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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often informally known as the LDS Church or Mormon Church, is a nontrinitarian, Christian restorationist church that is considered by its members to be the restoration of the original church founded by Jesus Christ. Wikipedia

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  • How Can We Walk Perfectly Along the Covenant Path?
    by BMC Team on September 24, 2020 at 6:00 am

    Post contributed by BMC TeamSeptember 24, 2020Pinterest Tweet Widget Facebook Like Share on Facebook Google Plus One In the Sermon on the Mount, beloved by Christians all around the world, the Savior commanded his disciples: “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). Such a lofty goal not only feels out of reach for many, but it can also be demoralizing for all who are imperfectly striving to live a Christ-like life. As Elder Jeffrey R. Holland put it in the 2017 October General Conference, “With that concluding imperative, we want to go back to bed and pull the covers over our head. Such celestial goals seem beyond our reach. Yet surely,” Elder Holland continued, “the Lord would never give us a commandment He knew we could not keep.” Elder Holland went on to say, “I believe that Jesus did not intend His sermon on this subject to be a verbal hammer for battering us about our shortcomings.” Instead, Elder Holland stressed: As children of God, we should not demean or vilify ourselves, as if beating up on ourselves is somehow going to make us the person God wants us to become. No! With a willingness to repent and a desire for increased righteousness always in our hearts, I would hope we could pursue personal improvement in a way that doesn’t include getting ulcers or anorexia, feeling depressed or demolishing our self-esteem. That is not what the Lord wants for Primary children or anyone else who honestly sings, “I’m trying to be like Jesus.” How, then, can Latter-day Saints and Christian disciples everywhere pursue the perfection Christ has asked of us all, despite our short comings? Important differences in how the Resurrected Lord presented this same command to the Nephites in 3 Nephi provides clues that can help us answer this question. First, in the New Testament the Savior “went up into a mountain” (Matthew 5:1) to give this discourse, a setting that symbolically hints at a connection to the temple. In the Book of Mormon, however, the Savior’s similar discourse is deliberately given right at the temple, making the temple context of the discourse perfectly clear. In both ancient and modern times, the primary function of temples is to serve as places for worshippers to make covenants with God. Thus, as John W. Welch has pointed out, this and other details place this discourse in a covenant-making context.1 Second, there is an important difference in how the Resurrected Lord expressed the command to be perfect to his New World disciples: “Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect” (3 Nephi 12:48). By including Himself in the command, Jesus indicted that he was now perfect in a way that he was not before, and that it was the same way the Father was perfect, and that it was the same kind of perfection expected of all Christian disciples. These facts add many rich levels of meaning to the commission to be “perfect” as issued by the Savior.2 One such level of meaning is that of the covenant path. In his recent book, The Covenant Path in the Bible and the Book of Mormon, Latter-day Saint scholar Taylor Halverson pointed out when covenanting with Abraham, the Lord appear to him and said, “I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect” (Genesis 17:1). “In the covenantal context,” Halverson explained, “‘perfect’ is a synonym to faithfulness, loyalty, and trustworthiness.”3 The Lord wanted Abraham to be loyal and faithful to Him. If the Sermon on the Mount is then considered in the covenant-making context of the temple, then the commission “to be perfect” here is the same as that issued to Abraham: it is the call to be loyal and faithful to the new covenant established by Jesus Christ. According to Halverson, “Jesus asks us to be loyal. What is the covenant that we willingly enter into to show loyalty? … The Higher Law revealed through Jesus at the Sermon on the Mount and His other revelations.”4 At Bountiful, there are a number of reasons why the resurrected and exalted Jesus could now include Himself as an exemplar of such perfection, including the fact that through His sacrificial death, He had proven Himself loyal to God. Halverson noted, “Because Jesus had fully completed the mission God sent him on, Jesus was fully and totally loyal to God. He had been perfect to the covenantal expectations” placed on Him by the Father.5 Understood this way, the commission to be “perfect” is no longer the impossible demand to live life flawlessly. It is the invitation to walk along the covenant path—to show loyalty to God and Christ by being true to the covenants made at baptism and in the temple. In return, God and Christ will also be perfectly loyal to us, allowing each person to achieve “perfection in Christ” through His Atoning grace (Moroni 10:32). As Elder Holland concluded: Brothers and sisters, every one of us aspires to a more Christlike life than we often succeed in living. If we admit that honestly and are trying to improve, we are not hypocrites; we are human. May we refuse to let our own mortal follies, and the inevitable shortcomings of even the best men and women around us, make us cynical about the truths of the gospel, the truthfulness of the Church, our hope for our future, or the possibility of godliness. If we persevere, then somewhere in eternity our refinement will be finished and complete—which is the New Testament meaning of perfection. 1. See John W. Welch, Illuminating the Sermon at the Temple and the Sermon on the Mount (Provo, UT: FARMS, 1999). 2. See Welch, Illuminating the Sermon, 74–78. 3. Taylor Halverson, The Covenant Path in the Bible and the Book of Mormon (Line of Sight Publishing, 2020), 36. 4. Halverson, Covenant Path, 132–133. 5. Halverson, Covenant Path, 300. Subscribe Get the latest updates on Book of Mormon topics and research for free     Daily Book of Mormon KnoWhysWeekly KnoWhy Summaries     We respect your email privacy     DONATE TagsPerfectionChrist in America

