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Two Sets of Gold Plates and God’s Witnesses

If we have eyes to see and hearts to feel and minds to understand, God gives us opportunities to know the validity of His work in every direction we turn.  The two sets of Gold Plates and His two sets of witnesses thereto are a case in point, as you will see.

What Ever Happened to the Golden Plates?

I learned from the scholar, Jonathan Neville, there were two sets of gold plates for the Book of Mormon.  He has written an amazing and most useful book regarding “Whatever Happened to the Golden Plates?” With his useful lawyer skills and intelligent thoroughness, his new book, “A Man That Can Translate” is brilliant. Both books have been great resource books for my research. Jonathan is a great friend and helped me with one of my blog articles Book of Mormon Miracles,  documenting the miraculous time-lines in bringing forth the Book of Mormon.  The miracles associated with the printing of the Book of Mormon are amazing as well.

“Large Plates” and “Small Plates”

You will see why I call the two sets fo Gold Plates the “large plates” and the “small plates,” for logical and actual reasons.  As we look at the new information available from Jonathan and other sources, it helps us clarify the history of really what happened in the Book of Mormon translation process.  We will see how the Lord brought into play His Divine Law of Witnesses (2 Corinthians 13:1) to give us maximum validity of this incredible Book of Mormon that has so blessed the world so greatly.

Notice, in your current Book of Mormon the “Title Page” has two paragraphs: Paragraph 1 states. “…it is an abridgment of the record of the people of Nephi…”; and Paragraph 2 states. “An abridgement taken from the Book of Ether, which is a record of the people of Jared.”  So, the “Title Page” is not a description of the “small plates, which were not an abridgment.  They were translated last even though they are first in the Book of Mormon.  Let us add a little bit of geography to help clarify the historicity and some important points regarding the Law of Witnesses.
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The Ideal Society: Zion

The Prophet Joseph Smith taught, “We ought to have the building up of Zion as our greatest object.” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith [2007], 186)
And blessed are they who shall seek to bring forth my Zion at that day, for they shall have the gift and the power of the Holy Ghost; and if they endure unto the end they shall be lifted up at the last day, and shall be saved in the everlasting kingdom of the Lamb; and whoso shall publish peace, yea, tidings of great joy, how beautiful upon the mountains shall they be. (1 Nephi 13:37)

Our dear friend, Chauncey C. Riddle, did a guest blog article for us on how to be a Zion people.  His wisdom and experience as 19 years a sealer in the Provo, UT, Temple and 40 years of teaching philosophy make this article extremely useful in our quest to help the Lord, who will bring about Zion!  It will happen, and we can be part of it!

Preceding Zion

The Lord through the Prophet Zenos proclaimed in his momentous allegory, anticipating the coming forth of Zion: “For behold, this is the last time that I shall nourish my vineyard; for the end is nigh at hand, and the season speedily cometh; and if ye labor with your might with me ye shall have joy in the fruit which I shall lay up unto myself…” (Jacob 5:71)  Let us have joy with the Lord in this great effort and help ourselves and as many as will to repent, to come unto Christ, and to be part of this IDEAL SOCIETY.

The Lord says in, JS Luke 21:25 “In the generation in which the times of the Gentiles shall be fulfilled, there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars.”  In 2017, the Lord gave us signs in the sun, moon, and stars.  Beginning with a Total Solar Eclipse (21 August 2017), the Lord had it cross over this Promised Land of America and specifically passed over seven cities by the name of Salem and the place of the New Jerusalem.  Salem means peace in Hebrew, and seven is the number of completion or perfection in the Lord’s arithmetic.  In other words, If America would repent, she could have the Lord’s peace to settle over the land.
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Firm Foundation Virtual Expo

Rod Meldrum and staff have sponsored a Book of Mormon Evidence Conference every April and September for over 25 years.  It has been housed in event centers across the state of Utah and in that time frame, it has grown exponentially! It is now known as the Firm Foundation Expo.

FIRST VIRTUAL EXPO

Last April (2020) The Firm Foundation had its first VIRTUAL EXPO, and the attendance went up tremendously from about two thousand to seven thousand participants across the globe.

