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Tad Callister’s 5-Minute Fireside: A Case for The Book of Mormon

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If you’re struggling with a testimony of
The Book of Mormon or want to strengthen that testimony, this message is for you. I’m Tad R. Callister, and this is my 5-Minute Fireside. Today I’m going to
talk about “A Case for the Book of Mormon.” Several years ago, my friend left the
Church. Among other things, he couldn’t accept the Book of Mormon to be true. Once you leave this church, however, it ruins you for any other church because
you just know too much. And so it happened with my friend. Once he had ended his search for the true church and couldn’t find it, he decided to reinvestigate our church
with an open mind. After he had done so, he sent me this
letter, “One day while reading the Book of Mormon, I paused and knelt down and gave
a heartfelt prayer. And felt resoundingly that Heavenly Father whispered to my spirit that the Church and the Book of Mormon were definitely true.” He then added this profound thought, “Initially, I wanted the Book of Mormon to be proven to me historically, geographically, linguistically, and culturally. But when I changed my focus to what it teaches about the gospel of Jesus Christ and His
saving mission, I began to gain a testimony of its truthfulness.” And so he did. At the time he made this observation, he was serving as the elders quorum president in his ward. Well, the ultimate witness of the Book of Mormon is always the Spirit. I would like to focus for a few moments on another evidence of its truthfulness: its language. Its language has a divine eloquence that appeals to both our intellect and our heart. So moved are we that sometimes we memorize
scriptures or highlight our scriptures or sometimes we even place them on our
refrigerator doors. These verses become our companions in
times of need and reflection. The Book of Mormon is filled with golden nuggets. For a few moments,
I’d like to share some of them with you. Nephi taught in 2 Nephi 32:3, ” . . . feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will teach you all things that you should do.” I was puzzled when I first pondered this
scripture. How could the scriptures teach me all things that I should do? The scriptures can teach us all things
that we should do in two ways. One, they teach us the correct principles that can be applied in a multiplicity of circumstances. And secondly, as they read them, they invite the Spirit into our life to help us apply those scriptures in
specific situations in our lives. Another scripture is Alma ‘s insightful observation in Alma 31:5, ” . . . the preaching of the word had a great tendency to lead the people to do that was which was just— yea, it had had a more powerful effect upon the minds of the people than the sword. or anything else . . . ” What an astonishing truth expressed
in such a simple and poignant way. In a day and age when war was the solution to all problems, Alma presented what must have been a
very naive solution: to preach the gospel. But his incredible mission resulting in
miraculous conversions proved him right. Inherent in the word of God is the power
to transform lives from warmonger to a peacemaker, from the natural man to a
spiritual man, and from a sinner to a saint. And the final example I’d like to
share is from Ether 12:2. Who of us have not been comforted and
reassured by these words of the Lord to Moroni, who felt an overwhelming weakness
in his lack of writing skills? Quote, “I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make
weak things become strong unto them.” When our daughter was in the third grade,
she received her report card with a checkmark under handwriting for “not good.” She was distraught and crying and finally this scripture came to us as parents. We read it to her. We asked her she believed it. And she said that she did. She made a copy of it. We put it in her room. Gave her a blessing. But she knew that she would have to work hard every day. Several years passed, it was sixth grade graduation, and to our total surprise they gave certificates to the five finest hand writers in the school. One of them, Angela Callister. That scripture became, for her, a hallmark, a hope, and a guide for the rest of her life. I think most of us would be happy in a lifetime if we produced two or three memorable phrases that were savored by our family
and friends. The burning question then becomes:how
did Joseph Smith, with his lack of education, in his early 20s, and unable to
write a coherent letter as testified to by his wife, write these memorable
phrases that touch the lives of millions? The answer: He didn’t. They came from God
exactly as Joseph testified. The divine eloquence of the Book of Mormon is only
one evidence of its divine origin. There are many other evidences. We have multiple Bible prophecies of its coming forth. There are about 200 statements
from the 11 witnesses or people they spoke to repeatedly confirming their
testimony of its truthfulness even under conditions where their lives were
threatened or their integrity was
challenged. In addition, time is on the
side of the Book of Mormon. As new archaeological evidences are unearthed, such as the discovery of ancient metal plates, cement, and domesticated barley, all of which were claimed to be anachronism at one time but since have been unearthed as additional testimonies of the Book of Mormon. But one of the most compelling witnesses to me is the
incredible staggering doctrine found in the Book of Mormon. Particularly with regards to
the Atonement of Jesus Christ, it is in this book that we learn of the
infinite nature of Christ’s Atonement— it’s retroactive as well as perspective
powers. The incomprehensible depth of His suffering and His ability to not only cleanse us but also to perfect us. There is no credible, historical dispute that the Book of Mormon, over 500 pages in length, was translated by Joseph Smith in
about 65 days. There was but one draft with minor corrections,
mostly grammatical. When I finished my book entitled, “The Case for the Book of Mormon”, my secretary asked me, “You know how many drafts you had?” I replied, “No.” She answered, “Seventy-two drafts.” It took me several years, and 72 drafts, to write a book less than half the size of the Book of Mormon and much less meaningful. And people want to tell me that Joseph Smith wrote the Book of Mormon, without any notes, in 65 days? it reminds me of an observation made by Hank Smith, “A man with an experience is never at the mercy of a man with an opinion.” And my experience both intellectually and spiritually clearly tells me that Joseph Smith did not write the Book of Mormon but rather was an instrument in God’s
hands in translating it. Every aspect of the Book of Mormon
bears witness of its divine origin because it is divinely inspired. And of this I bear my solemn witness. Thanks for joining me. I’m Tad Callister, and this was my 5-Minute Fireside.