  • Happy Moroni Day
    by BMC Team on September 21, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    Post contributed by BMC TeamSeptember 21, 2020Pinterest Tweet Widget Facebook Like Share on Facebook Google Plus One 197 years ago, on September 21, 1823, the ancient American prophet Moroni as a glorified, angelic being visited the 17-year-old prophet Joseph Smith, Jr. and told him about the Nephite record buried in Hill Cumorah. The following day, Joseph saw the plates for the first time. Four years later, as a 21-year-old married man, Joseph took possession of the plates and the modern Book of Mormon story began in earnest. Moroni visited Joseph and his associates no less than 22 times between 1823 and 1830. That’s how important the Book of Mormon was in God’s plan for the latter days. Fast forward to 2020 and more than 180 million copies of the Book of Mormon have been printed in over 100 languages. A good first edition copy sells for 6 figures. The Church’s purchase of the printer’s manuscript from the Community of Christ for $35 million set a new world’s record price for a manuscript. We are all part of the moving Book of Mormon story as we read and internalize this sacred record. And, we can all help share the Book of Mormon with the world in exciting new ways by supporting Book of Mormon Central (BMC) whose mission is to build enduring faith in Jesus Christ by making the Book of Mormon accessible, comprehensible, and defensible to people everywhere. On September 22, 1827, Moroni gave Joseph Smith plates of gold. We celebrate that event as “Moroni Day” which is the annual kick-off for the BMC fall fund-raising campaign. Year-round BMC shares the wonder of the Nephite masterwork with a growing audience “without money and without price” as Isaiah foretold. Once a year we ask our supporters to help us financially so we can continue our mission as a non-profit organization. This brochure highlights why you may want to support Book of Mormon Central on this Moroni Day.   Book of Mormon Central Moroni Day Brochure Donate to Book of Mormon Central PDFhttps://bookofmormoncentral.org/sites/default/files/documents/Blog%20entry/2020/Why%20Support%20BMC%20Booklet-2020-web.pdf Subscribe Get the latest updates on Book of Mormon topics and research for free     Daily Book of Mormon KnoWhysWeekly KnoWhy Summaries     We respect your email privacy     DONATE TagsFundraisingAngel MoroniBook of Mormon Central

  • Video: Understanding Rosh Hashanah
    by BMC Team on September 21, 2020 at 6:00 am

