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|Title||Becoming a People of the Books: Early Converts and the Book of Mormon|
|Year of Publication||2018|
|Authors||Johnson, Janiece L.|
|Date Published||2 October 2018|
|Publisher||Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship|
|Place Published||Provo, UT|
|Keywords||Book of Mormon; Conversion; Early Church History; Joseph Smith; Missionary Work; Revelation; Translation|
As Joseph Smith’s translation of the Book of Mormon neared completion, he assured close associates that “a great call for our books” had already commenced. Fresh leather-bound copies of the first edition were published and sold beginning March 26, 1830, before the translator had become prophet, before a new church had been founded. How did its initial readers respond to this “Golden Bible”? Was it counterfeit or divine? Was it the “greatest piece of superstition” or a “revelation from God”? What would it be to them, personally? How did early Latter-day Saints develop a relationship with this new scriptural text?
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