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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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With a fair bit of searching, I could find only one source associating the Community of Christ's belief in the trinity with verses from the Book of Mormon. The verse is 3 Nephi 11:36: And thus will the Father bear record of me, and the Holy Ghost will bear record unto him of the Father and me; for the Father, and I, and the Holy Ghost are one. In order ...


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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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Thanks, Mason. Even though the events of the Book of Mormon happened in the Americas and not in Jerusalem, I would have to say that it does have its own "story of Christmas", and that is what I'd like to share. Samuel's prophecy We have a Primary song -- a children's hymn -- that I'd like to share. It's called "Christmas in Zarahemla", and it goes like ...


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LDS teaching regarding seeking a divine confirmation of something frequently references the following passages: Moroni 10:3 Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even ...



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