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26 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Literally, a unique Testament of Jesus Christ
The Book of Mormon is a volume of holy scripture comparable to the Bible. It really is a record of God's dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas and contains, as does the Bible, the fulness of the everlasting gospel. I have read the Book on several occasions now. I have found it to be a truly life changing book and has brought me a greater insight into...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Painful reading.
Some day while you're sitting peaceably at home, two well-dressed, well-groomed, exceedingly polite young men will show up on your doorstep. If allowed, these missionaries will give you a message about God's extraordinary love, sin, repentance, and salvation. And they will also hand you a copy of one of the world's strangest books.

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Published on 7 May 2010 by H. Robertson


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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Painful reading., 7 May 2010
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This review is from: THE BOOK OF MORMON: ANOTHER TESTAMENT OF JESUS CHRIST. (Paperback)
Some day while you're sitting peaceably at home, two well-dressed, well-groomed, exceedingly polite young men will show up on your doorstep. If allowed, these missionaries will give you a message about God's extraordinary love, sin, repentance, and salvation. And they will also hand you a copy of one of the world's strangest books.

The Book of Mormon, written by Joseph Smith, purports to be a revelation from God on par with the Holy Bible. It is a narrative about a group of Jews who flee Jerusalem and found several large civilizations in the Americas. Most people who try reading it need only a few pages to see that it's a farce. A handful of intelligent, honest, ethical, well-read people instead find it to be so beautiful and moving that it can only be divinely inspired wisdom. Why the difference in opinion? Well, the best way to answer that is to read it for yourself.

The Book of Mormon begins with a Jewish man, Levi, fleeing the wrath of King Zedekiah in 600 B.C. Taking his family, they first camp by a river on the east shore of the Red Sea. After spending a time living richly by hunting and gathering fruit in that area, they travel to an uninhabited harbor called Bountiful on the south shore of Arabia. (At this point you may be asking questions such as: How could they flee Zedekiah in 600 B.C. when he didn't become king until years later? Why did they find that river when any map will confirm that there is no such river in that location? How did they hunt and gather in that region when it's a barren wilderness? And where did they find an empty harbor when the southern shore of Arabia was densely inhabited at that time in history? If you ask irritating questions like that, Mormonism probably isn't the religion for you.)

After sailing from Arabia to America in a small boat, Lehi's family wastes no time in spawning a thriving civilization. Soon they split into two groups, white-skinned Nephites and inferior Lamanites with dark skin. The bulk of the book is packed with events vaguely reminiscent of the Old Testament. Nations fall into sin and wickedness, God appoints prophets to rant and rave, battles are fought, and so forth. Near the end Jesus Christ drops in (literally) to repeat the Sermon on the Mount and appoint twelve disciples. After that, it seems as if the author got bored since he rushes through centuries of time in just a few pages, kills off the Nephites, and wraps the book up with a bizarre rant against infant baptism.

What to make of all this? I feel pretty confident that it's not a genuine revelation from God. Almost every page is stamped with some major mistake. First, much as defenders may hate to admit it, the book clearly says that the Nephite and Lamanite civilizations covered most of North and South America. As not even the slightest trace of either civilization has ever been found, that should wrap the question up right there. Further, Joseph Smith simply copied details from the Bible into his fictional accounts, where they don't fit at all. His civilizations raised flocks of sheep, goats, cattle, and horses, all of which were actually introduced to the Americas from Europe centuries later. The Book of Mormon mentions brass, bronze, iron, copper, and steel, yet none of those metals were mined in the ancient Americas. It mentions keys and locks, metal swords, suits of armor, ships, and anchors, which are also completely anachronistic. It has similar problems with food, drink, fabrics, tools, types of buildings, etc... At the same time, the Book of Mormon makes no mention of any distinctive animals, plants, buildings, or clothing that did exist in pre-Colombian America.

