"The Most Correct Book": Joseph Smith's Appraisal


"The Most Correct Book": Joseph Smith's Appraisal

Book Title

Living the Book of Mormon: Abiding by Its Precepts

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Strathearn, Gaye (Secondary), and Swift, Charles (Secondary)




Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University/Deseret Book


Provo, UT/Salt Lake City

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Bibliographic Citation

Millet, Robert L. ""The Most Correct Book": Joseph Smith's Appraisal" In Living the Book of Mormon: Abiding by Its Precepts, Edited by Strathearn, Gaye, and Swift, Charles. 55-71. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University/Deseret Book, 2007.


On November 28, 1841, the Prophet Joseph Smith met with the Nauvoo City Council and members of the Quorum of the Twelve in the home of President Brigham Young. History of the Church records that he conversed “with them upon a variety of subjects. Brother Joseph Fielding was present, having been absent four years on a mission to England.” It was in that setting, at the Sunday city council meeting in the Young’s residence, that Joseph Smith made what has come to be one of the most axiomatic and memorable statements in Mormon literature: “I told the brethren,” he said, “that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.” In what follows, we will consider the possible meaning and implications of the various parts of this rather bold declaration about this extrabiblical document. We will consider the nature of the Book of Mormon’s correctness, how it is the keystone, the precepts it contains, the poignancy of those precepts, its importance to the world, and finally, its prophetic destiny as a book of holy scripture.
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