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How Witnesses Described the “Gold Plates”

Compiled by Kirk B. Henrichsen

Journal of Book of Mormon Studies: Volume – 10, Issue – 1, Pages: 16-21
Provo, Utah: Maxwell Institute, 2001

Material

“the appearance of gold”1Joseph Smith Jr., Eight Witnesses, Orson Pratt

“golden plates”2David Whitmer

“a mixture of gold and copper”3William Smith

Weight

“weighing altogether from forty to sixty lbs.”4Martin Harris

“I was permitted to lift them. . . . They weighed about sixty pounds according to the best of my judgement.”5William Smith

“I . . . judged them to have weighed about sixty pounds.”6William SmithRead Full Post

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A Guide to Keeping Your Own “Small Plates”

We learn more about Nephi’s records, or plates, in the front of the Book of Mormon with a section called “A Brief Explanation about the Book of Mormon”:

The Plates of Nephi, which were of two kinds: the Small Plates and the Large Plates. The former were more particularly devoted to the spiritual matters and the ministry and teachings of the prophets, while the latter were occupied mostly by a secular history of the peoples concerned (1 Nephi 9:2–4)

Nephi kept two records, one containing a secular history upon ‘other plates’ which came to be known as the ‘large plates of Nephi’ and another record upon smaller plates that contained primarily prophecies and sacred teachings.

How many of us do a good job with keeping a journal or secular history (large plates) of our lives of any kind at all? It’s no secret that we collectively seem to struggle with this, so how likely is it then that we keep a record of our own personal revelations, answers to prayer, promptings, etc? I would bet that many of us have not even considered doing so in the first place.

First off, let’s see what various church leaders have said on the matter:Read Full Post

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It’ll Never Work!

The reason that I think it is important to look at the faulty predictions of the past is because it tells us a lot about our present. What seems impossible today becomes fact tomorrow. Many people discount the Bible and Book of Mormon on lacking historical evidence in some points, and while there IS evidence, I believe people place way too much trust on scientists and so-called ‘experts’ in matters of their salvation.

I am not against science and scientific discovery. I believe that science, formulas, math and engineering are at the heart of all that God does, but I also believe that we are in our infancy in understanding the laws of the universe and what is and what is not possible.

The majority of the following information from this point on was pulled from here. There are a few extras thrown in there that I found in various places.Read Full Post

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