An Introduction to the Study of the Book of Mormon


An Introduction to the Study of the Book of Mormon

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Deseret News Press


Salt Lake City

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Sjodahl, Janne M. "An Introduction to the Study of the Book of Mormon", Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, 1927.


This little volume owes its existence chiefly to the desire of the author to add his testimony, at this time, to that of numerous others, bearing the holy Priesthood, of the truths revealed in the Book of Mormon for the salvation of man.

But the responsibility is not entirely the author’s.

Some of the contents of the book has appeared in the Improvement Era and other Church publications during the last ten years, and friends have been good enough to say, repeatedly, that they would be glad to have those contributions in some form more convenient for reference. Acting on their suggestion, I have collected some papers previously published and others that now appear for the first time, and respectfully submit them in this form to the public. In doing so, it is my sincere prayer that the testimony here offered may be of benefit to the reader, and especially to honest seekers after truth.

Table of Contents

20 Chapters

Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon—The Egyptian Language—Foreign Versions in Royal Palaces
Sjodahl, Janne M. | pp. 1–33
Concerning the Plates of the Book of Mormon
Sjodahl, Janne M. | pp. 35–46
The Witnesses—Nature and Credibility of Their Testimony—Biographical Notes
Sjodahl, Janne M. | pp. 47–66
Sjodahl, Janne M. | pp. 67–81
Nephites and Lamanites—Mulekites
Sjodahl, Janne M. | pp. 82–111
Book of Mormon Names in American Geography
Sjodahl, Janne M. | pp. 112–154
American Names from Old-World Languages
Sjodahl, Janne M. | pp. 155–183
The Name America—The Accepted Theory of Its Origin—The More Probable Theory
Sjodahl, Janne M. | pp. 184–197
Notes on Striking Passages in the Book of Mormon
Sjodahl, Janne M. | pp. 198–250
Some Prophecies Concerning the Book of Mormon
Sjodahl, Janne M. | pp. 251–261
Algonquins and Iroquois—A League of Nations
Sjodahl, Janne M. | pp. 262–282
A Leaf from Peruvian History—Many Features Indicating Nephite Influence
Sjodahl, Janne M. | pp. 283–322
The Chibca Indians and Chiriquis
Sjodahl, Janne M. | pp. 323–335
Mayas, Nahuas, Toltecs, and Aztecs
Sjodahl, Janne M. | pp. 336–369
Pueblos, Cliff Dwellers, and Mound Builders
Sjodahl, Janne M. | pp. 370–394
Remarkable Shell Mounds in America
Sjodahl, Janne M. | pp. 395–405
A Suggested Key to Book of Mormon Geography
Sjodahl, Janne M. | pp. 406–436
Religious Concepts, Traditions, Myths, Legends and Indian Traits
Sjodahl, Janne M. | pp. 437–477
Theories and Facts
Sjodahl, Janne M. | pp. 478–501
Some of the Fundamental Doctrines of the Book of Mormon
Sjodahl, Janne M. | pp. 502–543
Eight Witnesses
Gold Plates
Three Witnesses
Ancient America – Mesoamerica

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