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One component to both Lehi's and Nephi's respective visions was the presence of an angelic guide who led them through the vision and expounded on the meaning of what they were witnessing. This is a prevalent theme found in comparable apocalyptic scenes in both biblical and non-biblical texts. This in turn strongly suggests that Lehi's and Nephi's visions are best read as part of the apocalyptic genre.

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The Book of Mormon’s use the term “familiar spirits” is related to the ancient practice of necromancy that was forbidden by God in the Old Testament. However, instead of condoning this practice, the Book of Mormon turns it on its head, showing how the God of Israel can allow the dead to speak to the living in a righteous and holy way.

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For many years, people have assumed that the Book of Mormon’s unusual grammar was simply a product of Joseph Smith’s rural dialect, or that it might be the result of an uneducated speaker trying to sound biblical. Yet in a surprising turn, recent linguistic research has shown that almost every non-standard word or phrase in the Book of Mormon shows up as proper usage in an earlier period of the English language, called Early Modern English. While the reason for the book’s archaic features is unknown, this situation shows how the Lord can transform apparent weaknesses into strengths.

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The Book of Mormon describes the final battle place between the Nephites and Lamanites as the land and hill Cumorah. While it has been commonly believed that the hill in New York where Joseph Smith received the gold plates is the same Hill Cumorah described in the Book of Mormon, this identification has been questioned.

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Where is the Location of the Hill Cumorah?
Where is the Location of the Hill Cumorah?
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In 1829, when Joseph Smith was in the middle of translating the Book of Mormon, people in Harmony, Pennsylvania, were becoming increasingly aggressive towards him. During this difficult time, Oliver Cowdery wrote a letter to his friend David Whitmer, asking for help. He asked David to bring his team of horses and his wagon to Harmony to help Oliver, Joseph, and Emma move to a safer place: the Whitmer home in Fayette, New York. However, David needed to plow and fertilize his fields before he left. Incredibly, the next day, he came outside to find the work finished allowing him to go help the Smiths.

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The growing and diverse body of research on the Book of Mormon can help readers strengthen their faith in Jesus Christ.

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The Book of Mormon details the history of two groups called the Nephites and the Lamanites. The identity of the Lamanites, including especially their identity in the latter-days among Native American peoples, remains an open question which readers of the Book of Mormon grapple with.

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Who Are the Lamanites?
Who Are the Lamanites?
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In the summer of 1829, a man named Thomas B. Marsh received a prompting that he should travel nearly 400 miles from Boston, Massachusetts, to upstate New York, not knowing what he would find there. Thomas stayed in western New York for three months to no avail. On his way home, someone he was staying with mentioned a “Golden Book” found by a young man named Joseph Smith. Thomas went to Palmyra, as the woman directed, and arrived at Grandin’s printshop just in time to get a fresh copy of the first sixteen pages of the Book of Mormon.

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Readers unfamiliar with the Book of Mormon are sometimes surprised to find how much, from the beginning to the end, the book is about Jesus Christ. Its history was carefully written to build faith in Christ, its stories show how that faith can lead to righteous actions, and its sermons and teachings explain the intricacies of Christ’s doctrine. This intent focus on Jesus Christ helps readers see how His life and mission are central to God’s plan for all of His children.

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Translations of the Book of Mormon into other languages have sometimes been miraculous, in their own small way. The translation of the Book of Mormon from English into Ukrainian is one such small miracle in Church history.

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