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Month: June 2016

He Came Among Them in Disguise

He Came Among Them in Disguise

The Book of Mormon contains multiple stories that seem to share a common idea. Each of these stories contains a man who, while acting righteously, employed deceitful tactics to obtain personal security or a righteous objective. The first story is one with which we’re quite familiar. In 1 Nephi 4, we learn that Nephi decapitates Laban and then removes his clothes to “put…upon [his] own body”, see the full quote below: 19 And after I had smitten off his head with…

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Oh How Lovely Was the Morning

Oh How Lovely Was the Morning

The legitimacy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints relies especially upon the reality that Joseph Smith saw God and Jesus Christ in what is referred to as the “First Vision”. In the official Joseph Smith History as recorded in the Pearl of Great Price, Joseph summarizes the activities leading up to this transformative event. His description includes a summary of the religious excitement in upstate New York, his age as being 14 (15th year), his desire to…

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Tongue of Angels

Tongue of Angels

Near the end of Nephi’s (the first Nephi) ministry in the Book of Mormon, Nephi explains the important doctrine of baptism. The doctrine described by Nephi is both simple to understand and beautiful. Nephi begins in 2 Nephi 31 by saying in verse 2, he “must speak concerning the doctrine of Christ” and that he “shall speak unto [us] plainly, according to the plainness of my prophesying.” This is a fortunate relief as much of Nephi’s writings are literal copies of Isaiah, which often…

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Sermon at the Temple – Part 2

Sermon at the Temple – Part 2

In part 1, I concluded with the discovery that Oliver and Joseph deliberately left out the word “you” in verse 11 of chapter 12. Initially, I believed that this was a rare find, but further research proved me wrong. However, it is still meaningful and suggests a deliberate copy and edit of the King James Bible. I will now continue to examine 3 Nephi 12 (3N) with Matthew 5 (Mt). Verse 12 of 3N begins quite differently from Mt, as 3N…

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I Will Go and Do

I Will Go and Do

The Book of Mormon begins immediately with the story of Lehi and his family. Lehi is commanded to prophesy to the people of Jerusalem of the pending destruction at the hands of the Babylonians. Much like Jeremiah, Lehi stated in 1 Nephi 1:13 “Wo, wo, unto Jerusalem, for I have seen thine abominations.” This language is impressively similar to Jeremiah 13:27 which states: I have seen thine adulteries, and thy neighings, the lewdness of thy whoredom, and thine abominations on…

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