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100 thoughts on “Tad Callister’s 5-Minute Fireside: A Case for The Book of Mormon”

  1. Renato Martinez says:

    boring.and this guy is creepy..

  2. thenowchurch says:

    Come on dude, all those phrases are knock offs from the Bible , which Smith used while making up the BoM.

  3. Al Johnson says:

    Joseph Smith should have heeded the warning of our Lord Jesus.
    Revelation 22:18,19…..For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall ADD unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

    19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

  4. Santos Reyna says:

    Hebrews 1:1-2 New International Version (NIV)

    God’s Final Word: His Son
    1 In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.

  5. okay nope says:

    Changes to the BoM include changing racist scriptures and scriptures that support a trinitarian world view. Not very minor in my opinion. Joseph was a conman who used scrying to pretend to find stuff in the ground and translate ancient documents which we have verified were false translations ie the book of abraham and kinderhook plates. No matter how many goosebumps you get when you read it it will never change these plain as day obvious facts. Also the book of mormon has some profound sections but overall its rather bland and not terribly creative. Feelings dont have any bearing on whether JS was full of it. Find real, solid evidence. Barely and metal work is far from solid proof for anything. Its perfectly plausible for those things to be reality and the BoM to still not be true. Its not plausible for the BoM to be true when its written by a man who is a proven conman.

  6. okay nope says:

    Oh yeah. Its impossible for Joseph Smith to make up a book that has an occaional profound statement and a decent story line. What kind of an argument is that?

  7. Mike Swapp says:

    Everyone has an opinion but those of us who have had an experience with the Book of Mormon will never be at their mercy.

  8. ce collie says:

    I read his book, The Atonement. It was fantastic, as are his conference talks.

  9. rivenrock says:

    "Once you leave this church, however, it ruins you for any other church, because you just know too much."

    I certainly know too much to ever rejoin the Mormon church. And it's true that I will also never join another church – because the Mormon church lied to me for so many years that I have no inclination to ever trust again in faith-based notions. It is not enough. You say your friend initially wanted the Book of Mormon to be proved to him historically, geographically, linguistically and culturally. What is of greater concern to me is how easily disproven the book is historically, geographically, linguistically and culturally, and how willing people can be to set that aside in order to treat feelings as evidence.

    Basically your "case" for the Book of Mormon can be summarised as:
    1. It contains pretty language that can be inspirational. (So does the Harry Potter series – "It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.")
    2. Joseph Smith doesn't seem educated enough to have written that. (even though as a child he told his mother stories that later ended up in the Book of Mormon, and he read the Bible regularly, and he wrote many, many things that evidence his ability despite lacking many years of formal education, and we have able evidence of his strong imagination and willingness to con people out of their money). You claim Joseph had no notes and no drafts, but you don't know that. If I was claiming to translate through God, I don't imagine I'd show people my notes either. You mention errors, yet Joseph was supposed to have looked at a stone in a hat and seen the translation appear "word for word, as if written on a piece of parchment." Seems odd that God's direct, word for word, translation would include grammatical errors, don't you think? Not so surprising from a guy whose wife thought his letters were incoherent.
    3. Bible verses that have been interpreted to prophecy of the Book of Mormon.
    4. Flimsy archaeological "evidence" (in a huge void of such evidence about many things mentioned in the Book of Mormon, like horses and steel, and in the face of DNA studies that show no connection of the peoples of that region with the Middle East).
    5. Doctrine (not evidence of truthfulness or authority), and finally, of course, because you are a faithful Mormon
    6. Your testimony (also not evidence). It's just what you believe.

  10. Minderellah says:

    There’s no box for ‘not good’ and I strongly encourage you to check reality.

  11. JWJ BROS says:

    Check out his book on the "Infinite Atonement." It was the best book I have ever read on the atonement. Very smooth and eloquent and you won't be disappointed.

  12. James Hendrick says:

    in 2000 I read the book of Mormon trying to divide it like a political scientist would. But in 2001 when I lost my volunteer job I begin reading the book of Mormon with we're on 10th and developed a testimony of its truth. This began in February of 2001. On July 8th 2001 I enter the Waters of baptism confident that the Church is true and that the Book of Mormon is true.

