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For the twelve million members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints worldwide (six million in the United States), The Book of Mormon is literally the word of God, a companion volume to the Bible that contains the everlasting gospel. According to Mormon belief, The Book of Mormon was inscribed on golden plates by generations of prophets, quoted and abridged by the prophet-historian Mormon, and buried in the ground by Mormon's son, Moroni. Fourteen centuries later, in 1823, the angel Moroni led Joseph Smith to the plates hidden in a hillside in upstate New York. Smith translated the ancient language into English through divine revelation. The Book of Mormon narrates the historical, religious, political, and military events that shaped and continue to inform the Church's teachings.
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  • Joseph Smith(Author)
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  • English
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  • Religion & Spirituality

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  • By Michael on 5 April 2017

    Satisfied!

  • By Jeff Carlin on 15 June 2017

    When I was a full-time missionary in the Philippines, I spent almost two years goading Filipinos into reading The Book of Mormon (because, as per my indoctrination from a young age, I was told that it was the “word of God”)...but during that time, when I was immersed in the text (and I was using it as a recruitment tool), I began to realize that Joseph Smith’s collection of stories was problematic—that it was wordy...that its characters were self-righteous and one-dimensional...and that many of its stories were too miraculous for their own good. Allow me to explain:The text is wordy—or needlessly repetitive:(Mark Twain used the word “prosy,” but I think that “wordy” is more accurate.) Mormon apologists claim that The Book of Mormon is only wordy because it was written in a Hebraic style. According to Smith, though, the “original text” wasn’t written in Hebrew (for it was written in a “language” that Smith called “reformed Egyptian”)...but regardless of the language—real or imagined—that was used in its composition, every “ancient American prophet” that “speaks” within its various “books” sounds like a pompous windbag.Mormons often boast that “Jesus Christ” is mentioned more in The Book of Mormon than in any other religious text...but that doesn’t mean that the book is “sacred scripture.” (That’s like boasting that you’re a “better person” than your neighbor because you give more money to YOUR church than he gives to HIS.) If the prevalence of the words “Jesus Christ” is somehow evidence for the book’s “divine origin”...is the phrase “And it came to pass” ALSO evidence that The Book of Mormon is “divine”...? (Maybe the God of Mormonism values QUANTITY more than quality—or repetition more than substance...?)Read the fifth chapter of “Jacob”—which, for my money, is the most obvious example of wordiness in The Book of Mormon—and you will be forced to slog through the most monotonous and incomprehensible mess in the whole collection....The characters are self-righteous:“Nephi” is probably the most self-righteous character that Smith created...but every other “prophet” that “speaks” throughout the various “books”—in addition to being long-winded—is just another talking head with the same, redundant message: “The Lord is good; the Lord is merciful; Jesus is your savior; repent of your iniquities or the Lord will destroy you.”Oddly, the “righteous inhabitants” that populate Smith’s fictional version of ancient America believe in Jesus Christ HUNDREDS OF YEARS before the central character of the New Testament was said to be born in Bethlehem...! In other words, Smith’s “ancient American inhabitants” were so righteous—and so “blessed” because of their “faith in Jesus Christ”—that they declared themselves to be “Christians” over five centuries before Christianity was established in first-century Palestine by the first disciples of Yeshua bar Yosef....The characters are one-dimensional:“Nephi” is always “righteous” and his brothers, “Lamen and Lemuel,” are almost always “evil.” Likewise, the “Nephites” are almost always “righteous” (and therefore “white” and “delightsome”) as a result of receiving “many blessings” from the “hand of the Lord”...and the “Lamanites” are almost always “evil” (and “dark” and “degenerate” and “loathsome”) by contrast.How convenient...! Readers can easily tell the “good guys” from the “bad guys” when the characters are painted so simply—and so one-dimensionally—in “black” and in “white”...!Many of the stories are too miraculous for their own good:The miracles in The Book of Mormon seem to be much more astounding—and much more impressive—than the ones that are described in the biblical text—as if Smith felt the need to “one up” the writers of the Bible.In the Bible, for example, “Noah” (miraculously) builds a single ark that floats on the surface of the flood waters...but in The Book of Mormon, “the brother of Jared” builds eight dish-shaped, submersible barges—as opposed to one—and he builds them out of animal skins...! He also drills air holes into the tops and bottoms of the submersibles and then God shows up and touches twenty stones that provide light for the journey to the Americas. (This story from “The Book of Ether” is the most unbelievable in Smith’s collection.)Here are a few more criticisms:Smith’s version of God (which, according to Mormons, is also the God of the Bible) seems to be wantonly capricious. Over and over again, the Lord bestows the blessings of earthly riches upon those who are “righteous”—even though he knows, presumably in advance, that his bestowals will eventually cause the ruination of the recipients—and over and over again, these “ancient Americans” become “unrighteous” and thereafter “ripe for destruction”...! (Among Mormons, this is called “the pride cycle”...but why would a “wise and loving God”—as opposed to a capricious one—instigate such a destructive cycle in the first place...?)The Book of Mormon is filled with many embarrassing anachronisms. According to archaeologists and historians...honey bees, cattle, horses, elephants, goats, and swine didn’t exist in pre-Colombian Mesoamerica—and wheat, barley, silk, steel, iron, chariots, and scimitars didn’t exist there either. (Smith obviously didn’t know that any of these anachronisms would someday present themselves when he put his pen to paper—or plunged his head into his hat.)In addition to being the supposed “word of God”...The Book of Mormon is also considered to be a history of actual peoples, places, and events that existed and occurred in the Americas (and not just in a nineteenth-century religious text). If this is true, though, then some form of evidence ought to exist somewhere that would corroborate the existence of the “Jaredites,” the “Nephites,” the “Mulekites,” and/or the “Lamanites”...but, as of this writing, no such evidence has ever been found in North America, in Central America, or in South America. You cannot, for instance, visit a museum and see any “Nephite pottery” or any “Lamanite weaponry.” (The eleventh chapter of “Alma” suggests that the “Nephites” used coins and measures as a monetary system...but have any of these coins or measures ever been found...? (No.))Clearly written in the Nineteenth Century, Joseph Smith’s so-called “Book of Mormon” is an oddball collection of religious flimflam, pseudohistory, and obvious plagiarism. It was written from the seat of ignorance and it was written, verse by verse, in order for Smith to provide a conveyance for his personalized version of Christianity. Conveniently, after its first publication, Smith referred to his “Book of Mormon” as “the most correct of any book on earth” and “the keystone of [his] religion”—claims that otherwise intelligent people would file under “Delusions of Grandeur” and “My Religion is the BEST Religion!”In short, if Smith’s collection of poorly-written stories (and naked pseudepigrapha) is truly the “word of God”...then the God of Mormonism is one of the lousiest writers in the universe.

