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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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Joseph Smith did not just translate the Book of Mormon into Jacobean English, but into a very specific type of Jacobean English, as used in the King James Version of the Bible (KJV). W. H Stevenson (King James's Bible: A Selection, 'The Language of AV' - ebook) says King James was a virtual contemporary of William Shakespeare, but that the language is not ...


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According to lds.org: As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are blessed to be led by living prophets—inspired men called to speak for the Lord, as did Moses, Isaiah, Peter, Paul, Nephi, Mormon, and other prophets of the scriptures. We sustain the President of the Church as prophet, seer, and revelator—the only person on the ...


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Yes, according to the Latter Day Saints, the Book of Mormon was originally written in 'reformed Egyptian characters' on gold plates by prophets living in the Americas from the fourth century BCE until the fifth century CE. However, Wikipedia says Scholarly reference works on languages do not, however, acknowledge the existence of either a "reformed ...


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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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When viewed from the belief that Joseph Smith was not a prophet and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is false, or that the Bible is perfect and unchanged from the day it was written1, the only conclusion is that Joseph was writting himself into history. When viewed from the belief that Joseph Smith is a prophet and the Church of Jesus Christ ...


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Mormons believe Joseph Smith to be a prophet in the sense that Abraham, Moses, Noah, and others all were. Jesus Himself appointed teachers He called apostles like Peter, James, and John. Joseph Smith is viewed pretty much the same way. Ephesians 4:11-14 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and ...


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Latter-Day Saints believe that contemporary revelation from God is always important, and a necessary part of God's plan, and that any group or time that lacks such guidance is in apostasy. Joseph Smith is known among Latter-Day Saints as "the prophet of the Restoration," the prophet through whom God restored the fulness of his gospel in modern times. But ...


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As you have said, there are essentially two major sects in the Latter-day Saint movement which hold the Book of Mormon to be scripture and a base for teachings. They are: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints The Community of Christ (decendent of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is a group that did not migrate to ...


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John still held the priesthood during that time (as did the three Nephites who were given the same blessing as John), but the function of the priesthood was limited to his particular, ministerial duties. In other words, the fulness of the Priesthood was not active because its keys did not remain on the earth. John was not called to be the President of the ...


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To start with, it might be helpful to clarify the terms used here. Manuscript Evidence Manuscript Evidence is a term that is well defined outside of Christianity, in the field of Textual Criticism. Textual criticism (or lower criticism) is a branch of literary criticism that is concerned with the identification and removal of transcription errors in ...


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In short: Do we know if he had access to and was familiar with Kabbalah writings? There is no documentation of him having access to the Kabbalah writings. Did he study them in the original Hebrew? Again there is no record of Joseph Smith having access to them. There is a longer article entitled "Everything is Everything": Was Joseph Smith Influenced ...


7

Polygamy is one of the more difficult subjects to study of early LDS history, because the environment in which it was practiced necessitated secrecy as a result of the hostility toward the Church and it's usefulness as a polemical tool for the enemies of the Church. However, credible research is continually trickling out, and we now have some great ...


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From an exmormon standpoint, an alternative explanation is that there were no plates to "translate," and the whole thing was something he created, using contemporary sources. The current thinking is that he (obviously) drew heavily from the King James Bible, but also several other books that were popular at the time and widely available in his area of the ...


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Joseph Smith’s worldview was almost certainly influenced by his religious upbringing and the Second Great Awakening that swept through North America between 1795 and 1830. When Joseph Smith was about 10 years of age his family moved to Palmyra in the State of New York. Joseph Smith was born on 23 December 1805 in Sharon, Vermont. At that time, there ...


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It is certain that Joseph Smith was influenced by Kabbalah. In his 1992 Book The American Religion: The Emergence of the Post-Christian Nation Harold Bloom writes: What is clear is that Smith and his apostles restated what Moshe Idel, our great living scholar of Kabbalah, persuades me was the archaic or original Jewish religion. . . . My observation ...


