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Little is known about the actual translation process. Their testimonies strengthen the credibility of the Book of Mormon for the entire world. Church Educational System manual, , 52— As needed, share the following information:. He had been sent to tell Joseph that God had forgiven his sins and had a great work for him to do. As part of this work, Joseph was to go to a nearby hill, where a sacred record, written on gold plates, was deposited.
There he met Moroni and saw the plates, but was told that he would not receive them for four years. Invite students to turn to the title page of the Book of Mormon and scan the first paragraph, looking for information about how this ancient record would come forth and be translated. After students have read, ask them to share what they found. Students should identify the following truth: The Book of Mormon was translated by the gift and power of God. Invite a student to read Joseph Smith—History —35 aloud.
Ask the class to follow along and look for one way that the Lord helped Joseph Smith translate the Book of Mormon.
According to these verses, what is one way that the Lord assisted Joseph Smith in translating the ancient record? The Lord provided the Urim and Thummim for the translation.
The historical account indicates that the Prophet sometimes used the Urim and Thummim and sometimes used the seer stone to translate. Read the following statement aloud to help students understand that the Lord revealed the English translation of the Book of Mormon to the Prophet through the Urim and Thummim and the seer stone:. Some accounts indicate that Joseph studied the characters on the plates.
According to these accounts, Joseph placed either the interpreters or the seer stone in a hat, pressed his face into the hat to block out extraneous light, and read aloud the English words that appeared on the instrument. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and invite a student to read it aloud:. Of course, not all of that time was spent working on the translation. Welch, Ensign, Jan. That calculates to an average of eight pages per day.
If we do not know all of the details surrounding the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, how can we know that this book is true? We can receive a spiritual witness of the Book of Mormon without knowing all the details regarding its translation. What a singular and remarkable thing this was. It was hard to believe and easy to challenge. Could he have written it of his own capacity? It is here, my brothers and sisters, for everyone to see, to handle, to read.
Every attempt to explain its origin, other than that which he gave, has fallen of its own weight. He was largely unschooled; and yet, in a very brief time, he brought forth the translation which in published form comes to more than pages. They have spoken against it. They have ridiculed it. What could you say to help someone who is struggling to believe that the Book of Mormon is true?
Testify that the Book of Mormon came forth by the gift and power of God. Invite several students to take turns reading aloud from Doctrine and Covenants —6. Ask the class to follow along looking for what the Lord instructed the witnesses to do after they saw the plates. After students share what they found, ask:. Why do you think these men needed to show faith like the prophets of old before the Lord would allow them to see the plates?
According to verses 3—5 , what responsibility would these witnesses have after seeing the plates? What responsibility do we have when the Lord manifests to us the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon? Students should identify a principle similar to the following: After we obtain a witness of the truth, we have a responsibility to testify of it.
He accordingly withdrew from us, and we knelt down again, and had not been many minutes engaged in prayer, when … an angel [Moroni] stood before us. In his hands he held the plates. The translation of them which you have seen is correct, and I command you to bear record of what you now see and hear. He soon told me, however, that he had not yet prevailed with the Lord, and earnestly requested me to join him in prayer, that he might also realize the same blessings which we had just received.
Why do you think Joseph Smith rejoiced after this experience? He was no longer alone as a witness of the plates and the heavenly messenger. Explain that eight additional witnesses also received the opportunity to see the plates. After sufficient time, invite students to share what they discovered.
How did the experience of the Three Witnesses differ from that of the Eight Witnesses? The Three Witnesses heard the voice of God and saw an angel but did not handle the plates. The Eight Witnesses were shown the plates by Joseph Smith and were able to handle them. The Eight Witnesses had a more physical witness of the reality of the plates, while the Three Witnesses had a more spiritual experience. Why do you think having multiple witnesses was so important to the coming forth of the Book of Mormon?
Some students may not be aware that each of the Three Witnesses and some of the Eight Witnesses eventually left the Church. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles:. Reject it one may, but how does one explain three men of good character uniting and persisting in this published testimony to the end of their lives in the face of great ridicule and other personal disadvantage?
How do you think the testimony of the Three Witnesses is strengthened by the fact that they never denied their witness, even after they were excommunicated from the Church? Explain that Oliver Cowdery and Martin Harris were later rebaptized. Refer students back to Doctrine and Covenants , and emphasize that this verse contains the greatest possible witness of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon.
This verse contains the testimony of God Himself, sworn with an oath, that the Book of Mormon is true. Ask students to imagine that their personal testimony of the Book of Mormon could be added to each copy of the Book of Mormon. Invite students to share what they would include in their witness or testimony. Invite students to share their testimony of the Book of Mormon with someone before the next class. Doctrine and Covenants 17 ; Joseph Smith—History — Foundations of the Restoration Teacher Manual.
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The Book of the Dead , which was placed in the coffin or burial chamber of the deceased, was part of a tradition of funerary texts which includes the earlier Pyramid Texts and Coffin Texts , which were painted onto objects, not written on papyrus. Some of the spells included in the book were drawn from these older works and date to the 3rd millennium BCE. A number of the spells which make up the Book continued to be separately inscribed on tomb walls and sarcophagi , as the spells from which they originated always had been. There was no single or canonical Book of the Dead. The surviving papyri contain a varying selection of religious and magical texts and vary considerably in their illustration.
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