Featuring interviews with scholars and historians, this documentary tells the story of the coming forth of this unusual book of scripture and how it is affecting. Jan 20, The video "New Day for the Book of Mormon" is a video from BYUtv with interviews with scholars and historians. This documentary tells the. Jan 30, BYUtv's new documentary, "New Day for the Book of Mormon," demonstrates the far-reaching effects of the Book of Mormon among members of.

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This new video features interviews with scholars and historians, a documentary telling the story of the coming forth of this unusual book of scripture and how it is. Oct 6, Check out BYUtv's documentary entitled 'New Day for the Book of Mormon' and find out why this book has become one of the most influential. Oct 7, “New Day for the Book of Mormon” is a documentary that aired on Sunday, October 5 and was broadcast on BYU-TV. The documentary brings.

Population Bottleneck Population bottleneck is the loss of genetic variation that occurs when a natural disaster, epidemic disease, massive war, or other calamity results in the death of a substantial part of a population.

These events may severely reduce or totally eliminate certain genetic profiles. In such cases, a population may regain genetic diversity over time through mutation, but much of the diversity that previously existed is irretrievably lost. Illustration of population bottleneck. Due to a dramatic reduction in population, some genetic profiles represented here by the yellow, orange, green, and purple circles , are lost.

Subsequent generations inherit only the DNA of the survivors. In addition to the catastrophic war at the end of the Book of Mormon, the European conquest of the Americas in the 15th and 16th centuries touched off just such a cataclysmic chain of events. As a result of war and the spread of disease, many Native American groups experienced devastating population losses.

The jar represents a population, and the marbles represent people with different genetic profiles. Draw a marble at random from this population, record its color, and place it back in the jar. Each draw represents the birth of a child.

Draw 20 times to simulate a new generation within the population. The second generation could have an equal number of each color, but more likely it will have an uneven number of the two colors. Before you draw a third generation, adjust the proportion of each color in the jar to reflect the new mix of genetic profiles in the gene pool.

As you continue drawing, the now-uneven mix will lead to ever more frequent draws of the dominant color.

Illustration of genetic drift using colored marbles. This exercise illustrates the inheritance pattern of genetic material over the course of several generations and shows how drift can result in the loss of genetic profiles. The effect of drift is especially pronounced in small, isolated populations or in cases where a small group carrying a distinct genetic profile intermingles with a much larger population of a different lineage.

A study in Iceland combining both genetic and genealogical data demonstrates that the majority of people living in that country today inherited mitochondrial DNA from just a small percentage of the people who lived there only years ago. It is conceivable that much of the DNA of Book of Mormon peoples did not survive for the same reason.

When a small population mixes with a large one, combinations of autosomal markers typical of the smaller group become rapidly overwhelmed or swamped by those of the larger. Moreover, the shuffling and recombination of autosomal DNA from generation to generation produces new combinations of markers in which the predominant genetic signal comes from the larger original population. This can make the combinations of markers characteristic of the smaller group so diluted that they cannot be reliably identified.

Thus, portions of a population may in fact be related genealogically to an individual or group but not have DNA that can be identified as belonging to those ancestors. In other words, Native Americans whose ancestors include Book of Mormon peoples may not be able to confirm that relationship using their DNA.

Even if such information were known, processes such as population bottleneck, genetic drift, and post-Columbian immigration from West Eurasia make it unlikely that their DNA could be detected today. They prayed that, in spite of the prophesied destruction of most of their people, their record would be preserved and one day help restore a knowledge of the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. One girl ran up to them to get her picture taken once she realized that the missionaries were real Mormons and not actors.

Later, a member of the cast named Kevin Mambo tweeted a photo of the three of them taken by a security guard. The missionaries forwarded it to their families.

He recounted that one Jewish woman even went to far as to suggest improvements, like sponsoring a forum after the show or a question and answer section in a nearby bar. I wondered if one reason why the audience warmed to Elders Fenn and Chapman was because of the context: Their presence might seem threatening on a rush hour street corner where briefcased men and suited women in sneakers race home to boil mac and cheese for over-exhausted children.

