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A vision of the gold plates of the book of mormon by john landers 17941892 we heard the first sound of the restored gospel through my wifes brother, john cairns, who had been baptized by. Its a common misconception by people outside the church that joseph smith was the only person who ever saw the golden plates. Gold plates the church of jesus christ of latterday saints. However, after he completed his translation, he was instructed to return the gold plates to the angel and bury them. Once joseph hid them under the bricks of the fireplace. The book of mormon itself portrays the golden plates as a historical record, engraved by two precolumbian prophethistorians from around the year ad 400. Why were the plates present during the translation of the book of mormon. For decades the descendants of lehi, the lightskinned nephites and the darkskinned lamanites, warred against each other until both sides met for a final battle in the land. Problems with the gold plates of the book of mormon christian. Replica of gold plates this is a replica of the alleged. Book of mormon record keepers may have employed an alloy to forge the metal plates, making them golden in appearance but not fully gold in substance.

Testimony of the prophet joseph smith, front of 20 edition of the book of mormon. Some often joke derisively, oh if only joseph had thought to actually show someone else those plates instead of keeping them to himself, maybe we might believe him. A longer version of this article was originally published by the neal a. Copying that original manuscript, parts of which survive today, oliver cowdery prepared a printers manuscript owned by the rlds church. We are a nonprofit organization supported by people like you. Gold plates of the book of mormon miniature representation. The story of the gold plates is an absolutely essential part of the mormon narrative, for in the eyes of many latterday saints, the coming forth of this record, and its subsequent translation into the book of mormon, legitimizes their belief that smith was indeed a prophet sent by god to restore the true christian faith lost long ago due to a. Thus, vogel must come up with a counterexplanation for the book of mormon.

It shows to our best ability the 23 portion that was. To gain a deeper appreciation of the tremendous significance of the plates of brass or book of joseph, we have the following statement by david whitmer, one of the three witnesses to the book of mormon. We build enduring faith in jesus christ by making the book of mormon accessible, comprehensible, and defensible to the entire world. Some critics assume that the golden plates are pure gold, or that they are a solid block of gold.

Where are the original gold plates stored that the book of mormon were translated from in the 1800s. When word spread that joseph smith had secured the for the book of mormon, it caused a stir in the local press. Joseph smith claimed he translated the book of mormon from a set of golden plates that were given to him by an angel named moroni. An account written by the hand of mormon upon plates taken from the plates of nephi. Every latterday saint mormon is aware of joseph smiths claim that he discovered golden plates from which the book of mormon was translated. Mormon and moroni, the book says, had abridged earlier historical records from other sets of metal plates. Nephi explains that laban also was a descendant of joseph, wherefore he and his fathers had kept the. Problems with the gold plates of the book of mormon. This is a replica of the alleged gold plates which were given to young joseph smith, founder of the church of jesus christ of latter day saints, by the angel moroni. The video is the third in book of mormon centrals evidence video series, the two previous videos being one on the archaeological evidence for the place called nahom, mentioned by nephi 1 nephi 16.

An alloy of gold and copper called tumbaga, known in mesoamerica, would. Four years later, joseph and his wife, emma, went in a wagon to get the plates. He retrieved these tablets of gold and translated the book of mormon from them. The gold plates that the prophet joseph smith received and translated were the plates of mormon on which mormon and his son moroni2 made their abridgment.

But, how many know of accounts of the gold plates story which mention smith first discovered the. Rare collectible set 16 23 rpm the book of mormon, the complete, unbridged text not a word added, changed or omitted. Book of mormontranslationweight of the gold plates. What happened to the golden plates after joseph smith finished. With the help of scribes he began translating the plates.

Book of mormon difficulties, contradictions and explanations. This model was created using joseph smiths description as well as the description of others who handled or saw the gold plates as a guide. Plates of gold book of mormon archaeological forum. Smith claimed to have translated the book of mormon from the plates, which moroni later took back. As i understand lds teaching, an angelperhaps moronishowed joseph smith the place where plates of gold had been hidden for many centuries. On september 21, 1823, the angel moroni appeared to joseph smith and instructed him about a record engraved on thin goldlike sheets. The language on the plates is called reformed egyptian. In september 1823, joseph smith pried open a stone box in the side of a new york hill and beheld, for the first time, the luminous gold plates of the book of mormon. The brass plates were inscribed with ancient scriptures, many of them corresponding with books from the old testament, that the prophet lehi and his family took with them to the promised land of the americas these plates were in the possession of laban, a sage and elder in jerusalem. The angel moroni showed joseph smith where to find the golden plates. The latest chapter in the cultural history of the book of.

What about the book of mormon witnesses and the gold plates. One thing i found a little amusing was this statement about the gold plates. If you love the book of mormon, consider donating to book of mormon central and becoming part of this exciting movement. Any attempt to make people think there were plates was probably along the same lines as the large chests of gold coins which were backing up the strength of the kirtland safety society antibank.

Archaeologists discover golden plates believed to be. I am a seeker and always interested in reading about various religious beliefs and theologies as i always learn more about my own religious history. Golden plates to book of mormon more about the plates the pages were thin sheets of metal. In 1820, a young boy named joseph smith prayed to know which church was true. The teachings were etched on gold plates in an ancient reformed egyptian language and later translated by joseph smith into english as the book of mormon. Some of these records were comparable to certain books now found in the old testament, but others did not find their way into the bible. However, plates mentioned in the book of mormon, such as labans plates of brass, ethers 24 gold plates, and the record that moroni eventually buried were all made by cultures that lived in or originally came from the middle east. Witnesses of the golden plates and the book of mormon. The plates of brass seen along with the gold plates of mormon. The record, written by moroni 2, his father mormon, and other ancient inhabitants of the americas, was buried in a stone box in a hill not far from the smith residence. Joseph dictated the original manuscript of the book of mormon from the plates of mormon. Did moroni take it with him with the gold plates or did he bury them with the rest of the plates mormon acquired.

