Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Official Answer

The Book of Mormon is another witness that Jesus Christ really lived, that He was and is God’s Son. It contains the writings of ancient prophets. One of these, Lehi, lived in Jerusalem around 600 B.C. God commanded Lehi to lead a small group of people to the American continent. There they became a great civilization.

God continued to call prophets among these people. The Book of Mormon is a collection of the writings of their prophets and record keepers. It is named after Mormon, one of the last of these ancient prophets.

These prophets knew about Heavenly Father’s plan for His children and the mission of Jesus Christ. They recorded that Christ appeared, after His Resurrection, to the people in America, taught them His gospel, and formed His Church among them. The book contains the teachings of Jesus Christ, testifying of His Atonement and His love. It supports and verifies the Bible.

The Book of Mormon concludes with a great promise that those who read it and sincerely pray about it can know by the Holy Ghost that it is true (Moroni 10:4).

  • No one person wrote The Book of Mormon. Like the Bible it is a compilation of records and teachings. It is only called "The Book of Mormon" because a man named Mormon who lived in the ancient Americas compiled the records. Joseph Smith Junior didn't write it. He was merely the heavenly inspired translator of the records. Show more

  • This is sometimes confusing, as some feel that Joseph Smith wrote the Book of Mormon, when in fact it was written by many ancient prophets and was translated by Joseph Smith. Show more

  • The prophets whose names are in the Book of Mormon. Joseph Smith just translated the Book of Mormon. Show more

  • As the Old Testament is the record of God's prophets in the Holy Land, and the New Testament is the testimonies and epistles of the apostles of Christ's primitive church, the Book of Mormon is the record of God's prophets in ancient America. The Book of Mormon is an abridgment of those prophets in ancient America which was compiled by the prophet/ historian Mormon, from whom the book's name is derived, and his son Moroni, around 400AD. The records kept by these men were buried by Moroni, shortly before his death, to preserve them from wicked people who would have tried to destroy them. They remained hidden until 1827, when Joseph Smith, the prophet of the restoration discovered them. Then, with the divine assistance of God, he translated the text into English and published it in 1830. The notion that Joseph Smith is the author is false. George Q. Cannon said "No wicked man could write such a book as this; and no good man would write it, unless it were true and he were commanded of God to do so." Show more

  • Just as the Bible is a record made by prophets of old, inspired by God to write and record truths, so was The Book of Mormon written by several prophets who lived in another part of the world and who were inspired by God to write and record truths. It was compiled by one of these prophets, Mormon, thus giving the book it's name. The books within The Book of Mormon are special, as they were preserved for our day to help us to learn and come unto Christ, a verification of the truths recorded in the Bible as well as a verification of the fruits of the prophet Joseph Smith who translated the record into English so that we may all come to know that Christ lives and has reestablished the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ for the blessing of all mankind. It truly demonstrates that "we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." (2 Nephi 25:26) Show more

  • The Book of Mormon is actually a collection of writings from many different people, all of them prophets of God, much like the Bible. Those prophets lived in the ancient Americas. The name comes from a prophet named Mormon who compiled all the records together. It was later translated to English by Joseph Smith (he didn't write it). Show more

  • Similar to the Bible, the Book of Mormon was written by men who God called as prophets. Their words were recorded and compiled into holy books of scriptures. The only difference is that one group of prophets lived in the Jerusalem and around the middle east while the other group of prophets lived in the Americas. Both groups of prophets were told the same thing about the same Jesus Christ who would come to save the world. I love how both books of scripture have personal visitations of the Savior. As I read the scriptures I receive answers to questions about life. I also feel peace and am grateful when I have questions of my soul answered. Show more

  • The Book of Mormon is a compilation of many ancient prophets and their history. It contains many stories that testify of the divinity of Christ and His mission, just like the Bible. It adds to the testimony of all the prophets from the Bible. The Book of Mormon is called that because of a great man named Mormon. In the last days of his people, he compiled the Book of Mormon from other records of his people through the years. He compiled the records of many prophets into one concise book and added a few words of his own. Thanks to Mormon's righteous efforts to preform all of God's commands, the Book of Mormon was completed and hidden away so that the Lord could reveal it when the world needed it the most.  Show more

  • The Book of Mormon is a record of the ancient inhabitants of America, and their dealings with God; namely, the native Americans. God is no respector of persons; He loves all His children. He wants us all to make it back to live with Him; the Book of Mormon is proof to me that God loves all people of all nations; why would he only give His Word to just the Children of Israel? The Book of Mormon was written by the prophets that were called of God on the American Continent; they too testifed that Jesus is the Christ, and he would surely come to redeem us from our sins. The book gets it's name from the prophet Mormon, who collected the individual records kept by prophets throughout the centuries, and complied them into one volume, written on gold plates. He gave them to his son, Moroni, who buried them in a hill by what is now known as Upstate New York. Centuries later, a young man named Joseph Smith, who wanted to know which church was true, had a vision of God the Father and His Son, who told him the truth was lost over the years, and he would be a tool in the Lord's hands to restore what was lost. A few years later, that same Moroni who buried the plates, visited Joseph as an angel of the Lord, and directed him to the ancient record. Through the gift on power of God, he was able to translate the book into English. The Book of Mormon helps us understand the fullness of the Gospel; with the Bible, we can discover God's will for us. Show more

  • The introduction of the Book of Mormon begins claiming that "[it] is a volume of holy scripture comparable to the Bible. It is a record of God’s dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas and contains the fulness of the everlasting gospel." It continues on to add that "the book was written by many ancient prophets by the spirit of prophecy and revelation." Just as the Bible was written by many ancient prophets, namely Moses, Isaiah, John the Revelator, etc, the Book of Mormon was written by ancient prophets such as Nephi, Alma, Ether, Mormon, Moroni etc. God has called men from the beginning of time to receive revelation and guide His children; we have evidence in the Bible of His dealings in Israel... but if we are truly all God's children and He loves each of us, why would he lead a portion of His people and leave another in darkness? He would not do it. He would become a partial God if He were to do so, and He has never, and will never, be a partial God. Just as He called these men to bring truth to the people of Israel, He also brought those same truths to another portion of His children through prophets in the ancient Americas. In John 10:16, Jesus gave evidence of another people under Him saying; "And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd." The people in ancient America fell among the sheep He spoke of, and the Book of Mormon came forth from them. Show more

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