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That Which You Have Translated, Which You Have Retained

TitleThat Which You Have Translated, Which You Have Retained
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsJones, Clifford P.
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
KeywordsHarris, Martin; Linguistic Analysis; Printer's Manuscript of the Book of Mormon; Resumptive Structure; Textual Analysis; Words of Mormon

I propose that our current Words of Mormon in the Book of Mormon was originally a second chapter of the book of Mosiah following an initial chapter that was part of the lost 116 pages. When Joseph Smith gave the first 116 pages to Martin Harris, he may have retained a segment of the original manuscript that contained our Words of Mormon, consistent with the Lord’s reference “that which you have translated, which you have retained” (D&C 10:41). A comprehensive review of contextual information indicates that the chapter we call Words of Mormon may actually be the first part of this retained segment.


Scripture Reference

Words of Mormon 1:1
Doctrine and Covenants 10:41