Foundation of the Book of Mormon Series

Book of Mormon Plagiarism

If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a thousand times; I grew up loving my Book of Mormon. Being born and raised in an LDS family in Ogden, Utah came with the understanding you’d be learning all you could about Joseph Smith, Mormonism, and your Book of Mormon.

Unfortunately for me and countless others, loving the Book of Mormon became a love-hate relationship if you tried to study it in depth at all. I’d sit for hours trying to match up the historical accounts of Lehi and Nephi with what took place in the Bible and much to my chagrin I’d give up in frustration every time.

Being young and ignorant about the ways of Joseph Smith I was a trusting soul and never questioned for a minute the lies I had been fed from the leaders in Salt Lake City.

Sadly, it wasn’t until after I left the Church when I understood the amount of deception that went into the sacred canon of Mormonism and the problems I encountered with my beloved Book of Mormon had nothing to do with me.

Sadly, each Mormon has his/her own reason why they cling to their Book of Mormon so we’re praying God opens their eyes to the simple things. We pray they come to understand how unreasonable it’d be for these people to use the same phrases in 600 BC that the Apostle Paul did in his epistles to the Corinthians.

In our Foundation series on the Book of Mormon we’ve highlighted a number of problems within its covers. Today we’re looking at the problem of plagiarisms.

This is a very short list of some of the plagiarisms you can find.  If I listed every single time Smith lifted a phrase or copied entire chapters of scripture verbatim, I’d be here forever.

The reason I’ve read the Book of Mormon hundreds of times and share my findings is because of those times as a Mormon feeling like something was wrong with me.  After I got saved and the Lord began clearing that infamous fog of confusion for me, I knew I had to share my info with others.

As mentioned before I pray the Mormons would see and understand intellectually and spiritually that something is seriously wrong with what Smith tried to do. Plagiarizing the Bible along with the works of Ethan Smith, Shakespeare and Solomon Spaulding doesn’t mean you’ve heard from God! It means you’re working alongside Satan and unfortunately for millions of trusting people who’ve fallen for his schemes, they too have found themselves in that confusing fog and their fair share of dead end roads.

Hopefully laying things out in a concise way and comparing them with the Bible will help to alleviate the confusion. As Tom Sawyer said, Smith seemed to borrow a little biblical language and insert it here and there to keep that carrot dangling in front of the face of Mormons.

With Love in Christ;

Michelle Grim

1 Nephi – 600-570 BC

1 Nephi 1:20; “…the tender mercies of the Lord…” – Ps. 119:77

1 Nephi 2:10; “…firm and steadfast, and immovable…” – 1 Cor. 15:58

1 Nephi 2:16; “…having great desires to know of the mysteries of God…” – 1 Cor. 4:1

1 Nephi 3:2; “Behold I have dreamed a dream…” – Genesis 41:15

1 Nephi 5:8; “…Now I know of a surety that the Lord hath…” – Acts 12:11

1 Nephi 15:24; “…and the fiery darts…” – Ephesians 6:16

2 Nephi – 570-544 BC

2 N 4:17; “…O wretched man that I am…” – Romans 7:24

2 Nephi chapters 7 & 8 are Isaiah chapters 50 & 51

2 N 19:6; “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given…” – Isaiah 9:6

2 Nephi chapters 12-24 are Isaiah chapters 2-14

2 Nephi 25:20; “…there is none other name given under heaven save it be this Jesus Christ, of which I have spoken, whereby man can be saved.” – Acts 4:12

The phrase “none other name” coupled with “salvation” and its variations are found numerous times throughout the Book of Mormon. We’ve listed only a handful of examples in the article here.

