The canon of the LDS Church is made up of four books; the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, the Pearl of Great Price and the Bible as far as it is translated correctly.
The Book of Mormon consists of the writings of fifteen authors who over the span of 1,000+ years wrote about the lives of inhabitants in Central and North America. Theirs is a chronological story of how an undocumented tribe of Israel calling themselves Nephites fled the Babylonian invasion of Jerusalem in 600 BC and sailed to America. Each author offers a self-named book giving non-specific accounts of the life they lived, wars fought and the eventual demise of the white Nephites circa 421 AD with Moroni being the last Nephite warrior.
The Doctrine and Covenants is a compilation of prophecies delivered by Joseph Smith to the followers which eventually became canon. The last few sections of D&C were written as declarations the Church had stopped practicing polygamy (1890) and when they accepted blacks into the priesthood (1978).
The Pearl of Great Price contains Joseph Smith’s translation of some Egyptian papyri which is called the Book of Abraham. It also contains the Book of Moses which is an amalgamation of the “visions of Moses” and the book of Enoch which was intended to be an introduction to the book of Genesis.
The other books in the Pearl of Great Price include a rewrite of the book of Matthew from the Bible, Joseph Smith’s Testimony and the Thirteen Articles of Faith.
As mentioned earlier they “believe the bible as far as it is translated correctly” but the problem with that is they’ve never given a definitive description of which parts are incorrect.
LDS Comparison of:
Book of Abraham
Book of Mormon
20% of the verses in the BoM contain this phrase. Why is that?
Side-by-side comparison of these two books shows Ethan Smith’s work was probably one of the inspirations for Joe Smith’s Book of Mormon
The coincidences in the Book of Mormon to historical events in early Americana culture would be funny if not so tragic. From Captain Kidd’s buried Treasure, the Comoros Islands, the city of Moroni, George Washington’s personal letters to the Canadian government, and the activities of the Masonic Lodge from the 17th to 19th centuries somehow all made it into the story line in the Book of Mormon. Coincidence? Yeah, probably not…
Foundation of the Book of Mormon Series
Archaeology Problems in Book of Mormon (Foundation Series)
Atonement in the Book of Mormon (Foundation Series)
100 Word Sentences in Book of Mormon (Foundation Series)
Plagiarism in the Book of Mormon (Foundation Series)
Poor Grammar in the Book of Mormon (Foundation Series)
Questionable Teachings in Book of Mormon (Foundation Series)
They Fell to the Earth (Foundation Series)
Greek and Latin Words in the Book of Mormon Series
Hinckley’s Challenge: Study the Book of Mormon
In August 2005 the late Mormon prophet Gordon B. Hinckley issued a challenge for all members of the Mormon Church. He wanted everyone to read the Book of Mormon by the end of the year. Telling the devoted members they could achieve this if they read just one to one and a half chapters a day.
So we took Mr. Hinckley up on his challenge and posted our insights about our experience on the site.
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