The Book of Mormon

    “The Book of Mormon,” Friend, Sept. 2002, 24

    The Book of Mormon

    Three years after Joseph Smith saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, the angel Moroni appeared and told seventeen-year-old Joseph about a book that was written on gold plates. As directed by Moroni, the boy went to the Hill Cumorah and saw the plates and the Urim and Thummim (“seer” stones fastened to a breastplate), but he was not allowed to remove them. Four years later, on September 22, 1827, Moroni told him to take them. Joseph Smith used the Urim and Thummim to translate some of the plates. (See JS—H 1:29–35, 44–53, 59–62.)

    The Book of Mormon contains information from five sets of plates: the brass plates, the large plates of Nephi, the small plates of Nephi, the plates of Ether, and the plates of Mormon (see “A Brief Explanation about the Book of Mormon” in the front part of the Book of Mormon). You can make an imitation of these plates to remind you what contributed to the Book of Mormon.


    1. Remove pages 24–25 from the magazine and glue them to lightweight cardboard.

    2. Cut out the plates and the descriptions along the broken lines.

    3. Punch the holes as marked, then fasten the plates and their descriptions together with yarn or ribbon.

    Joseph Smith
    plates used in the Book of Mormon

    Mormon Abridging the Plates by Tom Lovell

    By the Gift and the Power of God by Simon Dewey