  13. Tina Rossi says:

    Galatians 1:6-9 King James Version (KJV)

    6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

    7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

    8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

    9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

  14. Jensen Crazies says:

    At .30 seconds in to the video you say after leaving the church it "ruins" you for any other church. That is simply not true, the truth lies in Jesus! You dont need the mormon church, all you need is Jesus and the bible. This is just another way the mormon church keeps people blind to the truth! You can THRIVE outside of the mormon indoctrination!

  15. Trent Pehrson says:

    Claims without evidence (empirical evidence), or more importantly, claims that defy empirical evidence, warrant being ignored, despite any feelings.

  16. saxy Ricks says:

    Some of the most compelling stories in the New Testament are when Jesus Christ confronts his critics, such as the Scribes and Pharisees, directly. It would be interesting to see Elder Callister discuss Book of Mormon issues with a knowledgeable critic.

  17. Jesse says:

    See what google or wikipedia have to say about “ Reformed Egyptian “ lol

  18. Michael Hursh says:

    read it. it another witness of Christ divine calling. it is like the Bible but different. there are prophets and good and bad people. read it you love it.

  19. Rory The Red says:

    Where are the Tablets? Where is the archaeological evidence in Nth America? The church of LDS appears as bogus and fraudulent as Islam, the creation of a man's vivid imagination.

  20. William Bakos says:

    I read the BoM, studied with missionaries, studied with an LDS girlfriend and her family and RM brother. I attended the local ward and even went to the Kirtland temple. I had been raised in a half Catholic half Protestant family but was pretty much an agnostic drug and alcohol addict. When I prayed about the BoM I told God I was ready to worship Him however He desired even if it meant disappointing my non LDS family members.
    However, when I prayed God told me twice that His words were in the Bible and not in the BoM. This was the most powerful and life changing moment in my life. I prayed again and got the same answer. Since then I have immersed myself in studying the Bible and God has worked miracles in my life in removing my addictions, strengthening my faith and trust in Him, and giving me assurance that I have eternal life all because of my faith in Jesus's sacrifice on the cross and his resurrection. Jesus is truly enough.

  21. 1325TEA says:

    Actually, I am reading the 1830 edition of the Book of Mormon, but why all the scriptural changes as compared with today's version?

  22. Paul Swinney says:

    So… its an ad for his book?!

  23. Jim Adams says:

    A case for the Book of Mormon, I was expecting some new discoveries proving it to be true. Not the case. Same story, read it, pray and have an emotional response. The church continues to lie, manipulate, and steal from it's members. How can people take this stuff seriously? I just don't understand.

  24. Mark linger says:

    Twisted truth and lies.. I pray for all you mormons.

  25. David Hogg says:

    LDS confusion: who is all-mighty, the Father or the Son?

    St. Mark 14:

    36 And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.

    “… all things are possible unto thee. … “ … therefore the Father is all-mighty.

    Revelation1 :

    5 And from ***Jesus Christ***, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

    6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

    7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

    8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, **the Almighty.**

  26. David Hogg says:

    The LDS cannot get its story straight:
    The Introduction t the BoM staes JS "translated" the BoM from gold plates.
    Yet
    The LDS Gospel Topic Essay The Book of Mormon Translation admits what actully happened was that JS dictated the BoM ot his wife Emma and Oliver Cowdrey what the had his head in a hat with a seer stone!!!!!!!!

  27. Virtual TV Media says:

    A Powerful Account and Case!!! It is True and all who read with sincerity Know that and Love it . It has changed my life and that of my family and for that we will eternally grateful to Heavenly Father for his Prophets and his Book of Mormon.

  28. David Stout says:

    I am a "NoMo" who has read and enjoyed the BoM four or five times now. I agree with it's teaching but still have no doubt that Smith wrote it. I say this as someone who did his senior history dissertation on the rise of American Revivalism. The BiM fits perfectly into early 19th century evangelicalism. It's sermons are simply good revival preaching mixed with KJV texts and a storyline that again fits very well in Smith's time period. I would add that he was not uneducated (the LDS has got to lose that trope.) But had the normal education for his day. We have letters and histories and the entire D&C, all of which he dictated. Add in the fact that his scribes could not always see Joseph during the BoM process and it becomes entirely possible for him to have had a cheat sheet upon occasion. He was a good storyteller and preached at Methodist meetings. In short, his writing/dictating the BoM was impressive but hardly impossible. This video also sidesteps the issue of whether or not historical facts are determined by prayer or historical research. As I said, I can affirm the book's message but praying about it's historicity is like praying to know who won the Battle of Hastings. If prayer could answer history questions my college exams would have been a breeze. This video needs to be reworked if it's going to speak to anyone who isn't already LDS or already leaning that way. It also needs to address the fact that LDS theological distinctives are not in the BoM.