    Post contributed by BMC TeamSeptember 21, 2020Pinterest Tweet Widget Facebook Like Share on Facebook Google Plus One Most members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are aware that on September 22, 1827, Moroni delivered the gold plates to Joseph Smith. What many members may not know is this day was also the Feast of Trumpets, an ancient Jewish feast celebrated for thousands of years. Messages of Christ’s latest video explains this feast and its connection to the second coming of Christ.   Throughout the scriptures, we read of various uses for the trumpet, including the announcement of the gathering of Israel. This 8-minute video will help members of the Church see that Moroni’s deliverance of the records that would become the Book of Mormon did not occur on a random date. Understanding the Feast of Trumpets will remind us when we see a statue of Moroni with a trumpet in hand, that now is the time to spiritually prepare for when Jesus Christ comes again.      Subscribe Get the latest updates on Book of Mormon topics and research for free     Daily Book of Mormon KnoWhysWeekly KnoWhy Summaries     We respect your email privacy     DONATE TagsMessages of Christ

  • New Research Project Centralizes Evidences for the Book of Mormon and the Church of Jesus Christ
    by BMC Team on September 19, 2020 at 6:00 am

    Post contributed by BMC TeamSeptember 19, 2020Pinterest Tweet Widget Facebook Like Share on Facebook Google Plus One Introduction to Evidence Central For many decades now, evidences pertaining to the Restoration of Jesus Christ’s Gospel and Church have been brought to light through careful study and analysis by interested scholars and researchers. These evidences largely help authenticate Joseph Smith’s revelations about the ancient world, including his translations of ancient texts like the Book of Mormon, Book of Moses, and Book of Abraham. Other evidences come from analysis of the miraculous foundational events pertaining to the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, such as the translation of the Book of Mormon or the experiences of the Three and Eight Witnesses. Carefully studying this evidentiary data can enrich, inform, and ultimately strengthen faith in Jesus Christ and in the Restoration. Unfortunately, most of these evidences are scattered throughout scholarly books and articles that many Latter-day Saints and other potentially interested readers may not know exist. Furthermore, many evidence-related publications can be quite lengthy and filled with technical concepts and academic language. To help make this body of research more accessible and understandable to the general public, Book of Mormon Central has developed a new website called Evidence Central, which has been made possible through the generous support of the Charis Legacy Foundation.. Visit Evidence Central Evidence Articles Evidence Central has already begun the process of identifying, categorizing, and helpfully summarizing this research. Part of this effort has involved the creation of well-documented and richly illustrated articles that summarize particular evidences related to the Restoration. These short articles (each one referred to as an “Evidence”) strive to accurately and simply describe the nature and value of each Evidence without overstating its significance.1 At launch, Evidence Central has published more than 100 Evidences, all of which pertain to the Book of Mormon. We have plans to publish hundreds more and to expand their scope to include Joseph Smith’s other revelations about the ancient world. Figure 1 Screenshot of Evidence Central website. Interfaces Because this is a lot of information to keep track of, Evidence Central is also creating interfaces (via web applications) that will allow users to access and navigate these Evidences in a variety of ways. The first of these interfaces has already been created and is currently the home page for Evidence Central. It allows users to explore Evidences by category, which is a great way to get an overall feel for what types of evidence exist and how they relate to one another. Along with ongoing efforts to improve this interface, plans are already in place to create several more. We hope that when completed these interfaces can appeal to a wide range of audiences, and that they will give users different ways to identify, navigate, and evaluate the many evidences of the Restoration. Rebranding BMC Studios On June 8, 2017 Book of Mormon Central created a YouTube channel called BMC Studios. This channel features videos that highlight various categories of evidence which support the Restoration. Because this channel closely aligns with the purposes and content of Evidence Central, BMC Studios channel has now been rebranded as Evidence Central. You can also receive updates about Evidence Central through our Facebook page. How Can This Resource Help You? Evidence Central can appeal to a variety of audiences. First and foremost, it can help members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who for whatever reason may be struggling to maintain their faith in the Restoration. For Latter-day Saints with strong and vibrant testimonies, Evidence Central can give them the tools they may need to help others who are struggling with doubt, particularly if that doubt is partly fueled by concerns over Joseph Smith’s calling as a prophet.2 Plus, it never hurts to strengthen one’s own testimony in a variety of ways. As Elder Jeffrey R. Holland has put it, “truly rock-ribbed faith and uncompromised conviction comes with its most complete power when it engages our head as well as our heart.”3 This resource can also be helpful for Latter-day Saint scholars and others who may be interested in the intellectual defense of Latter-day Saint beliefs. The evidences of the Restoration are vast and varied, and even scholars with many years of experience may find it valuable to have these evidences so helpfully categorized and