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The spiritual text that forms the basis of Mormonism-in the last edition edited by its founder, Joseph Smith, Jr.
THE BOOK OF MORMON is one of the most influential? as well as controversial-religious documents in American history, and is regarded as sacred scripture by followers around the world, including members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the fourth-largest religious body in the United States. According to Mormon belief, The Book of Mormon was ...
The spiritual text that forms the basis of Mormonism-in the last edition edited by its founder, Joseph Smith, Jr.
THE BOOK OF MORMON is one of the most influential? as well as controversial-religious documents in American history, and is regarded as sacred scripture by followers around the world, including members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the fourth-largest religious body in the United States. According to Mormon belief, The Book of Mormon was inscribed on golden plates by ancient prophets. I t contains stories of ancient peoples migrating from the Near East to the Americas, and also explains that Jesus Christ appeared to the New World after his resurrection. The golden plates were discovered in upstate New York and translated by Joseph Smith, Jr., under the guidance of an angel, Moroni. From this divine revelation, Smith founded the Mormon sect, which is now comprised of more than 12.5 million members worldwide.
Since its initial publication in 1830, The Book of Mormon has stood as one of the most original and revolutionary works of faith ever written by an American. Believers, historians, scholars, and skeptics are virtually unanimous in their opinion that the church begun by Joseph Smith in upstate New York and that later flourished on the shores of the Great Salt Lake has indelibly altered the story of Christianity, both in the United States and in the world at large. Beyond such general assessments, however, there are few points regarding The Book of Mormon and the faith it has inspired on which everyone agrees. Even the simple question of authorship is a matter of ceaseless argument: did Joseph Smith conceive and write the book himself? Or was he, as he fervently claimed, led by an angel to unearth a collection of golden plates on which The Book of Mormon had been inscribed? And what of Smith's personal motivations? Did he, as he assured a questioning world, translate and publicize the contents of the sacred plates as a servant of God, entrusted with a holy mission? Or, as his detractors claimed with equal vigor, had he perpetrated an audacious hoax, calculated to fuel his self-serving rise to demagogic power? Controversy has long raged as to the fundamental premise asserted by Smith's purported plates: that centuries before the birth of Christ, a band of pious Hebrews, led by the prophet Nephi, fled the Middle East and sailed, by way of the Pacific Ocean, to the New World, where they established a sophisticated theocratic society and, eventually, received a visitation from the recently crucified Jesus. The Book of Mormon has always stood at the intersection between the impossible and the miraculous.
With this, the new Penguin Classics edition of The Book of Mormon, based on the last edition supervised by Joseph Smith before his violent and untimely death at the age of thirty-eight, readers have a renewed opportunity to revisit all of the fascinating questions that have surrounded The Book of Mormon and, indeed, to pose some new ones of their own. A work of astonishing historical scope, The Book of Mormon lends itself to a broad variety of readings. On one level, it is a sacred text that still informs the spiritual lives of millions of believers—both as a corroboration of the Christian Bible and as an indispensable supplement to the Bible's historical and moral commentaries. From a quite different perspective, one that prefers to regard its accounts as fanciful and fictitious, The Book of Mormon can be seen as the product of one of the most fertile imaginations ever to express itself in print. For yet another community of readers, The Book of Mormon is a key historical artifact of the American past, speaking eloquently of the interests and needs of American society during the time when it first appeared—an era when countless Americans were seeking either a confirmation of their faith or a radical alternative to it. At a time of great religious enthusiasm and upheaval, The Book of Mormon struck some as a profound revelation and others as a shameless blasphemy. As a document of a growing, spiritually inquisitive nation and as evidence of the restlessness and contention that pervaded American religious thought in the 1830s and 1840s, it has no equal.
