The book of mormon is a sacred text of the latter day saint movement, which adherents believe contains writings of ancient prophets who lived on the american continent from approximately 2200 bc to ad 421. Smith, they will say, translated the book of mormon from golden plates he dug up in a hill in new york in the early 1800s. Earlier this year, scott rudin, a producer for the book of mormon. It was supposed to be all so exciting to be teaching of christ cross the sea, but, i.
When mormon missionaries properly called latter day saints or simply lds come to your door, they will often offer a free copy of the book of mormon and tell you about its author, joseph smith. First staged in 2011, the play is a satirical examination of the church of jesus christ of latterday saints beliefs and practices that ultimately endorses the positive power of love and service. Excluding the bible and similar writing, can you prove to an atheist or to someone that is agnostic that god exists. Its another record of gods dealings with his children. The introduction tells you that the book of mormon is a volume of holy scripture comparable to the bible. I later learned that my edition read exactly like the first edition at alma 7.
Lehi leaves jerusalem precisely 600 years before jesus was born, according to the book of mormon. I believe faithfully that the book of mormon is true and i hope that others will see its light. Most, but not all, mormons hold the book s connection to ancient american history as an article of their faith. Mormons believe that the book of mormon is actually a compilation of 15 ancient books originally written from 600 b. Mormons, do you believe the book of mormon is more. The lords words will hiss forth unto the ends of the earth, 2 ne. The book of mormon is a musical comedy with music, lyrics and book by trey parker, robert lopez, and matt stone. In reality, though, the kind of stylistic accuracy achieved by these changes has little to do with what. Let me first state that i am an active member of the lds faith and accept the historicity of the book of mormon. Europeans introduced the first domesticated goats to america. Music, lyrics and book by trey parker, matt stone and. I view it as a 19th century document, produced by joseph smith. The said musical is written by trey parker, robert lopez, and matt stone. Ever since i was a child i tried to be the best so, what happened.
Original broadway cast recording i believe performed by andrew rannells. I wish all of our scriptures had been translated by the gift of god. Mormon invites the lamanites of the latter days to believe in christ, accept his gospel, and be savedall who believe the bible will also believe the book of mormon. The theory that the book of mormon is an ancient american history is not accepted as scientifically verifiable by the mainstream. The coming forth of the book of mormon and the stories contained within it are.
Today, the building in which the book of mormon was first published and sold is known as the book of mormon historic publication site. And by the way yes, i believe the book of mormon is more accurate than the bible, since it was translated by the the gift of god. Understanding textual changes in the book of mormon. I can still remember the exact spot i was sitting when i knew the book of mormon was true. Debunking 5 myths about the book of mormon lds living. You and me but mostly me the book of mormon mp3 instrumental karaoke this title is a cover of you and me but mostly me as made famous by the book of mormon. The best known of these additional scriptures is the book of mormon. Its couched in king james english, and it features color renderings of mormon scenes made to look like bible illustrations. Joseph smith, whom most latter day saints believe to have translated the work, stated. The book of mormon can be true without being historical. Critics believe joseph smith came up with all the names in the book of mormon, noting that joseph owned a king. That it cites the bible is clearly an endorsement of that part of the bible. Many members of the latter day saint movement claim historical authenticity of the book of mormon.
But i believe it to be inspired by god and accept it as scripture. How accurate is the book of mormon not very, there have been 39 changes in the book since the so called inspired translations by joseph smith. However, i dont find this summary of the evidence to be particularly accurate, comprehensive and coherent, fruitful, aesthetically pleasing, or promising compared to what i know of the arguments in favor of historicity that i know about. To the inside front cover are affixed four clippings of descriptions of different versions of first edition copies of the book of mormon and of an 1854 edition of the doctrine and covenants, along with a clipping describing the origin of the text of the book of mormon and a bookplate of the shepard book company of salt lake city, utah. The book of mormon was written for the intent that we may believe the bible, morm. This view finds no acceptance outside of mormonism. In another song titled i believe, the character elder price repeatedly sings the refrain i am a mormon and a mormon just believes. In another song titled i believe, the character elder price repeatedly. Scripture is best understood as the creativity of man intersecting. The book of mormon tells about ancient christianity, it truly taught principles and doctrines required of us by our heavenly father like the new testament today. As the torrent of water dried up for the first time in thousands of years. My family and friends all said i was blessed so what happened. In this musical there is a catchy tune called i believe sung in which elder price expresses his crisis of faith and finds reaffirmation of it. I believe that god lives on a planet called kolob i believe that jesus has his own planet as well and i believe that the garden of eden was in jackson county, missouri if you believe, the lord will reveal it and youll know its all true, youll just feel it youll be a mormon and, by gosh, a mormon just believes i believe.
