170 years ago today - Aug 27, 1843

Apostle Orson Pratt identifies the Book of Mormon as "a History of nearly one half of the globe & the people that inhabited it, that it gave a history of all those cities that have been of late discovered by Catherwood and Stephens [explorers of remains of early American civilizations]."

[Source: http://www.advent-adam.com/jakestand.html (cached, based on http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies)]


  1. HC 5: 552.

  2. Orson Pratt was incorrect on the 2nd half of his statement. "All those cities" in the BOM and any artifacts pertaining thereto have NOT been discovered - NOT YET.

  3. 2 Nephi 30:

    [16] Wherefore, the things of all nations shall be made known; yea, all things shall be made known unto the children of men.

    [17] There is nothing which is secret save it shall be revealed; there is no work of darkness save it shall be made manifest in the light; and there is nothing which is sealed upon the earth save it shall be loosed.

    [18] Wherefore, all things which have been revealed unto the children of men shall at that day be revealed;

  4. 3 Nephi 26:

    [9] And when they shall have received this, which is expedient that they should have first, to try their faith, and if it shall so be that they shall believe these things then shall the greater things be made manifest unto them.

    [10] And if it so be that they will not believe these things, then shall the greater things be withheld from them, unto their condemnation.

  5. "these things" are the Book of Mormon and the King James Bible - these 2 books only.

  6. Alma 32:22

    And now, behold, I say unto you, and I would that ye should remember, that God is merciful unto all who believe on his name; therefore he desireth, in the FIRST PLACE, that ye should BELIEVE, yea, EVEN ON HIS WORD [KJV, BOM].

  7. Heb.11:6

    But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.


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