  • By Mr. David S. Byrne on 22 June 2017

    I'm half way through reading this and I must admit it's not as bad as I'd thought it would be , i don't know what I were expecting to be totally honest. I got the book free by being in contact with two missionaries, they were kind to post it through my letterbox whilst I were at work and I promised them that I'd read it. I don't know why the Mormons get such a bad reputation because the two missionaries I've been in contact with have been nothing but nice to me which makes it much easier to read , most religious places I've attended the people tend to be very ignorant. Have I noticed a few truths and some enlightenment in this book ? I will say yes I have , I'm the type of person that tends to take truth from every religious scripture so my beliefs are a little muddled, nothing wrong with that though right ? I don't think so.

  • By Daniel G Harwin on 23 April 2017

    DO NOT BUY THIS!! you can obtain a free copy from lds.org or your local LDS chapel. Its bad that they are trying to sell this when its supposed to be free.

  • By lord mort on 3 March 2016

    I read this book and it has totally changed my beliefs. After I read the last page I raised my head to the heavens ad shouted " Mr Tickle I reject thee as a false prophet "

  • By J Burton on 7 March 2016

    This book claims to be translated from an ancient source, but is merely a reworking of several other uncredited contemporary nineteenth-century works such as "The Late War" and "View of the Hebrews" (as a simple Google search of "The Late War" will confirm), as well as containing many chapters simply copied from Smith's copy of the Bible, complete with printing errors found therein. Alongside some very beautiful passages about love are some deeply troubling racist verses, in which those with a black skin are cursed by God.

  • By Mr. I. Roscoe on 4 March 2016

    I read this book for a sense of balance, having already read the bible, q'ran and torah, and can safely say that it is even more ridiculous than the other three, and that is saying something. I do not see how anyone with a modicum of intelligence could consider this tome to be anything but a joke!


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