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Book of Mormon Evidence

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“What Do Mormons Believe?” Excerpt from whatdomormonsbelieve.com

How do Mormons (who are very intelligent, well educated as a group) reconcile themselves to the fact that there are no historical evidences of the peoples in the Book of Mormon? -Sherry

Sherry, thank you for considering us intelligent! Your comments are welcome here any time!

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The Hinckley Challenge

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Gordon B. Hinckley, “The Hinckley Challenge” Excerpt from hinckleychallenge.com

Gordon B. Hinckley

Gordon B. Hinckley

I take in my hand the Book of Mormon. I read its words. I have read Joseph Smith’s explanation of how it came to be. To the unbelieving it is a story difficult to accept, and critics for generations have worn out their lives writing books intended to refute that story and to offer other explanations than the one given by Joseph the Prophet. But to the open-minded, this critical writing has only stimulated them to dig deeper; and the more deeply they dig, the greater the accumulation of evidence for the validity of Joseph Smith’s story. Still, as has been demonstrated for a hundred and fifty years, the truth of the Book of Mormon will not be determined by literary analysis or by scientific research, although these continue to be reassuring. The truth about the origins of the Book of Mormon will be determined today and tomorrow, as it has been throughout the yesterdays, by reading the book in a spirit of reverence and respect and prayer.”

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Book of Mormon Problems?

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“The Problem of the Horse and Other Domestic Animals” Excerpt from shields-research.org

The Book of Mormon makes clear that both Jaredites and Nephites who lived in ancient times on this continent had domestic animals of various kinds. The earlier people, the Jaredites (c. 2000-300 B.C.), are reported to have had

all manner of cattle, of oxen, and cows, and of sheep, and of swine, and of goats, and also many other kinds of animals which were useful for the food of man. And they also had horses, and asses, and there were elephants and cureloms and cumoms; all of which were useful unto man, and more especially the elephants and cumoms. (Ether 9:18-19)

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Jon Daniels, “The Book of Mormon and Mesoamerican Archeology” Excerpt from standord.edu

Disclaimer: I originally wrote this piece in January of 2001 as a term paper for a Harvard class on Mesoamerican Civilizations (Foreign Cultures 34). Hence, it is written for an audience with background knowledge about Mesoamerican archeology, but not about the Book of Mormon. I have done very little to revise it since then I present it “as is,” although if you have comments or suggestions email me and I’ll update it when I have a chance. Of all the term papers I have written this is the one I feel most proud of. That being said, I’m by no means an excellent writer and I chose an unusual format for this paper. I had much more information that I wanted to include, but I had to trim down my draft to fit within the length limit. I tried to remain as unbiased as possible, but I am believer in the Book of Mormon (and writing this led me to strengthen that conviction). Of course the views expressed here are my own and not official doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did researching it!
  – Jon (01-Feb-03)

The Book of Mormon and Mesoamerican Archeology

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“Feelings” vs. Evidence

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“Should I Rely on Feelings” Rather Than Evidence to Know if the Book of Mormon is True?” Excerpt from meetmormonmissionaries.org

Should I Rely on “Feelings” Rather Than Evidence to Know if the Book of Mormon is True?

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