book of mormon? is it absolutely positively, word for word, perfectly true?

MORMONs Only! i know Joseph Smith jr testified it was translated by the power of God, but was the scribed words of moroni always perfectly true? Did the nephites have to contend with false beliefs, just as surely as christianity has favored false teachings as truth?


i know i found 3 or 4 verses that may not be true!

one verse is the description of a sinner who has puffed up eyes!

12 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    "And now, if there are faults they are the mistakes of men; wherefore, condemn not the things of God, that ye may be found spotless at the judgment-seat of Christ." from the title page of the Book of Mormon."

    Also, Joseph Smith said this about the title page: "I wish to mention here that the title-page of the Book of Mormon is a literal translation, taken from the very last leaf, on the left hand side of the collection or book of plates, which contained the record which has been translated, the language of the whole running the same as all Hebrew writing in general [that is, from right to left]; and that said title page is not by any means a modern composition, either of mine or of any other man who has lived or does live in this generation."

    As well as, "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 by any other book.” May I emphasis, "...most correct...", not that it was 100% correct.

    Source(s): This second link is a link to the lesson on the Book of Mormon from our Melchezidek Priesthood and Relief Society manual for the next two years.
  • 1 decade ago

    Read the title page, Moroni puts in his own disclaimer saying that if there are mistakes they are of men.

    Rest assured though that a book that was preserved by God, written by the inspiration of prophets, compiled by inspired prophets then presented to Joseph Smith by an angel of God, and finally interpreted by the power of God is 99.99% pure in the truths it teaches. There may be grammatical errors and the like but I would stake my life on the Book of Mormon being right in every instance it teaches a principle of Christ's gospel.

    It is scripture from God in one of the MOST pure forms it can be had.

    However, even having every word as God intended it would not be enough if one didn't read it by the power by which the book was written in the first place. For truly no man/woman can find out God without God allowing and helping him/her to do so.

  • slcbtf
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Use the study guides provided by the church. Perhaps your interpretation of it is incorrect. Moroni wasn't the one who scribed or compiled the text. It was his father Mormon. And yes they did contend with false beliefs that came into their society. Notably from outside sources. Sherom is introduced in Jacob chapter 7. Remember that Jacob is Nephi's brother. They separated from the Lamanites. This Sherom came in from another society. (not the lamanites or nephites, or Jacob would have known him.)

    Puffed up eyes......what's the reference to that one. I can't find it? Could you also provide your other 3 - 4 examples?

  • 1 decade ago

    I second Tonya's answer.

    The 'false' belief's notion would only be correct if the prophets had fallen astray. Although there were apostate groups from nearly the begining of the BoM [laman et al], the scriptures and the church went with Nephi and the BoM is the writings of the prophets and testifies of Christ. The complete apostasy did not occur until the death of the last Nephite prophet, Moroni.

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  • nadia
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    About the Isiah part id have to say it not only quotes it but its even more correct that the KJV (it has a part thats missing from the KJV but was in the original manuscripts) ISAIAH 2:16 Ludlow explains, While verse 16 consists of three phrases – the ships of the sea, the ships of Tarshish, and the pleasant pictures, the ancient Greek (Septuagint) and Hebrew (KJV) texts each contain only two of the above phrases, as shown below: . . . The Book of Mormon is the only text of the three [KJV, Septuagint, Book of Mormon] that retains all the phrases, again indicating that the brass plates contained a more correct and unedited version of the original Isaiah text (88).

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Patty above me has that part of history CORRECT....

    Pinkadot, come on no changes...Look at garments and temple changes there....hum

    about the translation itself..

    I used to be a member of the mormon church. I remember finding out about the true translation of the book of mormon. Rock in a hat! Thats all.... That is how Joseph actually did the "translation". With his head buried in a hat, he claimed to look through the seer stone and a letter in reformed Egyptian would appear and then the English letter one at a time and he would tell the letter to his scribe and they would form words..That "golden plates" were not even in Front of him...

    I never see any pictures of his head IN a HAT! Always right in front of the "golden tablets". Oh man.....

    Source(s): ex mormon
  • Mike B
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    The truth of any document is limited by the understanding of the reader. So one version of your question might be "Even if it is the perfect word of God is it possible for the BoM to be misunderstood?"And asked that way the answer is obviously "Yes". Another version of your question might be- "Is the translation perfect?". I have found verses where it seems that the transcriber/compiler/editor (probably Mormon) might have transcribed/engraved in error and the error was preserved in the translation. One such example is where the converted Lamanites buried their weapons "of peace or buried their weapons of war for peace" (Quote from memory so the warranty is void). My point in all this is that your definition of "true" might be a stumbling block in your road to understanding.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I agree with what is said on the title page, that any errors are the errors of man... there are no doctrinal errors - that is the most important thing to remember. They may be a word here or there that is in error, or grammar or puncuation, but the Lord would not let His gospel be translated in error.

    That is what I don't understand about people who freak out about any errors - there is no doctrine that has ever changed. none. The doctrine is correct and true.

    And it will repeat what another said - the "most" correct book, not "100% correct"...

    Reading the Book of Mormon with faith in the words written will stregthen your testimony. Reading it looking for errors - you will find them.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It is probably one of the most non-Godly books available to mankind.