  29. Burkhold St. Rudderberg says:

    A chain is no stronger than its weakest link. Mormonism's weakest link is the Book of Abraham – a scientifically PROVEN fraud! ( YouTube is replete with information on the Book of Abraham. ) Due to his involvement on the Book of Abraham, NOTHING Joseph Smith ever wrote can be trusted. Joseph Smith was a fraud and a false prophet! Every living Mormon is being deceived — even Mitt Romney ! How can you trust the intelligence of a deceived a person?

  30. Barb Rickford says:

    You’re deceived.

  31. David Holdstock says:

    There are problems with the above upload. One is the statement that:
    "There is no credible historical dispute that the Book of Mormon, over 500 pages in length,
    was translated by Joseph Smith in about 65 days." 7.26.
    The speaker implies that Smith translated over 500 pages of material, but this is WRONG.
    Smith didn't have to come up with THAT much material because:

    1) Much of the BOM was copied straight from the KJV Bible. For example, 18 pages are taken from Isaiah in 2 Nephi.
    2) On average 15-20% of each page in the BOM is taken up with notes and references at the bottom.
    3) Each chapter is preceeded by paragraph explaining to the reader what the chapter will be about (about 5% of each page.)
    4) The remaining material is incredibly long-winded, and the sentences could, in many cases be reduced to half the size.
    Some of the stories are based on Bible stories slighlty altered, and in one case a dream which Smith's Father had.

    To sum up:
    Being generous Smith came up with about 380 pages of very repetitious material. Even this could be much reduced by
    further editing.
    So we see, that a mormon claim that superficially sounds impressive, melts away when we look closer.

  32. Aaron Frampton says:

    Mormonism is to Christianity what Islam is to Judaism…a made up knockoff religion. Most Mormons arent even aware of the ridiculous claims in their own church history.

  33. denver bevins says:

    Escape! The word and the truth the BoM speaks about is not the BoM. It's something else. People who have live a life in prison or in the military – anyone institutionalized will have a hard time moving on. Learn truth. Get out.

  34. Procopto Dee says:

    Mormons have the highest rate of divorce, suicide, depression and many other statistics, pray for how much you need this occult controlled by Lucifer. Remember the words of Christ say I knew you not is specifically speaking about occult’s like Mormonism

  35. Jill Major says:

    Thank you!

  36. kdeltatube says:

    72 drafts, wow, I believe it. Joseph had the power!

  37. Janet Gaurie says:

    "You ruin you for any other church." I like that. Where do you go when you leave the church? I am still bothered though about the story of the golden plates. It invites ridicule. What's wrong with having the plates come to light? Why hide them?

  38. BR says:

    The Book of Mormon has the same linguistic mistakes as the King James Bible and uses King James era language sentence construction which proves it is from a modern era. Also, JS did not use urim and thummin. He used a seer stone in a hat. Gospel topics confirm that.

  39. Eric O'Connell says:

    There is nothing in the BoM that cannot be found in the Bible. And if BoM is so essential to salvation, what happens to all those Christians BEFORE Joseph Smith and Brigham Young?
    BoM is NOT divinely inspired, but rather demonically inspired. As a testament to this assertion, I leave you with Revelations 22:18-19 to ruminate: “I testify to everyone who hears the words of prophecy in this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes away from the words of this book of prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.”

  40. Kokanauka says:

    You're right, once you leave, you do know too much for any church. You know that Noah's flood never happened, the Garden of Eden events never happened, and that believing things based on feelings instead of evidence is how you get takwn advantage of. It may take some time, but eventually you realize that most likely there is no God of any kind, and that the soul is just a wish we thought up to help cope with the loss of a loved one. It can be liberating to learn that certain things are not sins but are human nature, and it can be sobering to learn that you're not going to live forever…
    But in the end, it's better to believe in reality than in a wishful dream.

  41. chaaruzuchibi says:

    I love the Book of Mormon. It is a true book of the Lord. I’ve studied all the materials claimed to deny the validity of this book and find for myself the obvious weaknesses and motivations for such claims. This is simple, anyone humble enough to know the Holy Bible to be true can know the Book of Mormon to be the same.

  42. Saintg 4fun says:

    $1.5 Billion City Creek Center. ALL tithing funds. Have you received your dividends from the profits?? I guess Jesus just wanted to sell coffee and cheap suits to upper-middle class and the wealthy.

  43. Yvonne Tholl says:

    Christianity has nothing to do with Religion. Christ’s True Church is in the heart and spirit of man. Not to say there isn’t Christians that attend the Mormon church. But it’s not exclusive to the Mormons. I know this to be true because I have had the spiritual awakening of Jesus Christ’s Grace. I have seen the sale pitch from the Mormons, Johova witness, Joseph Smith was not a Prophet nor has the earth have a prophet in the Church of Jesus Christ of Ladder Day Saints. Religions want your money. How do they get it? Scare you and then comfort you of the fear they put into your head. Hog Wash!