As literature, it is equally far off the mark. While a few parts ring with a certain poetic resonance, nothing really stands out. Certainly nothing comes close to matching the magnificent writing of the Bible. Joseph's Smith clearly set out to write prose in imitation of the King James Version, yet his poor grasp of the language produced often hilarious results. For example, not knowing that "it came to pass" indicates passage of time, he often has dialogues or speeches where every sentence starts with "it came to pass". Even worse, Smith uses the phrases "come in unto" and "go in unto" without knowing that these are biblical euphemisms for sex. Hence those who are fluent in Shakespearean may find themselves chuckling at lines like "The Queen desired that Ammon should come in unto her." [Alma 19:2]

The morality in the Book of Mormon is basically a match for the history. The ranting prophets pretty much take their cues from the Old Testament with spiels against murder, theft, adultery, and such. Missing is any trace of the true gospel message of radical, transforming love. While your missionaries will no doubt advice that you pray to God concerning the truthfulness of this book, that shouldn't be necessary for any thinking person. It is either true or false. History, literary analysis, and religion all clearly say false.

One thing is clear, that despite the notorious antics of their forefathers, today's Mormons are a very straight-laced bunch. Many Christians may see their principles and strong family values and wonder whether, despite the apparent loopiness, there is something in the Book of Mormon after all. If you're in that category, here are some important facts that the missionaries won't tell you.

1) The Book of Mormon that you get today is not the original. Joseph Smith's first version, despite its supposedly divine origins, was packed with errors in spelling, grammar, usage, logic, continuity, and chronology. Over the years the LDS Church has been forced to make thousands of changes to cover up these embarrassing mistakes.

2) While we can't double-check Smith's translation of the Book of Mormon because an angel conveniently retrieved the original to Heaven, we can double-check something else. Joseph Smith also wrote the Book of Abraham, allegedly translated from ancient Egyptian documents, which is also part of Mormon scripture. However, Egyptologists who have compared Smith's translation to the originals have found that it's a complete fraud.

3) Joseph Smith was a professional con artist. Both before and after writing the Book of Mormon, he bilked people with fake treasure hunts. He also ran a fraudulent bank, the Kirtland Safety Society Bank, that issued phony money. He was, in short, very good and deceiving and manipulating people.

4) In addition to receiving new scriptures, Joseph Smith also claimed to be a prophet who received many direct revelations from God. Among others divine revelations, he claimed that Solomon's Temple would be rebuilt in Missouri, that Christ would return by 1885, and that missionaries would bring his gospel to the moon and to a secret continent "beyond the North Pole". (His successor, Brigham Young, continued the space exploration theme by announcing that the sun and planets are inhabited.)

5) One of Smith's most important "revelations" is the Great Endowment Ceremony conducted in Mormon pemples. It involves donning special clothes, being washed in a special basin, watching a hokey play about God's "plan of salvation", and learning secret code words and handshakes that will supposedly allow you to reach the highest level of Heaven after death. In reality, Joseph Smith copied almost the entire ceremony from the freemasons, who he briefly joined in 1839. Since that time, the LDS Church has changed the ceremony by removing the more embarrassing parts.

6) During Joseph Smith's early life in Vermont and New York, the region was jam-packed with all manner of prophets, visionaries, and would-be messiahs, many of whom were making claims very similar to his own. Research names such as Isaac Bullard, Elias Smith, and Asa Wild and you'll see that Joseph Smith copied parts of the Book of Mormon and later revelations more or less directly from other sources.