summarized. Moreover, in many instances, Evidence Central offers new evidentiary details, analysis, and synthesis that is original and unique to our website. Finally, Evidence Central may be an effective missionary tool in some situations. While this resource should never replace the primary message of the Restoration, as outlined and explained in Preach My Gospel, it might in some cases help resolve concerns or doubts that stand in the way of gaining or retaining a testimony. Hopefully, an awareness of such evidences can help create a situation in which a spiritual witness can flow into the heart and mind of an honest seeker of truth, unimpeded by unnecessary intellectual doubt or disbelief.4 How Can Evidence Strengthen Testimonies? We acknowledge that a testimony of Jesus Christ and the Restoration should be primarily grounded in personal spiritual experiences—or spiritual evidence. However, God has also approved of seeking other types of knowledge, particularly in cases where individuals are struggling with their faith: “as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom, seek learning even by study and also by faith” (D&C 109:7). Evidence Central helps fulfill this divine mandate by making relevant evidence from some of the “best books” more accessible and understandable than ever before. It should also be noted that a number of Church leaders have approved of defending our faith by supplementing our testimonies with intellectual reasons or evidence.5 For instance, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland has taught, Our testimonies aren’t dependent on evidence—we still need that spiritual confirmation in the heart of which we have spoken—but not to seek for and not to acknowledge intellectual, documentable support for our belief when it is available is to needlessly limit an otherwise incomparably strong theological position and deny us a unique, persuasive vocabulary in the latter-day arena of religious investigation and sectarian debate. Thus armed with so much evidence … we ought to be more assertive than we sometimes are in defending our testimony of truth.6 While these evidences certainly don’t “prove” that Jesus is the Christ or that Joseph Smith was a true prophet, they demonstrate that the spiritually-grounded testimonies held by so many Latter-day Saints are also supported by a diverse and robust body of scholarly research. Latter-day Saints have many good reasons—both spiritual and intellectual—to exercise faith in Jesus Christ and the Restoration.7 For further information about Evidence Central, see the FAQ at its website.8 1. Evidence articles are similar to the short articles called KnoWhys that Book of Mormon Central is known for producing. However, they differ in several ways. KnoWhys focus on informing readers about a particular topic in order to help them better understand its doctrinal or spiritual application to their lives. Not all KnoWhys present evidence-related content, and even when they do, that content is often mixed with other informative and devotional research. Evidence articles, by way of contrast, are specifically designed to help readers understand the nature and significance of a particular evidence of the Restoration. Even when they cover the same content as a KnoWhy, Evidence articles typically present that information differently. 2. Elder Neil L. Andersen has taught, “The negative commentary about the Prophet Joseph Smith will increase as we move toward the Second Coming of the Savior. The half-truths and subtle deceptions will not diminish. There will be family members and friends who will need your help.” Neil L. Andersen, “Joseph Smith,” General Conference, October, 2014, online at churchofjesuschrist.org. 3. Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Greatness of the Evidence,” Chiasmus Jubilee, August 16, 2017, online at bookofmormoncentral.org. For a transcript of this talk, see “Elder Holland Speaks at Book of Mormon Chiasmus Conference,” at newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org. 4. As stated by the philosopher Austin Farrer, “Though argument does not create conviction, the lack of it destroys belief. What seems to be proved may not be embraced; but what no one shows the ability to defend is quickly abandoned. Rational argument does not create belief, but it maintains a climate in which belief may flourish.” John W. Welch and J. Gregory Welch, Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching (Provo, UT: FARMS, 1999), chart 8. 5. See, for example, Neal A. Maxwell, “The Disciple-Scholar,” in On Being a Disciple-Scholar, ed. Henry B. Eyring (Salt Lake City, UT: Bookcraft, 1995), 3; Boyd K. Packer, “‘I Say Unto You, Be One’,” BYU Devotional, February 12, 1991, online at speeches.byu.edu; Dallin H. Oaks, The Lord’s Way, (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book, 1991), 92; Neal A. Maxwell, Plain and Precious Things (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book, 1983), 4; Neal A. Maxwell, Deposition of a Disciple (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book, 1976), 49; John A. Widtsoe, Evidences and Reconciliations, comp. Homer Durham (Salt Lake City, UT: Bookcraft, 1960), 131­­­­–134; B. H. Roberts, New Witnesses for God, 3 vols. (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret News Press, 1895–1909), 2:viii. 6. Holland, “The Greatness of the Evidence,” online at bookofmormoncentral.org. For a transcript of this talk, see “Elder Holland Speaks at Book of Mormon Chiasmus Conference,” at newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org. 7. See 1 Peter 3:15: “be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you.” 8. Much of this blog post was adapted from information provided in the Welcome Page and FAQ at Evidence Central. Subscribe Get the latest updates on Book of Mormon topics and research for free     Daily Book of Mormon KnoWhysWeekly KnoWhy Summaries     We respect your email privacy     DONATE TagsEvidencesEvidence CentralNews

