Ever since its appearance in 1830, the Book of Mormon has been a contentious volume. Claimed by millions of Latter Day Saints to be a record of the ancient Israelites and their journeys in the Americas, this volume has earned its place amongst the classics of apocryphal biblical literature. Here is reprinted the original 1830 edition of this revered text, uncorrected, undoctored, and unimproved. It is an important re-source for comparison with the current "official" edition published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. At once scandalous and devotional, the Book of Mormon continues to fascinate and inspire.
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Of course I only have a facsimile of this edition- I'm not wealthy enough to acquire one of the 5000 originally printed. I've read this book many times and read many comments by authors both pro and con. I can, in a measure, understand why this book bores or even antagonizes some readers who don't share its world view. On the other hand, many who ignore it for any of many reasons might be surprised were they to carefully examine its actual content. This book has had more influence than any of us realise! Scoffed at for its 'plagiarism' of the Bible, it is often very independent in the very readings of Isaiah and others which it transmits. One of my favourite examples of this is Isaiah 14:2 which says that Israel will make their oppressors their possessions - servants and handmaids. Whether this passage was used to justify slavery in antebellum America or not, the 2 Nephi version allows no such construction: "And they shall return to their lands of promise. And the house of Israel shall possess them [lands not people] and the land of the Lord shall be for servants and handmaids... etc. I really don't know if this variant text had anything to do with the proslavery Missourian mobs who drove the Mormons from their homes and farms in 1833, but I like to think it might have. Certain it is that Mormons disbelieve in slavery or any other form of oppression, whether paternalistic, priestly, bureaucratic or otherwise. Christ said " ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." I invite anyone to prayerfully consider the stories, sermons, psalms and prophecies of this or any later edition and ask him or herself whether this book does not strengthen faith in God and desire to love and serve mankind.
As a member of the RLDS restoration branch and engaged to a women of the LDS church i have had the opportunity to view both versions of the Book Of Mormon. I have found that the two versions differ by the organization of the passages and verses of the two. People only Know of the LDS and dismiss the RLDS church which in a hearing over the possession of the Kirtland temple, the courts of the time in Lake county, Ohio rule that the RLDS church had remained faithful to the original doctrine that Joseph Smith Jr. and founded in Mormonism, and being that the RLDS church was the rightful successors of Joseph Smith Jr. and rightful holders of the Kirtland temple in Kirtland, Ohio. I myself believe that the Book of Mormon 1830 edition is the second witness of Jesus Christ. and have seen the archeological evidence of its truth. I'm not saying the LDS church is totally wrong but misguided in some aspects of the original doctrine. We both came from the same background but after the assassination of Joseph Smith Jr. the Church split with different views on the doctrine. But never the less I recommend the Book of Mormon 1830 addition to anyone that has the desire to learn the truth of the second witness of Christ.