The Manner of Translating the Book of Mormon


The Manner of Translating the Book of Mormon


Improvement Era

Publication Type

Magazine Article

Year of Publication




596–597, 630–632

Date Published

October 1939



Issue Number


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Bibliographic Citation

Kirkham, Francis W. "The Manner of Translating the Book of Mormon", Improvement Era, Vol. 42. no. 10 1939:596–597, 630–632.


This article quotes Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdery, and other contemporary accounts to show how and where Joseph obtained the plates. It also quotes Emma Smith and the Three Witnesses to explain that the Book of Mormon was translated with divine aid and with the use of the Urim and Thummim.

Harris, Martin
Urim and Thummim
Three Witnesses
Book of Mormon Translation
Smith, Joseph, Jr.
Whitmer, David
Cowdery, Oliver
Smith, Hale, Emma

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