IN HONOR OF DAVID WHITMER’S BIRTHDAY, FIRST LOOK AT NEW FEATURE FILM WITNESSES RELEASED TODAY -Highly anticipated film tells the untold story of Three Witnesses to the Book of Mormon-
Years ago, I heard a Bishop say: “Brothers and sisters, the restoration was messy.” I didn’t think much about his wording at the time. But over the few years following (including my mission), I encountered a lot of people wanting to “educate” me about early Church leaders. Joseph Smith was the most common target, of course. They cited all sorts of stories about him that seemingly “proved” he was a lying, womanizing con man. I mostly brushed off these claims during my mission. Those critics were not historians. I knew their agenda. I figured they were mostly lies, or at least huge distortions of the history. So, when I got home from my mission, I bought an 800-page history of Joseph Smith. It was written by an active stake patriarch and Church historian who worked on the Joseph Smith Papers project, so I figured his book would blow away all those false accusations with the fiery testimony of truth. But I was surprised to find that instead of tearing down all the stories the critics had told me, history largely confirmed them. And you know what? That’s OK!
This post, discovered on Facebook and reposted here with approval, is interesting to those involved in Church history!
All the accounts from the witnesses of the plates are hard to ignore. Their sincere testimonies not only help support the reality of the plates, but also give us a pretty neat picture of the appearance of the plates. Check out this video from BOOK OF MORMON CENTRAL!
Pet lovers rejoice! At a session of the Mormon History Association Conference on June 2, scholar Alexander L. Baugh from BYU presented sources that tell more about Joseph’s dog, including documents recently discovered in Iowa.
Any Hamilton fans out there? What do you think of this?
Christmas at Temple Square is magical! But what about the other Mormon Church light display that rivals Temple Square at Christmas?