DOUBLY UNUSUAL VIRTUAL EXPO

The September event will also be broadcast virtually on any device, beginning at 9:00, September 25, 2020.  Sign up now! 

Now, you can sign up for this “Doubly unusual VIRTUAL EXPO” featuring Glenn Beck, Timothy Ballard, and David Barton, making it doubly unusual. as they join with many other outstanding speakers covering a broad range of fascinating topics relevant to the day-and-time in which we live.

Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck has authored six New York Times—bestselling books.  He is the Chief Executive Officer of Mercury Radio Arts, the parent company of his television and radio network, THE BLAZE TV.  He is one of the most significant American conservative political commentators and has an enormous following.
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Book of Mormon EXPO on the Internet

Great News!  Over the Top!  Deal of the Century!

The Firm Foundation Book of Mormon EXPO Conference has generally been held twice a year in Utah at local conference center locations. This April Conference (April 9- 11 2020) was scheduled to be held in the Mountain America Exposition Center in Sandy, Utah. Owing to the present safety measures placed upon the community because of COVID-19, the conferences presentations will be streamed directly to all who sign up on line by way of the Internet.

Opportunity Now Open To The World

Many who have desired to attend the EXPO but have not been able to participate because of distance and travel, can now  participate in this remarkable event.

The Lord can turn every bad thing into good.  Even with the pandemic the EXPO goes on in a new way, sharing current insights and a better understanding the signs of the times, the Book of Mormon and the marvelous way it brings us to Christ, and what we can best do to prepare for the future.
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Joseph Smith – A Prophet For This Time

You can always know where the TRUTH and WISDOM are, because Satan will be fighting the hardest there.   I don’t know of another person in the last few centuries who Satan has fought against more vehemently than the Prophet Joseph Smith.  Satan tried to make Joseph’s life a hell on earth, but failed because Joseph knew the Lord and was tutored directly by Him.

Joseph Smith – Wisest In The Last Dispensation of Time

I just finished reading the book, They Knew the Prophet; Personal Accounts from over 100 People who Knew Joseph Smith by Hyrum & Helen Andrus.  I am convinced from all my research – cap-stoned by reading this book that Joseph Smith is the wisest to live in this last Dispensation of Time.  Because he was tutored directly by God,  everything he touched prospered.    Had Satan not fought against him so  vehemently he could have been the richest man in America (p 139 of the above book), and could have been president of the United States (read the book, The Martyrdom Conspiracy), and would have freed the slaves without one of the bloodiest wars in history (the American Civil War).

Uniqueness of The Book of Mormon in the Lord’s Latter-day Work and proof of Joseph as a prophet

When Joseph gave the world the Book of Mormon, the Lord offered in it the potential to solve all the ills of society.  The Book of Mormon has baffled critics for nearly 200 years, and now it is being accepted because of the overwhelming evidence of its validity and its far-reaching spiritual capacity to bring us to Christ – even more powerful than the Bible.

Now over 90% of the leading American scientists believe the Bible is a myth.   Amazingly, Joseph in Egypt prophesied this would happen, as quoted by Lehi, and he proclaims the Book of Mormon would come forth to re-validate the Bible in our day (2 Nephi 3:11).  The Prophet Nephi gave a similar prophecy. (1 Nephi 13:38-41).

The King James Version (KJV) of the Bible has been shown to be the most accurate English translation, but still there are many miss-understood statements, and the Book of Mormon gives great clarification, insights, especially into the Lord’s infinite atonement.  Joseph Smith’s translation of the Bible (JST), which the Lord commanded him to do, adds greatly to our understanding as well.

