Currently the new edition is only available on the LDS web site, and the print version will be available in August While many of the changes seem to be minor, some are obviously being made to counter historical problems raised by church critics. In an online survey of about 3, disaffected Mormons, conducted by Open Stories Foundation, revealed: Another 84 percent said they studied LDS history and lost their faith.
E-mail Why is the Book of Mormon the keystone of our religion? Because it is central to our history and theology. It is the text for this dispensation. Joseph Smith and his work were known prophetically in the Bible and in the Book of Mormon. The great prophecy in Ezekiel says: The Bible and the Book of Mormon are one in our hands.
Joseph in Egypt saw the Nephites in vision and prophesied of Joseph Smith and of the coming forth of the Book of Mormon: A seer shall the Lord my God raise up, who shall be a choice seer unto the fruit of my loins. The process of translating the Book of Mormon was an education for Joseph Smith.
When the Lord called him, he was a young man, unlearned, simple, and very ordinary in the eyes of the world. This, of course, was in the scriptural pattern described by Paul: President Brigham Young identified the qualities that are vital for the servants of the Lord: But those who are humble, unlearned, and teachable still need a teacher as well as a means by which they can learn what God intends for them.
This was true in the case of Joseph Smith. For him the Spirit had to be the teacher, and translating the Book of Mormon provided the schooling.
The translation process taught the unlearned young man from New York essential lessons which were vital for his call as the prophet of the Restoration. Surely the First Vision alerted young Joseph to his special responsibilities, but he was given a fuller understanding only through translating the Book of Mormon.
The nature of his prophetic responsibilities became clear during the four years before he was allowed even to obtain the plates; the confirmation of his responsibility to translate the record perhaps came only after he had the plates in his possession and was commanded to make the record available to this generation.
It is interesting to observe how rapidly the prophetic mission of Joseph Smith unfolded after the Book of Mormon was translated and published. Priesthood authority and many gospel doctrines were restored during the translation process. Once the translation was finished and without delay, the first missionaries went out, and the Church was organized.
We can conclude from this that the Book of Mormon was necessary both to weave the threads of the prophetic mantle of Joseph Smith and to lay the foundation for restoring the dispensation of the fulness of times. In bringing forth the Book of Mormon, young Joseph Smith learned line upon line the things he had to learn in order to become the prophet of the Restoration.
His awareness of his responsibilities grew. Similarly, the powerful passages in the Book of Mormon about faith, repentance, and baptism invited other divine inquiries. The fruit of these inquiries was plentiful: We can expect increased attacks upon Joseph Smith as a prophet and upon the Book of Mormon.
Satan will attack us at the core of the Restoration and our belief: To any fair-minded person, his inspired works are more than adequate to establish him as a great prophet.
His mission is a legacy which is enhanced as scholars learn more about the antiquity and roots of what he restored in fulness. We need not claim perfection for Joseph Smith the way we do for the Savior.
He never professed to be perfect; so we should not try to claim something he did not claim for himself. He knew he was only a mortal man with human feelings and imperfections, trying honestly to fulfill his divine mission.
In counsel given to some members of the Church who had just arrived in Nauvoo on 29 Octoberthe Prophet so described himself: One such example is found in Doctrine and Covenants 5: Further, members of this Church must accept, and its missionaries must teach, some absolutes. That Jesus is the Christ, the Savior and the Redeemer of all mankind through his atonement.
That the Book of Mormon is another testament of Christ. That all of the Presidents of the Church since Joseph Smith have successively possessed the keys and authority which was restored through Joseph Smith. Hinckley is the prophet, seer, and revelator to the world at this time.
As a seed is planted in the hearts of converts, it begins to swell within their breasts, enlarge their souls, and enlighten their understandings see Alma Latter-day Saints believe that monogamy—the marriage of one man and one woman—is the Lord’s standing law of marriage.
1 In biblical times, the Lord commanded some of His people to practice plural marriage—the marriage of one man and more than one woman. 2 Some early members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also received and obeyed this commandment given through .
What Happened to the Office of LDS Church Patriarch? On April 6, the Salt Lake Tribune announced the death of Eldred G. Smith, at the age of , the longest- serving LDS General Authority and last to hold the position of Church Patriarch. He was also the great-great-grandson of Joseph Smith’s brother Hyrum.
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The Book of Mormon is the word of God, like the Bible. LDS The Mormon Concept of Modern Prophets: Mormon Answers to Common Questions. This page, part of my Mormon Answers site, answers common questions about prophets in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and about Joseph Smith in particular.
It is one of several pages in a suite on "Frequently Asked Questions about Latter-day Saint (LDS) Beliefs.". Joseph Smith and the Origins of The Book of Mormon, 2d ed.
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