Mormon Miscellaneous Worldwide Talk Show

Episodes of Mormon Miscellaneous, a talk show on Mormon history, scripture, doctrine and many controversial topics, by LDS host, Van Hale, now in its 38th year. All points of view are welcomed.
Oct 24th, 2008 by mormonmisc at 10:26 am

69. Mystery of the Book of Mormon Translation 

I discuss the numerous early sources, beginning in 1829, regarding the translation of the Book of Mormon. 

Differing statements, peculiarities, versions of the Book of Mormon supervised by Joseph Smith (the original manuscript and the printer's manuscript, the 1830, 1837 and 1840 editions) and points of logic and reason. 

These factors have lead to several theories as to the source of the text of the Book of Mormon. 

After some 180 years the matter yet remains a mystery.

I focus especially on questions pertaining to the use of the interpreters, urim and thummim, seer stone and director. 

I explain my own theory of the Book of Mormon translation.



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    Oct 10th, 2008 by mormonmisc at 11:16 am

    Testimony, Faith, Belief, Knowledge

    I addressed several points touched upon in recent talk shows and in follow-up emails regarding testimony, faith, belief, knowledge, sure knowledge.I have been a little surprised at the divergence of opinion on what I think should be simple definitions and in the fervor of those who subscribe to these different positions.What does it mean to have a testimony? Does that mean a sure knowledge?

    The LDS sources on this are extensive. We have good reason to be more precise in our use of words. When someone declares "I know..." I think there is value in that phrase having a precise meaning.

    I read a number of sources which support my conclusion that belief and knowledge in our religious terminology are different. I am comfortable with being a believer and declaring my convictions as belief rather than knowledge.

    Subjects raised by phone participants

    Mountain Meadows Massacre

    Common consent and false belief and prophecy

    Degrees of knowledge

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