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Antiquarian bookseller Mark James confirmed to Alison Flood of the Guardian that the sale was likely record-breaking, but noted it did not take into account inflation. (According to Tad Walch of Deseret News, a publication owned by the LDS Church, the $30.8 million paid by Gates would be worth $49 million today. Still, as Reid Moon, owner of Moon's Rare Books in Provo, Utah, tells him, "for actual dollars paid, this does set a record.")
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The Book of Mormon (properly titled The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ) is a sacred book of scripture that testifies of Jesus Christ and explains the Lord's dealings with His people in the ancient Americas. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God and a companion testament to the Holy Bible. Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon into English in the 1820s, and others have since translated the English version into dozens of languages. The book contains a promise that whoever reads it sincerely, ponders its contents and asks God if it is true will receive that knowledge by the power of the Holy Ghost.
The burden of persecution and gossip, which had forced Joseph to move around while translating, was such that Joseph prayed to God for help in bearing this burden. God revealed to him that others could see the golden plates. These three men, Oliver Cowdery, Martin Harris, and David Whitmer, saw an angel who showed them the plates and commanded them to testify about the truth of the book. Their testimony, called The Testimony of Three Witnesses, is affixed to the front of every edition of the Book of Mormon. It says, in part:
This section includes the abridgement and records of Mormon, for whom the book was named. He took the records of the people and summarized their history. This covers the books from Words of Mormon, which are an introduction to his abridgement, through Mormon chapter 7. The books deal with the period from about 130 B.C. to sometime after AD 400. They include many accounts of preaching and wars. The prophet Alma and his son called Alma the Younger, are central figures for the first part of this history. Alma was converted by another prophet named Abinadi. He and his son became great missionaries and in their days many Lamanites were converted to the Lord. After this period of righteousness, there followed a succession of wars, civil wars, and rebellions that nearly destroyed the Nephites. The Book of Helaman tells how a wicked group, whom the Nephites called Gadiaton robbers, destroyed the government and plunged the whole area into confusion.
Before he completed the record, Moroni abridged and inserted a record written by a Prophet named Ether who predated the Nephites. The Jaredites originated at the time of the Tower of Babel and traveled to America many thousands of years before Lehi's family arrived. God had sent them many righteous prophets, but by the time the Nephites arrived the Jaredite civilization had been destroyed in a civil war. Ether, the last prophet of the Jaredites, wrote a brief history of his people which was found and translated by later societies. The book contains many prophecies and teachings.
While no summary could possibly tell everything that a book as rich and complex as the Book of Mormon teaches, this section will show a few quotations to show some of the major principles and teachings that are restored or confirmed to us through the Book of Mormon.
The 150 millionth copy of the Book of Mormon was printed in early 2011, after 181 years of the book's history. To that date, the Book of Mormon had been fully translated into 82 languages and partially translated in 25 more. A full-time missionary force of more than 52,000 helps distribute free copies of the Book of Mormon worldwide, and free copies can also be obtained from Mormon.org.
This passage explains how a sincere researcher of the truth can discover by himself if the book is what it claims to be. By reading its content, meditating its words, and finally praying with a sincere and open heart, every person can come to know the truth of the Book of Mormon. In one of the last parts of the Book of Mormon it is explained that readers will "receive no witness until after the trial of their faith" (Ether 12:6).
If the book is true, then Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God, and that the church that was restored through him, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is indeed the kingdom of God in the earth that was established again to prepare the world for the Second Coming of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ.
Instead of picketing Broadway or theaters nationwide as originally feared, The Mormon church has taken the good-natured and risque lampooning of The Book Of Mormon with a wry grin and have instead taken out advertisements in the show's playbills across the world, under the heading 'The book is always better'. Now that is what we call a darned good sport! 041b061a72