“Personal Revelation” Used as Evidence to Convict and Execute a Man for Murder

Peter Mortensen, husband of my 2nd great aunt, was tried, convicted, and executed for the murder of James Hay. The personal revelation of a witness played a role in his arrest and conviction. The Crime In 1901, Peter Mortensen owed the Pacific Lumber Company $3800.  His Ogden, Utah neighbor, James Hay, was an officer in … Continue reading “Personal Revelation” Used as Evidence to Convict and Execute a Man for Murder

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”

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 (3): Geography and Journeys

Geography: Overwhelming Complexity and Consistency The Book of Mormon contains over 600 geographical references to over fifty separate geographical locations. (See: Mormon’s Codex, John L. Sorenson, p. 119) The book often describes the relative locations of these places with their directions and distances from other locations.  For example, Bountiful is south of the land Desolation, … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (3): Geography and Journeys

The Book of Mormon Internal Evidence: Overview

The Book of Mormon is either a divinely inspired translation of ancient scripture, or it is a work of fiction. Joseph Smith either translated the book by the gift and power of God, or he made it up.  Joseph Smith’s detractors who personally knew him, knew he was too illiterate and uneducated to create the … Continue reading The Book of Mormon Internal Evidence: Overview