In Part 3 of this series, the phrase, “Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand,” which is similar to Matthew 3:2, was shown to have been delivered to Alma the Younger directly by the Holy Spirit, as Alma himself says in Alma 7:9. It seems clear that before the appearance of Jesus in the New World, He (or his Angel, or the Holy Spirit) spoke to Book of Mormon prophets such as Nephi, Jacob, Abinadi, Benjamin, Alma, and others, and they learned New Testament-type phrases directly from Him.
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Paul taught that even though trials and adversity can be troubling and oppressive, they do not have power to break the spirit if one’s eye is single to the glory of God. Not only do trials have the potential to make us more empathetic to the plights of others, but they have the ability to give us an “eternal weight of glory.”
I think the Book of Abraham is a banquet table piled high with nutritious and delicious foods. I don’t have to know the origin of every ingredient to enjoy a replenishing, spiritual feast. The exact provenance trail for the Book of Abraham will come when it comes. In the meantime, I choose to learn from the text and be edified by Abraham’s words, works, and life.
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The prophet Mormon, in his account of the people of Nephi, described a series of destructive events which occurred in the American land of promise at the time of Christ’s death at Jerusalem. Latter-day Saint scholars have argued that these events seem consistent with phenomena associated with one or more volcanic eruptions in ancient Mesoamerica, the most likely area in the Western Hemisphere for such catastrophic activities to have occurred. Recent work by Mexican archaeologists now points to a major volcanic disaster in Central Mexico during the Spring of the early First Century A.D.
Paul, in his first letter to the Corinthians, includes a theologically powerful defense of the bodily resurrection (1 Corinthians 15). Towards the end, he eloquently drew upon Isaiah 25:8 and Hosea 13:14 to express Christ’s triumph over death. These words have inspired hope for the resurrection in the hearts of Christians down through the ages. But Paul was not the only one who drew upon Isaiah 25:8 when talking about Christ’s victory over death.
Why Do New Testament Words and Phrases Show up in the Book of Mormon?: Revelations to Nephite Prophets as a Source
Although we do not know exactly in each case, many different reasons can be suggested explaining the occurrence of New Testament-type language in the Book of Mormon. Why do such similarities exist in Alma 7:9? In the case of Alma 7:9, and also in the other cases introduced into the discussion above, the words in question were delivered to Alma the Younger directly by the Holy Spirit, as he states.