From Darkness Unto Light: Joseph Smith’s Translation and Publication of the Book of Mormon

Michael Hubbard MacKay and Gerrit Dirkmaat

Although both members and academics alike often think of this story as well known, recent insights and discoveries associated with the efforts by the Church History Department to publish The Joseph Smith Papers have provided a fuller, richer understanding of the translation and publication of the Book of Mormon. This book was written to provide a detailed explanation of how Joseph Smith and the scribes who served with him described the process of translating the gold plates and the difficulties encountered as they sought to publish the completed book.

Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University

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