How was the book of mormon written.?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    The Book of Mormon was written by ancient prophets. All their records were abridged onto Gold plates by the prophet Mormon. Then his son Moroni finished the record and hid it for a later time so that it could testify of Jesus Christ.

    As an Angelic messenger of God, Moroni visited Joseph Smith and showed him where to find the plates. When Moroni decided Joseph was ready, he obtained the plates and some instruments which he used to translate them. He translated to a scribe using these instruments, called the Urim and Thumim. The scribe wrote the translation for him. The Scribes were Oliver Cowdery and Martin Harris and Joseph's wife, Emma Smith.

    There were actually three witnesses, then there were eight more who saw the Gold Plates, their testimonies are recorded in the Front of the Book of Mormon.

    www.Mormon.org

    Source(s): LDS
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  • 1 decade ago

    The Book of Mormon was translated by the gift and power of God. I was written by ancient prophets who lived in the Americas. Mormon what the second to last Prophet to write in the Book and who compiled the writings of the preceding Prophets. It was written for us in our day to help us understand Gods dealings with his children so that He can restore and clarify the many simple truths that have been lost in the Bible, do to translations and un inspired interpretations of the book.

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  • slcbtf
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    The book itself was written under direction of God through his prophets. Joseph Smith didn't write the book. He was the one who translated it from another language.

    The original golden plates (Book of Mormon) was not a book until around 300 a.d. The composition of the Book of Mormon came from the works of a prophet named Mormon. Mormon compiled the ancient prophet's writing from various plates into one book (the golden plates).

    This is why it is known as the Book of Mormon. He compiled the whole thing. Joseph Smith was the translator of it into our language.

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  • 1 decade ago

    If you're referring to the golden plates being written, I personally believe it was written with an iron pen with a diamond tip on gold and brass plates.

    (http://scriptures.lds.org/en/jer/17/1#1)

    If you mean the translation.....

    It was translated via the Urim and Thummim, something only given to the mouthpieces of God or his priests, which is also mentioned in the Old Testament, as well as a prophesy concerning the Urim and Thummim coming forth again at some future date in Ezra 7 (First reference)

    The second reference is a page from the book of mormon expounding on what the role of a Seer is and how they can translate lost languages by the power of God and a bit about the Urim and Thummim.

    The third reference is to Seers mentioned in the Bible.

    All references from the bible are in the KJV.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It was supposedly translated from a set of Golden plates

    Yes, the whereabouts of the plates were revealed to Joseph Smith by an angel named Moroni

    But there were witnesses who saw the plates

    The testimonies of these witnesses, and Joseph Smith's testimony are at the front of the Book of Mormon, right after the Introduction, and before a "Brief Explanation of the Book of Mormon"

    Source(s): Former Mormon
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It is the record of a group of people that originally lived in Jerusalem. They left because God told them to and non-believers in this prophet tried to kill them.

    They sailed to what is now the Americas. It was translated by the power of God through Joseph Smith. I KNOW it is true!

    Source(s): life-long LDS.
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  • 1 decade ago

    Everyone has missed the point of the question. The asker of the question is not referring to translations and interpretations in modern times. The prophets and kings that had authority to do so used certain tools to engrave their language upon the metal plates. Much of the language used is what was called reformed Egyptian.

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  • rkd6
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    The link below has a good summary of the process.

    P.S. - Joseph was NOT the only person to see the plates. Do some research before you answer....seriously.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    A rock in a hat.....the "golden plates" were not even in the room. They were said to be under a blanket in the other room.

    JS would look into a hat "through" the stone and a symbol would appear and he would translate it to an english letter and then his scribe would write the letters down and JS would approve the word...

    Ummmmm ok....

    Source(s): ex mormon
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  • 1 decade ago

    -it was written from 600bc-400ad.

    -it was compiled by mormon and moroni

    -it was translated 1800ad by joseph smith, a true prophet of god.

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