Still other readers, seeking to relate the current culture of America to its nineteenth-century antecedents, will find much fuel for debate in the Book's sociological assumptions. In a time when a college education lies within the reach of most Americans and wealth is often deemed synonymous with success, it is fascinating to observe The Book of Mormon's uneasy regard of education and affluence. From the standpoint of an era in which both women and African Americans may seriously aspire to the White House, it is both remarkable and unsettling to explore Joseph Smith's assumptions about race and gender. For every reader who has a firm, unspoken sense of what it means to be American or Christian, The Book of Mormon bears destabilizing witness that Americanness and Christianity are terms forever up for grabs.
During the brief, eventful life of Joseph Smith, Americans looked upon a dazzling array of Utopian communities and alternative systems of belief. Today, however, the Shakers, the Millerites, the Brook Farmers, the Fruitlanders, the Hopedale Community, and the Oneida Perfectionists exist almost exclusively in history books. Yet The Book of Mormon and those who honor its teachings remain strong. To discover some of the reasons why is among the more fascinating journeys on which a modern reader can embark.
ABOUT JOSEPH SMITH
Born on December 23, 1805, in Sharon, Vermont, Joseph Smith, Jr., grew up in western New York State, which was then experiencing a period of widespread religious awakening and enthusiasm. As an adult, Smith claimed that, when he was fourteen, God appeared to him, telling him that all the established churches of the time had departed from the true path of religion, and that Smith should join none of them. Seven years later, in 1827, Smith claimed to have discovered a collection of golden plates, buried in the ground, whose existence had been revealed to him by the angel Moroni. Smith averred that, with the aid of special stone and divine assistance, he translated the writings on the plates from a language he identified as “reformed Egyptian.” According to Smith, the writings on the plates comprised the original text of The Book of Mormon, which told of how a band of ancient Hebrews, at divine behest, fled the Middle East and sailed to North America, where they established a true prophetic Christian faith.
Smith published his translation of The Book of Mormon in 1830, claiming that it contained a pure gospel, untainted by the contaminations of the mainstream Christian churches, which The Book of Mormon describes as “the mother of abominations, whose foundation is the devil.” The same year, Smith organized a church in Fayette, New York, which he hoped to use to restore Christianity to its original footing. Community intolerance and financial difficulties compelled Smith and his growing body of followers to relocate repeatedly westward, with sojourns in Kirtland, Ohio, and Independence, Missouri. In 1839, Smith led his people to Commerce, Illinois, which he renamed Nauvoo. Converts to his teachings soon swelled the town's population to twenty thousand, making it briefly the largest city in the state.
The Nauvoo community prospered until February 1844, when Smith, now mayor of Nauvoo, announced his candidacy for president of the United States. Disaffected by his ambitions and his acts of polygamy, a minority group in Smith's flock denounced him in a newly created newspaper, the Nauvoo Expositor. Smith declared the paper a public nuisance, ordered the paper's press destroyed, and declared a state of martial law. Illinois governor Thomas Ford charged Smith with treason against the state of Illinois and had Smith imprisoned in nearby Carthage. On June 27, 1844, a mob of about two hundred men stormed the jail and shot Smith multiple times, killing him. After Smith's death, his followers divided. The larger portion, led by Brigham Young, migrated to the Great Salt Lake in the Utah Territory and founded the modern Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which now claims more than 13 million adherents worldwide.
Posted April 19, 2010
Ok, well. I myself am not of the Mormon religion, but a girl I am courting is. And I did go out to a school in Utah which was run by Mormons. Let me start off by saying, they do get a bad rap.
The generalization of Mormon being a cult is repulsive to me. And I was ignorent to the religion myself at one point, but being the type of person who tries to better understand things he does not understand, and not continuing my ignorence, I picked up a copy of The Book Of Mormon.
Although I have not read through all of it, what I did read was enough to allow me more incite into the religion. It is a very true religion. Based of the same basic principals as any religion. Sure, there are some differences, but then again, so does every other religion.
Being a child brought up in a house with no strong hold on any religion, I have always been the type to look for enlightenment in any place that I can find it, and thus far, I have found alot within the Mormon religion.
So, instead of bashing something because you simply don't know anything about it, or because you don't like something that is different than what you expect, stop, go to your library, and read the book. Understanding the religion is alot more productive than going against what is different.