    The Book of Mormon is supposed to be the account of people who came from the Middle-East to the Americas. It covers the period of about 600 B.C. to 400 A.D. It tells of the Jaredites, people from the Tower of Babel who came to central America but perished because of their own immorality. It also describes some Jews who fled persecution in Jerusalem and came to America led by a man called Nephi. The Jews divided into two groups known as the Nephites and Lamanites who fought each other. The Nephites were defeated in 428 A.D.

    The Lamanites continued and are known as the American Indians. The Book of Mormon is supposed to be the account of the Nephite leader who was called Mormon as he wrote concerning their culture, civilization, and appearance of Jesus to the Americas.

    Joseph Smith said "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 by any other book" (History of the Church, Vol. 4, page 461).

    The Book of Mormon is not of God.

    Some Major Problems:

    1. Adam's Fall 2 Nephi

    2:25 Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy. False: Men exist without Adam's fall

    2. Birth of Jesus Alma

    7:10 And behold, he shall be born of Mary, at Jerusalem which is the land of our forefathers, she being a virgin, a precious and chosen vessel, who shall be overshadowed and conceive by the power of the Holy Ghost, and bring forth a son, yea, even the Son of God. CONTRADICTS Matt. 2:1, Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea Alma 7:10 contradicts the Bible in Matt. 2:1

    3. Cimeter (Scimitar) Mosiah

    9:16 And it came to pass that I did arm them with bows, and with arrows, with swords, and with cimeters, and with clubs, and with slings, and with all manner of weapons which we could invent, and I and my people did go forth against the Lamanites to battle. (See also Enos 1:20; Mosiah 10:8; Alma 2:12; 27:29; 43:18,20,37; 44:8; 60:2; Heaman 1:14) Scimitars (Curved Swords) didn't exist until the 500's. 200-187 B.C.

    4. Elephants Ether

    9:19 And they also had horses, and asses, and there were elephants and cureloms and cumoms; all of which were useful unto man, and more especially the elephants and cureloms and cumoms. Elephants weren't in America at the time of the BOM NA

    5. Honey Bees Ether

    2:3 And they did also carry with them deseret, which, by interpretation, is a honey bee; and thus they did carry with them swarms of bees, and all manner of that which was upon the face of the land, seeds of every kind. Honey Bees were introduced to America by the Spanish NA

    6. God Indwells the Righteous Alma

    34:36 And this I know, because the Lord hath said he dwelleth not in unholy temples, but in the hearts of the righteous doth he dwell; yea, and he has also said that the righteous shall sit down in his kingdom, to go no more out; but their garments should be made white through the blood of the Lamb. CONTRADICTS D&C 130:3, "The appearing of the Father and the Son, in that verse, is a personal appearance; and the idea that the Father and the Son dwell in a man’s heart is an old sectarian notion, and is false." BOM contradicts D&C

    7. Horses 1 Nephi

    18:25 And it came to pass that we did find upon the land of promise, as we journeyed in the wilderness, that there were beasts in the forests of every kind, both the cow and the ox, and the *** and the horse, and the goat and the wild goat, and all manner of wild animals, which were for the use of men. And we did find all manner of ore, both of gold, and of silver, and of copper. (Horses see 2 Nephi 12:7; 2 Nephi 15:28; Enos 1:21; Alma 18:9,10,12; 20:6; 3 Nephi 3:22; 4:4; 6:1; 21:14; Ether 9:19; ) Horses didn't exist in America until the 16th Century 590-589 BC

    8. Steel 1 Nephi

    4:9 And I beheld his sword, and I drew it forth from the sheath thereof; and the hilt thereof was of pure gold, and the workmanship thereof was exceedingly fine, and I saw that the blade thereof was of the most precious steel. (See also 1 Neph 16:18; 2 Nephi 5:15; Jarom 1:8; Ether 7:9) The Jews didn't have steel at that time. 600-592 B.C.

    9. Salvation 2 Nephi

    25:23 For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do. After all we can do Salvation by works

    10. Silk Alma

    4:6 And it came to pass in the eighth year of the reign of the judges, that the people of the church began to wax proud, because of their exceeding riches, and their fine silks, and their fine-twined linen, and because of their many flocks and herds, and their gold and their silver, and all manner of precious things, which they had obtained by their industry; and in all these things were they lifted up in the pride of their eyes, for they began to wear very costly apparel. Jews didn't have silk then. The Jews didn't have silk at that time 86-83 B.C.

    11. Sufficiently Humble Alma

    5:27 Have ye walked, keeping yourselves blameless before God? Could ye say, if ye were called to die at this time, within yourselves, that ye have been sufficiently humble? That your garments have been cleansed and made white through the blood of Christ, who will come to redeem his people from their sins? sufficiently humble How do you become sufficiently humble?

    12.Two Churches 1 Nephi

    14:10 "And he said unto me: Behold there are save two churches only; the one is the church of the Lamb of God, and the other is the church of the devil; wherefore, whoso belongeth not to the church of the Lamb of God belongeth to that great church which is the mother of abominations; and she is the whore of all the earth." If non-Mormon church is the church of Satan, why is Mormonism trying to appear like it? 600-592 B.C.


    There are so many more...

    Another one... you can see the fraud in the absolute plaguerism of the King James Version of the Bible.

    They even left the footnotes in!!!

    Let's return to the infallible word of God. The Bible!!!

    Jesus Christ of the Bible loves you and wants you to come to HIM!

  • 1 decade ago


    Which makes it just the same as all the other holy texts.

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