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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Book of Mormon is rich with chiasmus, which is a symmetric structure that looks something like ABCDCBA, fairly unique to Hebrew culture. That article outlines several instances of chiastic structure. Additionally, there are more Hebraisms scattered throughout. Repetition of possessive pronoun: Possessive pronoun prefixed to each list item, for ...


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This is relatively straightforward. From the LDS article on Eternal Life: Eternal life is the phrase used in scripture to define the quality of life that our Eternal Father lives. The Lord declared, “This is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39). Immortality is to live forever as a resurrected ...


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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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Joseph Smith was surprisingly tight-lipped about the translation process. There isn't much we know about it. Apparently, he had two seeing stones, Urim and Thummim. He used these for the translation of the first 116 pages from the golden plates. However, when someone stole the original translations, he claimed that the angel took away both these magical ...


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There is a large and growing body of work by LDS scholars offering archaeological and anthropological evidence in support of the Book of Mormon: an introduction to it may be found on the FairMormon Wiki, However, it is not expected that such evidence will ever be conclusive.


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The official stance seems to be that it's a non-issue. The official narrative is what it is. It claims that Joseph Smith was singled out by God through the angel Moroni to receive the golden plates, and the means to translate them via God's supernatural fiat. If true, one wouldn't need external validation. If it came directly from God through His ...


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According to http://mormon.org/faq/belief-in-jesus-christ: Jesus Christ is the literal Son of God. His birth, life, death, and resurrection fulfilled the many prophecies contained in the scriptures concerning the coming of a Savior. He was the Creator, He is our Savior, and He will be our Judge (see Isaiah 9:6, 53:3-7; Psalms 22:16-18). I hope ...


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One of Joseph Smith's revelations has God saying: Doctrine and Covenants 5:9 Behold, verily I say unto you, I have reserved those things which I have entrusted unto you, my servant Joseph, for a wise purpose in me, and it shall be made known unto future generations, No more definitive answer is possible. A speculative one is to prevent the plates, with ...


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The Father and the Son, a Doctrinal Exposition by the First Presidency and the Twelve Apostles, can be considered both authoritative and current teaching. This exposition presents four senses in which the God is called the Father. 1) "Father" as literal parent. 2) "Father" as creator 3) Jesus Christ the “Father” of Those Who Abide in His Gospel 4) Jesus ...


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From the Book of Mormon Student manual: Sometimes the scriptures refer to Jesus Christ by using the title “Father.” Elder M. Russell Ballard explained why Jesus Christ is sometimes referred to as both the Father and the Son: “How can Jesus Christ be both the Father and the Son? It really isn’t as complicated as it sounds. Though He is the Son ...



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