New Day for the Book of Mormon

In that setting, their holy book might appear to be one more set of dogmatic rules that oppresses people who only desire freedom and space.

Standing outside the musical, though, the setting was very different: Their dark suits and combed hair hearkened to beloved characters.

Theatregoers like myself discussed Mormon beliefs during intermission casually, lightly, like sports fans chat about who won the latest Red Sox game.

Elder Chapman and Fenn's presence at the musical seemed to humanize concepts like "missionary" and "Mormon" for the audience, maybe even dispelling the reputation the religion has for being sober and straight-laced.

As Elder Fenn told me, "That was kind of my intent, just to go there and be like, 'Hey, we can take a joke. Initially, the Church's only response to the musical was this : "The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but the Book of Mormon as a volume of scripture will change people's lives forever by bringing them closer to Christ. My Boston Playbill featured several advertisements by the Church, each with a photo of a practitioner that violated the religion's blonde-haired, blue-eyed stereotype -- a goateed Caucasian, an Asian woman, an African-American man.

The denomination also took out billboard space on Times Square, and when the musical began playing in London's West End , they placed advertisements on the city's tube stations, train stations and buses. Elder Clifford Herbertson, an LDS Church leader, explained these choices, saying, "When people get to know a member of our faith, misperceptions and misunderstanding quickly disappear and are replaced by mutual respect and friendship; these adverts are in no way a tacit endorsement of the play but we want those who have questions to know where they can find real answers.

Recently, it launched a new publicity campaign called "I'm a Mormon" composed of personal vignettes that can be watched on the Church's official website or on YouTube. Each video emphasizes diversity and inclusiveness -- there's one from an Irish gold-medal winning paraplegic and another from an African woman from Cameroon who now lives in Germany.

The gist: The Church wants to cultivate relationships with everyone, and all are welcome.

What the LDS Church seems to be doing in trying to reach newcomers in many ways reverses traditional conversion methods, where the emphasis is on teaching doctrine first. The idea is that if you know what a religion believes, you'll come to believe it yourself, and then become part of a community of believers. Instead, the LDS Church now seems to be embracing a different approach -- meet us, become part of our community of believers, and you'll come to believe in the faith yourself and become more familiar with the religion's dogma as a result.

For more on this shift, it's worth comparing missionaries' old handbook, called "The Uniform System for Teaching the Gospel," with the one they began using in called "Preach My Gospel. As an Episcopal Church leader, what intrigues me about the choices the LDS Church is making is that this relational emphasis is a shift I see in my own and other Protestant denominations.

Case in point: your average Protestant church stewardship campaign. If one had stepped into said average Protestant church in the s during stewardship season, he or she might been point blank asked for money or handed a note that suggested a tithing percentage. Today, that same church probably runs its campaign by asking a few committed members to explain how the church enriches their lives on the assumption that parishioners will be more likely to give generously when the mission of the church is made personal and tangible for them.

In other words, for a religion to be vital, it needs to show it's relevant to people. And the LDS Church seems well aware of that. The book describes their journey across the Arabian peninsula , and then to the promised land, the Americas, by ship. Following this section is the Words of Mormon. The Book of Third Nephi is of particular importance within the Book of Mormon because it contains an account of a visit by Jesus from heaven to the Americas sometime after his resurrection and ascension.

The text says that during this American visit, he repeated much of the same doctrine and instruction given in the Gospels of the Bible and he established an enlightened, peaceful society which endured for several generations, but which eventually broke into warring factions again. The portion of the greater Book of Mormon called the Book of Mormon is an account of the events during Mormon's life. Mormon is said to have received the charge of taking care of the records that had been hidden, once he was old enough.

The book includes an account of the wars, Mormon's leading of portions of the Nephite army, and his retrieving and caring for the records. Mormon is eventually killed after having handed down the records to his son Moroni. According to the text, Moroni then made an abridgment called the Book of Ether of a record from a previous people called the Jaredites.

The Jaredite civilization is presented as existing on the American continent beginning about BC, [55] —long before Lehi's family arrived shortly after BC—and as being much larger and more developed. The Book of Moroni then details the final destruction of the Nephites and the idolatrous state of the remaining society.

