This book has changed the way I perceive The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints "for eternity".
Richard Lyman Bushman has put together a comprThis book has changed the way I perceive The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints "for eternity".
Richard Lyman Bushman has put together a comprehensive biography of the founder of the Mormon Church. The book is extensive and yet it is still very readable and interesting.
My interest is definitely influenced by my belief and my belief has been challenged by this book and will continue to be so for a while.
Joseph Smith was a flawed prophet and it is a hard thing to swallow, a man who has been declared a prophet when he makes mistakes, but in the end one needs to look at the fruits of his life. He brought forth a grand religion that is still in force today and does contribute a great good to the present day world where there are active members.
There is history in this book that few practicing members are aware of...Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon from the plates when the plates were not even in the room or they were covered under a cloth...a leap of faith is needed here...not a direct translation, but an inspired translation. The Book of Abraham is pretty much the same...an inspired translation...not a direct translation from papyri. The Urim and Thummim after the first 116 pages of the Book of Mormon were lost is not used again...it is from that time on the seer stone that Joseph used in a hat to bring forth the Book of Mormon.
This book covers all the controversy issues around Joseph Smith, the translation of the plates, polygamy, polyandry, the Book of Abraham, and so forth. It also brings to front the problems with dates and when things happened in the church...Joseph Smith did not preach God was a God with a body until long after his first vision...he still followed the common thought theme at the time that God was a spirit.
A book that should be read by all people interested in the history of the Mormon Church. In the end I came to realize Joseph Smith was an amazing man, yes uneducated but a genius all the way. He had an insight that few man on earth are capable of and he had the intellect to support his insight...he is an astounding character that brought forth a great religion. ...more
This book is a true representation of Russia during the Communism reign. I went to Leningrad and Moscow on a school tour in 1981 and reading this bookThis book is a true representation of Russia during the Communism reign. I went to Leningrad and Moscow on a school tour in 1981 and reading this book flooded my mind with memories. Leningrad is described exactly like I remember it. The chandeliers in the underground Metro station, the line-ups on the streets, the crazy line-ups in the stores which stock nothing, right down to the foil wrapping on the chocolate bars.
A great book to get a feel for Russia in the time preceding the fall of Communism, a country that is dear to my heart....more