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What is the biblical basis for believing in the Book of Mormon?

I know that Mormons say the Bible and the Book of Mormon don't contradict. I don't know about that, but I would like to know whether there actually is a verse in the Bible that could support the ...
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What important Mormon doctrines are taught in the book of Mormon that we couldn't find in the Bible already?

I've never seen a Mormon establish doctrine on the Book of Mormon, only arguing that the Book of Mormon is "another testament of Jesus Christ." So, since Mormons believe that is the case, surely they ...
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How is one supposed to "know" whether or not the Book of Mormon is true?

When one is introduced to the Book of Mormon, he is oftentimes asked to pray to find out whether or not the Book of Mormon is true. According to LDS theology, why is a person simply asked to pray ...
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What are scholarly objections to the divine inspiration of the Book of Mormon? [closed]

What are scholarly objections to the divine inspiration of the Book of Mormon? Answers backed up with sources will be appreciated. Note: this question is asked in good faith, with the intention of ...
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What is the relationship between the Book of Mormon and the Bible?

Can someone give me the run down on how the LDS church sees the relationship of the Book of Mormon to the Bible? Does it accept it in full and just continue the story? How does it make the transition?
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What works do the LDS Church recognize as Scripture?

I understand the LDS Church recognizes the Book of Mormon and the Old and New Testaments as well. What other works are also considered Scripture? Any Apocryphal works? Doctrines and Covenants?
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Is the English translation of "Book of Mormon" ever revised or updated, and if so, on what basis given that the golden plates have disappeared?

The English used in the initial translation of the book of Mormon is KJV-esque English. I'm wondering if there have ever been new English translations as time goes by, and as the English language has ...
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What is the archaeological evidence for the events in the Book of Mormon?

I have read several books that identify archaeological evidence in support of hundreds and hundreds of biblical places, cultures, and historical events. What is the archaeological evidence for the ...
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What is the Book of Mormon equivalent of John 3:16?

Christians technically aren't supposed to have a "Canon within the canon" (i.e. a subset of Scripture that is somehow "more scriptural" then everything else) but in practical effect, we do. If ...
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Why do non-LDS Christians accept the testimonies of the apostles but reject the testimonies of the 3 & 8 witnesses to the golden plates?

Simple question: non-LDS Christians believe the testimonies of the apostles, yet they reject the testimonies of the 3 & 8 witnesses to the golden plates. Why? In the mouth of two or three ...
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In Jerusalem around 600BC, who was Laban?

The Book of Mormon speaks of an influential person in Jerusalem named Laban who was the keeper of the record of the Jews, and had power to command at least 50 men (see 1 Nephi 3:31). "Laban hath ...
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According to Latter-day Saints, what are the strongest apologetic arguments for the divine inspiration of the Book of Mormon?

Inspired by my previous question on the divine inspiration of the Bible, I would like to ask a similar question on the Book of Mormon: According to Latter-day Saints, what are the strongest apologetic ...
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Why did Joseph Smith translate the Book of Mormon into Jacobean English, not in use in 1830?

Victorian era (1830-1900) 1830 was the beginning of the Victorian era. This literary period was short and volatile, in terms of thought and style; daring use of words and letters, pressing the bounds ...
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Are translations of the book of Mormon into other languages made from English, or are the golden plates stashed in a temple somewhere?

I was poking around the Internet to see if there are any LDS-sanctioned modern translations of the Book of Mormon in English, and it seems there are not. (Although there's an unofficial one, A Plain ...
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How many witnesses are there who physically saw and/or touched the golden plates from which the Book of Mormon was reportedly translated?

I understand the Book of Mormon has a list of witnesses. However, I have heard that these witnesses may not have actually ever seen the gold plates that contained the original manuscripts for the ...
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Did the Community of Christ denounce the Book of Mormon?

Most Mormons seem to be under the impression that the Community of Christ agreed to denounce the Book of Mormon as scripture in order to be accepted into the World Council of Churches. It's obvious ...
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Why is the Son of God called the Eternal Father in the book of Alma?