The Book of Mormon contains doctrinal and philosophical teachings on a wide range of topics, from basic themes of Christianity and Judaism [58] to political and ideological teachings. Jesus is mentioned every 1.

Stated on the title page, the Book of Mormon's central purpose is for the "convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations.

The book describes Jesus, prior to his birth, as a spirit "without flesh and blood", although with a spirit "body" that looked similar to how Jesus would appear during his physical life.

See Godhead Latter Day Saints. In furtherance of its theme of reconciling Jews and Gentiles to Jesus, the book describes a variety of visions or visitations to some early inhabitants in the Americas involving Jesus.

Most notable among these is a described visit of Jesus to a group of early inhabitants shortly after his resurrection. In the narrative, at the time of King Benjamin about BC , the Nephite believers were called "the children of Christ".

Many other prophets in the book write of the reality of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. In the Bible, Jesus spoke to the Jews in Jerusalem of "other sheep" who would hear his voice. The book delves into political theology within a Christian or Jewish context. Among these themes are American exceptionalism. According to the book, the Americas are portrayed as a "land of promise", the world's most exceptional land of the time. On the issue of war and violence, the book teaches that war is justified for people to "defend themselves against their enemies".

However, they were never to "give an offense," or to "raise their sword The book recommends monarchy as an ideal form of government, but only when the monarch is righteous. The book supports notions of economic justice, achieved through voluntary donation of "substance, every man according to that which he had, to the poor. Joseph Smith characterized the Book of Mormon as the "keystone" of Mormonism, and claimed that it was "the most correct of any book on earth".

As part of this effort, a new edition was printed with the added subtitle "Another Testament of Jesus Christ". The importance of the Book of Mormon was a focus of Ezra Taft Benson , the church's thirteenth president. Hinckley challenged each member of the church to re-read the Book of Mormon before the year's end.

Since the late s, church members have been encouraged to read from the Book of Mormon daily. The LDS Church encourages discovery of the book's truth by following the suggestion in its final chapter to study, ponder, and pray to God concerning its veracity. This passage is sometimes referred to as "Moroni's Promise".

The Community of Christ also publishes a "Revised Authorized Edition", which attempts to modernize some language. In , Community of Christ President W. Grant McMurray reflected on increasing questions about the Book of Mormon: Veazey ruled out-of-order a resolution to "reaffirm the Book of Mormon as a divinely inspired record.

This position is in keeping with our longstanding tradition that belief in the Book of Mormon is not to be used as a test of fellowship or membership in the church. There are a number of other churches that are part of the Latter Day Saint movement.


These groups all have in common the acceptance of the Book of Mormon as scripture. It is this acceptance which distinguishes the churches of the Latter Day Saint movement from other Christian denominations.

Separate editions of the Book of Mormon have been published by a number of churches in the Latter Day Saint movement, along with private individuals and foundations not endorsed by any specific denomination. Most of the archaeological, historical and scientific communities do not consider the Book of Mormon an ancient record of actual historical events.

Most adherents of the Latter Day Saint movement consider the Book of Mormon to generally be a historically accurate account. One of the more common recent arguments is the limited geography model , which states that the people of the Book of Mormon covered only a limited geographical region in either Mesoamerica , South America , or the Great Lakes area.

The LDS Church has published material indicating that science will support the historical authenticity of the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon was dictated by Joseph Smith to several scribes over a period of 13 months, [] resulting in three manuscripts. The lost pages contained the first portion of the Book of Lehi ; it was lost after Smith loaned the original, uncopied manuscript to Martin Harris. The first completed manuscript, called the original manuscript, was completed using a variety of scribes.

Portions of the original manuscript were also used for typesetting. It was then discovered that much of the original manuscript had been destroyed by water seepage and mold. Surviving manuscript pages were handed out to various families and individuals in the s. Only 28 percent of the original manuscript now survives, including a remarkable find of fragments from 58 pages in The second completed manuscript, called the printer's manuscript , was a copy of the original manuscript produced by Oliver Cowdery and two other scribes.

