The "Author" and the "Finisher" of the Book of Mormon

TitleThe "Author" and the "Finisher" of the Book of Mormon
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsButler, John M.
EditorNyman, Monte S., and Charles D. Tate, Jr.
Book TitleThe Book of Mormon: Fourth Nephi Through Moroni, From Zion to Destruction
PublisherReligious Studies Center, Brigham Young University
CityProvo, UT
KeywordsAuthorship; Joseph Smith; Mormon; Moroni; Prophet

In the Church we speak of Jesus Christ as the author and finisher of our faith. This paper examines and compares Mormon as an “author” and Joseph Smith as a “finisher” of the Book of Mormon. Perhaps no other prophet personifies the preparation and achievements of Joseph Smith better than the prophet Mormon. He was a type for the Prophet Joseph—foreshadowing Joseph’s life and important mission.