I happened across the following verses in the book of Alma: Now Zeezrom saith again unto him: Is the Son of God the very Eternal Father? And Amulek said unto him: Yea, he is the very Eternal Father ...
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Why do the later versions of the Book of Mormon contain added phrases that seem to change the nature of Christ?

The original 1830 Book of Mormon contained statements to the effect that "Jesus Christ is God the Eternal Father" in three separate places (1 Nephi 11:21, 32, 13:40, source). Only recently did I ...
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Is this a mistake in The Book of Mormon?

From Alma 24:19: ... and thus we see that they buried their weapons of peace, or they buried the weapons of war, for peace. Apparently the author meant "weapons of war" but wrote "weapons of ...
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Assuming the Book of Mormon is historically accurate, does this necessarily imply the Great Apostasy?

Note I am asking this question as someone who has not actually read the Book of Mormon. I guess my real question is, could I affirm the historical accuracy of the Book of Mormon as a Catholic? But to ...
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According to the LDS Church (Mormons), how specifically did Joseph Smith translate the Book of Mormon?

As I understand it, the LDS Church teaches that the Book of Mormon was written on gold plates in a language called "Reformed Egyptian". According to the LDS Church, what did Joseph Smith use and how ...
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Does The Book of Mormon contain Jewish literary techniques?

According to Latter-day Saints, The Book of Mormon was written by ancient prophets who originated from Jerusalem (contemporaries with Jeremiah, in fact), then later traveled to the Americas. As far ...
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How was the translation of the Book of Mormon shown through Joseph Smith's seer stones and hat?

The Wikipedia article on the golden plates says that Joseph Smith translated the golden plates into the Book of Mormon with the help of "seer stones". Initially, he is said to have used two stones set ...
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Did Joseph Smith “translate the Book of Mormon”?

In a related thread, the original inquirer asked, Why did Joseph Smith translate the Book of Mormon into Jacobean English, not in use in 1830? When I see the word “translate,” it means to me that ...
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Why did Joseph Smith return the golden plates to the angel to be buried?

As I understand LDS teaching, an angel--perhaps Moroni--showed Joseph Smith the place where plates of gold had been hidden for many centuries. He retrieved these tablets of gold and translated the ...
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Where did the dates at the bottom of the pages in the Book of Mormon come from?

From these images of an original copy of the Book of Mormon, it appears that the dates and chapter summaries that appear in modern printings do not appear in the original. When exactly did these ...
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Into how many languages has the Book of Mormon been translated?

I understand that the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, is the most translated book in the world. It seems that giving the Word of God to all the world is considered part of the Great ...
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Which book of Scripture is most esteemed by the LDS church?

I understand that the LDS church regards the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Pearl of Great Price, and the Doctrine and Covenants all as Scripture. In practice, which of these works is most highly ...
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Spaulding Theory: How do Latter-day Saints respond to the claim that the Book of Mormon is based on "Manuscript Found" by Solomon Spaulding?

This topic has come up occasionally in other posts, but I found no question on the site asking about this specifically. In 1834, ED Howe published Mormonism Unvailed [sic], claiming based upon the ...
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What planet do Mormons think God the Father was born on?

In 2001, the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith decided that Mormon baptisms are not valid as far as Catholicism is concerned, because of certain doctrines of Mormonism that are problematic from a ...
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What is the basis for the doctrine of the Trinity in the Book of Mormon?

The Community of Christ – formerly the "Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints" – is a rather unique branch of Christianity in that it stems from the LDS Church, recognizing the Book ...
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Is there an Arabic translation of the Book of Mormon?

I know that the Book of Mormon is not officially printed in Hebrew, but is it officially printed in Arabic? I know that the LDS church does not proselyte in any shape or form in the Middle East (...
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What does Mormonism have to offer in regards to salvation through Jesus Christ that was not already taught in the New Testament?

