The Earth’s Reaction to Jesus’ Death

3 Nephi 8:17; “And thus the face of the whole earth became deformed, because of the tempests, and the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the quaking of the earth.”

Matthew 27:50-53; “Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. 51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; 52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, 53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.”

The stories in the Book of Mormon are always bigger, badder and boastful. The “whole earth was deformed”?  Really? 

From verses nine to sixteen it said the “city of Moroni did sink” and everyone drowned. Verse ten tells us the earth was carried up upon another city and it became a “great mountain”. Further north of that place destruction hit the land that had never been known before and the “whole face of the land was changed”; and tornadoes and exceeding quaking struck the whole earth. Cities were sunk, burned and people slain while other cities were left desolate. The cities that remained had people carried away in tornadoes.

It’s odd because the Bible tells us of people who came out of their graves and lived again…hmmm…it makes one wonder what earth Smith was actually referring to.