Yes, the Book of Mormon describes to us the prosperity and happiness of people who are united under righteous leaders, but oh, do we also see grinding wars, clashing philosophies, secret acts below the radar and ultimately the utter dissolution of a people who were promised so much more if they could have been faithful.
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Although it is difficult to always know why similarities appear between the New Testament and the Book of Mormon, in the case of Hebrews the answer is somewhat clearer. Similarities between Hebrews and the Dead Sea Scrolls suggest that Hebrews draws on a version of the Old Testament that may have been on the Plates of Brass but has now been lost to history.
The Restoration led by the Prophet Joseph Smith was not the only restoration. Throughout history, when decadence was the norm and the people became ripe in iniquity, God called a prophet to restore the gospel of Jesus Christ. Each head of each dispensation did a reset on truth, restoring pure doctrine, priesthood, covenants, ordinances, and organization. Here's what we can learn from the pattern.
Samuel the Lamanite’s famous prophetic warnings are found in Helaman 13–15. In this context, he used the word “slippery” three times, and the word “slipped” once. Looking closely, one sees the following interesting details and significant complexities in Samuel’s thinking and message.
The inimitable and beautiful Letter to the Hebrews represents in sublime words what we have all desired from Jesus: More. One of the major purposes of this letter is to demonstrate how Jesus is greater than any act of God, or revelation, or priesthood, or sacrifice, or theophany in the past.
Every Friday until the end of the year, the Church is releasing another episode in the Book of Mormon Videos series. This week’s episode is 1 Nephi 18, Lehi’s Family Sails to the Promised land.