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The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ

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Paperback, 2013 Edition, 531 pages
Published 2013 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (first published March 1st 1830)
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Max Varazslo No. The Book of Mormon is a literary hoax drafted early in the 19th century in self-conscious imitation of the King James Version of the Bible of 1611…moreNo. The Book of Mormon is a literary hoax drafted early in the 19th century in self-conscious imitation of the King James Version of the Bible of 1611. It borrows themes and language from Josiah Priest's Wonders of Nature, Ethan Smith's View of the Hebrews, Charles Spurgeon's Manuscript Story, and even Captain Kidd's tales of buried treasure. Mormons disagree about whether the book's alleged "translator" Joseph Smith copied an ancient text verbatim or was somehow "inspired" by God to render the text in his own language. After a while he was able to fabricate large portions of the text without even looking at the golden plates it was purportedly contained on. Jacobean phraseology is used side by side with Early American English in the text, which is more repetitious than the Bible even though it was purportedly abridged from longer sources . The Book of Mormon quotes 20,000 words from the Hebrew Bible and an additional 2,000 from the New Testament, mixing Semitic and Greek locutions indiscriminately -- even though the Nephites who allegedly composed many of the texts wouldn't have had access to the New Testament -- much less the King James Version! Even then the original manuscript was revised extensively during the first decade it was in print. New "corrections" are introduced every few decades even now. No one who is Biblically literate is likely to be taken in by its plodding narrative, which puts barley, cattle, domesticated horses, elephants, goats, honeybees, sheep, silk, steel, swine, and wheat in the New World centuries before European settlers introduced them. There is in fact no reliable archaeological evidence that any of the events narrated in the book ever took place.

Read it as modern myth. God had nothing to do with it.(less)

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Jun 17, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody.
This book is much more entertaining if you read it as a "historical novel" rather than trying to read it as a religious text. Honestly, because of the sheer volume of anachronistic errors contained in Joseph Smith's book, even trying to read it as a novel is taxing.

The Book of Mormon is set in North America in the first century. Before I get "flamed" I would like to point out three of the more glaring anachronistic errors:
1) Horses (actually brought to the Americas by Europeans hundreds of year
Oct 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
While certainly not comprehensive, here are some of my observations from reading this entire book in three days:

* Nephi is hard for the proud to like. If this sounds sacrilege, and you've never had this thought before,'re probably not proud. But, pride is something I struggle with so his, "Why can't you all just be more like me?" attitude can be a stumbling block. But the thing to remember is, he was called of God, and although his personality might make me less wont to in
Jan 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religious
Elder Ballard of the LDS Church, talking to a group of graduates at BYU-Hawaii, encouraged us to use the media, specifically blogs, to teach of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I'd like all who read this post to know that this is a book that has changed my life. It is a book that can change anyone's life if read with an open heart and mind. It testifies of Jesus Christ, our atoning Savior. It was translated by Joseph Smith Jr., who was a prophet of God. I've read this book many t ...more
Kevin Kelsey
Jan 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
Unlike most religious texts that are approached metaphorically, the Book of Mormon claims to be an historical history of the Americas, which is a verifiable claim.

The linguistic, anachronistic, biological, sociological, and archaeological evidence against this being a legitimate history of the Americas is monumentally staggering. Pick a random field of study, and that field has numerous evidences illustrating the impossibility of this being historically accurate. Even BYU's own archaeology depa
Aug 07, 2010 rated it did not like it
Somehow I'm not surprised Orson Scott Card and Stephanie Meyer don't recognize an uninspired sequel when they see one.

That's my one-sentence review.

