“Thoughts, Words, and Deeds” – Mosiah 4:30

Zoroastrianism is the religion of ancient Persia. It is the second oldest monotheistic religion, after Judaism.  It was founded about 1000 B.C. by the prophet Zoroaster (Zarathushtra).  Zoroastrians worship the “one universal, transcendent, all-good, and uncreated supreme creator deity, Ahura Mazda, or the ‘Wise Lord.’” The official motto of Zoroastrianism is “Good Thoughts, Good Words, … Continue reading “Thoughts, Words, and Deeds” – Mosiah 4:30

The Book of Mormon Contains the “Fulness of the Gospel”

As we conclude our year-long study of the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants declares that the Book of Mormon contains “the fulness of the gospel.” (D&C 20:9) How can that be?  The Book of Mormon does not contain many wonderful doctrines, like: Premortal council in heavenDegrees of gloryTemple ordinances for the deadEternal marriage … Continue reading The Book of Mormon Contains the “Fulness of the Gospel”

Profound and Inspired Book of Mormon “One-liners”

As we studied the The Book of Mormon this year, we noticed it is overflowing with “one-liners.”  These are very short profound and memorable quotes. Each of these one-liners can be a motto or slogan to guide our lives. Each of these one-liners can be a topic for a sermon. These one-liners not only inspire … Continue reading Profound and Inspired Book of Mormon “One-liners”

A Formula for Special Blessings – Jacob 3:1

Scripture Gem I personally enjoy scriptures that contain checklist formulas. As we have studied the Book of Mormon this year, we have noticed that there are a lot of these formulas.  Jacob 3:1 is such a verse. “To the pure in heart: [If]:You look unto God with firmness of mind, andPray with exceeding faith[Then]:He will … Continue reading A Formula for Special Blessings – Jacob 3:1

Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (25). Final Article: The Undeniable Witness of the Spirit

The internal evidence of the authenticity of the Book of Mormon is overwhelming. Unquestionably, the Book of Mormon is an inspired translation of an ancient religious text by multiple authors.  No one, especially not Joseph Smith, was capable of creating such a sophisticated work of fiction in such a short period of time in the … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (25). Final Article: The Undeniable Witness of the Spirit

Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (24): Hugh Nibley’s “Parable of the Diamond” and Ultimate Conclusion

 Professor Hugh Nibley, the “Patron Saint” of Book of Mormon scholarship, left us an insightful “Parable of the Diamond,” which summaries how people address the issue of Book of Mormon authenticity. “A young man once long ago claimed he had found a large diamond in his field as he was ploughing. He put the stone … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (24): Hugh Nibley’s “Parable of the Diamond” and Ultimate Conclusion

Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (23B): Diverse Writing Styles

Anti-LDS antagonists, after a superficial reading of the Book of Mormon, sometime conclude that that there was only one author – Joseph Smith. A casual reader of the Book of Mormon could easily reach that conclusion. Likewise, a superficial reading of the King James Version would lead a casual reader to the same conclusion about the … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (23B): Diverse Writing Styles

“Grace” in the Book of Mormon

"We Don't Believe in Grace" Prominent BYU Religion Professor Robert Millet recalls: "I was reared in a Latter-day Saint home in Louisiana, where most of my boyhood friends were Protestant. Just before leaving on my mission, I asked my father -- a lifelong Southerner and member of the Church -- a few doctrinal questions. One … Continue reading “Grace” in the Book of Mormon

Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (22): Politics and Government

Interwoven throughout the Book of Mormon are references to governmental organization and political philosophy. Monarchy Decades after the arrival of Lehi’s family in the promised land, the population grew large enough that it became necessary to establish a formal government. Up until that time, Nephi had been their teacher and leader. The people wanted to make … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (22): Politics and Government

Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (23A): Complex Structure of the Metal Plates

The structure of the metal plates from which the Book of Mormon was translated is very complex and yet totally consistent.  The organization of the metal plates is so complicated that the church has published an insert in the introduction entitled, “A Brief Explanation About the Book of Mormon.”   The Plates of Nephi “The … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (23A): Complex Structure of the Metal Plates