Observations of the original manuscript show little evidence of corrections to the text. In , the manuscript was bought from Whitmer's grandson by the Community of Christ, known at the time as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Critical comparisons between surviving portions of the manuscripts show an average of two to three changes per page from the original manuscript to the printer's manuscript, with most changes being corrections of scribal errors such as misspellings or the correction, or standardization, of grammar inconsequential to the meaning of the text.

The printer's manuscript was not used fully in the typesetting of the version of Book of Mormon; portions of the original manuscript were also used for typesetting. The original manuscript was used by Smith to further correct errors printed in the and versions of the Book of Mormon for the printing of the book. In the late 19th century the extant portion of the printer's manuscript remained with the family of David Whitmer , who had been a principal founder of the Latter Day Saints and who, by the s, led the Church of Christ Whitmerite.

During the s, according to the Chicago Tribune , the LDS Church unsuccessfully attempted to download it from Whitmer for a record price. LDS president Joseph F. Smith refuted this assertion in a letter, believing such a manuscript "possesses no value whatever. The LDS Church had not sought to download the manuscript.

The original publication did not have verse markers, although the individual books were divided into relatively long chapters. Just as the Bible's present chapter and verse notation system is a later addition of Bible publishers to books that were originally solid blocks of undivided text, the chapter and verse markers within the books of the Book of Mormon are conventions, not part of the original text.

Publishers from different factions of the Latter Day Saint movement have published different chapter and verse notation systems. The two most significant are the LDS system, introduced in , and the RLDS system, which is based on the original chapter divisions.

The following non-current editions marked major developments in the text or reader's helps printed in the Book of Mormon. Although some earlier unpublished studies had been prepared, not until the early s was true textual criticism applied to the Book of Mormon.

One aspect of that effort entailed digitizing the text and preparing appropriate footnotes, another aspect required establishing the most dependable text. To that latter end, Stanley R. Larson a Rasmussen graduate student set about applying modern text critical standards to the manuscripts and early editions of the Book of Mormon as his thesis project—which he completed in To that end, Larson carefully examined the Original Manuscript the one dictated by Joseph Smith to his scribes and the Printer's Manuscript the copy Oliver Cowdery prepared for the Printer in — , and compared them with the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd editions of the Book of Mormon to determine what sort of changes had occurred over time and to make judgments as to which readings were the most original.

Smith began to take full account of Larson's work and to publish a Critical Text of the Book of Mormon. The third volume of that first edition was published in , but was already being superseded by a second, revised edition of the entire work, [] greatly aided through the advice and assistance of then Yale doctoral candidate Grant Hardy , Dr.

Gordon C. Thomasson , Professor John W. However, these were merely preliminary steps to a far more exacting and all-encompassing project. In , with that preliminary phase of the project completed, Professor Skousen took over as editor and head of the FARMS Critical Text of the Book of Mormon Project and proceeded to gather still scattered fragments of the Original Manuscript of the Book of Mormon and to have advanced photographic techniques applied to obtain fine readings from otherwise unreadable pages and fragments.

He also closely examined the Printer's Manuscript then owned by the Community of Christ —RLDS Church in Independence, Missouri for differences in types of ink or pencil, in order to determine when and by whom they were made.

He also collated the various editions of the Book of Mormon down to the present to see what sorts of changes have been made through time. Thus far, Professor Skousen has published complete transcripts of the Original and Printer's Manuscripts, [] as well as a six-volume analysis of textual variants.

Yale University has in the meantime published an edition of the Book of Mormon which incorporates all aspects of Skousen's research. Differences between the original and printer's manuscript, the printed version, and modern versions of the Book of Mormon have led some critics to claim that evidence has been systematically removed that could have proven that Smith fabricated the Book of Mormon, or are attempts to hide embarrassing aspects of the church's past, [7] [8] [] with Mormon scholars viewing the changes as superficial, done to clarify the meaning of the text.

The LDS version of the Book of Mormon has been translated into 83 languages and selections have been translated into an additional 25 languages. In , the LDS Church reported that all or part of the Book of Mormon was available in the native language of 99 percent of Latter-day Saints and 87 percent of the world's total population. Translations into languages without a tradition of writing e.