  • How to Study the Book of Mormon Deeply with the BMC Archive
    by BMC Team on September 10, 2020 at 6:00 am

    Post contributed by BMC TeamSeptember 10, 2020Pinterest Tweet Widget Facebook Like Share on Facebook Google Plus One Book of Mormon Central provides a plethora of valuable resources when it comes to studying the Book of Mormon. Many of these resources are designed to make your scripture study simple and accessible. Content such as Taylor and Tyler’s Come Follow Me Insights and the ScripturePlus app bring inspiring scripture study to you at the touch of a button. However, for those who want to dive deeper and uncover new insights through research and study, the Book of Mormon Central Archive provides the most comprehensive database of Book of Mormon scholarship. The Book of Mormon Central Archive boasts a collection of over 7,000 items, including books, articles, presentations, videos, charts, artwork, essays, commentaries, and more, all providing new perspectives and analyses on familiar Book of Mormon passages. With such a large collection, navigating the Archive may seem daunting, but hopefully we can provide a few easy ways for you to find what you’re looking for. The Book of Mormon Central Archive contains over 12 indices for organizing, sorting, and filtering the research you need. 12 indices for finding material on the Book of Mormon Central Archive. Find Scholarship on Book of Mormon Passages One of the most useful tools for studying the Book of Mormon, is knowing where to find research on the specific passage you may be studying. Soon in the Come, Follow Me curriculum, many members will be studying Christ’s appearance in the Americas found in 3 Nephi. Book of Mormon Central has a couple easy ways to find almost everything that’s ever been written on these sacred chapters. The most straightforward way to find research on 3 Nephi and Christ’s visit to the Americas, is using the 2020 Come Follow Me Resource Guides. Each Resource Guide has a selection of recommended resources, but at the bottom of each page is a section called “Additional Resources.” By expanding this section, users can see an extensive bibliography for that section of scripture, organized by scripture reference. In addition to the Come Follow Me Resource Guides, users can filter content by scripture reference using the BMC Archive’s Scripture Index. Users can find this index both as a button on the Archive home page, and as a menu item on the Archive header navigation menu. From here, users can filter content based on a Book of Mormon book, chapter, and even verse. By filtering for 3 Nephi 11, users can find over 60 pieces of content. If, for example, users want to view Book Chapters for 3 Nephi 11, they can filter by “Type of Publication,” to find probing articles exploring different aspects of this story, such as the timing of Christ’s arrival with the Nephites.   S. Kent Brown When Did Jesus Visit the Americas?   John A. Tvedtnes The Timing of Christ’s Appearance to the Nephites Books on the Book of Mormon The Book of Mormon Central Archive currently has 116 books on the Book of Mormon, fully available to read online in HTML or PDF formats. Users can filter the results by Keyword, Publisher, or Book Type, and Sort the results by Author, Title, Year published, or Most Popular. To find a specific title, users can hit Control + F (or Command + F for Apple users) on their keyboards to search for a book title. For studying 3 Nephi, users can find in our Book index helpful books such as Illuminating the Sermon at the Temple & the Sermon on the Mount by John W. Welch, The Book of Mormon: 3 Nephi 9–30, This Is My Gospel edited by Monte S. Nyman, and John W. Welch Notes, a Book of Mormon commentary by John W. Welch. John W. Welch Illuminating the Sermon at the Temple & the Sermon on the Mount Monte S. Nyman The Book of Mormon: 3 Nephi 9–30, This Is My Gospel Periodicals and other Articles The BMC Archive has thousands of articles from scholarly journals, magazines, newsletters and more. We are currently