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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