Mormons believe joseph smith found gold plates engraved with writing in ancient. At first glance the book of mormon appears to be biblical in heft and style. Meet the book of mormon again for the first time in these brief theological introductions. Andrew rannells from the book of mormon performs i believe at the 2011 tony awards the book of mormon musical was created by the same people that create the show south park. My family and friends all said i was blessed so, what happened. Book of mormon is not historically accurate, but bible is part 28. It was first published in march 1830 by joseph smith as the book of mormon. Joseph smith translated this record written on golden plates, and that translation is what we now have as the book of mormon. Music, lyrics and book by trey parker, matt stone and robert lopez. Mormon cries repentance unto the nephitesthey gain a great victory and glory in their own strength mormon refuses to lead them, and his prayers for them are without faiththe book of mormon invites the twelve tribes of israel to believe the gospel. Serious study of the book of mormon by latterday saints is flourishing today as. It is an accurate statement that mormons are taught to not doubt the lord.
Even members of the mormon church sometimes question if the book of mormon is false, or a fraud. The book of mormon is a sacred text of the latter day saint movement, which adherents. The book of mormon i believe tony awards 2011 youtube. The song contains many statements of belief which claim to be true expressions. Miriam robarts yes, i believe that god inspired and instructed many prophets to keep records and then a prophet compiled them in the book of mormon, similar to howmore yes, i believe that god inspired and instructed many prophets to keep records and then a prophet compiled them in the book of mormon, similar to how the bible was written by many prophets. Many members of the latter day saint movement claim historical authenticity of the book of.
The accounts of these witnesses are printed in each copy of the book of mormon but the song makes no mention of them. The first group and the one that gets the most respectful, nuanced and researched treatment in the play are missionaries of the church of jesus. A mormon explanation of the i believe book of mormon musical number from the tonys. Print and download i believe sheet music from the book of mormon. Fresh and inspiring explorations using the lenses of history, theology, philosophy, literary studiesand above all, faith in jesus christ. Ever since i was a child, i tried to be the best so what happened. How accurate are the songs in the musical, the book of mormon. Max brantley and gene lyons that poke fun at those that actually believe the bible is historically accurate when in fact the bible is backed up by many archaeological facts. The 1st rule of book of mormon evidence there is no. From the original broadway cast recording of the book of mormon, the twelfth track. As a missionary, i told people about this story all of the time. Provided to youtube by ghostlight records i believe andrew rannells the book of mormon original broadway cast recording. Whether fan or foe of the book of mormon, whether you believe it to be a literal history or a made up fiction, one thing cant be denied, the book itself feels.
The book of mormon shall stand as a testimony against the world, ether 5. Many people believe that they cant do anything to protect their privacy online, but. However, informed lds scholars are increasingly applying this type of logic to the book of mormon in interesting ways. I believe that the flow of additional evidence nourishes and enlarges faith. So i watched the tony awards last night, where the book of mormon musical cleaned up. An account written by the hand of mormon upon plates taken from the plates of nephi, who claimed that it had. I believe it was shortly after that that i dared to begin reading the book of mormon i say dared because, like many non mormon christians, i was afraid of being deceived. On many grounds, the book of mormon is intellectually respectable. Sherem, like others who followed, used much power of speech and flattering words to teach that there should be no christ jacob 7. Of course there is room for viewing the book of mormon as true without being historical. Articles of faith 1 the church of jesus christ of latterday saints. However, mormons are also taught to ponder the things of god. Nonmormon christian who believes in the book of mormon.
Whosoever shall confess that jesus is the son of god, god dwelleth in him, and he in god. Book of mormon is not historically accurate, but bible is. The lord covenanted with enos to bring forth the book of mormon to the lamanites, enos 1. The book of mormon and the bible will grow together, 2 ne. A a merciless mocking of religion by the creators of south park b a show with real characters that people of faith even mormons can. The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to the book of mormon.
The book of mormon is blindly accepted even though archaeology has disproven many of the facts that. Bryce moore a mormon explanation of the i believe book. I believe from the book of mormon sheet music in f. I had just recently started a serious investigation of the church when i first began reading the book of mormon. Book of mormon sacred text of the latter day saint movement, which adherents believe contains writings of ancient prophets who lived on the american continent from approximately 2200 bc to ad 421. The refrain is interspersed with lines like gods plan involves me getting my own planet.
Jacob 7 introduces the first antichrist in the book of mormon see commentary for alma 30. As a result, the prophet joseph smith provided more accurate. From an archaeological perspective not at all there has not been one single find in all of the usa or the americas that confirm any of the bom. What if the origins and veracity of this powerful book were all accurate and all that it implies. It doesnt necessarily endorse the entire bible, just as when people quote c.94 1226 750 237 393 1175 213 103 551 1396 673 722 458 802 1259 914 64 216 730 522 440 94 612 265 432 828 952 840 853 219