The Book of Mormon

An Account Written by the Hand of Mormon upon Plates taken from the Plates of Nephi

Published: 1830
Language: English
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LoC Category: BL
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A sacred text of the Latter Day Saint movement, first published in 1830 by Joseph Smith, Jr. as "The Book of Mormon: An Account Written byt he Hand of Mormon upon Plates Taken from the Plates of Nephi."

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ists of the learning of the Jews and the language of the Egyptians.

1 Nephi 1:3 3 And I know that the record which I make is true; and I make it with mine own hand; and I make it according to my knowledge.

1 Nephi 1:4 4 For it came to pass in the commencement of the first year of the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah, (my father, Lehi, having dwelt at Jerusalem in all his days); and in that same year there came many prophets, prophesying unto the people that they must repent, or the great city Jerusalem must be destroyed.

1 Nephi 1:5 5 Wherefore it came to pass that my father, Lehi, as he went forth prayed unto the Lord, yea, even with all his heart, in behalf of his people.

1 Nephi 1:6 6 And it came to pass as he prayed unto the Lord, there came a pillar of fire and dwelt upon a rock before him; and he saw and heard much; and because of the things which he saw and heard he did quake and tremble exceedingly.

1 Nephi 1:7 7 And it came to pass that he returned to his own house

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Average Rating of 3.7 from 22 reviews: ****

I am Mormon.I love it,i live it.

2012.06.06
Rob
****.

Can I just say that I accept all views of this book and respect the people for placing them here. I can only speak from my own experience. I met, welcomed and developed in my faith from two missionaries in my home town. 4 months later I was baptised. I cant thank them enough or the Book of Mormon for their and its teachings. I know some will say I was brainwashed etc but if you knew me, you would see a guy who has truly changed. My life is more peaceful, my heart more toward helping and loving others. You will never persuade me that I made a wrong move to accept Jesus into my life and heart. I am truly changed and give thanks for the missionaries and the work they do. Feel free to insult me as I know you will but know also i am praying for your eyes to be opened. god bless.

2011.09.14
afplt
*****

@ Kimmieann

What an ignorant thing to say. Truth is defended daily by those who do not understand. If you never had to defend truth, innocent people would not have to go to court.

@ jhaake

You can only claim it is fiction if you can prove the Mormons' claim of it being true is false. Can you prove it? No. You also can only state your claim. Also, for your information, the text of the book has never changed since it was first published. Only minor punctuation has been changed.

For all interested in any religious book: as it says in the New Testament, by your fruits you will know them. If the book and the Church that holds it as true bring forth good fruit, then it is good. If it brings forth evil fruit, then it is bad. You decide, but take care. If the fruit and the church are good, then you should investigate more or you will be denying the truth by choice.

2011.06.24
S. Clemens
*....

All men have heard of the Mormon Bible, but few except the "elect" have seen it, or, at least, taken the trouble to read it. I brought away a copy from Salt Lake. The book is a curiosity to me, it is such a pretentious affair, and yet so "slow," so sleepy; such an insipid mess of inspiration. It is chloroform in print. If Joseph Smith composed this book, the act was a miracle--keeping awake while he did it was, at any rate. If he, according to tradition, merely translated it from certain ancient and mysteriously-engraved plates of copper, which he declares he found under a stone, in an out-of-the-way locality, the work of translating was equally a miracle, for the same reason.



The book seems to be merely a prosy detail of imaginary history, with the Old Testament for a model; followed by a tedious plagiarism of the New Testament. The author labored to give his words and phrases the quaint, old-fashioned sound and structure of our King James's translation of the Scriptures; and the result is a mongrel--half modern glibness, and half ancient simplicity and gravity. The latter is awkward and constrained; the former natural, but grotesque by the contrast. Whenever he found his speech growing too modern--which was about every sentence or two—he ladled in a few such Scriptural phrases as "exceeding sore," "and it came to pass," etc., and made things satisfactory again. "And it came to pass" was his pet. If he had left that out, his Bible would have been only a pamphlet.

2011.06.08
Mark
*****

Since when was the truth not in need of defense in any context? I add my appreciation for a book that has fundamentally changed my life in simple and profound ways. It is a book that gets better with every read.

2010.12.16
Jesud
***..

The only thing I can say about this book is that can change a person's life.

2010.11.04
RyanNerd
*****

The Book of Mormon is probably the least read and most criticized of all books. An awesome book detailing the spiritual, political and social events that took place in the Americas.

It gets a little hard to follow in 2nd Nephi where Nephi quotes from Isiah quite a bit. But it is worth plowing through it to the rest of this amazing book.

2010.10.29
Kimmieann
*....

If it was true, you would'nt have to defend it.

2009.02.23
Alfred
*****

Please, just read it, I have read it many times. I study history and arquealogy specially from the south americas, anyone with a background in history education and new discoveries on metallurgy can immediately acknowlege that many things in the book of mormon are true and can be proven true by those findings.New discoveries on civilizations and their ways of living in the south well prove undeniable proof to those that for years have denied faith in the bible or in a one true god.

2009.02.23
sister in faith
*****

"Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day."
--Alma 37:37

If someone wants to truly get insightful meaning from these scriptures, one has to approach it with the right 'attitude' or spirit. Prepare yourself for scripture study. Pray and ask for guidance and understanding. Come to it with an open heart and open mind. Only then can the Holy Spirit 'whisper' the truth to your heart.

