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|Title||It Came from Beyond|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2020|
|Authors||Peterson, Daniel C.|
|Journal||Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Faith and Scholarship|
|Keywords||Damnation; Early Church History; Joseph Smith; Plan of Salvation; Revelation; Three Degrees of Glory|
The early Latter-day Saints viewed the Book of Mormon not only as a symbol of Joseph Smith’s prophetic calling but also as the most powerful evidence for that calling. However, perhaps because they were ardent believers in the Bible who had been formed in a distinctly Bible-drenched culture and perhaps also because many of them had come to the Book of Mormon relatively late in their lives, they tended to quote from the Nephite record only rarely. Surprisingly, this was the case even for Joseph Smith himself — which can be taken as a sign that he didn’t write the book.
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