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The Beginnings of the Book of Mormon

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The Beginnings of the Book of Mormon Nydia Elise Hernandez Origins of Great Traditions Dr. Racel 27 Nov 2009
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Hernandez 2 The Book of Mormon is a sacred text that “is a witness to Christ” 1 and is filled with scriptures known to give faith to many people. Its importance to the Mormon Church is only comparable to The Bible in other religious communities. The main purpose of The Book of Mormon is to pronounce the true word of the lord and dispel other false theories. It is a unique text that contains scriptures that give a record of God’s spiritual relations with the “first inhabitants of the Americas and contains the fulness of the everlasting gospel.” 2 It’s a complex book that some may find hard to read but can offer spiritual satisfaction. The goals of both Mormon and Joseph Smith, the two responsible for its creation, were to be able to provide a sacred text that could help guide the people to the Lord. The Book includes fifteen parts and was written by “many ancient prophets by the spirit of prophecy and revelation.” 3 They were then quoted and abridged by the prophet and historian named Mormon. He and his son took down the word on sheets of metal, also known as gold plates. Each book or part was named after its main author. There were four distinct plates inside the book of gold: the plates of Mormon, the plates of Nephi, the plates of Ether and the plates of Brass. Each presents a different history of the people of Nephi, the Lamanites, and the people of Jared, all of which were ancestors of the American Indians. These plates were constructed many hundreds of years ago. They not only contain historical content of God’s word to the people but ancient Hebrew Scriptures. 1 1 Donna Hill, Joseph Smith the First Mormon (New York: Doubleday and Company INC. 1977) p. 99 2 2 Joseph Smith. The Book of Mormon Another Testament of Jesus Christ . (New York: Doubleday 1830) Intro 3 3 J. Smith. p. Introduction
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Hernandez 3 These Scriptures and writings, written by Mormon, date back to the time of 600 B.C. to A.D. 421. 4 A big part of the Book is the account of the descendants of Lehi and their migration to the Americas. When Lehi brought his family to the Americas his family split. Those that followed his son Nephi were “the righteous light skinned Nephites” while those who followed his other son, Laman, were called the “rebellious dark skinned Lamanites.” 5 Mormon was a descendant of Nephi and a military leader in the wars against the Lamanites. Throughout his life time he gathered multiple records and prophecy’s on the history of his family line and his present time. Later on in life he compiled them all into the Book of Mormon.
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