Typically, translators are members of the LDS Church who are employed by the church and translate the text from the original English. Each manuscript is reviewed several times before it is approved and published. In , the LDS Church stopped translating selections from the Book of Mormon, and instead announced that each new translation it approves will be a full edition. Such films in LDS cinema i. The Journey and Passage to Zarahemla Second Nephi 9: In , a long-running religious satire musical titled The Book of Mormon , by the South Park creators, premiered on Broadway , winning 9 Tony Awards , including best musical.

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The LDS Church, which distributes free copies of the Book of Mormon, reported in that million copies of the book have been printed since its initial publication. The initial printing of the Book of Mormon in produced copies. The Book of Mormon has occasionally been analyzed in a non-religious context for its literary merits.

The author labored to give his words and phrases the quaint, old-fashioned sound and structure of our King James's translation of the Scriptures; and the result is a mongrel -- half modern glibness, and half ancient simplicity and gravity. The latter is awkward and constrained; the former natural, but grotesque by the contrast.

Whenever he found his speech growing too modern -- which was about every sentence or two -- he ladled in a few such Scriptural phrases as "exceeding sore," "and it came to pass," etc.

The Ancestors of the American Indians

If he had left that out, his Bible would have been only a pamphlet. Non-Mormons attempting psychiatric analyses [Of Joseph Smith] have been content to pin a label upon the youth and have ignored his greatest creative achievement because they found it dull. Dull it is, in truth, but not formless, aimless, or absurd.

Its structure shows elaborate design, its narrative is spun coherently, and it demonstrates throughout a unity of purpose. Its matter is drawn directly from the American frontier, from the impassioned revivalist sermons, the popular fallacies about Indian origin, and the current political crusades.

Searching for literary wonders in the Book of Mormon is a bit like seeking lyrical inspiration in the books of Chronicles or Judges. The Book of Mormon is a work of substantial complexity, however, with numerous well-spun narratives subsumed with a larger comprehensive vision There is a neat symmetry to the bible as we have received it.

Givens later concluded,. The Book of Mormon remains a potent and disruptive force in the twenty-first century, challenging analysis with its authoritative claims. The Book remains an important cultural document of the nineteenth century and its literary merits are beginning to encourage further enquiry. The growth of Mormonism worldwide is also challenging older questions of wider appeal and accessibility of the Book of Mormon.

The themes of the dislocation and decentring are coming to greater relevance in a globalised world. The Book of Mormon began as densely printed pages in , and the current official edition reformatted with substantial grammatical editing still runs to pages. In some ways this is surprising. If the primary purpose of the Book of Mormon were to function as a sign—as tangible evidence that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God—that mission could have been accomplished much more concisely.

A fifty page book delivered by an angel is no less miraculous than a thick volume; it's the heavenly messenger part that makes it hard to believe. True or not, the Book of Mormon is a powerful epic written on a grand scale with a host of characters, a narrative of human struggle and conflict, of divine intervention, heroic good and atrocious evil, of prophecy, morality, and law.

Its narrative structure is complex. The idiom is that of the King James Version, which most Americans assumed to be appropriate for divine revelation The Book of Mormon should rank among the great achievements of American literature, but it has never been accorded the status it deserves, since Mormons deny Joseph Smith's authorship, and non-Mormons, dismissing the work as a fraud, have been more likely to riducule than to read it.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This is the latest accepted revision , reviewed on 27 May For other uses, see Book of Mormon disambiguation. Prophets and people. Historical authenticity and criticism. Main articles: Main article: Book of Mormon chronology. Historical authenticity of the Book of Mormon. See also: List of Book of Mormon translations.

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July The Transformation of America, — , Pg. Outline of the Book of Mormon. November 4, Retrieved July 30, Mormonism - Shadow or Reality? Utah Lighthouse Ministry. No Man Knows My History: The Life of Joseph Smith 2d ed. New York: Alfred A. Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith.

Losing a Lost Tribe: Joseph Smith , xxii— Macmillan Publishing , pp. No man knows my history: Vintage Books.Each draw represents the birth of a child. They become teachers at age 14 and priests at age Either issues are solvable or they must be taken as evidence of deception.

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