  44. Travis Wayne Goodsell says:

    Tad you know faith is what needs to be strengthened not testimony. If the Book of Mormon is not historically, geographically (which it is from Western New York's Mound Indians which was from Solomon Spaulding's Manuscript Found), or scientifically true, but it is true because of the plagiarism from the 1769 KJV you set up for Mormons a false narrative and conclusion telling Mormons they're ruined for other religions. You are the Sunday School General President right? You do know the truth and yet you're trying to deceive Mormons about this? What are you doing!

  45. Gethsemane Sam says:

    Anyone who's honest should at least understand how impressive the Book of Mormon is.
    I actually spoken with hardline Orthodox Christians who've intensely studied the Book of Mormon and have gone so far as to give conspiracy theories such as that the book must've probably been ghost written over generations by secret freemasonic occultists all with the intent of one day publishing it in order to deceive people. That was the only way they could make sense of it.

  46. ursula1815 says:

    Galations 1:6-9

    6
     I am amazed that you are so quickly forsaking the one who called you by [the] grace [of Christ] for a different gospel
    7
    (not that there is another). But there are some who are disturbing you and wish to pervert the gospel of Christ.
    8
     But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach [to you] a gospel other than the one that we preached to you, let that one be accursed!
    9
    As we have said before, and now I say again, if anyone preaches to you a gospel other than the one that you received, let that one be accursed!

  47. turk 19 says:

    I have asked every Mormon that has come to my door, what does the book of Mormon have that's already not in the Bible not a one of them has been able to answer. I'll ask it to all you Mormons out there you show me one thing pertenant in the book of Mormon that is missing from the Bible and maybe I'll consider reading it, until then the Bible is going to be just fine for me.
    after all the Bible says that it is all you need to read to be perfectly furnished for God no other books are necessary

  48. Glen O'Bryant says:

    Why is the Bible use for archeology still today, but the book of Mormon not found anywhere on the face of the earth?                                                                                                                                                                              Why has the book of Mormon had 4000 revisions?Why does the books that your church studies all contradict each other?                                                                                                                                                                                           Wasn't the book of Abraham proven to be false, that the scrolls it was translated from was a burial scroll that told of the life of the mummified persons body?Why isn't the hill of Camorra excavated to prove that is where the great battle took place?Why isn't there maps in these books showing where the cities were, and a history of these people found in the ground, the Bible leads people to the place where it said thing happened, So is it really corrupted?

  49. moyikai says:

    Can't get past the fact that the title is "5-Minute Fireside", but it's over 9 minutes long. Good message, but the irony of a case for literary accuracy with an inaccurate title is too distracting. …just call it 10-minute fireside or something.

  50. Uridien 1 says:

    They left comments open? Ohhhhh boy.

  51. Jonathan Smalley says:

    Thank you Brother Callister! I pray that we can all have "eyes to see and ears to hear", putting aside opinions and fears (and all the lies crafted thwart revelation from heaven) and peruse the truth that our loving God is ready to give us if we humbly "ask", "seek" and "knock" to receive it from him.

  52. Rme Man says:

    Brother Callister, I enjoyed your video and it came at a perfect time for me. I still remember when you played basketball at the Glendale Third Ward (Bishop Barlow). Although it has been many years the church leadership at that time forged an unforgettable testimony in my heart. All of you shared your testimony through kindness,love, and righteous living. I'm still fighting the good fight and have come to know that the church is true through personal revelation. I've found that my faith is powerful and can be easily lost in a moment when I veer away from all that is centered around the gospel. I hope you and all of your family are well, thank you for your message.

  53. Broken & Fixed says:

    Revelations 22:18-21

  54. Launa 2121 says:

    Call the Book anything you want except historical. But Bro T. didn't call it historical, did he? Divine, poetic but not historical. Not anymore…
    It would also be intellectually honest and morally responsible to cite contextual changes (past and future). At least he acknowledged changes, though still dismissing doctrinal shifts as "mostly" grammatical.

  55. Oscar's Chaos Divine says:

    I add my witness that “the Book of Mormon is the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man will get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book” i also witness that Joseph Smith though an imperfect man is a prophet of God. And that he restored the true church of Jesus Christ

  56. C A says:

    I love the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, too. Way above my understanding but the Spirit whispers the truthfulness of them unto me.

  57. BethanyBatheTaylor says:

    I know by faith in Christ, that this book is definitely another testimony of Jesus Christ. If you do not know yet, I invite you to seek out a testimony by reading it and then sincerely praying. 😊

  58. Troy says:

    Same old narrative. I realized how deluded I was once I branched out to other religions. In each of these, there were people bearing the same strong spiritual testimony that I grew up hearing in the LDS church. Even cult leaders use the same tactic, they tell you to pray and ask God if it is true, and they receive the same answers LDS members do. (look up Heaven's Gate, their members bore the same strong testimony LDS members do, their leader told them to pray to God for the truth. They were so committed that they committed suicide together). The LDS church has made an effort recently to address the issues, and the only leg they have to stand on…is prayer. So unless somebody can prove that the spirit LDS feel is more correct that the spirit everybody else feels. That leg becomes a straw, easily broken. I am fine with LDS members living their lives that way because it makes them happy. But what if it doesn't? Can people leave with their dignity? Why do LDS members reject their family members when they choose another path? Anti-Mormons are created because of how the LDS church and it's members treat people when they leave. The growth of the LDS church is dwindling, and soon to go into the negatives(it was 1.2 percent this year and the children of record statistic is the only reason it's not in the negatives already). The number of baptisms per missionary in the USA is down to 1.5 per 2 years. I don't think that that the membership number is one you can tout when the Seventh Day Adventist church began 30 years after the LDS and already has 25 million members. I like the LDS people, they are overall a good bunch, but to believe that you are feeling something other people aren't, is just delusional.

