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

“Show and Tell” – 2 Nephi 32:3,5

Scripture Gems There is a subtle, but significant, difference between 2 Nephi 32 verse 3 and verse 5. Verse 3 reads, “Feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do” (2 Ne. 32: 3) Verse 5 reads, “Receive the Holy Ghost, it will … Continue reading “Show and Tell” – 2 Nephi 32:3,5

Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (18): Memorable Profound Verses – Nephi

 The Book of Mormon is filled with memorable verses that contain profound truths and rich doctrine. These verses are a powerful witness of the Book of Mormon divinity. Every chapter includes verses and phrases worth highlighting. Each of these profound verses can, and have been, the basis for talks and lessons.  Some of these verses … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (18): Memorable Profound Verses – Nephi

Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (12): Characterization

If the Book of Mormon is a work of fiction, how do the critics explain the brilliant and sophisticated use of literary characterization? Quality characterization is determined by diversity, consistency, and realism Characterization is the creation and use of fictional characters. The quality of characterization is measured in three major ways. The first is diversity. Do … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (12): Characterization

Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (10): Poetry

Prophets are poets.  When emotions overwhelm us, or when the spirit soars within us, our thoughts turn to poetry. Fully one-third of the Old Testament is written in poetry.  The New Testament also contains poetry. Likewise, the Book of Mormon is filled with poetry.   To truly savor and get the “feel” of poetry you should read it … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (10): Poetry

The Most Important Verse in the Book of Mormon

I gave my Gospel Doctrine and Seminary students the assignment to identify the single most important verse in the Book of Mormon. This is the criterion: “If you had only one verse to inspire and guide you and your family, what verse would you choose?” At the end of the year we discussed this assignment, … Continue reading The Most Important Verse in the Book of Mormon

“Have Ye Inquired of the Lord” — 1 Nephi 15:8

Favorite Scripture Gems 1 Nephi 15:8 is a small verse of great significance. “And I said unto them: Have ye inquired of the Lord?” Nephi’s older brothers, Laman and Lemuel, couldn’t figure out what was going on. They were clueless.  Worse, they didn’t bother to find out. They were stubborn, and they were lazy intellectually … Continue reading “Have Ye Inquired of the Lord” — 1 Nephi 15:8

Visions, Dreams, Visitations (1 Ne. 8:2)

 The Book of Mormon prophet Lehi shared an important gospel gem with his family when he announced, “Behold, I have dreamed a dream; or, in other words, I have seen a vision.” (1 Ne. 8:2)  Lehi went on to describe his spectacular Vision of the Tree of Life.  This verse is a “scripture gem” because … Continue reading Visions, Dreams, Visitations (1 Ne. 8:2)