Maxwell institute for religious scholarship as how witnesses described the gold plates, journal of book of mormon studies, vol. Mormon, a prophet and military leader who lived at the end of the nephite era c. Check out book of mormon centrals new video, detailing the historical evidence for the existence of the book of mormon golden plates. According to joseph smiths later accounts, three years after he experienced his first vision of deity. Although several witnesses said they saw the plates, smith said that he returned them to an angel after the translation was completed. Josephs preface and a testimonial written by a group of eight witnesses described the plates as having an appearance of gold. Strang pulled out of his pocket and showed to stephen post. In mesoamerica and the book of mormon, he shows a simplified drawing of one of them and gives a translation of its carvings. You cant just eat around it, you have to get rid of it in a way that still makes the salad palatable to the dinner guests. Where are the original gold plates stored that the book of. Said another way, the book of mormon represents far less than half of what was recorded on the plates by moroni.

Manchester, ny a team of archaeologists excavating a drumlin known as mormon hill or the cumorah, in western new york, have discovered a set of gold plates which they believe could be linked to the founder of the church of jesus christ of latterday saints, joseph smith jr. If the book of mormon plates were made of tumbaga, they were probably between 8 and 12 carat gold and thus would have weighed between 53 and 86 pounds. Once we have lived up to the revelations we have now, it is far more likely we will be given more from those plates. The gold plates and the translation of the book of mormon. Some witnesses described the plates as weighing from 30 to 60 pounds 14 to 27 kg, golden in color, and composed of thin metallic pages engraved with. Latter day saint movement and engraved metal plates. According to mormon lore, smith claimed to receive the few plates from moroni in 1827 and from them translated the book of mormon.

Two top plates are made of brass and imprinted with reformed egyptian characters. Book of mormon plates and records the encyclopedia of. Moroni hides gold plates book of mormon mormon bible. For your free copy of the bible, go to free holy bible and for a. The gold plates that the prophet joseph smith received and translated were the plates of mormon on which mormon and his son moroni 2 made their abridgment. Does the church have a position on the rumor that someone. The book of mormon plates are the fly in the critics potato salad.

Brass plates mormonism, the mormon church, beliefs. According to latter day saint belief, the golden plates are the source from which joseph smith said he translated the book of mormon, a sacred text of the faith. After the translation was completed, however, joseph reported that he returned the plates to the angel. The book of mormon comes forth presents a sharpened picture of an important segment of lds history. Because of this they are unavailable for examination today. Gold plates origins of the book of mormon scale model etsy. The plates of darius i, ruler of persia from 518515 b. If this was so important, what happened to the brass plates. It was first published in march 1830 by joseph smith as the book of mormon. Ive recently begun reading the book of mormon and i understand that the original golden tablets. According to latter day saint belief, the golden plates also called the gold plates or in some 19thcentury literature, the golden bible are the source from which joseph smith said he translated the book of mormon, a sacred text of the faith.

Smith was told by moroni how he had buried gold plates fourteen centuries earlier not far from the smith farm near palmyra, new york. Plates of gold during it brief theatrical run and liked it. Gold plates of the book of mormon miniature representation church of jesus christ of latterday saints on. Inspire a love of reading with prime book box for kids discover delightful childrens books with prime book box, a subscription that delivers new books every 1, 2, or 3 months new customers receive. Most latter day saints assume their authenticity as a matter of faith. Thus to the extent that one believes the evidence points to a nonhistorical book of mormon, it also points to something other than real gold plates under the cloth. Dear steve, what moroni hid up in the hill cumorah and delivered to joseph smith was one volume of gold plates containing three separate records. Im guessing some pigiron wrapped in a blanket, or kept in a box. The plates were written in a language called reformed egyptian. Anachronisms in the book of mormon present a problem for the truthfulness of joseph smiths statements that a the gold plates existed and b they contained a. Two tablets, one of gold and one of silver, were placed in each stone box to be buried at the four corners of his palace. The book of mormon is a sacred text of the latter day saint movement, which, according to adherents, contains writings of ancient prophets who lived on the american continent from approximately 2200 bc to ad 421. Joseph smith gave martin harris a friend interested in financing the translation a paper of characters allegedly copied from the gold plates, so that harris could get an independent opinion of them.

Most latterday saints know the essential story of the coming forth of the book of mormon, but there are scores of fascinating details of the saga that are seldom told. The book of mormon ends by describing the demise of the nephite people at the hands of their lamanite counterparts. The remaining plates are of a paper composite material colored gold but with no inscriptions. We are assured the time will come for the sealed portion to be translated, but that day is not yet here. This is a 3d printed scale replica of the gold plates translated by joseph smith into the book of mormon. The golden plates upon which the book of mormon was written have had quite a history, and it is rather well documented. The first edition of the book of mormon was typeset from that printers manuscript. Pure gold plates would be too soft to hold engraving well.

Brown connects many littleknown historical fragments with more familiar accounts to present the most complete narrative to date on the restoration and. The golden plates are a set of bound and engraved metal plates that latter day saint denominations believe are the source of joseph smiths translation of the book of mormon. The teachings were etched on gold plates in an ancient reformed egyptian language and later translated by joseph smith into english as the. Bill mckeever is asked about the issue of the book of mormon witnesses seeing the gold plates upon which the book of mormon was supposedly written. Ancient metal plates book of mormon archaeological forum. I recently purchased a copy in the bluray format highly recommended and have come to appreciate the beauty and power of what christian vuissa has achieved with his film.

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