Author: Lisa M.

Finding Hebrew Expressions in the Book of Mormon

As a mother, I use conditional sentences frequently. “If you don’t clean your room, then you will lose your favorite blanket (or toy or whatever).” “If you don’t brush your teeth, then you will get cavities.” But it never occurred to me that grammatical conditional sentence construction could be used to prove the authorship of the Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ and a companion scripture to the Bible. At Brigham Young University, the flagship school of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes inadvertently called the Mormon Church because of members’ belief in the...

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Earliest Texts of the Book of Mormon Discussed in Three Lectures

The Book of Mormon—another testament of Jesus Christ and a companion scripture to the Bible—is probably the most read scriptural text for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who are sometimes called Mormons because of their belief in this book. Few—if any—people have studied this scriptural work more in-depth than Royal Skousen, a professor of linguistics and English language at Brigham Young University and editor of the Book of Mormon Critical Text Project, which began in 1988. [1] A critical text project is an attempt to reconstruct the original text as closely as possible, omitting...

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How the Book of Mormon GIves Us Examples of Good and Bad Government

In the world today, religion and politics are like oil and water—they just don’t go together. Politics is the “art or science of government … or influencing governmental policy.” And the government, according to many people today, doesn’t need or want religion. But Elder M. Russell Ballard — an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, and a General Authority of  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sometimes inadvertently called the Mormon Church—said politics and religion are very much related: Believe it or not, at one time the very notion of government had less to do with politics...

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Book of Mormon Musical Attendees Convert to Mormonism

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—sometimes inadvertently called the Mormon Church—believe in following the Savior, Jesus Christ, in all things. When Christ walked on the earth, He was mocked, scorned, reviled, belittled, beaten, and yet answered His accusers and tormentors with silence or the words of His Father. He taught His followers to “turn the other cheek” (Matthew 5:39) and to “love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). When you engage another person contentiously, you...

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