And it came to pass that we had a talk with the neighborhood Mormons today, and they bestowed upon us the Book of Mormon. And it came to pass that we are slowly making our way through it, checking to make sure we haven't too hastily judged it. And it came to pass that, so far, god seems like every bit as cruel of a dictator as he ever did in
Alicia Krauchuk Fenton
Jun 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!!!
Without sounding sacreligious, I am profoundly grateful for this book. It's a book about answers to personal challenges. It's a book about how to live your life. It's a book about two civilizations and their relationship with a loving Father in Heaven.
There really isn't a rating you could give something so profound and precious. And to this, I apologize.
It is the BEST book I have ever read. This is at the top of my favorite list!!! For anyone who hasn't read this yet, and would like a free copy
Bruce Santucci
Jun 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Bruce by: My Mother
My Mom gave me the Book of Mormon as a gift to me when I was still a student at Seattle University. I reading it off and on for the next week or so and determined that it was an obscure history book with weird names, place-names and events and in fact could even have been written by a science fiction writer (especially after reading about the role of the Liahona - a current-day device that must have been a GPS of some sort powered by mental focus). It also sounded so much like the King James Ver ...more
A book I've read more than any other book (unless you count a few picture books). The Book of Mormon is at the foundation of my testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I love this book!
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Big gap where I know I read but didn't keep track...
ETA: finished the Book of Mormon yesterday! 9/7
Jul 23, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: suckers looking for a religion slightly less absurd than Scientology
The review process for this book has become a farce. Mormons give the book 5 stars because they believe in this junk. Non-Mormons give it 1 star because they recognize it for the fiction that it is. And so it goes.
Jan 21, 2008 rated it it was ok
I did actually read the entire book. Each week with some missionaries that discussed it with me. My grandparents are Mormon and after visiting the Temple in Salt Lake City on the way to California, I signed up for discussion. I love my grandparents and if some cult was going to take over their brain, I wanted to know what it was about. They seemed to be getting more intense with it as they grew older. I enjoyed the conversations. The reading itself was dry and full of parables that weren't enlig ...more
Dec 03, 2007 rated it did not like it
Shelves: religion
I'm not Mormon; I know that this book is merely fiction and nothing more. Someone already pointed out the major flaws in credibility (horses, wheath, cities, dozens of events that never happened). This makes this book rather funny than historical. I'm pondering about sorting it under "fiction"... ;)
Feb 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Having been raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints I was exposed to this book at an early age. Regardless, I did not seriously read this book until my early 20's. At that time I truly wanted to know for myself if it was the word of God as proclaimed by the church I belonged to. Because of my experience with this book and the Spirit of God, my life was enhanced immeasurably - I know that Jesus Christ lives and is the resurrected Savior of mankind. I know that God exists and I k ...more
Oct 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone looking for peace in their life
Two weeks ago I didn't know I was having appendicitis. I thought I was dying. Seriously, as in calling my family from where I lay curled up on the floor. I can walk a few blocks now, so that's great. Go grandma! As for being able to concentrate on things, it pretty much consists of watching Monk reruns, and reading The Book of Mormon before I go to sleep.

I've never had surgery before, and I have a lot more understanding for those who can't take care of themselves. It's like living in a cage, on
Jul 20, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one who might intend to search for meaning in it
Recommended to M by: influental, but misguided individuals from my childhood
The LDS (Mormon) church does everything it can to instill the idea that if a person reads this book, prays with “real intent” and “faith in Christ” (and other loaded phrases) that she/he will receive a burning euphoric feeling. We are expected to believe that an experience like this is sufficient evidence to prove that the church behind this book is “true”. However, experiences like this are not exclusive to any one religion, and it is an astounding claim that powerful euphoric experiences are e ...more
Aug 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing

Count Leo Tolstoy, the great Russian author, statesman, and philosopher, held [this] opinion as to the possible future destiny of the "American religion" founded under the instrumentality of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Thomas J. Yates related an experience he had while a student at Cornell University in 1900. He had the privilege of meeting Dr. Andrew D. White, former president of Cornell and, at the time, U.S. Ambassador to Germany. Upon learning that Mr. Yates was a Mormon, Dr. White
Heather Murphy
Jan 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Heather by: My Dad
This book has facilitated greater change in my life than any other book making it my all-time favorite book! It testifies of God's goodness and love. It better clarifies His whole plan for us: where we came from, why in the world we are alive, and what happens after we die. It is written by God's ancient prophets in the American continents (whereas the Bible is written by God's ancient prophets mainly in the Middle East). The inspiring words in The Book of Mormon, along with the words in The Bib ...more
Jason Beach
Aug 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
I don't know what I can say more than has been said, but I wish to add my voice to those who know this book to be true. I would like to issue a challenge to everyone--regardless whether or not you have read it:

1. Obtain a brand new, unmarked copy of the Book of Mormon. One of the free copies that missionaries give out works great. You will also need a colored pencil.

