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In November the Prophet Joseph Smith wrote the following to a new member of the Church: "The fact is, that by the power of God I translated the Book of Mormon from hieroglyphics, the knowledge of which was lost to the world, in which wonderful event I stood alone, an unlearned youth, to combat the worldly wisdom and multiplied ignorance of eighteen centuries, with a new revelation, which if they would receive the everlasting Gospel, would open the eyes of the world , and make 'plain the old paths,' wherein if a man walk in all the ordinances of God blameless, he shall inherit eternal life.

Roberts, In the spring of Joseph had learned from his First Vision that the churches of his day were teaching creeds and doctrines that were wrong see Joseph Smith—History However, it would not be until several years later while Joseph was translating the Book of Mormon that he would more clearly come to understand why the doctrine of the churches was corrupt.

From a vision given to the prophet Nephi, Joseph learned that when the ancient prophets and apostles had written their books, they came forth "in purity" 1 Nephi As their writings went forth, parts of the gospel that were "plain and most precious" and "covenants of the Lord" were "taken away" 1 Nephi Nephi saw that these changes and omissions would cause "an exceedingly great many to stumble" 1 Nephi Because Satan would gain great power through all of this, the Lord promised Nephi He would counter these efforts by bringing forth "much of my gospel, which shall be plain and precious" 1 Nephi Not all of these truths were necessarily a part of the original Old or New Testament record.

In some cases it is impossible to know if such information was in the original manuscripts. However, the key is to see many of the great insights that the Book of Mormon brought forth: insights concerning people and events in ancient history, prophetic insights, and doctrinal insights. The Book of Mormon preserves s of at least three groups of people that are not mentioned in any detail in the Bible. The first of these groups is the Jaredites.

From the portion of their records preserved for us in the Book of Mormon, we learn details about this group of people who were scattered at the time of the Tower of Babel. The second group consists of Lehi's family and their associates. This , which makes up the major portion of the Book of Mormon text, gives us a personal glimpse into the workings of the Lord with a particular family, beginning with their prophetic father, Lehi, around B.

The likelihood that these events occurred is enhanced by a ificant passage found in 2 Chronicles 36, where during the short reign of Zedekiah the priests and people are described in their wickedness as having "mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets" 2 Chronicles Lehi was surely one of these prophet messengers. The Mulekites are the third group in the Book of Mormon. It is not known how large this group was when they left Jerusalem about 11 years after Lehi and his group. The Old Testament tells us that the sons of King Zedekiah were slain; however, the Book of Mormon records that one of his sons, Mulek, escaped with others and was brought to this hemisphere by the hand of the Lord see Helaman We know from the Book of Mormon that Lehi's sons obtained the brass plates, which contained a more complete of the ancient Israelite writings up to the time of Jeremiah than is found in the Bible see 1 Nephi ; From this record and possibly the Jaredite record, the Book of Mormon records additional information about many Old Testament characters that is not recorded in our present Bible.

For example, we learn that the ancient Israelite prophet Moses specifically testified that as he lifted up the brass serpent in the wilderness "even so shall the Son of God be lifted up who should come" Helaman One can separate the prophecies in the Book of Mormon into those given to Nephite or Jaredite prophets and those recorded on the brass plates. The prophetic vision of the brother of Jared hereafter Moriancumer is perhaps the most notable mentioned in the Book.

Nephi, in his great vision recorded in 1 Nephi , likely saw most of what Moriancumer saw as did the New Testament Apostle John see 1 Nephi Moriancumer was shown "all the inhabitants of the earth which had been, and also all that would be;.

Moroni, who read and transcribed this wondrous vision, declared, "Never were greater things made manifest" Ether The brass plates contained many important prophecies lost from our present-day Bible; however, some of them are found in the Book of Mormon. Perhaps the most important Book of Mormon prophecies are those pertaining to the coming of Christ.

It is important to note that the coming of Christ was clearly and more specifically known in Old Testament times than one could ever imagine from reading our present Bible. For example, from the brass plates Nephi learned that Zenock, Neum, and Zenos prophesied collectively that the Messiah would "yieldeth himself. Zenos also prophesied that three days of darkness would be a of the Messiah's death given to "those who should inhabit the isles of the sea" 1 Nephi The Book of Mormon is a doctrinal gem.

