Students of the Book of Mormon have long noted that the brief Book of Ether is quite different in its content and style than the rest of the Book of Mormon. Non-believing scholars might argue that Joseph must have simply concocted it from scratch or drawn upon sources from his day that may not have been found yet. An intriguing new publication on the roots of the Book of Ether has taken the debate over its origins to a new level.
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Think of the fourteen-year-olds you know. Being able to visualize them gives new meaning as I read the account in the Joseph Smith history—not only of the glorious First Vision, but of all that transpired for the boy who would be prophet, immediately afterwards. How did this 14-year-old respond to peer pressure?
Perhaps the easiest hidden thing to spot at a glance as you look at the box of our Treasures of the Restoration jigsaw puzzle is the portrait of the prophet Joseph Smith. But how accurate is this picture of Joseph Smith? What do we know about what he really looked like?
This coming year of Come Follow Me will immerse us in an in-depth study of the history and restoration of The Church of Jesus Christ. I’ve created a beautiful calendar that will aid you and inspire you as you study the sacred events and revelations of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in these, the latter days.
Warsaw, Illinois was the home to the angry mob that murdered the Prophet Joseph Smith. Yet, some 136 years after that tragic martyrdom, Warsaw became the home to a Latter-day Saint family that many residents grew to love, admire, and respect.
In a time when we all struggle with questions on government, it is noteworthy that Joseph Smith also struggled with it. From his reading of the Book of Mormon came even a deeper understanding of the role of this nation in the gathering of Israel and the winding up scenes surrounding Christ’s Zion.
Near the end of Sidney Rigdon's life, as his health began to wane, his son pressed him to know whether Joseph Smith really "received" the Book of Mormon or whether he just created it. This was his father's reply.