Friday, July 17, 2015

The Testimony of the Three Witnesses

In today’s Book of Mormon the Testimony of the Three Witnesses is at the front. Where was it in the first edition?
A)                 At the end of the book
B)                 Never included in the first edition
C)                 At the start, like today
D)                 Found in the Doctrine and Covenants

Yesterday’s answer:
(D) Ancient writings from South America
The most authentic source book for these legends is the Popol Vuh, a rare manuscript written in the Quiche language and translated into the Spanish by Francisco Jimenez, a well-known Catholic priest who lived among the Indians of Guatemala during the early Spanish rule of America. This interesting volume is replete with stories so closely akin to those of the Hebrews that one noted scholar, Le Plongeon, declared that these stories originated in America and were later carried to the old world where the Hebrews adopted and improved upon them. Le Plongeon claimed to have found upon the walls of old buildings at Chichen-Itza and Uxmal, in Central America, mural paintings of the creation, the temptation of Eve in the garden of Eden, the story of Cain and Abel, and many others of the Hebrew legends.

William Edwin Berrett, The Restored Church (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1973), 64.

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