  59. Troy says:

    For how important temple work is, you would think it would be practiced over a 1000 year period. Not one mention in the BOM though.

  60. Charles Brown says:

    The Holy Ghost manifested to me as a 17-year-old young man that the Book of Mormon was from God and a testament of Christ. I joined the church. I knew in my soul it was true. 45 years later as a much older man, I have witnessed the effects of the Book, the power of the Spirit, the leadership of the prophets, the covenants and everything the gospel and church represents as a standard for a happy life. The Book of Mormon has openly faced and withstood all of its critics and their unconvincing arguments and will continue to do so, and sincere souls everywhere will see its goodness and know it is from God.

  61. Cassidy McCurdy says:

    Great video!

  62. Darrin Petersen says:

    It's similar to reading View Of The Hebrews. Imagine that!

  63. Sadie Trego says:

    This message make me so Happy 😌 I have tears of joy. Congratulations to his daughter back in 6th grade.

  64. Penni Eads says:

    The Bible does the same thing, so the Book of Mormon does not stand alone.

  65. Sherilyn Vincent says:

    More LDS rubbish. Lies from their father the Devil.

  66. Jean Bodie says:

    Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O LORD, God of hosts. Jeremiah 15:16

  67. Jean Bodie says:

    Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O LORD, God of hosts. Jeremiah 15:16

    "A Bible, a Bible – we have a Bible…"

  68. Vital Brad says:

    The Book of Mormon IS true!!

  69. Braden Barnes says:

    Imma press X to doubt on the book of mormon

  70. Sampath Rathnayaka says:

    what do you want to know if the book is true? the way to find book of mormon is true not praying not listening to anyone else belief. just have to go through history how it came to Joseph smith's hands? is there any evidence there was such chrstian indians in the amricas etc.. you think when you kneel down and pray you will get good answer about history?

  71. Young Guava says:

    The original book of Mormon teaches about the beliefs of holy Trinity and later changed it.

  72. doidletp says:

    The Koran has the exact same evidences for it's truthfulness. As do many other holy books.

  73. bob sandone says:

    Thank you for your testimony !!

  74. Rex Mormon says:

    Callister your friend just found out that the BITE model was too strong and pulled him back. You are correct that trying to prove that the BoM is historically true is riddled with issues as B.H.Roberts, Arrington, Quinn, Bushman, and while we are at it, Fawn Brodie, Ann Eliza Young, the Tanners, etc., .etc., ad nauseum, that the BoM is NOT a historical book, as was taught for over 100 YEARS in the church, but that it's really, more…figurative, more…story-ish…but that would make it a piece of fiction/psuedohistory, whereas the Bible at least has actual towns mentioned, that still exist…ok…the BoM does mention Jerusalem….I'll give it that

  75. vendingguy47 says:

    I just saw Ether 12:27 in a new light in relation to managing my mental wellness rather than allowing it to manage me.

  76. Rchl Bean says:

    If you pray about these things you'll know they're true. Pray I beg you. God is all knowing and has power to tell you the truth. He can move the Red Sea, He can move mountains, He heals the blind, the sick and afflicted if not this then how could he not tell your if it's true or not? Listen to God. He loves you. Pray. I have and know it's true.

  77. Liisa Glandorf says:

    Each of those verses come from similar thoughts of the Bible. Maybe that's why they sound so inspirational. Ever wonder why so many people have doubts in your church? Maybe it's because of all the ridiculous things in the Book of Mormon. Your "Other Evidences" are so stretched beyond fact that they would never stand up to anyone outside your church. This whole Fireside was evidence of what little facts there are behind your church. You reminded me of how often you have to convince people that your church is true and how hard you have to convince yourself that your church is true. My Jesus needs no convincing. The gospel found in 1 Cor. 15:1-4 is the only gospel that should be preached, not a "gospel" of a list of things that you have to follow.

  78. Jeff Howell says:

    Perhaps the reason so many people doubt the claims….is because the claims require a belief in magic, a belief in people talking from the sky…..and in reality….day to day real life, those things don't happen.

  79. Ben V says:

    I love the Book of Mormon and I know it is true.

  80. A Tangerine says:

    I, too, had a case for my BOM — it was blue with a zipper — I put both in the trash.

  81. Saurasenas Corgan says:

    Thank you for posting.

