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Book of Mormon Enrichment Readings

Enrich your study of the Book of Mormon with high-quality articles that are well researched, inspirational, and written by scholars, educators, Church leaders, historians, and popular authors. The lesson titles are displayed first, followed by a few recommended readings associated with each topic. Other helpful resources are From Darkness unto Light: Joseph Smith’s Translation and Publication of the

How the Book of Mormon Came Forth

Mike MacKay and Gerrit Dirkmaat, authors of From Darkness unto Light, were recently interviewed by Doug Wright for Everyday Lives, Everyday Values, which airs 11 to 11:30 am Sunday, May 17, 2015. They fielded questions about the translation of the Book of Mormon. The book offers its readers a step-by-step narrative of how the Book

The Power of the Word

Charles Swift Associate Professor of Ancient Scripture, BYU Several years ago, I developed an Honors Program course that I titled “The Book of Mormon as Sacred Literature.” I valued and enjoyed teaching students in that course for many reasons, but certainly one of them was the reward I felt in helping them to discover the

The Advent Season

Guest blog by Eric D. Huntsman, associate professor of ancient scripture at BYU. The term Advent comes from the Latin adventus, meaning “coming” or “appearance.” Beginning the fourth Sunday before Christmas, Advent helps Christians not only to celebrate the First Coming of Jesus Christ but also to look forward to his glorious Second Coming. Although

My Recollections of General Conference

Guest blog by Clyde Williams, professor of ancient scripture at BYU. My recollections of general conference as a young boy take me back to the George Albert Smith Fieldhouse and long lines outside the Tabernacle on Temple Square for the priesthood session. I remember in April 1965 as the aging President David O. McKay attended one

Joseph and Hyrum Smith

Guest blog by Richard E. Bennett, professor of Church history and doctrine. The success of the Protestant Reformation owes everything to the translation and printing of a book. Surely the efforts of such early martyrs as John Wycliffe and of later reformers such as William Tyndale and Martin Luther to print and disseminate the Holy Bible

A Voice of Warning

Mormonism began with a book—the Book of Mormon (published in March 1830). During the next decade, many books were written and published by members and nonmembers to explain, understand, or attack the new faith. One of Mormonism’s early converts was Parley Parker Pratt (1807–57). He read the Book of Mormon and after a few days

“Behold, There Shall Be a Record Kept”

Joseph Smith received a revelation during the organizational meetings of the Church of Christ in Fayette, New York, on April 6, 1830, as depicted in William Whitaker’s painting The Prophet Joseph Smith Receives a Revelation. In this revelation, the Lord told Joseph Smith, “Behold, there shall be a record kept” (Doctrine and Covenants 21:1). The

Joseph Smith: A Modern Witness of Jesus Christ

During December, our thoughts may turn to a wintry day in a small farmhouse in Vermont where Joseph Smith Jr. drew his first breath in 1805. Or we may ponder a hot, muggy Thursday afternoon in June 1844 when the Prophet drew his final breath.   During his lifetime, Joseph Smith was many things—a dutiful

“In His Own Language”

In a remarkable revelation given through Joseph Smith in 1831, the Lord said, “The voice of warning shall be unto all people” (Doctrine and Covenants 1:4). This command may have seemed overwhelming for the fledgling Church of Jesus Christ. Two years later, in 1833, the Lord expanded the Church’s mission, saying, “Every man shall hear