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Mormons believe that he translated the Golden Plates to the Book of Mormon, by using instruments such as the Urim and Thummim which were provided with the plates. The writing on these plates are of an unknown language, but are referred to as "reformed Egyptian". To note, they don't believe it to be a translation of the Bible, but to instead be 'another ...


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I've always believed and heard this to be the Martin Luther translation of the German Bible. While I've not yet found a completely authoritative statement on this being the case, I currently believe it to be true. I think we may need get into his journals to probably get to the root of this. It may be possible that someone has written a research paper on ...


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Peter and James, we infer, have been resurrected already and have physical bodies. The laying on of hands was performed by physical beings to physical beings. A few references: Peter, James, and Moroni have been resurrected (see Supporting Statement B) John the Baptist is also apparently resurrected


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According to Author: McConkie, Mark L. Latter-day Saint scriptures speak of a unique class of beings, persons whom the Lord has "translated" or changed from a mortal state to one in which they are temporarily not subject to death, and in which they experience neither pain nor sorrow except for the sins of the world. Such beings appear to have much greater ...


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Another note I'd like to point out, as far as the LDS have been given, they do not know of them ordaining anyone to the priesthood after the first century AD (IMO they were either commanded not to or knew something about what time the Lord would command it to be given again). According to the LDS, John and the three Nephites had the priesthood but to mankind ...


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This question is difficult to answer because eternal progression is hard to define. Consider this quote from the Encyclopedia of Mormonism: The principle of eternal progression cannot be precisely defined or comprehended, yet it is fundamental to the LDS worldview. The phrase "eternal progression" first occurs in the discourses of Brigham Young. It ...


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LDS Perspective If this is a truth question, one can only speculate because as far as I can tell, it does not appear that Joseph Smith ever addressed the question of why the Book of Mormon uses the English style it does. Ultimately, the LDS perspective is that God commanded and helped Joseph to translate the plates so that translation was not decided by ...


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The books of Enoch, even The Secrets of Enoch which you quote here, are not as isolated and rarely consumed as the question suggests. In Scripture and Scholarship in Early Modern England, “Og King of Bashan, Enoch and the Books of Enoch: Extra-Canonical Texts and Interpretations of Genesis 6:1-4,” Ariel Hessayon writes: Far from being neglected, Enoch and ...


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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, ...


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Lost in translation This is a point that I pondered, in drafting the question, of your reference above. I could not think of a word or phrase, that would allow for the definition I accepted in this question. I feel obligated to clarify this here. I'm sure you are able to appreciate the difficulty I encountered, in attempting to phrase my own question ...


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Latter-day Saints (LDS) believe: History The Book of Mormon was compiled by ancient prophets in the Americas on Gold plates and buried around 400 A.D. It is another testament of Christ, like the Bible, but from the American continent. Explanation of the Book of Mormon - lds.org In 1823, a few years after being visited by God Himself, Joseph Smith was ...


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From the point of view of the believing Latter Day Saint, everything Joseph Smith added was not added, but "restored", meaning that it was originally there and unnamed wicked people removed it. Mormons do not accept Joseph Smith as a prophet because of rational proofs, but because each one is encouraged to pray to God and get an individual confirmation, ...


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Elias Hutter’s Novum Testamentum harmonicum (Nuremberg, 1602) I contacted FAIR and one of their volunteers, Ted Jones, responded with a link to a Blog post that included the following. I'm intrigued by the Prophet's polyglot New Testament consulted in the 7 April 1844 general conference address (King Follett Sermon) and in a 12 May 1844 sermon. "A Bible ...


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+1 for a great question! I have not found any solid answer or doctrine of the church that refers to this. Perhaps in the Joseph Smith Papers you could find answers there www.josephsmithpapers.org, but I haven't searched there. What you say is true is for today. One has to be baptized before they receive the priesthood, but if you look in the Book of ...


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