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The spiritual text that forms the basis of Mormonism, in the last edition edited by its founder, Joseph Smith, Jr.
The Book of Mormon is one of the most influential, as well as controversial, religious documents in American history, and is regarded as sacred scripture by followers around the world, including members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the fourth-largest religious body in the United States. According to Mormon belief, The Book of Mormon was inscribed on golden plates by ancient prophets. It contains stories of ancient peoples migrating from the Near East to the Americas, and also explains that Jesus Christ appeared to the New World after his resurrection. The golden plates were discovered in upstate New York and translated by Joseph Smith, Jr., under the guidance of an angel, Moroni. From this divine revelation, Smith founded the Mormon sect, which is now comprised of more than 12.5 million members worldwide.
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About the Author
Joseph Smith, Jr., is the founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is regarded as a divine prophet and the translator of The Book of Mormon, having been given the divine gift of interpretation after he was led to the golden plates on which the book was written. He translated the book in 1829.
Laurie Maffly-Kipp, PhD, is the Archer Alexander Distinguished Professor at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis. Her publications are many and include Women’s Work: From Antebellum America to the Harlem Renaissance; American Scriptures: An Anthology of Sacred Writings; and Setting Down the Sacred Past: African-American Race Histories. Maffly-Kipp taught for twenty-four years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Religious Studies and American Studies. She holds a PhD in American History from Yale University.