Category Archives: Book of Mormon Translation

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 […]

Book of Mormon Graphic Leaves out Important Detail

Note: The following was originally printed in the April 2017 edition of Mormonism Update. To receive this publication every other month, you must be a financial support of $25 or more per month. By Bill McKeever An illustration in the February 2017 issue of Friend magazine, an LDS publication geared toward Mormon children. left out an important portion of […]

Inaccurate Presentations of Mormon History Persist

By Sharon Lindbloom 16 May 2017 On Sunday (7 May 2017), LDS General Authority Kim B. Clark of the Seventy addressed young adult members of the Mormon Church in a Worldwide Devotional. Within his talk, Elder Clark spoke a great deal about the history surrounding the Book of Mormon translation. To augment his talk, Elder […]

Book of Mormon Translation

By Eric Johnson The following is one of the Gospel Topics essays published on lds.org that is meant to explain hard teachings. The portions underlined come from the essay, with my analysis below.  Because we will try to be short and to the point as much as we can, we will reference a number of sites […]

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 […]

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.

Smithsonian Institution Statement Regarding the Book of Mormon

Some Latter-day Saints, in their zeal to give tangible authenticity to the Book of Mormon, have told prospective converts that the Smithsonian Institution has used the Book of Mormon to verify sites in the New World. In response to numerous requests on this subject, the Smithsonian has issued the following paper detailing their position on the matter. 

Information from the National Museum of Natural History Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560

Statement Regarding the Book of Mormon