Having Visions: The Book of Mormon by Susan Stansfield Wolverton

By Susan Stansfield Wolverton

In Having Visions, the writer offers an target, respectful, and trustworthy translation of its content material, observed with an old and clinical context for figuring out its insertion into the physique of human affairs. within the booklet of Mormon, the traditional American prophet Mormon provides the background of his humans, the Nephites. The cause of the current ebook is to offer "his tale as told," and its dating to "history as known," with no changing its essence. it may be famous that exhaustive archeological, genetic, and linguistic study has been undertaken by means of either proponents for, and detractors of, the life of the Nephites. to date, no facts assisting the declare has ever been came across for anyplace, individual, or occasion pointed out within the publication of Mormon, whereas considerable contradictory facts has been stumbled on and independently established.

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Wherefore, I would that ye remember that I have spoken unto you, concerning that Prophet which the Lord showed unto me, that should baptize the Lamb of God, which should take away the sins of the world. And now, if the Lamb of God, he being holy, should have need to be baptized by water, to fulfil righteousness, O then, how much more need have we, being unholy, to be baptized, yea, even by water. And now, I would ask of you, my beloved brethren, wherein the Lamb of God did fulfil all righteousness in being baptized by water?

1, pages 125-127. 31 Having Visions My mind at times was greatly excited, the cry and tumult were so great and incessant. The Presbyterians were most decided against the Baptists and Methodists, and used all the powers of both reason and sophistry to prove their errors, or, at least, to make the people think they were in error. On the other hand, the Baptists and Methodists in their turn were equally zealous in endeavoring to establish their own tenets and disprove all others. In the midst of this war of words and tumult of opinions, I often said to myself: What is to be done?

While Joseph may have been uneducated in a formal sense, he was a very capable reader. Early samples of his handwriting clearly demonstrate that he was capable of composing thoughts in handsome penmanship. When this capacity for reading is coupled with the easy availability of reading material and a highly inquisitive mind, an image quite different from that of an ignorant farm boy emerges. While Joseph’s early spelling was not good in relation to 21st-century standards, it wasn’t until 1828 that the first American dictionaries were published and the spelling of words became standardized.

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