Category Archives: Book of Mormon Issues

Wo sind die Goldplatten jetzt?

Das Buch Mormon, endet mit der Beschreibung des Niedergangs des nephitischen Volkes, durch die Hand ihrer Widersacher, der Lamaniten. Jahrzente lang, führten die Nachkommen Lehis, die hellhäutigen Nephiten, und die dunkelhätigen Lamaniten gegeneinander Krieg bis sie sich zu einer Entscheidungsschlacht im Land Cumorah trafen. In Mormon 6:6 heißt es: Und es begab sich: Als wir […]

Which painting of Joseph Smith translating the gold plates should you trust?

By Eric Johnson For many years, Latter-day Saints were led to believe that Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon by looking directly at the gold plates that he supposedly dug up out of the ground that had been buried by Moroni, the last living Nephite, in the fifth century AD. This same Moroni is said […]

Stela 5 and Lehi’s Vision of the Tree of Life

By Bill McKeever Note: The following was originally printed in the May/June 2017 edition of Mormonism Researched. To request a free subscription, please visit here. Genesis 2: 9 explains how God planted a garden east of Eden and in it were two trees, the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  Perhaps not […]

Did Joseph Smith use the Seer Stone…or didn’t he?

By Eric Johnson  For many years, many Mormons have denied that Joseph Smith used a “seer stone” to translate the Book of Mormon. They were led to believe that he used the “urim and thummim,” special instruments even mentioned in the Old Testament, to aid him in the translation. Tenth Mormon President Joseph Fielding Smith […]

When it comes to the plates, there was no miracle

For the past several years Bill McKeever has been bringing a replica set of “gold plates” to the Mormon Miracle Pageant held annually in Manti, Utah. By encouraging Mormon visitors to lift the plates, it gives Bill an opportunity to explain the many problems he sees with the official account of how Smith allegedly retrieved the plates back in 1827. What are those problems? Check out this article to see.

"The Land of Jerusalem" and the Dead Sea Scrolls

By Bill McKeever

In an article titled “Mounting Evidence for the Book of Mormon,” Dr. Daniel Peterson from BYU states, Alma 7:10 predicts that Jesus ‘shall be born of Mary, at Jerusalem which is the land of our forefathers.’ Is this a mistake? Everyone knows that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, not in Jerusalem.

Problems with the Gold Plates in the Book of Mormon

Just what exactly were the gold plates made from. In this article that first appeared in Christian Research Journal, volume 34, number 02 (2011), Bill McKeever considers the possibilites and shows why it is impossible that Joseph Smith was given plates made of real gold.

Where are the Gold Plates Now?

By Bill McKeever

According to Mormon lore, Smith claimed to receive the “few plates” from Moroni in 1827 and from them translated the Book of Mormon. When he was finished translating the plates he gave them back to the angel who he claimed “has them in his charge” (Joseph Smith History 1:60). Many ask, “Where are the gold plates now?” “And what of the many other records that were supposedly “hid up” in the Hill Cumorah?

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