Friday, September 18, 2009

38k - Review of Past Post - #4: Sure Evidence That The Book of Mormon Came About by the Power of God!

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The Bible and the Book of Mormon Stand Side by Side in Testifying of Jesus Christ -by Greg K. Olsen
You have just read words originally written in the Prophet Nephi's own language. He wrote what he wrote by the power of Prophecy and Revelation by which prophets whose words are recorded in the Holy Bible also very frequently wrote. Words spoken or written by that power are the Words of the Lord, or that which the prophet related in the Name of the Lord.
2 Nephi 29: 5 O ye Gentiles, have ye remembered the Jews, mine ancient covenant people? Nay; but ye have cursed them, and have hated them, and have not sought to recover them. But behold, I will return all these things upon your own heads; for I the Lord have not forgotten my people.
6 Thou fool, that shall say: A Bible, we have got a Bible, and we need no more Bible. Have ye obtained a Bible save it were by the Jews?
7 Know ye not that there are more nations than one? Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men, and that I remember those who are upon the isles of the sea; and that I rule in the heavens above and in the earth beneath; and I bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the earth?
8 Wherefore murmur ye, because that ye shall receive more of my word? Know ye not that the testimony of two nations is a witness unto you that I am God, that I remember one nation like unto another? Wherefore, I speak the same words unto one nation like unto another. And when the two nations shall run together the testimony of the two nations shall run together also.
9 And I do this that I may prove unto many that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and that I speak forth my words according to mine own pleasure. And because that I have spoken one word ye need not suppose that I cannot speak another; for my work is not yet finished; neither shall it be until the end of man, neither from that time henceforth and forever.
10 Wherefore, because that ye have a Bible ye need not suppose that it contains all my words; neither need ye suppose that I have not caused more to be written.
11 For I command all men, both in the east and in the west, and in the north, and in the south, and in the islands of the sea, that they shall write the words which I speak unto them; for out of the books which shall be written I will judge the world, every man according to their works, according to that which is written.
12 For behold, I shall speak unto the Jews and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto the Nephites and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto the other tribes of the house of Israel, which I have led away, and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto all nations of the earth and they shall write it.
13 And it shall come to pass that the Jews shall have the words of the Nephites, and the Nephites shall have the words of the Jews; and the Nephites and the Jews shall have the words of the lost tribes of Israel; and the lost tribes of Israel shall have the words of the Nephites and the Jews.
14 And it shall come to pass that my people, which are of the house of Israel, shall be gathered home unto the lands of their possessions; and my word also shall be gathered in one. And I will show unto them that fight against my word and against my people, who are of the house of Israel, that I am God, and that I covenanted with Abraham that I would remember his seed forever.
That was a message the Lord knew then we would need now. I suggest we pay heed to it!

Now that I have made the Lord's pertinent words available to you through His book, The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ, I will assist you to review strong evidence that illustrates very clearly that the Book of Mormon contains truths that only people living in Nephi's time (about 600 B.C.) could know. Also I have provided a video for you to view which provides sure evidence that the Book of Mormon was translated through the Power of God!

If you have really read the Book of Mormon as the title of this Blog asks, you would have really enjoyed, along with me, The A. Neal Maxwell Institute For Religious Scholarship located at Brigham Young University (BYU-Provo, UT, U.S.A.) Daniel C. Peterson Fireside Presentation at the Olivewood Book Store in Provo on April 10, 2008. When one really reads the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ, as many times as I have been privileged to do, he or she will have recalled much from their reading of this Book of Books, during Dr. Peterson's captivating presentation. Here is something I remembered while listening to him.

Sometime, a number of years ago, while studying the Book of Mormon, I noticed that Nephi tells us his father's family's travel direction in Southern Arabia changed to due East at a place named Nahom (I Nephi 16:34). I also noticed then, that before and afterwards, most all locations on their long route were given names by Father Lehi and his fellow travelers, such as the Valley of Lemuel, named after his second oldest son and the place by the seashore they named "Bountiful" because of "its much fruit." Dr. Peterson really enjoyed telling his audience about how this Arabian site, Nahom, still bears the same name it did in the day of the prophet, Lehi.

