227.2: The Book of Mormon (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 4)

“Remember the New Covenant, Even the Book of Mormon”


We spent all last year digging deeply into and “feasting upon” the Book of Mormon. Virtually all readers of the Book of Mormon would agree that this is the most important use of the Book of Mormon–to read it to nourish us spiritually and gain inspiration from it, to use it as a catalyst to expand our souls and improve our lives. These are the functions of the Book of Mormon.

The readings of this lesson invite us to go “behind the scenes” a bit and examine some of the more technical questions. How did Joseph translate the Book of Mormon? What are our sources for this process? What does internal evidence suggest about the nature of the Book of Mormon? What can we know about the plates? What do we make of the “Reformed Egyptian” characters Joseph took to Charles Anton? What can we know about the lost 116 pages? And why does any of this matter?

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Student Reading: Joseph Smith—History 1:27–65; Doctrine and Covenants 3; 5; 10; 17; 20:5–15; 84:54–62; Our Heritage, pages 5–10., 1 Nephi 9:6, Moroni 10:3–5 “The Testimony of Three Witnesses” and “The Testimony of Eight Witnesses” in the introductory material of the Book of Mormon, D&C 1:29, D&C 19:26–27,   D&C 33:16,   D&C 42:12

Additional Teacher Reading: D&C 30:1–2; 1 Nephi 9:2–5; Words of Mormon 1:3–7; 2 Nephi 27:12–14; Ether 5:1–3; Ether 5:4; Moroni 10:3–5; Malachi 3; Malachi 4;  Isaiah 11; D&C 113:1–6; Acts 3:22–23;  Joel 2:28–32; D&C 1, 11, 18, 20, 27, 42, 84, 135

This amazing episode will open your eyes to all there is to learn about the Book of Mormon that you think you know. KC and Lisa discuss with historian Don Bradley who contributes his expertise.

Continue the conversation by posting your comments and questions here, in the facebook group, or email them to me at MormonSundaySchool at gmail.


You can access my Lesson Notes here.

You can access my Reading Notes here.


Recommended Reading

  • Terryl Givens, By the Hand of Mormon (Deseret Book or Amazon; Kindle is under $10)
  • Brandt Gardner, The Gift and Power: Translating the Book of Mormon
  • See the Lesson notes for more recommendations.


In addition to James Estrada of Oak Street Audio, thanks are due to William Newman for his postproduction refinement, and to Trent Oliphant for updating the episode.

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