Tuesday, June 11, 2013
What is Ether's Cave?
The Book of Mormon is an account of how God remembered and kept sacred covenants with several groups of his people who migrated from the Old World to the Americas before the time of Christ. This record was prepared by ancient prophets and was preserved by God to come forth at a future day.
In 1823, the angel Moroni, the last of the prophets who kept that record, appeared to Joseph Smith Jr. and informed him that this ancient record, written upon plates which had the appearance of gold, was buried near his home, near Palymra New York and contained the fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and heralded important events that would occur in the Latter-days previous his second coming. In 1827, Moroni delivered this record into the custody of Joseph Smith who was enabled to translate the book into English through the “gift and power of God.”
The Book of Mormon is a true account of God’s dealings with his ancient American covenant people and today is held to be scripture by more than 14 million members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints across the world. As one of these I believe the Book of Mormon is true in its testimony and its sacred teachings. My life has been greatly blessed as I have studied and learned more about that Book and even more so as I have tried to follow its teachings.
“Ether’s Cave” is where I share my semi-random reflections on the Book of Mormon. These include personal insights, interpretations of the text, perspectives on controversial questions, and news about contemporary scholarship on the Book of Mormon which I hope may be of interest to others.