It does, however, repeatedly prophesy of the coming of the Savior, that he would ...


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...not clarifications or particular interpretations that Book of Mormon might put on things that are in the Bible, but rather doctrines Mormons believe in that have no Biblical basis That can be a difficult distinction. For example, the Book of Mormon adds the belief that Adam and Eve could not have children before the Fall. And now, behold, if ...


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The core difference between LDS doctrine and Protestantism really is the core of Mormonism. Protestants believe that the Church as established by Christ fell into apostasy and needed to be reformed, requiring a return to the true doctrine of Jesus Christ by adhering closely to the doctrines described in the Bible. Latter-Day Saints, on the other hand, ...


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The question seems to be about potential errors made in the recording & translation process. First, there is an important point I think I should mention: We do not believe that imperfect record keeping of men, & potential errors made by translators, discounts the principles of the God's original message (i.e. The Bible is not discredited because ...


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There is a specific reason that the Book of Mormon is not translated into more modern English. From a 1993 statement from the First Presidency of the Church, From time to time there are those who wish to rewrite the Book of Mormon into familiar or modern English. We discourage this type of publication and call attention to the fact that the Book of ...


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The Mormon beliefs are one of the few I haven't studied. I'm not sure if what they say is in harmony with the bible or not. 2 Timothy 3;1-7 Shows the actions and qualities of those who are not walking on God's path to life. The bible warns about the men who try to subvert the truth. It says towards the end of that paragraph from 2 Timothy in verse 5 those ...


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Two ways to determine prominent LDS scriptures are the "scripture mastery" lists and citation data from General Conference sermons. Scripture Mastery The LDS seminary program encourages youth to increase familiarity with the scriptures by memorizing select passages. This "scripture mastery" program specifies 25 passages in each of the Old Testament, New ...


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From the very title page: ... And also to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations— ... ...to the last page of the record (Moroni 10:32-33): 32 Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of ...


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He was using the words of the prophet Abinadi from years earlier in Mosiah 15: 1 And now Abinadi said unto them: I would that ye should understand that God himself shall come down among the children of men, and shall redeem his people. 2 And because he dwelleth in flesh he shall be called the Son of God, and having subjected the flesh to the will of ...



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