Although Dr. Dan didn't mention it, I remember reading a report from a BYU researcher who reported that there is an established ancient burial ground there. Co-incidentally Lehi assisted in burying his relative, Ishmael at Nahom.

You will enjoy the convincing description our fireside presenter made of all this evidence which supports that which Joseph Smith told us right along; that this record was made by Hebrew travelers in about 600 B.C. As Dr. Peterson asks, "How could Joseph Smith or any other person in our day, except for a possible Arabian Bedouin who possibly didn't read or write, come up with that ancient, accurate place name (Nahom)."

That is just one of many items Dr. Dan gives to convince us that no-one in Joseph Smith's day could come up with the information we find in the Book of Mormon about such accurate details as that of the ancient Hebrew mode of olive orchard cultivation, and details of experiences Book of Mormon people had in the Seismic Disaster described in 3 Nephi that occurred just before the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ appeared to the relatively small Nephite-Lamanite population that had escaped death at that cataclysmic occasion.

Another matter that Dr. Peterson so ably discussed is how Hebrew language characteristics regularly showed up in the English translation the Lord gave Joseph Smith through direct revelation. He told us that many of those Hebrew language characteristics were changed later by the Prophet Joseph or others in Church leadership to improve the quality of English language used in this divine translation. (Original manuscripts that are still available of the translation, show some of those Hebrew language characteristics).

Dr. Dan is so convincing. I have noticed that there were no direct responses on the Internet afterwards to the facts that were presented by him that evening. There is no plausible way to dispute the facts that were given us by Dr. Peterson that evening.

It will be very much worth your while to watch this video. You will be viewing Part 2 when you begin. I put Part 2 first because it deals with the Translation of the Book of Mormon which I deemed important to the theme which I had set for this blog post. There are five parts to this lecture which lasted about an hour and a half altogether.
After Part 2 ends you can select one of the other Parts by clicking on its image at the bottom of the screen. You will notice that You Tube has included other videos given by other presenters. For the purposes of this blog post please click only on images of Dr. Dan Peterson each time in the order you choose to follow. I recommend that you follow the numerical sequence in order once you have finished Part 2, starting with Part 1, then going to Part 3 and so on.

At the bottom of each image of Dr. Peterson you will read the number of that particular Part. Please view each of his five presentation Parts. It will be very much worth your while to you, according to your schedule, to view each of them, even if you have to come back to this post later.

Turn on your computer's speaker now! Click on the arrow on Dr. Peterson's chest on the screen here.
Joseph Smith Translating the Book of Mormon with the assistance of His scribe, Oliver Cowdery. -by Del Parson
There was something special that I picked up on that you should have heard as you viewed Part 2 (the Part that comes on first) of the video. I really appreciated Dr. Dan's enthusiasm and conviction as to why we should believe the statements of relatives and friends of Josephs Smith's in the Harmony, PA area regarding the actual manner of translating of the Book of Mormon rather than what the sophisticated, modern, easy living, computer wielding critics describe. Our presenter described in great detail things that were reported by these local people regarding the translation.

He also pointed out to us that all of these local folks were down-to-earth, practical and pragmatic farmers who really had to hustle to keep alive. He asks: whose statements are the most credible, the modern easy-living critics or those Nineteenth century "down-to-earth people" who really were aware of things round about them and knew what they were talking about.

I really appreciated Dr. Dan's enthusiasm for this great portion of convincing information he gave us throughout his captivating, scholarly, presentation. He apologized beforehand about having to read much of his material, but that apology wasn't needed because of his captivating enthusiasm. I look forward to future presentations to be made by this well-informed scholar. He could read all of them as far as I am concerned.

Blogger's Note: This post was originally posted on March 16, 2008 and is my post #4. I have added the "TODAY'S THEME"which includes a Book of Mormon scripture. There have been a few other minor changes made to it.


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