2. Over a period of ~60 days (10 pages/day) scan read the book doing three things:
1. Circle any reference to Christ's names. i.e.
Mike (the distracted librarian)
Now, please stop ringing my doorbell.
Sep 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
I've read some of the other reviews of this book that point out some intellectual garbage that they say can't be proved (without actually looking at the evidence) or the literary problems with the book. They're missing the whole point of it. This book can only be understood with a spiritual sense that many people ignore or fight against to justify their lifestyles. I have been reading this book every night ever since I was in High School. It continually reminds me to be a better person. You can' ...more
Skylar Burris
Dec 23, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: christianity
I read this as part of a grand (unfinished) project to read all the major world religious texts. I also read it because a Mormon suggested I should read it and pray about it to see if God would reveal to me that it was true. I did, but God made no such revelation. I did find some parts of the book interesting, and I did find a few insights, but, on the whole, I did not get as much from it even as I have gotten from many non-Christian works, and I was not, on the whole, poetically moved by it. At ...more
K Baker
Sep 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
A must read each day. Hope for the helpless and those willing to do what is right no matter what the challenge. Writing by individuals and church representatives anciently who were willing to live by the higher law (charity, not just Moses' 10 commandments: an eye for an eye; equal justice). I memorized the Beatitudes as a member of my Baptist Church's 66 club (66 books in the Bible ... join by memorizing the books' names, stay a member by memorizing scriptures.) And love to read about the same ...more
May 10, 2010 rated it did not like it
I have read this book. Really. It took more than a year, laying at my bedside (the book, not me). Mark Twain was spot on when he called it "anesthesia in print." I have rarely been so underwhelmed. I only wish it were possible to give it less than one star.

Five thousand 5-star ratings? Come on, people. The church may have suggested such an obvious ratings campaign as a means for proselytizing. But a 4.57 rating is unlikely to make me read it again: this is hardly a popularity contest. Far more i
Allan Jones
Jan 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: church-books
This is the most stunning, life-changing book. I am a Bible fan, and so I am quite familiar with the principles taught by Jesus Christ. This book is a similar book, but it was written by prophets in the ancient Americas, instead of Palestine/Middle-East area.
The prophets likewise taught of the coming of Jesus Christ, and lobbied for improved Christian morals among the people, and were lead by the Spirit of Lord.
I find the language very New Testament (Old English) style, but very clear, and its
Mara Sundwall
Jan 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Hands down, the best book I've ever read. I make a point to read it everyday.
Brett C
May 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lds
I took my time rereading/listening to this standard work of the Latter-day Saints (LDS) faith. The Book of Mormon (BoM) is an abbreviated account of the inhabitants of the ancient Americas from 2200 BC to 421 AD. From a geographical standpoint, some LDS scholars believe Mesoamerica to be the setting of the Book of Mormon. Other researchers believe it took place in the Great Lakes area of North America to include involving the Mound-Builder civilizations. This is called the limited-geography mode ...more
Miles Jensen
Oct 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: religious
This set of scriptures is the best way to learn about the core beliefs of the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (aka the Mormons). This book, like the Holy Bible, help us to learn more about our Savior, Jesus Christ and his mission and role in our Heavenly Fathers Plan of Salvation as well as in our own lives. This book, coupled with prayer, will help, as Joseph Smith Jr. said, any person grow closer to Christ as well as better come to know him.

As I continually read and
Sep 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This book was voted one of the top ten life-changing books by readers of Parade Magazine. Each time I read it I understand something new and find something profound and relevant to my life. If you understand the context of how the book was translated and appreciate the fact that an uneducated teenager could never have "written" it (especially in about 90 days) you cannot deny that it is another true testament of Jesus Christ.
Angela Joy
May 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: solo-reads
As a young girl of 14, I read this book during a lonely summer. My family and I had just moved from Tennessee, and it was my first summer in Utah. It was a slow summer, since I had only made a few friends. So, I decided to hole up in my room at night, open my windows, and let the sweet desert air blow into my room as I read this book.

From that sweet experience, I have a deep love and appreciation for The Book of Mormon. Aside from being a collection of truly fascinating and AMAZING stories, thi
Sep 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those interested in Christian religion and history
A book this large, in translation, and covering this many years is bound to be difficult for some to get through, but it is incredibly rewarding. An entire civilization from beginning to end (about 1,000 years worth) is contained through short glimpses of those who were chosen to keep the record from generation to generation. Each writer has a different voice, journaling what they have witnessed in wars, politics, exploration, and most importantly, religion. The overarching theme of the work is ...more
Jul 10, 2007 is currently reading it
Recommends it for: everyone, LDS or not
The book upon which my whole life is could I not recommend it to everyone!!?!?
It is challenging, and not intended for the reader looking to conduct an exercise in literary critique (although I would stand by it in such a test), but meant to provide the means by which you can find truth--about God, about this life, and about yourself. Not only is it straight forward, it also contains much deeper knowledge that you cannont gain anywhere else. This is what allows me to not follow blind
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Joseph Smith, Jr. was the founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, also known as Mormonism, and an important religious and political figure during the 1830s and 1840s. In 1827, Smith began to gather a religious following after announcing that an angel had shown him a set of golden plates describing a visit of Jesus to the indigenous peoples of the Americas. In 1830, Smith published what he said w ...more

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