The Mormon church claims to be the true church and yet there have been billions of people that have become Christian in the last 2,000 years based on what Jesus Christ did on that cross. The Apostle ...
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Do any of the Mormon doctrines that cannot be found in the Bible come from the Book of Mormon?

Do any of the Mormon doctrines that cannot be found in the Bible come from the Book of Mormon? This is sort of a followup question to What important Mormon doctrines are taught in the book of Mormon ...
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Why were the golden plates necessary if Joseph Smith received his translation of the Book of Mormon by viewing a stone in his hat?

Firsthand accounts say that Joseph Smith used a seer stone to receive the translation for the Book of Mormon (emphasis mine): Joseph Smith put the seer stone into a hat, and put his face in the hat, ...
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What is LDS teaching about how Bible verses came to be in the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon contains many verses from the Bible, either repeated in whole or in part. For a believing Latter-day Saint, this could be the result of at least two separate processes: (1) these ...
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How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? [closed]

What are the differences between the Book of Mormon and the Bible? How are they similar? What do they have in common? Please provide an overview of the major differences. I prefer a Mormon ...
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According to LDS doctrine, what is the source of God's power?

According to modern revelation - from an LDS perspective, what is the source of God's power? I'm looking for references from the standard works and quotes from the brethren that may indicate to us ...
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What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints view of historical-critical methods?

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints view of historical-critical methods? The method calls for understanding the world behind the ancient text, accepting that the text has human ...
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How do Latter Day Saints explained the italicized words in the Book of Mormon?

I have recently been reading through the CES letter. My question comes from this excerpt: When King James translators were translating the KJV Bible between 1604 and 1611, they would occasionally put ...
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Who Wrote the 1981 Introduction to The Book of Mormon?

I know that the general answer to this question can be found easily. It was added to the Book in 1981, which is when Spencer W Kimball was the president of the Church. So it could probably be said ...
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Why is God the Father referred to as "Eternal Father" in LDS writings when He is not believed to be eternal?

I was recently reading some LDS material and noticed something that did not make sense to me. As I understand LDS teaching, God the Father was once a man on another planet who attained godhood ...
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Does any of the LDS extra-biblical holy books ever clearly contradict the Bible? [closed]

I ask as I am only familiar with the Bible. I am asking those familiar with both the Bible and the LDS extra-biblical holy books, i.e. the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great ...
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How does LDS theology suffer when Book of Mormon historical claims are unsupported?

This article, entitled The Scientific Search for Nephite Remains, from the Institute for Religious Research contains a large number of quotes from Ray T. Matheny. Matheny earned his BA and Master's ...
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What did Jesus actually get up to in America (according to Mormons)?

I'm wondering where I should flick to in my LDS quad in order to learn about what Jesus supposedly got up to when he visited America. Could someone provide an outline of his interactions on the ...
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How many modern day pages were lost by Martin Harris?

The "lost 116 pages" were the original manuscript pages Joseph Smith translated. These pages were lost by Joseph Smith's scribe Martin Harris during the summer of 1828 and are presumed to have been ...
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What do LDS believe regarding the necessity of suffering?

I apologize for the length of this question, but it requires establishing some premises that refute the most common response, being that the purpose of suffering is for us to learn and grow, and be ...
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Any research done on the Narrative of Zosimus & Lehi's "Tree of Life" Dream in 1 Nephi (LDS scripture)? Similarities? More info on N. of Zosimus?

The other day I overheard a professor briefly mention an ancient Hebraic document known as the "Narrative of Zosimus" that wasn't known to Western scholars until the late 1870's. As his reference ...
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According to the Book of Mormon, D&C, Pearl of great price and/or prophets, what prohibits lust?

What does the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price, or prophets say about the prohibition of lust as a sin?
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What is the Book of Mormon story of Christmas?

The Bible proclaims the birth and life of Jesus Christ. We all know the classic rendering of Luke 2 which is tradition to read every year, as well as all the prophesies concerning the Lord's birth ...
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