Book of Mormon Published
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Time Period
1830
Description
The Book of Mormon is considered a sacred text for members of the Latter-day Saints movement. Joseph Smith, the founder of the movement, famously transcribed the Book of Mormon. In 1823, the angel Moroni led Smith to uncover gold plates buried in Manchester, New York. In 1827, he began translating the gold plates from “reformed Egyptian” into English using two stones (“Urim” and “Thummim”). The translation became known as the Book of Mormon (1830). The book told a story of how a lost tribe of Israel traveled to the New World, and includes a rejection of Reformed beliefs such as irresistible grace and original sin. Jesus also visits America after his resurrection, according to this narrative. For Mormons, the discovery of these ancient texts proved how modern Christian denominations had tainted theologies, but thanks to the Book of Mormon divine truth has been restored.
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Biographies
Smith, Joseph
Photographs

The Book of Mormon, title page- Library of Congress, Rare Book and Special Collections Division

Artistic representation of the Golden Plates, Urim and Thummim, Sword of Laban, and Liahona- David A Baird; Historical Arts and Castings (CC BY-SA 3.0)

The angel Moroni delivering the plates of the Book of Mormon to Joseph Smith- Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-3657.png

Characters on the plates from which the Book of Mormon was translated- Hathi Trust

Joseph Smith with book- Internet Archive- from The Latter-Day Prophet by George Q. Cannon
Book/Journal Source(s)
Queen, Edward, Stephen Prothero and Gardiner Shattuck, 1996. The Encyclopedia of American Religious History. New York: Facts on File.
Web Page Contributor
Benjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Sociology

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