    So the evidence of the Book of Mormons truthfulness is it's language. Okay, lets take a look at its language. To anyone who has a King James Version of the Bible the language of the BOM should look familiar. In fact there are many verses in the BOM that are identical to those in the 1769 KJV. In fact they are so identical that they even contain King James Bible translation errors!! This should raise an eyebrow as Smith claimed to not only have instruments to assist him in the translation process but also "the gift and power of God." So even with the Urim & Thummim, the seer stone and "the gift and power of God" Smith still couldn't come up with the correct translation. Does that make sense? But of course the prophet can't be wrong, so FAIRMORMON has no problem throwing God under the bus with their explanation for KJV translation mistakes occurring in the Book of Mormon because "the LORD revealed them to Joseph in that manner." Interesting… the LORD made the mistakes, not Smith.

    Let's just take a moment to look at the language of the Book of Mormon, but first turn to Isaiah 54:8 in the King James Bible. In the beginning of this verse the words "In a little" were not translated correctly. The Hebrew word transliterated shetseph means "flood, downpour, overflowing." Gesenius' Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon: "Shetseph, once found, Isa., 54:8, an inundation (pouring out) or wrath." Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, "Lit., in a gush or burst, of wrath, which, however terrible at the time, endured but for a moment." You can see here how the language of this verse developed:

    Coverdale "Whe I was angrie"
    Great Bible "When I was angry"
    Geneva Bible "For a moment, in mine anger"
    Bishops Bible "When I was angry"
    1611 KJV "In a little wrath"
    1769 KJV "In a little wrath"

    Most modern Bible versions have the correct "In a surge of anger" or "In overflowing wrath."

    Now turn to 3 Nephi 22:8 and take a look at how Smith copied this verse straight from the 1769 King James Bible. See how the Book of Mormon has "In a little wrath" – what a strange occurrence. Are we to believe that the ancient plates contained this 17th century translation mistake? Witnesses to the translation of the Book of Mormon describe the process as extremely literal, word-for-word (Smith would have his face buried in the hat with the seer stone in it. Something resembling parchment would appear with the reformed Egyptian and under it the interpretation in English. Smith would read off the English to his scribe who would then record it, after the word was repeated and correct it would disappear and another character with the interpretation would appear). Are we to believe that the words "In a little wrath" appeared in Smith's hat? Was the Urim & Thummim broken? Did the seer stone not work properly? Did the LORD make a boo-boo? LDS apologists are quick to blame anyone but Smith, but clearly this is not a scribal or printer error (and it's definitely not the LORD's fault). It's clear the 1769 KJV was the source for 3 Nephi 22:8, not ancient plates. This is not an isolated incident as there are many other examples of 1769 KJV translation errors found in the Book of Mormon.

    Orson Pratt once said, "The Book of Mormon must be either true of false. If true, it is one of the most important messages ever sent from God… if false, it is one of the most cunning, wicked, bold, deep-laid impositions ever palmed upon the world, calculated to deceive and ruin millions." The LDS missionaries misuse James 1:5 in an attempt to get the person to rely on their feelings. But when taken into context the verse is talking about asking for wisdom in times of temptations and trials… it's not talking about asking God whether a book is true or not. Instead the LORD tells us to "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." In the Greek the word translated here as "prove" means "to recognize as genuine after examination, to approve, deem worthy." So we are to EXAMINE the Book of Mormon (not pray over it) before concluding that it's the real deal. The appearance of King James Bible translation mistakes in the Book of Mormon suggest that Smith was not being truthful about the origin of the Book of Mormon and it's translation process.

  82. Pamela Campbell says:

    Can we trust a man who gives a "5-Minute Fireside" in only 9 minutes?

  83. Jesus Is The Plan There is No Plan B says:

    This is so sad this man even though he is a good man is still spreading lies about the truthfulness of the book of Mormon please remember it is only through Jesus Christ that we can enter the kingdom of heaven and find peace with him John chapter 14 verse six

  84. Daniel Carpenter says:

    The movement to ignore the history of this book, and focus on the message of the gospel is front and center. He says to ignore if this is historically true, and then talks about the events as though they are.

    I can do the same thing to star wars, but no matter how many lessons I can learn from Luke and Yoda, I will never believe in the force. The bible is amazing because it is truth, and the message it has about God loving us is beautiful.

  85. Aaron Tonga says:

    Phalse prophet ,
    The bible warns us about false prophets…

  86. snowboardutah3 says:

    65 days to translate the book of Mormon? That's like 9 pages a day.

  87. Chris Kendall says:

    Check out mormonstories and thinkerofthoughts as part of your research

  88. helamana says:

    As our Ward’s Sunday School President and Gospel Doctrine teacher (one Sunday a month) I challenged our teachers to read the Book of Mormon by the end of the year. I challenged them 2 1/2 weeks ago. Yesterday i finished it and will start again on Monday after my class this weekend. I love the Book of Mormon at the same time I’m teaching the New Testament ❤️❤️❤️❤️
    This Sunday in our lesson in Hebrews 7-13

  89. DK412724 says:

    Joseph Smith translated, Oliver Cowdery transcribed. All written changes, errors, are due to Oliver Cowdery who simply was writing what he heard. There was bound to be countless changes with this type of transcription/translation.