A major part of its purpose was to help in "confounding of false doctrines" 2 Nephi The book lays out in greater clarity than the Bible the doctrines and principles of the gospel. What follows is an overview of principles that have been omitted from or are unclear in the Bible. They were not the prevailing doctrines of the day when the Nephite record came forth in The Book of Mormon records that the "plan of redemption" was laid out in premortal life Alma , that all of the spirit children of God were on the "same standing" there, and that some were foreordained to priesthood callings "on of their faith, while others would reject the Spirit of God" Alma This "high priesthood being after the order of" the Son of God is eternal and comes to one by ordination and by worthiness Alma Elder Dallin H.

Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve affirmed that the Book of Mormon "provides some of our most important doctrinal insights on the ificance of free agency in the gospel plan. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve declared: "Surely the most plain and precious of all truths lost from the Bible, particularly the Old Testament, are the clear and unequivocal declarations of the mission of Jesus Christ, His foreordained role as Messiah and Savior of the world, and the covenantal elements of His gospel, which have been taught from Adam down through each succeeding dispensation.

Thus the Book of Mormon's highest purpose is to restore to the universal family of God that crucial knowledge of Christ's role in the salvation of every man, woman, and child who now lives, has ever lived, or will yet live upon the earth. Nowhere in scripture is the breadth and depth and scope of the Atonement so clearly explained as in the Book of Mormon.

The word "atonement" or a form thereof is found no less than 35 times in the Book of Mormon while it is found only once in the King James Version of the New Testament and not at all in the Revised Standard Version. From the Book of Mormon we learn that the Savior took upon Himself not only our sins but also our pains, sicknesses, and infirmities "that he may according to the flesh know to succor his people" Alma The doctrine of the redemptive power of Christ over little children, while absent from the Bible, was taught with unmatched clarity in the revelatory epistle of Mormon to his son Moroni see Moroni The Book of Mormon became to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery like a general handbook of instructions for the organization of the Church.

Much of the procedural information in Doctrine and Covenants 20 was already outlined in the Book of Mormon. The specific manner of bestowing the Holy Ghost and the necessity of authority to do so are explained see Moroni The proper way to ordain one to a priesthood office was given see Moroni , as well as the specific prayers to be used in ministering the sacrament see Moroni 4; 5. Furthermore, the requirements for one receiving baptism, the purpose for keeping membership records, and meeting regularly are explained in detail by Moroni see Moroni The need for confessing serious sins before a priesthood leader, as well as the Lord, and the eventual forgiveness that comes is explained in greater clarity by the Lord than in any other place in sacred writ see Mosiah It is also from the Book of Mormon that we first learn the importance of the Church following an approved or correlated curriculum see Mosiah ; The Book of Mormon is the classic example that the heavens are still open and that God does indeed still speak to men on earth.

The great truth of the matter is that the more carefully one studies the doctrine and teachings of this book, the more powerful the evidence becomes that Joseph Smith was not merely reflecting the learning of his time nor of his own personal study. He was the instrument through whom God had chosen to reveal so many lost truths and once again "make plain the old paths," which if followed will lead one to exaltation and eternal life.

This article was excerpted from Clyde J. Williams' address given at the Sidney B. Sperry Symposium at BYU. Brother Williams is an associate professor of ancient scripture at BYU. In Robert T. Barrett painting, Joseph Smith translates the gold plates. People and Events The Book of Mormon preserves s of at least three groups of people that are not mentioned in any detail in the Bible. Prophecies and Visions One can separate the prophecies in the Book of Mormon into those given to Nephite or Jaredite prophets and those recorded on the brass plates. Doctrinal Restoration The Book of Mormon is a doctrinal gem.

The sacred book of scripture shed light on a darkened world. Credit: Photo courtesy Museum of Church History and Art The Book of Mormon records that the "plan of redemption" was laid out in premortal life Alma , that all of the spirit children of God were on the "same standing" there, and that some were foreordained to priesthood callings "on of their faith, while others would reject the Spirit of God" Alma Conclusion The great truth of the matter is that the more carefully one studies the doctrine and teachings of this book, the more powerful the evidence becomes that Joseph Smith was not merely reflecting the learning of his time nor of his own personal study.

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