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April 02, 2012


Understanding Mormonism

With Mitt Romney likely to be the first Mormon presidential candidate, this new book should spark a lot interest: The Book of Mormon: A Biography by Paul Gutjahr.

"Late one night in 1823 Joseph Smith, Jr., was reportedly visited in his family's farmhouse in upstate New York by an angel named Moroni. According to Smith, Moroni told him of a buried stack of gold plates that were inscribed with a history of the Americas' ancient peoples, and which would restore the pure Gospel message as Jesus had delivered it to them. Thus began the unlikely career of the Book of Mormon, the founding text of the Mormon religion, and perhaps the most important sacred text ever to originate in the United States."












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