  90. EJ Johnstone says:

    The Bible is around 6000 years old the history books testify to the validity of it, why would God need another book… is it just to confuse with contradictory rules? Doing works to gain entry to heaven puts you in control…not God …making Jesus sacrifice unnecessary.

  91. mrbobevans says:

    The old taxman has a ton of knowledge in that mind of his.

  92. Chris Kendall says:

    5:28 how did JS write these phrases? He didn’t. The BOM was largely plagiarized from the King james bible. There were never any plates.

  93. Russell Ash says:

    My feeling is that this is an overly simplistic narrative designed to intentionally overestimate some things , and underestimate others, to make the things seem impossible. 

    65 days? He had 6 YEARS of time to prepare for what I view as a sort of creative performance from the time that he announced the book until the time it was completed. His talent wasn't with writing, but was with speaking/dictating–and he showed an incredible ability to dictate and create with many other projects that clearly were not ancient. He had an obsession with issues of religion and theology like today's kids have with sports figures and video games. I don't think he had any sort of full manuscript written up, but I think he'd done a lot of planning and homework. Maybe had a rough outline to draw from. Probably a rough map. Probably some names or place names worked out. We know from Lucy's accounts that he had lots of practice telling stories about these people for hours on end years before the book was put on paper. I imagine he prepared for the next days sections the day before dictating them–running through it in his mind, and keeping notes. One account says when he "couldn't translate anymore" he'd go out in the woods and "pray"–which would allow him any time he needed to to take a break and review notes or plan the next section when needed. It is clear as day that he did reference the King James Bible during translation, which at leasts opens the door to the possibility that he may have referenced other notes as well at times. Two of the key witnesses of translation that the simplistic narratives are based upon only directly assisted with the lost 116 pages (Emma and Martin). Although I find it conceivable that Joseph could potentially have done this creative performance with his face in a hat the whole time, it's entirely possible that it didn't all occur that way even if some parts of it did occur that way (again, the clear use of extended sections of King James passages alone suggest it wasn't always that simple), and that he and Oliver viewed various preparations as part of the process of preparing to translate and receive inspiration (which is the sort of process that the D&C describes when it speaks about "studying it out" first). 
    There is no need to feel bound by the overly simplistic narrative that is put forward. I have no problem admitting that what Joseph did was very impressive, but it does not require invoking miracles to explain. I'm a pretty good guitar player, but my brain can't even fathom doing what many guitar players are able to do. Similarly, what Joseph did is not something that just any of us could do. But the real kicker is that none of it is anywhere near impressive enough to overcome the mountains of issues that very clearly expose the book as a 19th century creation.

  94. Johnny Longfeather says:

    9 minutes.

  95. David Wade says:

    The Book of Mormon is the word of God and has helped me through life. Thanks for posting

  96. Gesu Cristo says:

    THE WELL KNOWN DOCUMENTED TRUTH IS THE BOOK OF MORMON IS A BUNK AND THE LDS RELIGION A FAKE. JESUS LOVES YOU BUT DO NOT PLAY GAMES WITH YOUR SOUL. READ THE NEW TESTAMENT AND PRAY HUMBLY AND THE LORD JESUS SHALL SAVE YOU WITH HIS ALMIGHTY LOVE

  97. Me Too says:

    I know the Book of Mormon is definitely blue.

  98. Salt Rock City says:

    Nephi said it best…

    10 And now, my beloved brethren, and also Jew, and all ye ends of the earth, hearken unto these words and believe in Christ; and if ye believe not in these words believe in Christ. And if ye shall believe in Christ ye will believe in these words, for they are the words of Christ, and he hath given them unto me; and they teach all men that they should do good.
    11 And if they are not the words of Christ, judge ye—for Christ will show unto you, with power and great glory, that they are his words, at the last day; and you and I shall stand face to face before his bar; and ye shall know that I have been commanded of him to write these things, notwithstanding my weakness.

  99. Jeff says:

    30 seconds in he states. Once you leave the lds church it ruins you for any other church. This is just more lds SPIN and lies. No once you leave the lds church you are free. Free to find the truth. After you find the truth about a The Book of Abraham and all the other books are false. It takes years to rebuild and I am Thankful Jesus Christ. The true Jesus Christ kept knocking until I opened. Once you find the true Jesus it is so freeing. Stop spreading false books and lies LDS CHURCH

  100. scott soward says:

    Any honest reader of the Book of Mormon will discover how profoundly preposterous the claim is that Joseph Smith wrote the book himself. The book is truly a miraculous gift from a loving Father in Heaven to his children on earth today. Dare read its pages! And see if you are not humbled to your knees as you learn of Jesus Christ, his marvelous teachings and infinite sacrifice, and his love for you. It will change your life as it has mine.

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