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Posted May 24, 2010
Let me start off by saying that I LOVE THE BOOK OF MORMON! My rating is not about the book! My rating is about the navigation in the Nook. For this edition of the Book of Mormon, there are no chapters under "go to chapter". Therefore, the only way to move around in the book is to page forward page by page. This is fine if you are planning to read it from front to back. Unfortunately, I want to be able to skip around in this book, so I will be looking for a different copy. There are many editions available, I'm hoping to find the right one, but don't waste your money on this one!
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Posted June 25, 2011
It says it was written by Joseph Smith.....technically it wasnt...it was written by prophets of the Lord and translated by Joseph nice try, Nook, nice try.
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Posted April 2, 2012
Growing up my family was Mormon. Suddenly when I was 10-yo Grandpa announced we were never going back. I don't know what happened, but I am eternally grateful, or too might have been sucked into this disgusting cult.
DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK. DO NOT ACCEPT A FREE COPY. DO NOT GIVE LDS HOUNDS YOUR NAME OR YOUR ADDRESS.
This book is nothing but a sick fantasy from a perverted, sex-obsessed con-man. This nonsense has no place in modern society.
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Posted February 3, 2011
This is a digital download, not a scan. There are too many typo's. It is not accurate at all and isn't correct. It may be free, but not at all worth your time to download.
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Posted December 26, 2010
This is a copy from Cornell University's library that was converted to ebook, but in the conversion much of the text is jumbled and illegible. You'd be better off trying a different version.
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Posted January 8, 2011
This version has misspelled words, and strange notes at the end of chapters. Do yourself a favor and download a version from a reputable LDS site.
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Posted January 8, 2012
Just started going 2 young women and love it by the way!!!!!!!! Anyway the book of mormon to me is an amazing tru story packed to the brim with adventure, saddnesa and more. This book changed my life forever
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Posted September 23, 2014
Mormons ARE christian!! Christian means 'believer in christ!' The three kindoms are the three placess you go afyer you die! And hell is outer darkness! Mormon os just a nickname some one called us millions of years ago! We are christian! We belive in christ! We also believe that there is much more to christs storie than just the bible, and moroni burried the rest of christs storie so the bad guys wouldnt destroy it! Then, Joseph Smith found them and wrote them on paper with Gods help! If you love christ so much, why wont you WANT to know more about him!? Dont you wish you kne more sometimes? Joseph Smith just wrote the rest of his storie in English for us!! He wote the book of mormon for EVERYONE who had an open mind to reading it! In the beginign, very begining, of the book of mormon, it says- The Book Of Mormon, Another Testiment of Jesus Christ- and if you read the king james version of the bible, that is the LDS version too! Now, o kniw some of you might not have read this whole thing, but if you did and STILL critisize us, you really dont care about anyone but yourself and your own problems between you and god! And converting people to the church isng really our decision, its the persons decision if they believe our words! We all have our own mid to decide, at least get your facts strait!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted June 23, 2014
I am extremely happy to be a mormon. I know it. I live it. I love it. And I am proud of all of you. Everyone on this Earth. I am proud because in Heaven you made that choice to follow Heavenly Father. I love everyone so much and you are my family. I just hope that you can be saved. It makes me sad beyond measure that all of you cannot make it. That not all of you can live in any of the three kingdoms after death. And I ask of you, just remember you are a child of God and he loves you beyond compare. You are royalty. Son or daughter of a king. At all times. You have infinite worth and endless potential and you can make a difference in this world. And you don't have to faithlessly believe me either. You can pray. If you pray with an open heart and mind then I know you will get an answer. You will get a response. If you do these things. I promise. And one thing about the book of mormon, how could anyone possibly make that up? That's like 400 years of life and generations, each having countless teatimonies and histories to tell.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 25, 2014
Continued from my last one)<p>
Number Six states that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints has the same organization as the church that Jesus Christ created when he was on the earth.<p>
Number Seven states that we believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.<p>
Number Eight states that we believe the Bible to be true, if it is translated correctly(the King James' version), and the Book of Mormon to be true.<p>
