Class 2 – The Miraculous Coming Forth of The Book of Mormon

Suggested Pre-Class Readings

Before watching this video, I recommend you read the Introductory pages to the Book of Mormon (the Title Page, Introduction, and the Testimonies of Joseph Smith, the Three Witnesses, and the Eight Witnesses).

Digging Deeper

I highly recommend Royal Skousen’s The Earliest Text. I encourage you to check out this free copy and explore what it has to offer. You could also purchase a hard copy.

For an in-depth examining of the timing of the translation of the Book of Mormon, read John W. Welch, “Timing the Translation of the Book of Mormon: ‘Days [and Hours] Never to Be Forgotten,’” BYU Studies Quarterly 57, no. 4 (2018): 10–50.

If you’re looking for looking for a short and sweet presentation on the miraculous nature of the timing of the translation of the Book of Mormon, I recommend this short video.

Some have wondered about the location of the Valley of Lemuel. If you’re interested in learning more, check out this video: Have the Valley of Lemuel and the River Laman Been Found?

The Church History Matters has a great Podcast Series on the Translation of the Book of Mormon:

The edited volume, The Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon contains chapters that go in-depth on several aspects of the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, including the translation processes, the witnesses of the Book of Mormon, translations into other languages, and much more.

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Insights from, discussions with, and resources authored by John Bytheway, Grant Hardy, Kirk Magleby, Hank Smith and Ryan Sharp were used in the creation of this video. See further acknowledgements at