7) But wait, there's more! If you want to know plenty of other things about Mormonism that the missionaries won't tell you just search on google for "concerns about Mormonism". Then you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.
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26 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Literally, a unique Testament of Jesus Christ, 25 Dec 2004
The Book of Mormon is a volume of holy scripture comparable to the Bible. It really is a record of God's dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas and contains, as does the Bible, the fulness of the everlasting gospel. I have read the Book on several occasions now. I have found it to be a truly life changing book and has brought me a greater insight into spiritual things. I think the key is to read it with s sincere heart, and then, wait and see how it makes you feel. Highly recommended
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21 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A comfort, a beacon, a life changer, 4 Dec 2004
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The literal word of God, recorded by the people of Ancient America and translated by Joseph Smith through the power and gift of God, is one of the greatest books ever printed. Contained within it's pages are the words that change lives, stir men to greatness and enlighten the human soul. If anyone needs direction in their life, if anyone needs comfort, if anyone needs to know why, this book will tell them. It will lead you back to the presence of the Living God and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. It is more than a book. It is God speaking to man. How can we ignore the voice of God? I implore all to read the pages, and come to the know of the truth of the word's therein, and join themselves to the Church Joseph Smith restored, the only true and living Church on the earth today, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. It is true. God lives. Jesus Christ died for us. This book tells us the way back to Him. Let us not turn our back upon Him.
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18 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book of Mormon, 2 Dec 2004
This is a unique book; it is a true account of the inhabitants of the Americas before the Europeans settled there. The book details the original source of the inhabitants. It is written in a scripture like style and can be heavy reading, but it is worth completing. The book claims to be a translation of ancient records by Joseph Smith. Towards the end of the book the reader is asked to ponder, and ask God if this is a true account. I have done this and I would ask you to read this account and do the same. Of all the books I have read, I believe this to be the most spiritually powerful and life changing reads.
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13 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A spiritual Feast, 30 Dec 2005
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Mr. J. Mcdonnell (Lancashire England) - See all my reviews
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I have just finished reading the Book of Mormon two days before Christmas 2005 and I can say that it is indeed Another Testament of Jesus Christ and shows how Nations can either prosper or fall depending on their faith or lack of it.
I think this book must be read with a sincere heart and real intent to get the blessings promised in Moroni Chapter 10 Page 529.
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7 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Point, 12 Jun 2007
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I always think people miss the point on Mormonism.

I find it interesting that people have no problem accepting Moses as a prohpet, dividing oceans and so on, but have a problem with Joseph Smith seeing a vision.

There's a nice rule of thumb to use. Read the book of Mormon, think hard about the messages, standard and principles it's preaching and then implement them if you feel like it and judge for yourself whether you're better or worse off.

Then read Galatians 5 from the bible.

I've read this book just short of 20 times. I still haven't picked up 0.0001% of the total 'life guidance' it offers.
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5 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Testament..., 17 April 2009
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L. Reeves "LDS and Proud!" (Central England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: THE BOOK OF MORMON: ANOTHER TESTAMENT OF JESUS CHRIST. (Paperback)
This book has changed my life. I now know that this is the inspired word of God as given to the prophet Joseph Smith. I have been baptised into this one true church and am so very happy.
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not only this book contradicts the Bible...but Mormon theology too!!, 26 Sep 2010
Joseph Smith once said "I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts than any other book" (The Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, page 194).
The vast majority of Mormons will confirm that they believe in this statement, yet the Book of Mormon does not contain many of the doctrines taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
As a matter of fact, the BoM contradicts Mormon theology in many important doctrines.
Here are just a few examples:

The BoM teaches that the authority to baptize comes from Jesus Christ (3Nephi 11:25), but the LDS church teaches that this authority was given to Smith by John the Baptist.
The LDS church teaches that, before the "restoration", there was a complete apostasy (History of the Church vol.1 page XL), but 3Nephi 28:1-8 denies that.
The LDS church says that God was once a man and, through obedience to Mormon doctrine, death and resurrection, was elevated to godhood (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, page 342-345; Lorenzo Snow, Millennial Star, vol.54). The BoM, on the contrary, teaches that God is eternal (Moroni 7:22), He is not a glorified man (Alma 22:10; 31:15; Mormon 9:9-11; Moroni 7:22; 8:18), and He is unchangeable (2 Nephi 27:23; 29:9; 3 Nephi 24:6).
Mormon doctrine states that God is a personage of flesh and bones (Doctrine and Covenants 130:22); however, the BoM teaches that God is a spirit (Alma 18:24-28; 22:10-11).
Mormons are polytheists (B. McConkie - Mormon Doctrine page 576-577; Journal of Discourses vol. 2 page 345), yet the BoM clearly states that there is only one God (the testimony of three witnesses, 2 Nephi 31:21; Mosiah 15:1-4; Alma 11:28-29,44; Mormon 7:7).
Mosiah 2:39 shows that hell is a place of torment, but LDS theology denies that.
Polygamy is strongly condemned in the BoM (Jacob 1:16; 2:23,24,27,31; 3:5; Mosiah 11:2,4; Ether 10:5,7); strangely enough, first president and "prophet" Joseph Smith married over 30 wives and plural marriage was widely spread in the early church; the LDS church was forced to renounce polygamy in 1890 as a necessary condition for Utah to achieve statehood, therefore, today Mormons do not practice it; but polygamy as a principle was never renounced (see Doctrine and Covenants section 132 and Mormon Doctrine by B. McConkie page 579).
Mormons teach the LDS "gospel" will be preached to the dead in the spirit world, thus giving them a chance of salvation; the BoM, on the other hand, teaches that salvation must be obtained in this life (Alma 34:31,33,35; 2 Nephi 9:38; Mosiah 15:26; 26:25-27).
One of the LDS missionaries favorite techniques to convince people of the veracity of their message is to tell them to pray to know whether the BoM is true, and, they say, you will receive a "burning in the bosom" as a confirmation from God. The BoM denies that, and teaches that we are to search Scriptures to determine the truth (Jacob 7:23).
The BoM teaches that there are only two destinies after death (1 Nephi 15:35; Mormon 9:23; Alma 3:26; 40:26; 41:4; Mosiah 16:11; Helaman 14:18-19; Ether 4:18; 2 Nephi 2:28-29; 9:16; 28:21-22; 3 Nephi 27: 11, 17), but Mormons believe that there are three kingdoms in the spirit world: Celestial, Terrestrial and Telestial (Doctrine and Covenants section 76).

So, if this book is "the cornerstone of the Mormon religion", why don't Mormons teach the doctrines contained in it?
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Golden Book in Print., 6 May 2010
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The Book of Mormon as far as I'm concerned is the Word of God...it is 'Another Testament of Jesus Christ'...it tells of a remnant of one of the Prophets of the Jews...LEHI...being told to move his family away from Jerusalem as the Jews as a whole were going to be taken into captivity...Lehi leads his family into the wilderness and eventually a large ship would be built and the family would sail it to a promised land...the Americas as we know them...here the family broke into two factions...the Nephites and the Lamanites (both names after two of Lehi sons)...covering a time period from around 600BC to around 400AD of these people that inhabited an area thought to be where modern Belize is in Central America.
The Nephites were to know of the coming birth of the Saviour of the World and were given signs that were to occur during their time-frame thousands of miles from Bethlehem...they also were aware that this Saviour would be put to death and three days later be resurrected from the dead...in the Third Book of Nephi it can be read about the visitation of this Saviour...JESUS CHRIST...to the then people, where
upon Jesus declared that they were the people he spoke about in Jerusalem as being the 'Other Sheep'...here Jesus choose Twelve Disciples to carry the work on after he would leave.
There is also a work of the Book of Ether, which recalls the journey of a group of people that left the area of the Tower of Babel and travel to the New World and also records their demise...
The final two books: Book of Mormon and Book of Moroni tells us of the sad demise of a once proud people whom had witnessed the Risen Christ, whose children had received a remarkable blessing and whom had lived a remarkable period of time where Sin wasn't present and Love abounded...the finale of the Book of Moroni is the fact that as a society - the Nephites were no more and the plates were deposited in the ground for their awaited time to come forth in the Last Days...which would occur early in the nineteenth century when Moroni now a resurrected being, showed the plates to a young Joseph Smith Jnr. a few years before he was allowed to translate from them and bring about a book that many will proclaim as to being the Word of God...as well as many who will call it anything but that...
As for me, I know it's truthfulness...I know it through reading, studying and praying...I can in no way do this for anyone else; only you can do that and what final decision you make is yours only to make...if this report helps you make a choice that is to read, study and pray about the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, then I hope my effort of typing has been worth the time i've undertaken to do so and the time you've undertaken to read this...God Bless!
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars completely crazy :D, 30 April 2011
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This review is from: THE BOOK OF MORMON: ANOTHER TESTAMENT OF JESUS CHRIST. (Paperback)
If you want a giggle, this is the book. No more crazy than other holy books, but it can not even be credited as being a valuable piece of literature!
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