long ago ideas

“When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago." - Friedrich Nietzsche. Long ago, Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery conquered false claims that the Book of Mormon was fiction or that it came through a stone in a hat. But these old claims have resurfaced in recent years. To conquer them again, we have to return to what Joseph and Oliver taught.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Book of Mormon words, language, history

There are lots of great web pages to use to supplement our study of Church history and the Book of Mormon. Here are some I use all the time.

First is the Joseph Smith Papers project.

They say they're going to release the long-awaited volume on the Original Manuscript this month.

That one is edited by Royal Skousen, who is an awesome, meticulous scholar. I highly recommend his factual work, although I disagree with a lot of his assumptions and conclusions. Sometimes it's not easy to separate the facts from the speculation, but if you read carefully you can. 

Another one I refer to often is the Church History Library and catalog.

The Wilford Woodruff collection is awesome. I used to have to read through the typescript manuscript of his journals, so this resource is invaluable.

Another one that is open all the time on my various computers is Wordcruncher.

You can upload your own databases, which is incredibly useful. 

The only drawback is they won't put it on Android, so I only use it on my PCs and iPad.

Gospel Library is invaluable as well.

It runs on Android, so I use it on my phone all the time. They're always adding new features, etc. 

Scripture Notes is also awesome:

I think this is the best scripture study tool out there. 

The worst scripture app, IMO, is ScripturePlus by Book of Mormon Central. That app heavily pushes their M2C agenda with their Mayan logo and content that imposes their ideology on users. It's unbelievably dogmatic and the way they are trying to lure Latter-day Saints away from the Gospel Library is inexcusable, IMO. Here's the link so you can see for yourself. 


For word frequency in the Book of Mormon, there's a fun article here:

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