Hope that helps and/or inspires!

Have a blessed day!!!

2009.01.30
asenath
*****

The Book of Mormon is the word of God. Anyone who sincerely and prayerfully read this book will know that this a from God and not of man. THis book has the power to change lives.

2008.11.23
RuG
****.

@Samuel Smith

The same could be said for Isaiah. In my opinion, however, the Book of Mormon is actually quite interesting.

Don't listen to any of the naysayers, The Book of Mormon is true. Mark Twain and other critics have no idea what they're talking about. Read it for yourself, it's another Testament of Jesus Christ that goes right along with the Bible! The Book of Mormon supports and verifies the Bible. The truth has been restored and it's free for everyone to read! Do yourself a favor and start reading it now. You'll be glad you did!

PS The Book of Mormon contains an account of the Native Americans before Christopher Columbus came and before we had the tribes we know about today. It describes their experiences with Jesus Christ and contains a history of the people - their family lines, their divisions, their travels, their wars and more.

2007.12.21
jhaake
*....

A work of fiction labeled the "word of god" by the followers of mormonism, yet truely, the author is the church itself and make changes convienet to the times. I wonder if this is the version that describes the pure (and desirable) race as: "white and delightsome" or if this is the new and improved version that took a note from the 1960s (although a decade and a half late) with the offending word of God changed to "pure and delightsome" so the church's missionary efforts could proceed smoothly onward in Brazil and Africa. Nice book to skip.

2007.10.04
Lynn
***..

A wonderful book. Just as God spoke to ancient people across the Atlantic, he spoke to people here. This is their record. It is faith promoting and inspiring. It is also a voice of warning.

2007.09.19
David
*****

wow so where do I start this book is amazing. I would defiently recommend it to any one. And when you read this , be sure you start reading it in the right mood. If you go in reading it trying to prove how its a load of a crap , then you'll mostlikely come out proving your self right. Xlcheck it out

2007.08.22
Samuel Smith
*....

To quote Mark Twain from Roughing It

CHAPTER XVI.
"All men have heard of the Mormon Bible, but few except the "elect" have seen it, or, at least, taken the trouble to read it. I brought away a copy from Salt Lake. The book is a curiosity to me, it is such a pretentious affair, and yet so "slow," so sleepy; such an insipid mess of inspiration. It is chloroform in print.

If Joseph Smith composed this book, the act was a miracle--keeping awake while he did it was, at any rate. If he, according to tradition, merely translated it from certain ancient and mysteriously-engraved plates of copper, which he declares he found under a stone, in an out-of-the-way locality, the work of translating was equally a miracle, for the same reason.

The book seems to be merely a prosy detail of imaginary history, with the Old Testament for a model; followed by a tedious plagiarism of the New Testament. The author labored to give his words and phrases the quaint, old-fashioned sound and structure of our King James's translation of the Scriptures; and the result is a mongrel--half modern glibness, and half ancient simplicity and gravity. The latter is awkward and constrained; the former natural, but grotesque by the contrast. Whenever he found his speech growing too modern--which was about every sentence or two--he ladled in a few such Scriptural phrases as "exceedingsore," "and it came to pass," etc., and made things satisfactory again. "And it came to pass" was his pet. If he had left that out, his Bible would have been only a pamphlet."

Mark Twain

I would have thought that having been inspired by God himself, that literary excellence would have been the call of the day for the book of Mormon.
Made in simple language it is indeed a book for the simpleton of grammar and good writing.

The book in total however fails to attain any semblance of awe-inspiring literature. Otherwise The Book of Mormon is an excellent scripture of sleepy wobbly fantasy.

Samuel Smith 2007

2006.12.09
Swedenator
*****

An impressive combination of simplicity, truthful principles, and a comprehinsive understanding of God's Plan.

2006.10.28
Nicc
*....

A story so closely related to SCIENCE FICTION Bram Stokers Dracula seems real.

2005.12.18
Jim Fossett
*****

This is my favorite book. I love books and we maintain a library of over 5,000 volumes in our home... plus, electronic media. This is the best. I've actually been through it 3 times this year. I've also read about 7-8 other books in the last two months (non-fiction mostly... some fiction). This book is a witness of Jesus Christ of an a covenant people who followed his teachings in the Americas. It has done more for my testimony of Jesus than anything else I've ever read. When read along with the Bible, it give an amazing clear picture of God's dealings with His people. A must read for all those who love the Bible. A must read for all those who love the Lord.

2005.12.01
Nick Ritter
*****

I LOVE this book! It contains epic battles, true love, extreme danger, and man's complete devotion to God. I would recommend this book to anyone, LDS or not. I garuntee that you will love this book forever as soon as you finish the last page.

2005.09.14
Adam Allred
*****

Whether or not you believe the claims of the LDS (Mormon) church regarding the contents and history of this book, it's worth your attention. The Book of Mormon is a religious masterpiece, that contains some of the most simple yet most profound insights into Christianity, love, faith, and man's relationship to God. It reads somewhat easier than the Bible, and its portrayal of Christ as the Son of God compliments the New Testamant. Anyone who wants to know why Mormons believe what they do should start with a sincere study of this book.


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