Number Nine states that we believe all the things God has revealed, is revealing, and that he will reveal many great and important things about His Kingdom.<p>
Number Ten states that Zion will be the New Jerusalem and will be created on North America when Christ comes to earth and restores it to its former glory.<p>
Number Eleven states that we have the privelege to worship how, where and what we want, and that we allow others to worship how, where, and what they want.<p>
Number Twelve states that we follow the law.<p>
There is something different about Article of Faith Thirteen. It requires a different type of explanation. To aid in this explanation, l will type it again.<p>
13. We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say we follow the admonition of Paul--We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and we hope to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.<p>
Say this aloud to yourself slowly. We believe in being honest(are you being honest in all your dealings with your fellow men?), true(are you being true to yourself?), chaste(are you keeping yourself se<_>.xually clean for your future spouse?[there. I said it. Se<_>.x. I'm a Mormon, and l said it.]), benevolent(are you being kind and helpful to those around you?), virtuous(are you filling your life with moral goodness?), and in doing good to all men(are you serving and helping everybody? Even your enemies?); indeed, we may say we follow the admonition of Paul(and we do!)--We believe all things(this is theoretical, not that we believe in the Greek Gods), we hope all things(all things that are good), we have endred many things, and we hope to endure all things(good or bad). If there is anything virtuous, lovely, of good report, or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.<p>
Consider the questions. Are you doing these things?<p>
Our young women have a motto:<p>
WE ARE DAUGHTERS of our Heavenly Father, who loves us, and we love Him. WE WILL "STAND as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places" (Mosiah 18:9) as we strive to live the young women values, which are: FAITH • DIVINE NATURE • INDIVIDUAL WORTH • KNOWLEDGE • CHOICE AND ACCOUNTABILITY • GOOD WORKS • INTEGRITY • and VIRTUE. WE BELIEVE as we come to accept and act on these values, WE WILL BE PREPARED to strengthen home and family, make and keep sacred covenants, receive the ordinances of the temple, and enjoy the blessings of exaltation.<p>
By keeping this promise, our young women have made a beautiful commitment. <p>
I'm a Mormon. I know it. I live it. I love it.
Posted May 25, 2014
This is what The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints believes:<p>
1. We believe in God, the eternal Father, and in his son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.<p>
2. We believe that men must be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam's transgressions.<p>
3. We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel.<p>
4. We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the gospel are: first, faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ; second, repentance; third, baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.<p>
5. We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.<p>
6. We believe in the same organizaton that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.<p>
7. We believe in he gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth. <p>
8. We believe the Bible to be the Word of God, as long as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon ti be the Word of God.<p>
9. We believe all that God has revealed, all that he does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.<p>
10. We believe in the literal gathering of lsrael and in the restoration of the Ten tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive it's paradisiacal glory.<p>
11. We claim the privelege of worshipping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own consious, and allow all men the same privelege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.<p>
12. We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring and sustaining the law.<p>
13. We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men. Indeed we may say we follow the admonition of Paul. We believe all things, we hope all things, and we have endured many things, and hope to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.<p>
Let me walk you through these Articles of Faith.<p>
Number One states that we believe in God, the eternal FATHER (that means that we are all His children), and in His SON(that means that Jesus is not the same being as Heavenly Father), Jesus Christ, and in the HOLY GHOST (that states that there ar three separate beings in the Godhead).<p>
Number Two states that we WILL not be held accountable for another's sins and transgressions, for we will not be accountable for Adam's transgressions.<p>
Number Three state that we CAN be saved from our sins through the Atonement of Christ, but only if we follow the ordiances of the gospel.<p>
Number Four states the first principles and ordinances of the gospel. You cannot be baptised without repenting and having faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.<p>
Number Five states that you cannot have a calling without having been called of God and you must have the laying on of hands by those who are in authority to fulfill your calling.<p>
I will continue this in another post.
Posted October 7, 2014