James Palmer, who knew the Prophet Joseph Smith well, quotes Joseph saying, “I did translate the Book of Mormon by the gift and power of God, and it is before the world; and all the powers of earth and hell can never rob me of the honor of it.” (p 150 of They Knew the Prophet)  BYU-TV has an excellent documentary on how the Book of Mormon is being accepted by scholars and religious leaders in the world community.  In summary, Joseph has done more to further the work of the Lord than any other person who has ever lived except the Savior Himself. (Doctrine & Covenants 135:3)

Harold Bloom in his book, The American Religion, called Joseph Smith “an authentic religious genius unique in our national history,” with “insight [that] could have come only from a remarkably apt reading of the Bible… So strong was this act of reading that it broke through all the orthodoxies — Protestant, Catholic, Judaic — and found its way back to elements that Smith rightly intuited had been censored out of the stories of the archaic Jewish religion.”  Bloom misses the major point that Joseph Smith was tutored directly by God.  What could be better?  And the fruits of his labors show it.  The Savior said, “By their fruits ye shall know them.” (Mathew 7:20)

In this Mathew scripture, the Savior gives a logically that is both a necessary and sufficient condition to know a prophet is from God, and the profound number of Joseph’s prophecies validate him as such.  Consider the not well known prophecy that the saints would only be seven years in Nauvoo, Ill, then the “will go into the Rocky Mountains, right into the midst of the Lamanites [the native American Indians]. (p 62 They Knew the Prophet)  And the Prophet exclaimed, “Oh the beauty of those snow-capped mountains!  The cool refreshing streams that are running down through those mountain gorges!” (p 104, They Knew the Prophet)

Three unique phrases tying to the Adamic Language

The KJV, as the most accurate English translation, has done more good for the world than any other book:  I believe the Lord inspired Joseph to nominally use King James English in his revelations and translations work to give Divine signature to it all.

using the KJV and the scriptures coming forth from the Prophet Joseph Smith, there are 1800 occurrences of the three phrases, “And it came to pass,” “And now it came to pass,” and “And it shall come to pass,” that I have identified in these scriptures that tie back to the Adamic language and correspond to the Lord’s definition of truth (D&C 93:24), as I shared in the previous link and again here:

The phrase, “And now it came to pass” occurs uniquely in the BoM 104 times.  From the gematria the phrases “And it came to pass,” ties to EL (God) and significant past events, and the phrase “And it shall come to pass” ties to Jehovah and important future events.  The distribution of these three phrases in their 1800 occurrences in our standard works is a direct manifestation of divine signature.  Who uses them, how they are used, and where they are used is a direct validation of all the scriptures.

The Works of Robert Kay

Robert Kay, who as a Jew, was trained in the language of the Jews, discovered the Book of Mormon when he was 15.  He immediately recognized the Hebraisms in the book.  He studied the book for three years and then joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Later he wrote a three-volume set, Voices from the Dust, which profoundly illustrates these Hebraisms.  I have read these three volumes twice and have gained much in doing so.  The above link is for Volume 1.  Volume 2 and 3 are available on Amazon.com as well.  Rob has an amazing conversion experience and gave me permission to share it.

I recently had an enjoyable visit with Rob.  He used the 1840 version of the Book of Mormon, the last one the Prophet edited before he was martyred, to illustrate the Hebraisms in his three-volume set, Voices from the Dust.   Rob and I discussed how the Hebrew doesn’t have punctuation and that the above three phrases often begin each of his sections, as he ties it to the ancient Hebrew format.  The Hebraisms he shares are so insightful and fascinating and give a different dimension of understanding of this incredible record, the Book of Mormon, that is in the process of bringing the world to Christ.

Critics of the Book of Mormon often say that Joseph plagiarizes the Bible.  The shallowness of their claims are refuted by Rob Kay’s work, the above BYU-TV documentary link, and by the ancient phrases that tie to the Kabbalah and to the Adamic language as I shared above and as explained in more detail in this link.

Hebrew Midrash Magnification

I find it interesting that of the 425 verses of Isaiah scriptures in the Book of Mormon, more than half of them are different, and in some cases those differences are far reaching.  The further astounding dimension of the inclusion of these scriptures is that the prophet or the Savior, who is citing these scriptures is doing it for our benefit and expanding the meaning of them by using the ancient Hebrew Midrash magnification technique, so that their great importance for our day can be appreciated.  For me commonality between religious writers only validates that they are all listening to the same Spirit.