2 Nephi 31:21; “…this is the way; and there is none other way nor name given under heaven whereby man can be saved in the kingdom of God…” – Acts 4:12

Enos – 421 BC

Enos 1:27; “…mortal shall put on immortality…Come unto me, ye blessed, there is a place prepared for you in the mansions of my Father…” Matthew 25:34, 1 Cor. 15:54, John 14:2-3

Mosiah – 130-91 BC

Mosiah 3:17; “…no other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come…” – Acts 4:12

Mosiah 3:19; “For the natural man is an enemy to God…” – Romans 8:7

Mosiah 5:8; “…There is no other name given whereby salvation cometh…” – Acts 4:12

Mosiah 13:10; “…a shadow of things which are to come.” – Col. 2:17

Mosiah 14:1-12; “…Who hath believed our report, and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed…” – Isaiah 53:1-12

Mosiah 15:18; “…O how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings…” – Isaiah 52:7

Mosiah 27:31; “Yea, every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess before him…” – Romans 14:11

Alma 91-53 BC

Alma 9:15; “…it shall be more tolerable for them in the day of judgment than for you…” – Matthew 11:24

Alma 9:23; “…it would be far more tolerable for the Lamanites than for them.” – Matthew 11:24

Alma 14:3; “…sought to put them away privily.” – See Matt. 1:19

Alma 30: 8; “Choose ye this day, whom ye will serve.” – Joshua 24.15

Alma 38:9; “…there is no other way or means whereby man can be saved…” – Acts 4:12

Alma 57:21; “… and even according to their faith it was done unto them…” – Matt. 9:29

Alma 58:40; “… fast in that liberty wherewith God has made them free…” – Gal. 5:1

Alma 60:23; “…the inward vessel shall be cleansed first, and then shall the outer vessel be cleansed also.” – Matthew 23:26

Alma 60:33; “…do trample them under your feet…” – Matthew 7:6

Helaman 62-2 BC

Helaman 5:9; “…there is no other way nor means whereby man can be saved, only through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ…” – Acts 4:12

Helaman 7:23; “…that it shall be better for the Lamanites than for you except ye shall repent.” – Matthew 11:24

Helaman 9:21; “…O ye fools, ye uncircumcised of heart…” – Acts 7:51

Helaman 16:6; “…for behold he hath a devil…” – Matthew 11:18

Helaman 16:14; “…wise men, and did declare unto them glad tidings of great joy…” – Luke 2:10

3 Nephi 1 BC/1 AD-35 AD

3 Nephi 1:13; “…on this night shall the sign be given…” – Isaiah 7:14

3 N 1:24; “…Now in this thing they did err, having not understood the scriptures…” – Mark 12:24

3 N 1:25; “…one jot or tittle should not pass away till it should all be fulfilled…” – Matthew 5:18

3 N 7:8; “…like the dog to his vomit…” – Proverbs 26:11

3 N 9:16; “…I came unto my own, and my own received me not…” – John 1:11

3 N 9:20; “…a broken heart and a contrite spirit…” – Ps. 51:17

3 N 10:5-6; “…how oft would I have gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings…” – 2x Mt 23:37

3 N 11:39; “…and the gates of hell shall not prevail against…” – Matthew 16:18

3 Nephi chapters 12-14 are Matthew chapters 5-7

3 Nephi 20:40; “…How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings unto them, that publisheth peace…” – Isaiah 52:7

3 N 22:17; “17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper…” – Is. 54:17

3 N 24:6; “For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” – Mal. 3:6

3 N 24:8; “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say: Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.” – Malachi 3:8

3 N 25:6; “And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” – Malachi 4:6

3 N 27:28; “…whatsoever things ye shall ask the Father in my name shall be given unto you.” – Matthew 7:7

3 N 28:15; “And whether they were in the body or out of the body, they could not tell…” – 2 Cor. 12:2

Mormon – 322 AD-400/421 AD

Mormon 3:15; “Vengeance is mine, and I will repay…” – Romans 12:19

Mormon 7:5; “…sting of death swallowed up.” – 1 Cor. 15:54-55

Mormon 9:9; “For do we not read that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and in him there is no variableness neither shadow of changing?…” – James 1:17 & Hebrews 13:8

Ether – 2500-2200 BC

Ether 12:6; “…faith is things which are hoped for and not seen…” – Hebrews 11:1

Ether 12:28; “…I will show unto them that faith, hope and charity bringeth unto me—the fountain of all righteousness.” – 1 Cor. 13:13

Ether 12:37; “…mansions of my Father.” – John 14:2-3

Ether 13:9; “…the old have passed away, and all things have become new.” – 2 Cor. 5:17

Moroni – 400-421 AD

Moroni 8:6 – “…should be removed from among you…” – 1 Cor. 5:2

Moroni 8:16; “…perfect love casteth out all fear.” – 1 John 4:18