working to organize these articles into periodical collections for easier locating and using. As of right now, the Periodicals index has 8 periodicals with full sets of issues and articles pertaining specifically to the Book of Mormon. BYU Studies Quarterly FARMS Review Insights: A Window on the Ancient World Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship Journal of Book of Mormon Studies Religious Educator Society for Early Historic Archaeology BMC Newsletter For articles that are not currently organized by our Periodicals index, users can peruse the Articles index, to search and filter by publication type, and Book of Mormon passage. F.A.R.M.S. Journal of Book of Mormon Studies The Interpreter Foundation Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship Media The Archive has hundreds of pieces of artwork, videos, and charts to illustrate your Book of Mormon study in our Media Gallery. In this gallery, you can filter by Book of Mormon scripture passage, keyword, and media type. Users can find stunning pieces to help them ponder the beauty of 3 Nephi, such as He Healed Them All, Every One by Gary Kapp, Feel the Prints of the Nails in My Hand by Eric Stenkrona, The Light and the Life of the World by Alice Pritchett, Behold the Man by Hunter Evans, The Foretold Dispeller by Laci Gibbs, and hundreds more. Two recent additions to our Media Gallery are the Art Contest index, and the Index of Artists. The Book of Mormon Central Art Contest is a beloved annual tradition, and is our best source of unique, Book of Mormon Artwork. The Art Contest index allows users to browse artwork based on the year it was submitted to the Art Contest. Users can also see artwork by specific artists using the Index of Artists. While the Art Contest procures individual pieces from a plethora of artists, the BMC Archive has major collections from select artists that greatly enrich personal study and the ScripturePlus app. We have collections from artists such as Jorge Cocco, James Fullmer, Anthony Sweat, Arnold Friberg (preliminary studies), Brian C. Hailes, Jody Livingston, and more. Gary Kapp He Healed Them All, Every One Monte S. Nyman Feel the Prints of the Nails in My Hand Keyword Index To find content on a specific topic, you may consider browsing our Subject Index. Here you can find an alphabetized index of keywords and topics to guide your search. For example, if you wanted to see what the Archive has on the Sermon at the Temple in 3 Nephi, navigate to “S” in the alphabet of buttons at the top of the page, and then scroll to find the keyword “Sermon at the Temple.” On this page, you will find several dozen articles and book chapters on this sacred discourse by the Savior in Bountiful. Some items you may find here include: Welch, John W. Illuminating the Sermon at the Temple & the Sermon on the Mount. Provo, UT: FARMS, 1999. Welch, John W. “The Sermon at the Temple.” In Reexploring the Book of Mormon, edited by John W. Welch, 253-256. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: FARMS/Deseret Book, 1992. Bassett, Arthur R. “Jesus’ Sermon to the Nephites.” Ensign 8 (1978): 58–62. Mackay, Thomas W. “Beatitudes” In Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Edited by Daniel H. Ludlow. Vol. 1. New York: Macmillan, 1992. Judd, Daniel K. “A Scriptural Comparison Concerning Anger: 3 Nephi 12:22 and Matthew 5:22.” In The Book of Mormon and the Message of The Four Gospels, edited by Ray L. Huntington and Terry B. Ball, 57–76. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, 2001.   Arthur R. Bassett Jesus’ Sermon to the Nephites   John W. Welch The Sermon at the Temple Author Index We have over 1600 authors represented in the BMC Archive through the Author Index. If you’re looking for the work of a specific author, this is the fastest way to find it. For example, if you want to see the 155 entries we have for preeminent Book of Mormon scholar John L. Sorenson, navigate to “S” in the alphabet of buttons at the top of the page, and then scroll to find “Sorenson, John L.” Some of John Sorenson’s works include: Sorenson, John L., and John W. Welch. “The Sobering Lesson of the Grolier Codex.” In Pressing Forward with the Book of Mormon: The FARMS Updates of the 1990s, edited by John W. Welch and Melvin J. Thorne, 296–298. Provo, UT: FARMS, 1999. Sorenson, John L. “When Lehi’s Party Arrived in the Land, Did They Find Others There?” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 1, no. 1 (1992): 1–34. Sorenson, John L. “Winds and Currents: A Look at Nephi’s Ocean Crossing.” In Reexploring the Book of Mormon, edited by John W. Welch, 53–56. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: FARMS/Deseret Book, 1992. Sorenson, John L. Transoceanic Voyaging: How Ancient America Became Civilized., 2013. Sorenson, John L. Images of Ancient America: Visualizing Book of Mormon Life. Provo, UT: FARMS, 1998.   John L. Sorenson Winds and Currents: A Look at Nephi’s Ocean Crossing   John L. Sorenson The Sobering Lesson of the Grolier Codex Conclusion In addition to the Search bar on our website, you can see that there are many ways to navigate and find materials for your scripture study or academic research. At Book of Mormon Central, we are continually finding new ways to innovate and iterate the design and functionality of our web properties to help users find what they’re looking for. On top of all the incredible things you can find on the BMC Archive, be sure to download and use ScripturePlus as a tool in your study. The ScripturePlus app is a powerful way to aggregate some of the best Book of Mormon content, organized by scripture. The Book of Mormon has an endless wealth of knowledge and insights that can come from deep, committed study. As Hugh Nibley once said, “There are three factors involved: intelligence,revelation, and hard work; and if the spirit may help in earthly learning, the mind is required to operate in celestial matters.”1 1. Hugh W. Nibley, “Educating the Saints,” BYU Studies Quarterly 11, no. 1 (Autumn 1970): 243. 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  • Has The Tabernacle Choir Sung in Every General Conference?
    on September 25, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Music presented at the semi-annual general conference meetings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has usually included The Tabernacle Choir—but there have been some exceptions through the years! 

  • choir-and-orchestra-to-present-easter-concert
    on September 23, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will present an Easter concert conducted by music director Mack Wilberg on Good Friday, April 14, and Saturday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. The repertoire for the concert will include Ludwig van Beethoven’s Christ on the Mount of Olives and a new work with music by Mack Wilberg called A Cloud of Witnesses.

  • Good News: Choir 2020 Christmas Products!
    on September 18, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    It may seem a little early to focus on Christmas, but good news is hard to resist!

  • 110 Years of Recording Excellence Continues
    on September 11, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    September 2020 marks 110 years since the first recording made by The Tabernacle Choir. The miracle of recorded sound has enabled the music of the Choir and, for the last 20 years, the Choir and the Orchestra, to bless the lives of millions around the world. Here is a chronological listing of significant moments in the Choir’s recording history.

  • Fine Tuning the Temple Square Organs
    on September 4, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    For 34 years, Lamont Anderson has scaled ladders and squeezed in between pipes—11,623 of them—to tune the famed Tabernacle organ. In addition, his responsibility as a keyboard technician extends to keeping in tune all nine of the organs on Temple Square from the historic Tabernacle instrument to the imposing organ in the Conference Center, as well as those in the Assembly Hall and the Joseph Smith building.