Accomplishments of the Prophet Joseph Smith

The accomplishments of the Prophet Joseph in his short 38 ½ years seem humanly impossible.  Indeed, they would be except that the Lord was with him.  The Lord showed Joseph much more than he was able to share, but even so I expect that Joseph did not comprehend at the time the enormity of what he was bringing forth to the world.  As an example, I have found a hidden book of scriptures in our scriptures in the phrase, “And it shall come to pass,” waiting for someone under inspiration to pull it out.  I made my limited attempt in this 34 page PDF article.  There are some really exciting insights one can gain as you go through these scriptures, and I am guessing Joseph didn’t have a clue how significant the phrase, “And it shall come to pass” would be in the revelations and translations he brought to the world.

It is fascinating that the Savior uses this phrase “And it shall come to pass” seven times (the number of perfection or completion) in the last part of Third Nephi where He is talking to us today.  I share these seven occurrences and their detailed relevance for our day in a lecture that I gave at the Book of Mormon Conference  on  27, September 2019.

In The Age Of Enlightenment – Follow His Counsel

This month, we will not only celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ but also the birthday of the Prophet Joseph Smith, which is on December 23rd.

I believe Joseph is pleased with the enormous ramifications and the ongoing rippling effects of what he has shared with the world.  It is like we are living in the shadow of “the stone… cut out of the mountain without hands [by God]” (Daniel 2:45) that “shall role forth, until it has filled the whole earth.” (Doctrine and Covenants 65:2).  Joseph Smith’s whole mission – especially including the translation of the Book of Mormon – was and is to bring us to Christ – to know the true Redeemer and our Beloved Father-in-heaven.  To know them is Eternal Life (John 17:3) – the greatest of all the gifts of God (D&C 14:7) – and Joseph has shown us the way.

David W Allan

 

 

Annotated Edition of The Book of Mormon and Book of Jasher

David R Hocking I am pleased to introduce a trusted friend, David R. Hocking, from Raleigh, North Carolina. He is the editor and publisher of two annotated religious works: The Annotated Edition of The Book of Mormon and the Annotated Edition of The Book of Jasher.

An annotated edition book is a literary work where marginal comments, photos and themes have been added in order to explain or interpret the work. In addition, illuminated words, phrases, quotes or other elements are often added to allow the reader a greater understanding of the work. Often, the text is reformatted for easy reading.
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The Fighting Preacher – Best Movie Ever

The movie “The Fighting Preacher” is one of the best movies I have ever seen – released 24 July to celebrate Pioneer Day in Utah.

How do you capture the nearly 25 years and longest mission ever served in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a movie? This is a true story where the facts are so incredible T.C. Christensen made it a “TRUE STORY”.  He took the information from journals, etc., and did not have to embellish it with any extra scenes.
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Book of Mormon – Voices From The Dust

Nephi, the first author of The first Book of Mormon, began the record by introducing himself, then submitting his credentials in order to help validate the authenticity of his account. (Nephi 1: 2 – “Yea, I make a record in the language of my father, which consists of the learning of the Jews and the language of the Egyptians.”)

When Nephi’s father Lehi and his family left Jerusalem for the “Promised Land”, they carried with them records of the Jews, which were written on the plates of brass, which Nephi got from Laban.  Nephi and the following prophets followed the “learning of the Jews” in the Book of Mormon narrative. In other words, the Book of Mormon follows Hebrew traditions.

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New Book of Mormon Miracles

Miracles in the details of the coming forth of the Book of Mormon

Book of Mormon MiraclesWe have been admonished to read the Book of Mormon daily with great benefits in doing so. I have found this to be true. The Miracles wrought by the Lord to give us this sacred record bring us to our knees in great gratitude for this incredible book designed by the Lord to best help us today.

Recent historical information coming from the Joseph Smith papers, Jonathan Neville, David Hocking, Gordon L. Weight provide significant insights and many documented miracles (see Whatever Happened to the Golden Plates? And Miracle on Palmyra’s Main Street).  I have extra copies of the later booklet for $4, if you would like a copy.

Miracle Timeline:
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Trust in the Lord and Be Lifted Up

Recently, I found a wonderful Bible miracle in conjunction with the importance of, “Trust in the Lord.”

The center chapter of the Bible is Psalms 117, which is also the shortest chapter (two verses) and which should be at the center of our worship:

Ps 117:1 O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.
For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. Praise ye the Lord.

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